Some more affordable gift tips:
1. Instead of buying labels - make them or print them
A couple of years ago I started taking old holiday cards, cutting out a graphic and then writing the person's name on the back. Can be very cute (especially with all the fun cards out there today) and simple if the gift is wrapped in several sheets of tissue paper - another one of my ideas for you.
Of course, if you don't have them around then go to a site like Free Printable Gift Tags or About.com for very cute and traditional gift tags you can create with any color printer.
2. If you're the creative type like me, then you have some random stuff in your "craft bin" - yes, I have a craft bin. It's small. Shutup! You can heckle at my craft bin but don't you dare make fun of my glue gun. It's brought happiness to loads of people! - I dug out scraps of fabric and tons of ribbons which became pretty much the cutest gifts I've ever wrapped, if I do say so myself - and that's after working in high school doing gift wrap at a department store! Sure it took a little bit more time and the "wrapping" will be tossed, but the detail and love won't be forgotten.
3. So I burned CDs for Brother-in-law1. Well, for the gals and gay boyfriend I printed pictures and actually, believe it or not, got the cutest frames at.....The Dollar Store. No kidding.
Running tab of what I've spent thus far on Christmas gifts for family and four friends (drum roll).....roughly $12. Yep, and just about everyone is taken care of. Next is some postage but I think I will easily spend 1/3 of what I have in years past and it will still be a joyful, generous and surprising holiday for all. Gosh, who knows how I'll be able to top this next year....Ideas? LOL