50 Great Frugal Christmas Gifts Under $50 This Holiday Season
The Holiday season brings with it the need to track down gifts for friends, family, coworkers and loved ones. The pressure to break the budget can be a troublesome worry. That’s where this list of 50 great frugal Christmas gifts under $50 can hopefully help.
Most of the gifts below are far below the $50 price point and fall more in the $10 – $30 range.
So if you’re looking for stocking stuffers or smaller office gifts, these might inspire a great cost-effective solution.
From books and travel accessories to electronics and fitness, plus everything in between, this list is quite broad. The real goal isn’t to keep it frugal but to deliver something of value without breaking your own budget.
Give the gift of knowledge and entertainment this Holiday season through the wise words of an amazing author! Books, whether physical or digital, are a great option for almost any and all.
Plus they won’t break the budget!
Below are 10 suggestions from of my top personal finance and personal development books but also a handful of others I’ve enjoyed reading in 2018. Most of these books fall in the $10 – $20 range.
- The Simple Path To Wealth: This book by the great by JL Collins highlights the simple path to building wealth. The book touches on fundamental pillars of personal finance but focuses mainly on investing and reaching for financial independence.
- I Will Teach You To Be Rich: A straight to the point, matter of fact book on personal finance by Ramit Sethi. The content is themed around the four pillars of personal finance: banking, saving, budgeting, and investing plus the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.
- Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World: This book by the always inspiring Tim Ferriss shares the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure book—a compilation of tools, tactics, and habits from 130+ of the world’s top performers.
- You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life: In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.
- Real Artists Don’t Starve: From graphic designers and writers to artists and business professionals, creatives already know that no one is born an artist. Jeff Goins’ revolutionary rules within Real Artists Don’t Starve celebrate the process of becoming an artist, a person who utilizes the imagination in fundamental ways.
- The Spider Network: The Wall Street Journal‘s award-winning business reporter, David Enrich, unveils the bizarre and sinister story with The Spider Network of how a math genius named Tom Hayes, a handful of outrageous confederates, and a deeply corrupt banking system ignited one of the greatest financial scandals in history.
- Principles: Life and Work: Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.
- The Year of Less: The Year of Less documents Cait Flanders’ life for twelve months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping.
- The Power of Habit: Award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.
- Elon Musk: Veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley’s most audacious entrepreneur.
KITCHEN & PATIO
Whether it’s for the kitchen, bedroom or out on the patio, there are a variety of gifts anyone could benefit from.
Here are 6 different options that might fit the giftee on your list. Prices on these kitchen and patio gifts range from $15 – $49.
- BBQ Grill Tool Set 16-Piece Stainless Steel Barbecue Grilling Accessories: Every grill master needs a set of grilling accessories to take care of their BBQ and the food being cooked. This set includes almost anything a traditional BBQ might require.
- Dash Rapid Electric Egg Cooker (6 Egg Capacity): Hard boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, or omelets, this cooker can do it all. Make the breakfast lover in your life happy with this simple, affordable solution.
- Servino Select Whiskey Stones + Chilling Stick: This set of 8 reusable whiskey stones, chilling stick and tongs is a great gift for the whiskey and cocktail drinker. These stones are fast-cooling stainless steel with rounded edges to ensure no scratching on glasses. Easy, classy and functional!
- Benicci Hand-Crafted Moscow Mule Copper Mugs: Continuing the entertainment and cocktail theme, this set of 4 Moscow Mule Copper Mugs is an awesome addition to any bar set. Flashy, classy and unique. The kit includes 4 copper straws and measuring cup.
- Outdoor Edison String Lights for Patio Backyard: Give the gift of style to someone’s patio, balcony or backyard. This 49 foot long string of waterproof lights is a great addition to any outdoor space.
- YETI Rambler Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler (20oz): The amazing YETI! The YETI Rambler Tumbler is tough as hell and will keeps your drinks cold (or hot). With 18/8 stainless steel construction, double-wall vacuum insulation, and No Sweat Design, it’s basically the perfect container for water, beer, coffee, tea or anything else.
Coffee continues to become much more than just a hot drink from a barista. The at-home experience and unique nuances of making the perfect cup of joe provide us with great gift giving opportunities.
Here are 4 options for the at-home brewer on your Holiday gift list. These gifts range from $25 – $50.
- JavaPresse: Give the coffee lover on your list something special from JavaPress. Whether it’s a subscription into their coffee service, a grinder, brewing gear or bag of a specific roast, there are amazing options sure to hit the mark. Plus it’s free shipping on orders over $20.
- Coffee Gator Pour Over Brewer (14oz): Pour over brewing continues to gain in popularity as the benefits in terms of taste and quality garner attention. This 14oz. pour over brewer is the perfect paperless solution and one of the most reviewed and ordered products of it’s kind.
