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Beefing Up Gifts When Money Is Tight

In the throes of government bailouts, bankruptcies, and economic trauma, money saving during the holiday season has become increasingly important. Whether it's trying to find a way to make Santa's loot seem more plentiful or trying to make money stretch out for the sake of loved ones, there are ways to make this year's gift giving just as good, if not better.
 
The big pieces to the puzzle are interest and need. If you can get a handle on either of these, gift-giving will be a cinch. Figure out the likes of a person or what the person needs, and then cater your effort to those specific things. If you have no idea, a simple conversation can uncover a lot, or a secret pow-wow with a friend or relative can help.
 
View the slideshow above for tips on beefing up your gifts.
 
For more ways to save on holiday gifts, take a look at Under $20 Gift Guide, and The Biggest Holiday Shopping Mistakes.
 
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