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ALittleBitOfMagic Fri 20-Sep-13 22:14:33

I just counted up (everyone I can remember) and dh and I buy for , not including our own two dcs and each other , 12 kids (>14) and 13 adults shockshock

I think that's an awful lot . What's your number ?grin

Rosvita Fri 20-Sep-13 23:17:32

Too many!Of the top of my head I think it's 14 adults and 8 kids excluding dh and our 2 children.Finished most of it now though-think just 7 adults and a few extra selection boxes to get (add these to bulk up little gifts!).

Rosvita Fri 20-Sep-13 23:18:02


curiousgeorgie Fri 20-Sep-13 23:53:36

I just counted my list.


We buy for 57!!!

About half of them kids. Thank god for the Christmas thread or I would start to panic right about now. We usually do it all in December but this year I started putting away in July.

Bunbaker Sat 21-Sep-13 00:00:37

I don't have many left to buy for nowsad
I buy for 8 people and that's it.

chanie44 Sat 21-Sep-13 07:11:17

Not including our two children:

9 children
12 adults

Alwayscheerful Sat 21-Sep-13 07:16:35

5 "children" (includes adult son in law)
2 grandchildren
3 token gifts for elderly
We buy for each other on birthdays but not Christmas.

With the shopping and a tree, total cost has always been £1000.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Sat 21-Sep-13 07:21:05

9 adults (4 parents plus 5 siblings) and 5 children/teens (nieces and god children).

CaptainSweatPants Sat 21-Sep-13 07:21:50

6 nieces & nephews
My parents
Dh's parents
Dh's grandma
My friends 4 year old

So 12 not including dh & my two


Fridayschild Sat 21-Sep-13 07:21:59

Among my parents, siblings and their spouses, we buy one family present - names out of hat, then give and receive one adult gift for our agreed price of £50. I cannot recommend this highly enough in terms of saving time and cost and accumulation of useless Stuff.

The children get presents from everyone.

StupidFlanders Sat 21-Sep-13 07:23:27

My dcs and dh, 2 nephews and one present via secret Santa amongst my family.
57 sounds expensive!

ChipAndSpud Sat 21-Sep-13 07:27:39

My list has 15 people:

Immediate family x 4 DS, DH, DM, DBro
Inlaws x 4
Close friends x 2
Friends children x 5

I try to stick to buying for children instead of the adults, but two close friends don't have children and they are very into present buying which is sweet.

twolemonsinthefruitbowl Sat 21-Sep-13 07:31:21

seven. how sad is that? and two of those seven are my best friends.
I have a very small family - both parents are dead and I have no nieces/nephews. sad

SpottyTeacakes Sat 21-Sep-13 07:37:16

7 children including my own two
2 teens
7 adults on dp's side
8 adults on my side
1 dp grin

So 25 people. We don't buy for our grandparents and aunts/uncles etc as it got too expensive.

tumbletumble Sat 21-Sep-13 07:37:44

DH and the 3 DCs
My mum and dad and MIL and FIL
Various nieces and godchildren - I think 9 in total
My cousin's DCs if we see them on Xmas day - not this year
I think that makes 17

DSJamesHathaway Sat 21-Sep-13 07:47:56

16 adults
8 couples
9 children
plus DH and DD

coveredinweetabix Sat 21-Sep-13 07:52:00

2 x DC
My parents, brother, his girlfriend and my gran
DP's parents and brother
2 of my friends plus token presents for a couple of others depending on who we see when
18 or so children (I need to do a re-count as a few more have been born this year), all under 6 and on whom I attempt to spend no more than £5 each through use of 3 for 2, half price offers etc. Of these children, at least 12 of them have birthdays between October and January and I also buy them birthday presents and spend around £10. Its an expensive business. BUT the parents of these children get presents for my DC and, over the years, these have been some of my DC's favourite toys, books etc so I think its worth it!

coveredinweetabix Sat 21-Sep-13 07:59:40

I should also say that I like having so many people to buy for as, for a couple of years in my late 20s/early 30s when I was single and all of my friends were getting married or in long term relationships & were either having babies of their own or nephews, nieces or godchildren I found it really depressing that I only had my parents, brother and gran to buy for and their presents could be bought in a half hour swoop on a large M&S followed by another half hour on amazon.

fuzzpig Sat 21-Sep-13 08:39:33

Hardly anyone. There's advantages to having a small family I guess!

My mum and dad (just a token thing really)
Each other
Our 2 DCs and DH's 3 older DCs

So... 9.

We do have other family and friends but we don't really bother with presents for each other as we seem to have an unwritten agreement! That's fine by me, saves money and stress all round.

lade Sat 21-Sep-13 22:13:39

I think I'm in the middle:

Family (Expensive): DH and DDs
Family (Mid): My parents and brother
Family (Cheaper): Grandparents and My aunt - a joint family present for her.

With friends, we tend to just buy for the children.
So, I do the three children of my oldest friend from school (one is my godson).

Two children of other friends (my guide children)

Some friends of the family, who buy for my children.

A joint family present for another friend of mine.

Teachers etc

So that's:

7 children
6 adults
3 family presents

DH sorts out his own family.

Guitargirl Sat 21-Sep-13 22:20:30

DD and DS
My Mum and Dad
DP's sister
8 other children in the family ranging in age from 3 to 15

That's really not many compared to some but I still manage to spend what seems like a small fortune!

QueOnda Sat 21-Sep-13 22:21:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PipkinsPal Sat 21-Sep-13 22:25:33

This year, just my Mam and Dad, usually a joint household present and sometimes the cost split with my sister. My sister, her partner and my gorgeous niece. The cats get nothing, they don't know it's Christmas, they are cats. grin

kiwik Mon 23-Sep-13 05:11:03

We cut back a couple of years ago, so only buy for the nieces and nephews and not my siblings.
I still have 12 adults and 5 children to buy for, plus DH and my own 3 DCs.
That's only immediate family - no friends, neighbours, teachers etc.
DH buys each of his staff a small gift, but nothing significant, and I buy a secret santa gift for work.

I quite like shopping blush but really don't enjoy doing present shopping for DH's family - his SIL is a pain to buy for, as are his parents, and he is hopeless at coming up with suggestions for them. I've been with him 13 years this Christmas and still have no idea what his mother actually likes. sad

MooseyMoo Mon 23-Sep-13 07:17:06

Just buy for immediate family so 4 kids (under 3 yrs old) and 7 adults. DHs side of the family have Dec bdays as well.

<faints at 57>

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