- Coffee Gator French Press: Another solution for the at-home brewer is a great French Press. This extremely popular one from Coffee Gator is stainless steel and houses up to 34oz.
- Intelligent Blends: This company specializes in selling single-serving Keurig pods. Best of all, they sell them at amazing prices and have a TON of variety to choose from. If you have a Keurig owner on your list surprise them with an awesome variety pack from Intelligent Blends.
Why not give a gift that has the ability to keep giving back to the recipient? Knowledge and education. Udemy is an online learning platform with over 55,000 courses available.
The topics of courses run the full spectrum of possibilities. Whether you want to give them the ability to learn a new skill, push the knowledge of their career further, business strategies or anything in between, Udemy has a course. I wrote about 55+ great online Udemy courses but below are 5 of my favourites.
Best of all these courses are always deeply discounted and priced anywhere from $10 – $25.
- An Entire MBA in 1 Course: Award Winning Business School Prof: Over 169,000 students have enrolled in this course that is aimed at those looking to start or work within a successful business. It’s the #1 business course on Udemy and packages up lessons, knowledge, skills and tools.
- Acorns’ Guide to Personal Finance: This great course is built around 5 steps to building wealth. The content focuses on the themes of budget better, pay off debt faster, save and earn more money and invest wisely. Give the gift of personal finance to someone on your list.
- Creative Writing – Get Writing, Keep Writing: The skill of creative writing is evergreen and can deliver value across most industries of work (or in our personal lives). Send this course to someone and help them improve their penmanship.
- The Complete Digital Marketing Course – 12 Courses in 1: Digital marketing continues to grow in terms of importance as a skill and foundation of knowledge. This course has had over 150,000 students and includes 20 hours of training on all facets of digital marketing.
- Become a SuperLearner 2: Learn Speed Reading & Boost Memory: The final Udemy course gift suggestion is one about improving your reading speed and memory retention. Who couldn’t benefit from this?
You can also sign them up for a FREE trial at the amazing online learning website SkillShare. They feature over 24,000 classes and the FREE 1 month trial is a great resource and frugal Christmas gift.
FOR HIM PRODUCTS
From shaving to subscription boxes, there are some great gift options to get the males on your Christmas list this year.
Practical, unique or aimed to make their lives easier, the products and services below range from $10 – $45.
- Harry’s: Going to purchase razors at the pharmacy is a pain. Why not give the gift of Harry’s to that special someone on your list? Harry’s provides higher quality and lower prices. Their Shaving Subscriptions are awesome and make life so much easier (I’m a customer). They also have special shaving kits, facial care products and great shaving accessories.
- Bespoke Post: Give the modern man on your list a monthly box of goodies from Bespoke Post. Clothes, electronics, toiletries, drinks, coffee and more. Each month the box is a different theme. It’s a unique gift and if they enjoy it, they can keep the subscription going after you cover the first month.
- Personalized Pint Glasses: How about some custom beer glasses tailored to their personality? Whether it’s a serious or funny slogan or image, a custom pint glass set is a nice gift with some personalized flair.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Taking care of your health and wellbeing is essential. As a gift giver you can be the one not only spreading joy this Holiday season but wellness too.
The gifts below range from $20 – $45.
- Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush: This might seem like a boring gift. However, as a recipient of one of these last year I can give my full support behind this. My teeth have never been cleaner or felt better (plus it’s easier).
- Onnit: This company is packed full of supplements, workout equipment and an endless list of health, wellness and fitness goodies. If you’re looking to get the health nut on your list a special gift, Onnit is the spot.
- Invincible Fitness Massage Balls Set: This collection of 4 different size and style massage balls can do wonders. Whether your gift recipient is an avid runner or spends a lot of time sitting at work, the ability to get a deep tissue massage and take care of their body will have them thanking you.
- LETSCOM Fitness Tracker: This is an affordable substitute for the FitBit. This fitness tracker monitors heart rate, sleep patterns, step count, calories and much more. It’s a great gift for anyone looking to put their fitness first.
Chances are most of us have a sports lover on our Christmas list this Holiday season. From sporting goods to tickets to events, you can be the gift-giving hero with the suggestions below at $20 – $50.
- TaylorMade TP5X Golf Balls: If you have a golfer in the family or around the office, a simple solution is a pack of a dozen quality golf balls. No golfer is going to complain about this set from TaylorMade.
- ESPN+: This is a new subscription service available in the United States only. ESPN+ is an over-the-top direct-to-consumer subscription video service through the ESPN App. You’ll find live soccer, boxing, golf, tennis, rugby, cricket, and several college sports. It’s only $4.99 per month!
