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If you find it difficult to buy presents for your kids because they are always with you, here are a couple of tips: Buy over the internet (and try to find a site that will bill directly if you are hesitant about providing your credit card details over the net). Shop with a friend who can distract the kids for a little while at a toy shop or on one of those rides that shopping centres have. Whilst they're distracted you can slip off and make a purchase. Hide the purchase by putting it straight into the car before you return to the kids or by putting it into another shopping bag. If you have to opportunity to shop alone, don't buy presents one at a time; buy for birthdays and Christmas together if you can afford to.