Well, not everyone, but I have a handful of nieces and nephews to buy for, and after scrabbling round last year trying to get something each would really like and getting some stuff there late (overseas) I want to make things easier on myself by just choosing one or two things I get for everyone.
My idea is if i know now what the plan is I can look out for appropriate things in next few months and get it all done in time with no stress!
I normally spend around £20-30. So far I’ve come up with:
Books Socks Pyjamas
What else would work in this category? Kids are between 2 and 10.
Craft kits/art supplies Fluffy socks Hats and scarves
When the dc were small and I was too addled to think up individual gifts I themed my shopping so I could do it in one or two shops in an hour. Jewelry, perfume and books were great for adults. It also made it easy to avoid repeating a gift for those hard to please people.
My siblings and I send each other an agreed amount of money for each niece/nephew. That is then put together and the parents buy each child one decent present from all the aunts and uncles. The kids get a really good present and the aunts/uncles don’t need to spend forever thinking of ideas that might not be right. Works really well for us.
PurplePJs - one sibling and I would be totally on board with that idea, but the other two are very in to buying presents and wouldn’t go for it I don’t think. I’m going to keep it in mind for when they’re older and just want electronic stuff etc though.
I love choosing books so I think I’ll defibitely do books all round plus board game or puzzle for whole family as a start...