My husband's family is small. For his parents I am thinking a digital photo frame. For BIL/SIL, stuff for their 1mo baby and maybe a GC for a date night of some sort.
I am following the unclutterer blog (http://unclutterer.com/2009/11/23/20...-small-things/) for more ideas.
Baby Boy 9/08 & Baby Girl 3/11
seriously! I knit everyone something(never costing more then 10.00! Then we got our family pics done for $20.00 and I'll photocopy them for .35 each and put in a frame that I've been collecting second hand for between .25-1.00.
Everyone knows what they are getting already...and couldn't be more excited. I let them chose what I knit them/they all know about the pics.
My dad is getting a book on CD ("A Year of Living Biblically"), which was $7.99 (discount store). Everyone else's gift is something small and thoughtful, and under $10.
The Hippie & the Marine
My boys: S (4) & O (2) & Expecting #3 in Dec. 2011
I think my Grandma + Aunt's are going to get photo books of Paige and I will get everyone one small thing besides that. A candle, or a book, or something useful.
Grandma's are getting notepads with pics of the grandkids (from shutterfly, about 6$ each). They just don't need or want anything.
G'pa is getting a round of golf at a fancy course, splitting the cost with all the g'kids.
Don't buy for aunts and uncles, woohoo!
Parents are getting photo books of DS from Shutterfly. again, they don't need anything- if they want it, they buy it. So it is pointless and wasteful to get them yet another gadget or gizmo.
Mom to J and never-ending , 0/2014 items decluttered, 0/52 crafts crafts completed
Seeking zen in 2014. Working on journaling and finding peace this year. Spending my free time taking J to swimteam
Pax, loving wife since 2001, Mother of DD1 (12) and DD2 (8 1/2). Entering our 5th year of Homeschooling: Eclectic mix of curriculum and child interest lead. Backyard urban chicken chasers.
This year I was stumped for ideas so I gifted each couple an LL Bean wreath. They were about $40 each, I had free shipping codes, and they were having a $10 gift card offer w/ each $30 (I think?) purchase. So I ordered the wreaths on separate days (only way to get multiple GCs back from them), and then will use the GCs to get DH a gift (he needs clothing for Christmas anyway).
Not super cheap, but not a clutter inducing gift, and about $20 per person.
I have a ton of nieces/nephews to buy for and most of them are now teens, so I went w/ $10 iTunes GC for each teen (confirmed with parents that the kids all use iTunes).
I have one brother. He got divorced this year, and he is child-less, so the only people he gets presents from are our parents and me. He is very generous with my two boys, and probably easily will spend $100 on my family this year.
Because he gets so few presents, I'll buy something a little bigger for him.
I have 3 sister-in-laws, though, that have big in-law families, that all have kids, and they understand that money is tight for us. For those families, we just exchange with the kids.
For my own immediate family, I am giving photo gifts, probably <$10 a piece.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell, 1984
This year, everyone's getting hats. I bought wallet sized frames on sale early this fall for $2 each. Then there's the canned items, probably an ornament, maybe something special from a swap or if I found the perfect thing in the store.
That's pretty much what everyone gets every year. The handmade item rotates, but other than that, it's the same. Our neice we do spend a little money on, but never on a stupid toy of which she has too many. This year it is a nice pair of made in the usa socks with a spare (bought at a discount at my friend's store) and a book about stories from wise women the world over.
I'd rather spend my money on my son & husband.
Everyone else gets smaller gifts, like $10 or less per person or family. We save up over the year to have an xmas fund (includes gifts for dd and each other) & when it's gone, that's it.
DD (4.25.08) DD (4.23.10) DD (10.13.12)