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what did your SO get you for christmas? do you think it equalled out to what you got for them? do you establish a budget or price cap during gift exchanges with them?
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[User Picture]From: obfuscate
2012-12-27 03:04 pm (UTC)

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Nothing, and he also got me nothing, so we're definitely even.
[User Picture]From: mr_sadhead
2012-12-27 03:25 pm (UTC)

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I got a used Pink Floyd CD ("Piper At The Gates of Dawn"), black socks, and a new sketchbook. I got her five used LPs, two used CDs, and a handblown glass ornament that she hates. I kind of went overboard, but I don't mind. It's not a contest.
[User Picture]From: noodledays
2012-12-27 04:42 pm (UTC)

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yep, we don't track to make sure we keep it even or whatever.
[User Picture]From: dravvie
2012-12-27 03:25 pm (UTC)

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I got him a psp vita and a game for it. He got me a nook hd and a case for it (which was a wee bit cheaper than the vita) but also a warhammer starter kit from work. I'd say we were completely equal.
[User Picture]From: anchellada
2012-12-27 03:26 pm (UTC)

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He got me a lot of pretty office supplies and a crock pot which i asked for along with other little random things. the weird thing he got me was a toaster oven? LOL idk why he got that for me since its something everyone would use? oh well. His big gifts were halo 4, the game of thrones series, and a hair trimmer thingy. idk if it equalled out but it doesnt really matter to me, its the thought that counts. no, we dont.
[User Picture]From: r0ck_y0ur_s0ul
2012-12-27 03:39 pm (UTC)

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Nothing. We spent a lot to fly me out to spend the holiday with him. And he saw a movie with me that he really didn't want to see.
[User Picture]From: bangogirl
2012-12-27 05:03 pm (UTC)

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Haha what movie was that?
[User Picture]From: mogimogi
2012-12-27 03:40 pm (UTC)

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He got me jewelery, and Avatar the Last Airbender's The Promise graphic "novels.''
I got him ZombieU, Pokemon Adventures manga', and a slinky.

It seems like I spent more because of the video game, but I'd say we're even. I didn't really know what I wanted for Christmas anyway.
[User Picture]From: mikehz
2012-12-27 03:41 pm (UTC)

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A couple months ago, she got me an Xbox. For Christmas, she got me a bunch of games for the platform. I got her a bunch of games, as well. (Actually, we bought them together.)

Really, there's not much we need or want.
From: twelvehandshigh
2012-12-27 03:50 pm (UTC)

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Ipad mini! I got him a video game. So no, not really an "equal" trade but we really don't keep track. Last year I gave him a PS3 and he got me a bag of coffee. The big gifts we get like that are usually kind of whole family type gifts.
[User Picture]From: onedotfour
2012-12-27 03:51 pm (UTC)

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He got me a nexus 4 hello phone. I got him a new jacket, watch, and watch box. I think were even, maybe he spent a little more. I try to stay under $500.
[User Picture]From: thinkuknowme
2012-12-27 03:57 pm (UTC)

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I got him a leather messenger bag. He is paying for 3 nights at the Hilton. Not exactly an even trade, but we are both very happy with our gifts.
[User Picture]From: hajiomatic
2012-12-27 03:59 pm (UTC)

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i gave her a $50 Khols gift card
I got 2 cans of almonds
[User Picture]From: plain_mornings
2012-12-27 04:05 pm (UTC)

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He got me a new hoodie, some fridge magnets, a cool clock for our game room, some makeup stuff I wanted, a curling wand, some chocolate... I got him a new wallet to replace his old one, a board game he really wanted, another game, a set of glasses, and a bunch of little things in his stocking. I think it did equal out, yeah. we don't set a budget or anything like that.

Edited at 2012-12-27 04:07 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: euphrosyna
2012-12-27 04:18 pm (UTC)

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He got me a food processor, DVDs, 2 books, tickets to The Lion King and a massage voucher. I got him a weekend break to France, a calendar, DVDs, a book, some underwear and some chocolate. I possibly spent slightly more, but as I get to go with him to France, it was also sort of a present to me, so I'm cool.
[User Picture]From: fleckerbug
2012-12-27 04:18 pm (UTC)

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We set a limit this year because we'd already gotten a pretty expensive mutual gift for ourselves. Then we both went over the limit, but I think we spent about the same. I'm not completely sure because some of the games he bought me were used so I don't know how much they actually were... I don't really care either way. I do feel bad that I told him something I really wanted and he didn't get it... I don't mind that he didn't get it, but I want it so much I half want to go out and get it myself but I don't want to make him feel bad. :/ If I don't get it now, though, I may never get it because it's at an antique shop and I can't find anything like it online, so it's a bit of a conundrum for me. :/ It's too expensive for what it is though, lol, which is why I'd rather get it as a gift... easier to justify.


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Oh, I got him a book he really wanted, a cool board game, candy, and some awesome pajamas. He got me three Wii games, the same kind of candy, earrings that match the necklace he got me last year, and awesome pajama pants (getting each other pajamas was novel for us and totally unplanned and they go together well :) We also got 6 Giant World Series shirts from our family, lol).

