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Old 12-12-2012, 02:43 PM   #81
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Ds1 is getting 1 big and 2 small gifts. Ds2 is getting 1 big and 1 small gift. They will both have stockings full of fruit, candy and small things. That is enough. They have enough toys already and I don't want my home over run. They also get overwhelmed with too much stuff and it all just ends up a big mess.

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Old 12-12-2012, 07:18 PM   #82
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We don't do a set amount of gifts, nor is it necessarily going to be equal number or price wise for each child this year. We do whatever is reasonable. My husband and I do not exchange gifts, though I do fill his stocking. He says that me buying him gifts is like "me buying gifts for myself", since he earns the money and he can buy whatever he wants whenever he wants. Hubby usually buys me gifts, but since there is nothing I need or want this year and we've had a particularly expensive year (bought a house and a used van in the past year), I just want us to be financially comfortable and secure. Getting token gifts that I maybe want but don't need or needs that aren't so pressing that I've already taken care to get them is just unnecessary.

We do buy for a few select friends and my husband's sister. I think we're going to end up not getting anything for his parents this year, though. Like us, they want and need nothing and it's silly to spend money just because you feel you should.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:17 PM   #83
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Re: How many gifts for Christmas?

each:
1 toy from mom and dad (though technically there are a couple of pieces with each toy, DD is getting a My Little Pony set with and extra mini pony, DS is getting extra train track pieces and a couple train pieces, including a new engine)
1 toy from santa (lalaloopsy for DD, two die cast cars for DS)
2 books
clothes (multiple outfits and items due to recent growth spurts)

1 box of duplos to share

Stockings include small toys, tooth brushes, and other random items.
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Re: How many gifts for Christmas?

We go with 3 each to represent Jesus receiving 3 gifts when he was born. They also get a stocking with smaller gifts (we wrap a lot of them) and they receive presents from way too many aunts, uncles, grandparents, great granparents and such!!!

My husband and I usually buy something we want together at Christmas time. We just bought a new TV for example. That will be our gift to eachother and then we will fill one another's stockings.
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I have 4 kids, one is only 2, though, so he really has no concept of Christmas presents.

This year I have gotten each one around 7 or 8 gifts. My inlaws will probably get them each about 4 gifts I'm guessing.

I usually don't go by the number of gifts, I give myself a budget and just try to stick with it while getting them things they wanted/asked for...
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It's so exciting to read every ones Christmas plans!!! I should probably finish shopping huh? My sister keeps buying my son stuff and I'm only giving her son a small toy and a puppy outfit. Ugh.
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Our boys are 3 and 3 months. Last year we onlybought DS1 one thing - a battery powered Dodge Charger Police Car (like power wheels) but it was of course expensive. He got tons and tons of presents from both grandparents, great grandparents, and aunts and uncles. The 2 years prior we just didn't have the money plus he was so young and we knew family would be getting him more than enough.

This isthe first year we bought a lot for both. Our trick is we save up our change for a few months, usually for casino trips but this quarter for Christmas gifts. One small jar got us $118! Including that I say we've spent $200 total? This is what we've purchased so far (we may get a couple more things who knows)

DS1: (all Thomas the Train) Cranky the Crane, Wooden Percy & Victor, Die Cast Henry, a Take 'n Play playset; a collapsible wooden train bridge, an adjustable basketball hoop, and a Melissa & Doug Crazy Faces Sticker Set
DS2: a Tummy Time Mirror, a musical drum, a Red Sox jacket, a toy bar for his carseat

The In-Laws got DS1 a mini trampoline , some playmobile toys, and DS2 one of those play mat gyms with a kick piano plus at least 5-10 gifts each

My aunt got DS1 a portable DVD player with car kit, a dreamlights dog, the new Hess Truck,plus a few others things I don't know what they are. She got DS2 a Jumperoo Exersaucer (actually bought it overthe summer originally for the shower),a neat little teething ball, plus other things I don't know of.

My grandparents (their g-gparents) got DS1 a Step 2 Art Desk, 2 Thomas DVDs, the game Elefun, a Magic Painter set, animals for his fisher price zoo, and some accessories for his tool bench, and DS2 the Fisher Price Ballcano,some clothes, a Fisher Price Giggle Friend things, and the Fisher Price dog that teaches colors/bodyparts, etc, plusother small things. Then they renewed our familymembership to the local zoo which they do every year.

