Maybe it seems a little early to you, but for me it is never to early to think about gift-giving. For those of you not privy to my family’s great present debate of 2006, you may not understand the degree of angst that occurs when determining gifts. Such as: amount to spend, to list or not to list desired items, and so on.
Last year, I gave everybody books. Except perhaps for the men whom have married into our family, I know every member of my family is happy getting a new book. (Better yet, a new cookbook!) I had a great time picking out books for everyone based on their particular interests and think I could continue to do that until such time as I could afford more extravagant gifts.
Dad had thrown out the idea of each of the adults doing a name exchange, so as to cut down on multi-present costs. This also enables you to focus your present budget on one person, so you can get them something more expensive. (Something they will want more?)
Mrs. H recently told me of an interesting scheme that a friend of hers family does. It sounded like it might be something my family might go for and since they all read my blog- why not throw it out here? ;)
This family loves spending time together. So every year instead of buying presents for each other, they contribute money to a fund. Then every couple of years they spend it on a trip or some activity they can enjoy together. (Hmmmmm, a trip to the French Laundry maybe…..? A CRUISE even…?)
While I find the concept of that very appealing, I wonder if I would miss out on the opening of presents on Christmas factor. Although once you have kids that definitely becomes a secondary exercise.
How does your family do the gift giving?