How much we spent on Christmas! Christmas at the Pages, 2017

Not only showing what we bought our kids, but exactly how much we spent and how we stayed UNDER budget - WITHOUT coupons or black friday shopping!

“How much do you spend on Christmas gifts?” That's a question I'm guessing doesn't come up during casual lunchtime conversation with people. Why? Well, for one it's very personal! Maybe you don't want to sound cheap, or sound like you're spoiling your kids, you don't want to feel awkward or be put in an uncomfortable position. I get it! I've been there!


Aren't you curious?

I am! And lucky for you, if you've been following me for long you know I'm not afraid to talk about the awkward stuff. So this year I'm not only showing you what we bought our kids for Christmas, but telling you exactly how much we paid, where we got it from, how we decide on what gifts to buy, and how much we spend on other family members and friends as well.

Last year I did and huge 3-part blog post series called “How much to spend on Christmas“. I break down “Christmas shopping” in full detail with spending guidelines and estimates to help you get your bearings, so that's probably a good place to start. Then head over and watch the video below where I break it down in even better detail and show you some of the tips we've done that has made this year's Christmas shopping the simplest experience EVER!

PS – in case you didn't know, I upload a new video every Thursday on my YouTube Channel. If you haven't subscribed yet, be sure you do, so you don't miss out!

Ok, now onto the video!

See what we spent on Christmas in the video online or click and watch below:

Hopefully that helps some of you who struggle with Christmas shopping as well!

Here is a list of the toys we got our kids:






Don't forget to check all the detail on “How Much to Spend on Christmas” 3-part series for more information.

Ok so now I'm curious, how much do you spend on YOUR kids for Christmas, and how do you do the shopping? Share below if you dare!

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  1. Jordan, this is unrelated to Christmas. I sent an email a few weeks ago about Budget Boot Camp. I haven’t received a reply yet. Am I able to pay for the program in installments?

  2. Thanks for sharing! Do you buy clothes for Christmas gifts too? Is that a separate budget? I feel like most of my budget went to buying the kids clothes! And I even got some great deals…

  3. We have a 3 gift rule for Christmas morning so the kids don’t have expectations of mounds of presents. My kids are more into preteen things (electronics, gadgets, some toys) I usually try and keep it around $200 per kid. So if one of your gifts is $160 hoverboard there’s about $40 total for the other two gifts. I have them write a list and I try and get the thing they want the most. If you kids agree on something (like a game system it can be a joint gift that comes out of both budgets). They also get 1 gift from grand parents each and a gift from thier aunt that we make sure isn’t extravagant. They actually love Christmas morning the same as when they had 60 presents that were half junk and it’s much less stressful.

  4. 5 kids
    4 gifts each (Need, Want, Wear, Read)
    1 Santa gift

    Pretty simple. Don’t go extravegant with each request either.

  5. We have 6 kids and are pretty “comfortable”- but both grew up dirt poor and don’t want spoiled/ entitled kids. So Santa fills the stocking and brings each kid one thing. Mom and Dad give three gifts…(representing 3 gifts of Christmas)….gold=thing they really want within reason….myrrh=something promoting family time, such as a game, tickets, etc. and frankincense=something a tad more practical. Need/want. IT FEELS LIKE THEY GET NOTHING COMPARED TO THEIR PEERS!! Which is hard for me, but i want to keep it simple and reasonable. The big kids have started getting more pricey things- but i make a detailed list back in October- and refer to it so i don’t “stockpile gifts” but buy only my intentional gifts instead. I also mainly shop online to be able to read reviews, price shop, and not let other things JUMP in the cart!

    • I forgot to say- we try to keep it no more than $100-150 per kid, Santa included. But that adds up with 6- to $600-900 bucks- not counting teachers, neighbors, and grandparents!!!

  6. Yes! I love it when people talk real numbers. I shared on my blog last week what we spent too and no one commented on their price, so I thought I’d speak up here 🙂 Last year we only spent $325! But this year our budget is a little over $1,000. Yep, got me a new tree and some garland! It’s even flocked and I’m quite happy. Anyway, thanks for your openness! From one frugal gal to another — Kate,

  7. We had a small budget for each of our kids this year just $300, so $100 each kid. So far we are under budget and we only have a few more to get. They each so far have 3 gifts, and one of hem is from Santa. I actually made a together gift for my girls because they want a market for their play kitchen so I have been saving our food boxes, and plastic jars to put on a shelf for them as play food🤗

  8. How do you keep the kids picture lists separated? I take pictures of things my girls want just like you but can’t keep them straight quickly and easily.

    • We just add space between them, or put each list on a new page so you just keep scrolling down to get to the next kid.

  9. Hi. I’m spending about $350 on a teenager, a pre-teen and five adults. This is more than I usually spend though I decided I want to pamper the people who are important to me. Also, some of my family members do not want to exchange gifts so I will hold some things as “just because” presents at another time.

  10. I think we spent maybe $200 on everything. I got gifts for coworkers of EOS that I put in jars with candy, all of which I found on amazing clearance and it was about $2 per person. Teacher and daycare gifts were Bath and Body Works bath bombs found on sale for $2 and socks from Old Navy on sale for $.50, packaged in a jar. Extended family got gifts made on Shutterfly when I had free item AND free shipping codes. Kids gifts and husband gifts were 3 per person, all on clearance, probably between $30-$40 per person (son is getting small Lego set, and Pokemon cards and daughter is getting some Disney Barbies and small animal figures). We are usually pretty frugal at Christmas and I gather things on clearance during the year, I pride myself on being done by September, and this year was more so because of my husband’s cancer treatment bills. (A coworker also got my children a couple gifts like pajamas and blankets) 🙂

  11. This year has been such as a struggle. Between losing jobs, Hurricane Harvey, and medical crap I have no money for Christmas. I have been struggling to get things together that I can give as presents but as far as spending, I think I’ve spent maybe $30 on presents this year. Not easy to do either.

  12. I think we spent about $1000 this year. That includes 3 sets of parents, our 1 child, our 3 nieces and eachothers stockings. Plus two teacher gifts. We threw in 2 birthdays in there too. Our step dad in law and my dad have birthdays this month.

  13. Thank you for always being willing to BE REAL. Our children are grown, but the principles still apply. I think the list is key. Without a plan things can just go all over the place. Last year I heard a little jingle that helped a lot and that narrowed the giving down to four items: Something they WANT, something they NEED, something to WEAR, something to READ. We stuck with this pretty well…only bought one extra thing for each of the girls that we found a GREAT deal on. It’s a practical item, so that makes it ok. =) Merry CHRISTmas!

  14. Tradition from my upbringing is santa brings the toy, mom and Dad bring books. We have carried that on and love it. I spend $20 a kid on books, and $40 a kid from Santa. So around $60 a kid.

  15. For 3 kids we used a $250 amazon gift card that my work gave us for Christmas, then about another $150 (because I didn’t plan ahead well enough). Santa does stockings and one gift for each kid. Then we kept it pretty simple. We didn’t want any new toys so our girls got some clothes, dress ups and a pillow lounger for each girl, then each girl got a coloring book. For my husband and I we spent about $130 total. I just got him a shirt then made a date night book (one at Home date night per month planned out), then he got me some kitchen stuff to organize a bit better.

  16. We spent about $1700.00 and I thought we were doing good until I read these comments. We have two kids and spent about $500 per kid. 1 niece and one nephew at about $125 each and the two sets of grandparents $150 per set. My sister and I married brothers so they are our only siblings and we agreed to do $25 for each person so $50 total.

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