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    Buy for your kids? DS is 4 next month and I've been buying him some presents and just pulled out a few that came today to show DH, he thinks I've bought too much ( 5 ) and I wanted to get a few more- or is he right and I'll save some until Xmas? - I don't want to spoil him too much but birthdays are a time for presents so on average how many gifts do your kids get for their birthdays?

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    One bigger thing (say $20 to $50) and one small thing($5 to $10) from each sibling.

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    I don't have a set amount, just what I think they'll really like.
    I always plan Birthday and Christmas presents at the same time so I'm not giving them everything for birthdays then struggling for ideas at Christmas and vice versa.

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    I know kids don't understand value but I budget $200, so that could be one big gift or 10 smaller gifts. As she gets older but still not old enough to understand value yet, I'll probably lean more towards 1-2 big gifts; I don't want her to be one of those kids that expects 20 gifts, regardless of value.

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    Depends what he wants and how much it costs. Usually 1-3 so far we've gotten away with under $100 worth each year! He's only 4 though.

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    I only buy 1-2 presents, i spend between about $50-80 all together. We have a very generous family, though, and they get sooooooo much from them, so at this stage i feel like i dont 'have' to buy a lot. Oldest is only 4 though, so as they get older & understand more, i will buy more presents/ spend more $$, i just dont have a need to atm. My inlaws love to have heaps and heaps of presents to unwrap, so they tend to buy lots of little things - eg, a 3 pack of undies, and then will wrap each pair separately. To them its about the joy of opening the gifts & seeing a big exciting pile. Im more of the mindset of what will get used/ played with throughout the year.

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    4-5 things, usually totalling $100-$150.
    Without even realising I usually go for that rule that pops up around Christmas time:
    1 thing they want
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    I don't really count how many. I buy stuff through the year and put aside for birthdays and Christmas. Once the kids are older and understand more I will just try to make it fairly even in terms of presents for each of them, but for now I'm not too worried as they are only 2.5 & 16 months. I think birthdays are their special time for presents and celebrations so don't see the harm in spoiling. We don't have a big extended family, so they don't get present overload from anyone else!

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    My DS also turns 4 next month and I have 4 presents for him that have a total value of $350. They are super cool presents and I am so excited for birthday morning.

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    DD1 is 9, her birthday is in November so she always gets new swimwear, as well as a book, an outfit & a couple of other things. Usually I spend around $100, could actually be more, I try not to add it up!

    With Christmas so close, I really need to be careful, otherwise she would end up with nothing under the tree.

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