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Hi guys. I want to get your opinions on Christmas gifts. Those of you who are parents how many gifts do you get for children at christmas. Is is terrible that I have to ask this but I used to get a lot and my husband got one and then one for his birthday which was 2 days later. I am trying not skimp or induldge too much
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How old are the children?
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How old are the children?
She will be 3 in January
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

As a child I used to get none, as Christmas present giving is not traditional in my place of origin. My son gets one, something special chosen by him.
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

For me, I don't see the point in splurging when they are too young to realise what's going on. My daughter is 18 mo, and last year I didn't buy her any specific present for Xmas, but several little things all over the months following her development.

My son is 6, and for the past two years Xmas has been a big event for him. He tends to want each and every thing he watches on TV, so he makes lists, and toward Xmas he decides what he really wants. He's allowed to chose 1 big (read 'expensive') thing. His father and I are divorced, which means that in fact he can chose 2 things, nice for him

I think that too many presents and toys mean that they don't really play with anything but wander from one toy to the next, not knowing what to start with. Plus all those toys take such a huge amount of place in a room, you quickly run out of place to store them!
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

I would say three to five.
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Hi guys. I want to get your opinions on Christmas gifts. Those of you who are parents how many gifts do you get for children at christmas. Is is terrible that I have to ask this but I used to get a lot and my husband got one and then one for his birthday which was 2 days later. I am trying not skimp or induldge too much
My husband also used to get one, maybe two and I used to get a lot. But my mom used to wrap up everything (stuff we needed like socks, underwear etc.) so that there were tons of presents to unwrap. I like to do the same with my kids. The excitement of seeing all kinds of packages under the tree and the unwrapping is all part of the fun.
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

I also used to get tons-the tree was absolutely stuffed. My husband, uh, one.

Now we have a two year old and a four year old. They get one smallish and one slightly larger gift each year. Mostly, this is because we celebrate Christmas twice, on Christmas Eve (Swiss style) and Christmas Day (American style). So, one present is in the stocking, and one under the tree. Last year, my older got a small play food set (cupcakes!) and a basic playmobil. The younger got a small play food set (juice cartons) and a basic wooden train set.

We try to make the holiday more about the tree, the cookies, the music, the candles, the family and food. Honestly, for young children, the unwrapping is pretty overwhelming and more than one or two presents is just too much. We used to get tons of stuff from my parents (the Americans) and the kids weren't into it. Also, we found it awkward to visit with my husband's parents on Christmas, since his brother's children (same age, about, as ours) got very jealous at the difference in gifts.

I think, if you want the big spread of presents, do it, but do it in your own house as a more private thing, not with your husband's parents. They'll definitely think you're overdoing it. But hey, if you turned out okay...
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

I would say one 'main' present and two or three smaller ones (books, clothes,puzzles, small toys etc)

It's what we had as kids and it made the gifts we got seem more special (my mum wrapped up essentials like socks, crayons etc so we had something more to open in our stockings). My husband's family always had loads so our son also received quite a few from them too (although we did ask them to limit it to one gift per donor). When we used to visit OH's sister years ago I was horrifed by how many gifts her kids got on Christmas morning and the amount of money they spent on them and was adament that we would notdo the same for our kids and I have really tried to stick to that.
I agree with Melusine in that if they have too many they can't play with them all and they take up a phenomenal amount of space so that's also something to take into consideration. My sister in law found that out to her cost.
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

Yes personally I always get crap I don't need. I would be perfectly happy with just a few nice presents. But I don't like other people having more presents than me, so if they do I would rather have the crap to open.

I am a very very jealous person.
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

1. Buy gift
2. Wrap gift
3. Give gift
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

Give the child a cardboard box they will be really happy busting it up and throwing it around
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

I have a friend who bought her daughter so much stuff for christmas it took the chid 2 days to open them alll. (She was about 20 months old at the time)

There were so many presents it took up a whole wall. Never mind what was under the Xmas tree.

I know people like to spoil thier kids and i understand why but in my opinion ALL that is just WRONG: She loves Xmas and spends lots of time, effort, energy and money into making it "Perfect". Costing thousands.

They are by no means rich. And really could put the money to better use.

Its to the stage where i hate talking Xmas with her as it honestly annoys me. I hate to see so much money being spent then to hear how broke they are.

I think one "main present" then a few little presents... books, markers socks, pjs etc...
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

We have decided that we will do one gift plus a stocking for our little guy. This is what hubby had and I like the idea as it means we get something special for Christmas, a few small things (constrained by what will fit into a stocking) and then we can also make sure we don't go crazy at one time of the year only and can have the ability to get things throughout the year without still paying off the credit card in April! It is way too easy to get "just one more thing" when you see something you know they will love

But in a couple years when he can start to understand we will also find ways for us to get involved with helping those in need during Christmas. When I was a kid, we used to help deliver Christmas presents/food put together by a local charity. It was only a few hours once a year, but it definitely helped us kids realize how lucky we really were to have a Christmas tree with gifts under it. Some of my best Christmas memories are from those nights trying to find apartments and seeing just how much a small bag could change an entire family.
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

I forgot to add, my three year old LOVED making cookies last year. We bought the dough from the Coop (I'm lazy) and she went crazy with cutting and decorating them. She gave "presents" to all of her daycare friends and family and pretty much anyone she knew. It was, bar none, the best part of the holiday.
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Thanks guys. I was spoiled as a child but that is how my parents showed their love. My husband's are honestly were cheap (his mom still is). I was thinking 1 large gift from Santa and a couple little ones. Her B day is just after xmas so we are going to keep that separate unlike my husbands
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

My parents always gave us a few (smaller) presents, and then 'Santa' would bring us a big present or two. These would always appear on Christmas morning, wrapped in completely mysterious wrapping paper that we'd never seen before. We would always leave a note for Santa with the cookies and milk, and Santa would always leave a little note for us.

One other note--I don't know how much kids actually enjoy ripping paper off of things, but I can guess how much parents enjoy picking up all the bits of paper from the floor after they are done.

For years, we have wrapped presents in cloth bags with ribbons. Still looks good under the tree, is way less messy, and a ton cheaper than buying rolls and rolls of wrapping paper every year. Plus, it might take less time for the youngest gift-openers, if they only have one ribbon to deal with.
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

My kids get one "big" gift and sometimes some smaller ones along. An in all we usually spend no more than CHF 150.- per child.
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Re: How to give ( Christmas gifts )

We tend to set a budget rather than number of pressies.
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