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Do you have any suggestions for gifts that don't cost too much?

Gift giving doesn't have to mean drained savings accounts and extra bills. Here are a few gift ideas for not a lot of green:

  • Visit thrift stores like the Salvation Army. Find wild dresses, uniforms, hats, and jewelry. Put these treasures in a decorated cardboard box for games of "dress up."
  • Draw a picture of a special activity you will do with your children, like roller skating. Wrap it up.
  • And what kid wouldn't like to get a coupon saying you will clean their room on demand? Then the next time you nag them to clean their room, they can hand you the coupon.

One of my fondest memories was receiving a small doll. The best part of the gift was when my dad helped me to make a cradle for her out of an oatmeal box. My mom made a blanket from some scrap flannel material and a pillow stuffed with cotton balls.



Written by:
Sandra McKinnon, Family Financial Education Specialist, University of Missouri-Extension
Cynthia E. Crawford, Ph.D., Family Financial Education Specialist, University of Missouri-Extension



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