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, or is there? 

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

Bill Keane November 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I think people need to be guided by values more than specific dollar amounts. Pretty much, my kids knew they'd be getting one "big" gift each year, with a few nice ones added on... I think kids really appreciate each thing more when there are less things overall. Opening a plethora of packages under the tree may tend to diminish the thrill of one truly special present. Beyond this, parents simply have to take control and ensure that the Holiday they want is the celebration they create. Christmas was never about overdrawn credit, and heaping burdens we are unable to bear. It's about a Presence, not presents. If we stick with the core meaning and message, we don't have to be dragged down by the materialism.
donna November 25, 2012 at 01:55 PM
As always, "well said!"


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