It’s that dreaded time of year again, when your little darlings who could do no wrong (ahem) turn into money grabbing, materialistic goblins you barely recognise. As they sit and list (and list) all the ‘must have’ gifts that they simply couldn’t live without (despite most of the gifts from last Christmas ending up in the charity shop or on eBay) a sense of panic overwhelms you- how much is Christmas going to cost?
We’ve looked at the stuff that usually sells well at Christmas, and priced up what they could set you back...
All of this would amount to a whopping £1920!
But before you start working fourteen hour days, what should you be spending on your kids this Christmas? This all depends on your budget. By deciding what you can afford early on, parents can manage their money more affectively. What’s more, research by Family Action found that when asked to rank the 3 most important aspects of Christmas from a choice of ten, spending time with family emerged as the first priority.
It’s all well and good to say that, but it’s another thing to feel like we’re denying our kids something they’d really want. Think about last Christmas. Are the kids still using the gifts they received? It’s great to have plenty of stuff under the tree, waiting to be opened but when the wrapping’s been pulled off, what then? Either gifts have been returned for not being quite right, too small or too big, or have been used a few times, then put in a cupboard somewhere.
With this in mind, perhaps it’s worth finding out what your kids want more than any other present.
So you know what they really can’t live without this Christmas, here’s some stocking filler ideas to give them more gifts on less money.
Alternatively, you can go retro, with the following stocking filler ideas:
Before you start to panic about Christmas and what it may mean for your bank account, there are a few things you can do to save the cost of Christmas. Ask your kids which present they couldn’t live without for Christmas, then buy smaller items to fill their stockings. Use sales to grab a bargain and look at second hand options for electrical items.