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Not Giving
"My husband and I always give each other the Christmas gift of not giving each other Christmas gifts. We put our time and energy (and money) into birthdays, when it's actually fun to come up with something and not just another thing on a mile-long to-do list." — Executive beauty editor Jenny Bailly

Other Money-Savers

  • Set a mutual $5 limit on gifts.
  • One O contributor creates a gift of a movie and a recipe. She scouts video stores for inexpensive, previously viewed movies. Then she handwrites recipes on cardstock to accompany each film, wraps the movies and recipes with a big bow, and delivers them to the busy parents or multiplex-phobic people in her orbit.
  • Another staffer and her friends take the money they'd spend on one another and dine out together to toast the season.
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