What do you do in huge families where there are too many people to buy for?

United States
November 15, 2008 10:31pm CST
Do you bake goodies, or have a different plan? Do you draw names? There are so many people in our family now, that its almost impossible to try and buy for everyone. I am baking presents. What would you ideas be?
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@rusty2rusty (6767)
• Defiance, Ohio
16 Nov 08
When I lioved closer to my family I always bought things for the kids. I bought things all year long. After Chrsitmas I always picked up things that were cute to add candy in. Such as stockings or baskets. I got them at a deep discount and used them teh following year. I always bought tons of candy for my kids. i would split everything with my neices and nephews. Sometimes I would just make a big basket for each family to share. But on my dads side of the family we would have a drawing for the kids. We would draw how many names as we had kids. So, if we had 3 kids. We drew 3 names. That way all kids got something and it helped save money.
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• United States
16 Nov 08
That is the smartest way to do it buy throughout the year. If we could get in the habit of that, it would be so much easier...great post!
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• Defiance, Ohio
17 Nov 08
yeah, I need to get in the habit of doing that as well again. I have fallen out of the habit as the money just was not there. But finaces seem to be a little better since we moved to the new place.
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• United States
16 Nov 08
You could make gifts in a mason jar. Here's what I mean: Cookie, soup or brownie recipes that you layer in a jar (dry ingreditnes only), decorate with ribbon and include instructions on how to prepare. It's inexpensive, fun and personal. Happy MyLotting!
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• United States
16 Nov 08
That is a great idea and A very helpful tip.Everyone would enjoy that!
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@jamesgrub (673)
• United States
16 Nov 08
in my family everyone draws names and there's like a price range on how much you spend on a gift. its the easiest way because there's way to many people to buy for. but my grandparent always buy for everyone. we use to only draw names for the kids and you had to spend like at least 20 dollars and they had all the couples and adults on a rotating list, the price for those gifts were like 50 dollars. but recently they've changed it and now everyone's name goes in the bowl.
• United States
16 Nov 08
Alot of people are doing this now. Its really a good way to handle it because some families are continuing to grow....
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
16 Nov 08
My extended family is large but my husband only has a brother and I have 2 brothers so our immediate family is not that large. My brother and his wife however, are currently working on baby #7! Can you believe it? They say this is her last but they have said that every time. My SIL is 43! She'd better quit now! Anyway, I quit buying all their kids individual presents and we will get them a family pack of assorted gifts for everyone. A board game, a kids cookbook, a bag of chocolate covered carmel corn, some art supplies. Things they would all use together. It's way too hard to pick individual gifts since I rarely see them and they are all different ages. My SIL is bi-polar (unmedicated) and is a very difficult person. We see the kids only if she feels we "deserve" it. Long story! Whole other discussion topic.
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• United States
16 Nov 08
Thats a great idea, just giving a mixed gift for the family. Thanks for the tips! Our family has just grown so much, well I feel like Betty Crocker after yesterday hehehhehehhe
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
16 Nov 08
go, betty! go, betty! Uh-Huuuh! Uh-Huuuh!
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• United States
16 Nov 08
You have me laughing pretty hard now...appreciate the encouragement .....I dont want to get the kitchen time blues lol
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