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WHO more than WHAT

December 4th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Habits are hard to break! The many early years of Christmas in-law family gatherings were easy. There were lots of kids, young families, and dozens of gifts to buy! Fast forward 15 years and the kids are grown. Some married, some not. Some moved away. Even the party sputtered out once or twice.

The party is on for this year, and I face the now recurring dilemma:

"Who is going to be there that I should bring a gift for?"

Which raises the corollary questions:

"Who has new partners coming along? Who has kids attached to those partners?"

What would you do?!

And throw in that the players change each year!! At least the family has decided to give gifts to kids (under 18 or so). And of course my husband's parents.

The habits of the past of knowing who was going to be there and buying all those presents just doesn't apply now!

I don't want to spend a bunch and the expected family doesn't visit (it is not super formal as to attending). Nor do I want some kind of little kids (10 years old or less) to be there and not have some happy presents.

BLEH. Oh well, I am kind of getting more of the frame of mind that it is ALL ABOUT BEING TOGETHER and less about the gifting. Comes with age, right? HA!

So I'll put together some baskets for families that might be there with kids I've never met. And bring a few extra somewhat all purpose gifts for a teen or tween that might be there.

Here's a good example of something that would fit the females:

Classic Pearl Bracelet


Hand knotted pearls with pink swarovski sparkle, a universal gift.
Available here

3 Responses to “WHO more than WHAT”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    That would be frustrating! Just this year my in laws have decided some of my older nieces and nephews should be in the drawing with the adults but out of five of them only three were put in. The two older ones weren't in attendance at Thanksgiving thus not in the drawing. We drew one in the drawing, but will likely still give gift cards I earned on Swagbucks to them all for one more year.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    I know my MIL and her mother kind of drive me insane with their gift frenzy, but the perk is seriously that everyone else is so over it. No gift exchanges otherwise in our families. Period. I have to admit that is a nice plus - and probably creates a very low key tradition for the very long run. Nobody seems to be saying, "I can't wait to spoil my Grandkids ROTTEN!!" & why would we ever start gifts with cousins and siblings/nieces and nephews, if we long ago stopped?

    I can't imagine buying gifts for a party where you don't know who will be there!! Good Luck!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, what a planning nightmare. Like the bracelet.

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