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10 ways to spend little or nothing at all

From The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin, December 9, 2003

Here are 10 ways to spend little or nothing on holiday gifts, from

Look through your (and your kids') old clothes, cut out squares of fabrics they will remember and make a little wall hanging, pillow or stuffed toy.

Give something you don't use anymore: a sweater that you only wore once, a set of drinking glasses you forgot you owned.

Give baby-sitting coupons to new parents.

Buy a used book and, on the inside cover, explain why you chose the book for that person.

If you are skilled in a particular area, offer a lesson or class.

Make a soothing herb pillow, filled with lavender, rose, etc.

Fill an old trunk or suitcase with fun clothing, hats and gaudy jewelry for your children to play dress-up.

Give away a valued possession.

Make a mixed cassette tape, or CD, and choose songs that make you think of that person.

Videotape and interview your elderly parents about childhood memories, how they met, etc., and give to siblings or children.

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