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    I get nothing from them so they get nothing from me. Same for birthdays.

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    My folks are part of our family secret Santa but MIL is so hard to buy for.

    She never seems impressed no mater how much effort I put in. Previously beads for her pandora, beautiful teacups and pots, pjs, hand creams....

    This year I've decided to make a quick pick and not stress, she just doesn't care

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyV View Post
    The last few years we've done calendars with photos of dd and then photo mugs with really nice coffee. This year we're getting my mum fabric (she's a quilter), my dad a build a row boat kit, fill a nice bottle of wine, and not sure about mil.
    I give my Dad a calendar of DS, last year it was wedding photos too. Those are both good for at least a few gift giving opportunities.

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    Default What do you buy the parentals for Christmas?

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    My folks are part of our family secret Santa but MIL is so hard to buy for.

    She never seems impressed no mater how much effort I put in. Previously beads for her pandora, beautiful teacups and pots, pjs, hand creams....

    This year I've decided to make a quick pick and not stress, she just doesn't care
    That's a hard one, good on you for not stressing this year

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    My sister and I always go in together to get our parents gifts. Some things we've bought my mum in the past are perfume, books, movie vouchers, photo calendar, dressing gown.

    For dad we've bought him cookbooks, a Wollemi pine when they first became available, things for his vege garden (like plant name tags, heirloom seeds). This year we got him a squatty potty my sister has one and dad thought it was cool.

    As for then IL's we usually give them a gift card. But this year nothing. DH is steaming because they didn't call DS2 on his birthday and didn't even send a card to acknowledge the birth of DS3.

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    Parents are overseas so we don't exchange gifts.
    In laws- FIL usually gets after shave set, this year we will get a model plane too. MIL gets garden stuff but this year is handbag and perfume.
    They are both ridiculously difficult to buy for. Always say thanks but never any clue if they like it or not.

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    My dad passed in January and he was the only parent I bought for, so Im thinking I might do one of those World Vision things and buy a cow or a couple of chickens or whatever for a family in a third world country in Dad's name 💙 Mother and I aren't friends so we don't buy for each other or spend Christmas together, so that's easy :P

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    My parents are usually not to hard, they'll always mention something during the year that they'd like and we try and remember it so we can get it for them for Xmas. They don't have a lot of money, so we know they usually won't buy themselves little luxuries. My dad starting saying a few years ago that he has everything he needs and can't think of anything he wants so we've done things like get him movie vouchers, which he's loved.

    My in-laws are difficult. They have money so they just buy what they want. We've tried thinking of things they'd like, but even when DH asks his mum if something he's seen is something she'd like she just says "no, get us vouchers".

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    I got rave reviews for a car detailing voucher. That is my go to now.

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    My mum is impossible and never seems overly fussed with 'extra effort' gifts so last year I bought her a goat from Oxfam I think it was. She thought it was brilliant! Might do a chicken this year Lol

    my dad specifically asks for homemade cookies, very easy to please!

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