20 Useful Gifts for Your Frugal Friend

Are you looking for ideas for useful gifts for that Frugal Person in your life?

Most frugal people don’t want you to buy them THINGS just for the sake of things. Many are super practical and want everything to have a purpose, specifically a money-saving purpose. Frugal people enjoy getting useful gifts that they can use.

Frugal friends are the hardest people to get gifts for because they don’t talk about everything they want.

They may not even want anything. How do you come up with a good gift that they will appreciate and won’t just re-gift, resell or donate? Buy them a useful gift that will help them with their frugal lifestyle.

Here are some ideas for useful gifts that your frugal friend will appreciate.

Useful Gifts for Your Frugal Friend


Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker | Stainless Steel (SCV700-S-BR)

I love my croc-pot, and so do most frugal people I know! Croc-pots are great for meal prep and other home cooking recipes like cider, stews, and sauces. A croc-pot is a mainstay in every frugal person’s home so that any frugal person will enjoy this useful gift.

Buy a croc-pot now!

Instant Pot

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, Sterilizer, and Warmer, 6 Quart, 13 One-Touch Programs
The instant pot is the new fun gadget that everyone loves. It’s a croc-pot and pressure cooker combined in one, and you can do so many versatile things with it, like make homemade yogurt. If you have someone who heavily relies on a beans-and-rice diet, this is a great gift because it cooks dried beans quickly and easily.

Buy an Instant Pot now!

Costco Membership

Buying in bulk is a frugal person’s dream, and the best place to do it is Costco. After Aldi’s, I think Costco is on the top of the frugal personal favorite store. Since Costco is a membership-only store, the initial cost can be less frugal in the purist of frugality. A Costco membership is something your frugal person will enjoy!

Purchase a Costco Membership Activation Certificate to join as a new member and receive a Costco Shop Card.

Canning Kit

Norpro Canning Essentials Boxed Set, 6 Piece Set
Does your frugal friend want to start canning? Then get them a starter canning kit to help them can their delicious garden fruits or veggies.

Buy a Canning Kit now!

Glass Jars for Storage

Glass Regular Mouth Mason Jars, 16 oz Clear Glass Jars with Silver Metal Lids for Sealing, Canning Jars for Food Storage, Overnight Oats, Dry Food, Snacks, Candies, DIY Projects (4PACK)
Frugal people love storing things. They love saving leftovers and cooking in bulk. They love buying dry goods in bulk as well, and glass jars are a great way to store these types of things. Glass jars are eco-friendly, healthy, and keep various things well, so it’s a great and versatile gift.

Buy Glass Jars for Storage now!

Warm Sweater to Keep Out the Chill

Asvivid Womens Sweaters for Fall Turtleneck Knit Sweater Winter Warm Soft Pullover Sweater Long Sleeve Black Ladies Sweaters S
You don’t need to turn the heat on when you can layer with a yummy and warm sweater. A nice, cozy sweater will be perfect for keeping your frugal person warm all winter long!

Buy a Warm Sweater now!

Gardening Set

AOKIWO 83 Pcs Garden Tools Set Succulent Tools Set, Heavy Duty Aluminum Manual Garden Kit Outdoor Gardening Gifts Tools for Men Women (Green)
Gardening is a great and eco-friendly activity which can be frugal once you get over the set-up costs. It’s one of those things that sound great and cheap but have pretty high start-up costs and make it prohibitive for someone who is frugal-not-by-choice. A gardening set can help start them off on their gardening journey.

Buy a Gardening Set now!

Indoor Planter

5 Pack Seed Sprouter Tray | Microgreens Growing Kit for Large Seeds | Grow Wheat Grass for Your Cat | Sprouting Kit | Sprouting Tray for Growing Mung Beans, Lentils, Green Onion and More
Micro-greens are a great thing to plant in your home if you don’t have an outdoor area. If your frugal friend lives in an apartment or other space with no place for a garden, they can still grow some of their own food with an Indoor Garden Kit.

Buy an Indoor Planter now!

Food Dehydrator

COSORI Premium Food Dehydrator Machine(50 Free Recipes), 6 Stainless Steel Trays with Digital Timer and Temperature Control for Beef,Jerky,Fruit,Dog Treats,Herbs,ETL Listed/FDA Compliant
I was just gifted a dehydrator, and I make so many things with it! Homemade beef jerky is delicious and saves so much money. We take fruit going bad and dry it for a great snack that doesn’t have sugar like so many store-bought fried fruit seems to have.

Buy a Food Dehydrator now!


Ninja BL660 Professional Countertop Blender with 1100-Watt Base, 72 Oz Total Crushing Pitcher and (2) 16 Oz Cups for Frozen Drinks and Smoothies, Gray
Soups, baby food, different kinds of butter- there is so much that a good blender can do. My favorite thing is to make a yummy power smoothie for breakfast. It’s healthy and much cheaper than at the store.

Buy a Blender now!

