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Posted 1/6/16

PeripheralVisionary wrote:

I apologize and let them hit me like the mangina I am.


I would hug you if I was your Brother, because you tried and that's really what counts.

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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

I apologize and let them hit me like the mangina I am.


Is that your legit answer?
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I'd probably make an agreement with them that no gifts will be exchanged this year, beforehand.
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Steal something.
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Borrow money
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Posted 1/6/16

QuietlyLoud wrote:

So in school recently, we had to read "The Gift of the Magi" which was basically about a woman who only had two dollars to give her husband a Christmas present, so she cut off her hair and sold it to get more money.
Anyways, this got me thinking...

What would you do if you only had two dollars to give your husband/wife a birthday/Christmas present?


During a rough patch, I, like the characters, used to be on Food Stamps at one point, which made presents that were re-gifting old yard sale items (eg. old DVD's that I'd replaced with Blu's, for family members that didn't do a lot of Amazon shopping) pretty much out of the question.

It was around that time that I discovered, if I could do more shopping at the grocery than at the mall, that left a huge wide range of options for what can be assembled:
Even now that I can afford actual presents, it's still a tradition that I surprise my extended family's Christmas with some experimental item out of the holiday-entertaining recipe book--
It started the one poverty-stricken year that I discovered a $1.50 can of condensed milk, a covered glass bowl, a shake of cinnamon and chili powder, and three hours in the crockpot could produce a jar of Dulce De Leche Mexican-caramel sauce (that would normally cost upwards of $7.50 at the local snooty-foods boutique), and went all the way up to last year, where the Coconut and Almond-encrusted Thumbprint Cookies with Raspberry-Jam Filling went over very well.
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That would be enough to get just enough high quality paper to make a handmade pop-up card. Perhaps if I maximize the cuteness I will be saved.
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At least I know she can't afford a divorce lawyer with it.
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get them their favorite candy bar
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Posted 1/7/16
a lotto ticket...
Posted 1/7/16
I'll just give my husbando the two dollars in cash or buy something that costs two dollars
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I've been in that position.

We spent the day doing fun things with each other and the kids. We went sledding, built snowmen, drank hot coco around a bonfire .....

My kids still remember that year.
Posted 1/7/16
Hmm... My gf really likes plushies so as cheap as it sounds I would buy her a plushy.
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Buy two taco's at Taco Bell and give them one. Hey, I'm hungry too!

All joking aside If I didn't have money then I'd have to find a way to make them something or at least a card, maybe a video, anything that's from the heart to let them know that no amount of money could ever buy a good enough gift to express how much I truly loved them.
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Posted 1/7/16 , edited 1/7/16

Dariamus wrote:

I've been in that position.

We spent the day doing fun things with each other and the kids. We went sledding, built snowmen, drank hot coco around a bonfire .....

My kids still remember that year.


Remember when you were a kid, and you couldn't afford to give your parents anything for Christmas except fun-experience "gift certificates"?

Cheap, but still effective.
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