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Holiday Shopping: Spending Limits For Kids’ Presents?

How much is too much to spend on children and teens? We want to hear your thoughts, Canton!

As the holiday shopping season goes into full swing, some people are maxing out their credit cards to pay for presents and others are setting budgets and sticking with them.

Scour just about any Facebook stream or stop in a local coffee shop and chances are you’ll hear parents debating the merits of setting spending limits. Or, you'll hear them lamenting about just how much they've already spent.

The ideas for a perfect limit do seem to vary rather greatly. Some parents say $100 per child is more than enough. Others tend to lean toward much more generous figures. After all, there’s nothing like seeing a child’s eyes light up as they unwrap gift after gift.

And that’s what we want to hear from you about, Canton! Do you set spending limits on the presents you buy for your kids? How much is too much? How much is too little?

And, where are you shopping this holiday season? Which local merchants do you plan to support?

Let your voice be heard by commenting below!

Erin Ahrens November 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I have just completed a three part series on my daughter's Christmas list in my blog, adventureswithahrens.blogspot.com First, to answer the question on spending limits- we spend NO MORE than $100 per child each Christmas, and that is divided up by three gifts that each one gets. (Just like Jesus got.) However, this year, my 6 year old was only wanting things to play with her American Girl doll. So, I made each thing she wanted, myself, for a fraction of the cost. So, all three items cost about $65, and my sons three gifts cost about the same. I will pick up some little trinkets for the stockings, and that will be it. We truly want the children to focus on the birth of our savior, and to enjoy the day, but no, we don't have a house full of toys or anything. I would like to think that even if I had the money to do more, that I would not. Check out the doll tent, bed, and table and chairs I made. The tutorials have tons of pictures!
Erin Ahrens November 26, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Also, my husband and I do not exchange gifts with each other in the traditional sense. All four of us go to the dollar store, and spend one dollar on each of the other three in the house, plus a gift for the dog. Then, we each exchange gifts after we go to Mass on Christmas Eve, before we make our cookies. The gifts have been hilarious, sweet, or incredibly thoughtful. It is a tradition we carry throughout the year allowing each child to get a dollar store gift for grandparents, uncles and aunts. For my birthday, my daughter insisted she knew what she wanted for me. A mug. She used a sharpie on in, and then I baked it, and now I have an original piece of artwork to drink my coffee from each day ;o)
Gayla November 26, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Awesome Erin! Sounds like you guys have some wonderful, meaningful family traditions. I love it.
hristova November 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM
We have no limitation per discretion reasonable - what we think, what he loves, every year varies, has to be Christmas,not usual,has to be interesting as no other time of the year when we may stop by and get it, we do not do adult presents - hope do not sound crazy but you know what 400$ this year - and what we got to do about it, change the prices or what? Cannot wait to see his eyes.otherwise he has limitations on strict, as much some of us do not get melted occasionally.Forgot to mentioned this includes Birthday 7 days before Christmas , Christmas and New Year- we keep living in that package usually , so realistically is around 100-120$ I guess, some times less than that ... My rule I have to be excited about it as much as him-:) we did standard one - pijama, encyclopedia and books[ here are 70$ already in EU " cheap"], he was about this huge transformer, we said another one ?,enough. I said we will make an error not to listen and do what WE decided only, decided to try he is a big kid- he returned Santa , I could not stop laughing on his serious face, not disappointment, comment " Santa stinks this year", he returned the present in front of the entrance door, and went to watch a cartoon, he said na , I ordered the transformer - conclusion, was our error -he did not fuss, so we fix and next day we help Santa in the mall with the Transformer [ 100$]- 8 years old ... so 170$ not 100$ on us -:) I think has to be something extra exciting as not usual to evaluate the holiday...
hristova November 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM
sorry to continue, he was born next to Christmas and I always prefer to get him presents from places he has not seen unless is a specific list, then his way sure enough as long is affordable for us ; is once per per year, what is not affordable- me to go on Bali Bali with a hot guy other than his dad, and then complain that OMG Christmas , these kids and prices; you know is our kid you have expectations in months in advance... you plan accordingly and is all fine. He has been denied stuff during the year so many times, some times is an idea for day or two, disappearance on the next one; He never got I Pad, we said no- he cried, well he got a better phone then I Pad, not always his way what he wants .... but overall he has a very strong character being sensitive, also I am tired from this commercial staff of 10-15$ which all parents know is accumulated gatherings after 3 years of so much of that - imagine how much money goes this way away from all of us. We rarely purchase something right a way, in a store he said I want this , we have the money for it, but usually , he forgets by the time we got back home, and is good this way, unless is something like soccer ball, etc or idea lasting more than 2 weeks of reminder, otherwise with these 10$ . We did differently, when we like the 10$ not him bring him at home . So Christmas for us , is him by the way 12 years ago from that gifts for his Christmas has to be special and not to stink, and to stay in his interest months!

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