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Old 12-11-2012, 11:46 AM   #11
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:55 AM   #12
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We are struggling right now (badly) and I was already stressing about how to pay for Christmas and DH called this morning on his way taking DS #3 to the bus stop to let me know he hit a deer with our Suburban

We really don't need this right now. We have one paycheck between now and Christmas and I was already trying to figure out how to make it stretch to cover bills and gifts.

And as I'm typing this DH just sent me an email that DS #2 has to be registered with the NCAA by next week....



So please give me your cheap gift ideas, normally I"m pretty good at coming up with stuff but my brain is to stressed.......here is who I need to buy for still, some are partially done:

I will have about $75-$150 to finish everyone up.......

DH: doing stockings only, I have whoppers candy and underwear

DS 1: college student-have gift card to scheels and BWW

DS 2: HS Senior--have shoes and car charger for him so far

DS 3: 8th Grader--have some clothes for him so far and a new school bag

DD 4: 6th Grader-I have 1 book I got in a trade????

DS 5: 3rd Grader-have new shoes and a hoodie

DS 6: getting some used legos and nintendo DS from a friend, have a table I"m trying to figure out how to convert to a lego table

DS 7: have a few used playsets I picked up on FSOT thread

In-laws:
Maybe a basket with homemade bread and jelly??
(the next 4 have asked for gift cards....at $50 each....I told DH that we can't afford to be in this name drawing, I need to see if we can bow out)
SIL:
SIL:
Niece:
BIL:

Nieces and Nephews:
I have fabric and had planned on making pillow cases or crayon rolls so I'll probably stick with that?? But I better get busy......I've been slacking.

My mom and SD/brothers and sister:
They won't expect anything knowing that money is tight. Several of them are in the same boat this Christmas.
I can't stand that! Years ago during an exchange between my ex's siblings and their SOs I was the ONLY one who bought a real gift. I went on the hunt for something I truly thought he would like and went to multiple stores to find it. Everyone else simply exchanged gift cards. What the heck is even the point of that.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:14 PM   #13
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Re: Can I Please Scream Now.....Need Help Figuring This Out

If you can't get out of gifting all the adult inlaws, what about baking up a huge pan or two of brownies and dividing it up among them? Or baking up some special holiday cookies, like mint chocolate chip or something.

Also, skip your DH all together and make sure he doesn't get you anything either.

For your own kids, it looks like most of them you already have 2 things for them. Get each of them a book also, and call it done. If you can, get the books at goodwill, they are 99c for paperbacks. And for the 6th grader that you already have a book for, what about a girly set of nail polish or hair stuff, and maybe even make her a crayon roll too.

If you have fleece of an appropriate pattern, you could make no sew blankets. Those work for any age, just depends on the pattern.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:16 PM   #14
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I agree with skipping the adults. If you want to let them know why, everyone will be understanding and you might be helping them out by taking the burden off buying a gift for you and your DH.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:05 PM   #15
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I feel your pain. Theres' a hole in my exhaust in my car that I'm trying to wait until after Christmas to fix. sigh.

Boys are so hard. But here's some ideas I found that should be fairly cheap to make.

Marshmallow shooter

.http://www.thriftyandthriving.com/20...boys-or-girls/

All kinds of ideas here:

http://www.tipjunkie.com/homemade-gifts/gifts-boys/
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:08 PM   #16
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For your DD you could do a headband holder.

http://lorikocholek.wordpress.com/20...adband-holder/

And here's a headband to go with:

http://oursuburbannest.blogspot.com/...ta-kimble.html
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:49 PM   #17
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Skip nieces, nephews, siblings, amd sibs-in-law. They have their own parents, grandparents, and children to receive gifts from.

We ONLY gift to our own children, our parents (homemade goodies from the kids) and to each other (DH and I), and money is not even tight for us. Much less stressful.

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Old 12-11-2012, 04:24 PM   #18
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I agree on trying to bow out of as many gifts as you can. Often people are relieved regardless of their financial situation, just because it is way less stress. Or instead of a gift, you can say you want them to come over and have a special evening/day of cookies and carols (if they are local).

I did a lego table last year. It was just a heavy old end table I got at a thrift store, and I just superglued for sheets of the flat lego stuff on it. You don't even have to go to a Lego store or special order those any more, you can usually find them at Target/TRU/etc.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:31 PM   #19
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I agree with aiming for focusing only on gifts for the kids - so glad this is what we do on DH side of the family. It's all about the kids, no stress!
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DO not buy for ANY adult that is not your child.
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