How many holidays have you spent surrounded by hundreds of little pieces to games and toys that delight your kids for about a day? Kids don't need every single new toy and fad that comes around. Unstructured and undirected play is crucial to a child's development, and it can also create less of a strain on your wallet. Skip the coloring books and give them blank pieces of paper. The backs of paper you've already used will work perfectly. A box of old clothes will give them hours of dress up fun, and items found in nature make great art supplies.