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How many people do you normally shop for? Will this year look different with Covid?


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#1 magickallight  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 17, 2021 - 4:19 am

How many people do you normally shop for?

 

Will this year look different with Covid cases soaring?


“The more I know about people, the more I love my dog.” ~ Mark Twain.


#2 rwking75  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 17, 2021 - 4:52 am

My family is pretty large and we have a pretty close group of neighbors and friends. About 20 people.

 

However, I always budget about $50-$75 for my son to purchase Toys for Tots every year. I've been teaching my son about charity the past 5 years. We enjoy going into a store like Gamestop and hitting their sales racks to pickup cool pop culture toys and games for those less fortunate. It's not always the easiest to teach and only child that the seasons is about giving and not about receiving. 



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Posted Sep 17, 2021 - 5:30 am

My family is pretty large and we have a pretty close group of neighbors and friends. About 20 people.

 

However, I always budget about $50-$75 for my son to purchase Toys for Tots every year. I've been teaching my son about charity the past 5 years. We enjoy going into a store like Gamestop and hitting their sales racks to pickup cool pop culture toys and games for those less fortunate. It's not always the easiest to teach and only child that the seasons is about giving and not about receiving. 

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Posted Sep 17, 2021 - 2:41 pm

Normally shop for 6 and hoping that this year looks better than last year did. Won't let Covid stop us from having a Merry Christmas though.


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Posted Sep 18, 2021 - 1:35 am

Family - 9, including in-laws and 2 special cousins. 

I used to shop for employees and their families but with us all working from home, I don’t even see them anymore. I may do some gift cards or something, though. 
Friends - somewhere between 2 and 5, depending on when we see them, if at all. 
Hockey “family” - 29, but those are all kids that we will get something small for. Door signs, key chains, probably stuff I will make at tournaments. Last year I made them all hockey related pillowcases and face masks. 

Our church always does some kind of gift donation, so we will participate in that. 
 

all in all, definitely not as many gifts as pre-Covid. We just don’t see as many people these days. 



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Posted Sep 18, 2021 - 3:10 am

Family 24
We shop for Christmas families not sure how many there are going to be this year
Going to buy little non food gifts for the people in the nursing home

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Posted Sep 18, 2021 - 9:38 am

I shop for my 4 kids, 1 SIL, my mom, grandson, a name drawing gift, 4 nieces and nephews oh and my hubby.

So 13 total for me

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Posted Sep 18, 2021 - 10:38 am

We alternate which family we spend Christmas with each year. If it is my family then 5 adults and 1 dog (who you spend $5 or less on each, it’s a fun challenge and has made for some good laughs) and 1 child (I’m guessing we will be in the $50 range). If it is my husband’s family then we do children and pets, so 1 kid ($50), 3 cats and 4 dogs. This year we hope to make it down to see my husband’s family but we will have to see how things go with travel and covid. I’ve been buying stuff on great sales for everyone so the only person I still have to shop for is the child, and we will do that once we know if we can travel or not to know which kid we need to shop for. Fortunately all the adult and pet gifts can be kept until next year if we don’t see a particular side of the family this year.

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Posted Sep 19, 2021 - 6:15 pm

I shop for my mother, husband, 2 adult children, my 4 cats, and best friend.

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Posted Sep 20, 2021 - 4:57 am

It is about 24 family members. With so many nieces and nephews my siblings have opted to just focus on the kids and not buy each other gifts as it can be so much. I have 11 nieces and nephews and 2 god children. 2 are in college now. Then I have my parents, in laws and that side of the family. I really enjoy Christmas so it is fun for me. I usually buy something for someone once a week that way it is not a big hit and use BF to get bulk stuff for my immediate family and others if there is a good deal. 



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Posted Sep 20, 2021 - 11:32 am

This year it will be 9 adults and 5 kids... I'm mainly concentrating on the 2 grands and 3 God children and doing less this year for my kids/friends. Hopefully I'll be spending less, as this is my goal,but the affects of COVID has caused prices on everything to increase... My holiday food budget will have to be higher this year for sure...

Edited by tracy0504, Sep 20, 2021 - 11:36 am.


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Posted Sep 20, 2021 - 12:24 pm

I shop for about 20, plus GD Secret Santa and  our family Dirty Santa.  8 of those are kids and grandkids, so of course there's multiple gifts for those (usually about 13-14 a piece, but this year the 2 oldest grands might get 1 big expensive gift. They are getting too big to throw a bunch of toys under the tree). The rest just get 1 :).



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Posted Sep 20, 2021 - 3:02 pm

Duh, I completely forgot to count my GD secret Santa! So 1 more person to shop for needs to be added to my list.

