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Is your ever expanding gift buying list out of control? Simplify your Christmas list by focusing on family gifts, rather than individual gifts. These fun gift ideas will help you cross entire families off your list, while keep your budget firmly intact.

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Museum passes - Score free passes from your local library and treat your loved ones to a fun day out. Consider giving the parents in your life some alone time by whisking their kids off to a museum for the day. If your library doesn't offer free passes, discounted passes can often be found on Groupon, or Plum District.

Cost: FREE

Movie tickets - A four pack of movie tickets costs less than $34 at Costco, Sam's Club and BJs. If you don't have a membership ask a friend to take you, or watch for discounted movie tickets at Groupon and Plum District. Can't afford to spend over $30? Check out other creative ways to get cheap or free movie tickets.

Cost: $34 or less for a family of four

Movie Night- Give the gift of a night in. Redbox, Amazon, and Playstation, and Xbox offer gift cards to pay for the flick. Add some microwave popcorn and/or candy and you've got a great gift.

Cost:$10 ($5 movie rental, $5 snacks)

Game Night- Wrap up a board game with some snacks. Stores offer games as low as $5.00 during the holiday season, or pick one up at a thrift store for even less! Keep your eye out for deals!

Cost: $15 or less

Activity Kit- Put together a cookie decorating kit, or a snowman accessories kit. Cruise the thrift store for cheap supplies! If you're short on time you can purchase ready made kits online.

Cost: under $20

Share Your Talents- Be creative and offer your talents/skills as a gift. Are you an amateur photographer? Offer to take family photos. Graphic designer? Build a family website or help your teenage niece creat a blog. Mechanic? Change the oil in your loved one's car, or offer a tune-up. Services like babysitting, pet sitting, car washing, or housecleaning don't require special skills, but are always appreciated. Love to bake? Make your friends and family their favorite treats.

Cost: FREE



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