Another way to avoid the rampant consumerism and pain-inducing shopping stress during the holiday season is to make your own presents. Some home made cookies, a jar of jam or preserves, a beautiful card or photo calendar. Why spend time and money on buying and giving more stuff to people you love if their homes are already full of things? Have a "Santa's workshop" and prepare some homemade prezzies instead. Tasty home made delicacies are a guaranteed winner, and they don't need to take ages to make. Look for ideas online or check out your local library for books with recipes and ideas.