How many kids do you buy gifts for?

How many kids do you buy gifts for?

As if the Christmas shopping list for your own children isn't enough, do you end up buying presents for what seems like an endless list of other children?

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New research from Orchard Toys quizzed more than 2,700 parents on their Christmas shopping lists and found on average they will buy for four child relatives, four of their own friends' children and four of their children's friends this year – spending £188 in total.

In terms of 'spend etiquette' the research points to between £5 and £15 being the socially acceptable sum on each child outside of the family, and up to £23 on related children, e.g. nieces, nephews and god-children. In addition, over half of parents admitted they spent more than £100 on their own children's Christmas gifts.

Top gifts for other people's children include:

1. Games
2. Toys
3. Books
4. Arts & Crafts
5. Money
6. Clothes
7. Confectionary

Half of parents admitted re-gifting their children's unwanted or duplicate gifts. Soft toys are the most likely candidates for this, whilst technological toys are welcomed by just 6% of parents.

The majority - almost 60% of parents – still insist their children send a traditional hand-written thank you note for a gift, whilst 1 in 10 settle for a digital thank you via email, text or even Facebook.

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