Frugal Gift Ideas for the Whole Family!
Christmas, Birthdays and special events are all times when we like to celebrate by giving gifts. However we don’t need to break the bank to do this and equally we can choose something that will help the recipient and maybe save them some money as well. Frugal gift ideas do not have to involve pots of home made jam or last years undrinkable elderberry wine…they should really useful and practical gifts that will last a lifetime. Here is the Meany Goat’s choice of top frugal Gift ideas for the whole family.
Frugal Gift Ideas for Men:
Honestly, men are pretty easy to please when it comes to presents. Gadgets and tools are the all time favorites and with this in mind it is really easy to find some really great frugal gifts that will save the man in your life plenty of time and money.
Home Energy Monitor – These little plug in gadgets enable you to identify the electrical devices that are costing you most money to run. You can easily recover the cost in a couple of months!
Conserve Power Switch - Plenty of home appliances use energy in “standby mode” when they are left plugged in. Use this simple and compact power switch to turn them right off. A great stocking filler!
Solar Charger & External Power Source – Recharge your Smart Phone or run USB powered devices like MP3 players direct from this unit….all using free solar electricity.
Manual Log Splitter – This hand powered manual hydraulic log splitter uses no electricity…but also avoids getting a bad back from slitting logs with an axe. Great for the helping lower your carbon footprint even more.
Frugal Gift Ideas for Women:
Well, women can be more tricky to buy “sensible” presents for…Ouch, I felt that! However, there are plenty of alternative ideas to choose from if you hunt around and use some imagination. Here are some things to get you started in the right direction.
Steamer – Steaming food is healthy, quick and saves energy compared with using an oven or cooker. Steamed vegetables contain more vitamins than boiled ones. With a bit of thought a whole alternative CHristmas or Thanksgiving meal can be cooked with one of these!
Kindle E-Reader – The pocket sized Kindle is ideal for those who love reading a lot of books. There are literally hundreds of thousands of e-books that can be downloaded perfectly legally for free. The Amazon website offers free versions of out of Copy-write novels so that is always a good place to start. The Kindle saves money since the e-books are cheaper than the paper versions (or you can just read the free ones) and you don’t end up with a house full of dusty old paperbacks!
Freezable Lunch Box – Good quality lunch boxes are always a good investment since you recover the cost the first time you use them! Choosing one that you can freeze makes it really easy to avoid waste since you can prepare several meals in advance from left overs.
Frugal Gift Ideas for Kids:
If you teach your kids the important values of saving and re-cycling then they will be in a much better position to survive the ups and downs of the World Economy as well as being better equipped to help save the planet!
Tin Can Robot – Learn some science and recycle a tin can at the same time. The Meany Goat would actually like to have one of these!
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A Potato Clock – Make sure your kids are at the meal table on time by getting them one of these potato clocks to build. Runs from a potato so no need to buy batteries and no heavy metal pollution.
Rubber Powered Airplane – Hours of fun without using batteries! Your kids will gets plenty of exercise chasing after these planes in the yard or park. Traditional, but still great fun and more educational than a games console!
Buck the Trend!
Frugal Gift Ideas do not have to include wooly hats and undrinkable homemade wine. There are plenty of modern alternatives. Buy them over the internet and get cheaper prices while saving time and petrol by not going to the shops!
So there you have it…some great frugal gift ideas to get you thinking! Don’t get taken in by all the glitzy TV advertising….most trendy presents are just a waste of money and will usually lie around unused or eventually get given to a charity shop. Think differently this year and choose some things that are useful, long lasting and will save money. And for the kids? Well, try to get them to ignore the trash that their friends will inevitably end up with and help them learn some core values that will guide them in later life. So, take a tip from the Meany Goat and get your thinking cap on….write down a list of your best frugal gift ideas and then start searching for the best deals on-line. If you buy over the internet then you will certainly pay less than in the local shopping mall and you will save both time and petrol into the bargain.
…….and if you are still stuck for inspiration here are some other ideas…..Ten Frugal Gift Ideas for Under $10
It would be great to get your feedback on what frugal gift ideas you will be using this year…please share with a comment
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