#1 we are buying more online gifts. This way we save time and gas by not driving to stores and waiting in log lines to check out. It is amazing how you can find many interesting gifts online too, that stores don't usually carry.
#2 We are thinking more outside the box and buying more practical gifts. Ones that can serve more than one purpose. For example. For stocking stuffer I bought the kids musical toothbrushes, they will love them, but I love them as well, cause maybe now I wont have to argue with them as much to brush their teeth.
#3 We made a budget and are sticking to it. This probably should have been #1 but I just remembered it. We have planned out who all we need to buy for this year, no one had to be cut, which is wonderful, but we did have to cut back some on each person.
#4 We decided to Combine gifts. Instead of buying a gift per person we decided to buy 1 "family" gift, this saves us a lot of money, but also, we get to get 1 bigger gift for the family to enjoy instead of a bunch of smaller ones. An example of this is: We would usually spend $50 per person for my sister and her family, which consists of 6 people total. $50 x6 = $300, so instead we bought them a, that they all can play, and it only cost us $250 ! So right there we saved $50 and they will LOVE their gift, and we love the savings.