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  1. #1
    pseuzanne
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    Default Christmas panic

    I'm a full-time student, and child support is my only income right

    now, so needless to say my budget is tight. However, I'm determined

    NOT to go into debt (other than my school loans - for tuition only)

    before I graduate. Here's where the panic sets in. I have 6 people

    to buy for at Christmas (mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, 2-year-

    old daughter, wonderful daycare provider)...not alot, but

    nevertheless it adds up. I'm looking for suggestions for inexpensive

    presents that SEEM like they cost alot more money! Unfortunately, I

    haven't had time this year to acquire free samples, peruse many yard

    sales, or earn gift cards via online companies. And, I have very

    limited time in my schedule to shop, so my normal bargain-hunting is

    a bit curtailed. With all that said, do you have any suggestions for

    the following people/interests?



    Mom - 60 years old, likes reading, travel, New England, clothes

    Dad - 60 years old, likes motorcycling, cooking, photography

    Brother - 40 years old, likes ice hockey, gardening, eclectic music

    Sister-in-Law - 48? years old, likes reading, art, eclectic music

    Daughter - 2 years old, likes reading, crafts, ride-on toys

    Daycare - 40-something, don't really know her personal interests,

    very down-to-earth person



    Help!



    Thanks,

    Suzanne








  2. #2
    Jocelyn D.
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    I understand about not having funds or time.



    My son's one on one assistant at school likes to read

    and when my son asked her what she would like to get

    as a present, she said literature. I do not like

    buying books for others because you never know what

    others have read or would want to read.



    So, I have a medium basket (church sale), wild colored

    coffee cup (church sale), Box of spiced Tea ($2),

    Bookmarks (homemade), Autism pin and bracelet ($5) and

    $10 gift certificate to the book store.



    If you day care worker is at home, give her a potted

    aloe vera plant - good for burns.



    You still have time to break up houseplants and get

    them rooted and growing into their own pots. I have a

    marriage enrichment group that I belong to that I am

    going to break my aloe vera into pretty pots or wild

    coffee cups. I need to write a little note about how

    aloe vera heals and how in a marriage we always need

    to heal ourselves and each other - sort of tie the

    theme together. Except for the pots and a bag of

    potting soil, I have gifts for 8 couples right there.

    I will probably get something else like a nice candle

    from the dollar store to go with it. But with so many

    couples, I cannot make the packages too big.



    Teachers and day care workers always need to spoil

    themselves. What about a Cd of relaxation music,

    coffee mug, box of spiced tea, pair of cotton gloves,

    moisturizer, candle all in a basket - all from the

    dollar store. (or better from a church sale or yard

    sale - just be careful not to collect to many things -

    it gets expensive quickly.)



    For your readers, have your daughter color bookmarks.

    maybe draw an outline in their favorite themes and let

    her color them (of course they are not "perfect",

    neither is my coloring) but that is why it would be

    perfect, it is her artwork. Cover them with clear

    contact paper or shipping tape to protect the art and

    keep the bookmark from ripping. add a yarn florish

    and you have fancy bookmarks.



    Your mom and sister in law might like the same type of

    spoil yourself basket at the day care worker. If you

    are that tight on funds, they will understand. Maybe,

    if you find more expensive goodies, you can tuck them

    into the basket wrapped separately or unwrapped.



    brother and dad, instead of a basket, a bucket with

    motorcyle - sponge, polishing cloth, small tool kit -

    (all from $ store)

    Gardener - leather garden gloves (I have an add for

    $0.99 for full leather garden gloves. not at the $1

    store but same price.) plant markers - I have seen a

    lot of garden tools and decorations at the dollar

    store, many are girly, but not all.



    Check out Freecycle, craigslist to see what people are

    giving away.



    Take care.



    Beckyh

    --- pseuzanne <pseuzanne@yahoo.com> wrote:





    >

    > Mom - 60 years old, likes reading, travel, New

    > England, clothes

    > Dad - 60 years old, likes motorcycling, cooking,

    > photography

    > Brother - 40 years old, likes ice hockey, gardening,

    > eclectic music

    > Sister-in-Law - 48? years old, likes reading, art,

    > eclectic music

    > Daughter - 2 years old, likes reading, crafts,

    > ride-on toys

    > Daycare - 40-something, don't really know her

    > personal interests,

    > very down-to-earth person

    >

    > Help!

    >

    > Thanks,

    > Suzanne

    >

    >





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  3. #3
    herberkids3
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    I would recemmend a book on Travel for your mother- perhaps one

    about New England?



    For your dad, maybe a framed picture of a motorcycle? Or a magazine

    subscription about Motorcycles?



    Your brother- ...not really sure, honestly.



    Sister-in-law- a book & maybe some candy she likes? Or a treat?



    Daughter- peruse the dollar store, get some coloring books, crayons,

    then spend about $20 on a ride-on toy (that's what the cheaper ones

    tend to cost- or ask around on a freecycle or buy/sell group about

    buying/getting one). She's 2, she's never going to remember what you

    got her, so it's a good year to skimp. She'll love anything you get

    her.



    Daycare provider- make up a plate of goodies- some homemade cookies,

    a sprinkling of hershey's kisses (use the rest for your daughter's

    stocking), and a candy cane or two. Not great, but appreciated.





