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I'm Asking: How Much Do You Plan to Spend on Holiday Gifts?

I'm Asking: How Much Do You Plan to Spend on Holiday Gifts?

Last minute shopping is something I totally sympathize with, and hopefully you're not having to squeeze in last minute budgeting to make sure you have enough for holiday gifts (consider this your friendly reminder). According to the National Retail Federation, US shoppers plan on spending around $830 on their loved ones this year. Most of you are reducing your gift budget from last year; how much do you plan on spending?


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FunkyFish FunkyFish 8 years
I plan to spend about $200 on gifts, and you can get some great gifts and gadgets at
buttercup74 buttercup74 8 years
Oops! Forgot to give the website address (sorry, bu thank you for messaging me!
buttercup74 buttercup74 8 years
With this horrible economy, I'm still getting gifts, but I am trying to really hold to a budget this year and limit big gifts for just family. For close friends, I found a great website where people can buy and personalize land for only a few dollars....kind of the same concept of naming a star, etc. I think it says that I care, but also keeps my wallet safe :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i can say that as of right now i'm not going to spend that much. it's kind of sad - cause i have more people to shop for but i really don't have enough money to do it. i hope that people realize that if i COULD i would - but that things are really tight!
lauraxtc lauraxtc 8 years
Maybe about $300 but that is it. Im going to a hard financial crisis. lol. :(
skigurl skigurl 8 years
like someone mentioned, ebay is also a good spot if you get someone something fun and novelty like a hamburger phone from the movie juno, it's funny and entertaining and they'll be so impressed you found it at all, and will have no idea it was 15$
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 8 years
My husband and I aren't really into exchanging presents on Christmas, but we do go out to a nice dinner or something like that. The only other people I worry about are my parents, and I can usually make them something or buy something cheaper but thoughtful. My parents still send presents to my aunts, uncles and cousins and sign my name to it, so no worries there.
Fiend Fiend 8 years
i am glad im not the only one keeping the total amount for gifts under $500. I have 5 people tp buy gifts for and 2 of those ppl also have bdays in Novemeber and December so i usually (in the past) dedicated about $2-300 total for bday gifts, and $3-400 total for xmas gifts. This year im probably going to do 100 for bday gifts and $200-275 for xmas gifts. I am also going try and get as much stuff around black friday as possible to save even more.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Well...all told for "Family Days" this year I think I will be spending around $2,000 to $3,000 possibly a little more. Which is the most I will have spent in for the last 6 to 8 years. My family doesn't do the holidays or "family days" on the actual date of whatever holiday. Usually because we're all working - my sister the nurse can never seem to get Thanksgiving, Xmas or NYE off same for my brothers so everything been pushed to mid-January. My plan is to get my sister a tankless water heater for her house and that's gonna set me back about $1,500 to $2000 a lone (with installation). But in the long run it will save her a lot of money and help the environment. Everyone else will get gifts that are both fun and useful. Like my youngest nephew ( <--this fellow in the picture) is getting his extra CSU tuition and a graphic design tool box from me. My niece-monkeys will get VISA giftcards because I cannot fathom what those 14 year old girls want - and I know they don't want what I wanted when I was 14 (John Taylor from Duran Duran and a pair of Levi's). If I don't spend this money on family or have plans on saving it indefinitely - then I'll just waste it on junk like magazines, unnecessary kitchen gadgets, and stuff for my car.
Anniina Anniina 8 years
I'm thinking.. less than 100€. I decided to paint some paintings :)
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Honestly, I'm not sure. My husband and I always spend about $50-$100 on each other and a total of about $500 or less for everyone else. His family doesn't do gifts, so that saves some cash. But my mom fully expects a gift every year (and she's usually VERY specific about what she wants). Christmas has never been a huge financial burden for us, so we just plan to keep it that way. I'm really creative about my shopping...I buy a lot of cool things on eBay or at auctions that I know my relatives will love and I don't spend a fortune.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
thanks for the advice runningesq! she'll get me something no matter what we agree to do, but I suppose that's her choice and I don't need to feel guilty about it :)
dcfashionista dcfashionista 8 years
I plan on spending $200 at the most. I intend to shop major sales and utilize the $5 and Below store to my advantage. I like getting things for people that I know they will use.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
lawchick -- what about a nice dinner or mani/pedi trip together? That way there's no awkward, oh-thanks-for-the-$$$-gift, here's soap, and you guys can spend some QT together :)
gemsera gemsera 8 years
beau and I are going halves in a flat screen tele (we've wanted for ages, but refuse to buy it on credit). Other than that, maybe £200? I hope to pickup an antique french brooch in paris in a month for my step mum, a case of beer for both dad and FIL (exotics they cant usually get), and a few other small gifts for friends. We dont have alot but neither does anyone else we know which makes it nice.
cubadog cubadog 8 years
I am only buying for my immediate family this year since I will soon be unemployed!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
For anyone semi crafty that wants to make gifts I just picked a magazine called "Gifts to Make" I got it at Barnes and Nobles but you can get it at a craft store like Michaels too. It's got some cute stuff, I plan on making my niece a sock-tapus and all the girls in my family/friends lavender eye pillows/sleep masks.
nutmeg84 nutmeg84 8 years
I'm not spending a dime this year. My family all agreed that we would rather just enjoy our time together this year, and not stress about buying each other gifts. In my opinion, Christmas is more about spending time with family and friends than it is about spending money that you can't afford on things that your loved ones really don't need.
heartbreakerx62x heartbreakerx62x 8 years
I am going to shoot for around $200-$300 tops! I just will have to be super creative!
OhFish OhFish 8 years
My bf and I both have large immediate families. We usually overspend (over $1200 each year for 3 years!!) but this year we've told everyone that we'd like to focus more on family time and food (!) than gifts. We might even take a little camping trip or something. Hopefully, we can cut our holiday budget in half this year! I've just started our shopping, but have been making gift idea lists on Amazon for a couple months.
kristennn kristennn 8 years
Considering I got laid off this summer and still haven't found a new job, I'm definitely not going all out this year. I decided to keep my shopping list to immediate family and the boyfriend, so $200 if I'm going to spend $50 each on them.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
She is definately more reasonable :) My friends bday is actually thursday and we are going out to dinner but nothing too expensive and i am going shopping tonight for a gift and it will probably be some stuff from bath and body works and a book as she loves to read. $300 is a bit much, i can see the problem :)
lawchick lawchick 8 years
thanks, Liss :) your friend may be more reasonable than mine! (this year for our birthdays (which are a week apart) she wanted to give gifts, have a spa day, AND go out to a super expensive restaurant -- like a $300+ day!!)
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
We are trying not to spend as much this year as we are going on a cruise to Bermuda and trying to save money for the trip but we have a big family and the gifts never end. Lawchick - I don't know if this helps or not but a good friend and i decided instead of buying each other christmas gifts we would do birthdays instead. We both have too many people to buy for and one less person helps. :)
indieglam indieglam 8 years
I think I'll be spending somewhere between $200-$300 this year. Usually, my family does a Secret Santa between the siblings and their spouses (6) and we limit the spending amount to $30/person. This year, my dad wants us to donate that money to the Salvation Army instead of giving each other stuff; he always asks us to donate to charity whatever we'd spend on him because he says he doesn't need anything. We'll see. It's been a tough year for one of my brothers and I don't have that much extra money right now as a grad student. For friends, I've already purchased a few little things here and there that were on clearance. I like Renees3's idea of making a lot of presents, so I might do that.
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