Edited at 2012-12-27 04:28 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: bangogirl
2012-12-27 05:03 pm (UTC)

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What is this mysterious gift you wanted that you didn't get from the antique shop??
[User Picture]From: v15u4l_3rr0r
2012-12-27 04:23 pm (UTC)

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He got me a light box. I'm getting him some nice smoking stuff. Not an even trade but I can't afford more just yet
[User Picture]From: passionately
2012-12-27 04:31 pm (UTC)

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we had a limit of $300 per person, but I think we both surpassed that. he got me a new purse, a gaming keyboard and mouse, a monitor, some expensive eye shadow, a necklace, a bluetooth FM transmitter, and a car dock for my cell phone. oh and a video game for us to play together on xbox.

i got him a gaming keyboard and mouse, gaming mouse pad, a wireless gaming headset, a book he really wanted, lounging pants & shorts, a new case for his computer, and a desk dock for his cell phone.

he said it was his personal mission to out christmas me :| however, this was our first christmas as a married couple and we have no kids, so i guess it's okay :D
[User Picture]From: just_3_euros
2012-12-27 04:42 pm (UTC)

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My husband got me an FM transmitter for my iPod, a curling iron, a straightening iron, Sims 3, makeup brushes, and a Michael Kors watch.
Up until the watch, we were pretty even.
We do not establish a budget//price cap.

Edited at 2012-12-27 04:44 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: hikerpoet
2012-12-27 04:42 pm (UTC)

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Nah, we're not worried about being even steven. Last year he pulled a dud (got me like a ten dollar bookstore card and a generic lip balm) but I was not hurt because we've been together a decade and that is incredibly rare and the situation has been reversed in a sense, too.
When one of us wants to request something big and expensive as a present, we usually discuss it and it is not really a surprise. For instance, this year for my birthday I wanted Newsies broadway tickets and he sometimes wants fancy power tools that he loves going to pick out himself anyway.

For Christmas, we usually get a reasonably modest amount (like twenty to forty dollars worth although there is no formal limit) of cute and fun but often semi-practical gifts that fit our personalities. For instance, this year he got me a gorgeous cutting board and some fine spices (I love to cook) and some beautiful stationary (I still love to write snail mail). I got him a blanket with an inside-joke design on it, a calculus book (he's a nerd and in his mind that is fun), and stuff sacks with owls on them--we both love to camp, as well as a couple of other tiny stocking stuffers. Other special occasions are even more low-key present-wise, if we even do get any, but they usually involve a fancy date night which is a splurge in itself and much appreciated as some couple time since we have two wee daughters. We both seemed very pleased this year!
[User Picture]From: xtoolchickx
2012-12-27 04:47 pm (UTC)

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We haven't exchanged gifts yet since we're away from each other for Christmas. He gets back on Saturday though. But I got him a Calvin and Hobbes comic, Dominion board game, string lights, a card, and I'm planning to make him a "mystery" mix CD/CD with a message in it. Still having trouble trying to pull it off, but I shall do it!

No budget prices, I assume it's all within a similar range but I don't like the idea of having to 'equal things out'.
[User Picture]From: bangogirl
2012-12-27 05:00 pm (UTC)

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He went way overboard on me. Got me a Coach purse, a Nautica pea coat, the new Starbucks Verissmo machine, like $100 worth of Bath and Body works sprays and lotions, and a bunch of little things too.

I got him the new Quentin Tarantino blu ray box set and a new carry on bag for his short business trips. Those were the two big things and then a bunch of little things like candy, Star Wars trinkets, guitar doo-dads, etc.

I bet he spent triple on me what I did on him. Or even more than that.

We don't care though. He knows that he makes way more than I do and we both put thought into our gifts, no matter how much more/less they cost. We never discussed a price cap.
[User Picture]From: totheleft
2012-12-27 05:37 pm (UTC)

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I'm mostly impressed that your SO was willing to spend that much time in Bath & Body Works. I can't even walk past that store without getting a headache from the smell combo.
[User Picture]From: emily_thegreat
2012-12-27 05:03 pm (UTC)

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I got him a travel guide to California and a small plush otter. I doubt he got me anything, which is fine. I'd rather he save the money to come out and visit me.
[User Picture]From: lovefast
2012-12-27 05:11 pm (UTC)

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a plane ticket to see him two weeks ago because we didn't get to spend the holidays together. I paid for a flight in August to see him so it equaled out. He also got me candy and stuff, I got him a few shirts.
[User Picture]From: vodkabeforenoon
2012-12-27 05:22 pm (UTC)

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I think it it evens out. I am not really sure. It did feel like he got me more but I am not keeping note. We didn't establish a budget which could be helpful.

He got me a couple of puzzles games which one of them I annihilate within four hours of receiving it. He also gave me a plushie sperm...classy right? I got a ton of cute stuff but I don't want to share everything he got me.
[User Picture]From: sejin
2012-12-27 05:25 pm (UTC)

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He got me a canvas print of work by a local photographer, cost about ~85 dollars. I got him a pack of rare Belgian Trappist ale that came with 2 glasses, cost about 80 dollars. We didn't discuss cost beforehand but we're aware of each other's financial situation.
[User Picture]From: totheleft
2012-12-27 05:36 pm (UTC)

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we set a $500 limit. We both went over it a little bit, but I think we were probably both about even. We have entirely joint finances (we've been married 6.5 years) so it's hard to shop for each other and keep it a secret. We both just put stuff on our credit cards and not look at one another's statements. (And I buy a ton of stuff on Amazon.)

We're both sort of hard to shop for because when we want something, we just buy it. So starting in like November we have to start exercising restraint and not just buying ourselves everything we want.

He bought me:
-A magenta coach purse ("Madison Leather Juliette" if you care, since their website doesn't allow linking)
-Two sweaters I adore.
-a scarf I adore.
-Urban Decay's Naked 2 palette from Sephora which I told him I OMG MUST HAVE and he listened
-A Nike Running skirt I also told him I OMG MUST HAVE and he listened.
-An sweatshirt from my grad school
-A giant bottle of Ralph Lauren Big Pony Pink #2 perfume, which I've been eyeing for like 6 months.
-A stocking full of random stuff (we exchange stockings.)

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