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Smart Buying

Kiplinger's Practical Guide to Gift Giving

Our best money-saving shopping tips, plus dozens of great gifts at great prices.

We know the dilemma: You don't want to overspend, but you don't want to look cheap.

Using our unique eye for value and our smart-shopping expertise, we've compiled our best holiday bargain-hunting strategies with dozens of great gift ideas for everyone on your list. Now you can spread the joy with your finances in tact.


Test Your Gift-Giving Etiquette

No-Hassle Holiday Gift Returns

1. Shop Smart

Don't let visions of sugarplums disappear to nightmares of credit card bills. We show you how to prepare your budget, draw up gift lists and hold down costs.

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2. Use the Web Wisely

You can shop around for the best deals without even leaving your house. Pay particular attention to shipping deadlines and costs, and keep an eye out for scams.

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3. Give Great Gifts

Whether you're shopping for kids, young adults or grown-ups, we've got ideas for everyone on your list, no matter your budget.

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