- Ticketmaster: If the sports fan on your list is a fan of attending games or matches live, why not send them there? From the highest level of pro down to amateur events, chances are Ticketmaster has it.
- The Sports Bucket List Coffee Table Book: This Sports Illustrated coffee table book features a unique lifetime list of the 101 most important games, matches, venues, and events around the world. The perfect addition to any sports lovers entertainment room.
Travel accessories are a great gifting opportunity as the breadth of products provides numerous options. Whether it’s a gift to increase comfort or make packing easier, travel gifts are applicable to almost anyone.
The gifts below range from $15 – $40.
- Scratch Off World Map Poster: Give the world traveller in your life a nice memento to hang in their office. The scratch off map gives inspiration for their next trip and lets them reminisce on their recent adventures. As they visit new countries, they scratch it off the poster.
- Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow: This memory foam is an awesome multi-purpose gift that can help any traveller. The flexible foam makes this much more than just a neck pillow. It can be molded and twisted to support lower backs, legs, ribs, etc. It’s a perfect gift to help out the recipient on those plane, car or train trips.
- Vetelli Hanging Toiletry Bag for Men: This hanging toiletry bag is a great additional for any male gift recipient’s travel needs. Tons of space, versatile storage and a stylish design.
- HeroFiber Luggage Accessories Kit: This kit includes luggage tags, locks, straps and a scale. It’s an all-in-one solution to cover off all the little accessory needs a traveller might need for their baggage.
GAMES & FUN
Christmas gifts can be a source of fun and entertainment as well. Why not give a great board or card game as a gift?
The 3 games below are tailored to adults so they could be an office gift or a nice one for a friend or family member. The prices fall within $20 – $40.
- Cards Against Humanity: The uberly popular, often shocking card game for adults. Depending on who is on your list this could be the ideal fit. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.
- Codenames: Codenames is a great game I’ve had the pleasure of playing a number of times. It’s a social word game where two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first.
- What Do You Meme? Party Game: Another adult party game that can make a great gift to a coworker, friend or family member. The premise is basic compete to create the funniest meme.
There’s a little geek in all of us. That might be some cool collectible items or perhaps some tech related elements to starting a business? These geekery gifts fall between $20 – $50.
- Loot Crate: No matter what type of geek you’re shopping for, Loot Crate has a monthly subscription box that will work! Exclusive collectibles, apparel and gear delivered right to their door.
- Website Domain: Purchase a domain name for the potential webmaster or business minded person in your life. Could your gift recipient appreciate getting their personal name domain as a gift? Namecheap offers amazing prices on domain names of all sorts. You never know when someone might end up needing their official name as a website.
- Website Hosting: If your loved one, friend or coworker has ever talked about starting a business online. Why not help them get the wheels in motion by purchasing them a hosting package from an amazing provider like Siteground?
- ThinkGeek Star Wars Millennium Falcon Exclusive Multi-Tool Kit: If you’re looking to give an extremely unique and attention grabbing gift to the geek in your life, look no further. This multi-tool kit shaped like the famous Millennium Falcon includes four hex keys, two screwdrivers, and an adjustable wrench
The two items below are ideal electronic solutions for the right people on your list this Holiday season. Every iPad needs a keyboard and every home or travel bag needs a Bluetooth speaker.
Two great gift solutions from $25 – $40.
- iPad Keyboard & Case: One thing every tablet owner needs is a keyboard and cover/case. The added functionality of having an external keyboard is a huge boost. Plus the cover/case helps protect it from wear and tear. This is a perfect gift for any iPad owner on your list.
- Anker SoundCore 24-Hour Playtime Bluetooth Speaker: This is a perfectly affordable bluetooth speaker. Is it Bose or Beats quality? No. Is it under $25 and a great gift? Yes.
DISCOUNTED GIFT CARDS
Last but not least, if you don’t want to purchase a specific gift for some people on your Christmas list, the always dependable gift card is always the right choice.
Thankfully, there are even places you can purchase discounted gift cards online.
Two of the best sources are:
- Cardpool: Cardpool is a great service to get access to discounted gift cards at up to 35% off. They carry cards from almost every retailer and service imaginable. Sign up for free today!
- Gift Card Granny: Gift Card Granny is similar to Cardpool with an extensive library of discounted gift cards ranging up to 50% off. From Nike to Best Buy and everything in between. They have daily deals, special offers and are always updating to feature new retailers. It’s free and simple to register!
Conclusion: 50 Great Frugal Christmas Gifts Under $50
There we have it! 50 great frugal Christmas gifts under $50 and a little something for everyone on your list this Holiday season.
Lots of options, lots of great gifts to make the people on your list happy (hopefully).
What are your top frugal Christmas gift ideas this Holiday season? Which frugal Christmas gifts over the last few years have given you the most value?
Let me know in the comments below.
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