I know a lot of you may kill me for saying this, but my holiday shopping just kind of did itself this year. I mean, obviously I was involved, but it was shocking how quickly I went from realizing that OMG it's already December to having pretty much everyone checked off my list. Seriously, I'm done, and all that's left to do is wrap it all up.
And speaking of wrapping, um, I suck at it. I can't bring myself to do gift bags because a) they're expensive, and b) they aren't interactive enough. Pulling something out of a bag is just not the same as eagerly tearing into shiny paper. So, wrapping it is, but I've never been the type to measure perfectly, and cut straight even lines, and fold the edges over, and make perfect box corners. I don't tie ribbons and if I did, I certainly wouldn't curl them. My presents aren't wrapped in torn newspaper and masking tape, but they aren't exactly artistic masterpieces either.
As for the gifts themselves, I can't really talk about the lovely items I purchased for everyone, because most of them read this blog. But I am curious about budgeting for gifts. Torsten and I both have small families--we aren't in the habit of exchanging gifts with extended family, and between us we have four parents and one sibling, so that means we can spend a bit more on each person. All together, including family members and a few friends, we spent about $500 on holiday gifts this year. We didn't set a budget, but this is about the amount that I would have set for us to spend if I had tried to make a budget.
But what I'm wondering is, is this normal? Are we incredibly splurge-y, or totally cheap, or somewhere in the middle? How much do you spend on holiday gifts? And do you have a per-person budget or an overall absolute budget? How do you spread the wealth--in other words, on whom do you spend the most?
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