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Thrifty Gift Ideas!

Some inexpensive and nice gift ideas include:

  • Framed photo
  • Homemade ornament
  • Yum! Make cookies, brownies, etc. and give in a decorative tin
  • Have a talent? Make coupons offering your services (resume writing, painting, etc.)
  • Movie gift basket: fill a basket with packets of microwave popcorn, Blockbuster gc or Netflix gift subscription, cocoa and mugs
  • Pasta basket: fill a metal colander with pasta necessities like sauce, spices, grated cheese and of course, pasta!
  • Spa basket: fill a pretty basket with those free Bath and Body Works products (coupon was in Nov. Better Homes and Gardens and Redbook), a loofah, lotion, etc.
  • New married couple on your list? Surprise them with a set of ornaments for their Christmas tree or decorations for their new home
  • Regift! While not the always popular choice, it can work in a pinch if you need a gift fast. Just make sure the receiver has never seen the gift or wasn't the one who originally gave it to you. Also, the item should be in original packaging
  • Check ebay before paying full-price. Just be sure to look over the seller's feedback, to make sure you are dealing with an honest person. Also, find out how long it will take them to ship. Christmas is less than a month away!
  • Dig out those gift cards you haven't used all year and use them for gifts!
  • Cash in your change! If you have a ton of change, cash in at Coinstar, they'll give you a gift card to places like Amazon.com, at no charge!
  • Plan your shopping ahead of time! Use coupons, wait for sales.

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