Sources for Free Christmas Gifts

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Wouldn’t it be great if free Christmas gifts were easy to come by and didn't break the bank? You can make someone's holiday season without having to spend anything from your budget. Here are 10 suggestions for gifts that will put a smile on your loved ones' faces but won't empty your wallet.

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    Cashback Rewards

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    Sign up for Mypoints and Swagbucks to earn points for reading emails, taking surveys, doing web searches and shopping online. Then, cash in your points for gift cards that you can give as gifts or use to do your Christmas shopping. With over 75 merchants to choose from, you're sure to find a card for everyone on your list.

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    Grocery Offers

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    Cereal prizes aren't just for kids. Get in the habit of checking product packaging for offers, and you may just turn up some great ones. You can score gift cards, toys, and even savings bonds this way. Who wouldn't like to get those as Christmas gifts?

    Tip: The Kellogg's Family Rewards program allows you to redeem product codes for prizes – you'll find everything from gift cards to electronics in their rewards catalog.

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    Department Stores

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    The competition between department stores is fierce around the holidays – great news for the consumer. Get in the habit of checking the sales ads in the Friday newspaper each week for $10-off-$10 coupons. JC Penney and Sears are two stores that commonly run this type of promotion. Snag a coupon from both stores, and you could knock two gifts off your list without ever pulling out your wallet. It's department store shopping at its best!

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    Survey Sites

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    Enjoy sharing your opinion? Then, you've got to give surveys a try. You can earn magazine subscriptions, best-selling books and movies, gift cards, electronics and lots of other great stuff that your friends and family would love to receive. This is one time when it pays to be opinionated.

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    Rebates are great any day, but they're especially nice when you're looking to boost a small Christmas budget. Be on the lookout for free-after-rebate items that you can use to create gift baskets. Also watch for rebates on items that you normally buy. If it's something you'd purchase anyway, go ahead and drop that rebate check in your Christmas fund, and consider it free money.

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    National Consumer Panel

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    We all have to grocery shop, so we may as well be paid for it. Sign up for National Consumer Panel; scan the barcode of each item that you buy (with the provided scanner), and you'll be rewarded with points that you can redeem in their gift catalog. Remember: they didn't say the gift had to be for you.

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    Credit Card Rewards

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    If you're disciplined enough to pay your credit card off each month, paying your bills with plastic can be a great way to rack up rewards points in a hurry. Let them accumulate throughout the year. Then, cash them in when you're ready to do your Christmas shopping.

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    Black Friday Gift Cards

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    Lots of stores offer free gift cards to the first [insert number] of customers through the door. Decide which offers excite you the most, and plan your shopping trip around them.

    One store where I've always been able to get the free gift card: Sears.

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    Sweepstakes and Instant Wins

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    Enjoy entering sweepstakes and instant win game? Then, seek out games with prizes that you'd like to give as gifts. Sure, there's no guarantee you'll win; but you can at least try – and have fun doing it.

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    Companies give things away all the time. Keep your ear to the ground, and be ready to pounce anytime something gift-worthy comes up for grabs.