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Issue a challenge to your family and friends to forgo the purchase of Christmas gifts this year.

What is this crazy challenge? It's simple — follow all these rules:

1. Buy no new gifts during the holidays.

Wait, whaaat? Don't fret, there are alternatives:

  • Make gifts, like crafts or construction type gifts.
  • Bake or cook consumable gifts like cookies.
  • Give the gift of your service — wash cars, give a massage, babysit, clean a house, mow lawns, etc.
  • Buy used gifts at thrift stores.
  • Donate to charity, as a group.
  • Volunteer at a charity together.
  • Have a shared experience together.
  • Create something, together, instead of consuming.
  • Give to others things you don't need (a good sewing machine, etc.).
  • Find gratitude for what we already have.
Are you in? Take the challenge! It'll be fun, you'll save a ton of money, and your family will get creative.

links:
The No New Gifts Holiday Challenge
Regift Without the Embarassment

**related: Schedule a "no spend" day

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