Monday, October 29, 2007

HO...HO...HO...

HO...HO... HO...

No I wasn't talking about L. Lohan, P. Hilton & B.Spears. In fact I was talking about Santa. Are all your lists made yet? Have you started shopping? If so, I think you're sick and I'm completely jealous.

Speaking of lists, how do you handle your child's Christmas wishes between family members and grandparents? Do you make one big list and give it to everyone hoping that the same Spiderman doesn't show up twice? Or maybe you opt for making different lists for each family?

Tell me, share with me. How do you manage Christmas gifts in your family for children and adults. For larger families, do you pick names? or buy for everyone. If so, give me your salary because I don't know how I could do that. Am I the only one without a Christmas Club at the bank?

So, tis the season, do share how you handle your shopping and gifting. I need to start and I could use all the help and I can get.

16 comments:

Sarah said...

We have them each make a list. Then we decide what we are going to get them. Then when each side asks what they want we tell them each something different. Then if my husband's dad and stepmom don't listen we end up with 2 easy bake ovens like 2 years ago.

We haven't been rolling in the dough the last few Christmases so it has been a family gift for my sisters and their families. My husband just opts to get nothing for his side.

I haven't started shopping, but with mine getting older I have noticed things that they keep talking about and look at when we go to the store. So in my head I'm half done. Sadly it's only in my head. :)

Mimi's Toes said...

My daughter gives me a list for her family of ideas, which really helps. My son gets his early cause he can't wait. I already went to Dick's sporting store and got the coat he wanted and he is now wearing it...he does this to me every year since moving out...he says that's all I need to get him, but of course, I did pick him up a few more things that he doesn't know about. As our family grew, my siblings decided not to exchange anymore since we all live so far from each other.
As for the Christmas club...that's a joke...I did it a few years ago but ended up spending it on our dog who needed surgery...It is a nice thing though to start if you can remember to do it.

Alicia said...

In the past my family has always bought for everyone. And I mean BOUGHT. My mom goes all out and thinks she needs to get everyone 10 gifts each. This year my husband and I will most likely get one gift for my whole family (parents and siblings that still live at home) because we can't afford to do individual gifts.

My mom always pushes my buttons during the holidays because she is gift obsessed. She'll give me magazines with things circled that she wants, or she'll tell me "Oh if you need Christmas ideas, so-and-so wants this!" It has really put a bad taste in my mouth about Christmas unfortunately.

Anyway! Sorry to go off on a tangent. :) This year for our kids I made a wish list at thethingsiwant.com and I'll send that out to the grandparents, because they've been asking for ideas. I put a lot of choices on it so hopefully we won't get doubles. (Really, I hope they just buy clothes, because my kids do NOT need any more plastic lead-filled toys!)

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More Than A Single Mom said...

I make a seperate list for everyone regarding Missy so that we don't get the same stuff every year. I figure out what she needs, what she wants, and divide it up between family memebers!

We do a family grab bag. And yes we are sick sick people. We did our grab bag names in the first week of October!!!!!

And of course I am sick and already started my shopping but you know that already. Get on it girl!!!!

chrissy said...

I do tell grandparents different items and they check in when they are bought. In the past we have had gifts of doubles and it is hard to return and the kids just want to play with everything immediately. Our family does communicate, through me, and it helps mucho! We don't pick names but we don't buy for everyone!

Jenny from Chicago said...

This year I am making jewelry for my mother and my sister-in-law. You know the gemstone necklaces that have their offspring's birthstones on them? Yeah, those that require little skill other than birthstone knowledge. Those are the two hardest to shop for...the rest is just cake.

~Sheryl said...

I'm not sure how we are handling it this year. My best friends do the list thing, so we always have to have list. For them, it's one list and you let them know what you bought (mostly for the kids).

My Bro bailed out of the Christmast thing 2 years ago. We only by for my nephew. Personally, I think it's crappy - he should be buying for Mom, but that's another story.

For us (we have a 16 month old) we just kind of give ideas to the grandparents and tell them what we buy. I've been thinking about this year and I don't think anyone can afford what we are all used to.

I have picked up one gift so far, but it was accidental. ha.

btw, I'm here by way of Nablopomo and I am sure I will be back.

Stacie said...

My kids make a list, with my help, and then I pick what I am getting from the list and separate the list among the grandparents.

I haven't started any shopping, but the list is started (one entry is a start :D). Every year I say, I need a christmas club account, yet I have not started one. GRR.

Lost A Sock said...

I pay pretty close attention to what KJ and Jack are into, and we go from there. My mom always asks for lists, and my in-laws buy whatever they want. We do buy for everyone in both families, but try to keep it reasonable since that involves many people. We also are very reasonable with what we spend on our kids, knowing that they're the only grandkids on both sides of the family and going to get tons of stuff everywhere we go.

Even with that, we always come home packing three quarters of Toys R Us...

I have no idea how I'll find time for shopping this year. I hope my kids like stuff from Lowe's, haha.

Peant Butter and Jelly Boats said...

For the boys, we've been letting them do the register at Toys R Us thing since we live in a different state then both sets of grandparents. THen they know what's been bought, etc. We draw names for cousins, etc.

I'm so trying to get started too. Good luck!

Thea said...

We buy for nieces, nephews, and grandparents...that's it. And when the nieces and nephews turn 18, then we stop buying for them, too. Next year will be the first nephye to "drop off" the gift list. He'll get a larger than normal gift for his last one, as will all the other nieces and nephews.

I'm the youngest of 6 kids and one year (after many failed years of "let's exchange names" and "buy for everyone, $10 limit!") I finally just said enough. I told my family that I loved them, but I was done buying them presents. The amazing thing was that everyone survived. Imagine that!

We make a master list for the kids and then keep track of who we told what. It's worked so far.

And we do have a xmas acct at the bank. Money automatically deducted every month and then it all gets dumped back into our checking acct at the end of October. I try to do most of my shopping on Amazon.com. Once I have my list, I can get everyone done in one sitting and I usually don't have to brave the stores.

Elizabeth F. said...

If you don't help me I may have a unibrow soon! Enter me please.

My Wonderful Men... said...

We give everyone a list so there is no dups.
My family has always just done for the kids but my husbands family which is bigger buys for everyone. I've tried to make the change over the years, just do the kids.
Hello! it's to expensive when you buy for everyone. Also, I think that the whole meaning of Christmas is lost when it's all about gifts.