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    Due to financial constrants this year we are unable to buy the kids any substantial Christmas presents. My youngest (he's 14) suggested that we do a secret santa within the family instead. So we have agreed on a value - $10 and have drawn names out of the hat (well, saucepan actually :yes) Now I just need ideas as to what to get OH that costs no more than $10. Any ideas??
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    Went to a craft fair yesterday, and on one stall they were selling "Belly Button Brushes" .. $2!

    Hmmm .. now, what can you buy for $8?
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    What about something typically kiwi to celebrate your first Christmas downunder? If you look down the page there's ideas to accommodate both you and Adrian. You'll be tickled to death - literally.

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    Based on what little I know of Adrian, I'd recommend a gift certificate for his favorite coffee house. Not long lasting, though.

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    Hammer Hardware are doing space rockets for 8.00. The package includes your very own launcher and two big rockets (toy ones silly). They're brilliant fun and go for miles! I know because I've been test-firing them all day at work!

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    Sounds like fun ...How do you get away with playing with rockets at work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kokopeli View Post
    Hammer Hardware are doing space rockets for 8.00. The package includes your very own launcher and two big rockets (toy ones silly). They're brilliant fun and go for miles! I know because I've been test-firing them all day at work!
    Should that be $8??
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    I happen to think sometimes you can find some nifty little things at the two dollar stores. I found some nice New Zealand calendars to send friends back home, and they are not too big. Also found a pocket/purse sized calendar/planner that I bought for myself. Great for writing in appointments and birthdays. Saw a bag of combs there, which I may go back and get for my partner. Seems a lot of kiwi men aren't familiar with those emplements, here, . Not real personal gifts, but that isn't the point in this situation.

    In years past, when money was tight in my family, we went for a "family gift". Granted, it would be something along the lines of a computer program or game, but there could also be things that wouldn't cost all that much, that everyone could enjoy. What about a "movie night"? Use the money to rent DVDs, have popcorn, etc., as a family.

    Or: the ultimate in giving - donate the money to a good cause, to those who have less than you do, or help out a person who is really struggling and dealing with some devastating disease or trauma. (We did that one year at the hospital where I worked, instead of doing the $5 Secret Santa and getting a bunch of junk, we all contributed the money to a family in need as their "Secret Santa". The chaplain helped us out with that one, and we didn't know who the family was, and they didn't know where the money came from, but we did know it was a family of someone who worked at the hospital, so it was "in the family" and it really made us feel good. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickydwuk View Post
    Should that be $8??
    Yes it should. Old typing habits die hard......

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    Quote Originally Posted by selchie View Post
    Sounds like fun ...How do you get away with playing with rockets at work?
    And.....?

    Come on, spill the beans. You're not a closet rocket scientist, are you?
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