Since only the oldest two have any real source of income, Bryan and I were looking for a way to keep the cost down and still let them have the fun of shopping and wrapping.
The children draw each other's names about a week before Christmas. We then all make a pilgrimage to the Dollar Tree where they can pick whatever they want for their intended recipient. This process requires much thought and deliberation because they take it so seriously. The juggling of who's in the store with whom can get quite comical in the gymnastics of the no-peeking game.
The anticipation and delight that these little gifts receive rival any others under our tree. I love that they can still tell who bought their gift the previous year. It's $8 very well spent!