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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    It's somewhat hard for me to get X-Mas gifts. I do mail Christmas cards every year since most of my family are Catholic or Christians, but I do keep a look out for generalized cards. Some that have Santa, things like that, or some that say 'Happy Holidays' instead of the generic 'Merry Christmas.' This year I am being crafty. I am knitting my nephew a wool blanket in seven colors. I also get him a Dr. Seuss book every year. I am making my parents a scrapbook. I am getting my sister and her husband a gift card. I am also getting one of my friends a gift card as well. This year is just going to be hard. Anyway, that is what I plan to do for X-Mas.
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    The state-funded museums had a book sale this weekend, where they put up a lot of the unsold books from the museum gift shops on sale at steeply reduced prices. I got a few gifts for H's family there (who are all intellectuals and incredibly hard to buy/make gifts for).

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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    Quote Originally Posted by DanieMarie View Post
    The state-funded museums had a book sale this weekend, where they put up a lot of the unsold books from the museum gift shops on sale at steeply reduced prices. I got a few gifts for H's family there (who are all intellectuals and incredibly hard to buy/make gifts for).
    That was lucky, museum books are great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    That was lucky, museum books are great!
    I saw it on Facebook! Finally, following the state museums on Facebook paid off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalynraye View Post
    So KP has decided he wants to do handmade gifts this year and I don't know what to make him. As I said before I'm not very crafty and though we like make food items and liquor for other people its really not something I want to make for him. So please keep the ideas coming.
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    Buy pocket knife. Engrave his name on the handle.

    oooh....thi might be a good idea for the "from the kids to daddy" gift
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    My wife wants a low table/cabinet to put plants on in the library and wants four doors for storage in it. I will be trying to make it for her.
    I installed two lights in the ceiling in the library because it didn't have ceiling lights at all. Now it can be used as a classroom. I repainted it with the colors my wife chose. So those are our yule gifts to each other this year.

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    The V.A. had a toy drive for the children of veterans. I was able to pick up Jean-Luc a few cool things. I got him this huge Tobka dump truck, a puzzle floor mat, and same gadget that does colors and shapes.....I'm not sure what it does, really.

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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    I got my parents and brother all a resqme. It cost me ten bucks a piece and cuts seat belts and easily breaks car windows In case you are in an accident and the car catches fire and you can't get out, or if you end up in the water. Fits right on a key chain.

    I also got them a few other things. My mom the first four seasons of the good wife, which she said she wanted months ago cause she's missed episodes. My dad I got a history channel box set that is like 17 DVDs worth of History Channel shows I know he missed. Probably a video game for my brother. I couldn't help but buy myself an eye of Horus necklace, for 9 bucks, while I was at it, as I'm not asking for anything but gift cards from them so I can pool it with money I get from my grandparents every year and buy one of the new versions of the Nintendo 3DS.

    I'm actually excited for Christmas this year as I took myself out of the gift giving pool the last few years, cause I didn't want to save for it. At first I figured I would be rewarded with something nice, like I bought it myself, if I participated, but since, I've been reminded how nice it is to think back on things they've shown interest in, and give them something they might enjoy. I've found I really enjoy that. It's the spirit of giving I guess.

    Plus I won't have to spend another Christmas all depressed, while I watch them get gifts they really want while I just get small things like socks and scratch off lottery tickets.

    Thanks for putting up with my somewhat off topic post.

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