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03/12/2012 at 09:44
I have yet to start my Christmas shopping, but as I'm off work today I thought I might try and blitz it online. I have horses and so by definition I'm always skint as are most of my friends, so we tend to not buy Christmas presents for each other.
Me and H both have small families, and although we have a joint bank account for our own stuff (house, bills, food, holidays etc etc) we each buy for our own families (and say presents are from us both). So this year my parents have asked us for a photo canvas from our wedding, so that's easy! Then I need to buy for my sister, BIL and nephews (all of whom I'm close to) and my nieces (who I barely know as my brother is unsociable and uncommunicative!) And H, of course - no clue there!
Who do you buy for and what are you getting this year?
03/12/2012 at 09:48
What I'm getting for most people I've no idea yet!
Who do I buy for? MrDD and C, my mum and dad, older brother and his gf, nephew, younger brother and his wife, my Grandad, and my best friends three children. I leave MrDD to buy for his family, although that's only his mum and dad and sister so he gets it easy!
03/12/2012 at 09:57
We stopped buying for sisters adn their OH about four years ago. made life so much easier! I am all done:
My Mum - Cirque do solei tickets and a Nanny keyring, a new make up bag
My Dad - tickets as above, Grandad socks and will be buying him cigars at the airport
My MIL - Tickets as above, a bottle of baileys, a new purse and some slippers
They care for my girls whilst I work so I am always quite generous, we are going to Florida with them for christmas so will take them for a meal before the show
Step MIL - Chocolate and £20
FIL - As above
Nephew (8) - a scooter and PJ's
Nephew (15) - Adidas clothes and aftershave
God daughter (3) Hello Kitty rollerskates
god daughters sister (6) - hair twiler thing and a nightie
Friends daughters (14 and 20) Lakside Vouchers
Friends Sons (13 and 17) Game Vouchers
My great Aunty (90) a bottle of Malibu LOL
My Aunt - Italian Biscuits and bottle of wine
My aunt and uncle - smelly candles, panatone and a tagine
Nursery teachers - personalised mug with some choccies each
swimming teacher - chocchies
Each other - a holiday!
Lauren - Iphone 5 plus she will have money for sales shopping
Molly - Nothing as yet......she wants Jessie, Woody, Buzz and Bullseye
03/12/2012 at 09:59
I do all the Christmas shopping/organising. I always love when H's family hugs him and thanks him for such a thoughtful present as he "knows them so well" and then he turns and whispers to me "what did I buy them?"
So far H is getting Apple TV, the kids are getting Playmobil, My Mum a kindle and his Mum a spa voucher.
Still to decide what I am getting for my Dad & Stepmum, sisters, bro & SIL, Grandad, Gran.
I only give presents to my best friend and the rest of us all go out for a Christmas meal together instead of exchanging gifts.
I buy for my 2 kids.
My mam - this year I've got her a luxury room defuser from Next, the matching candle, a voucher for a beauty salon, slippers, jewellery.
My dad - so far some aftershave.
My sister - scarf, slippers, luxury room defuser from Next, not sure what else to get hr.
My 16yr old brother - Ripleys Believe it or Not 2013, South Park box set.
PIL - a voucher for their favourite restaurant, some chocs and wine.
My 6yr old niece (sisters daughter) - Bratz doll, Moshi Monsters Bag, bath stuff, lip gloss, sweets, stationery.
My new born neice (sisters daughter) A singing book, a pop up thingy, a set of cubes with her name on.
My 4yr old niece (H's brothers daughter) Sleeping Beauty dressing up dress, shoes to go with it and some sweets.
My 3yr old nephew (H's brothers son) Hide and Seek Scooby and some sweets.
H's Nanna - Usually a little hamper with things like face wipes, hand cream, a diary, photo of the kids, sweets/biscuits.
Nursery staff - Tin of chocolates and some flowers for his main teacher.
E's teacher - Box of chocolates or a mug.
Girls Brigade Leaders - Tin of chocolates.
