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How Much Do You Spend on Kids' Christmas Gifts? Do You Spoil Your Kids at the Holidays?

By WendyM |

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Do you have a budget for your Christmas gift spending?

How much should you spend on Christmas gifts for your kids? Do you follow a budget?

When you have the means to do so, spoiling your kids can be almost too easy.

The holidays are definitely a time of giving, and some of us do so with wild abandon, to the point of spoiling the kids just a little too much. Christmas comes but once a year after all.

Despite my best intentions, my budget falls by the wayside and I end up overspending because I see just one more thing to buy for Kid A and inevitably have to buy just one more thing for Kid B to make everything “fair.”

It’s a struggle, but I know I’m not alone.

TODAY Moms and surveyed 6,000 parents and found that three-quarters of respondents said that their kids are a little or a lot spoiled, and 60 percent believe our kids are more spoiled than when we were kids.

Totally agree there.

The survey found that the average amount spent per child this holiday is $271, but one in 10 said they’ll spend $500 and one in four answered that they’ll spend less money on gifts this year.

You can check out the full survey questions and results at Today Moms.

One of the most interesting questions in the survey was: “Do you bribe kids into good behavior with the ‘Santa’s watching…’ threat?” 57.1% answered yes! And I thought I was the only one who had done that!

How much have you spent on your kids’ Christmas gifts this year?

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About WendyM



Wendy Michaels** has been an entertainment writer for many years, covering the celeb buzz for both TV Crunch and Movie Crunch blogs. She loves celebrity gossip on any level, from A-listers right down to those pesky reality stars. Wendy's passion for entertainment news is a strange addiction, but she wouldn't have it any other way. She lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York, where she enjoys time with her husband and two children.

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0 thoughts on “How Much Do You Spend on Kids' Christmas Gifts? Do You Spoil Your Kids at the Holidays?

  1. Richan says:

    Oh wow and I thought our $100-$200 was a lot, $500 is too much for 1 kid imo

  2. Becca says:

    I think that as long as people are trying to raise their children to be decent, responsible people, and they aren’t spending more than they can afford to pay for, how much they spend on Christmas presents is nobody’s business.

    I feel very envious when I see how much money some friends have available to spend, and that brings out the “I’m sure that kid is going to grow up spoilt” grumbles in my head, but part of being an adult is learning that most of our judgements of others come from somewhere within. It isn’t stuff that spoils a child, but attitude.

    We have bought Barnaby one gift each for his first Christmas. He has eight grandparents (yay divorce!) and four great-grandparents, so he has been extremely lucky gift-wise.

  3. Suzie says:

    I hope these big spenders aren’t part of “the 99%”!

  4. michelle says:

    We’re in the top 2% of income earners and we still spend less than $50 per kid. The grandparents stick to this as well. Too much stuff is obscene IMO. Plus I find that kids are very happy with basic toys — they don’t need expensive/fancy stuff to spur their imaginations. Of course, my kids can still get obnoxious (like most kids) about all the presents they want and how they NEED to have this or that toy, but we are not shy about saying no and we really try to impart the right values to them. I take them to volunteer at a local food pantry every Saturday of the year (not just during the holiday season), so hopefully by the time they grow up that message will stick better than the consumerist onslaught.

  5. Alyssa says:

    We have 3 kids and spend 500$ on each kid. Plus my mom spends 500$ on each of them….yea their spoiled but it’s only once a year!

  6. Taz says:

    I have a question- I am currently pregnant, my husband and I have been together for 5 years. During these 5 childless years we have gotten holiday gifts for his whole family and my whole family. We give something to everyone we see at the 3 family holiday parties that we attend and we also send out gifts to two distant nieces. Now that we are about to be parents how can we scale back on our gift getting for everyone else? Do we switch to just buying for the kids (which are only on his side, so we wouldn’t be getting anything for my entire family) or just maybe make cookies or find smaller things to give, but still give to everyone?

  7. Hallie says:

    Taz: yes, that’s exactly what you do, kids only or even cookies/treats for a whole family (skimp on the kids too). Don’t worry about it and rest assured that everyone will be totally fine with it. And don’t be surprised if they even skip you too and just buy for your sweet new bundle of joy :) I was surprised to find that once I made her a great grandmother, my granny started counting me as an adult (haha, now that I’m 26!) and only bought for my little guy.

  8. Denise says:

    Taz – our family buys for all the kids but we pick names for the adults. That way we dont buy for everyone (except our parents), and we set a limit of 30$. For the kids everyone just buys what they can afford (I have 8 nieces and nephews . . . it gets expensive). Another idea is for a few years when I was in college, instead of buying the kids presents I planned an outing with all of them like sledding or bowling. I spent less on each child this way and we got to spend time together which to me is more important than any gift I give them. I wish I could still do that this year but my husband and I moved out of state so I was stuck just buying generic gifts for the kids :(

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