Relationships between immediate family and extended family can vary, so every idea in this list may not work for you. Be prepared for this to happen: You may ask, and they may still send gifts. And remember that you can always try again next year!
Ask for an experience they can share together, like they've done in the past.
Explain that you'll be donating gifts to the local children's shelter and ask for a contribution.
Physical gifts can't be reciprocated this year, so you'll be sending letters to loved ones and would love some in return.
"Gifts from the heart, not a shopping cart." Ask for family & friends to join you on a handmade gift mission.
Ask for contributions to a scrapbook or recipe book for the whole family
Ask for their favorite childhood book to share with your children.
Ask for family keepsakes or mementos of the past instead of store bought gifts.
Follow the four-gift rule: something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read