My friend was telling me about a friend who was “only” going to spend $500 on each of her (grown, non-board paying, college graduates still living in her house) children for Christmas — because times were hard.
Which kind of shocked me, because I don’t think I’ve ever spent $500 in total on Christmas presents, including all my relatives. I don’t think you have to buy everything a kid wants, especially when you can’t afford it.
But then, I have a different gifting philosophy. If I don’t see something I think that person would really, really like, I just give them something generic – like a box of good candy. If I do see something they’ll like, I get it. Otherwise, I don’t worry much about it. I’m just not oriented that way. (I’m more likely to stumble across something a few months later and get it for them then.)
How much do normal people spend on Christmas? How does your family unit do it?