This post was most recently updated on March 6th, 2020
Giving a gift to someone who has everything, or doesn’t want anything can be really frustrating. Whether your gift is for a prepper, homesteader, fermenter, gardener, baker or simply some one who is super difficult to buy for, I have got some genius frugal ideas for wonderful gifts for you to give.
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I think that these people are actually fairly easy to buy for. However you do have to think outside the typical “gift” box.
This is the secret to giving a gift to people who don’t seem to want or need anything: Look for a gift that is practical.
Now frugal gifts doesn’t necessarily mean cheap. Some are free, some are cheap and some are a little more pricey. Frugal means that it is good value, buy it once and never have to replace it.
Many good frugal items can also be found at garage sales or second hand stores. Some times old stuff is way better quality, so don’t shy away from second hand gifts!
This list is divided in to areas of interest for ease of looking up for your particular special person.
Please note: not all gifts have to be from the store! And they definitely don’t have to be single use, throw away plastic items.
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Frugal Gifts for the Kitchen
Do you know someone that likes to cook, bake, can, preserve or ferment? These are some practical frugal gifts that they would adore.
If you know someone who is wanting to start preserving their own food, this kit is is must have. It is on my wish list this year!
Stone rolling pin
I have a marble rolling pin that I inherited from my Nana. It is fantastic!
What is cooler than a personalized or hilarious piece of clothing!
Cookies in a jar
This is such a great gift, grab your favorite recipe and pop it in a jar (minus the wet ingredients!). Add a label and some instructions. For some recipes that work well have a look here.
Mortar and pestle
A good quality mortar and pestle will last a lifetime. Get a large, heavy one as they are the best in my experience.
A fermenting crock will become a family heirloom. Look in second hand stores, you might be surprised at what you can find.
Fermenting stones keep the produce below the brine, this stops it going moldy and gross.
If you have a cook that you really want to spoil, buy them the Excalibur dehydrator!
Every canner needs more jars! Stick with known brands like Ball, as they have quality glass that will withstand the pressure and temperature required to can safely. You can often pick jars up at second hand stores or garage sales.
Food storage jars
Food storage jars allow you to both keep the pantry neat, tidy and pretty as well as use them to shop at a plastic-free bulk bin store.
Mason jar fermenting kit
These nifty devices allow you to ferment in any wide mouthed mason jar without worrying about contamination or mold.
Cheese making kit
A real foodie in the kitchen will probably be super keen to give cheese making a try.
Fermentation heating pad
Keeps the ferments nice and warm and active.
An essential for canning low acidity fruits and vegetables as well as meat, stock, milk and soup.
Perfect for a busy house hold – it cooks everything in a fraction of the time.
A perfect gift for anyone trying to reduce your plastic consumption (as we all should be). These are the bags that I have and I love them!
cast iron is the ultimate thing to cook on. You can buy it new, or hunt it out second hand. Most rusty old cast iron can be restored to new with a little love.
Frugal Gifts for the Gardener
If you know some one that loves to garden, there are so many practical gifts that you can get for them!
What better gift than the promise of new life and the ability to grow your own food.
A life in the garden can be a bit rough on the knees, a kneeling pad is quite a grand idea.
A gardening apron
A utility apron for working outside saves all the trips back and forward to the shed and helps keep your clothes clean, bonus!
Gardeners gloves get a good amount of wear over a season. Splash out and treat them with a new pair for the coming season.
A wire weeder
One of the most simple inventions is a wire weeder. They are also often sold as hoof picks. You can even make them yourself out of some heavy duty wire!
Soil blockers take away the need of seedling trays and they reduce the transplantation shock of young seedlings.
A worm bin is a fabulous way to deal with kitchen food rubbish, keeping it out of the trash and making amazing worm castings for the garden at the same time.
Garden mini tunnels make season extension in the garden a breeze and allow gardener to grow for an extra month or two on each side of the growing season.
For anyone outdoors a lot, a quality pocket knife is super handy to have.
After all the work in the garden, a gardener needs more than an apron skirt to carry in all that loot!
A plant or two
Go to your local nursery, or grow something from seed yourself.
Frugal gift ideas for the Outdoors Person or Prepper
(or anyone actually! We all need an emergency kit!)
2 Person bug-out bag
What better gift than saving someone in an emergency. Whether you gather together your own supplies, or purchase a pre-made kit, a bug out bag is a perfect gift for anyone in your family.
Quality first aid kit
You may not be able to afford a full emergency kit for a family member, but a quality first aid kit is the next best thing.
Water storage tank
Water is the key to survival, therefore a water storage unit can be lifesaving.
Hand cranked and solar powered.
Battery powered radio
With modern technology we now have hand cranked and solar powered emergency radios. WITH CELL CHARGERS!
Swiss army knife
All the things you will ever need in one handy gadget!
This handy invention lets you proper wash your clothes without a washing machine.
This handy device lets you send text messages without reception! Perfect for the hikers in your family.
Fun Frugal Gift Ideas
The holidays are all about love and having fun spending time together, so here are some slightly off-the-wall frugal gift ideas.
This fun little item is for eradicating your house of flies!
Green army man bottle opener
I can never find a bottler opener when I need one, and this one is pretty awesome.
Crazy frog slingshots
Just to add to the hilarity of a family gathering – why not throw frogs at each other while you are at it.
A silly mug
I love bunnies – they are delicious. Nothing says I love you more than a silly mug full of candy!
An interesting conversation piece book for the coffee table.
No gift list is complete without socks!
Remember, gift giving is not really about the money, or really the gift for that matter. It is about the gesture and the love behind it. Don’t get yourself in to debt buying gifts. People would rather you gave something simple that you made yourself then live knowing you went in to debt to buy them something.
Do you have any other frugal but useful gift ideas? Tell me about it in the comments below.
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