or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Natural Living › The Mindful Home › Frugality & Finances › How much do you spend at Christmas on your children?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

How much do you spend at Christmas on your children? - Page 2

post #21 of 42
Maybe $50-75? I'm not sure really because a lot of the stuff I'm making and I bought the materials months ago and just haven't kept track of what I spent. That's actually for x-mas and his b-day though, which is in January. Last year we spent about $100 for his b-day and x-mas EACH and it was WAY too much. We're not making the same mistake again.
post #22 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruthiegirl View Post
I asked my daughter (5 years old) what her is her favorite Christmas memory. She said the whipped-cream we had on our waffles Christmas morning. That's what kids remember. The $1.50 worth of whipped cream. Not the princess outfit Grandma sent or the overpriced wooden doll house I bought her, but the waffles.
Ok, I'm either pregnant or about to get my period because that literally just made me .
post #23 of 42
Less than $100. Her gifts are the most we spend on anyone.

This year she's getting:

Something from Santa: A Stick horse ($30)
Something you want: Homemade "hotsling" and Mei Tai style carrier for her doll (free - I am using scrap fabrics I already have).
Something you need: Net hammock to hold her millions of stuffed toys ($10)
Something to Play with: Little People's Set ($15)
Something to read: Book about being a big sister ($10)
Some stocking stuffer things - hair ties, socks etc (about $20)
post #24 of 42
I'm aiming for around $100 on my 2 kids altogether.
They will only be getting a bike each (1 was second hand) & a collection of musical instruments to share.

I have a friends who spends about double that on each of her kids. I try not to feel like a tightwad by comparasin, and try not to compare my family to hers!! It's hard sometimes.

I'm going to try to make as many gifts as i can this year also (many without buying anything especially) for the extended family, close friends. As per another MDC Holiday thread.

It's not even that I am in dire financial straits or anything, I just feel better when I live frugally, and I feel silly spending bunches of money on people who don't need "stuff" anyway. I have a great big Xmas BBQ with my mothers group in December, and I enjoy that more than seeing the family. The family gets around and goes whooptie doo, and complain that there's nothing on tv.
post #25 of 42
Turn off the TV NOW, so the kids don't see the commercials for crap. Do NOT give them store flyers to read to make their "wish list". Keep them away from big-chain stores if you can help it. Then, ask them what they want. You may be surprised at how simple it is. School is where they'll hear about the trendy stuff, but in our town, Tamagochi's are all the rage, and with seeing them, my son realizes that he doesn't even like those.

Anyway, traditions really are more important. Every year I screw myself out of doing the stuff that I want to do with the kids, because i'm so stressed out on getting everything else done. NOT THIS YEAR.
post #26 of 42
We don't have a tv, and the catalog junk goes pretty much straight in the recycling..
Still, they know who Dora is and want all things "Doraaaaaaa!".

Keeping it simple is definitely a good idea.
post #27 of 42
We tend to spend $25-$30 per person on our list (it's a very small list -- just immediate family ) and I think I spent about that on dd this year. She's getting a big box of Mr. Potato Head stuff (got a great deal on Ebay!), a book, some new bath toys, a little photo album I'm making of everyone she knows, and a small MagnaDoodle. We didn't see the point in "going all out," as our friends say, athough I'm sure she'll get more than she could possibly need from the grandmas. I'll probably do what I did last year and put away a lot of the toys, taking them out selectively over the course of the year.
post #28 of 42
I sstarted in September, that wway I can afford to give him more. I love x-mas and birthdays and we always spend about $100 on the birthday person (dh for me, me for dh, us for ds - $300 total for the family and then another $300 on gifts for our parents and siblings). I start early so the $600 is not all in one month and I get deals where I can, but to me gift giving is such an amazing pleasure. We don't buy him things during the year and he asks for great things like binoculars and books so I love getting things for him. Often dh and I end up overspending the $100 on him (gets closer to $200) and it looks like that might happen again. Once we have two who want gifts, perhaps this will change!

This year he is getting ankle bells from Little India, a bunch of used out of print books he wanted I got off Amazon, a cd from his dad, a book on the body, another on animals, binoculars, a playmobile beaver set, a pink stuffed animal (he loves things to snuggle), and hopefully we can restrain ourselves to just that!
post #29 of 42
My DS is an only child so we spend quite a bit on him. He LOVES his VSmile. This year he is getting a couple of games for it and the art studio and Jammin Gym. I also got him a paint set, some clothes, shoes, a new bed set, and books. I am making him a quilt and matching pillow of Star Wars and have spent about $75 on supplies for it already. It is so hard to find that kind of fabric at the stores. I love ebay.

