Post # 1
FI said a couple days ago that we shouldn’t do gifts for Christmas since we’re saving for the wedding. I’m fine with not getting anything from him but I’d like to still get him stuff. He really needs white undershirts, slacks for work, dress socks, etc… So I’m thinking of getting some of that stuff and just wrapping it up for Christmas. I just can’t stand the idea of nothing under the tree and I’d buy the stuff anyway (lol I buy all of his clothes!) I just don’t want him to feel like he has to buy something for me.
Are any of you guys planning on skipping the packages, boxes, and bows this Christmas?
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Mr. S and I are exchanging gifts, but we’re scaling WAY back this year. We’re keeping it to a $50 limit, I think.
Post # 4
Well, you’re talking about September. I’m talking about a week before Christmas. Literally Seven days. I thought that if I bought all of the people gifts for being in the wedding, that counts as Christmas presents right? I don’t know what the etiquette police would have to say about this.
Post # 5
My FI and I just had that conversation. We had a pretty big Christmas last year and this year will will be planning for the wedding, trying to buy a house, and saving for the honeymoon as well. We decided all we need is each other for Christmas this year and we are going light on all the other gift giving as well.
Post # 6
YUP! We are..but I’m sure I’ll end up getting him something..my Fi needs new undershirts too! I already told my parents and sister not to expect anything from me this year as well =) They totally understand (I think!).
Post # 7
not skipping, but putting a definite budget on it. I think even if we decided to skip it, I would end up buying him something too.
Post # 8
This is the first year that we are really cutting back and its all due to the wedding. I made my list last week and realized the amount of money that we normally spend on Christmas would cover our photographer & DJ! That was just crazy to me so we cut wayy back for everyone.
FI and I normally don’t exchange gifts for really anything. He’ll get me flowers for Valentines and my bday but thats pretty much it. We don’t wait for special occasions to buy the things we want, we just get them. As for everyone else, I wish I was crafty because I would totally try to DIY Christmas!
Post # 9
We’re no longer planning our wedding, but I think we’re going pretty minimal this year. We got so many gifts for the wedding, and we registered for lots of non-house stuff that we have a bit of a present hangover.
We were talking about what we might want, and were really haveing to stretch to think, so extra money into our down payment fund it is!
Post # 10
My fiance and I have decided not to buy Christmas gifts for each other this year. I am not too thrilled with the idea, but since we are saving for the wedding it makes sense. We have also decided to do a grab with his family and mine, so we dont buy too many gifts for others this Christmas either. I am actually glad to hear that so many other couples are thinking of not exchanging gifts. I will probably break as the Christmas season gets here. and buy him some socks or undershirts, but nothing major.
Post # 11
We’ve discussed the options several times and instead of it being gifts or no gifts, it’s been buy something fun for the two of us, or buy something that we really need, lol.
Post # 12
I sold my expensive android phone on craigslist for extra Christmas money and have managed to buy almost all of my gifts already.
Post # 13
We are skipping the gifts this year, because on top of the wedding planning, I am interning right now and not making nearly as much money as I was this time last year. We are both spending too much excess cash right now just to cover living expenses.
Christmas is my favorite day of the year, for so many more reasons than the gifts, and I really don’t think the lack of them will take away from it much.
Post # 14
We decided a few years ago to stop exchanging Christmas gifts.
As money is not a problem for us, we have chosen to adopt a family each year through our local Christmas Bureau. In this program you even get contact information so I was able to talk to the mom and find out more about the kids’ interests and needs.
Last year our family was single mom on disability with 2 teenage boys and an 8 yr old daughter.
We had such fun shopping for them, choosing gifts for each family member and providing all the groceries they neded for christmas dinner, baking supplies and staples to last sometime after.
We delivered the gifts while the kids were still in school so mom had time to hide things and surprise the kids on Christmas Day.
We are blessed and are lucky to be able to share.