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Give Great Holiday Gifts that Cost $10 or Less


Looking for an inexpensive but fun gift and have no idea where to begin? Here are some ideas to get you started. And best of all, they fit a variety of giving situations, from hostess gifts to presents for hard-to-please relatives to your Secret Santa pick at the office.

Video: Alternative Gift Exchanges

Jeff Yeager

Do you feel like you spend more and more on Christmas each year? Well, you can cut holiday spending and still get the satisfaction of gift-giving this holiday season. The Ultimate Cheapskate gives us ten frugal alternatives to traditional (typically pricey) gift exchanges.

Last Minutes Gifts Under $10

Shari Smith

Quick! Do you need some last minute gifts that will please the recipients? Look no further than your own cupboards and shelves. You might already have the items for these clever gift ideas.

Gifts & Greetings

Marlene Alexander

Have a large collection of holiday cards but no system of organization for them? What's the best way to organize your stash so they are easily accessible. And while we're at it, what about all the other accoutrements associated with gift-giving? Wouldn't it be nice to have all of the needed supplies in one place? Well, look no further! We have some great ideas for you.

Gift Giving in a Bad Economy

Teena M. Stewart

November and December are a time of feasting and giving to others in abundance. For many of us, this overflow of goodwill highlights the plight of the less fortunate who may not have means to celebrate the holidays in this fashion. This year, maybe things aren't as prosperous due to the economy. Though finances may dictate frugal holiday spending, we can still reach out to those with less. Here are some ideas for giving to others.

Cash Strapped Christmas

Chantal King

Think how happy you will be when the holidays are over, everyone has gone home, and you realize you don't have any outstanding bills. Conquer a cash-strapped Christmas by giving yourself the gift of a holiday budget, and you'll be debt-free when you welcome in the New Year.

5 Fab Gifts

Ruth Schiffmann

If you're feeling a pinch in your pocketbook as the holidays approach, try giving gifts that are big on heart and small on cost. These five gifts under $5 aim to please while keeping you from feeling the squeeze.

Frugal Holiday

Reader Solutions

Money tight? That's okay. You can still afford a great Christmas with these frugal holiday gift ideas.

Save Money on Holiday Cards

Loralee Leavitt

Cards don't have to be fancy or expensive. No matter what you send, your friends will appreciate hearing from you. So don't let the cost of cards keep you from wishing your friends a happy holiday. Send inexpensive cards to everybody on your list and keep the rest of your money where it belongs, namely in your pocket.

Avoiding Office Gift Drawings

Reader Solutions

Does the thought of the office gift exchange leave you feeling a little buried? Here are some delicate ways to let your co-workers know that you'd rather not participate without coming across as a Scrooge.

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