My niece and nephews are also getting a quilt and matching pillow. My niece is getting some dress up stuff, books and some items for her dolls. I am also thinking of getting her some wooden food for her awesome wood kitchen. My nephews are getting books and some baby toys and clothes. I will probably get them some other items.
My mom and sister are getting gift cards. They already have everything else.

I just got the back to basics catalog in and I love it. I will definately order out of it. My son loves the piggy bank that counts money for you.
post #30 of 42
For the kids we usually aim to spend $50 - 100 each. Other adults get around $50. We usually give my grandma $100 - $200 worth of stuff. (She doesn't give us anything but we love her anyway.)
post #31 of 42
I was just about to make a poll about this in TAO/Polls. Come and vote .
post #32 of 42
post #33 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruthiegirl View Post
I asked my daughter (5 years old) what her is her favorite Christmas memory. She said the whipped-cream we had on our waffles Christmas morning. That's what kids remember. The $1.50 worth of whipped cream. Not the princess outfit Grandma sent or the overpriced wooden doll house I bought her, but the waffles.

This year, I am making the kids a Waldorf style doll and giving them a set of new jammies. Not much else. But! We are going to the parade and putting up lights and going to the firehouse to see the model trains and having hot cocoa and waffles and lots of whipped cream.
How do you go about making a Waldorf style doll? I'm interested because I don't think I could justify a buying a $100 doll to dh.

Ah! I found some links:

http://www.weirdollsandcrafts.com/wa...-doll-kit.html

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/doll.html

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/doll_pattern.html

http://www.magiccabin.com/magiccabin/product.do?section_id=3&bc=1004&pgc=180&sv=333476& cmvalue=MCD|3|ARTS%20%20CRAFTS%20DEPARTMENTS|33347 6|333476-P2

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...06&postcount=1
post #34 of 42
I am keeping it simple this year, Kai already has a ton of toys.

A big wooden airplane.
A book on going potty.
And, maybe some clothes.

My goal is to keep all of my spending bellow $250.
post #35 of 42
The whipped cream reminds me --- every Christmas morning I put a bit of food coloring (green or red) in the milk we leave out for Santa. My kids LOVE it --- they are as excited about checking the milk as about the gifts. This year, I might add whipped cream to the excitement!

BJ
Barney & Ben
post #36 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by i'mmykid'$mom View Post
How do you go about making a Waldorf style doll? I'm interested because I don't think I could justify a buying a $100 doll to dh.

Ah! I found some links:

http://www.weirdollsandcrafts.com/wa...-doll-kit.html

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/doll.html

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/doll_pattern.html

http://www.magiccabin.com/magiccabin/product.do?section_id=3&bc=1004&pgc=180&sv=333476& cmvalue=MCD|3|ARTS%20%20CRAFTS%20DEPARTMENTS|33347 6|333476-P2

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...06&postcount=1

I ordered my kits from dancingraindolls.com. She emailed a detailed instruction book with loads of pictures and the kit is wonderful. This is my first time making a doll, but I am doing well so far. I have nice little heads and bodies. I am working on the face and hair tonight and tomorrow. And then I will make as many little outfits as I can between now and Christmas.
post #37 of 42
Someone on another board I'm on shared a neat tradition she has with her family:
She wraps up 24 christmas books, and lets the kids open one each night (Advent-style) to read. She's built up the collection over the years, but another mom is going to do it with library books.

Oh, and we spend $150-$200 on a child we "adopt" for the holiday, getting toys, clothes, and necessities. We only spend about $50-$75 on our own kids, and that's still too much after all the gifts from relatives roll in! :
post #38 of 42
$50 each. We don't have a big budget and I don't want to clutter the house with more stuff. Like PP said, we try to emphasize traditions over gifts. Their stockings have useful and fun things like chapstick, toothbrushes, some candy, and this year they are getting oil bath beads just because I found some on sale.

My kids have December and January bdays so I spend about $25 on each of them on those days.
post #39 of 42
We are spending about $300. But that's only because we're buying her a Decathlon for Christmas. We're buying one for her now and then one later for Peanut, so they will have matching carseats

Besides the carseat, we're getting her some quality wooden blocks, and some winter clothes because we're moving to the Pacific NW right after Christmas (yay!!!!!).
post #40 of 42
I'm really trying to spend less than I have in years past. I'm embarassed to say how much I've spent before. I've set a budget of $100/child and it's been challenging, but I'm making some things, it's my new tradition for the kids. I have tons of fabric and sew all the time, so I figured I'd make them something they'd each like that was mamamade.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Frugality & Finances
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Natural Living › The Mindful Home › Frugality & Finances › How much do you spend at Christmas on your children?