So, this has come up yet again in our house. I find it really bizarre that DH continues to share the cost of gifts with his sister. For both MIL and FIL, we are giving them joint gifts with his sister and her SO. They aren't extravagent gifts (but more than we would spend as individual couples). I feel like once you're married and have your own family, you should be responsible for buying and giving your own gifts. Give what you can afford. Why is DH still sharing with his sister?
I asked DH a few weeks ago what we were going to get his sister for Christmas. He said if he didn't get any ideas from her, we'd get her a gift card. Fine. I just asked him a few minutes ago if he got the gift card, and apparently, we are splitting the cost of a Kindle with his parents. WTF? FOUR people are sharing the cost of a Kindle? Why can't we get our own gift? He said, "And give her a crappy gift she doesn't want?" I didn't realize that $50 (my imposed limit on gifts) only buys crappy gifts. Incidentally, that's what she spends on us.
I find the whole thing totally bizarre. We are two married adults with good jobs. It really bugs the crap out of me. It's like DH can't cut the strings from Mama. Is it just me, or what?