This Budget Sucks

I'm having a difficult time reconciling with the fact that now both of the kids know about jolly Ol' St. Nicholas.  The truth, as it were.  It has advantages (like explaining that no, they can not get every single item on their list) and disadvantages (like explaining that no, we don't have the money for every single item on their list).

We've always made it work, year after year.  This year is different though.  We just can't move things around to make it work.  Not helping matters is the fact that between the two of them (and only one present a piece) they are asking for about $300+ worth of stuff.  We decided, my husband and I, that we would get them these two items.  It's what they really want.  

Kaia has been asking for an American Girl doll for more than a year.  I've put it off and put it off because they are downright expensive little dolls.  The clothing and outfits are relatively inexpensive themselves, but you've got to have that doll first.  She was having a hard time deciding if she wanted Miss Julie Albright or a "Just Like Me" doll.  While I love her choice of the hippie chick, Julie, I opted to get her the doll that looks like her.  Now I was all excited when I went to order it last week.  Yes, I know I procrastinated.  That's just what I do.  I get to the "cart" for checkout and guess what?  Kaia's mini-me was on backorder!!  I ended up having to pay a whopping $25.95 for shipping just to ensure it was going to get here.  The grand total (without any extras) was $120.95!  FOR ONE FREAKIN' DOLL!!!

Now Neil is wanting the newest and shiniest Nintendo gadget.  A DSi XL.  There is good news to go with this wish item.  Good ol' Wally World has a DSi XL value bundle available online.  You get the DSi XL plus 2 games for $189 + tax.  Or for another $10 you can get the anniversary edition that comes with Mario Kart.  I haven't purchased this yet, but plan to tomorrow.  I think I'm going to go with the special edition one because I love Mario Kart myself.  Two to 3 day shipping (arrival 12/21 thru 12/23) on this is $22.91, standard shipping (12/22 thru 12/24) is $9.91.  For the price difference, I think I'll take my chances, but no gift options are available for this so I'm stuck with just wrapping the Wal-Mart box as soon as it arrives.  Grand total on this one...  $208.91.

This leaves me with the dilemma of a small budget pretty much gone and only two presents.  I did happen to have snatched up a couple of shirts a few weeks back that were on clearance for Kaia.  The only other items that I know for certain I will be buying will be pajamas.  Both kids need some new pajamas.  Plus they have given me specifics on what they want in their stockings. Mentos for sure.

Other than that... I'm at a loss!  And I need your help!  What are some last minute gift ideas for a 9 and 11 year old?

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  1. You could do hair or nail stuff for Kia...and for Neil..not sure if he's into Axe or not...but walmart and kmart both have those gift sets for cheap. Katie