We spent around $600 all up on 3 kids. Out of that, $235 was on a trampoline as a joint present for them, dd got a kitchen, ds1 got a remote control tarantula, ds2 got spy gear and the rest is books, clothes and shoes. Relatives buy the kids toys, so we try steer clear.
Nothin'. I can't hold back the grandparents though... she's already got baskets of gifts cluttering up the place. Beh.
From Santa $200 for both kids 1 big pres each n sticking fillers
From us $50 both kids DS Is 5 n knows all about Santa DD just turned 1 last month so heaps from her bday n then Xmas too and the family goes over board with pres for kids they end up with so much
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This year I have only spent between $150-$200 on DD but that is mainly due to finding super bargains, like her cam-corder I scored for $20
Usually i spend about $300-$400 but that is spread out throughout the year and includes a new summer wardrobe, new books and school bag/lunch box, basically everything she will need for the following year.
At 18 months, DD took it into her own hands after working out the fat man in the red suit gave toys and would run to any Santa she saw, put her hand out and say 'ta' this was all her doing though, I just found it way too cute to stop haha.
We did our shopping yesterday and spent approximately $400 on DD as a combination of us and santa presents.
For me Christmas is about magic and love
I haven't "brainwashed" almost 2 yr old DD but she has seen enough Christmas stuff on TV and she knows who the fat dude in the red suit is and she puts her hands on her belly and shakes it like a bowl full of jelly as she says "ho ho ho ho"
Santa presents are small in our house. They are there, but small. My ds has been saying he wants wooden train track from Santa for a month, that's it. So, that's what he's getting - 2 packs of track. My dd is not yet 3 months old so she's just getting 2 little toys from Santa.
I believe giving presents from parents is important - we give presents to other children (ds's cousins/aunts/uncles/grandparents) so we definitely give him some from us. There's no big present this year so I stocked up on lots of smaller things. Didn't keep track of spending like I should have though - really have no idea how much I've spent. It's all so tricky cause his birthday is 3 weeks after Christmas. By the end of January he's got heaps of new stuff and is a little overwhelmed. This year he's having a big party for his birthday for the first time (with all his kinder friends) and I didn't count on all those presents as well. I think he'll have a small number of birthday presents from us this year.
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