Does your extended family do some kind of organized holiday gift exchange (e.g. "Secret Santa") so that everybody doesn't feel obligated to get gifts for everybody else?
No we just go and spend a bunch of money on ourselves and don't share or let the "others" see such cool things...
I wish I had an extended family.
Next year you send me something and I will send you something...
Aww . . . what a kind thought.
Secret Santa. We pull names at thanksgiving and gift in christmas
We do it for fun. There are barbies, pink shirts, empty boxes, gift cards to big malls in other states, etc.
We play white elephant exchange with my family. And this is the first year we are doing with my inlaws.
We used to until last year. We had a gift exchange that was turned into a game. Was pretty fun, and pretty competitive.
In my family we draw names but each year all the gifts have to begin with a certain letter. Each year is a different letter in our last name. This year all the gifts have to start with the letter A
We have to with 30 people.
Yeah and i hate it. I have a huge family and we gotta pull names and buy them gifts. How about you take care of yourself and your own kids and ill do the same.
Among the siblings, we rotate, and in the cousins, we each exchange with our mirror (each family goes boy, girl, boy and we are pretty close in age). So that's only two presents in our generation. I usually coordinate with my little brother for our parents as well.
Just started this year. Adults draw names but we all buy for the kids.
No. Or at least, if they do, they know me well enough to leave me out without even bother to mention it.
We don't buy crap for the sake of buying crap. We buy for our kids and that's it.
Agreed! Trying to streamline into this as well!
I wish we would!
We draw names. We celebrated Christmas last weekend and already have names for next year. I watch the after Christmas sales for great deals and usually have my shopping for name gifts done by the end of January.
In our extended family, we gather money to donate to a worthy cause. One year it went to a specific family rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy, one year to a soup kitchen, one year to a family who lost everything in a house fire.
Just immediate family.
My immediate family does. I'm not really close with my extended family.
Each family member buys 2 $50 gift cards and we play a game like Catchphrase or Trivial Pursuit to decide who gets to pick which gift cards.
That sounds awesome!
My extended family doesn't do anything with us for any holiday.
We get gifts for the kids on the in law side. On my side it is a free for all of gifts.
After a few years of trying, I finally talked my family into just drawing names. We started doing that about 4 or 5 years ago. Everyone still bought for the kids, but each adult only had to buy for one adult. My husband hasn't exchanged gifts with his family for a few years. This year, my family is just getting together at Denny's for breakfast -- no gifts. The only presents we bought (except for each other) are for our friends' 4 & 5 year old daughters.
We do a $25 limit, Secret Santa, on both sides of my family.
No. I don't speak to my extended family anymore but we always got everyone gifts. We all love giving gifts and knew each other well enough that an exchange was never necessary.
We do an "Elephant." Used to call it a "White Elephant," but we changed it because that's racist.
My wife's family does. I prefer shopping for everyone, but I let them do their thing.
One side used to draw names. Now we give to a charity of our choice instead. We send my aunt which charity we gave to and why we chose it, then she compiles everything and reads it when we're together, then (e)mails a copy to those who couldn't be present. The other side does a Dirty Santa style gift exchange--$25 limit.
Before my paternal grandmother died, we drew names, but we, now I haven't celebrated Christmas with them since 1996. There is only one child & one grandchild on the other side.
Why yes, yes we do.
We usually draw names