1. Dressing up clothes
My children love to dress up, but there's no need to spend a fortune on lots of proper outfits. A few years ago I got a big box and filled it with old hats, bags, shoes and head squares that I found at a local second hand shop. The children loved playing with them and dressing up, and I only spent about $25 on a huge box of things that gets played with lots.
2.Dollar shop fun
There's a lot of tat and rubbish to be found in dollar shops, but there are also bargains to be had. Have a look at what's on offer next time you pass, the cheaper building blocks that are lego compatible are often great value for money, and you can get some fantastic sets for very little money. Smaller items like footballs, kites and skipping ropes are often cheaper from dollar shops and still great quality.
3.Books, books, books
4. Days out
Days out with the family don't have to cost the earth, lots of trips are free or very reasonably priced. Think about giving the children a voucher for a trip to the beach, or to the local museum. A picnic can be fairly reasonable and lots of fun.
Christmas gifts don't have to come in their original packaging, and there's no reason why you cant give pre-loved toys as cheap and cheerful Christmas gifts. One of the best Christmas gifts we gave our boys when they were younger was a whole tub filled with second hand duplo that we got for $15 off trademe. They still play with it today.
So there you have it, a few ideas for cheap and cheerful Christmas gifts, what do you do to avoid spending a fortune at this time of year.