Goodness Moi, how long is a piece of string? My on line food shop was just over £150, this was for 8 people, everything except starters and desserts. It did include a very nice bottle of champagne. For gifts? I bought things over a period of time, so I don't really know. To be honest, I am a bit scared to add everything up. I suppose that I spent approximately £50 on each person!
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Hmmm, I think I must have spent about £600 on all my kids and their respective partners combined.Then another £300 on my mum/brothers/OH and friends Then another £60.00 on behalf of YD as she had spent all her money and had no money to buy presents. We then spent about £160 on petrol visiting family all over the place and about £150 on festive food (it did last us some time though) we had to do a vegan menu too, so that complicated things. Approx £1200.00 I thought I'd kept it simple and cut down this year but not sure if I did after adding it all up
Next year I am making presents and giving small cash gifts to go with them. All sorted. And if I'm not in that cottage in or somewhere near a wood I will not be pleased.
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We did cut back a bit this year, didn't do Christmas stockings or crackers, OH and I bought season tickets for the rugby back in the Summer which we agreed would be our Christmas gift to each other, but spent £50 on each other so there were some gifts to open. I think we spent about £400 in total on our kids/their partners, £30 each on our parents & my niece/nephews, £20 each on two of my female friends and food ... about £150 I would guess (although the turkey was nearly £50 so it could've been a bit more than that in total). Next year I think we may cut back a bit more - it made things much simpler and we didn't feel as though anyone missed out on anything.
With regard to presents, I asked my kids for some ideas on what they wanted - my daughter gave me some suggestions, my son couldn't come up with anything but didn't really want cash, so we bought him a shirt & some after-shave from John Lewis (with gift receipts) and I know he took them both back straight after Christmas, which I'm not insulted about, but it just seems such a waste of our time/effort/petrol going out to buy something which he didn't want.