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I was shocked to read that the average parental spend on Christmas presents per child is £225 and that a parent spending £100 could be regarded as a 'Scrooge'. How much do you spend? Read More
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
I was shocked to read that the average parental spend on Christmas presents per child is £225 and that a parent spending £100 could be regarded as a 'Scrooge'. How much do you spend?
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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All my daughter's presents were from last year's Boots sale (I don't care what other people think of that).

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#1
As much as I can afford.
At the end of the day, most if it is just overpriced plastic tat that gets opened, played with twice and left on a shelf or buried at the bottom of a toy box!
My daughter probably has more fun playing with the 'free' box from the packaging!
#2
Same as the last 10 years £200 and same for his birthday (give or take a few) but thats down to his birthday and the wifes being in January as well. Hate this time of year :(

Although being that hes soon to be 11, that'll be going up to about £300
#3
A good xbox setup, games, etc., will set you back about £500. £100 will get you about 3 games. iPads are £300-£500. £100 doesn't go far with teenagers.
#4
OMG ! I'm scrooge as I've only spent £75 on each child; I have 2.
#5
All my daughter's presents were from last year's Boots sale (I don't care what other people think of that).
#6
Thanks to HUKD a lot less than at full price. Kids are 6 and 3; probably spent £60 each. Are we tight/stingy/etc? No, but we have a healthy understanding of what is reasonable for children of that age.
#7
Im 37 and my Mam used to spend between £200 & £250 each on my Brother and I when we were kids. Now I have a child I can see the amount we spend has increased as she has got older. She is a teen now and we spend quite a lot on her. We dont have a set amount. We only have one child and get her what we can. Last year she got an iPhone 4S and lots of other things. Year before, an iPad. This year her old ipad is being sold and the money put towards a newer model. We spend a good few hundered on her. But, she gets no presents given throughout the year (apart from her bday). My family give their kids new iphones when they get upgrades, then the kids are given them for no reason. Our daughter waits all yr for what she wants and treasures it when she gets it. She is in no way spoiled.
#8
I've spent less than £80 each on my three but with the Clubcard Boost and all of the amazon vouchers i've amassed from valued opinions, I can't believe how much i've got for them. Food shopping tomorrow with my £15 off at Aldi voucher makes this one of the best value for money christmasses ever. I love this site!!!

Edited By: Bess on Dec 18, 2014 22:42
banned#9
I don't celebrate Christmas but I got mine kids ipad air 2.
It mine as well lol.
When we do celebrate our Christmas we spend £150 on a child.
#10
spend what you can afford and no more. I was brought up on cheaper presents but I appreciated them. we weren't well off or poor. , why should parents spend more than they have.
#11
No set amount, but off the top of my head about £1500 on my 14 year old and about £500 on 19 year old. That is off me as I have split from their mother so no idea what she is spending on them. Probably the same again, if not a little more.

As they get to adult age the spend reduces massively, next year the oldest will just be getting £250 cash and some stocking fillers.
#12
cornishscouse
spend what you can afford and no more. I was brought up on cheaper presents but I appreciated them. we weren't well off or poor. , why should parents spend more than they have.
I agree. I buy from the Summer onwards, and buy bargains/offers. Id never go into debt. If we havent got it, she cant have it, simples! :3
#13
Me and my partner have 11 kids between us ( don't faint ) lol.
Ranging from 18 - 3.
We spend what we can afford. Around £300-£400 for my 7 children and we give his kids half of what mine have.
We don't have much money but we try and give the kids what we can if that means doing extra shifts at work my fella will. Wouldn't get into debt over Christmas.
#14
NEtech
No set amount, but off the top of my head about £1500 on my 14 year old and about £500 on 19 year old. That is off me as I have split from their mother so no idea what she is spending on them. Probably the same again, if not a little more.

