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    I think sometimes it's ok. My sibs and mum don't live near us so I have to send everything. It limits the type of gift I can buy them due to size and breakage, and by the time I factor in postage to my small budget I'm not left with a lot to spend.

    So we've done money on both sides for years. Bc we live far apart we don't know what each other and the kids need. We save on postage and my sibs are grown and prefer choosing themselves.

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    I love cash/gift cards.

    Everyone in my extended family is really quite cheap as we get loads of $2 thoughtless toys or clearance kmart clothes or a freaky looking $1 doll.

    I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but I would rather a thoughtful card and no gift than a size 7 baby poo green t-shirt for my 4yo DD who is a very petite child.

    So when we get $10 instead of some token gift I am thrilled. At least we can put it towards some appropriate clothes, books or craft stuff....

    I also like gift cards for myself because I love the thrill of shopping and spending money on myself...I'm always buying things for DH and DD but I always miss out on clothes, shoes or other things...

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    Default Re: Cash for XMAS presents

    I give my nephew who is nearly 10 cash for xmas and his birthday. He's usually saving up for something and he has everything already anyway.

    I do usually ask him if he'd like money or a gift and if he asks for something of it's in my budget I'll buy him that.

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    I think maybe we all just be grateful for whatever we get. I hate to think of what the poor in other countries will get. Nothing probably.

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    I don't like it for kids unless the older ones ask. Luckily no one does that for DD.

    My MIL gives me money which I love because she always gave me awful presents!! She would spend a lot on them too, it was such a waste of money. But other then her I would MUCH prefer a present. I put so much thought into the gift I'm giving so like to think other people do the same. I love unwrapping presents!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moxy View Post
    Depends. I would much prefer cash than a whole bunch of crap which unfortunately, is the trend for a few people in my and DHs families. Is like the quantity of presents is important to them. So yeah, I'd rather the cash because I usually end up throwing out / giving away the rubbish I get.

    In saying that, I'd actually rather they donated the cash. I don't need presents.
    Exactly this in my family too!! My Mum gets such a kick out of giving lots and lots of presents (she HAS to be the one that gives the most presents) so its usually lots of little bits of meaningless crap. Ive tried to convince her not to get me anything at all, just spend it on DD but no way FINALLY after giving her a few gift cards over the years she realised that giftcards are useful so now gets me a giftcard instead. If I had the choice, giftcards are much more practical so I can buy things I NEED rather than get a whole pile of crap she has wasted her money on that will just end up at a charity or landfill. Presents from people who actually know you and think it over are fun though

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    Depends on the situation
    As a child I often got cash from relatives I didn't know well, or family friends who really wanted to give me something but didn't know me well enough/didn't see me often enough to know what I'd like. I really appreciated it, particularly from those who I knew didn't have much money to spare in the first place. It also then gave me a great opportunity to choose how to spend/save money, and then write to them telling them what I'd bought.

    I'd find it a bit odd from close relatives to a young child though.

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    Default Cash for XMAS presents

    This whole thread just reinforces my opinion that Xmas gift giving is stupid. It's stressful and financially wasteful. Instead of giving and receiving unwanted gifts and gift cards and cash I would much prefer to just not have to gift give at all and no one gift give to me and instead I keep my money for my family and household needs. I think some baked goods, a family photo or kids craft gift should be enough to let others know you have thought of them.

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    Default Cash for XMAS presents

    Quote Originally Posted by jez View Post
    This whole thread just reinforces my opinion that Xmas gift giving is stupid. It's stressful and financially wasteful. Instead of giving and receiving unwanted gifts and gift cards and cash I would much prefer to just not have to gift give at all and no one gift give to me and instead I keep my money for my family and household needs. I think some baked goods, a family photo or kids craft gift should be enough to let others know you have thought of them.
    Well said.. Bring back the baked goods and kids craft!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moxy View Post
    Depends. I would much prefer cash than a whole bunch of crap which unfortunately, is the trend for a few people in my and DHs families. Is like the quantity of presents is important to them. So yeah, I'd rather the cash because I usually end up throwing out / giving away the rubbish I get.

    In saying that, I'd actually rather they donated the cash. I don't need presents.

    For my brother and godson, I buy a voucher or sometimes give cash. It's what they want and like. I'm not going to buy them something they don't want. Usually they're saving up for something and want money to put towards it. I'm happy to indulge that.
    My MIL gives DD a ridiculous amount of gifts and honestly most of them are crap, never get played with or totally age inappropriate. It also frustrates me as we have asked them not to I've so many gifts because we don't want DD to become spoilt and expect lots of gifts. She usually says oh but it didn't cost that much and I got lots of things on sale. Yes but DD still will learn that Christmas means LOTS of presents and we don't want that.
    Plus it feels a bit insulting that we only give DD a few gifts and thy give her 12-15.


 

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