These Are Some of the Best Gifts for Frugal People!
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 that we’ve certainly gotten more frugal over the past few 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 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:
Great Gifts for Frugal People
There are lots of different gift ideas for frugal people. We tried to include items in this list that are useful and will actually be a nice addition to a frugal person’s home. Of course, every person is different and one of the last things frugal people generally want is to get an item that they already own (speaking from personal experience here).
So we’d recommend finding out if the gift receiver already owns a specific item before making a purchase (or at least making sure that you could return it – just in case).
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 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 further if your frugal person is keen to make their own clothing items from fabrics and other materials.
Home Canning Set
Making groceries and/or homegrown food 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 flavor and lacks fuss. Try it with cabbage, fruit, whatever you like!
Frugal people generally like to stay on top of money – we certainly do. So, why not get them the ultimate tool for staying on top of their budget and having a good overview of their finances? A budget planner seems boring but WOW can it be valuable to the right person!
Food creativity can go wild when you have a good blender. Enter the Ninja. This a great kitchen item that allows people to create different recipes and dishes whenever they want. It can also reduce food waste – especially overripe fruit – when you can make use of it in a smoothie or otherwise!
Robot Vacuum Cleaner
If you’re looking for a gift for a frugal person who values both their money and their time, consider a RoboVac. These vacuum cleaners make quick work of different surfaces – allowing people to spend the time they would have spent vacuuming on other tasks!
Water Pitcher With Filter
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. It’s a great way to drink more water each day, too!
Reusable Grocery Shopping Bags
We love the idea of reusable shopping bags because – aside from not being plastic that rips easily – they hold way more, last way longer, and can be used for other carrying purposes, too!
Get your frugal person shopping box bags if they don’t have any yet. They’ll likely be a happy shopper!
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. It keeps drinks hot or cold longer and allows frugal people to make their own drinks at home!
French Press Coffee Maker
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, and there is very little waste since a package of beans or ground coffee goes a long way with no extra filters!
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 a positive impact on the environment.
Meal Prep Containers
Once again, proper food prep is key to saving money and reducing food waste. This is where good containers come in. Glass ones can be a great addition to the frugal kitchen since they stack easily, can usually be microwaved (without the lid), and are dishwasher safe!
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!
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!
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 good for little touch-ups when knives become dull and cutting things like tomatoes can start to get annoying! It’s great for people who bake, cook, and create!
Coupon Organizer Binder
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!
The Compound Effect Book
Nothing may please a frugal person more than a great read about income, life, and success. Sometimes it’s the little ideas that get reinforced that can make a BIG impact!
Another great kitchen item for frugal people is the prospect of reusable napkins. Cloth napkins look great, are 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 the time you spend in the kitchen and make your money go further 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!
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.
Personality and Practicality
Firstly, think about your person – who they are, how they live, and what is important to them (both their 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? If the gift idea serves a practical purpose for the receiver, then you might have a good frugal gift idea!
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 many years and they are still holding up strong.
Of course price is also an important consideration when buying gifts. You should never feel pressured to purchase a large/expensive gift that is way over your budget. There are lots of great gifts for frugal people in different price ranges.
Affordable Gifts for Frugal People
Some of the frugal gift ideas on our list are definitely on the cheaper/inexpensive side – but remember cost doesn’t necessarily reflect quality or purpose. So, be sure to read the description and/or reviews before making a purchase.
These gifts make great “add-on” items to a larger gift – or you can bundle a couple of them together to create a frugal gift pack!
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!
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! Two of the examples on our list would be the robot vacuum cleaner and the sewing machine.
And there you have it – some great gifts ideas for frugal people! In the end, there are lots of great ideas for gifts out there. You might even get a bit of inspiration just from reading this guide. Best of luck with finding a great gift!
As always, Stay Curious,
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