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Take advantage of buy one free one free sales, especailly on board games that they both can play. Double the fun for half the cost. I agree with the clearance sales and dollar stores....you can find great deals.

I just bought a bunch of books for our kids at the dollar store that are perfect for their stocking.
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Thanks everyone for all the ideas!

They're really into craft stuff, so maybe I can wrap up different craft supplies all separately. I can save a gift they really want that costs a little more for their "Santa" present.
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She's still only asked for one thing for Christmas ever, a $10 Mickey Mouse, last year. Here's hoping for more low-budget Christmases at my house!

I wish that my niece was that way. Everytime that she sees a commercial for a new toy she wants to add it to her christmas list that is already a mile long.
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If they're into crafts then that can be a great way to get a lot of things for a little. Also look at garage sales. Sometimes you can find great deals there. Our library is having a book sale this weekend. If your library has book sales you can usually find books and movies cheap.
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This may or may not make you feel better. Better, I hope. My husband used to work double shifts before Christmas so our 7 kids could have a nice Christmas. There were two years in a row,we had no money at all for gifts. I think I g ot t hem boxes of candy. And we managed a nice meal for Christmas dinner.

For years this has hurt me every time I thought of it, until two of my adult kids, at different times, were reminiscing and told me what they remember about those two Christmases were sitting together on Christmas eve and singing Christmas songs. None of them have any negative feelings about it.

So, I'm sure your children will enjoy the day even if their gifts aren't as expensive as they usually are.

Make Christmas eve and Christmas day so special in other ways they won't mind.

With the economy as it is right now, I'm sure there are many in this same situation. This too shall pass.

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Oriental Trading has craft supplies at pretty good prices.

Also, I told my kids after last Christmas that this year was going to be even leaner because of the economy. They are 13 and 15, but I'm sure they will still feel somewhat dismayed by a smaller amount of gifts. What I'm going to try and do is wrap each gift in several boxes one inside the other and have riddles for them to solve to draw out the unwrapping process. I'm even going to have some homemade Christmas word searches and crossword puzzles on the tops of the boxes that they'll have to complete before they can open them.

I think that spending time together far outweighs the importance of the gifts, but then I'm not 13 or 15 anymore. When I was a kid, gifts were definitely a big thing. As long as you make everything they receive special either by how its wrapped or whatever, I think that you'll give them wonderful Christmas memories to remember for a very long time.

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Dollar stores have come a looonnggg way..20 bucks and ur loaded!
was gonna say that!!!
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