If your children are older, give them money for Christmas. Then, take them shopping the day after Christmas. They can get twice as much for the money and get anything they want for themselves. I once knew a family who had six children, and this is how they handled the holiday. It worked very well.
I bake cookies and make cereal snack mix, put them in a container and place money on top for my young, unmarried grandsons who are starting out on their own. Then they know that Grandma sent some special love with the gift.
As a traditionalist, I like giving gifts but find its not always possible with teenage kids. They want things that they must be apart of picking out or things that are way beyond the budget. If I don't have a good heads up on the "wants" then giving a Visa gift card is what they get. This way, they can use the card for whatever they want wherever they want...locally, or online.
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