How do you Handle Gift-Giving?
How does the gift-giving work with SKs? I mean specifically for those of you who contribute some sort of income to your HH (i.e. Job Salary, CS, SS, Disability, Retirement, Unemployment, Alimony, Investment or Trust Income, etc.), do you actually buy SKs gifts yourself, do you and your SO pool your income and buy SKs gifts together, or does your SO pay for their child('s/ren's) gifts solely from their own income? If SO pays for gift solely, do you still present gifts to SKs as being from both of you or the family, or just from SO/BP?
Do you ever buy gifts for SO FOR the SKs? If you buy gifts for SO FOR SKs, is the gift presented as being from SKs only or from all of you? If you have children with your SO, do you ever buy gifts for your SO from your children or you and your children ONLY? Do you ever buy gifts and present them as from all of the children together (S & BKs) or from the "family" together including you for H or you and H for others? Does BP ever buy gifts for SO from BKs or from both BKs AND BP? How do you feel about BP buying gifts for SO, especially if they sign the card or otherwise present the gift as being from them as well or solely?
I'm not asking this for any reason other than out of curiosity based on a couple other threads and posts I've read here recently.
In my case I usually buy gifts for my SKs that are only from me or me & my kids (their siblings) because I already know H will be getting his kids something from him only too. Actually I don't think H & I have ever bought any of the kids (including ours) anything "together", but then we have separate finances/don't pool our finances. I have, however, bought gifts for other people and signed the card from our family and included everyone's name, even SKs (i.e. my niece had a birthday party recently and we all went, including H & SD, so even though I bought the present and card I signed it and presented it to be from all of us.) BM has bought H gifts for SD and has even expressed her own personal greetings on ocassion (i.e. "thanks for being a good Dad" on Father's Day), but I'm not bothered by this in the least.