Budget-Friendly Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Kids

NinjamenIt's stressful enough when your kids have a holiday wish list that reads like an alphabet soup of pricey, high-tech gadgets that aren't within your budget to begin with. What's worse is breaking down and running up your credit card balance buying the Xbox, DS, or iYouNameIt at the last minute because you couldn't think of better gift alternatives in your price range.

For those who are doing their Christmas shopping on a tight budget, here are some ideas for lower-cost presents guaranteed to wow the little (and not so little) ones this holiday.

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The BEST Christmas gift this Holiday Season is a Pen Fishing Rod from www.penfishingrods.com
It's a cleverly fabricated miniature fishing rod disguised as a Pen. It's only 7¾" closed or 4' 9" which is 57" in length when fully opened & comes with your choice of 8 different reels ranging from the world's smallest fly fishing reel to an equally fabulously designed variety of spinning reels both front & rear drag.

December 20 2011 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A better gift that will last forever. Download THE ADVENTURES OF DUC at amazon/kindle books on thier new ebook reader. Great story. Read story description, see for your self.

December 20 2011 at 12:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Anyone who is doing the majority of their Christmas shopping in December is wasting dollars by the cubic ton...seriously, shop in January, stash items in a large plastic tote, buy whenyou see good sales, and finish your shopping by July. I've done this for years and love not having any stress personally or in my budget. You do NOT have to give each person the latest trend. There is no prize given out to shoppers who always bag the latest big deal. Maybe a few last minute items if you absolutely must have whatever is this year's rage but remember, the person you are gifting isn't going to be anywhere near as impressed with you as you are with yourself. The most thoughtful gift is one that pleases the recipient without you having to stiff your landlord this month. December shopping should be for food items & not much else.

December 20 2011 at 11:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What can I get a 11 year old (boy) nowadays? I have no clue as to what to get since he seems to have just about everything...

December 20 2011 at 10:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

...These were HORRIBLE ideas! COME ON... half of them were over twenty bucks~ Then, we go to the other end...a box of crayons? I can think of THAT ONE...Dang. Whoever wrote this one better go back to the drawing board....probably would give His and Hers chickens as a gift.

December 20 2011 at 10:12 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Hi BoBo

well if they are made in china i will not buy one, i only buy americans , end keep the americanss worker working

December 20 2011 at 10:10 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Love the budget ideas for this lean season! The donut maker is a awesome idea, even if we shouldn't encourage donuts on a regular basis, once in a while shouldn't hurt! The card kit seems a tad bit overpriced, we signed up for Santa is Calling Me. Love the idea of giving kids things like Uno, Pick Up Sticks, Dominoes, and Marbles (the old school toys are still a fave in our house!). We've already made the Ninjabread men this season, boys love that for a new holiday tradition, hopefully we'll be ready for SnapCircuits next year!

December 19 2011 at 4:11 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Budget-friendly. Ha! Isn't that a laugh? Those of us that actually work have to be mindful of a budget when all the scum on welfare get their Christmas presents for free.

December 19 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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This scum was on welfare for 11/2 years after finally leaving the man who was beating me. I got nothing for free. I do, however, know of several families who work and still need assistance in providing extras for their children at holiday time. Just maybe instead of sounding so hateful you could ask for some help yourself.
Then again, maybe you could disconnect from the internet and use that money for other things.

December 20 2011 at 8:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These are really helpful suggestions. Thanks!

December 19 2011 at 11:26 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply