We have 12 people to buy for and spend $25 each or less including tax so our total budget is $300.
it doesn't seam like much I know but my whole life my parents have been really good at focusing on the day and not so much the gifts. (Not that there is anything wrong with people having big budgets). Since I was 11 my Dad has been working with the homeless and on Christmas afternoon we go down and make a big Christmas meal for them. When we pass our their gifts (a hat and a pair of gloves each, a small toy for the kids) it's humbling to think we even spent $25 on each other. Dh and I don't give each other a gift at Christmas. Our goal is to decide together to have a special date night later in the year and go to a concert or a play or something. Living in India for 5 years made us really non consumerist. Our whole family loves Christmas. Can you tell by my count down, but it's never about the gifts. It's often about the food
but never about the gifts.