(Closed) How old is too old to give your parents a Christmas list?

posted 6 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: How old is too old to give your parents a Christmas list?
    Under 18 : (21 votes)
    13 %
    College years : (20 votes)
    12 %
    Out of the house (whatever age that may be) : (16 votes)
    10 %
    Married : (4 votes)
    2 %
    You're never too old to make a Xmas list! : (92 votes)
    57 %
    Other : (9 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    267 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I lived at home until my early-20’s, and I made a list more for the sake of helping my Mom figure out what to get me rather than a list of things I WANTED (if that makes any sense).  I would never think of making a list and giving it to my parents now that I’m married and living away from home.  Even if I wasn’t married, I still wouldn’t make a list.  That’s just ridiculous. 

    I’m not sure there is an age to stop, I guess it’s all relative. 

    Post # 4
    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    When my parents stop asking me to make a list, then I’ll stop making them one. Honestly it’s just easier to figure out what to buy someone when they give you a list of what they want! My mom gives me a list too. 🙂

    Post # 5
    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Maybe it’s a cultural thing (probably is) but I’ve never done a christmas list… we do get gifts for each other, but it requires more digging on their part… 

    Although a list would definitely simplify things!

    Post # 6
    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I don’t think I made a list after the age of 10, it’s just not something my family does. My parents and I talk about what I want and my mom gets me a few additional surprises. I think once you’re out of the house its probably time to stop.

    Post # 7
    1506 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We do Secret Santa with my family so we each only have to buy one gift. We all write down 3 things we’d like and we draw names using the lists. I don’t think you are ever too old to write a list. It makes it easier for the gift giver, and the receiver is guaranteed something they want/need.

    Post # 8
    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    It’s so much easier to have a list! We still do them and I’m 24 and have been on my own since I was 19.

    Post # 10
    627 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @MissBoPeep: Agree. As long as my parents keep asking for it, I’ll keep giving them one.

    I’m 27 and this will be my first married Christmas. I’ve been away from home for 4 years now. Honestly, everyone exchanges lists – my siblings, parents, DH’s parents and siblings. It just makes things easier (except that you have to be a bit strategic that no one buys repeat gifts).

    Post # 11
    527 posts
    Busy bee

    Does an Amazon wish list count?  Mr and I keep an updated Amazon list and email the link to our parents.  They looooove that we do this because it makes it easier for them.

    Post # 12
    1278 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think it depends a lot on your parents.  My parents will now just ask me if there is anything I want (if they remember).  But my secretary tells her two full 30 some year old kids that they need to get her a list before Thanksgiving!  

    Post # 13
    8147 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    its not evne my choice at this point. my mom badgers me for my xmas list each year. its not about childish-ness.. its about organization! my mom is thankful to have a list. why make them think more than they have to and risk getting something you dont want. its not like i write Dear Santa, at the top.

    Post # 14
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    My DH’s mom calls him every year on thanksgiving and demands a list. She says that if she doesn’t receive a list within a week, she’s getting him 12 pair tighty whities wrapped in a big red bow. lol. So….. I think it is just whatever works for your family. My husband will prob always do a christmas list bc his mom will prob always demand it. Its a bit presumptious as an adult to make a list un-requested I think… but if someone asks its nice to give them ideas to make their shopping easier


    Post # 15
    3943 posts
    Honey bee

    My parents and FI’s parents ask us for a list each year. And it’s always a struggle to come up with things. It’s honestly just easier shopping off a list though.

    Post # 16
    1231 posts
    Bumble bee

    @UpstateCait: The radio DJ’s were saying that if the person buying the gifts paid attention and knew you then they shouldn’t need a list but I disagreed with that.

    Hahaha that’s funny. Were any of the dj’s men? If they are, they must be the best most attentive husband’s ever and their wives must get the best, most thoughtful gifts!

    I write things down as I think of them for gift ideas because when people ask me I go blank and can’t think of anything. So I guess i’m a list writer. 🙂

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