I need your help. I would like you to help me brainstorm some small gift ideas for my cousins and second cousins. Like many of you, I have a largish extended family: my mom is the eldest of eight children (her mother gave birth to eleven children, including three sets of twins!) and my dad is the middle child in a family of five children. Each of my aunts and uncles have no fewer than three children (the average is somewhere around 4 I suspect), so I have a minimum of 33 first cousins, many of whom I should see while I’m there. Oh, and my mom has an aunt who is only five years older than her, and she has seven children, who are all younger than me.
To be honest, I’m not sure how to handle this. I don’t really know what their likes, dislikes and interests are. Part of me was thinking that perhaps it would be safer to bring the money I would have spent on small gifts with me and use it there to get things, but I can see how that would easily get out of control and require me to keep good track of how much I spent on who, in order to avoid squabbles. Maybe that’s the best way to do it though, I don’t know.
So, do you know of some things easily obtained in North America that you think my cousins (who range in age from around three years of age to their 30s and 40s) would appreciate? Or, do you have some tips on how to handle this situation? If so, please speak up!