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Saving Money: Holiday Gift Ideas

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Take a Kid to a Game: Not only is it a cool gift, but it's a great way to spend quality time with the family. Most professional teams offer special discounts—Family Nights, Kid Days, Special Seating, etc—so look into their schedules to help save some money.

If the pro teams are too cost-prohibitive, check out the local college or minor league teams.

Team Items: Team football jerseys, sports memorabilia (trading cards, signed balls), posters, pennants, room decals, team emblazoned room items (wastepaper baskets, sheets, pillows, bedspreads and much more).

Equipment: Why not buy your youth baseball star a new bat? What about a new glove? A new football, basketball, soccer ball, etc... Not only is it useful, but your kid will want to get out and play right away. If you want to go in a different direction, consider hoops, goals, sleds, snowboards, etc.

For Girls: If you have young girls on your holiday lists—and they're into sports—check out www.prettytough.com. It's a site that focuses on the accomplishments of women in sports, as well as events and stories of interest to female athletes. The site was created “as a voice for all the girls who kick butt on and off the field, the track, the slopes and elsewhere.” In addition to drawing attention to the strengths and abilities of girls, the site also offers books for young girls, apparel and other great gift ideas.

Video Games: You can never go wrong with new versions of NCAA, NFL, NBA and MLB sports games for kids, especially boys. If you don't want the kids on the couch all winter—or if they're not into hardcore sports gaming—look into Wii games, which will also keep them more active. Before you purchase a new video game for younger kids, check the ratings. Games rated "M" for mature often include violence and/or sexual themes. Even games with a "T" rating for teen may not be appropriate.

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