My husband and I recently moved here after also recently getting married... we are both job searching and are living off a little bit of savings.
My question/issue is this: his family is huge. In the past, they all gave gifts to each other about $50/each. Because of the addition of husbands/wives/children, last year they did "couples" gifts buying one $50 gift per couple. This year they cut it down again doing like a secret santa so each person buys for 1 other person. But that doesn't include children and his mom. That also doesn't include my family, of which we only get a gift for my parents and small gift for my brother.
They are already talking that they didn't like only giving to one person this year and want to go back to giving to everyone or at least the "couples" gifts. We should not have even been able to afford what we gave this year, but felt bad not doing so. If this turns into something bigger next year and we still can't afford it, what should we tell them? They aren't the type to appreciate homemade gifts or gifts much under the specified budget. So it would probably have to be all or nothing. It's too much for us. We don't expect gifts to us if we can't give to them. But they never understand our financial situation. Please help!! Thank you!