We do bday gifts for our parents, siblings and BILs (between us currently 4 siblings, 2 BILs), kids (currently 2 nieces & a nephew). Mothers and Father's Day for our parents. All at $100 each. Xmas in my family is a Kris Kringle at $250 from me, $250 from hubby. We also still buy my parents a present from our daughter for xmas as they do so much for us, usually $100 combined for them. So we spend a lot on presents! But thankfully we're all quite comfortable and have good jobs so it isn't a strain.
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24-09-2016 19:15 #31
24-09-2016 19:16 #32
We are about to have our first baby, which will also be the first grand baby on both sides of our family.
At the moment, DF family don't buy sibling gifts for birthdays, but we do a secret santa for Xmas for $50pp. DF parents get a pretty nice gift from us for their birthdays and mothers/ Father's Day as they spend easily $500-$1000 on both DF and I for both our birthdays and then again for Xmas.
My family is a bit different as my siblings are still in high school so I would never expect them to buy gifts for me. Mum still buys Xmas presents on their behalf for us at Xmas time, and we will get them something for Xmas and their birthdays and we get mum something nice (usually a voucher to pamper herself and have a weekend away as she would never treat herself otherwise).
My dad and step mum expect gifts for birthdays, mothers/ Father's Day, and Xmas. However we rarely see them so don't buy gifts just because they expect us too. Step brother and step sister will get a voucher at Xmas as we only see them once a year usually, so easiest idea is a gift card, they give us the same thing so it works out well. We do buy presents at Xmas for step mum and dad, however it is usually a joint gift as we don't see them often enough to know what they like, want, need etc.
However, it will be interesting to see if this changes when Bub is born.
24-09-2016 19:54 #33
My MIL and FIL get presents for Christmas. Sometimes their birthdays and just stuff from the kids for mothers/Father's Day. We don't buy any gifts for BIL or SIL that are in their 20s but we do buy a gift for BIL that is 11. We buy birthday and Christmas gifts for our two nephews.
We sometimes buy each other gifts for birthday and Christmas but only if it's something we really want, don't just buy any old thing for the sake of giving a gift. I never really got into the giving gifts to other adults thing. I stopped getting gifts from my own parents once I hit 18 so maybe that's where I get it from.
24-09-2016 20:05 #34
We do bday presents for my parents,
($50 each), sister and BIL ($30-40 each). Xmas we buy for my Parents, sister and BIL - I've tried to organise secret Santa before but they've said no but we've got a $40 limit. Maybe when they have kids they might be more inclined to do secret Santa
On DH'S side we only really do xmas for FIL ($100) and our nieces ($40 each). About 6 years ago us, BIL and SIL agreed not to do presents
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24-09-2016 20:11 #35
I think once we have our own baby we won't be seen as the 'rich' aunt and uncle anymore, and the lists will become more reasonable.
24-09-2016 20:19 #36
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24-09-2016 20:31 #37
Extended family gifts - where to draw the line?
With family, as I said, it's usually just a family dinner. I didn't buy either of my siblings a present this year. Actually, wait, I did get my brother & his wife a family annual membership to the Australian museum but that was $80 and it was a present for both of them (their bdays are close together).
We did a joint present for my dad's milestone bday (60) a few years ago. We got him one of those memorial newspaper things from the year he was born, and it was bound in a leather folder, really special. He loved it and it wasn't expensive, especially when we all chipped in.
Wish MIL would be happy with something like that lol DH and I usually get her a bottle of Chanel perfume.
Just want to add, I'm also not fussed at all about getting presents myself. If DH buys me something for my bday I usually feel like he's wasted money. Before we had kids he used to do experience gifts for me which were awesome, and the year I had my first DS, he gave me a day spa gift voucher. But since then I don't actually want or need anything. A card and taking the kids out so I can relax is all I need
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