Anne - posted on 12/06/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )
I would love to hear ways you have used to stretch your Gift Budget. Remember that a Gift of Time that "does not cost money" is often the most Extravagant" you can give.
In our family for the kids that read we have an envelope on the tree (If you do not do a tree you could find somewhere that works for your family) giving a clue to where to look for either the next clue or the gift. The clues can either be wrapped or just another piece of paper. Either way it is a fun way to make the "gift" giving last longer with out spending more money. We usually do 3 clues that will lead to the gift. for the children that do not read we have used pictures either cut from magazines or drawn. Now with the internet and "clip art" so easy to find you could use pictures from the computer.
The clues should be kept simple according to the age of the child. Our daughters were 21 and 25 years old the last time we did this. Because both girls were older we made the clues relate to them as a team to solve one set of clues to find matching gifts.