Family Christmas gifts-fair, not equal?

posted 2 years ago in Holidays
Post # 18
2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We do a $150 KK with DH’s side of the family, so we really only buy for 2 people on that side. We have nephews who aren’t a part of the KK that we all gift. We also do a $100 KK with my mum’s side of the family, so again only buying for 2 people. We always get my mum and Mother-In-Law something small in addition to this though, even just flowers or something. My extended family on dad’s side don’t do gifts. We gift my dad and step mother and my 3 youngest siblings (aged 14 and under), although my other sister and I don’t gift each other because we do a KK with mum (I have her this year, for example, so it would mean I would be gifting her twice). We spend up to $50 on the kids and $50+ on my dad and step mother (each), depending on the item.

Even though the amounts are all different, the KK limits are what the families have agreed they are comfortable with and all the other gifts are within our means.

Post # 19
2130 posts
Buzzing bee

Darling Husband has no siblings, but we don’t spend a lot on his parents’ Christmas gifts. We are fairly close with them, but (1) they’re shockers at not using what you buy them (even event tickets will just sit around and expire), and (2) they don’t do much for us financially. 

We spend more on my parents because they will drive here (4 hours) to look after our dogs if we ever want to go away, give us so much money, pay for things we want to do on the house. Whenever they come here they buy us a month of groceries at a time, take us out to breakfast/lunch/dinner, etc etc, pay for all our gas. It puts us in a position where we are able to spend a bit more on a gift. 

That being said, my parents are getting homemade vouchers this year 😂 I’m going to take each one for a day out doing something they enjoy in a non-touristy part of our town. Reason: they have absolutely everything, and I’m running out of ideas! 

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