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I have five kids at home so any advice is appreciated.
Here's the deal:
We have a seventeen year old boy, a sixteen year old boy, two ten year old boys (not twins) and brand new baby girl.
The 17 and 16 year old have requested cash and that's fine with me. That way they can get what they want. I think they want to go in together and get a t.v. for their room. But they can spend it how they choose.
My youngest ten year has given me a Christmas list that consists of only a specific pair of shoes and a bike... easy enough.
My oldest ten year old has given me a much longer list spanning every price range. Gloves, shoes, bike, laptop (yeah right), etc...
With the four boys I want to be fair and make sure DH and I spend similar amounts on each of them.
The baby will be easy. She will receive a "Keepsake Gift" to commemorate her 1st Christmas.
Here's the question:
How do I keep from going overboard? I'm not sure how much to give the oldest boys plus I really want to have at least one gift for each of them to open Christmas morning.
Just as I did last year I'll have to guess about his gifts for my youngest 10 YO to make sure he has as many packages as his slightly older brother. And for my oldest ten YO (Just like last year) I'll have to do some serious slashing on some of his requests.
Should I just go by the more extensive list and buy two of everything that I can afford to get?
And what would make a good "Keepsake Gift" for DD?
I don't know that I'm an expert. Especially when it comes to buying for older children (I struggled trying to buy for my 11 yr old this year). But I generally try to keep it even by setting a budget for each kid and then I also try to keep each gift pretty equal in value. That way everyone gets the same number of gifts. The budget keeps me from going overboard and by keeping gifts in the same price range I don't have to worry about one child getting more gifts than the others.
This year each child is getting three gifts and stocking stuffers.
When it comes to Christmas Keepsakes, I love the Hallmark Keepsake ornaments. I like to buy them around April/May off of Ebay.
C...mom to A, C, E, L, I, and R