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Struggling With Christmas / Birthday Gifts
It makes it extra difficult with loads of birthdays around Christmas (including my own) since I have to buy a few people double presents and I'm struggling.
Is anyone else struggling
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Cousins, nephews and nieces who live in Canada, New Zealand or Uk don't get gifts from me as they do not give to us. 2 young nephews here get a present, 2 teens get money. My daughter and 2 grandkids get spoiled, daughter's partner gets a gift as do his 2 teen girls. Sister and 2 brothers in law get ginger wine and a foodie gift basket. This year nieces here are getting biscuits in Xmas tins and hot choc bombs. Last year they got selection of coffees
Have you thought about giving IOUs for a treat next year - a lunch or dinner out, a trip to the zoo/theatre/place of interest with you?
Maybe a voucher for a spa day, manicure or such like if that's their thing. My wife's salon sells vouchers for hairdressing, manicures, pedicures and other beauty treatments.
It gives the recipient something to look forward to and can help spread the cost, too.
No not struggling, because years ago I made it clear that at Xmas I was only going to send cards from there on in. Family can now buy themselves a present from the money they no longer waste getting me something that I have to pretend I'm overjoyed with.
Food & booze shopping is more than hassle enough.
(Besides, it's still blessed November !)