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Some of the Best Gifts for Frugal People Are Right Here!
These days, frugal living is making a big push. A “down to earth” lifestyle of less waste, less consumption, and a better footprint is definitely something we can all strive for. This can make gift giving for frugal people a real challenge!
We should know – we’ve certainly gotten more frugal over the past two years. We’ve loved sharing our tips for frugal living and now we want to pass along gift ideas. Living frugally doesn’t have to mean NOT giving gifts – it just means giving the RIGHT gifts!
So, whether you are looking for thrifty Christmas gifts or just gifts for other occasions, here are great frugal gift ideas for a man, a woman, or just people who claim they don’t need anything!
If you are looking for more gift inspiration, check out some of our other gift guides:
Things to Consider When Buying Gifts For Frugal People
If you are buying gifts for frugal people in your life, there are a few things that you will want to consider. This should guide your buying process and mindset.
Firstly, think about your person – who they are, how they live, and what is important to them (both interests and lifestyle-wise). Then think about the gift idea: Is it useful and will it allow them to save money/time in the future?
Another thing to consider when gifting for frugal people is quality. Generally, quality matters to frugal people because the longer something lasts the less likely they are to have to get/buy a new one. Some of the best clothing items are the ones we’ve had for YEARS and are still holding up strong.
Finally, the overall question you should be asking is: is it practical? If the gift idea serves a practical purpose for the receiver, then you might have a good frugal gift idea!
Affordable Gifts For Frugal People
Now that we have discussed things to consider – let’s dive into some great frugal gift ideas. These first gifts are definitely on the cheaper/inexpensive side – but remember cost doesn’t necessarily reflect quality or purpose!
These gifts make great “add-on” items to a larger gift – or you can bundle a bunch of them together to create one complete frugal gift pack!
One of those silly hidden costs that add up over the course of a day, week, or month is coffee and tea. Hot beverages - when purchased out - really add onto the weekly budget and frugal people don't like that. So, get an insulated travel mug. Keeps drinks hot or cold longer and allows frugal people to make their own drinks at home!
We honestly HATE throwing away batteries and have been looking to get rechargeable ones for ages. Consider this gift our wake-up call - and you can make it a great gift for that person who wants to keep their costs down and have an impact on the environment.
Got a frugal person with a bit of a sweet tooth? Never underestimate the value of a simple box of chocolates. These deluxe chocolates come with a bit of a variety to please most chocolate lovers out there!
Frugal people generally like to stay on top of money. So, why not get them the ultimate tool for staying on top of finances, budgets, expenses, and more? A budget planner seems boring but WOW can it be valuable to the right person!
It can be easy to just give up on a knife and throw it away - but a good knife sharpener can mean the difference between utility and waste! Knife sharpeners are also good for little touch-ups when knives become dull - but not enough to be catastrophically dull! Great for people who bake, cook, and create!
Is your frugal person into couponing? Chances are they will need a sturdy, trusty binder to stay organized to maximize their efforts. This is where a good coupon organizer binder can pay off in the long run!
Another great kitchen item for frugal people is the prospect of reusable napkins. Cloth napkins look great, and super easy to wash and reuse, and cut down on money spent if you're a big entertainer and have dinner parties often!
A great way to cut down on spending and make your money go farther is to make more food than you need and then consume it as leftovers. For this, a larger cooking pot is an essential kitchen item. We do this all the time - make more food and eat it the next day - and we definitely see the value in a large pot to get it done!
Mid-Range Gifts For Frugal People
Moving on to the mid-range gifts for frugal people, these are the gifts that can be standalone items or can be linked to another gift of the same category/purpose. Many of these gifts focus on reducing overall waste because they can be used again and again!
Saving money and reducing your environmental impact is easy when you have a reusable water pitcher with a good filter. Ever heard of Brita? Of course you have - the name has been around for years and has become a staple in some household fridges. Great way to drink more water each day, too!
We love the idea of reusable shopping bags because - aside from not being plastic - they hold way more, last way longer, and can be used for other carrying purposes, too! Get your frugal person shopping box bags - they'll likely be a happy shopper!
Making groceries go a long way comes down to proper prep. Canning at home - like our grandmas used to do - is a great way to have food in the winter (or any time, really) that is full of flavour and lacks fuss. Try it with cabbage, fruit, whatever you like!
Another great gift for frugal people is a french press. We personally love our french press - we use it every single morning. It's easy to use, allows you to make coffee exactly how you like it, an there is very little waste since a package of beans or ground coffee goes a long way with no extra filters!
Once again, proper food prep is key to saving money and reducing food waste. This is where good containers come in - and glass ones can be a great addition to the frugal kitchen since they stack easy, can usually be microwaved (without the lid), and are dishwasher safe!
Last, but certainly not least - a rechargeable toothbrush makes a great gift for someone who doesn't want to keep on buying whole plastic toothbrushes every few weeks or months. Also, electric toothbrushes generally do a better job at cleaning teeth so this one is a no brainer!
High-End Gifts For Frugal People
Finally, we come to the more pricey gifts for frugal people. These gifts are more around creating value in the frugal person’s life. They are practical, useful, and make great gifts by themselves if they meet the needs of your recipient!
Looking for the ultimate food prep gift that seems to do it all for your frugal person? Think about a multi-purpose cooking pot that allows you to cook/prepare food in 7 different ways! Great for the cook who is also an experimenter!
Nothing says frugal like making holding onto clothes and repairing them as needed. Well, a sewing machine is a great way to accomplish this! Sewing is also a skill and can go farther if your frugal person is keen to make their own clothing items from fabrics and materials!
Food creativity can go wild when you have a good blender. Enter the Ninja. This a a top of the line kitchen item that allows people to create different recipes and dishes whenever they want. Reduces food waste (like fruit) when you can make use of it in a smoothie or otherwise!
Lastly, if you have a frugal person who values both their money AND their time, consider a RoboVac. These bad boys make quick work of different surfaces - allowing people to stay on top of their food prep, couponing, and whatever else a frugal life might have in store!
And there you have it – some great ideas for gifts for frugal people! In the end, there are lots of great ideas for gifts. You might even get a bit of inspiration just from reading this guide! What do you think of these ideas? Get in touch and let us know!