I know financially, most of us are in the same boat. Christmas gifts cut down to the bare minimum. (By the way that's my dog waiting for Santa Claus) lol :D
Well here's a couple ways to save some money this Christmas without taking the fun out of it. For one thing, take advantage of your local dollar store.
My nieces started a new tradition with my brother. He takes them to the local dollar store, and they buy 1 gift for each of their family members. They take a list with all of the names on it and pick out something that would be just right for each one of them. It was really funny to see what they came up with last year. We had like 6 of my male family members sitting there in cowboy hats opening up presents. (so funny) :D The kids really look forward to it.
In my immediate family alone we're up to about 27 members now so this year we're trying something new. All the little kids get gifts from all of their aunts and uncles etc, but everyone over 18 picks a name of a family member and buys them a $10 gift. Yes, $10. At first they said "What can you get for $10" ? Well I don't know about you, but I'm a bargain hunter so I told them relax and just be creative. The're really having fun with the idea now. It will be fun just seeing what everyone comes up with.
Don't forget to read my blogging about 3 cheap and easy crafts to make for Christmas presents too!