Post # 1
Last night, FI and I decided that we should just skip large Christmas presents for each other this year, give what we got and go buy new furniture for the apartment. I’m kinda relieved because I hate just buying clothes for him to return later and I feel like we’ve bought so much for ourselves when we need it over the past year that all the fun is taken out of it.
Anyone else doing this?
Post # 3
Kind of. We do a present and a stocking for each other with a $90 total cap as we adopt a family each year instead and spend the money on them.
We get bigger presents for each other at the other holidays.
Post # 4
@jpalm13: Yep. We are doing this. It is dissapointing but we have so much furniture to buy for our house that it doesn’t make sense to buy presents as well.
Post # 5
Yes. The past two years we’ve been wedding broke and this year we bought a couch and put a roof on our rental house. We bought each other small gifts.
Post # 6
We do this every year. We have enough crap. The only things we want now are BIG, so we save our money for those.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
We’re pretty much skipping the whole gift thing. Money is too tight, and bills are much more important. Plus, we’re having our baby in the next few weeks, and that’s one heck of a gift.
Post # 8
FI and I havent exchanged gifts in about 5 years lol
Were the opposite, we always say this year were going to buy each other gifts and have the best xmas ever! lol
Post # 9
You guys are making me feel so much better! We both feel like we’re taking the easy way out. We already have so much crap and need to spend money on the wedding and new furniture more than anything.
Post # 10
Honestly, we haven’t done big gifts for each other in years. Anything we want, we usually just buy it throughout the year for ourselves. It seems DH always wants/needs stuff NOT at Christmas time. Like this fall when his laptop died, we had to get him a new one. Would have been a great xmas gift but he needed it right then. I always want more camera gear, but my business buys it, so it doesn’t make sense to get it as a gift.
This year I jokingly told DH his xmas gift was the wedding we just had – since I wanted to elope and he wanted a big wedding. 😉
Post # 11
@jpalm13: yup! In fact, we might be skipping us altogether. We are saving to move across the country. It’s $5k to have our stuff moved in a pod and buy flights. We haven’t even estimated how to get our cars there yet. FML. So there went Xmas. :-/
Post # 12
My fi and I skip xmas, we do birthdays, but no xmas. We started this a couple of years ago: get gifts for the kids in the family, but bake cookies and goodies for everyone else. I felt weird about it at first, but it makes Christmas so much easier and less stressful. We get to spend a day with each of our families and that’s the important part 🙂
Post # 13
Yep. We’re paying for the wedding and saving for a house and we’re broke right now anyway. We bought our wedding bands and called it good.
Post # 14
We always do a big joint “gift” for Christmas – this year, it’s a new mattress/box spring. We do stockings, though (with a strict price cap), which is fun.
Post # 15
We don’t overdo it at Christmas. I’m spending no more than $100 on my DH. Christmas isn’t about the gifts anyway. For me it’s about spending it with family. Neither of us really need “stuff” because if we want something we buy it.