Gifts between siblings

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fudd8963's picture
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Gifts between siblings

Do your kids get eachother gifts, and did you get gifts for your siblings growing up? I can't remember what age I started getting gifts for my siblings. But I think this year we are going to start with the girls getting a gift for each other. More so that they think about the giving in Christmas and not just the getting.

We figured we would all go, DH would take one I would take one and let them pick something little out. Like a book or a small toy. Nothing too big, but something they can give the other one. I asked them last night what they wanted to get Mommy and Daddy for Christmas. We are getting apples and bananas!!! LOL When DH had his LASIK I took the girls to get his meds from the store. They wanted to get him an "apple-pine" (pineapple) to make him feel better! LOL, they crack me up! We had to settle with peanut M&Ms because the drug store didn't have any "apple-pine"!

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This is a cute idea! Maybe I can take each of the kids one at a time to get a small gift for the other. Or I can ask the older 2 and then go pick up what they want. Good idea Tara!

Addison and Brooke crack me up!

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I love how all their ideas revolve around fruit! Smile Healthy girls!

I just asked Grady last week what present he wanted to buy daddy for his birthday (tomorrow). Right away he said "chocolate!"... so chocolate it was. Wink

Our kids have gotten gifts for each other for quite awhile now - probably started when our oldest was about 4. He wanted to buy a present for his baby sister (and mom and dad) so we took him to the dollar store and gave him $3 and he could pick anything he wanted. He actually came up with pretty cute and appropriate items! We did the dollar store thing with both our older kids when we were still in Ottawa, but here there aren't dollar stores so we've been letting them pick something at the department store, just with a budget in mind. (Everything here is ridiculously expensive though, so the budget has grown CONSIDERABLY!). :rolleyes: But they have SO much fun with it - I really think giving 'their' gifts to their family is the highlight of their Christmas morning for them! Smile

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We three 'kids' loved buying gifts for our parents. I always bought Mom (awful!) perfume which she accepted graciously. Dad got neckties, but then he actually wore them! My sister bought him a new pipe each year. They were bad gifts really, but we had good times selecting and wrapping them.

Our own kids also had fun selecting gifts. DS in particular always amazed us with his ability to find the unusual but very appropriate gift. I'm thinking now of the pulley and ropes that he installed for Sarahsunshine in our basement for gliding from one end of the house to the other. They spent many winter hours with it, making the house groan and shake!

Sarah still gives thoughtful gifts these days too. A few years ago she gave me an IOU for an afternoon together at a favourite nursery - the gift of time together. These days I receive photos of the grandchildren...which I love-love-love.

Last year Skyler 'forgot' to get me a gift so I asked him to write me a story...which he did!

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I just asked G if she wanted to get Em a gift for Christmas...she said "YEA! A PURPLE ONE!" and I said a purple one what? She goes "a purple gift mommy, its my favorite!!":rolleyes:

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"kirsteng" wrote:

I love how all their ideas revolve around fruit! Smile Healthy girls!

I just asked Grady last week what present he wanted to buy daddy for his birthday (tomorrow). Right away he said "chocolate!"... so chocolate it was. Wink

Our kids have gotten gifts for each other for quite awhile now - probably started when our oldest was about 4. He wanted to buy a present for his baby sister (and mom and dad) so we took him to the dollar store and gave him $3 and he could pick anything he wanted. He actually came up with pretty cute and appropriate items! We did the dollar store thing with both our older kids when we were still in Ottawa, but here there aren't dollar stores so we've been letting them pick something at the department store, just with a budget in mind. (Everything here is ridiculously expensive though, so the budget has grown CONSIDERABLY!). :rolleyes: But they have SO much fun with it - I really think giving 'their' gifts to their family is the highlight of their Christmas morning for them! Smile

I used to take Sierra to the dollar store too! She would be so proud to go through the store and carefully choose something for Aunt B, Uncle Tim, Mom, Dad, Nana, and Papa. One year she chose a plastic computer cover for my brother because he works in IT, and a pen on a string for my sister since she's a nurse and "could always have a pen when she needs one". Hearing the reasoning behind the gift was the best part Smile I have allowed her a bit bigger budget for the last few years, and I know this year most of us are getting a hand painted canvas that she did especially for each of us. Colin's is a car.

The dollar store is great. Nice and cheap so you won't break the bank, and the kids feel good. At my mom's school people are donating stuff, and the kids can come and buy gifts for their family for really cheap prices Smile My mom gave them a whole bunch since she's moving. Win-win!