Thankgiving, I try to get myself invited to the in-laws for dinner. Mom-in-law is a great cook, and I'm not. Hubby and son won't eat gravy at home unless they see me take it out of a can and heat it up. Pies? I'm ruining one as we speak.
I save all the gifts I get but don't like and re-gift it. Frenchy's and the Salvation Army have new stuff sometimes too. Just kidding. (Although, the S.A. on Green St. gets their stuff from the South End where all the rich people live. I got a pair of Versace jeans there with the labels still on them for $8 Cdn. If you have really good hunter/gatherer skills there are deals to be had. Waste not, want not.)
I try not to spend more than $30 on everyone except hubby, parents and son. Parents get gift certificates to restaurants. No one in my family is lacking for material goods. One really nice, useful inexpensive gift is enough, use your imagination. I have enough stuff too. The stores here were putting out the Christmas crap before Halloween. Gift certificates for carrots for the horses and booze for me is good. The only things I want for Christmas is World Peace, an end to World hunger, more money, more customers, my own Unit, a pink Cadillac, a bigger flash card for my camera and an italian charm bracelet. But, I don't want any bugs for Christmas, except for the Christmas Spider on my tree.
DON'T FORGET YOUR LOCAL FOOD BANK AND ANIMAL SHELTERS. COATS FOR KIDS AND THE SALVATION ARMY WHEN YOU GET NEW STUFF AND NEED ROOM IN THE CLOSET Please don't buy anyone pets for Christmas unless you know they are willing and capable of looking after the animal properly. Christmas puppies, kittens etc., are more than a one-day commitement.