After coming to the painful conclusion that it was time, for the sake of their family, to give up on being young and cool, author Jason Anderson and his wife decided to save up enough money to buy a minivan. Months later, their meager progress toward their goal was threatened by the Christmas shopping season.
They wanted to save, and yet they still wanted to participate in Christmas giving. So they set the audacious goal of getting Christmas presents for all their family and friends without spending any actual money.
Unfortunately for the sales of this book, they did not devise an ingenious plan to tunnel into a mall after hours or hijack a series of UPS delivery vans. What they did do was cobble together a grab-bag of ideas into a plan for getting real gifts by any (legal) means available other than handing over cash.