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Do you have a price limit for gifts?

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I have a $25 price limit for gifts to friends and our extended families and my husband and kids get one gift from each direct family member (plus one Santa gift per person). I don't spend much on my husband and kids, but gifts for extended family and friends grow every year as people get married and/or have kids. I love buying gifts for others but I don't think I'll be able to afford (or keep track of) continuing this in future years. Just wondering what some of you all do to budget for Christmas. Do you set price limits? Would it be rude to stop sending gifts to people? Any ideas? Thanks :)
VirginiaPeanuts posted Dec 17, 2011

i don't really set's more of if i find a good deal for someone..then think if it's worth it for that person..i don't mind spending a little bit more for something if i know the person will totally appreciate it..but i guess at the same time..just 'cuz i know someone will appreciate a brand new car..there's no way i'm going to get one for them :P

nimrodboy3 (rep: 68.2k) posted Dec 17, 2011


I don't really have limits but I feel like I'm more (or less) inclined to buy more expensive things for certain people. I always hunt for deals on particular things and try to get cash back on every gift I buy for the holidays so my bank account doesn't suffer as much as it would have. It's always nice to see something on the front page that would be perfect for who I'm gift shopping for.
What happens when someone gets you something that's a lot more expensive than what you got them? (and it's noticeable?)
I also have general unspoken agreements with friends who I've known for a long time - we never get each other gifts and it's understood. It might be nice to be more sentimental and make a card for certain people instead of buying them a gift. It's wallet friendly :) but it does take some more time/effort.

arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Dec 17, 2011


We dont shop for other family members any longer. It was a mutual agreement between brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, etc. Well I shouldnt say we dont altogether but like Virginia said its just too much with everyone having kids and teh families growing so now we limit it to my wife shops for her mom, bro and sis. And I do the same for my parents and siblings.

Acidbaby (rep: 7k) posted Dec 17, 2011


it's like a christmas down- payment if you start buying xmas gifts in july. Youll get to spread out your spending and take advantage of deals that you see along the way.

tekman2500 (rep: 1.4k) posted Dec 19, 2011