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Question: How much will you spend, exclusive of travel costs, on gifts, etc?  (Voting closed: December 28, 2008, 06:49:49 pm)
Less than $50 - 1 (3.7%)
$51 to $100 - 7 (25.9%)
$101 to $200 - 4 (14.8%)
$201 to $500 - 8 (29.6%)
more than $500 - 7 (25.9%)
Total Voters: 27

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« Topic Start: November 28, 2008, 06:49:49 pm »

Poll says it mostly.  For consideration, for high or low spenders especially, how many people are you buying for? How much of it is for stuff for you?
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« Reply #1: November 28, 2008, 07:23:15 pm »

Poll says it mostly.  For consideration, for high or low spenders especially, how many people are you buying for? How much of it is for stuff for you?


I picked between $101-200.  Mostly for Annabelle, but a few things for other family members. (read: baby pictures and some painting supplies).
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« Reply #2: November 28, 2008, 08:20:42 pm »


Over $500, but 4/5 of that amount is season passes to the "local" theme park. Our girls have all said they'll be happy with just those, since that means at least one trip a month between May and October. The passes pay for themselves after two visits. :-)

The rest is little bits and pieces here and there that will add up to the balance.
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« Reply #3: November 28, 2008, 08:48:27 pm »

Poll says it mostly.  For consideration, for high or low spenders especially, how many people are you buying for? How much of it is for stuff for you?


Between $101 and $200 here. 5 nieces and nephews, plus my own two college aged kids. Santa is skinny at my house this year.  Sad
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« Reply #4: November 28, 2008, 09:05:01 pm »

Poll says it mostly.  For consideration, for high or low spenders especially, how many people are you buying for? How much of it is for stuff for you?

I picked $51- $100, but it will be at the higher end of this scale. This includes my husband, my dog, my mum, my sister, and my grandad. Those are the only people I am buying for (and the only people who I will receive gifts from...not to be presumptuous of course!)
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« Reply #5: November 28, 2008, 09:47:46 pm »

Poll says it mostly.  For consideration, for high or low spenders especially, how many people are you buying for? How much of it is for stuff for you?


$200 to $500 probably. Kiddo wants an iPod Classic, that's the big item. 

She bought some clothes, so I think I'll be have to repay her for them. That's not so much a Chanukah present as a routine item that happened to occur during the sales period.

I also bought a digital camera (Pentax 10, about $100). Part present for myself, part to stop borrowing soon-to-be ex-wife's.

This is an expensive year.
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« Reply #6: November 28, 2008, 09:51:54 pm »

Poll says it mostly.  For consideration, for high or low spenders especially, how many people are you buying for? How much of it is for stuff for you?


I picked 500+.  We have four kids to buy for, plus each other, plus a lot of extended family (four brothers and 2 nephews on my side, a sister and one nephew on his, and our parents).  We always budget $1000 for Christmas, and save up for it throughout the year, so it's not a huge amount coming out all at once. 
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« Reply #7: November 28, 2008, 10:29:30 pm »

Poll says it mostly.  For consideration, for high or low spenders especially, how many people are you buying for? How much of it is for stuff for you?


We'll probably hit the $51-$100 range. I bake all our Christmas gifts, so it's a little hard to figure since we get stuff a couple of months in advance, but that should generally cover the majority of the costs.
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« Reply #8: November 29, 2008, 12:22:25 am »

Poll says it mostly.  For consideration, for high or low spenders especially, how many people are you buying for? How much of it is for stuff for you?

$201-500. I spent an obscene amount on yarn since I'm crocheting all of my gifts for my family and friends (8 projects, including 2 blankets).
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« Reply #9: November 29, 2008, 07:35:44 am »

Poll says it mostly.  For consideration, for high or low spenders especially, how many people are you buying for? How much of it is for stuff for you?

I haven't got any good idea yet.  I'm suspecting somewhere between $200 and $500, probably on the high side of that, but I haven't sat down and really made a list yet.  We're buying for...

