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What we started doing is each kid gets one cousin, so I get to shop for 3 nieces & nephews, not 5. We have a $20 kid limit and a $15 family limit, so I will get gift cards, CDs, games, etc. And then for the family I get something like a DVD, family game, or nice picture frame. I still spend $20 on each of my parents, usually in the form of Home Depot gift card for my mom, and a birdhouse or wind chime for my mom. This year I spent $25 on each and got them the Mel Brooks DVD box set from Amazon.com for them to enjoy together.

I would suggest maybe suggesting next year that you have each family draw one other family from a hat and give one large family gift with a $50 limit or something for a family activity like season passes to your favorite Zoo, museum or amusement park or whatever. Maybe this will encourage giving with the purpose of encouraging family time. When my sister suggested taking names from a hat to have less kids to shop for, it was a relief because it really took a burden off of me to have to get gifts for everyone. Next year when I have 4 kids of my own and my other sisters have 3 and 2 I may not like the idea as much...LOL
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