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    Default How do you not spend a fortune at xmas on gifts for "everyone else."

    So christmas is coming and I've been trying to plan ahead to spread out the expenses but as we all know it just never ends! I'm struggling with presents for everyone outside our immediate family, DH is one of seven kids for starters! We just can't afford to buy for everyone so we narrowed it down to those we feel we have to buy for, DS's daycare teacher this year was amazing so I plan to do a homemade hamper of sorts with ideas I found on Pinterest. After that I have my parents and a brother, my grandparents, DHs parents, DH's 2 child-aged youngest brothers, and our sons' 2 cousins. I wish I could do something special for them all but we just can't on top of everything for our own Xmas day.

    So what do you guys do to keep costs down? I would love to hear ideas and bounce gifts off one another since we're all dealing with it right now.


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    Can you buy a $2 basket for majority if those people and bake Xmas cookies and Xmas cake or slice or shortbread etc. melt chocolate into Xmas shape and set it hard and wrap in cellophane. A basket of goodies is a nice idea.

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    We will be doing what we did last year. Getting photos of my god-daughter nephew and step daughter done. We give the picture of dsd to Sd's mum, dp's parents and grandparents.
    My sister gets a copy of all 3 kids and her son
    same with my mum and step dad.
    And same with my god-daughter's mum.
    It cost $160 for the shoot and around $70 to have them printed off at Harvey Norman and cheap nice frames from the cheap shop.
    And the only kids that are getting presents are those 3 kids. Other wise i could be buying for over 30 kids.
    There's a fine line, and to be honest I don't expect anyone to buy presents for us so don't feel guilty about not getting any other people or kids presents.

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    I bake fancy biscotti and give that to ppl in a nice ( IKEA style ) jar.

    Fudge, gingerbread, macaroons are also great gifts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hannahsmumma View Post
    Can you buy a $2 basket for majority if those people and bake Xmas cookies and Xmas cake or slice or shortbread etc. melt chocolate into Xmas shape and set it hard and wrap in cellophane. A basket of goodies is a nice idea.
    Love this idea!

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    I agree with a hamper or home made goodies .


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    I agree with a hamper of home made goodies .


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    With ds's teacher we are giving a succulent in a pretty pot. 10 max

    inlaws are getting a wall decal bible quote -40

    My mum I got a wok - 60
    Nieces nephews get a 20$ budget
    same with bil sil.
    my brother and elder sister nothing
    ill get my younger sister something 1d. So like 20 $

    great grandparents get art from the kids

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    I've bought my nephews books from book club, a set is about $15 so I bought 3 sets.
    I don't buy for my sister & her hubby. My parents want luggage so my sister and I are going halves.
    Inlaws like the movies so we're getting them gold class vouchers. And with dh's siblings we do secret Santa so we only have to buy for one.


 

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