Sign up for daily deal sites to receive daily emails about a wide range of family-friendly discounted items. This is a great way to buy practical and popular gifts for about half the price. Daily deal sites can also spark some creative gift giving ideas that you might not have thought of otherwise.
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Instead of buying for your sister, brother-in-law, their kids, your other sister and her family, draw names to buy one larger gift for one person. Use the good old pick a name from a hat system or plug everyone's names into a site like random.org to determine who is buying for whom. Before drawing names, set a minimum and maximum amount so all the gifts fall within the same price range.
If you have a larger family and everyone has children, suggest the idea of buying and exchanging gifts just amongst the kids. This is a good way to save some money and make the experience all about the children of the family.
Ask your family for a wish list of items they need or really want. With a wish list, you have a wide range of items -- and prices -- and end up buying gifts that the recipients will actually use.
By shopping online, you can easily compare prices without the stress of an overcrowded mall, and possibly get free shipping with no sales tax -- if you find a site that offers those options.
Ask your family members if you can collaborate on a larger gift. For example, if your mom is giving your sister a Kindle as a gift, purchase the protective case and AC adapter to complete the set -- and save money.
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