10 Frugal Gift Ideas Under $10

by Jason on December 21, 2009

It seems like everyone has tightened their belt a bit this year.

With the recession came lost jobs, lowered incomes and uncertainty – it just doesn’t make sense to go out and blow a bunch of money on gifts this Christmas season.

So what do you do if you’re still looking for a few frugal gift ideas?

I took this question to the Twitter Streets and polled some of the best and brightest in the Twittersphere.

Here’s a list of things you could buy for under $10 from some fellow bloggers and Twitter followers in no particular order.

1. Framed Memories

Pete from Bible Money Matters offered up this memorable gift:

My favorite frugal gift is pictures I’ve taken of family, printed out and put in a nice frame.  We’re doing that for my brother & his family this year.

This is a great gift and capturing memories with photos can last a lifetime!

Follow Pete on Twitter! @MoneyMatters

2. French Toast Stamper

Len Penzo from Len Penzo dot Com had this wacky idea:

This french toast stamper is the bomb! And it’s only $2.95! http://tiny.cc/1STAy

If you’re looking for something different to give the person who seemingly has everything…this might be a great gift to drop the hint that they have everything – although I’m sure kids would love this!

Give Len a follow Twitter! @LenPenzo

3. Fudge!

Brad from Enemy of Debt offers up his idea that starts in the kitchen:

This Christmas we have made this recipe in bulk and placed different kinds of fudge in candy boxes to pass out to friends and family.

Who doesn’t like chocolate!  Fudge is a great gift idea and Brad even offers up his fudge recipe!

Give Brad a follow on Twitter! @EnemyofDebt

4. Candles

2 ideas came in for the flame and scent lovers.

Wojo from Fiscal Fizzle said:

For candle lovers, I’ve seen $2-$3 huge candles on sale. A three-pack of those, perhaps?

Craig from Budget Pulse offered this:

Nice candles may be under $10 and girls really like them.

There you have it.  You can’t go wrong with a nice scented candle.

Give Wojo (@FiscalFizzle)and Craig (@BudgetPulse) each a follow on Twitter!

5. The Gift of Eating

The PF blogger who delivers pizza to help pay down debt offers up a suggestion having to do with food! Deliver Away Debt says:

Restaurant.com gift cert, 80% off so you can get a ton for 10 bucks

I agree! Except when your favorite restaurant drops out of the program after you bought the gift certificates! Give @DeliverAwayDebt a follow!

6. Homemade Gifts!

Matt Jabs from Debt Free Adventure offers up his crafty ideas:

My wife and I did 4 gift baskets packed with homemade products and baked goods. Cost us $25 for all 4 and people LOVED them. Big winner.  You can check out the video here http://bit.ly/773GAK

Give Matt a follow on Twitter – @MattJabs

7. More Chocolate!

Bob from Christian PF – who loves chocolate so much that it’s in his bio on his blog says this:

Chocolate Nut Bark

This one was featured in Real Simple and is indeed real simple! You only need to buy 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate and 2.5 cups of mixed nuts. You then melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a (but not in) a saucepan of gently simmering water, stirring occasionally.  Next you spread the chocolate evenly on a parchment-lined 9×13 inch baking pan and sprinkle with the nuts. Refrigerate until firm (about 30 mins). After that you can break into pieces and keep at room temperature for a week.

Mmm! That does sound awesome!  Give Bob a follow on Twitter @ChristianPF!

8. Gift Cards!

The ol’ stand by of gift cards usually do the trick for last minute shoppers.  Two responses came in for these:

Money Funk says:

I luv a Starbuck’s gift card to be spoiled with a very caloric but yummy mocha with whip!

Miranda Marquit

I’m thinking of an iTunes gift card!

I’ll be happy with these two gift cards this year myself!

Give Money Funk @MoneyFunk and Miranda @MMarquit a follow!

9. A Break!

How about a break to just get away and relax for a bit?  Kelly from the Centsible Life says she would love:

Coupons for time off from my husband or family!  I would sleep, read a book, cook something I like to eat, go somewhere ALONE, I could go on and on really.

She also mentioned that homemade treats would go really well with that! Give Kelly a follow! @CentsibleLife

10. Pico Pads

I had never heard of this before, but Paul over at Fiscal Geek says:

Quite possibly one of my most favorite items is the Pico Pad sticks in your wallet for quick notes http://bit.ly/5I2SSv

Makes sense!  It’s one of life’s conundrum’s – we need to write something down as a reminder and we can’t find a pen or paper!  This helps!   Give Paul a follow! @FiscalGeek

11. A Book!

This is your bonus idea for the day – Neal Frankle from Wealth Pilgrim says:

Absolute best idea – buy a copy of “How to Stop Worrying And Start Living” buy used .  Get & give this, it’s a lifesaver.

Great idea Neal. I love to read and love to get books as gifts!  I have not read this, but may have to add it to the list!  Give Neal a follow! @NealFrankle

What Are Your Ideas?

What other ideas do you have for some frugal gift ideas?

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