I swear, this year I was going to NOT buy many Christmas presents and I was pretty good, but when you buy a little here, and a little there over a span of a few months, before you know it, you have a HEAP of gifts! I wish I could say I was shopping for a lot of people, but it's just my two kids, my husband and my MIL! I started counting it up today, and my eleven year old is getting: an art kit (deluxe), art paper, 4 stretch canvases, a "growing Crystal" kit, two types of Rubik's cubes, a large book set, a DVD set, a watch and a bedding set (duvet cover and sheets). That's TEN presents!!!! And about $450!!! FOR ONE KID!!! My second son (toddler 2.5 years old) is getting: a set of wooden blocks, sorting tower, Kitchen play food, a wooden fire house with people and fire engine, a bedding set (toddler bed down duvet and duvet cover and toddler bed pillow), a bunch of Blues Clues Dvds/videos and foam thinking chair (plus a couple misc. toys). That's over 10 presents and about $375 for the toddler!!! Husband is getting: Dvd set, a family board game, Swiss Army knife, - three gifts and about $100. MIL is getting: two soap sets, a fancy wine bottle opener - three gifts and about $100. So, a total of close to $1000 on Christmas gifts - not counting stockings for everyone and that's another $100 or so, so $1100... The "only" defense I have with buying so much for the kids is that no one else buys for them. My MIL will give them something small, but no one else buys for them... My initial plan was to get them each kid about $150 in stuff and DH and MIL about $50 each for a total of $400 (plus $100 on stockings)... $500 total turned into $1100 - more than DOUBLE what I intended to spend!!! I have the money, but it's the HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? that is getting me... Anyone else?