Sourdough Starter

Breadtopia Sourdough Starter (Live) | Made from Organic & Non-GMO Ingredients | Easy to Follow Instructions | Make Homemade Sourdough Bread | Sour Dough Starter Live |
Sourdough bread is healthy and delicious but needs a starter to get started. Gifting someone a starter can help them make bread without the hard part of growing their own from scratch.

Buy a Sourdough Starter now!

Good Socks

Women's 5 pairs Colorful Casual Socks Cute Lovely Animal Pattern Novelty Socks Good for Gift (Dog embroidery ankle socks)
Frugal people love practical gifts, and socks are as practical as they come! Really warm socks are also great for the “won’t turn on the heat” people.

Buy a pair of good socks now!

Gift Card

Amazon eGift Card
Gift cards are always appreciated, especially for the minimalist amongst us. Why? They can buy the practical thing they need instead of receiving something they don’t want. A gift card is a tad impersonal but very rarely is unappreciated.

Buy a Gift Card now!

Moka Pot

Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Coffee Maker, 3-Cup, Aluminium
As any frugal person or personal finance person will tell you, they LOVE making coffee at home. As tired of the “make coffee at home” trope is, frugal people, appreciate a delicious cup of coffee made from their own beans and with their own machine. While your frugal person may not splurge on a Moka pot or fancy coffee beans, that does not mean they won’t appreciate them as a gift.

Buy a Moka Pot now!

Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls - Natural Fabric Softener, Reusable, Reduces Clothing Wrinkles and Saves Drying Time. The Large Dryer Ball is a Better Alternative to Plastic Balls and Liquid Softener. (Pack of 6)
So I am uber-frugal and don’t use dryer sheets at all, but many do, which can add up every shipping trip to a small and wasteful amount. Wool dryer balls are a great one-time purchase that can save money every load and make your laundry all nice and fluffy. It can make a great useful gift.

Buy Wool Dryer Balls now!

Quality Kitchen Knife

J.A Henckels International Classic Kitchen Knife Set for Beginner, 3-pc, Chef Knife, Utility Knife, Paring Knife, Stainless Steel Knife Set, Black

When you cook a lot at home (remember: takeout is not in a frugal person’s lexicon), you need quality kitchen stuff. Here is a case where people struggle with being frugal versus being cheap. Good kitchen stuff is often expensive but will last significantly longer and be worth it. One excellent kitchen knife is the Victorinox knife (I love this and use it constantly) or a nice J.A. Henckels knife that will hold up well for a lot of cooking that probably happens in your frugal friend’s kitchen.

Buy a Victorinox Knife now!

Recipe Books

Everyday Whole Grains: 175 New Recipes from Amaranth to Wild Rice, Includes Every Ancient Grain (Cooking Light)
When you cook a lot, cook often and experiment with many whole foods (the frugal person’s mantra), then cookbooks are a necessary guide to helping you make all the things you want from scratch. A nice cookbook can give you recipes for the things you want and inspire you to try new and fun things. I have this cookbook and I really enjoy it!

Buy a recipe book now!

Crafting Supplies

FunzBo Arts and Crafts Supplies for Kids - Craft Art Supply Kit for Toddlers Age 4 5 6 7 8 9 - All in One D.I.Y. Crafting School Kindergarten Homeschool Supplies Arts Set Christmas Crafts for Kids
Frugal people love to make things themselves, whether it’s holiday decorations or home decor. If your friend is crafty, then new supplies for her preferred form of art will always be appreciated.

Buy a Crafting Kit now!

Tool Set

CRAFTSMAN Mechanics Tools Kit with 3 Drawer Box, 216-Piece (CMMT99206)
We love DIY, and we insist on fixing rather than buying something new. A toolset is a must-have for any frugal person to do home repairs, furniture flipping, or minor fixes. A good-quality toolset is a nice gift that will last and be extremely appreciated.

Buy a toolset now!


Something Luxurious
LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs Gift Set 12 USA made Fizzies, Shea & Coco Butter Dry Skin Moisturize, Perfect for Bubble & Spa Bath. Handmade Birthday Mothers day Gifts idea For Her/Him, wife, girlfriend

I am speaking for myself here: especially if you are frugal-not-by-choice, then your friend probably does not spend money on him or herself. They might like antique jewellery even if they don’t purchase it. They may love luxurious products but do not purchase them for themselves.  Just because they are frugal doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate a pampering as much as the next person. They just can’t or won’t buy it for themselves. A good friend can realize when someone needs a little pampering and can provide that as a great gift. It definitely won’t be something they already bought for themselves!

Buy Ahava Beauty Products now!

Hi! I am a millennial mom with a passion for personal finance. I have always been “into” personal finance but got inspired to start my blog after a period of extended unemployment. That experience really changed the way I viewed my relationship with money and the importance of accessible personal finance education.

3 thoughts on “20 Useful Gifts for Your Frugal Friend”

  1. This list is the best. Frugal people are soooo hard to buy for. I see some good ideas I would love in here, (especially eyeing the Moka pot as I had a similar one that got left on the stove too long, whoops).

  2. Ha ha, you are so spot on! We frugal people tend to not spend money on ourselves. And I actually own the dryer balls so you really did make this list for people like me! I’m laughing at myself… Well done!


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