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    > Don't know that it will work for you, but I make donations to charity
    > in each person's name and get a token gift at the dollar tree or
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    this is a wonderful idea. How does your family like it?
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    The first year I got some odd looks...but since then everyone has
    seemed to really like it. To the point that some of them have taken
    up contributing on their own.

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    That's the way people always are with changes, eh? Takes them a year or two to
    adjust to the new "tradition". A good reminder for us to be paticient with
    people reactions when they get something they are not expecting!

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    We were exchanging gifts with my neighbor for a while but I called it quit
    when she begun to spending more and more money on my child's gift. I
    couldn't afford to compete anylonger. Now we don't even exchange cards
    anymore Thats an extreme example

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    What our family starting doing is giving each adult in the family gift cards
    in the amount of $30 each. That sets a limit, but gives the other person the
    ability to get more for their money with after Christmas sales. The kids in
    the family are a whole other story though.....LOL
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    lisa, I would love to scale bck and do try but some can afford more for the
    presents than others. I would like to set a $5 min and have ea a home md
    item-give something of yourself. But it does not happen.
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    I am trying to do more and more handmade gifts. I realize that they do not
    "cost" as much as store bought things, but I can give a "bigger" gift if I make
    it myself, then what I can afford, if I am buying it.... for example... I can
    make ponchos and sweaters -- very nice ones. I cannot afford to spend $45.00
    (or more) on something comparable (I'm not talking the wal-mart variety) for
    each person on my list -- but I have a large store of yarn, and can create
    something for them that is personal, and very pretty and useable. There are a
    few people on my list that i know will actually turn their noses up and make a
    big, public stink about how they were cheated out of a "real" gift, when they
    get something handmade, so I'll buy them something smaller. (most people expect
    something handmade from me now, tho). There are others (GRANDFATHERS) that I
    have NO idea what to make for them, so we set a low limit of about $15 - $20
    each. (oh, any suggestions for handmade stuff for a
    Grandpa??)

    ok, that's it for me... lol I look forward to seeing everyone else's responses
    to this, and would LOVE some more ideas!
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