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#1 imamumto3

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:41 PM

we have a couple ideas for the kids Christmas presents.  the presents vary greatly in price, do you think it matters if it is what each child would like, or do you try and give presents of equal value?

#2 IsolaBella

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:45 PM

If I get my way DS1 will be getting $379 pressie and DD will be getting a $100 pressie.. DS2 will probably score a $150 pressie.

#3 tothebeach

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:51 PM

We give what they want and need.   I don't believe in balancing the financial books when it comes to kids.

#4 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:52 PM

Normally I ask the kids for a list of what they want and buy that plus anything else I see - it usually varies in amounts- tend to work out that the older ones get more spent on them as they want electronic things etc BUT this year due to finances I am not asking them for lists, I am buying surprises and only to a set amount so they will all have the exact same amount spent this year.

#5 mummy2amelia

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:59 PM

I get the kids what I think they would like (within reason).  

I do try to get equal number of presents but do not worry about the cost equalling out.

#6 MrsLexiK

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:02 PM

I buy for neices and nephews the same amount. I will do the same for our kids if we have more then one. If I set out a limit say of $300 each and one gets a present of $250 they will get something small, another may get lots of things that equal $300. This is how my parents did it and I think it is fair. I remember one year though my sister got a dirt bike I got a GPS and a step sister got a laptop. I can tell you I felt a bit ripped off that year.

#7 BadCat

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:03 PM

I am adept at balancing the dollar value and the quantity.  It helps that I often buy my kids the same  things as they have very similar tastes.  laughing2.gif

#8 EsmeLennox

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:04 PM

I think in terms of equal number rather than amount. I' ve noticed that kids don't give a crap about how much, but if one kid's got more gifts than the other, look out!

#9 Kay1

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:09 PM

We give what they want and need. I don't believe in balancing the financial books when it comes to kids.


#10 Justaduck

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:15 PM

As someone who grew up jealous of her brother getting a greater number pf presents under the tree both number & value will be matched in our household when we have another

I remember when I worked at Big W a lot of parents would come in and buy gifts with ziplock bags with kids names written on them, that way they spent the exact same amount on each child

#11 No girls here

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:19 PM

QUOTE (Jemstar @ 16/11/2012, 09:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think in terms of equal number rather than amount. I' ve noticed that kids don't give a crap about how much, but if one kid's got more gifts than the other, look out!

Agree with this.  Number is definitely more important than $ with my kids.  I guess if one pile of presents looked bigger than another that might be an issue too.

#12 kpingitquiet

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:25 PM

Equal number of boxes. Especially in a family like mine where we go in circular fashion to open gifts, one at a time, in age order. It makes it glaringly obvious when you're "out" before everyone else.

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