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So I realize Christmas hasn’t happened yet, and that by announcing what I gifted my family members, I run the risk of them finding out the surprise beforehand. None of them read my blog, or if they do- they don’t tell me. Heck, I don’t even think they follow my social media accounts for this blog.
Why don’t they follow me?
I have no idea. Personally, I think it’s because they’re sick of me. They see me daily, either in person or on my personal social media accounts. I’m hard to handle in too high of a dosage. They still love and support me though, so I don’t take it personally.
Before I post details on what I got for everybody, I have to remind you that I’m on a strict budget. In fact you can read about How We Are Staying on Budget this Christmas by clicking this link. Or if you need helpful information on How to Stay on Budget During the Holidays you can click here.
[Update After Christmas] If you want to see how we celebrated and everyone’s reactions you can see them in this post right here.
For this Christmas I have a strictly set budget of $300, and from that I need to cover everything.
$100 to split between my two kids
$100 to split between 7 adults and 2 nieces
$100 split between our elf on the shelf, family traditions and Christmas Eve box.
I missed out on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the good deals that came along with it due to payday not aligning with any of them. So I am actually very proud of what I was able to accomplish with my first shopping deals of the holiday season.
Both of my kids will get 7 gifts plus 3 stocking stuffers.
The gifts break down into categories like this. 1 want, 1 wear, 1 need, 1 read, 2 from Santa and 1 from our Elf on The Shelf.
A 1 year old doesn’t need much, and doesn’t make their own Wishlist’s, so it’s just a matter of knowing your audience. I know my son loves dogs and watching Mickey Mouse on TV. An educational toy for this age group can literally be anything, since they are still exploring the world around them. So I settled on the idea of a block sorter.
So for my baby I got him:
- Educational Toy (Need)- Fisher-Price Baby’s First Blocks
- A nice clothing set to keep him warm (Wear)- Baby Boy Carter’s Striped Fleece Sherpa Pullover Top & Pants Set
- A plush toy (Want)- Disney’s Mickey Mouse Plush by Kohl’s Cares
- A cloth book (Read)- The World of Eric Carle “The Tiny Seed” Soft Book
- Santa brought him a plush toy! Disney’s Donald Duck Plush by Kohl’s Cares
- Santa brought him a puppy! Fisher-Price® Lil’ Snoopy
Retail total from Kohls was $66.98. I used a $10 Kohls cash I had been given thanks to Influenster and used store sales to my advantage. I only spent $35.92 (including the $2.94 sales tax) and since I shopped through Ebates, I received $1.99 back for this trip.
My kid’s mutual gift-
I really wanted to get my kids a single gift that they can both SHARE. but when you have a 1 year old, and a 5 year old, it’s really hard to find things they can both enjoy for a long time.
I realized that a playhouse or a play kitchen could be a great gift that they can both use at the same time.
Of course they are EXPENSIVE brand new and I am on a budget.
I searched as many websites, promo code deals, Amazon warehouse deals, Facebook Marketplace, local buy/sell pages and Craigslist looking for one in good condition.
I figured I could MAYBE squeeze $30 out of my budget to apply towards the purchase, but free is always better.
Then I messaged my aunt, her husband is great at finding free things online.
Seriously, he’s been an amazing help with anything I’ve needed for the kids since I moved up here. He found a wooden highchair for my son, clothes and toys for my daughter before the start of school and then some.
So I put my feelers out there just to see what could be found. 2 days later I get a message saying they had one delivered and were sending me pics.
YA’LL HAVE NO IDEA HOW EXCITING THIS GIFT IS!
So for $0 out of pocket, I’m getting a play kitchen PLUS toy foods (shown) for my munchkins.
This gift right here is the one that will be labeled as being from our Elf on the shelf. I’m going to include a note saying that he enjoyed watching my kids play together this month and wants to continue the fun long after he’s gone.
My daughters gifts-
Thank to Kmart having an AMAZING points system in place, I’m not paying anywhere near these “sale” price of these items.
