We arrived at my grandparents today to find a snow drift taller than me, nearly blocking them in their home! I was a victim of the big snowstorm that swept through the midwest during Christmas, snowing day after day.
We stayed cozy inside, finally venturing out on the 26th to buy a wedding veil for an absolutely ridiculous $125 (i know, i know. . . similar ones are $80 online) and to see the Squeakquel (my nephew is 3.5 and loved it!).
On the 23rd and 24th I did some last minute shopping and I think I can tally up my final Christmas gift costs:
Mom: $60 GPS split with sisters
Dad: $50 Blu-Ray player split with sisters
Sister 1: $67 Pink perfume, book, scarf, shirt
Brother in Law: $25 Socks + Itunes card
Sister 2: $60 cardigan, t-shirt, necklace
Niece age 1: $20 Two sweaters and pants
Nephew: $20 Moon sand, toy airplane
T’s Sister & Husband: $15 bike pump
T’s parents: $10? T took care of a gift from us I think.
Grandparents: $45 Coffee, chocolates, socks, and a laptop lap desk thing
You’ll notice I left T off the list! He was naughty this year. Just kidding!! We decided to take a weekend getway for about $400 total instead of doing presents of about $200 each. I think that will come out of the gift fund rather than the travel fund, so that brings the total to $572, compared to my estimate of $525, it was quite close. The gift fund has enough to cover it, plus 3 birthdays in the next week and half (if I count January’s contributions).
Like I mentioned, I give gifts based on what is the norm in my family, and all my gifts seemed well received. I have a few more days in the cold and snow before jetting back to L.A. to be with T for NYE!
I hope you all had a great holiday!