More Affordable Gift Ideas, Courtesy of Liberal Bloggers Fighting the War on Christmas

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If you don’t have the big bucks needed to buy anything off of Salon‘s holiday shopping guide, you might find something more affordable on this list, a real oldie-but-goodie if I do say so myself. All of the George W. Bush action figures (cod pieces included!) listed there are still available, though spending $19.99-$29.99 to buy your dog a chew toy might be a tad steep. Into Salon territory, even.

partridge-pear-tree.jpgUpdate: Speaking of unaffordable gift ideas, anyone looking to buy all of the gifts in The Twelve Days of Christmas better have a serious chunk of change. Swans-a-swimming and lords-a-leaping are all pretty pricey (and just getting pricier): the total cost of all the gifts, according to the PNC Christmas Price Index, is $19,507, a 3.1 percent increase over last year. A partridge, however, might make a nice symbolic gift. You can get one for $15. (Pear tree: $149.)

Update: This isn’t the first time we’ve examined the rising cost of french hens.

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