For some people buying Christmas gifts is stressful, while other people, like me, enjoy picking out gifts for others and finding the perfect thing to get another person.
Although I enjoy buying gifts for people and can sometimes go overboard with who I buy presents for, there are some people who may not want to buy gifts for everyone.
There are no set rules on who you have to buy Christmas gifts for, but I thought I would help out others and came up with a pretty good list of most people you would want to include on your Christmas gift list.
Hopefully, this will help you with your Christmas gift list and determine just who you should buy Christmas gifts for this year.
Here’s the Christmas gift checklist.
Spouse / Significant Other
It’s definitely a good idea to buy your spouse or significant other a Christmas gift unless you have some sort of agreement that you aren’t exchanging gifts this year. You don’t have to spend a fortune on the gift but you should definitely put in some thought and come up with a good gift for the person you love in your life.
Most parents will buy their kids some type of Christmas gift even after they are grown. How much you spend on each child and what exactly they get will depend on your budget and how much money you have to spend on them this Christmas.
If you are close to your parents, buying them a nice Christmas gift can show your appreciation and thankfulness for them. If you don’t live by your parents or won’t see them for the holidays you can always mail something to them or have a gift basket sent as well.
Some families choose to do a Secret Santa gift exchange or something of that sort so that you don’t have to buy everyone in the family a gift. This may be an option with your siblings as well as your spouse’s siblings to help save some money.
Spouse or Significant Other’s Parents
You can’t forget about your spouse’s or significant others parents during Christmas as well. If you are married you can easily do a gift from the whole family as well.
Grandpa and grandma may be another addition to your holiday gift checklist. There are some great gift ideas for grandparents that don’t cost a lot of money but most will really appreciate the thought especially if you don’t get to see them uch or they live alone.
Nephews / Nieces
If you have a lot of nieces and nephews you could always suggest doing a Secret Santa exchange or pick names so that each child buys for one other child. This is a great way to save some money and ensure that every child receives one gift at the family get together. Or some families like to go all out and get each niece and nephew something special for Christmas.
Cousins / Aunts / Uncles
If you have a really close family, you may want to include aunts, uncles, and cousins on your Christmas gift list. This depends on the traditions of your family.
If you have some close friends, I would definitely recommend buying them a simple Christmas gift that means a lot to them. You can find tons of great gifts without spending a fortune. For some friends who you may not be that close to, a nice personalized Christmas card may suffice.
Boss & Coworkers
If you have a job, you may consider buying your boss and coworkers a small Christmas gift. Some places will all chip in on a gift for a boss or may even do a Secret Santa exchange between coworkers. You definitley don’t have to buy all your coworkers a Christmas gift but you should be considerate of other people’s feelings if you buy a gift for some and not other people.
Not everyone does this, but it is a nice gesture (especially with younger kids) to buy a small Christmas gift for your kid’s teachers. You could always get your child involved in the gift giving and let them pick out something their child would like. Don’t forget to include daycare teachers and workers as well. This could also include a child’s coach or boy or girl scouts leader as well.
Mail Delivery Person / Package Delivery Person / Newspaper Delivery Person
This is definitely not something you have to do, especially if you aren’t satisfied with these service workers, but if you have a great mail delivery person or a package delivery person who has been hard at work the past few weeks, it’s a nice gesture to get them a small Christmas gift. This could be as simple as a card with a $5 gift card for coffee or gas or even a homemade tin of cookies.
You may choose to give your clergy member a Christmas gift or you may find that your church or congregation comes together to buy a special combined gift for him.
This definitely is not an all-inclusive list as you may have other special people in your life that you want to buy Christmas gifts for as well. But this should help you to get an idea of who to include on your Christmas gift list this year.
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