I have to laugh. My mom said that this year she & Step Dad are just going to buy for the 5 grands this year (ages 13 - 18), not the kids (we're late 30'- mid 40's). Ok, fine. And the truth is she likes to spend as little as possible on them anyway, always asking me what her budget is, did we say $20 apiece? No mom, you said $25 was what you planned. Oh, look this is neat, and $18, that's close enough right? No mom, I think you should find another little $5 or 6 thing to add to it, just keep it all close to even. What I really want to say is "They are your grandkids, maybe buy one or two less pieces of expensive jewelry this year and I don't know, actually spoil them instead of yourself" But of course I bite my tongue. And we had further conversation about how she and SD don't really need gifts. They're retired, in their late 60's, they mostly just buy what they want for themselves throughout the year. (They are enjoying retirement - new hobbies, travel, Ipads for both, lots of splurges.) They are not on those small fixed incomes that you hear about for seniors, they are pretty comfortable - two houses, new car, latest gadgets and such. And so you kids don't need to buy for us. Ok, great, you're hard to buy for anyway, and we have such a tight budget - this is a great relief. So today, she calls and is giving me ideas for SD for his gift. Whiskey Tango Houston? I thought we weren't buying for you and you weren't buying for us? I know you aren't buying for us because you haven't asked for any ideas for DH or me nor have you mentioned the usual gift cert. that you like to alert me to be watching the mail for. Didn't say anything, called to check with sis. Looks like mom remembers that she doesn't want to buy for us (the kids), but forgot that we weren't going to buy for her, I think she's turning into a grown-up spoiled kid, Ok, just wanted to fuss a bit. I feel better. Anyone else have a parent that is turning into a spoiled, almost like an only child, kid as they get older??