Holiday Shopping: Spending Limits For Kids’ Presents?

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

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! Do you set spending limits on the presents you buy for your kids? How much is too much? How much is too little?

Let your voice be heard by commenting below!

Sweetpea November 24, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Christmas USED to be more about going to mass to celebrate the birth of Christ, being with family and eating really good food. It was getting together with relatives you hadn't seen since the last Christmas. Once TV, media, and big retailers came along, it became all about Santa Claus and making money. The religious factor diluted into the materialistic world. The "Christmas Season" became the "Holiday Season," because we wouldn't want to restrict the big spending to just Christians! I have many non-Christian friends who now celebrate Christmas!!!! It boggles the mind. Yet, who makes out in the end? The retailers. They have exploited the whole sacred holiday of Christmas. It's becoming more and more disgusting. I think all the retailers who were open on Thanksgiving Day don't care one bit about people, but only money. If they cared about people, they would allow their workers to celebrate the holiday with their families. I refuse to get caught up in the buying frenzy. This year? For me? I'm getting together with my cousins, some friends, and cooking a LOT of great food. What am I giving everyone? Well, besides my food, which I consider "edible love," each will get something small, and some great BIG memories that will last a lifetime. Priceless gifts to me. But hey, it's just my opinion.
Jeanne Gilholm November 24, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Hey Sweetpea! Your words should be cast in bronze and placed in every shopping mall. I love them. Beautifully said. I'm sure many, many others feel the same way as you (and me). I wish you and your loved ones a beautiful, loving Christmas.
Beach Lover November 24, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I agree with sweetpea & Jeanne. Our winter holidays have become over commercialized. I do spend Christmas Eve with both our families & tons of good food & memories. My kids generally get what they want ( within reason!) for Christmas. I don't set a $$ limit, but I won't go into debt over it either.
RJ November 24, 2012 at 05:44 PM
When the kids are small it's definitely quantity over quality. No big expensive gifts needed. Just lots of inexpensive things wrapped up in wonderful paper sitting under the tree is enough to make the kids giddy. We didn't set a limit but made sure both kids had the same number of presents to open. When they got older and understood money and expense they were happy with the one thing they really wanted (within reason). As the other readers said, it's not all about the presents. It's not all about the food either. It has lost it's original Christian message but it is still a time of hope and miracles. For adults it reminds us about the importance of life, family & loved ones. For kids it's truly magical. Music, snowmen, Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees, decorations, TV shows, feety pajamas, hot chocolate, angels, parties and , yes, presents make the season wonderful for them. If they happen to learn the true meaning of Christmas along the way then that's good too.


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