Ideas for Christmas Gift Exchange

Updated on November 12, 2008
S.H. asks from Lewisville, TX
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I have a large family and we normally pull names for gifts. However, I have noticed that the siblings with more children end up buying more than the siblings with less children (we only buy for the kids). Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this? Maybe a different way to do gift exchange?
Also the children range in ages from newborn to 21. There are 24 nieces and nephews!!

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N.H.

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Suggest a family name pull...........only buy for the family. Up the money amount a bit and buy for hte family and not each person. You could also just do kids. Yes, it is hard when some families have 5 kids and some only have 2. My favorite is for the family. Things can get very creative....a big box full of small items one fo reach member or a large gift the whole family can enjoy. Even a gift certificate is great.

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D.W.

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S.,

Perhaps doing a family basket exchange would be best- can do a theme for each year- movie baskets, game baskets, hot cocoa and candy... that way the number of children really will not matter. If ya'll get together for Christmas. Then everyone brings a basket and yall can do a blind santa type exchanging... put numbers on the baskets and then draw numbers. Could be fun- which is what the holiday should be about anyway.

M.D.

answers from Dallas on

One thing is to just buy per family, each family draw another families' name. I don't know the ages of the children, but one thing to do is have the kids, being old enough, make homemade gifts for their cousins. Now if there are infants that's not going to work. Also, maybe set a price per family no matter how many kids.
Good luck, just remember the real reason for the season!

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R.E.

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You could maybe do a family gift instead of each specific kid. Like gift cards to Chuck E. Cheese or the movies. Or, instead of a gift exchange, maybe do a big family outing, like the North Pole Express or renting a big van and going "major" light looking together. We've done that with my family and it is LOTS of fun!

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K.H.

answers from Dallas on

Hi S.,

Maybe all the families could decide on a budget for the gifts. For example, $100 and that way it would be fair for everyone. The family with more kids would get numerous gifts that totaled the amount and if a family had less kids the dollar amount would still be the same, maybe just larger gits. We only buy gifts for our parents on both sides, and then all the kids get together and go to the movies or out to eat.

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N.H.

answers from Dallas on

Suggest a family name pull...........only buy for the family. Up the money amount a bit and buy for hte family and not each person. You could also just do kids. Yes, it is hard when some families have 5 kids and some only have 2. My favorite is for the family. Things can get very creative....a big box full of small items one fo reach member or a large gift the whole family can enjoy. Even a gift certificate is great.

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J.P.

answers from Wichita Falls on

We had the same problem. We ended up not exchanging gifts. No matter how you do it, if someone has four kids they would still be responsible for four presents......and if you only had one kid, one present. In our family it just got way too expensive. We get together for a big meal every year and just let the kids play.
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R.B.

answers from Dallas on

Hi S.,
We are in the same boat. We have never figured out how to get around the uneven number factor, but we figure at least we are all saving money (even the families with more kids are still saving money by not having to buy EVERYONE a gift).
R. B.

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J.A.

answers from Amarillo on

Hi S., we are in the same huge family situation. I think it's fair though because you buy the same number of gifts as you have children. It's still much easier than buying for everybody.

Another idea is to do the same exchange but agree to buy books, they are just as fun and much cheaper! Or each family of kids can buy a gift for another family of kids, such as a board game... this way every family is only buying one gift.

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V.T.

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I have 9 siblings and we only buy for our godchildren. Or my sister and her in-laws buy a family gift, possibly a board game that everyone can play. Sometimes my sister gives a gift card to a restaurant that delivers, a movie store gift card, and a basket full of popcorn, candy, etc. so the family can have a dinner and a movie night. It is more cost effective because you are buy for the family instead of individuals, and you are bringing that family together. Hope this helps.

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R.F.

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What about adpoting another family in need, and pooling in money from your family to purchase groceries, gifts, household necessities to a local family that is having a rough time? If the kids are really set on receiving gifts, then just have the kids fo a gift exchange instead of the adults.

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