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Posted 11/24/2012 by LindaBabe54 in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 11/24/2012 5:38:08 AM
My favorite newsletter comes from Mary Hunt, the Everyday Cheapskate. I LOVED this scrapbook related post this week.

Everyday Cheapskate on Gift giving


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Posted: 11/24/2012 5:52:01 AM
TFS this! LOVED it!

Had no idea Mary Hunt had a website, read her column every month and always learn something.
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Posted: 11/24/2012 9:21:07 AM
I wish I could get my family to go for something like this. Every year, it's sweaters and books, neither of which are things I enjoy giving or getting. I wish I could give them handmade things and have them appreciate them. But they don't, so sweaters it is.
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Posted: 11/24/2012 11:56:34 AM
I love this. One year we could not give over $5.00 and you should seen the wonderful gifts we all found in that price range. Lovely story. Christmas is not about going broke.

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Posted: 11/24/2012 12:01:51 PM
What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing this way of giving!

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Posted: 11/24/2012 12:05:45 PM
Thanks for sharing. That is wonderful. I am blessed with a family who puts no pressure on gift giving but I often pick up on the stress of others. It's so pointless and often ruins the joy of giving.

My family has a tradition where we draw names and we have to make the gift. Some of us have more time or more talent at various things but the gift are often wonderful expressions of the giver. One of my very favorite gifts I ever got in this exchange was from my youngest brother. It is a gingerbread man cut out of wood with a little face painted on it. It can not have taken him long to make but it has so much of my brother's personality in it. I just love it!

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Posted: 11/25/2012 2:05:16 AM

Thanks for sharing. What a creative idea for a gift exchange. It sounds like a lot of fun!


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Posted: 11/25/2012 8:39:36 AM
What a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing it.I truly believe that hand made gifts are the best and certainly mean the most. Very inspiring!


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Posted: 11/25/2012 9:33:35 AM
I just got an evite to my extended family's annual christmas party. Seriously like 10 minutes ago. In the info about the party we were instructed (each adult and teen) to bring a gift of $25 OR more. Now I know this stems from last years christmas party when one family (it seemed to everyone else) brought "white elephant" items. Which would have been fine if that was what we were doing. But I thought $25! That's $50 for my husband and I! And we were encouraged to bring a gift for each of the kids who are not old enough to participate in the gift exchange game. We are a young family with 2 kids (5 & 2).
I read this article and promised myself that I was going to make more handmade gifts this year. Pinterest is overflowing with handmade gift ideas.
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Posted: 11/25/2012 11:48:09 AM
She is a fascinating lady. I used to read/follow her methods and somehow i got off track. I'm going to check out the link you posted and most likely share it with my teenage son!

ETA: OK, read it...quick read, and LOVED it! I bet it made for a ton of fun conversation at their party! Maybe I could ease everyone into it, by doing it as a "bonus", and eventually set a gift giving limit to go along with the "Imaginary" gift! Thanks for the link. I re-subscribed to Mary's newsletter too!

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Posted: 11/25/2012 12:06:50 PM
I would love for our extended family to set real expectations on holiday gift giving. It does become stressful and in my opinion takes the fun out of the holidays. I would so love to do a cookie exchange with each family and save the gift giving for the children.
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