It’s no secret that life is getting more and more pricey as time goes on. The constant battle with price inflation and taxes is insane. So people all over the world are always looking for ways to save money where they can. Gifts that save money are thoughtful and practical in use.
[Related] See Homemade holiday gift for everybody on a budget
It’s easy to find affordable gifts to fit within your budget, but it’s not always easy to find gifts that the recipient will actually love. Giving a gift that can save them money over and over again is not only thoughtful but it also gives them good reason to think of you every time they use it.
So much better than a bad necktie or card that gets tossed in a drawer somewhere. These gifts will no doubt be enjoyed for years to come.
Here are 10 gift ideas that save the recipient money over and over again.
1. Instant Pot
Whether or not your cooking skills are restaurant quality, you can expect an instant pot to come in handy.
These things are amazing for those lazy or busy days when you forget to take that frozen meat out of the freezer. Instead of spending all your hard earned cash ordering take out or a pizza (seriously, two large pizzas near me cost close to $50 after tip) you can take out the instant pot. Place your frozen food inside and within the same timeframe, have a home cooked meal.
Gifting one of these bad boys to any of your friends or loved ones, will make sure you’re remembered every time they put it to good use.
Pair it with an instant pot cookbook for beginners and your friends will love trying new foods and maybe even invite you to dinner more often.
2. Ice Cream Maker
Unlike other ice cream makers, this one is the most perfect one that I have ever found!
Why is it so perfect? You might ask.
It doesn’t require electricity, salt, buckets with cranks, fancy mixes, or extreme effort!
The reviews claim its great with Dairy Free milk alternatives!! That alone can save the Vegan or allergen family/friend a huge chunk of change. Dairy Free ice cream is so incredibly pricey.
You can make smoothies, rolled ice cream, or frozen yogurt if you choose to.
It’s like having your own personal cold stone ice cream shop in your kitchen and all it needs is a freezer to store it in!
This ice cream maker is by far, a great money saver.
3. Wool Dryer Balls
Gifting a set of dryer balls, is not only something that is trendy and a cost-effective gift option for you, but it’s also something that will save the recipient money.
Dryer balls reduce static cling, reduce wrinkles, soften laundry and shorten drying time. This means less electricity needed, and no need for dryer sheets.
I know several people who often put a few drops of essential oils on their wool dryer balls, to make laundry smell fresh. I also know a few kids who think of them as snowballs and have play fights with them indoors, which tells me this is a gift for any age group lol.
4. Coffee Maker
This coffee maker is amazing. I had one for
Let me tell you about it, it’s programable. Meaning you can prep the coffee pot the night before, set it to start brewing at 4:50a.m. and when your alarm goes off at 5a.m. you have a fresh pot ready to go and no need to wait.
It has an auto turn off, so after 2 hours, if you forgot to turn it off before rushing out the door or getting distracted by the kids/life, etc. you can be rest assured that after two hours, it will beep and turn itself off.
It also has a brew pause feature that lets you pour coffee from the carafe at any point without needing to finish the brew cycle, just return it to the warmer and the brew will continue. No more waiting 15 minutes for the pot to finish brewing, enjoy your coffee as soon as you want to.
The hot water side, while it doesn’t have a programable timer or an auto off, it does have a light that tells you if you’re low on water, and if it runs out of water, it will turn itself off.
How will this coffee maker save anyone money?
By utilizing the programmable feature, you can reduce the stress of early morning coffee making. Reduce the time it take for you to wake up and get ready. By waking up to a fresh pot, you don’t need to stop at the local coffee shop for that $5 fix.
A $5 daily coffee, 5 days a week for a year would cost $1,200!
5. Double Wall Tumbler
These tumblers, are pretty cool, I have personally bought these and they have EXCEEDED my expectations. They are just as good, if not better than the more pricier brands, like Yeti.
Ice remains after 24 hours still visible in the cup. Hot drinks stay hot too, but I’ve never had the time to test out how long it stays hot.
This set here is priced at about the same retail as one name brand. So you buying these tumblers, saves YOU money. Keep one tumbler and gift the other.
Save the recipient money by introducing them to the greatest tumbler ever, now they don’t need the pricey name brand. They can also enjoy cold drinks through the summer heat, reducing impulsively buying cold treats and beverages.
6. Rice Cooker
Instant rice is much more pricey than the long cook versions. Unfortunately, long cook rice has a learning curve that can be hard to master. Especially healthier rice like brown rice. That’s where the rice cooker comes into play.
Rice cookers are simple to use, just add rice and water, push the button and wait. Perfect for the busy family and the budding chef.
7. Rechargeable Batteries
I can not possibly tell you how many times I can’t find my stash of batteries and need to buy more because something important (like a tv remote or the only kid toy holding your teething babies attention) needs a fresh pair of batteries.
Batteries can be very pricey and technically, they are supposed to have special trashing requirements as well. Rechargeable batteries, not only save money, by reducing the unnecessary purchase of more, but also double as eco-friendly.
This rechargeable battery set comes with 4 AAA and 4 AA as well as a docking station! A great gift for someone wanting to be more eco-friendly and wanting to save money.
8. Food Saver
Another item I have personally owned. With so many options, this food saver is great. This set especially, because it includes the tools to vacuum seal wine bottles and bags, so it’s a great set for beginners.
The learning curve is practically non-existent, it’s so incredibly easy to use.
Save money by finally being able to properly portion foods, allowing you to meal plan, reduce/remove frost bitten meats from your life.
9. Electric Coffee Grinder
Have you ever realized how much more expensive ground coffee is compared to whole beans? With bulk stores like Winco offering an even better deal on whole beans, it’s a wonder why more people don’t buy these.
Maybe, if they had their own personal coffee grinder, they would.
This coffee grinder works by simply filling it with whole beans and pushing the lid down. Can’t possibly get easier. Fresh ground coffee tastes amazingly fresh, and introduces a whole new world of savings and coffee flavor profiles.
Pair this electric coffee grinder up with a bag of your favorite whole beans, and a bright red bow, perfect.
10. Personal Finance Books
I don’t recommend giving financial books to just anybody, as more often than not, they come across as you being a jerk. Even with the best of intentions, sometimes the receiver just feels attacked. So this is definitely a gift to give when you know your recipient.
Or, the recipient could be happy with their wrong beliefs about budgeting and finance and not want to wisen up. You can’t change that.
If you know your gift recipient will appreciate these types of books, then look no further than Dave Ramsey. His books are great and offer a ton of advice and knowledge that have helped thousands of people all over America (and the world.) Not only that, but he does a talk show on the radio and video podcasts, so his advice can be sought out even long after these books have been read.
So there you have it. 10 Great gift ideas that will save the recipient money over and over again.
Do you know of another gift idea not mentioned in this post? I’d love to hear it, so feel free to share it in the comments below!