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Problem with kids

I have 2 kids - 1 is a boy and he's 8 & one is a girl who's 11. I've been trying to not spend so much money this year, but because they usually get so much stuff, I don't know how they'll react to getting less.

They like to see all the packages under the tree, but don't know if I'll be able to do that this year. Any ideas on cheaper gifts that they might enjoy?
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Checkout all the clearance stuff right now for the end of summer. The stores are moving out alot of there slow moving stuff right now and will be getting the newest things in for christmas time. This is a great way to find deals on some stuff. It really just depends what you're kids are into right now. I found my nieces and nephews alot of stuff this way last year but this year they like different things that I can't find deals on.
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Check out thrift stores too, they often have new items on sale for a fraction of what they would cost new.

Also consider buying several small gifts rather than one or two big ones. They will most likely be happier with the large pile of gifts rather than the large price tag.
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If you want them to have lots of gifts to open, then I would wrap everything by itself.
Example: An outfit with shirt and pants, wrap them separately. CD's or DVD's, more than one, wrap separatly. New gloves, wrap each one separately.

Gifts don't have to cost alot to bring a smile to the recipient. Listen to their conversations and you may hear about some simple item they wished they had and get it for Christmas.
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I would definitely agree with wrapping everything separately. My daughter is 9 and she has told me herself she'd rather have lots of small gifts than just one big gift. I think for kids(and adults!) unwrapping is part of the fun. Children are smarter than we think,I don't think come Christmas morning you will have any complaints about lack of gifts. But my DD9 loves stationary,hair accessories,jewellery etc and I tend to fill out her gifts this way. Also I buy as I go along so it's not such a big shock in December.
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Dollar stores have come a looonnggg way..20 bucks and ur loaded!
I agree with this! A couple of years ago I went to the Dollar Tree and they had a 4 ft stocking for a buck, I bought that and then bought 15 different items (15 bucks), filled up that big stocking spending only a total of $16.00 for the gift. My grand kids eyes lit up when they saw that big stocking flowing with presents. It seemed to be their favorite present over the other one item gifts that cost more.

There are lots of good ideas listed here and I am sure your kids will have a great Christmas!
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Take them down and have them help serve a meal at the local homeless shelter or food bank or visit shut-ins at the retirement village... they'll be much more appreciative of whatever gifts they get.
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DD is only four, but my plan for future Christmases is that she'll make her list in order of importance to her. My $ limit is $100 for gifts & $25 for stocking, so whatever I can get that's high on her wish list I will. Otherwise, grandparents can buy for her or she'll have to "make do" with what she gets and be grateful.

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!
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