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The finished chicken rice gift bowl.

Chicken-Rice Gift BowlsI am always looking for ways to make Christmas gifts that are actually useful and will be appreciated. I found these darling little bowls at the Dollar General, and decided to make some little gifts out of them and my favorite Knorr Rice Mix packages.

 

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Making Christmas Goodie BagsThis is a page about making Christmas goodie bags. Christmas goodie bags are a fun alternative to larger gifts. It is also a good way to control spending on gifts.

 

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Having a Thrift Store ChristmasShopping at thrift stores can be a good way to find inexpensive gifts for family and friends. Sometimes money is tight and having a thrift store christmas is the best way to celebrate the gift giving associated with Christmas.

 

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Planning Christmas for Children Without Any...This is a page about planning Christmas for children without any money. Many families experiencing financial difficulties are even more distraught around the Christmas holidays, but there are ways to still have Christmas for your children.

 

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Inexpensive Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about inexpensive Christmas gift ideas. A gift doesn't have to be expensive to be enjoyed and appreciated.

 

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Christmas Gifts Ideas for Convalescent Home Residents?I'm doing a Christmas show for a local convalescent home. I'm looking at having small presents for the 50 - 75 residents of the convalescent home. Any suggestions?

 

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Barter For Christmas GiftsThis is really not a new concept, but it really does work. Bartering! Especially for the holidays. My early Christmas present was an antique cedar chest. My husband helped move a china cabinet and for his time, he was able to choose a piece of furniture as payment.

 

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Newspaper Bags as Gift WrappingKeep the plastic sleeves that protect your newspapers from inclement weather. They come in handy as upcycled gift bags for small items. Cut a bit of the open end off so the bag is not too long, slip in a layer of colorful tissue, and finish with a pretty bow. Voila!

 

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ThriftyFun Link as Free Christmas PresentI'm sending this website's URL as a Christmas present to all my friends who send me e-mail.

 

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Gift Idea: Movie Party in a BagWith but a few dollars to spend, I hand painted canvas bags and filled them with popcorn, candy and our local video store coupons for free movie or two. They loved it with these busy times. It's hard to get together.

 

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Almost Free Spa in a Bag GiftEveryone is on a tight budget these days and now more than ever, people are more understanding with regards to receiving more frugal and thoughtful gifts. Here is something you can do for a friend or family member that may not cost you a dime.

 

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Gift Bags for FamilyWith the economy like it is, I have come up with some ideas to save money on family gifts.

 

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Dollar Store Treasure Chest for ChristmasSince one of the best parts of Christmas for little kids is to open presents, I decided this year to make it a real treasure chest for my grandchildren. I went to our local Dollar Store and bought each one of them a plastic bin...

 

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Paperwhite Narcissus Bulbs Gift Idea (Under $10)A thrifty hostess gift for the holiday season can be started at Thanksgiving to be ready for the December holidays.

 

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Thrift Shops, Yard Sales, etc. for Christmas GiftsWith everyday life getting more expensive my family had decided to have a little more fun with Christmas other than just drawing names, spending a set amount on a gift and getting that person what they had asked for.

 

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Using a Gift Box for a Frugal ChristmasOnce again, I have succeeded in being bountiful this Christmas without breaking the bank or getting into debt! I am recycling gift bags (and tissue paper) from the presents my husband and I gave each other to use for my brother and family.

 

Plant Clippings As GiftsI have a second generation spider plant that has more babies on it than I know what to do with. So this year, I clipped a few and put them in water about a month or two ago. I kept some aluminum vegetable cans (easiest to clean out) to use as pots.

 

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Homemade Gift Bath ScrubbyI buy dollar store soaps in holiday scents, like peppermint or even gingerbread scent. From thrift stores or again the dollar store or any outlet, buy cheap children mittens.

 

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Use Bartering as Part of Your Budget PlanWhen trying to stretch your Xmas gift budget, don't forget about the power of informal BARTER. At a church sale last weekend, I traded several bottles of fancy bubble bath and some hair product for a wooden screen I had. You can do that for all sorts of things!

 

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Cheap Christmas GiftsCheap Christmas gift ideas. I hope this helps those of you on a tight budget who would like to give something but find it difficult financially.

 

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Starting on Christmas GiftsStarting on Christmas Gifts. I know it's summertime, but you can pick up a few presents for Christmas this year or start your special project or craft for gifts.

 

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"Family Bucks" for After Christmas SalesOne of my kids favorite presents is "Family Bucks" to spend at the after-Christmas sales. (I make up phoney money on the computer and personalize them with our name). This keeps me from having to give them real money...

 

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One Dollar GiftsWhen the Ladies come together just before Christmas, we each buy a gift for a $1.00 in The Dollar store. We have a gift exchange while we have our Christmas...

 

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Making Economical Christmas Ornaments and CardsIn NYC, the .99 store is all the rage. For economical christmas ornaments and cards go to your local .99 store and buy any glass Christmas balls, sparkles, pipe cleaner and clear glue...

 

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Help Out Your Adult Kids Who Are Parents During The Holiday SeasonPlan to pick the grandkids up after school and take them to your home. Spend time with them playing cards, games, reading or just chatting.

 

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Help! I can't afford ChristmasThe less money you have to spend on Christmas the earlier you have to get started. Bargains go quickly as we all know. Firstly, make sure you get along to any car boot/garage/yard/tag sales in your area, looking out for baskets that you can package gifts in, pretty china, toys in excellent condition with all the pieces present, inexpensive hand made crafts and second hand books that look brand new.

 

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Holiday Gift for a Co-WorkerI found cute snowman glass jars at the dollar store. I filled with home made hot cocoa & put mini-marshmallows into the lid (snowman's hat) I attached a card that was made from an old xmas card front that I cut with decorative scissors, tied with a ribbon & done. No large expense & they had a re-useable cute jar. By Mary S

 

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24 Days Before Christmas GiftsDuring garage sale season, I buy small items for my grandchildren for 25 cents or less. I wrap 24 for each child and put them in a tote bag for them to open on the first 24 days of December. It makes looking forward to Christmas even more exciting. By Marylin

 

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Inexpensive Family Christmas Gift Ideas?I have 2 kids (grandparents), 6 grandchildren (all grown), and 18 great grandchildren (oldest ones are 6 years)! What do I do at Christmas when I live on low income Social Security?

 

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Inexpensive Children's Christmas Gift Ideas?I'm on a extremely tight budget for Xmas gifts this year. I have only got $60 ($30 each child) to spend on my children. My son is 6 years old and my daughter is 4 years old.

 

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Inexpensive Christmas Gifts for Coworkers?I need an idea on what I could buy for a man or woman coworker.

 

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Brainstorm: What have been your most memorable Christmas gifts?Tell us what your most memorable Christmas gifts have been. Is there something you have gotten that didn't cost much but made an impact?

 

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Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas?I need some inexpensive christmas gift ideas for around 40-50 girls all over 13.

 

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Inexpensive Christmas Gifts for Assisted Living Residents?I work for an assisted living facility and want to give my residents a nice gift for Christmas, but I am on a budget. I thought of something in a jar or something a man or woman can use. Please help.

 

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