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#1 Mpjp is feral

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:12 PM

We're not that hard up in general but I've been a bit surprised by what some people spend in Xmas pressies in some of the other posts.

So what's the total you spend on Xmas pressies minus your dh/dw/dp etc? So your kids, extended family, teachers, friends, friends children etc etc.

We have a medium sized family and I've just added up that our gift cost is looking at $3500-4000 blink.gif (not inc dh to me and vice versa) which feels like a lot. Each of our kids is getting about $250 spent on them.

But looking at other threads I can see that being a lot higher for some!!!

How do people afford Xmas???

#2 R2B2

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:15 PM

about $1000-$2000?
never really bothered to add it up!

#3 Cranky Old Woman

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:22 PM

We only buy for our three grandchildren - about $50 each.

#4 PrincessPeach

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:26 PM

about $1,000.

We don't have kids, so that is just the extended family.

#5 Three Of Hearts

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:28 PM

Don't have kids so spend about $1000 on other presents.  If I added the $3000 I spent on DH last year that would spike it up I guess wwhistle.gif

#6 Walkers

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:29 PM

About the same as you meplainjanebrain

#7 Tigerdog

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:30 PM

I wouldn't have any idea as I start in about June and buy a thing or two each pay and at sales so you don't notice it so much.  It would be at least a couple of hundred on each child, though.

#8 Broxie

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:35 PM

Around $2500. For DP, me, DS, sister and BIL, nephews and parents.

#9 strawberrycakes

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:36 PM

All up I would say about $1000.

DD gets the majority spent on her, DH & I about $200 max all up & another $200 max on the extended family.

#10 3hearts

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:40 PM

About $1600 without including Dh and I to each other.

#11 stephanu

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:41 PM

I will be spending around $2000-$2200 this year. It would be a lot more if I was buying for all 5 of my siblings and their partners and my many nieces and nephews. Luckily, on my side, we do KKs. DHs family is a lot smaller so we buy for everyone. I also have 1 aunty/uncle and 1 cousin KK on my side plus our parents and grand parents.

My kids gifts will come to around $250 each. I do feel like we go over the top for them, but I wouldn't change it.

#12 MrsMumma

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:41 PM

DS gets approx $300 ($200 from us $100 from Santa will include some clothes).  For parents we spend about $80-100 each. For siblings and their partners $60-$80. Grandparents, aunts and cousins general around $20 a head.

Thankfull we have a small family. I think we would get away with Christmas most years for $1500.

DH and I spend on each other what we can afford, some years $50, some years $500!

#13 MrsMumma

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:41 PM

DS gets approx $300 ($200 from us $100 from Santa will include some clothes).  For parents we spend about $80-100 each. For siblings and their partners $60-$80. Grandparents, aunts and cousins general around $20 a head.

Thankfull we have a small family. I think we would get away with Christmas most years for $1500.

DH and I spend on each other what we can afford, some years $50, some years $500!

#14 BadCat

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:48 PM

$2124   Almost all of that is for my immediate family.  We don't buy for our sibs or their kids who are over 18.

We afford it by having no mortgage and no debt.  When we had a mortgage and a personal loan christmas was a bit leaner.

Edited by BadCat, 21 November 2012 - 02:50 PM.


#15 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:48 PM

Normally has been about $1000 total for 2 kids, DH & I, My parents, brother, sister, three aunts, for cousins and one daughter of a cousin plus one friend. As we have had a lottery windfall this year I am going over the top and will spend about $5000, mainly on kids, parents and brother and sister.

#16 WinterIsComing

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:49 PM

$3500 seriously? That's s domestic holiday.
Until last year, before DS, was under $500. I forbid presents for myself from DH. It comes out from the same kitty. Xmas is for children methinks, adults can deal with less materialistic expectations. Unfortunately my MIL is not an adult, so most of that amount was always spent on her.



#17 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:51 PM

I haven't added up yet, I do keep a spreadsheet though but not so much for the cost factor but to make sure the kids have the exact same amount of presents. That is what's important to them. Some years we spend more than others, just depends what they are into really. I like to get them a few things they have asked for and a few surprises. They get a few joint presents too. I wouldn't spend as much as you OP.

The only one I do know is teachers get a $20 Dymocks gift card.



#18 Sif

Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:52 PM

Our budget allows about $180 for all presents and Christmas food. So, this year it'll just be token offerings all 'round and more of a focus on the blessing of have each other in health.

ETA: Always wanted to say, we're okay with that, so don't feel bad for us original.gif - there are people with a helluva lot less than us.

Edited by Sif, 21 November 2012 - 02:55 PM.


#19 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:02 PM

Good on you Sif - What a wonderful way of looking at the bigger picture. You can find some great bargains if you shop around.




#20 KnightsofNi

Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:09 PM

Less than $1000 all up this year. Normally we spend about $2000, but have made cut backs this year.

#21 Feral timtam

Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:12 PM

I aim to keep the total under $1000, hard when DH tends towards the extravagant and will spend $80 on a present for a single member of his very large extended family. This year he has been allowed to buy a present for his mother and one for his father. I do everyone else.

I wish I could talk his family into doing Secret Santa because finding decent presents for 40 people is pretty dang hard! I've put my foot down at buying for second cousins and their children as it was starting to get hard to keep to a $1000 total budget even doing $5 capped presents.

#22 slc5

Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:14 PM

About $800, maybe less. Even that much seems extravagant when I write it down. Id prefer to spend less, but by the time you add in teachers, parents, special friends etc it all adds up. If I had thousands of dollars to spend I'd rather a holiday.

#23 MsDemeanor

Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:16 PM

I guess I am lucky?? in the fact that both my parents are decased and I am an only child who is separated so I have SFA people to buy for. I probably spend $500 on each of my two, plus $50 for the family not so secret santa.

This year I am also buying for my cousin's baby as her family has always bought for my kids. Probably $20 on her.



#24 NATPR

Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:27 PM

My family do a KK and only buy for kids.  My DH has no aunties or uncles so its just his parents and a couple of ring-in's lol.

I am spending $800 - for my two kids, 6 nieces and nephews, inlaws, my parents, family Kris Kringle, friends gifts.

Even though its not massive amount, I still gringe that is seems a lot and DH and I dont buy presents for each other - maybe a cheap thing so the kids dont get sus.

#25 lafonda

Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:28 PM

Around $1000 just on DS




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