As they get to adult age the spend reduces massively, next year the oldest will just be getting £250 cash and some stocking fillers.
Do you not try to keep them the same? My brother and I would have been gutted if 1 got 3 x more than the other. (If we had of it would have been him, blue eyed boy! :D)
#15
What do you spend op?
#16
Angel_Of_The_North
NEtech
No set amount, but off the top of my head about £1500 on my 14 year old and about £500 on 19 year old. That is off me as I have split from their mother so no idea what she is spending on them. Probably the same again, if not a little more.

As they get to adult age the spend reduces massively, next year the oldest will just be getting £250 cash and some stocking fillers.
Do you not try to keep them the same? My brother and I would have been gutted if 1 got 3 x more than the other. (If we had of it would have been him, blue eyed boy! :D)

When they are kids yes, but the 19 year old is an adult now and earns his own money. He knows the score, the same will happen with my daughter, once she leaves school Christmas will be reduced also. So all in all over their childhood period they are both treated equal once my daughter catches up it works out the same. ;)
#17
No set amount. We have 2 kids. 7 and 3.
One birthday is November and one is January so just split what we've bought. I've probably spent £1000 but it's not about the money. my kids very rarely get bought things throughout the year
#18
NEtech
Angel_Of_The_North
NEtech
No set amount, but off the top of my head about £1500 on my 14 year old and about £500 on 19 year old. That is off me as I have split from their mother so no idea what she is spending on them. Probably the same again, if not a little more.

As they get to adult age the spend reduces massively, next year the oldest will just be getting £250 cash and some stocking fillers.
Do you not try to keep them the same? My brother and I would have been gutted if 1 got 3 x more than the other. (If we had of it would have been him, blue eyed boy! :D)

When they are kids yes, but the 19 year old is an adult now and earns his own money. He knows the score, the same will happen with my daughter, once she leaves school Christmas will be reduced also. So all in all over their childhood period they are both treated equal once my daughter catches up it works out the same. ;)
Ah, I see where youre coming from. Kids are so lucky these days arent they? (I sound like my Mam now!) :p
#19
leewilson338
No set amount. We have 2 kids. 7 and 3.
One birthday is November and one is January so just split what we've bought. I've probably spent £1000 but it's not about the money. my kids very rarely get bought things throughout the year
Same here. Plus we havent got a big family that buys for her. Apart from my Dad, he always buys her something nice.
#20
I spend around £300 - £400 per child, depending on what they've asked for, the older ones have got xbox ones & ps4s which but the time you've bought the console and a game, then the charging docs etc that's £400 gone straight away, the smaller ones have got a 3ds each and a bike with some other bits & the very little one (2 year old) has had about £80 and my husband has made her a kitchen which it 100 times better quality than any of the shops and cost us about £10. I dont buy crap for the sake of buying, like somebody else has already said this is the only time I buy them anything apart for birthdays & if anything else comes out during the year ( xbox games etc) they don't get it, they have to wait for next christmas.

I have 5 children and a step daughter so I usually start buying in September then it doesn't hurt as much (_;)
#21
I gave my child £0.50p and a good old hiding!
#22
I have 3 kids and this year have spent approx £230 each which I don't consider alot compared to others I know who spend £500-600. It's harder when teenagers as things they want are expensive but using this site and black Friday I managed to do quite well. I won't get in debt for Christmas but I try to do my best for my kids.
#23
*sigh* Here we go again!

"I spend a million pounds"
"Thats crazy, they are spoilt"
"Its up to me how much i spend, i work hard" etc etc
"I got nothing when I was a kid and we were lucky"
etc etc

:D
#24
mintcondition
I gave my child £0.50p and a good old hiding!

You play hide and seek and you are the king of hiding?
#25
We started with a budget of £250 each I have two children (1 and 3 year olds) we ended up spending £350 each but it's only xmas once
#26
babimama09
OMG ! I'm scrooge as I've only spent £75 on each child; I have 2.

