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PostHeaderIcon 5 Frugal Yet Memorable Last Minute Gift Ideas


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Inexpensive and frugal Christmas gift ideas don’t always have to look cheap and rushed. By putting just a little bit of time and effort into it, you can create some very thoughtful last minute gifts for people on your shopping list. Here are five easy to implement examples.

Personalized Photo Calendar

For less than $20, you can use photo services like Snapfish.com and Shutterfly.com to create custom photo calendars that will be a huge hit with parents and grandparents. Essentially, you take your photos and plug them into a custom calendar, the process couldn’t be easier. Also, be sure to take the time to enter birthdays and anniversaries dates to make the calendar even more useful for the recipient.

Magazine Subscription

Use websites like Magazines.com to order bargain magazine subscriptions for people on your shopping list. For example, if you have a handy guy or gal on your list, you can order a 1-year subscription to Family Handyman for $19.97 which is a savings of 54% off the cover price. Side-note: This is by far my favorite magazine and was given to me as a gift last Christmas. A nice touch is to buy the current issue and wrap it with the magazine subscription certificate.

Gift Card Option

For those serious procrastinator, a gift card makes for a nice gift option. Key point with gift cards is to make sure it’s a store that the recipient frequents often and has easy access to. To cut down on your costs, use gift card reselling websites like Plastic Jungle.com (which I mentioned last week) so you can purchase the gift card for less than the face value.

Get Your Bake On

Food and baked goods always makes for excellent gift ideas for neighbors, friends, and family. If you are handy in the kitchen, whip up your Grandma famous Christmas cookies and hand out as gifts. Or if you don’t fashion yourself as a Julia Child wanna-be, just put a bow on your favorite bottle of wine, box of chocolates, or favorite hickory smoked butcher-shop bacon. The idea is to pass along something that you really enjoy to a person who would otherwise not have an opportunity to try it.

Pocket Knife/Tool

Perhaps the most useful gift you can give someone is a handy pocket tool. For less than $30, you can buy someone a Leatherman or Swiss Army tool which will literally be used thousands of times to open bottles, repair sunglasses, pull splinters, and cut thread. They are just expensive enough that most people will not buy a good one for themselves and resort to using their teeth for everything. So save someone a chipped tooth this Christmas and buy them a pocket tool. They will thank you for years to come.

Also, keep in mind that most online stores will be able to ship gifts in time for Christmas right up until December 21st. Always make sure to verify guaranteed delivery dates with the individual retailer before making a purchase.

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