When I logged on to Kmart’s website I was surprised to see that I had $20 in cash points to use. There is currently a promotion running where members get 100% back in points up to $25. Add in the sale prices, BOGO deals and free shipping, you have me hooked.
It took me about 2 days to plan everything out, but for $113 I was able to get my daughters 6 gifts, my mother and fathers gifts AND our Christmas Eve Box!
Our Christmas Eve Box-
Originally when making the budget I thought I’d be reduced to no movie, and just PJ pants for us adults while the kids got clearance rack. Talk about surprised when I stumbled upon this one.
A new pair of PJs for each of us plus a DVD I know my daughter wants to watch. All shopped for at Kmart. The men’s pajama set is getting 100% refunded in points, so I allowed it to stay despite being so much heavier in price.
Once again, I paid less than the sale price.
Follow along to see the breakdown.
My Parents Gifts-
My parents get a gift set for each of them.
My mom loves pedicures and my dad likes to eat. It’s not the most personalized gift out there, but it fit into my budget and I make them personalized gifts throughout the year with my crafting business. So I don’t feel bad about this. These also came from Kmart.
I split my Kmart transactions into 2, which is why it’s a little more difficult to explain.
In transaction 1 I got The Christmas box plus parents gifts. I used my $20 in Kmart Points and paid $51.61 for the items shipped.
In transaction 2 I got my daughters 6 gifts, which totaled $98.99, used the $38 in points and paid $47.32.
For a total spend of $98.93
Under budget so far.
By like.. a lot..
I should be closer to $180 according to my budget.
What I budgeted- $50 Christmas Eve Box + $15 mom + $15 dad + $50 son +$50 daughter= $180
What I spent- $35.92 son+ $0 mom +$0 dad+ $47.32 daughter +$51.61 christmas eve box =$134.80.
My little brother-
Okay, he’s younger than me by 2 years but he’s actually over 6 foot tall in person. I am stuck at a measly 5’8 in height.
He drivers for UPS, he’s single, has 2 gorgeous daughters that look like child supermodels. He’s funny, loves music and incredibly caring. @Thomas93Rasar on Instagram if you’re a single lady and interested.
Why, yes, I did just try to play matchmaker for him.
I felt an opportunity and ran with it.
I got him a scrapbook for only $9.99 from Amazon.
I plan on filling it up with pictures of his girls and him, from their moments of birth until recent.
They live over 130 miles away with their mom and he has every other weekend to see them for one day due to time and schedule conflicts.
So I know this is a heartfelt gift from the heart that he’d appreciate because he loves his daughters more than anything.
I’ll fill it up with photo prints of him with his kids and use craft supplies on hand for the embellishments.
Total spent for his gift $23.81
My Sister and BIL-
I plan on cutting the board into 3rds (3 20inch long boards) and assembling them into a square, cutting the picture and using mod podge that I own to brush the pic onto the wood. and then taking some stain I have around the edges so it comes together as a pretty wall hanging craft I will post a pic and possible tutorial once I finish it.
Total Spent $9.60
Okay, I loved the way my sister turned out, soooo much that I made a step by step tutorial on how to DIY one for yourself.
My two nieces-
I actually didn’t have to budget anything for my nieces this Christmas because I purchased their gifts during the summer on pre-order from my favorite cloth diaper website Fluffy Penguin. But I’m going to include them anyway.
I plan on personalizing it with her name across the chest in vinyl.
I’m going to personalize her romper with her name as well. I’ll include a pic of it when I’m done.
*Update on nieces clothing- I will not be personalizing them after all. So they’ll be delivered, as is. Reason being that the younger nieces clothes came running large enough the older one could wear them. To personalize them would mean less usage out of the owl, and to only personalize one would show favoritism, which I would like to avoid since I love both girls equally.
That’s all of the family gifts I got this year.
To see what I did with the other $131 in my Christmas Budget, view How I spent a $300 Christmas Budget.