If you are a member of a large family, you know how difficult and expensive it can be to purchase every person in your clan a gift for Christmas. The potential price tag is not the only hassle to keep in mind; it takes a lot of the time and energy to wrestle with other frantic holiday shoppers for that many gifts. There are several alternatives to consider for purchasing gifts for a large family this Christmas season.
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One of the best gifts to give, and receive, on Christmas is a gift from the heart. Making a gift with your own two hands is one of the best ways to show the recipients that you care, without breaking the bank. Use your talents and abilities to produce these presents. For instance, someone who is an expert baker could make Christmas cookies for everyone, or someone adept in woodworking could manufacture toy soldiers for everyone in her large family.
This idea works well for large families because you only need to spend a moderate amount on one gift, instead of a large amount on many small gifts. Place each family member's name into a container and have each person draw a name. This is the person you will purchase a gift for. You can set a spending limit on these gifts, such as £13 or £19, or allow people to swap names if anyone chooses a person he is having trouble choosing a gift for.
Instead of everyone in a family giving each other small gifts, ask everyone to forgo this tradition all together and pool the money together for a special cause. Gather as many of the family members together as possible, and vote on which charitable organisation you wish to support. If 25 family members each donate £3, this would amount to a £81 dollar gift for an organisation in need of funds.
Head to your local thrift or resale store to pick up small gifts for your large family. Many times there are lovely items at these shops, from gently worn apparel to knick-knacks. These stores are also often run by charities, so you be contributing to a worthwhile cause by purchasing these second-hand items. Take this opportunity to clean out your own closets and take the unwanted items to a thrift store as well.
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