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I have a 3 & 5 yr old. In the past we have always had a huge christmas but this year we are having 2 christmas’s.. One in MD on christmas day with my family and one in Jan with there daddy who is currently deployed. I know the christmas in MD I will be getting each child 2 gifts plus what ever my parents and siblings get them and the rest of the family so I know they wont notice much LOL but the Christmas in January I am at a loss as too how much to buy this year. So far I have 5 gifts each. Nothing to big, just a few toys that they have been trying to get me to buy. Last year they had close to 20 each, mostly small things..

My question is how many gifts is the average per child in your home?

15 Thoughts on how many gifts do you buy your child for christmas?
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    July 20, 2011 at 4:55 am

    However many santa brings them :]

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    July 20, 2011 at 5:25 am

    I usually set a budget and try to get as many toys for my daughter without going over. I want her to have a lot to open, but things are pretty expensive.

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    July 20, 2011 at 5:47 am

    i give my children one big gift, like next christmas we spend together I am getting all the kiddies a Clydesdale we will be keeping it in the garage 🙂

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    July 20, 2011 at 6:28 am

    2 each child. Quantity is not better than quality. but in this case. 1 gift should be the best gift and the other should be minor gifts like candies, hankerchiefs, mugs, cash, etc.

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    July 20, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Well it generally depends on your income, my parents bring in about 200k for the household a year and I’m asking for a $ 500 radar detector. Its not so much what your children deserve but how much you want to spend on them.

    My mom last year got me a pillow that chirped ” you are my sunshine ” and that alone was my favorite present simply because she used to sing that to me as a child while I fell asleep every night.

    Some of the best presents aren’t exactly the most expensive…keep this in mind!

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    felipe R
    July 20, 2011 at 7:27 am

    well when i was young my mom would get me the #1 toy that i really wanted and clothes which i hated getting hahaha and i would get about 1 or 2 more from relatives haha

    but for the jan. one you should go shopping with daddy and get them one gift each since they might have lots already and say its from daddy

    that seems nice

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    Adam L
    July 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Well the excitement of unwrapping seems to be the best part of it so we average 15 for our two children with maybe two or three big toys per child. Hope this helps 🙂

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    July 20, 2011 at 8:14 am

    In my house we get about 3 or 4 presents each. I have 2 brothers and two sisters, so they’re 5 children in the house. But the age your children are at now, 3 and 5, you should be able to let loose and give them as many as you can afford as long as it’s a necessary and decent ammount.

    They’re young. They shouldn’t be wanting anything too expensive like Television sets or iPods or Cell Phones. Just enjoy this stage while you can 🙂

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    July 20, 2011 at 8:52 am

    As to number, that’s tough, depends on how much you spend. Being with daddy will be the big part of the second Christmas. Maybe get some stockings and fill them up with small toys etc. opening a bunch of little presents will take a lot of time and they should have a lot of fun. Maybe talk to them about buying daddy a special gift from them, and take the empahsis off getting and to giving. I hope you guys have a lot of fun and joy!

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    July 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

    How many gifts do children need? I think every Christmas I worried that I wasn’t providing enough. As I look back I can’t remember what I got for Christmas (a few special gifts stand out) What I remember is being with family and loving every second of the season. The number of gifts don’t matter. I think it is far more important to teach them the reason we celebrate Christmas.
    Don’t fall into the trap the merchants want you to be in. Make sure your childrens needs are met, and throw in a little bit of fun.

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    July 20, 2011 at 9:46 am

    a thousand!! bwahahahaha

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    Angel Love
    July 20, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I don’t count. I just make a list and as I go along buying I mark it off and if I come across something I think my son will like I try to get it. I suppose I will do it differently when I have 2 to shop for because you have to be fair but for now I just have him to spoil. Do whatever you can afford and they will be happy no matter what. I think having daddy there will make it the best Christmas of all no matter what they get. I just wanted to add a Thank you to your family for your sacrifices while you husband serves our country. I will pray he makes it home safe and sound. Have a happy holidays. 🙂

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    July 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

    um…i used to get about 6 or 7, my brother too, and then maybe one or two big ones to share.

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    Professional Peon
    July 20, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I have one kid and last year he got about 5 board games cause money was tight. I always put the present my son REALLY wants at the bottom of the pile.

    But i notice he likes playing games with family time more then any of the other crud i bought him in previous years.

    Don’t feel bad if you get them a bunch of small things.. .if you can get them ONE thing that they really want….if its not to expensive then they will be thrilled when they see that at the bottom of the pile.

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    July 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    One gift from the parents, and one from each other (which I’m involved in choosing and paying for). Plus a stocking with a bunch of little things in.

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