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Posted Sep 24, 2021 - 4:41 am

Duh, I completely forgot to count my GD secret Santa! So 1 more person to shop for needs to be added to my list.

Well, I forgot to count that one too. SMH



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Posted Sep 24, 2021 - 2:25 pm

Well I can officially say this year will probably be less people I’m shopping for since I usually give 3 of my work friends a small gift but since I have a new job (yay me) I don’t know that I will see them to give them a gift.  Maybe I’ll buy gift cards in case we find the time to get together for a dinner after work.  

 

So my normal gift count will be 4…..mother, father, sister and GD secret Santa. 



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Posted Sep 29, 2021 - 6:23 pm

I shop for 10. No limit for my hubby and boys but for the others it’s $30.

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Posted Oct 9, 2021 - 10:15 am

I have 13.

Hubs
2 sons
Daughter
son in law
son’s gf + her mom
MIL
Sister + BIL
Niece
Father + Stepmom

I’m stumped on my children and SIL. Everyone else is easy LOL

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Posted Oct 9, 2021 - 4:42 pm

Looks like 19 for me

Husband, 2 sons
Daughter, bf, and 2 sons
Mom and step-dad
Dad
Sister, husband, 3 kids
Friend, husband, son
Parents' friend that joins us for Christmas dinner (he lost his wife last year so now comes to all holiday dinners)

I have NO idea what I am getting anyone. 5 of those above have birthdays still before Christmas as well.

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Posted Oct 13, 2021 - 9:09 pm

Husband, 2 adult children, my mother, sister, and my 4 cats. Can't forget them!

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Posted Oct 16, 2021 - 2:10 pm

Well unfortunately due to Covid I have one less to buy for this year

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Posted Oct 17, 2021 - 2:51 pm

Well unfortunately due to Covid I have one less to buy for this year

I'm so sorry.



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Posted Oct 18, 2021 - 6:09 am

I don't see as many people since covid. So I would fewer gifts for non family members this year.
I see fewer people since covid. I will buy fewer gifts for non family members this year.

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Posted Oct 20, 2021 - 5:35 pm

We shop for our family and close friends (total of 19) plus my husband and then he shops for me (so 21)
 

My sister

My niece

My nephew

My two sons and their wives

My daughter (who is 15)

My FIL

My MIL

Family friends (the mom, dad, and their 4 kids)

and another one of my daughter's friends

My dad and his girlfriend (we lost my mom 4 years ago and they started dating late last year.  I look for her to come to our family Christmas this year)


This is fairly close to who we always buy for and we all live close.


Edited by starbeck96, Oct 20, 2021 - 5:36 pm.


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Posted Oct 21, 2021 - 11:04 am

Around 30. We buy for family on both sides, co workers for DH, a few friends, one exchange and we either do angel tree or toys for tots.

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Posted Oct 24, 2021 - 12:24 pm

Shopping for 10 (11 if husbands work does a secret Santa this year).

 

Only shopping for members of the household (Husband, myself and 8 kids aged 25 to 5yrs). We do 5 gifts each (something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read and something to watch) plus stockings (a fruit, a candy, a toy and a couple of personal care products). We stopped buying for extended family and friends years ago. It was just to much when there were 30 to 50 people and more than half of them kids. Before Covid we just gather and eat and play games and have fun. There were a few grumpies the first year but everyone had so much fun that they embraced the change. Last year we ate and played games on zoom and it turned out fun. Going to do the same thing this year.

 

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Posted Oct 25, 2021 - 8:30 am

I'm so sorry.


Thanks

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Posted Oct 31, 2021 - 5:36 am

I am going to online shop as much as possible like I did last  year.



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Posted Oct 31, 2021 - 7:08 am

I’m buying for
14 grandchildren
6 children
4 in-laws and 2 others
4 parents
Brother , his wife and 2 kids
Coworkers
A friend’s family
Aunt
Toys for Tots

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Posted Nov 1, 2021 - 12:12 pm

8 family

1 Co-Worker

1 Friend 

 

and I usually buy for at least one of my kids teenage friends who I know won't have much of a Christmas. 

 

 



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Posted Nov 7, 2021 - 2:56 pm

We are adopting a family for Christmas this year so I’m expecting to shop for another 4 people (I’ll know the head count for sure when I get the details this week). I’ve never done this before so hopefully it goes well (ie it doesn’t stress the heck out of me) and becomes an annual tradition (if not then I’ll find a different way to spread the love next year). Looking forward to it, though the supply chain issues have me nervous now. Fingers crossed I can do a good job playing Santa!




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