What are your thoughts on adult families doing a secret santa I want to do it but I also love buying gifts for everyone but the budget would prefer buying one decent gift ?


Posted anonymously, 19th September 2019


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  • Maybe buy the one big gift, and make something small for everyone else.



  • I’d prefer to make one decent gift and join the secret Santa. The fact that you want to give gifts is sweet. Why don’t you plan to do something nice for the other after New Years (eg: babysit, mow lawns, take out for lunch etc)



  • We do secret santa with one side of our family. We have a $50 limit and everyone choses one person. The only problem we had was some people were spending $10-20 and others the $50.

    My advice would be to make the “rules” very clear and may be look at using an app to organise it where people can add their likes/dislikes etc and you can set out that everyone should spend the $50 (or whatever your family thinks is a fair amount)

    I also am involved in a SS with my friends where we chose a theme each year and have to spend $10 or UNDER – the person with the funniest gift wins a prize. We love it.

    Good luck :)



  • I would suggest you have a talk to your family about it first and if all are in-agreement than go for it.
    All the very best to you and yours.



  • In the Netherlands we always did secret Santa, we call it Sinterklaas and it’s celebrated on the 5th of December



  • Setting an agreed budget for Secret Santa is essential.



  • We do a sibling secret Santa with my family. But my sister and I still buy for each other (so I’d actually buy her 2 gifts if I got her) but it makes it easier with everyone else as it’s just one good rather than many



  • secret santa – if its family say around $50



  • A lot of people do Secret Santa nowadays. It happens every Christmas at my husband’s office and it sounds like fun. They have a budget (generally $20). Some people stick to it, others not really. :-)



  • I love Christmas and I love to buy a thoughtful gift for everyone at Christmas time. I budget during the year so I can. It doesn’t have to be expensive.



  • Secret Santa is a great idea for the adults. It reduces the cost and enables you to buy one great gift, and also takes much of the time and stress out of buying multiple presents.



  • Secret Santa sounds like a good idea and with less shopping there is more time for relaxing!



  • It’s great, more thoughtful and less stressful



  • I’m a big fan of secret Santa! We do it with both families but still buy presents for each of the kids. We have a budget of $150 and you write a wish list so you can get lots of little presents or one big decent one. We’ve done this for several years now and it works for us.



  • I prefer to buy for all at Christmas time but we still have many kids in the family. As they get older a Secret Santa would be better I think.


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