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By Erin HuffstetlerSeptember 9, 2010
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Forget about budgeting for Christmas gifts. If you start early enough, you can get all of your gifts for free:
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This free gift suggestion might not work for everyone. Now in my seventies I must divest myself from “stuff” I no longer have need for. I have been giving away wedding gifts from 50 years ago to my children, trying to match their taste to my gift. My daughter-in-law was delighted with a Steuben glass petal bowl last Christmas. My grandson loved a history book that belonged to his great grandfather. I occasionally buy literary paperback novels with coupons or gift cards and then give them to another daughter-in-law who has a similar reading taste as mine. I could give other examples, but you get the idea.
To expand upon what Marcia said, my mother is giving me a piece of her fine china (that I would have inherited anyway) for every gift-giving occasion. It takes the pressure off of her to try and find something I like, she doesn’t have to spend any money, and I get to use the china now. We both come out winners. In this economy, it is a great way to give something really nice without the cost.
Mking gifts for grandkids is fun and you will never know how much it means to them until later when you see what they did with it. Example: I made a card for my granddaughter and she put it aside after reading it. I didn’t have money to give her at that time but wanted to. Later maybe two weeks later, I gave her some money, she runs to her room to get the card to put the money in it. (That was also precious to me.)
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