Budgets are very tight all around these days. This year I have discussed with husband and the kids a new approach to gifts. We will still keep the limit for my parents ($10 or $15, depending on the agreement that year. We find things all year round that we enjoy, whether it is a new pencil or pen, a type of gum (the stride gum with B vitamins is much loved by my husband and the kids are enamored iwth the Up 2U gum by mentos), or a new candy bar or other small item. Instead of a big gift, we are getting an extra of these things we like throughout the year and I put them away in a specific drawer. then we will use these as a way of saying not just Merry Christmas or Happy Birthday, but also that we were thinking of you all through the year. I have written a note about each item and why we thought of sharing it to go in the gift. what items would YOU pass on to your loved ones? I will have Sharpie pencils and pens, EOS lip balm and maybe EOS shave cream in vanilla if I can find it on sale, retractable lip brushes that I found at Big Lots for $1, Aquafina lip balm, Dove Ice Cream Miniatures (only 70 cal each and SO RICH), Yardley Lavender Soap bars sewn into pouches that I make, composition books with graph paper instead of reg paper, graph paper post-it notes, and the little pouches I sew for drink mix straws (crystal light type thingies). Plus pouches for tampons that I sew for J and her friends. IF I find NICE metal or plastic drink bottles I may include those. Not everyone gets one of each thing because that would be expensive and not everyone would want each thing. What new/cool/old favorites can you suggest and where would you find them cheap?