I was doing stocktake on the toys I've bought for our kids for Christmas and I wondered to myself how many people would view them as excessive..
They are getting two boxed gifts each from under the tree, plus Santa is bringing them each a bag of smaller toys, puzzles, dolls etc and one bigger present each, for example DS is 2 and he is getting a trike.
I tend to focus on making sure that they each get the same equivalent of gifts, and things they will actually excited about, as well enjoy and use.
What is the guiding pricipal for what your children get at Christmas? Is it budget? What they want? Practical items?
We're comfortable financially so I don't worry about the cost of the gifts so much as I keep any eye on when I think their eyes will get "glazy" and not caring about what they are opening because there are so many toys, if that makes sense.
Do you think there is a dollar figure that is too much or too little? (ie. Is $20 too little or $500per child too much?) Or is there a number of presents in a certain scale you decide to get your kids?
Christmas is a big deal in our family, its anticipated months in advanced, the day is planned with careful detail and presents are a part of that - especially for the kids. I probably give my kids a similar quantity of toys that I received as a child.
I'm interested to hear other hubber's thoughts.
What is the appropriate number/cost of gifts for your kids?
How do you determine you will buy something else, or that you have too much?