    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "pseuzanne" <pseuzanne@...> wrote:

    >

    >

    > Mom - 60 years old, likes reading, travel, New England, clothes

    > Dad - 60 years old, likes motorcycling, cooking, photography

    > Brother - 40 years old, likes ice hockey, gardening, eclectic music

    > Sister-in-Law - 48? years old, likes reading, art, eclectic music

    > Daughter - 2 years old, likes reading, crafts, ride-on toys

    > Daycare - 40-something, don't really know her personal interests,

    > very down-to-earth person

    >

    > Help!

    >

    > Thanks,

    > Suzanne

    >










  4. #4
    sandy miller
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    Default Christmas panic

    How about gift baskets for everyone.For example:
    a reading basket would include a book,a neat coffee cup,an inexpensive small bag of flavored coffee(tea,cocoa mix),a cross word puzzle book with a neat pen,a votive candle holder with a votive in it and a music cd.All of this(or most all of it can be bought at a dollar store.If the store does not have baskets,use another decorative holder.
    For your brother(since he likes gardening),you can alot of the time find gardening tools,etc. on clearance.And even maybe find seeds on clearance.Make him up a gardening gift basket or tin that can be used also to put his tools in.
    For a cooking basket for your father,you can find some neat cooking utensils(and sometimes even on clearance).Also you might be able to find a cookbook or two at the dollar store.Go online and search for gift jar recipes.you can make him up a couple of gift jars and put in the basket.You might also include a couple of neat potholders.
    For your daycare
    provider,make a relax basket with candle holder and a candle,a coffee cup and again some kind of hot drink,a puzzle book with a neat pen and a music cd.
    For your little one-make her a craft basket with coloring books,crayons,markers(the washable kind),blank paper for her to draw on,etc.In the craft areas,you can find some neat and fun craft kits and for not alot of money.Alot of the stores right now have clearance on all school supplies.You can buy a plastic tub to hold all this in for storage that she will be able to lift on her own.
    Again most all of these things can be bought at a dollar store and you should be able to make up each basket for anywhere from 10.00 to 20.00 each and it will look like you spent alot of time in thought and choosing.
    Hope this helps.
    Sandy

    pseuzanne <pseuzanne@yahoo.com> wrote: I'm a full-time student, and child support is my only income right
    now, so needless to say my budget is tight. However, I'm determined
    NOT to go into debt (other than my school loans - for tuition only)
    before I graduate. Here's where the panic sets in. I have 6 people
    to buy for at Christmas (mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, 2-year-
    old daughter, wonderful daycare provider)...not alot, but
    nevertheless it adds up. I'm looking for suggestions for inexpensive
    presents that SEEM like they cost alot more money! Unfortunately, I
    haven't had time this year to acquire free samples, peruse many yard
    sales, or earn gift cards via online companies. And, I have very

    limited time in my schedule to shop, so my normal bargain-hunting is
    a bit curtailed. With all that said, do you have any suggestions for
    the following people/interests?

    Mom - 60 years old, likes reading, travel, New England, clothes
    Dad - 60 years old, likes motorcycling, cooking, photography
    Brother - 40 years old, likes ice hockey, gardening, eclectic music
    Sister-in-Law - 48? years old, likes reading, art, eclectic music
    Daughter - 2 years old, likes reading, crafts, ride-on toys
    Daycare - 40-something, don't really know her personal interests,
    very down-to-earth person

    Help!

    Thanks,
    Suzanne

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  5. #5
    Anggie Thompson
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    Try magazine subscriptions from Best Deal Magazines. I&#39;ve used them for years and the prices are getting cheaper. I get the hard to buy for people on my list subscriptions. I get my son&#39;s friend Sporting News. Years ago it was like $13, now I can renew it for $4.69 for a whole year. Can&#39;t beat that! They don&#39;t unwrap anything, but you can be creative with how to present the gift.

    --
    Anggie
    Fight Breast cancer......no one should die from it


  6. #6
    Joanna Anders
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    Suzanne, You could buy them each a book that matches up to their interests or hobby. I love to order books from EdwardRHamilton.com. They sell all kinds of books, for extremely cheap, and ship for a flat media rate of $3 and some change. If you wanted to take it a little further, put the book in a bag with a couplepacks of hot chocolate, coffee,or a candle. Just a thought.

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  7. #7
    yoledgerwood@bellsouth.net
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    How about gift certificates from www.restaurant.com? They sell $25 GC for $6

    everyday; if you wait until closer to Christmas, they usually offer sales

    (50-75% off making them $1.50-$3 each). They are good for a year and you print

    them directly from your computer. You can enter their zip code and it will tell

    you all restaurants in the area.



    HTH - Yolonda






  8. #8
    Cynthia Lau-Work @Home United
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    Maybe you could have a dinner for them. For Christmas you could wrap a fancy

    invitation you printed on your computer. They would probably be pleased to have

    dinner cooked for them, and to spend time for you. They love you, know your

    circumstances, and should understand. I have done this when I had three babies

    at home at the same time! I have also told my dad that I would bring him desert

    once a month. I might make cookies, a lemon pie (his favorite) or tapioca

    pudding (another favorite), or maybe a loaf of bread. This was nice for him,

    didn't cost much for me, and didn't take much time. Maybe you could make coupon

    books for things you and your child could do each month for them. Go run

    errands, drop off a payment, go to the store, walk the dog, etc. I have never

    had anyone complain. Good luck! Cindy



    www.WorkAtHomeUnited.com/CindyLau








 

 
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