Stuck for Christ­mas gift ideas?

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Shop­ping for some people on your list is fun and easy — you know ex­actly what they want and where to get it. For oth­ers, not so much. If you’re stumped on gift-giv­ing ideas, here is some af­ford­able in­spi­ra­tion to keep you within your bud­get.

How many toys does a kid re­ally need? Whether you’re shop­ping for your own child or some­one else’s, chances are they’ll re­ceive plenty of toys this sea­son.

Min­i­mize waste and un­used toys by us­ing this list — want, need, wear and read. Co­or­di­nate with rel­a­tives to make sure the kids in the fam­ily have one of each for a bal­ance of both use­ful and fun gifts.

For the kids. For work Se­cret Santa.

Here, stick with some­thing ed­i­ble or a fun gag gift if you know them well. Cho­co­lates are al­ways a safe bet, but look for nut-free va­ri­eties in case of sen­si­tiv­i­ties in the of­fice.

An­other idea is to try a twist on the tra­di­tion — have ev­ery­one pick out a toy the kid ver­sion of their re­cip­i­ent would have loved, and do­nate the lot to a toy drive af­ter un­wrap­ping them as a group.

Whether it’s your empty-nester par­ents, a

For cou­ples.

young cou­ple with a tod­dler or a power ca­reer duo with­out kids, all part­ner­ships could ben­e­fit from a week­end away to­gether. Think a stay­ca­tion with a ho­tel in their same city, a hol­i­day in a new place or a spa re­treat in the coun­try. If you’re a Mar­riott Re­wards mem­ber, you can even use your re­wards points to book a night or two away for a wow­fac­tor gift that’s easy on your bud­get. Find more in­for­ma­tion at more.mar­riott.com.

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