I posted a similar dilemma over the weekend. My cousins had 4 children amongst them that I started buying birthday and Christmas gifts for 12 years ago. This coming Christmas will have 3 more for a total of 7. It was fairly easy to opt out of the birthday gifts since certain "family obligations" always seemed to conflict with the parties. And honestly, the main reason I decided to stop giving birthday gifts was because it was never reciprocated to my dd, now almost 3. (Petty, I know . . . )My suggestion would be to draw names amongst the kids. That way, if you have 2 children, you'll buy 2 gifts instead of 9 . . . or 12, or whatever. I would get together with the other sibling(s) that don't have so many children and see if they will agree and then approach the parents with 9. This is probably what I will suggest to my cousins, although they will think they're getting the short end of the stick, I'm sure.
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