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1. Who do you have on your list this year?

My DH, my mom, DH's mom, my three sisters, my brother, my DH's sister and her DH, my brother-in-law, my four nephews, DH's nephew and neice, my step-daughter, and a small assortment of friends and co-workers.

2. Do you have a spending limit for each person, or a personal budget? We have a budget for Christmas overall...how that gets broken down per person depends on what kind of deals I can find. Usually I limit it to about $15 for neice and nephews, $20 for the parentals and siblings, $15 - $20 for friends...but most of the time I find great deals so I'll end up getting a $50 gift for like $10.

3. Do you get into homemade gifts or is everything store-bought? Mostly store bought but the girls at my book club have come to expect a goody tray. There was almost a revolt the year I actually bought them a gift instead of baking.

4. Do you ask people what they want or does it have to be a surprise? Depends on the person. I try to take note all year of interests, things that are mentioned off hand but that might make a handy gift, that sort of thing. If I'm truly stumped (like with my 16 year old step-daughter), I'll ask but I like to avoid it if I can.

5. Any rules you have for yourself when buying things? Not really. I just try to find things that the person will like and get the best deal on them. I LOVE clearance sales...last year I found Cherished Teddy Figurines clearanced at our local Hallmark shop...some of them were originally $65.00 and they were clearanced for $3.00.

6. Wrapping paper, gift bags, or other? Gift wrap if at all possible. I'm very fussy about the wrapping paper...it has to be pretty and there have to be different colors and patterns under the tree or it just isn't right. I have, on occasion, resorted to a gift bag but only in extremely odd circumstances when I just can't neatly wrap the gift...that's rare though, I can even neatly wrap a football.
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1. Who do you have on your list this year? Evan (my Son), Ronnie (Hubby), My Parents, my Brother, In laws, Elizabeth (my Niece), Grandma, My cousins children, My best friends Erica and Pam, Ladies I work with (Only 2 of them!)
2. Do you have a spending limit for each person, or a personal budget? Not on my Son, I try to have a limit on my Husband and Parents but they do so much I go over, and I try to keep it around $25 for the others.
3. Do you get into homemade gifts or is everything store-bought? Usually store-bought but I do like to make cookie trays!
4. Do you ask people what they want or does it have to be a surprise? Depends on who it is, my son is too young to know what he wants, I try to pay close attention and surprise people with things they have mentioned but not actually asked me to get them!
5. Any rules you have for yourself when buying things? Try not to use a credit card unless its something online that I cant pay cash for (then I put the cash in the bank so I can pay it off when it comes in!)
6. Wrapping paper, gift bags, or other? Wrapping paper!
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1. Who do you have on your list this year?
DH, DS13 $ DD10.
My parents
DH's parents
2 brothers, 2 SIL, 2 nieces, 1 nephew
2 SIL, 2 BIL, 1 nephew
1 Aunt & Uncle
2 cousins, 1 cousin's dh & dd
Kids step-grandma
3 adult neighbours and 2 child neighbours
2 teachers & 2 bus drivers

2. Do you have a spending limit for each person, or a personal budget?
Not really. I usually spend between $10 and $25 per gift. Probably a little more for my parents this year because they do so much for us. No budget for DH & kids.

3. Do you get into homemade gifts or is everything store-bought?
I'm not really crafty, so unless it's really simple or just putting a basket together it's all store bought.

4. Do you ask people what they want or does it have to be a surprise?
Some I'll ask, others I just try to keep an ear/eye out for things they want/need. Some gifts are just things that I think they would like.

5. Any rules you have for yourself when buying things?
No rules. Just try to find gifts that the person would like.

6. Wrapping paper, gift bags, or other?
Normally it's wrapping paper. This year I am also doing gift bags with tissue paper.
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1. Who do you have on your list this year? Dh, John-Andrew, Lydia, Destiny, Nathan, dad, stepmom, sister, uncle, brother, sil, father in law, mother in law
2. Do you have a spending limit for each person, or a personal budget? personal budget
3. Do you get into homemade gifts or is everything store-bought? both
4. Do you ask people what they want or does it have to be a surprise? surprise
5. Any rules you have for yourself when buying things? not really
6. Wrapping paper, gift bags, or other?both
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1. Who do you have on your list this year? this could take a while...
my son , my boyfriend, step son, my dad, my step mum, my step brother, my step sister, my actual sister, my niece aged 4, my niece aged 2, my mother, step nan, actual nan, grandad, cousin aged 8, cousin aged 6, auntie and uncle, mother in law, father in law, nephew aged 12, nephew aged 7, niece aged 6, sister in law, brother in law, one collie, my dog, two cats. so 24 people and 4 pets!



2. Do you have a spending limit for each person, or a personal budget? No but i try to keep an overall budget of about £250 for all family bar my son and boyfriend.


3. Do you get into homemade gifts or is everything store-bought? some homemade and some store brought. I make cards though for family


4. Do you ask people what they want or does it have to be a surprise? I like surprises better but I'll listen to them throughout the year and see if i pick anything up


5. Any rules you have for yourself when buying things? I like to give practical reusable gifts and normally need to tell myself no enough is enough on more than a few occassions.


6. Wrapping paper, gift bags, or other? I like hampers but Im a big fan of the crepe paper with ribbon look too after I wrapped Ben's special Christmas eve pyjamas this way so might do that again this year but I like wrapping paper and ribbons.
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1. Who do you have on your list this year?

My mom, My aunt, MY three nieces, My nephew, my neighors, and friends

2. Do you have a spending limit for each person, or a personal budget?

50 dollars a piece on family and 25 on the neighor I work with

3. Do you get into homemade gifts or is everything store-bought?

Store bought for the family and then I bake cookies and make candy for the rest of the neighors and friends

4. Do you ask people what they want or does it have to be a surprise?

I usually ask unless I see something I know they will love

5. Any rules you have for yourself when buying things?

Watch the clearance areas all year for toys for the nieces and nephews.
The nieces and nephews always get at least two practial gifts along with there toys. Usually bath sets with soap and shampoo and socks or underwear.

6. Wrapping paper, gift bags, or other?

Wrapping paper for the adults and my two older nieces and bags for my younger niece and nephew. Also bags for any big things.
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