Buying Holiday Gifts for Your In-Laws

Newlywed Advice Holiday ShoppingWhether it is the first holiday with your spouse or the tenth, it can be intimidating to pick out gifts for your in-laws.  If you have felt uncertain when shopping, then rest assured that you are not alone.  With the many fun, but scary things that come when saying ‘I Do’, there are a whole host of new holiday-related questions to be answered. But, shopping for your in-laws doesn’t have to be intimidating.  Consider these few pieces of advice before you head out to the stores.

Find Out What They Like The first step to finding the right gift this holiday season is to determine what things are most likely to be well-received.  In order to do this, you might have to a little covert investigation.  Carry a small notebook with you next time you are with your in-laws.  Take note of things said or noticed around the house. Is there something missing in the kitchen that one of them would surely love to have?  Did someone mention something seen in a catalog, online, or in a store?  You might even be able to start a conversation that leads down this path.  Mention a cool commercial you’ve seen recently or talk about your own shopping adventures.

Set a Budget Once you have some ideas in mind, it is time to sit down with your spouse and talk about the financial end of the holiday affairs.  How much can your household afford to spare?  This number, whatever it happens to be, needs to be split between all gift-receiving individuals.  To avoid hard feelings, it is often best to spend the same amount on each parent. Some couples decide to pay for their own parents gifts, respectively.

Shop Smart & Be Creative If you, like many Americans, are feeling the financial pinch this holiday season, don’t worry.  Everyone is aware of the economic status and the vast majority of people will understand if you have to cut holiday spending down this season.  Even those with little or nothing to spend can afford to create fantastic gifts.  Consider baking cookies or biscotti. If you have an artistic talent, use it to make something personal for your in laws.  Small, inexpensive tokens are often better received and more meaningful than impersonal ones that cost a small fortune.

What are you buying your in-laws this year?  Do you have a tried and true system that works? We’d love for you to share in a comment!

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