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post #1 of 27
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Morning all!

Here's a question from sadieandziggy:

How much is too much to spend on Christmas Presents for your SO?

I don't have an SO right now, but in the past I have spent well over $500 on my ex-husband this was also when I actually had money I say if you have it, spend it! For that amount however, we would have to be married
post #2 of 27
DH and I don't set a money limit. IMO if you have the money and he/she needs or wants a big ticket item then I say go for it.

Our gifts though tend to be practical. I need a new set of pots and pans. So that's on my wish list. He's is a flat screen tv this year. I'm not sure his gift could be labeled under practical.
post #3 of 27
I agree, IF you have the money, and it makes you happy to buy a big $$ item, then go for it.
post #4 of 27
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
I agree, IF you have the money, and it makes you happy to buy a big $$ item, then go for it.
Thats what I think too!
post #5 of 27
I never know when to stop!
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
I agree, IF you have the money, and it makes you happy to buy a big $$ item, then go for it.
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I never know when to stop!


Aaron is getting a big red bow on the giant flat screen TV he bought on Black Friday. I'll buy him a few other small things as well.
post #7 of 27
I've bought gift for my SO that reach around £200 ($400)

This year we are not going so mad, as money does not permit. I've spent the extra on the kitties.
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I never know when to stop!
Umm... thats part of my problem too
post #9 of 27
I don't know when to stop either, but I'm still at a loose end as to what to get him this year.
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I never know when to stop!


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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post


Aaron is getting a big red bow on the giant flat screen TV he bought on Black Friday. I'll buy him a few other small things as well.
Nice
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by babyharley View Post
Umm... thats part of my problem too
I finished last week, but i saw something else for my sister on saturday and bought it, and Gils into the Rolling Stones and theres a new dvd out from them so i'm getting him that tonight

NO MORE!!!
post #12 of 27
I always wish that I had too much money to spend on John for Christmas! I don't think there's anything wrong with spending a lot if you have the money to spend.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
I agree, IF you have the money, and it makes you happy to buy a big $$ item, then go for it.
I bought my BF a graphics software pacakge that he really wants. I spent way more than I normally do, and probably more than he'll spend on me this year, but I know it'll make him happy.
post #14 of 27
I wouldn't say any amount is "too much", as long as it's not going to blow the budget, so to speak. I know Rob would not be comfortable receiving a gift that did my budget in, but the "toys" that make his eyes light up tend to be medium to large ticket items. I don't know what it's going to be for Christmas, but he just got a top-of-the-line quiet computer case for his birthday, and the drooling that's still going on is worth every single penny.
post #15 of 27
If one has cold hard cash on hand to buy and expensive gift vs a credit card where you will be "paying" for it for a while and you are in good financial shape-well maybe its okay.
Neil want a 6" longbed joiner which is $787 before taxes!!! (he will have to sell his current joiner) Or a new $600 chainsaw!!!
We usually don't every buy gifts that expensive.
post #16 of 27
Spend as much as you can reasonable afford. We have a set price of our limit (which also includes the 4 kids, so its a lot less then $500 for one person). We do NOT max out credit cards or overspend. We set the amount and stick too it - that way we are not stressed the month after Christmas wondering how to pay for things.

We try to do as much cash buying and very little on the cc's. Last year we had a limit of $50 per kid and $75 for each other. Its not about how much you spend, its the thought that counts. DH and I are NOT material people. We have a hard time coming up with a wish list of what we want - as we really don't "need" any of it
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I never know when to stop!
Me too, I am horrible. Me and my ex used to set a limit, and I would always go over it and get in trouble
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
I agree, IF you have the money, and it makes you happy to buy a big $$ item, then go for it.
I won't go into debt, but I buy what I can afford , this year money isn't the problem, I don't know what to buy him. I am totally stumped. The kids we set a limit, and then decide what to get them.
post #19 of 27
Dh just bought himself a $2800 television for Christmas. I like the idea of putting a bow on it on Christmas! I'll probably get him something small to go under the tree, but I have no idea what yet.

In general, I usually get him whatever he wants as long as the budget allows. I don't have a set limit that I stick to each year or anything.
post #20 of 27
DH and I usually set a limit based on our current budget. We both usually blow it, but not too bad! We do the same for our Birthdays since they are so close together. We've had limits from $30 to $100 in the past. This year it's $60. But this year if DH doesn't stop buying the things he wants he's getting socks and thats it!
post #21 of 27
I just finished shopping for DH. He didn't have a big list though. I spent $100. Knowing him he will double that for me. He is already looking at a coat that costs $100.
post #22 of 27
I dont know when to stop. I love buying things for my boyfriend. This year, I went WAYYY over my limit and bought him the 80GB PS3. Almost $600 from Best Buy, but I got the free financing for a year, so I'm just paying it all off before 2009. Plus, I got him a few extra things. I tend to overspend on him.

ETA: And it's not something just for him. It's something both of us will use to watch movies and such. And play Guitar Hero and Rock Band.
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by yam102284 View Post
And play Guitar Hero and Rock Band.
I just played that Rock Band game at my neighbor's house the other night. ADDICTIVE!!!!
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I never know when to stop!
Lol!!!......
post #25 of 27
Depends on what I can afford and what he wants or needs. I've spent as much as $250/300. However if I could I'd buy him a flat screen tv.
post #26 of 27
Rob & I set a budget of $100 for one another at Xmas. Last year we spent about $1,000 combined (him, me, my brother, his brother, and both of our parents'). This year we're saving to have our house built soon, so we are limiting our budget to $100 on my family, $100 on his, and $100 on each other. We were going to change the budget this year, as we DO have the money to spend if we want to buy pricey gifts, but neither of us really have anything expensive on our wish-lists. His birthday is a week before Xmas, and we have a $100 (to $150, as he spent $130 on me this past year) budget for birthdays as well. He makes out well in December!

[Although, I will be making out rather well in Februarys from 2008+ ... wedding anniversary 2/5, Valentines Day 2/14, and my birthday 2/17...]
post #27 of 27
I try not to go over my budget for Christmas presents. For my family members - i set an amount for each every year that is reasonable to my budget and always stick with it.

Colin and I however have no set amount between the two of us as to what we'll spend on each other- so we kind of just suprise each other. I try to get him something nice that is within my budget every year. This year i bought him a brand new Cold Steel cutlery set that he's been drooling over....so i'm hoping he likes it!
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