Okay ladies we need to get this board moving!
Who do you buy for, for Christmas?
I'm only buying for my daughter and I let everyone know. I said don't buy us presents, just for Parker if you feel like it. Money is TIGHT right now.
DH, our two girls, my parents, in laws, nephews and niece, and the girls' teachers. Oh and our best neighbours and our therapists Also DH's best friend and wife and their kids, and my best friend, her husband and their son.
My kids. DF. Parents & In-Laws.
However, I do mostly crafy things for extended family.. most our 'shopping money' will go towards the kids.
This year we're doing a gift exchange with the adults in DH's family, so we will buy for 2 people with a max budget of $60 (that includes both). Then just DD. I'm going to tell everyone in my family not to purchase anything for us since I can't reciprocate.. just DD if they want to. I'd rather spend most of our budget on her.. I am going to get one or two items for DH.
We used to do something similar. We'd pick one name out of a hat (and maybe 15 family members would play), and then we'd spend $100 on that person. But a lot of our family has either moved away, or they aren't speaking to each other. So that wouldn't really work this year. Plus I don't have $100 to spend on someone else this time around. If Christmas was in February after we got our tax refund then things might be different lol.
My DH is one of 4 boys, so the 8 of us (brothers and their wives) did a name swap, and are each only buying one gift for one of us (with a $30 limit at that). We are also buying gifts for all of our nieces and nephews on my DH's side (5 kids). And then DH's parents- but they are coming to visit at the end of Jan, and I think we're going to hold off on gift exchanging until then. For my family, I made a birthday and anniversary calendar, and made one copy for each of my brothers and their wives, for each of my parents and their spouses, and my step-sister and brother on my dad's side. So that was 6 copies of the calendar (plus one for ourselves!). I might still buy a present for my niece (my brother's kid). I think that is about it. If I were celebrating in the States, I would probably get my best friends and their kids something, but, since I won't see them, I probably won't. Money is tight for us as well, and I know NONE of these kids are going to be wanting for gifts!
Oh, and obvs we are getting DD some stuff. But I think DH and I have actually agreed to not exchange gifts but we'll see.... we might end up getting each other something little just so there is SOMETHING to open. We'll see.