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How much do you spend per child on Santa on average?


Marcos the black

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Just getting the last few bits and bobs together for Santa (risking that there aren't too many 9 year olds and under avid members of p.ie.) and I was wondering was I "spoiling the kids" or just pretty normal in terms of spend.

We have 3 kids and between the 3 or them Santa will cost €420, or €140 per child.
Is that the "average" for Santa?

Also wondering about your shopping habits. I try where possible to buy everything locally, but of the above I had to buy 1 item online (amazon.co.uk) and it cost €72 including postage. But I must admit that it is getting harder and harder each year to find all their presents locally.

What has been your experience?
 


neiphin

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about 400
but ive only 2
 

bob3367

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No Santa for us this year, feckin very expensive, about €300 each.....electronics and clothes.
 

borntorum

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140 per kid sounds reasonable. Many people spend much more, even if they can't afford it. Especially if they can't afford it, in my experience.

Is there a Santa allowance on social welfare? It wouldn't shock me if there was ;)
 

goosebump

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Just getting the last few bits and bobs together for Santa (risking that there aren't too many 9 year olds and under avid members of p.ie.) and I was wondering was I "spoiling the kids" or just pretty normal in terms of spend.

We have 3 kids and between the 3 or them Santa will cost €420, or €140 per child.
Is that the "average" for Santa?

Also wondering about your shopping habits. I try where possible to buy everything locally, but of the above I had to buy 1 item online (amazon.co.uk) and it cost €72 including postage. But I must admit that it is getting harder and harder each year to find all their presents locally.

What has been your experience?
€140 per child!!!

My bill is as follows:

6 year old: €60 (Lego)
4 year old: €60 (Crappy Chinese Power Rangers toys)
1 year old: €5 (because he doesn't even know his own name, never mind what Xmas is)
 

Marcos the black

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but ive only 2
Also annoyingly.. All the Santa gifts this are are technology based... From tablets for kids such as meep or kurio to 3DS to 3DS games... Remember the board games???????
 

tigerben

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I posted on a earlier thread about us being the EU second highest spend, I've three children as well 14, 11 and 8 with the youngest still for santy. Over all so far I've spent 1000 with still a few bits to go. No matter what the eldest girl alway seems to be on a winning streak.
 

neveragain

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I don't spend anything, f##k it I'm 65 and it's pay-back time.
I hope my grown up skin-flint kids are reading this.
 

tigerben

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I don't spend anything, f##k it I'm 65 and it's pay-back time.
I hope my grown up skin-flint kids are reading this.

:) well we have my dad a iPod shuffle and a touch screen phone, so two things he won't be able to use this Christmas , soften by a bottle of Mulligans. My mother we got her a android tablet so she doesn't have to turn on her computer to seach RIP.ie to see if anyone she knows is dead!!!!
 

ger12

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I don't spend anything, f##k it I'm 65 and it's pay-back time.
I hope my grown up skin-flint kids are reading this.
Jeepers, I had you pegged as a young one ;)
 

spidermom

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depends what they've asked Santy for really...!!
Some years more expensive than others....
LOL...though my (now) 19 yr ols still asks for and gets a selection box!!
:)
 

amsterdemmetje

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Myself and the wife agreed on €150 each and we have 2 kids 12 and 8 .
However, I know my wife will spend at least another 150 on them .
 

tigerben

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depends what they've asked Santy for really...!!
Some years more expensive than others....
LOL...though my (now) 19 yr ols still asks for and gets a selection box!!
:)
Well my dad still buys us ( theres 4) one each, the bigger selection box of course, and I'm 38. That and a new pjs make Christmas.
 

Half Nelson

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When I meet Santa, it's payback time. Oh yes!

'Cos that f****r has cost me a small fortune.
 

Deep Blue

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i posted on a earlier thread about us being the eu second highest spend, i've three children as well 14, 11 and 8 with the youngest still for santy. Over all so far i've spent 1000 with still a few bits to go. No matter what the eldest girl alway seems to be on a winning streak.
1000 ? :shock2:
 

goosebump

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I'm gobsmacked by this thread.

I will repeatedly refer back to it in future discussions about "austerity".
 

drummed

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Depends what kind of car they want.
 
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Science Ninja

€140 per child!!!

My bill is as follows:

6 year old: €60 (Lego)
4 year old: €60 (Crappy Chinese Power Rangers toys)
1 year old: €5 (because he doesn't even know his own name, never mind what Xmas is)
Agree. We limited it to €50 per head.
 

tigerben

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1000 ? :shock2:
Ya, and still must get another few bits, the eldest two wanted iPod touch's plus docking station which is over 500€. My husband had to drive to Killarney last weekend to get a toy for the youngest which we couldn't get in cork or Dublin to finish off her Santa list.
 

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