Buy Affordable Holiday Gifts for Children
M. Gary Neuman, co-author of In Good Times and Bad, shares holiday gift ideas for children that won't break the bank.
By M. Gary Neuman
Original Content | December 14, 2000
If your financial situation and home life are reasonably stable and you have time and patience, a pet can be a surefire way of generating excitement. Please be aware that bringing a pet into your home is a huge responsibility and not something to be undertaken impulsively. If you decide to get a pet, shelters are filled with puppies and kittens abandoned during foreclosures and other crises.
The adoption fee is often nominal. The animal will have had all the necessary shots, the implanted identity chip and other veterinarian services that would cost at least $1,000 if you had to take care of them. Hamsters and their tunnel homes are inexpensive and very exciting for children, but be warned: Hamsters do have a habit of disappearing from their cages and reappearing at inopportune moments.