The amount some parents spend on their kids at Christmas is quite horrifying.
A glance at some of the online forums shows that some people think it's perfectly acceptable to spend thousands on presents for their children.
A survey by Bic Kids reveals that parents in the North East of England spend the most on toys and gifts for their kids - a massive £286.70 on average.
Parents in Northern Ireland, Wales, the Midlands, Scotland, the North West and Yorkshire all spend more than £200.
Surprisingly parents in London spend the least, an average of £164.02.
Two-thirds of parents also admit to feeling stressed in the run-up to Christmas. I'm not surprised, if they're forking out that amount of money.
These kind of sums are making me feel rather miserly as we have only spent about £20 on our daughter so far, and don't intend to shell out very much more.
To be fair, our daughter will only be 11 months old at Christmas and I would expect to spend a bit more when she gets older. But I hope it won't run into the hundreds and certainly not the thousands.
Lots of relatives will also be buying her presents - how much stuff does she need? And how much stuff do we have space for in the house?
I also hope we can resist "pester power" – I don't remember nagging my parents for this toy or that toy. Christmas presents were usually a surprise up until we were teenagers, and they were much better for it if you ask me.
I realise this makes me sound terribly old-fashioned and strict...
So let me know - how much do you spend on your children at Christmas? Do you buy them everything they ask for? And are you cutting back this year because of the recession?
Source: Made for Mums
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