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Mum-of-three sparks debate after sharing eye-watering amount she spends on Christmas presents

Annie Walton Doyle

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Mum-of-three sparks debate after sharing eye-watering amount she spends on Christmas presents

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@sineadbaldev

Any parent knows that Christmas is a special time to spoil their kids.

But when it comes to budgeting for the holiday season, things can feel a little tight.

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Knowing the 'right' amount to spend on your children can feel impossible.

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And one mum has sparked a fierce debate on TikTok after revealing just how much she's willing to splurge for her children over the holidays.

TikToker Sinead Baldev runs a popular account showing how she manages to budget - and splurge - as a single mum-of-three.

But her latest video, in which she talks through her spending habits for the upcoming holiday season, has the internet divided.

Sinead wrote: “This is how much I normally spend, per child. So last year, I must have spent … I’d say £3k to £4.5k on Christmas presents for these kids.”

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She did later clarify that this was £3-4k in total, not each, and she didn't spend anywhere near as much on her youngest.

She said: "Why the hell would I spend £3,000 to £4,000 on a three-year-old."

She also said she buys presents throughout the year so she's not spending too much in one go.

Sinead then broke down exactly where this money was going.

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The mum opened up on TikTok. Credit: TikTok/@sineadbaldev
The mum opened up on TikTok. Credit: TikTok/@sineadbaldev

She revealed her eldest daughter had asked for pricey beauty products from Drunk Elephant and P Louise.

Sinead admitted she's bought these £100 products in spite of the fact her daughter is just 13, and that 'Nivea probably does the same thing'.

Sinead went on to explain she'd bought her younger daughter a £170 Barbie Dreamhouse.

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Luckily, Sinead's son has far less expensive taste.

She explains he 'is the cheapest child to buy for', adding: "You could buy him a £2.99 stretchy worm from B&M and he’s buzzing.”

Although she also admitted he tends to get 'bored' of opening his presents on the big day.


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Even though Sinead insisted her children aren't spoiled, her excessive spending habits still sparked a fierce debate in the comments sections.

One wrote: “I’ve only spent about £20 on my son because he’s only going to be a month old for Christmas.”

Another added: "I'm crying reading the comments because that's so much money, feeling so guilty now but I'm doing my best for my kids!"

The comments section was divided. Credit: TikTok/@sineadbaldev
The comments section was divided. Credit: TikTok/@sineadbaldev

However, others seemed to think this level of spending was totally normal.

One claimed: “My parents spend minimum £2000. They spent about £1k a few years back and I kicked off and they said I ‘ruined Christmas’ but they’ve learned.”

Another sensibly stated: "I always get mine what they want so if one wants a pogo stick they get it and if one wants a pony they get it. I don’t really do money!"

Where do you stand in the debate?

Topics: Christmas, TikTok, Parenting, Money

Annie Walton Doyle
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