Five Cheap But Great Holiday Gifts

We're all a little tight in the money department come holiday season, but I gotta tell ya, the gifts that get the most ohh's and ahh's are the ones that you make.

Here are some ideas:

If you love to bake, why not whip up a platter of cookies or a special dish your friend can take to a family potluck?

If you're handy with the camera, get her brood together for a holiday portrait or tag along with them when they pick out a Christmas tree! Personally, I love great candids rather than the posed-in-front-of-the-fire, matching-sweater photo.

If you can speak the HTML lingo, offer to make a simple website or blog where she can post pictures for far-away amily and friends.

Host a "girls night in" party at your pad and do something like a book exchange in which everyone brings two or three books and swaps with each other.

Offer to babysit so she can go get a facial or a massage (even better, hint to her husband that he should pay for it!).