Our daughter (though she's still a little on the young side to "get it" this year, so we may still go a little light)
My parents, brother and SIL-to-be
My MIL, BIL, and nephew
Two sets of name-drawing gifts ($10 and $15 limit)
One set of gifts for a swap (I think the limit here is $20, but I'm going to try for cheaper)
Possibly up to three grandparents, if we can find the right gifts (probably my mom's parents will get a joint gift)
Several friends
And each other, of course

Hubby likes to be generous...  sometimes more generous than I think he needs to be, especially with that list of people to buy for.  Every year I have to talk him down from expensive gifts for me and friends.  (This year he was thinking of getting me either a Kindle or a new camera lens--both of which I would have loved, but YEESH the money.  And I thought I was hitting the high end wanting to spend $70 on him!)

Unfortunately, I'm not very crafty, and while Hubby could bake bread for some of the people on the list, it's not going to work out for many of them.  So we'll wind up buying most of those...
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« Reply #10: November 29, 2008, 08:14:30 am »

Poll says it mostly.  For consideration, for high or low spenders especially, how many people are you buying for? How much of it is for stuff for you?


Over $500 unfortunately. Both children have birthdays at this time of the year as does my mother and so do I. The children are of an age where they would rather have a larger "joint" present which they really want rather than 2 cheaper compromise presents. I'm happy with this. Too much unwanted tat is produced for sale at this time of year.

I'm  hosting the seasonal meal  for the 4 of us and both sets of parents as well as the New Years' Eve celebration ( my birthday!) so that adds quite a lot to the cost.

I'll do well in the charity shops afterwards though - lots of lovely candles for next to nothing. I can generally stock up  for most of the year on scented candles, candle holders and incense sticks.

This time of the year is always expensive for us but at least I get it all over and done with in December. I'm off the hook for most birthday presents then for the rest of the year.
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« Reply #11: November 29, 2008, 08:28:56 am »

Over $500 unfortunately. Both children have birthdays at this time of the year as does my mother and so do I. The children are of an age where they would rather have a larger "joint" present which they really want rather than 2 cheaper compromise presents. I'm happy with this. Too much unwanted tat is produced for sale at this time of year.

I'm  hosting the seasonal meal  for the 4 of us and both sets of parents as well as the New Years' Eve celebration ( my birthday!) so that adds quite a lot to the cost.

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This time of the year is always expensive for us but at least I get it all over and done with in December. I'm off the hook for most birthday presents then for the rest of the year.

With the all the birthdays at one time plus hosting the parties, you really aren't doing all that bad. Next year, the poll will include how much do you spend during the rest of the year; that should make your numbers look a lot better.
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« Reply #12: November 29, 2008, 08:45:29 am »

Poll says it mostly.  For consideration, for high or low spenders especially, how many people are you buying for? How much of it is for stuff for you?


I said 50-100 .. it might be slightly more, I'm not sure.  But mostly it's even THAT high because we bought our son a big-ticket item - a seriously huge set of toy railroad stuff.  Other than that he's not getting much at all.

And there were a few small things for his cousins, and stuff like that.  Small items for hubby and myself to exchange.  That's it.
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« Reply #13: November 29, 2008, 03:03:18 pm »

Poll says it mostly.  For consideration, for high or low spenders especially, how many people are you buying for? How much of it is for stuff for you?


I'm spending about $275 -- but 200 of that is for my train ticket home. Everyone's getting remaindered books from the university store  Tongue
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« Reply #14: November 29, 2008, 06:00:30 pm »



Probably around $400-450.  I have Tim, my parents, my sister and her husband, their two little girls, Tim's parents, my grandparents, the two cousins I got in our annual family drawings (both sides are huge, so we always draw names), my best friend, and my dissertation director.  The latter two are getting baked goods, because they both have sweet tooths (teeth?) and neither can cook.  Cheesy   
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