READER QUESTION: Siblings and Holiday Gifts
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I received this email from Hip2Save reader, Jill, and thought that it would make for a good discussion…
I have 2 daughters – my oldest is 12 and my youngest is 4. The age difference in my daughters is never tough, they just love each other to pieces—but at Christmas time, it causes me a ton of stress.
My eldest gifts are 3 times the cost of the youngest—I try to spend the same on each girl, but if I do that…the youngest one will have 3 times the number of presents to open compared to my 12 year old. I know my oldest daughter understands, but it still hurts me to think that she has fewer presents under the tree. In the past, I have gone over budget on the oldest daughter to get the number of presents close to equal. Or I buy “filler” gifts to close the gap.
Here’s what I have so far this year – I have bought the oldest 7 items this year and the youngest 9 items. But I have spent $120 on the 7 items for the oldest, while only spending $51 on the items for the youngest (all great deals from Hip2Save, of course).