Are you the type of person who never really wants anything specific around the holidays? We get it — you’re a money-saver, and it’s hard to pick out presents that will serve you the most. With that in mind, we created this list of gifts that will help you in your money-saving efforts all year long.
1. Eau de Parfum
If you’re after some new scents, make sure to ask for eau de parfum, not eau de toilette. Parfum is more expensive, but it will last for double the amount of time.
2. Hand Blender
Buying a meal deal everyday for lunch adds up to well over $5,000 in a year, so why not ask for a hand blender to make your own soups to take to work? You can also use it to make pasta sauces from scratch, which saves a fortune and are much tastier compared to store-bought versions.
3. TV Subscription Service
Ask for a subscription to a TV streaming service and cut your hefty satellite bill. You can watch all your favorite TV shows as well as maybe finding some new hidden gems.
4. A Piggy Bank
Keep a pretty piggy bank in the hallway and have the family contribute small change throughout the year. You can crack it open and spend it on a day out you’ll all enjoy.
5. Filtered Water Bottle
Buying bottled water to take the gym or have at your desk can add up, so ask Santa for a filtered water bottle. You can refill it for free and the filter will remove any hardness from the water, making it taste better and encouraging you to drink more.
6. Cappuccino/Espresso Maker
If you’re a caffeine addict and are constantly shelling out for on-the-go beverages, ask your loved ones for a nice coffee maker. You can buy ceramic mugs and fill them up with coffee shop-style coffee everyday without the price tag.
7. Salad Spinner
Premade bags of salad are pricey and have a short shelf life. Instead, buy your salad ingredients separately and use your new salad spinner to turn it into the real deal.
8. Soy Candles
Soy candles are more expensive than paraffin candles, but they burn 50 percent longer, which means they’re hugely cost effective.
9. Lip and Cheek Stain
If you’re a makeup junkie, ask for a lip and cheek stain combo this Christmas. Having a two-in-one product is a no-brainer, and a good quality one will last longer than two separate products.
10. Herb Garden
Cooking fans take heed: If you prefer to cook with fresh herbs, stop buying the supermarket packets and grow your own. Ask your family for your own herb garden, which can live happily in windowsill planters. Some even grow indoors!
11. Movie Gift Card
If you’re a movie fan, you can save a bucket load of cash by asking for a movie theater gift card this Christmas. If you go to the movies more than twice a month, you’ll definitely notice the difference.
Music lovers can waste up to $10 each time they replace cheap earbuds, so ask for a decent pair of headphones that are built to last.
13. Fitness Supplies
Ditch your gym membership in the New Year and instead ask for fitness equipment. Having your own weights, yoga mat, or exercise ball will encourage you to exercise more as well as saving you dough.
14. Carbonated Drinks Maker
If you’re hooked on fizzy drinks, ask for a beverage carbonator to make your own at home. Most come with reusable bottles so you’ll be helping the environment, too.
One of the best ways to save money is to teach yourself the trade. Whether it’s mechanics, knitting, cookery, or woodworking, you can have loads of fun learning a new skill as well as saving money once you’ve mastered the craft.
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