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IQ: Christmas Gifts

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The air is crisp, the lights are twinkling, and credit-card offers are arriving in the mail almost every day! So how much will you spend in this time of economic boom? Will you get your loved ones combo-packs of toothpaste, floss and a toothbrush? Or will you spend lavishly and buy state-of-the-art electronic devices, runway-model dresses and superstar shoes? These days, it's not always the thought that counts.

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Jon Mooallen

Student Neighborhood: Colorado College

How many credit cards do you need to be happy? I'd say none.

How much will you spend this holiday season? Probably very little.

What's the most expensive present you ever bought? I bought my sister a crystal plate for her wedding.

What's the last present you handmade for somebody? I made a decorative item last night, actually.

Where are you going for New Year's? New York.

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Amos Rodgers and Chris Huffine

Waiter (L) Neighborhood: Downtown

Unemployed (R) Neighborhood: Southgate

How many credit cards do you need to be happy? (Amos) None. (Chris) None.

How much will you spend this holiday season? (Chris) $200. (Amos) Right around there. $200, maybe $300.

What's the most expensive present you ever bought? Amos: Probably $70, I spent. I bought my brother a shirt. Chris: I've never bought anything real extravagant.

What's the last present you handmade for somebody? Amos: Candles. Chris: I think I made a necklace for my girlfriend.

Where are you going for New Year's? Chris: Right here. Amos: I don't even know yet.

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Elizabeth Van Vliet

Nurse and artist Neighborhood: Patty Jewett

How many credit cards do you need to be happy? I really don't need any to be happy.

How much will you spend this holiday season? Well, since I'm making a trip to California, it's rather more than what I normally would. I would say anywhere between $1,500 to $2,000, probably.

What's the most expensive present you ever bought? I'm not a big spender. I've probably spent $150 to $200 on my kids for something special.

What's the last present you handmade for somebody? Last year, I made cookies. That's handmade.

Where are you going for New Year's? I'll probably stay at home.

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