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A WOMAN I KNOW has a lot of nieces and nephews and she has always given $50 to each of them for Christmas.  This year, it’s not so easy.  Money is tight, and she’d like to cut the presents back to $25 but, as she exclaimed, “What can you buy for $25?”

   —Hey.  $25 will still buy you plenty.  An 18-year-old boy can take his girlfriend to dinner at T.G.I. Fridays for $25.  It will also buy him a gorgeous scarf at the classy Joseph A. Banks.  A young woman can pick up a stunning pair of CZ earrings for $25, or a Murano glass necklace, or a multi-colored beaded bracelet. 

     A little kid can enjoy a glittery tiara, waking up on Christmas morning as the Princess she’s always dreamed of being.  What can $25 buy you?  More than you can imagine! 

 

HERE ARE PLENTY OF BEAUTIFUL GIFTS AT PRICES YOU CAN AFFORD, EVEN THIS YEAR.  CONSIDER:

 

 

 

 

 

                                               Magical Silver Dollars

 

Every Christmas my grandfather would get a bag full of silver dollars at the bank.  He’d     shine them till they glistened, and then, dressed like good old Saint Nick, he’d go around, house to house, distributing the silver dollars to each of us grandkids. We all thought it was fabulous and even today, I have several of those silver dollars.  Each time I look at them, they immediately bring back warm and loving memories of those Christmases years ago.

   “Ha!” my friend exclaimed.  “Do you know what today’s kids would say about a silver dollar? They wouldn’t waste their breath on one.”

   –Well, I don’t think so.  Put a silver dollar in a cute pink change purse for a little girl and she’ll really have something.  And tell her just how magic a silver dollar can be, how years from now, it’ll bring back memories of today’s Christmas in vivid real-life color, and watch her eyes light up.

    Silver dollars can be precious!

 

                                                Affordable Gifts

 

YOU CAN DO YOUR CUSTOMERS a major service this Christmas by putting out gifts that are unusually affordable.  You’ll make sales you otherwise wouldn’t have, and they’ll become loyal customers in exchange.  This can be a real Win-Win situation.  

   Jewelry is a natural affordable gift.  So are cozy winter hats.  Or fun, sports-enthusiasts key chains. There really are so many ways to stretch out $25! 

    If you’re in an especially generous mood, you might also consider how far $25 will go to charity.  You could put it in the collection plate at church on Christmas morning.  Or, donate it to an institution like St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which has done so much to save the lives of cancer-ridden children. 

    A check for $25 to them could be a miracle worker!

 

 

                                The Meaning of Christmas

 

I have another friend who is much more conservative than the lady with all the nieces and nephews.  On one hand, she is very generous with her kids, but she also expects each of them to take a certain amount of the money they get at Christmas and spend it on some less fortunate children. 

    So far, the kids love the idea, and each of them plans on what charity they’ll donate to each year.  It empowers them.  And, it helps them grow into good, giving adults. They are really learning the meaning of Christmas.

 

A CHRISTMAS GIFT DOESN’T have to stretch your budget beyond its means.  Be creative, and you can come up with wonderful gifts that are as bright and shining as they are affordable.  And, if you have extra cash in your pocket on Christmas Eve, well, there is a lot you can do with that, too.   For starters, how about dropping it in the Salvation Army’s tin?  

   — And stop and sing a few Christmas Carols with them on the street corner, too.  It’s a fabulous Christmas tonic! 

 

AND WHILE YOU’RE INTO ANOTHER RENDITION OF JINGLE BELLS, PUT YOUR MIND ON THESE GORGEOUS GIFTS THAT WILL MAKE ANYONE SMILE:

 

 

 

 

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