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Holiday Shopping: How Much for Kids’ Gifts?

Do you set limits on spending for your children's presents?

As the holiday shopping season goes into full swing, some people are maxing out their credit cards to pay for presents and others are setting budgets and sticking with them.

Scour just about any Facebook stream or stop in a local coffee shop and you might hear parents debating the merits of setting spending limits. Or, you'll hear them lamenting about just how much they've already spent.

The ideas for a perfect limit do seem to vary rather greatly. Some parents say $100 per child is more than enough. Others tend to lean toward much more generous figures. After all, there’s nothing like seeing a child’s eyes light up as they unwrap gift after gift.

Do you set spending limits on the presents you buy for your kids? How much is too much? 

randy November 25, 2012 at 05:43 PM
My personal opinion is not to overspend. We have 10 grands and 4 adults plus spouses. I am a frugal shopper, buying what is on sale through out the year. this year I started in March. Now I am finished. I also prefer to keep the real reason for CHRISTmas in the foreground and not the commercialization of christmas Randy, just thinking
Rebecca Whitnall November 27, 2012 at 06:20 AM
I don't have kids, but last year, I read a short guideline I thought would be neat to follow when looking for gifts for my nephews and niece: Something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.
Theresa Edwards November 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I prefer to spend more on a child's birthday gift (then it's his/her birthday) and not so much on Christmas gifts. I understand the need for merchants to make profit on this season but wish that there wasn't SO MUCH emphasis on buying expensive or masses of gifts to celebrate Christmas. I wanted my daughter to respect the true reason for the season and when we lived in Germany (8 years), Christmas there was my favorite holy day. I was there in the 80's and then, Christmas was very much like Bob described! Oh the sound of Christmas carols rung by church bells, snow, hot gluhwein, Christkindlmarkts and stores open only in larger towns on week-ends! The commercialization was about 35% of what you get here! TV didn't tell you that a diamond gift was the only way to say "I love you" and children were not bomb-barded with commercials for every toy under the sun! My daughter and I spent Christmas Eve at home, had a nice dinner, played music, LIT the real candles on our tree and opened one gift each; our gifts to each other! Christmas day was spent visiting others and opening the rest of our gifts. As I was active duty Army, I made a point to visit my troops and make sure no one sat alone in the barracks. We had a Ger./Amer. program where German families took in soldiers for Christmas day. My favorite song was "I'll be Home for Christmas". I still have good friends in Germany and one day I hope to take my whole family to Germany for Christmas!
Washy November 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM
My parents have six kids 17 grand kids 5 great grand kids....about ten years ago (and ten grand/great grand kids ago) we told them to not buy anything for anyone over 21. For them we get gas cards and pay their car/RV insurance for the year.
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