Me and H don't really buy for each other as we spend to much on other peoples presents and the kids' presents we have no money left over for each other
I don't buy for my friends anymore, it was getting too expensive so we just buy for birthdays now.
This year we are buying for our two girls, (obviously), My parents, both my brothers, and my brothers Gf, neice and nefew, and SIL. My younger brother (9) is the most difficult.
03/12/2012 at 10:10
We buy for my mum, brother, brother's girlfriend and my uncle. On H's side we buy for his two sisters, three brothers, his dad and this year we've bought for our two little nephews and niece. H has a lot if older nieces and nephews but we don't buy for them.
No clue with my H either... Thinking maybe a rugby shirt or book, sweets, coffee machine? Only buy for parents and Nans and nephews. How old are your nieces and nephews?
03/12/2012 at 10:11
Oh we also buy for each other and F!
03/12/2012 at 10:35
I buy for far too many people
Have also done loads online - Boots - toiletries, gadgety bits, chocolate, Wilkinson+ (not as skanky as it sounds, they have some lovely bits!) amazon - books, dvds, cds. I've also bought a few event type presents - i.e. theatre tickets for me and my Mum, comedy gig for H, beer tasting evening also for H. You could also get massage / beauty / manicure vouchers for someone? Photo album, photo frame, totes socks, food, booze, scarf/hat/gloves, something for the kitchen - baking items, small electrical stuff, mugs, clothes - T-shirts of films / bands someone likes, etc.
That's all I can think of now!
03/12/2012 at 10:47
My nephews are 5 and 9, and my nieces are... 3 and 5 (?) yes I'm sure that's right. 6 in Spring. My nephew are easy enough as I'll ask their mum, nieces are tricker as I don't know what they already have in terms of books and so on.
What's worse is H's birthday is December too! I've got him a travel mug / coffee maker combined (which he asked for, so boring but I guess we're married now ) and canvas with a B&W photo from our wedding earlier this year. So I'm not sure what else for Christmas! About 3 years ago we just got stocking fillers and then went shopping together in the Boxing Day sales with £50 each - it was amazing, we both got such bargains and loved spending the day together browsing, choosing, drinking hot chocolate and so on. I may persuade him to do the same again!
03/12/2012 at 11:09
We buy gifts for everyone together but have a £10 spending limit. It makes me think more about the gift and the person. This year is all been a little ad hoc but next we've already agreed to open a Christmas account with our local credit union. So far we have:
Mum & step-Dad: Home made spiced rum and antique schnapps glasses
Dad: Policical History book
Step-mum: still looking
Sister and bf: huge celebrations tin.
Nephews and Neice: selection box. (We buy bigger presents for birthdays)
Step-sister: frames photo of niece and nephew taken from their mini shoot at our wedding
Granparents: shortbread tin, bird feeder and single malt whiskey
Plus 3 friends which is normally booze related.
We are not going to see the in laws until New year so are buying their presents in the sales.
03/12/2012 at 11:24
We don't buy for adults in the family at all, it's all about the kids.
H: flying lessons, aftershave, Ministry of Sound 80s Electric album, DVD from daughter
L: too many to mention
K: Iphone 5, perfume gift set, makeup, bag, Xmas eve PJs
Niece (6): barbie and ken dolls, selection box
Niece (2): Happyland Funfair Set
Brother (19): shirt & aftershave
Brother's gf (18): bracelet
Cousins boy (3): pop up dino game, selection box
Cousins boy (1): Megablocks orry loader, selection box
Molly: Girls world styling head, selection box
Lauren: Dollars for Florida, selection box
Think that's it.
03/12/2012 at 11:29
Mam & Dad
Brother & girlfriend
FIL & SMIL
MIL & SFIL
BIL & SIL
Friends little girl
All done bar finding some slipper socks (why have I not been able to find any yet?) and possibly a photoframe, which I can not find any I like (been looking for months)
03/12/2012 at 12:42
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