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14/12/2012 at 19:36
With there being a 5yr gap between E and J the last couple of years I've spent more on E than J but this year I've spent marginally more on J.
I could keep buying and buying for J because this age (3yrs) is so easy to buy for but its hard for E, I've bought her everything she's asked for and more but she hasn't really asked for that much.
Just wondering what other people do?
14/12/2012 at 19:39
No. I hadn't even thought about how much it was in comparison.
Hagets more as she's older and generally her stuff costs more. This year she's got an iphone 5 so hundred upfront then 2yrs of 30quid per month. Plus perfume bag makeup onesie pjs music and dvds...L has had about 150 on him
14/12/2012 at 19:42
I think the older they get, the more you spend. I'm on about £250 for Liam & I'm mortified by that. Far too much
I don't spend the same on mine.
C has more spent on him, but it looks like J has more, the step kids have loads less.
There's about £300 difference between what they've had this year. If they were closer in age, I think i'd spend the same amount, but with 7 years, there's a big difference in what they're each into.
C is into games consoles and Lego, neither are cheap.
14/12/2012 at 19:43
Kat its different when you have such a big age gap. Other years we haven't spent anywhere near as much on J because his stuff is much cheaper than the stuff E wants but now he's getting older hes asking for stuff. Also I'm worrying about the size in piles of stuff. J's are all in huge boxes so looks loads compared to E's. H says I always worry about this and itts only me that seems to notice.
14/12/2012 at 19:48
E should understand by now. Im sure she does x
14/12/2012 at 19:53
Feck just mentally adding it up and I've spent way more on U but B looks like like he has the same amoutn of stuff as her. Now feeling guilty and I know I've spent more on her because of worrying abotu how everything has effected her whereas B can chat about it. I've tried to buy my daughters happiness ahven't I?
14/12/2012 at 19:55
Kat its me that thinks too much of it. She is always over the moon with her stuff on CD.
QI don't be silly, you are not buying her happiness at all. Don't over think it x
14/12/2012 at 20:02
QI, someone once told me I was buying C's happiness because of what I spend on him.
I just see it as wanting to spoil my child. They don't get a lot throughout the year, so why not??
14/12/2012 at 20:14
I totally agree AK. I know E gets/has loads but she isn't a spoilt brat (just a pita sometimes ) but she has no more/less than kids her age. Like you I like to spoil them at Christmas, like I was spoilt when I was a child.
H wasn't spoilt and didnt' get what he wanted at Christmas, therefore when he remembers Christmas as a kid it isn't a positive experience unlike me and my sister and brother which I find sad.
14/12/2012 at 22:10
At almost 3 years between mine, and the eldest 5, it's all about equal quantity rather than cost
15/12/2012 at 04:40
Not yet. Russ has had about £300/£350. It's a lot of money but still doesn't look like alot. It's crazy. Rayna has had about 100.00 these are things for when she's older also, nothin for now. Pj xx
15/12/2012 at 04:46
Not technically 2 yet but still got little man a few bits just in case! I've spent way more on E and imagine it'll be like that for a while as number 2 will have a lot of her hand me down toys.
My sister ensures her 3 have X amount each and sticks to it despite the age difference- 7/5/2. It looked last year like the little one had loads in comparison but the older boys toys are much more expensive- DS and other console games for example.
15/12/2012 at 08:28
the older 5 have the same, they have to understand that if they more more expensive presents then they get less in terms of how many. if one wants a laptop and the others want 50 littler presents then so be it. L gets less, she doesn't understand money yet and I don't see the point in spending loads for the sake of it.
15/12/2012 at 08:59
Growing up, we all had the same amount spent on us. I can remember my Mum telling us my older sis looked like she had less, but her individual presents cost more. C knows that even though his pile will be smaller, J's presents were cheaper.
15/12/2012 at 09:00
At the moment I do spend more on my eldest than on the youngest 2 but when they get older I will spend the same on all 3 which is what my mum did/does.
15/12/2012 at 18:48
We spend exactly the same amount on all four of ours (including stepson). M knows that even if she has 10 presents compared to T having 20, that some things are more expensive than others ...... although Santa is the one that makes/brings them.
15/12/2012 at 19:02
We have two and spend roughly the same on them, but more importantly we make sure they have the same number of presents to open.
15/12/2012 at 23:47
I'm guessing that E will have more spent on her than I. I is not quite 3 and so even though he understands some of it he will just be happy with Woody and Buzz. They have a Xbox 360 and a Blu ray/DVD player to share, though I suspect E will get more use out of them.
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