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Cheap Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

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Need some last-minute Christmas gifts that won't blow your budget? Consider these affordable options:

1. Gift Cards

Gift cards are the ultimate last-minute gift. Just zero in on a store or restaurant that the recipient likes, and your work is done:

2. A Magazine Subscription

Magazines
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Jump online and order a magazine subscription for everyone left on your list. Magazines.com and amazon.com are great sources for discounted subscriptions.

Tip: Take advantage of the option to print off a free gift notification on magazines.com, and you'll have something to slip inside a card.

3. A Coupon Book

Coupon Book
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Put together a book of coupons with things that you're willing to do make the recipient's life easier (let's face it: we could all use a dose of easy this time of year):

4. A Gift of the Month Club

Banana Cookies
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Think of something that you can make/do for the recipient on a once-a-month basis (bake cookies, mow the lawn, etc.). Then, make up a certificate announcing your gift.

5. A Framed Photo

Framed Photo
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Dig up a special photo of you and the recipient, and present it in a nice frame.

6. A Calendar

September Calendar
Erin Huffstetler

With the new year just around the corner, a calendar is the perfect last-minute gift. Pick one up at the store, or whip one up tonight while you're watching TV:

7. Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable Batteries
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Surprise someone with a pack of rechargeable batteries and a charger, so they can start using all those new gadgets right away.

8. Cookie Dough

Cookie Dough
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Stay home, and make a batch of cookie dough to give. If you choose a variety that freezes well, the recipient will have the choice of baking cookies now or freezing the dough for later:

9. Loaf of Bread

Bread
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We're all ridiculously busy this time of year. So, if you give someone the gift of bread, you could be saving them a trip to the store. Think how popular that will make you:

10. Home-Canned Goodies

Freezer Jam
Erin Huffstetler

Pull one of your home-canned goodies out of the pantry, and present it as a gift. Then, pat yourself on the back for doing all that canning last summer.

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