How do you Coordinate what to get stepkids for Xmas?
I usually spread my holiday shopping out over the three months of October, November and December so it's not that big a financial hit, so since it's October I'm getting ready to start shopping for xmas for my two daughters.
A couple of years ago, I did not coordinate with my exH on Christmas gifts for our daughters. And as a result, his sister wound up getting the exact same toy for my youngest daughter that I had gotten her.
Well, I couldn't exactly blame her, since I didn't coordinate the gift lists with my exH. So the next year, I had the girls write down their list. I divided the list into two, meticulously making sure each list had both a few inexpensive and a few expensive selections, to make sure exH's side of the family had several things to buy. I gave exH the list. Well, xmas rolls around and when the girls return from visiting their father for xmas, they did not get one thing that had been on the lists I gave their father! I was a little annoyed that I went through all that trouble for nothing.
So now it's nearing that time again and I'm wondering what to do. How you coordinate gift giving with the other family or do you just not bother?