Mum spends $1,400 on Christmas presents for toddler: How much should you spend on toys?

Generous mum has spent $1,400 on Christmas presents for her three-year-old toddler: ‘I don’t have a budget and I’m not finished yet’

  • An Aussie mum spent over $1,400 on Christmas presents for her toddler
  • A’leasha, from Queensland, had been buying gifts for her daughter, 3, since June
  • She wanted to make up for the difficult adjustment after welcoming a new baby
  • The mum revealed that she is not done shopping – and will be buying more gifts 

A mum-of-two says she does not put a budget on Christmas – and has already spent over $1,400 on gifts for her daughter.

A’leasha, from Queensland, said previously that she had been adding presents to a large pile in her wardrobe all year – and did not calculate how much she had spent on her three-year-old until weeks before the holidays.

‘So I was a little surprised to realise I’d spent around $1,400 on my daughter’s Christmas presents – but we were planning on buying the bigger items anyway, and I know that she will love it,’ the mum told Kidspot.

A mum-of-two just revealed that she does not put a budget on Christmas - and has already spent over $1,400 on gifts for her daughter

A mum-of-two just revealed that she does not put a budget on Christmas – and has already spent over $1,400 on gifts for her daughter

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The mum admitted that she paid special attention to her toddler because the family had just welcomed a newborn.

‘Given her issues with adjusting with having a new baby in the house, and the less attention she is getting, we feel as though she needs to be spoilt and have more focus on her this Christmas.’

But the baby was not the only change the family was going through.

A’leasha revealed that they had moved from Brisbane to Townsville, away from their extended family.

Hence, the mum wanted her children to feel special in the wake of not having their grandparents and cousins to play with on Christmas Day.

She ensured to pick up a wide range of presents for her daughter – including dolls, a princess costume, LEGO, a climber, Bluey figurines, and more.

A'leasha, from Queensland , told Kidspot that she has been adding presents to a large pile in her wardrobe all year - and did not calculate how much she had spent on her three-year-old until recently

A’leasha, from Queensland , told Kidspot that she has been adding presents to a large pile in her wardrobe all year – and did not calculate how much she had spent on her three-year-old until recently

But her newborn did not get the same treatment.

‘He is too little to realise it’s Christmas,’ she said. ‘In years to come we will try to be more ‘even’ with how much we spend on each child – but this year, I’ve just bought him some bath toys, soft blocks, clothing, rattles, baby toys and a Jumperoo.’

The mum also revealed that the family always pays for every present upfront – and never uses schemes like AfterPay or credit cards.

She urged other parents to spend whatever was within their means as nobody should go into debt for one day of the year.

Australian mum Casey, from Queensland, purchased three trolleys-worth of Christmas presents for her four-year-old daughter (pictured: the trolleys). Between now and Christmas the gifts will be kept out of sight in a spare bathroom that's locked and unused

Australian mum Casey, from Queensland, purchased three trolleys-worth of Christmas presents for her four-year-old daughter (pictured: the trolleys). Between now and Christmas the gifts will be kept out of sight in a spare bathroom that’s locked and unused

Other mums have followed the same vein of thinking, as a single mum recently shocked hundreds of parents on social media after stuffing three shopping trolleys with Christmas presents for her four-year-old daughter.

Sharing photos of the buys to a popular Facebook group, Casey, from Queensland, picked up the toys from Big W on Tuesday.

Some of her purchases included a Pokémon plush toy, Action Spots trampoline, Polly Pocket Pajama Party Sleepover Adventure House Playset and a Barbie Patio Set. 

‘Got little miss four’s lay-by out, so excited to put them with the rest of the presents I have already got her,’ Casey wrote. 

But she was quickly criticised by some who claimed she’s ‘spoiling’ her daughter far too much.

Some of her purchases included a Pokémon plush toy, Action Spots trampoline, Polly Pocket Pajama Party Sleepover Adventure House Playset and a Barbie Patio Set. While she didn't reveal how everything cost on this occasion, last year Casey spent a whopping $1500

Some of her purchases included a Pokémon plush toy, Action Spots trampoline, Polly Pocket Pajama Party Sleepover Adventure House Playset and a Barbie Patio Set. While she didn’t reveal how everything cost on this occasion, last year Casey spent a whopping $1500

In the comments Casey revealed she doesn’t own a car and ordered an Uber home to transport the huge number of toys from the store.

Between now and Christmas the gifts will be kept out of sight in a spare bathroom that’s locked and unused. 

And while she didn’t reveal how everything cost on this occasion, last year Casey spent a whopping $1500. 

What did the mum buy from Big W?

Some of the gifts include: 

Ooshies 2022 Advent Calendar – $35

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Ultimate Ice Cream Truck Playset – $150

Polly Pocket Pajama Party Sleepover Adventure House Playset – $47

Pokemon 46cm Sleeping Plush – Eevee – $59

Pokemon Carry N Go Volcano Playset – $45

Barbie Patio Set – $69

Action Sports 137cm Trampoline – Rainbow – $139

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More than 230 people commented on the post, many left to question why so many toys were bought.  

‘No child needs this let alone more than this it’s a lil overwhelming for a child life experiences or a holiday or get ahead on some bills a child has all it needs already,’ one woman wrote. 

‘If she was my niece or granddaughter she would be getting squat from me if I knew this is what they were getting,’ another said. 

A third mum added: ‘As someone who has raised four kids and spent lots of money over the years buying gifts I can tell you it is a regret having done so. 

‘None of the kids barely even remember a quarter of the presents they received nor do they care about the toys they got as kids. 

‘That money would have been much better off being invested so they could buy their first car or go on their first plane ride etc. especially as a single parent.’

Someone else claimed Casey was ‘bragging’ about what she bought.

But she was quickly criticised by some who claimed she's 'spoiling' her daughter far too much

But she was quickly criticised by some who claimed she’s ‘spoiling’ her daughter far too much

Despite the backlash Casey revealed what she does as her daughter outgrows the toys bought over the years.

‘I was just wondering if you do pay It forwards of older toys from last year? I’m only asking as it would be great to set up a pay it forward for those who are in need this Christmas,’ one person asked.

Casey said she gives the toys away if her daughter doesn’t express any interest in the old toys.

‘I also make her pick some toys out of the store before Christmas and give them to others who have nothing,’ she said.

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