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December 19th, 2010, 04:34 PM
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This is the first year I've had to worry about this. Ryen is getting gifts from her friends at school. At what point do I draw the line without Ryen seeming like a bad friend? A lot of her friends only have 1 or 2 siblings, we have 5 kids and 1 on the way. I can see how they can afford to get all their friends gifts. But, after getting just our kids and families done, we're spent. What do I do?
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December 19th, 2010, 08:01 PM
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Every year, I plan out something inexpensive that my kids can give away to whoever they get a gift from. This year, I bought Hello Kitty watches (like 15 watches) off eBay for $10. Her friends thought they were great. Last year, she gave out hair bows that we made.
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December 20th, 2010, 06:46 AM
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I only had one sib growing up and I remember the entire thing being a hassle because my mom wouldn't pay for the gifts. I had to with my own money (and we weren't poor) LOL

One year I remember finding circle candy canes and calling them bracelets. My friends thought it was cool. Her friends will like anything she gives them because all they are probably focused on is what big thing mom and dad is giving them.
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December 20th, 2010, 08:02 AM
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Some years we do stuff, some years we don't. Also they don't always get the stuff before Christmas but after.

Really friends are pretty easy, one year we made hot coco from scratch, filled little mason jars and found cheap mugs. I think I spent 30 (the mugs were the most expensive) on about 15 friends.

We done chocolate dipped pretzel sticks and wrapped them in cute little bags. I have baked cookies and made banana bread, little mini loaves to give away.

Other times I go to the after Christmas sales and start picking up stuff for really cheap, and then we deliver them to each person.

I have noticed that most kids are grateful, I mean my dd got a sample bottle of ketchup once and she was very happy with it. That was probably the oddest one but sometimes she just get's rubber bands.
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December 20th, 2010, 08:13 AM
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In our house if my kids want to give their friends something they either make them or purchase them themselves.
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December 20th, 2010, 01:27 PM
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Erin made things for her friends. She had been making earrings and she made some for them. She also baked cookies all by herself and gave them some in a pretty little jar we got at the dollar store.
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December 20th, 2010, 02:25 PM
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Other than class party gifts, this hasn't really come up with my kids yet. But when I was in school my circle of friends and I would put our names in a hat and draw one to decide who we bought a gift for.
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