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Old 12-16-2010, 08:34 AM   #21
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I spend enough on Christmas to be kicked off this site for not LBYM's .

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I have have two nieces. One niece and her family are from the part of the family that doesn't do Christmas, but celebrate another holiday that really doesn't involve gifts. The other niece and her family does Christmas. I may be overly generous with gifts to her, her SO and their kid. I just bought the kid $80 bucks worth of books and puzzles. (Everbody Poops! My Big Boy Potty!). I haven't decided what to get mom and dad yet, but it will probably total a couple hundred bucks. Or so.
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I don't communicate with relatives. I send gifts to folks now and then throughout the year. I donate to organizations in December. If there's any money left over I send out gifts of locally made chocolate* to people on an arbitrary basis. If I happen to send anything to you please do not send anything in return.

*Just as little shilling here: https://www.estherprice.com/
I don't like sweets, but recipients have told me this stuff is fantastic.
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:59 AM   #24
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And for DW..... My problem is finding what to give her
How about giving her a wonderful experience for you two to share? Perhaps dinner at a fancy restaurant or a weekend in a nice hotel in the city or by the ocean. Just a thought.
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No kids or nieces or nephews to buy for...but I thought you might enjoy hearing about a custom my Mom kept no matter what the age of the child.
For either a birthday or Christmas, she would give each of her children a check written out to the amount equal to $1 for every year of age. We were aloowed to spend it (or save it) expressly on ourselves, along with whatever other gifts she could afford.
It was a neat tradition.
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I spend enough on Christmas to be kicked off this site for not LBYM's .
Me too! I never let a "budget" (whatever that is) interfere with Christmas presents.
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:48 PM   #27
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No kids or nieces or nephews to buy for...but I thought you might enjoy hearing about a custom my Mom kept no matter what the age of the child.
For either a birthday or Christmas, she would give each of her children a check written out to the amount equal to $1 for every year of age. We were allowed to spend it (or save it) expressly on ourselves, along with whatever other gifts she could afford.
It was a neat tradition.
I do this for my niece and nephew's birthdays. it seems fair to give older kids a little more.
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