My parents had a Christmas budget and we all had an equal $ amount spent on us. Sometimes we wanted or needed different things. So sometimes I got 4 gifts while my brothers got 15.
For under the tree, I buy one thing for my son and his dad buys one thing for him, and Santa brings one thing (that is usually the big one). For some reason, my son never realized that when you write a letter to Santa, many kids put tons of things on the list. He would only write one thing. (Unfortunately, it usually cost over a hundred dollars, so it's not like we saved money by this habit of his.) This makes it sound like he only gets three presents at Christmas, but not so, since he has aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins who give him presents, and we give them to the cousins and grandparents also. We also buy and wrap individual small things in his stocking. One thing I find funny is that we are then also obliged to buy each other stocking things, and a present for each of us to come from Santa, because he would wonder why Santa didn't give us anything.
See I stay within $200-250 but I always get the things he wants on a budget. Between black friday and discounts. The past two years he has had close to 20 gifts but they are all on the smaller side. His most expensive gift was a lego bucket for 35 and the batman robot I got for 30. He also gets gifts from family. It just stinks because I get all hyped up each year and his birthday is 2 months after Christmas. Don't get me wrong some of the items he asked santa for was a hat, pj's, and jeans. The rest where these tiny action figures he likes. I usually do like 3 gifts from mom and dad. The rest come from santa. I never thought about getting us stocking stuffers. My husband wants to this year so we will be starting.
we do a Christmas eve box shared by the kids with new pajamas, snacks, and a new Christmas movie to watch together. then we only get them one present from us and one from Santa plus fruit in their stockings. they're still young, so we don't go all out. our plan when they get bigger is four gifts: something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.
I have 8 children and i do go a little crazy also, i try and get the same amount of presents for all of them.But seem to gice about 5-6 presents for the little 1's.
I am one of 8 and that is about what we got. It so hard not to, specially when you can do it affordable.
We buy one big thing and than whatever we want to buy him. Every year is different we don't have a set amount of presants but this year we bought a 14 ft trampoline and a balance bike so 2 'big' things and literally like 5 or so smaller presants. We don't have a budget but I definitely don't want to spoil him over the top, we end up chucking it out anyway when it gets to over crowded, they get presants from other friends and family anyway.