I know it sounds weird to say birthdays are part of the Christmas budget. But we have 6 birthdays to buy for during the fall/winter that I build into the Christmas budget and add to my shopping list.
1. Nephew - 13 years old
3. Nephew - 9 years old
4. Best Friend's 3 year old daughter
5. Best Friend's 6 year old son
6. Best Friend's 9 year old daughter
I budgeted $25 for each of these gifts, total of $150. But here's the new plan:
1. 13 year old nephew - $20 Laser Quest Gift Card (2 games cost $17, but that's a weird amount so I'm rounding up to $20)
2. Brother-in-law - Normally I would get him a $25 gift card to a restaurant. But this year, I'm going to get him a 6 pack of his favorite beer. Anyways $12 should be more than enough for this.
3. 9 year old Nephew - This one's hard. We don't ever see him. He was adopted when he was an infant (Long, Long story.) He was adopted along with his older brother by a family that lives about 40 minutes away. His older brother comes to visit a couple times a year, but since this nephew was adopted right after he was born, he doesn't know our family well except for my husbands' parents. But I still feel like we should send him a birthday present. $20 cash in a card = $22.
4, 5, 6. My Best Friend's Kids - My friend really struggles financially. She is the only friend that we actually buy gifts for her kids but I want to help her out some. I already bought her 3 year old a Crayola Color Wonder Sound Studio that I bought on sale at K-Mart for $11. I think if I watch for some good sales I can keep each of their gifts to $15 or less.
New Total - $95, $55 or more savings.