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Christmas Shopping On A Budget

Gift-wrapingWith the state of the economy, expenses might be tight when it comes to buying gifts this holiday season.  Here are some ideas to help you and your family keep in the spirit of giving on a budget:

  • Give the gift of helping out. Get the family together to do a project for grandma and grandpa, help the technologically challenged program their computer, or find a way to get those untouched honey-do’s done.  If you have a skill (like playing the guitar or knitting), offer lessons as a gift.
  • Make it. Get the kids together to make a gift, give family members a framed picture of the family, or prepare jars with cookie mixes inside.  Add that personal touch that blows away an expensive gift.
  • Make an agreement amongst the family to save money. Put a limit on the price of gifts, draw names for who will purchase gifts for whom, or agree that everyone will bring a used item they think others will like.
  • Look for ways to save. Shop online, look for coupons, and shop with your credit card rebates and rewards.
  • Make a donation. Give up your gifts this year to make a donation to feed the hungry or send a present to a soldier overseas.

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Here are some ideas of gifts that are under $10:

  1. Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup
  2. Pound of pistachios
  3. Child’s artwork, framed
  4. Journal with special inscription inside
  5. Teacup with box of herbal tea
  6. Deck of cards and book of card game rules
  7. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar
  8. Collage of special photos
  9. Gel pens and pretty stationary
  10. Bottle of sparkling cider
  11. Home baked bread, include recipe
  12. Disposable camera or rolls of film
  13. Basket filled with deli cheese and fruit
  14. Craft supplies
  15. Holiday serving bowl or platter
  16. Pretty basket filled with special jams or mustards
  17. Decorative napkins and napkin rings
  18. Fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon
  19. Gardening gloves with a plant or flower seeds
  20. Photo album, hand decorated is even better
  21. Makeup tote
  22. Prepaid photo developing envelopes
  23. Homemade cookie mix with instructions for baking
  24. Variety of bread mixes
  25. Special coffee cup filled with candy
  26. Fancy magazines tied together with a pretty ribbon
  27. Gourmet popcorn and flavored oil
  28. Locally made barbeque or steak sauce with basting brush
  29. Pancake or waffle mix and a bottle of real maple syrup
  30. Movie theater gift certificates
  31. Board games
  32. Jar of sourwood or pure honey with biscuit mix
  33. Note cards and book of stamps
  34. Picture frames, buy them on sale!
  35. Specialty cookbook
  36. Pretty glass jar filled with candy
  37. Collectible sports cards
  38. Muffin mixes with muffin pan
  39. Books, there are still a few for under $10
  40. Set of dish towels and dish cloths
  41. Nail polish kit
  42. Pretty night shirt
  43. Basket filled with kitchen gadgets
  44. Video rental gift certificates
  45. Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns
  46. Handwritten copies of your favorite recipes
  47. For the pets, gourmet dog biscuits or cat treats
  48. Baking pans and supplies
  49. Prepaid long distance phone cards
  50. Small clock or radio
  51. Pretty box for keepsakes
  52. Colorful Post-It notepads
  53. Address book
  54. Christmas ornaments
  55. Puzzles
  56. Blank video or cassette tapes
  57. Sewing supplies
  58. Flashlight with batteries
  59. Favorite quote embroidered on a nice handkerchief
  60. Makeup brush set
  61. Expensive socks, still under $10
  62. Special soaps and bath bubbles

For these and other ideas if your budget is tight this Christmas, visit these websites:

Christmas Shopping On A Budget

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