Wow what a great christmas they will be having :/
#27
I always intend to buy throughout the year for my one and only child (boy of 16) but invariably fail miserably and panic last minute. He wants either a PS4 or xbone but unless a great deal comes on here he won't get one. He's had about £200 spent on him already (a camera and clothes) - I know he'll be disappointed but money is tight
#28
Depends on your situation but £100 each kid is more than enough. x
#29
NEtech
mintcondition
I gave my child £0.50p and a good old hiding!

You play hide and seek and you are the king of hiding?[/quote
NEtech
[quote=mintcondition] I gave my child £0.50p and a good old hiding!

You play hide and seek and you are the king of hiding?

I dont have kids really, just joking oO

Edited By: mintcondition on Dec 18, 2014 23:34
#30
Bargainhuntersupreme
I always intend to buy throughout the year for my one and only child (boy of 16) but invariably fail miserably and panic last minute. He wants either a PS4 or xbone but unless a great deal comes on here he won't get one. He's had about £200 spent on him already (a camera and clothes) - I know he'll be disappointed but money is tight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SYH4U1uVCQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyWdWSygGR4

Edited By: NEtech on Dec 18, 2014 23:38
#31
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Tony68k
A good xbox setup, games, etc., will set you back about £500. £100 will get you about 3 games. iPads are £300-£500. £100 doesn't go far with
teenagers.


Didn't think he mentioned an xbox or ipad in op
#32
Oh xmas is so over rated...I have a 14 year old who this year I've spent about £500, im a single mother and save all year so she does not feel left out at xmas as her friends seem to get everything, so this year it's a new laptop as she's doing her GCSEs so really it's a necessity, but it annoys me when some of her friend especially last year at xmas where getting iPads and xbox ones plus lots of bits and bobs, Or iPhones and ps4s really think one big present and some small ones like clothes that are also a necessity.
#33
Woah. Maybe I should go complain to my parents for not spending enough on me for Christmas during my childhood :p .
#34
O I work hard all year like everyone else to provide for Xmas but there's so much pressure these days to have the best of everything n some people take it too far, I was talking to my neighbour today who told me her 10 year old was getting an electric scooter and an iPhone 6 a bit sad if you ask me.
#35
I have no family so all my 8 yr old gets is what I buy. I had miserable poor xmas as a child and I wont let her suffer that. I normally spend between £300 and £500 but many items are used purchasing which she doesn't mind so long as they are working and clean. This year is OTT as we were not together last year for xmas. Shes getting a note book (£40) ps3 (£70), and various other items I purchased for her new and secondhand. As a single mother she appreciates everything she gets and doesn't moan at all - she is grateful for all and many thing will come from Poundland as well as Ebay and local charity shops. If everything was new it would probably be in the region of £1000 as need all the games and accessories for the ps3 etc. I already purchased her a WII U (£75) for her birthday in April and got the games and accessories in the sales or charity shops. She is such a joy to have in life that I would give her anything I thought she needed - not wanted. BTW she has spent £475 on me for xmas - first time this year but it pleases her to do so as its the only present I will get. We will so have a happy happy xmas together with lots of fun and surprises, chocolates, games, cuddles and hugs. Cant wait to see her face on Xmas day, best day of the year for us.
#36
I wish you could find out who votes +1 and -1 at the left of your comment.
#37
mclovin9091
I wish you could find out who votes +1 and -1 at the left of your comment.

That's me who up'd yours
#38
I spend enough, always try to get deals though.
#39
Its my 1st post that's been -3ed and there's a couple of other posts that are negative.

I want to know who dunnit so I can ask whether they think I spend too much or too little, then tell them were to go as its the amount I see fit to spend. As for someone who spends £1500 so be it, that's the way life is. There's always people who are better off than others, there's spoiled kids (I was one) and there will be kids who are more appreciative of a colouring book than a PS4.
#40
i dont have children and would never want to spend to much on them as that is not what christmas is all about :D

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