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View Poll Results: How much do you spend on an average Christmas gift?
Nothing - I make my gifts from on-hand materials! 0 0%
Under $10 for the gift or materials to make it. 1 14.29%
Between $11 and $15 1 14.29%
Between $16 and $20 1 14.29%
Between $21 and $30 3 42.86%
Between $31 and $40 0 0%
Between $41 and $50 0 0%
Between $51 and $75 0 0%
Between $76 and $100 0 0%
Over $100 (wow!) 1 14.29%
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#1 of 4 Old 12-09-2013, 03:21 PM - Thread Starter
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What is the average cost of a gift you buy? Not a gift for your child, because I think parents often spend more on their kids than others. But brother, sister, mother, etc. How much is a normal amount for a Christmas gift?

The idea is how much for either the gift or materials to make one if you're more awesome than I am and have that kind of talent. (I am not one to speak badly of homemade gifts regardless of cost - they're usually my favorite!)
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Most years it's right around $20-30 for our family, $10-15 for the couple friends I buy for. Last year we were feeling generous and we ended up spending ~$75 each on family :)

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Parents 50 each
Siblings 20-50
Kids (don't even ask) lol
Nieces and nephews 20-30
I used to buy for aunts and some friends but I had to stop buying for so many people especially since I became a sahm!

I personally think though making cookies or crafts is totally fine if you don't have a lot of money so I wouldn't say there is really any appropriate amount!

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In our way of looking (and, shopping) at things, gifts aren't based on how much they cost.  We choose gifts that we know will be enjoyed by the recipient.  If it costs 20 or $100, it doesn't matter.  We are fortunate in that we are financially very well-off. 


We only purchase gifts for the following:



Ds (age 15)

My best friend's two children (though, as a result of no acknowledgements from their eldest, we have stopped giving her a gift each year).

We gave a huge loan to my cousin this past year, so we are skipping the exchanging of gifts this season.  But, normally, we would send them gifts.

We send handcrafted, locally-made chocolates to my aunt and uncle.

We send gifts to one of dh's cousin (he has dozens of cousins, but this one is particularly dear to us.


I would guess we've probably spent around $3,800 on gifts for this holiday season.


Our parents are now all dead (fil died in October), so that era of shopping, sadly, is done.

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