There are 45 more days until Christmas and I’m already feeling the pressure of buying Christmas Gifts. Dr. B and I both come from large families, he has four brothers and I have three sisters and one brother, for a total of 8 siblings that we have to buy presents for. Not to mention parents, nieces, nephews and cousins. 😦 This is our first Christmas as a married couple, and we want to give everyone something special, without breaking our budget. Like most newlyweds, were working on building our nest egg, and our emergency savings.
Whatever we decide has to fit into our holiday budget that I setup. Each week we put money into a savings account solely designated for buying Christmas presents. I believe this is the only way we will be able to buy “a little something” for everyone on our lists. And because we are traveling during the holidays (I blogged about that here) , the Xmas present budget is smaller than we would like it – but we figure, it’s better than nothing.
And, since we are traveling during the holidays, I’m contemplating not buying a Christmas tree. Last year we brought a live tree. This year I think it might be a waste of money since we won’t be here, and were not hosting either Thanksgiving or Christmas at our house…..So, the tree is probably out. I’ll see how Dr. B feels about it.
Oh, and one last thing…Dr. B’s Christmas gift. I told him the other day that he didn’t have to buy me a gift. As I mentioned above were going to be traveling a lot during the holidays, and that is gift enough for me. But, knowing him..he will still buy me a little something. So, I’m going to buy him a little something too 😉
Are you and your husband (or significant other) exchanging gifts this Christmas? How do you going to handle buying gifts for your families? I need a few suggestions for inexpensive gifts for our siblings, any ideas?
- Christmas Decorating Trends for 2010 (prweb.com)
- Real Christmas Trees (rock-kool-dadie.blogspot.com)
- Ready, set, go: Some holiday shoppers get a head start (cnn.com)