Smitty » Light sabers for $5.99: http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Classic-Collection-Emperor/dp/B000OVNHO6/ref=sr_1_60?tag=slickdeals&ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1229264811&sr=1-60 Yahtzee, $6: http://www.amazon.com/Parker-Brothers-40616-Yahtzee-Free/dp/B0017RSYDU/ref=br_lf_m_1000310081_1_28_img?tag=slickdeals&ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=toys-and-games&pf_rd_p=465887251&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1000310081&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1A0XBBQA4TT4PK41VNHZWow, those light sabers are a great deal, you are getting tow of them for that price!
bohuma » I know that you want to be the nice cousins, but you are currently unemployed and you have no real idea about when you are going to work next. I think that your cousins may benefit from a lesson about life in the real world. I think that you should send cards, but keep your cash for rent, food and utilities. I know this sound tough, but so is a severe recession. If you feel you really need to give them something, go online and see if you can make them something for next to no outlay in cash. Or maybe buy something from a thrift shop. Your need for basic necessities of life may outweigh their need for holiday presents.i've been thinking about this post since i saw it yesterday. i think this is the wrong lesson. while just sending cards will teach the kids that bad things happen and it sucks, it's not the only alternative to digging into debt. i'm broke this year. i've made changes in the way i live in order to save the little money i'm making right now for real necessities (okay, and festivus). so the gf and i decided that we weren't buying gifts this year, but rather making presents. not only has this saved me a LOT of money (granted, that's partly because i had some materials i could use already), but it's actually been really fun. we've both spent time on these projects, but shopping takes time too. making gifts for kids (or adults) doesn't have to cost a lot of money, and a small gift doesn't need to take much time. giving a kid a gift that you made -- even if that means it's not what they see advertised -- teaches that generosity is possible for everyone, not only those with money, and that even when times are scary, they are loved.
halfpint » legos!Legos are SO not cheap, FYI