I have 15 cousins... and every year at Christmas, our four families gather, and every single cousin gets a gift from each family.
Yes, it's an expensive Christmas.
Some families used to give every cousin like $20 in cash. So, that was kind of an unspoken rule of thumb, everyone got gifts in the $20-25 range. Which worked out perfectly because the cousins ranged in age from Tween to 20-something Young Adult.
What my family has done over the years, is give the same gift to each cousin. One year was canvas bags with their name or initial embroidered on it. Another year, it was a bottle of Bailey's and Dunkin Donuts coffee (obv this was after the Tweens had grown into adults).
Well fast forward further, and now some of the cousins are married, and have kids.
Obviously the little kids are getting separate gifts, but amongst the cousins, when you count the spouses, we're now talking over 20 gifts.
So since it was MY job this year to figure out our family's gifts (and OF COURSE I WAITED TIL NOW!)... this is what I came up with.
Only the cousins get gifts... if they're married, then it's one gift for that cousin & spouse.
And I'm trying to decide between:
$25 scratch-off LOTTERY TICKETS
... or ...
3 months of NETFLIX
[Now, the Netflix isn't a new membership thing: if you already have Netflix, you can just add it on to your current membership as an additional three months for free.]
So what do YOU think I should do?
INSTANT LOTTERY? or NETFLIX?
I have serious pro's & con's about both, so now I'm just conflicted. PLEASE HELP ME! Please!
Lottery tickets. After the 3 mos of netflix is over,they'll have to pay for it if they want to continue. Not much of a gift if you have to pay for it later. Also, they may not capitalize on the usage of the gift. I know I wouldn't.
Netflix. They can enjoy it for 3 long months, but lottery tickets are done in 15 minutes!