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Fun Secret Santa ideas?

My DH, siblings and their significant others do a Secret Santa name pick every year with a $ limit of $30.00 per person. Since our families are growing, I wanted to change things up a bit and doing something fun but cheaper. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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A couple of thoughts for you --

1. My sister and those in her home (all adults, except for one kid) last year mixed it up by having a theme. They decided on "As Seen on TV" and bought only crazy products that were on late night television. The results were hilarious and they had a ton of fun. I don't think this was necessarily cheaper but they cannot wait to top it this year.

2. In my house, we've always done Secret Santa with our kids but with 7 kids and very limited funds we always kept it small -- like $5. As the kids have gotten older and we have done better, we increased it. Last year, in the spirit of cutting back, we went back to the $5 limit. The result was amazing because the kids got really creative, especially by saving money on wrapping by coming up with their own custom way of wrapping their presents (My enterprising 7 year old, for example, torn a couple of pages out of a Christmas coloring book, colored the pages and then wrapped her present inside of it). They had a lot of fun doing this and I think the $5 gifts from last year will be far more memorable down the road.
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How about setting a theme or giving everyone a country. Then they can buy things related to that area, and everyone would have a unique gift. To make things easier, you could make it a state instead of a country.
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Jeff's idea is wonderful!
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Fantastic ideas Jeff and Momtotwo!
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Those are great ideas! Since we do regular gifts for the kids and it is just the adults doing this, I like the "As seen on tv" idea alot! I was also thinking of even having everyone need to find something at the Dollar store. It sounds silly but everyone could use something from the dollar store right? LOL
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It sounds silly but everyone could use something from the dollar store right? LOL
The $ store is our favorited place to shop!!
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Great ideas....Jeff, I like the way you did things last year, teaches the kids what it is really about.....
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