- 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.