I have no clue what my mother is getting them, usually a few smaller things.

Then they'll get some things from friends, gift exchanges, x-mas parties, and some other more distant relatives.

That's not counting our gifts to eachother or the stuff our family gets us. Both DF and I had huge Christmases and we want to recreate that for our boys. But I have a feeling this year is going to be way TOO big so now that we're buying more gifts we'll have to ask everyone else to limit themselves if possible. Especially considering DS2 will already have everything from DS1. Oi!
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Our boys are 3 and 3 months. Last year we onlybought DS1 one thing - a battery powered Dodge Charger Police Car (like power wheels) but it was of course expensive. He got tons and tons of presents from both grandparents, great grandparents, and aunts and uncles. The 2 years prior we just didn't have the money plus he was so young and we knew family would be getting him more than enough.

This isthe first year we bought a lot for both. Our trick is we save up our change for a few months, usually for casino trips but this quarter for Christmas gifts. One small jar got us $118! Including that I say we've spent $200 total? This is what we've purchased so far (we may get a couple more things who knows)

DS1: (all Thomas the Train) Cranky the Crane, Wooden Percy & Victor, Die Cast Henry, a Take 'n Play playset; a collapsible wooden train bridge, an adjustable basketball hoop, and a Melissa & Doug Crazy Faces Sticker Set
DS2: a Tummy Time Mirror, a musical drum, a Red Sox jacket, a toy bar for his carseat

The In-Laws got DS1 a mini trampoline , some playmobile toys, and DS2 one of those play mat gyms with a kick piano plus at least 5-10 gifts each

My aunt got DS1 a portable DVD player with car kit, a dreamlights dog, the new Hess Truck,plus a few others things I don't know what they are. She got DS2 a Jumperoo Exersaucer (actually bought it overthe summer originally for the shower),a neat little teething ball, plus other things I don't know of.

My grandparents (their g-gparents) got DS1 a Step 2 Art Desk, 2 Thomas DVDs, the game Elefun, a Magic Painter set, animals for his fisher price zoo, and some accessories for his tool bench, and DS2 the Fisher Price Ballcano,some clothes, a Fisher Price Giggle Friend things, and the Fisher Price dog that teaches colors/bodyparts, etc, plusother small things. Then they renewed our familymembership to the local zoo which they do every year.

I have no clue what my mother is getting them, usually a few smaller things.

Then they'll get some things from friends, gift exchanges, x-mas parties, and some other more distant relatives.

That's not counting our gifts to eachother or the stuff our family gets us. Both DF and I had huge Christmases and we want to recreate that for our boys. But I have a feeling this year is going to be way TOO big so now that we're buying more gifts we'll have to ask everyone else to limit themselves if possible. Especially considering DS2 will already have everything from DS1. Oi!
Wow that's a lot of presents. I used to get a mountain of toys too as a child but really only from my parents. Most other family members gave of clothes because I think they knew we were spoiled lol. I think if we had more money and a bigger house we would do more but I will still rather have quality verses quantity. My mother in law always buys lots of "junky" toys that just don't hold up and are broken the next week and then both her and my don are upset about it. This year she took my advice though and got him two tag reader books which he loves and probably won't break so every buddy should be happy. It sounds like your kids are going to be very happy with their gifts. You should take a pic once it's all pulled under the tree.
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Re: How many gifts for Christmas?

I guess I do this in a weird way but I think about all the things DS would REALLY like or play with. Mostly educational or things I know will be a BIG hit. I add them all to my amazon cart and I than talk to DH about what on the list he thinks will be the best of what I picked out. I research the best prices I can get. At that point I try to pare down as much as possible and make sure it is in a reasonable budget. The plan this year was $200 but I think we ended up closer to $300. I will say that the budget is kind of high but we keep much of what we have for the next child and work to buy things that will last for years. If we had more kids to buy for I doubt we would spend as much for each child. We would likely try to get things the kids could both get good use out of. DS is also too young to ask for anything so he just gets what I think will be best.

MIL will get DS a bunch of gifts. No number but she spends around $500 or so best I can tell.

My parents get DS one gift. This years I picked it out and it is around $20 but they have 20 grandchildren!

Grandma in law usually gets one or two toys and some socks and stuff. Maybe around $30 or so.
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