In the past, we've always spent: Parents, both sets - £50 per couple Grandparents, both sets - £30 each Siblings and partners - £30 per couple Nieces and nephews - £20 each Adult friends - Decent bottle of wine and box of biscuits per couple - £15 Kid friends - £15 each This makes about £490 and that is without our own kids and each other! This year we are in the same boat as a lot of people, and finding the credit crunch is taking it's toll. So I've sat down and texted everyone the same message this morning: Cash-flow not good, so have to limit what we spend at Xmas. I've stuck to £5 for kids and nothing for adults, not even a bottle of wine. Hope this'll make it easier for all of us if you do the same. xxx I changed it to £10 for the families kids. As soon as I sent them, I felt a huge weight lifting. And I've had replies from every single person, all saying that they agree with what I've sent, and that they feel better now I've suggested it! Why do we get ourselves worked up about money at Xmas and not being able to afford expensive presents? I was in Asda this morning buying milk, and have bought my friends kids an Annual each (2 for £7), and I'll get them a selection box as well. So pleased!! I've also limited what we will be spending on parents and grandparents, and told Stu that we're not buying each other presents at all. So Xmas (not counting Charlie and Kayleigh) will be about £100 for the other presents!!