12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Emerging Mixologist


A mixologist is a person who is skilled at mixing cocktails and other drinks.  This is a great way to indulge that friend who secretly wishes they were a bartender:  give them all the tools they need to mix it up in their own home. Gift Maybe your mixologist friend needs help stocking their bar … Continue reading

12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Budding Artist


Budding artists come at all ages – whether it’s your talented kid experimenting beyond the coloring book, professional who needs a creative outlet, or an aging senior who recently discovered their love of painting.  The really great thing about art is its many forms – many artists take junk from thrift stores and use it … Continue reading

12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Fitness / Sports Fanatic


Maybe you’ve got a friend who is super into sports, or can’t get enough of the gym.  Here are some ideas for a thoughtful, thrifty gift for that sports-loving fanatic. WARNING:  only give this gift to a known fanatic – otherwise they might interpret it as “I think you’re fat.” (For those friends who every … Continue reading

12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Collectible collector


The fan who can’t get enough of a certain cultural phenomenon – we all know ’em.  So why not thrift for them?  Chances are they will love the first-edition stuff you can dig up in a thrift store. Gift There are many types of collectors, and some are more picky than others.  (Wikipedia has a … Continue reading

12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Coffee Addict


For that caffeinated friend who can’t get enough of their java, you can whip up a pretty good gift with fun items from a thrift store. Gift Thrift a cool mug or two; for on-the-go coffee drinkers, opt for a thrifted travel mug instead. Fill mugs with samples of premium coffee.  Flavored spoons are a trendy and … Continue reading

12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Music Lover


For the friend who is attached at the hip to their iPod:  a musically-themed thrifty gift is sure to delight. Gift Thrift an original vinyl – if they don’t own a record player, they can use the LP for wall art.  For a challenge, try thrifting the entire progression of the band’s career.  Three or … Continue reading

12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Netflix Junkie


You know that friend who always wins at movie trivia, has always seen the latest release, and has been a Netflix subscriber for years?  Here’s a thrifty Christmas gift for them! Gift Thrift DVDs – either a tried-and-true fave or a quirky lesser-known film so your gift recipient can host their own private screening in … Continue reading

12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Foodie

You don’t have to splurge on a pricey gift card to the best eatery in town for your discerning foodie friend.  Put together a thoughtful, classy gift from thrifted and cheap items instead. Gift Thrift a shot glass from an intriguing locale or tourist trap.  Thrift a cool food-safe plate and fill it with assorted … Continue reading

12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Spa

You don’t need to spend a fortune on a spa day for a friend in need of a little pampering.  Give her the tools to spa it up in the comfort of her own home. Gift Buy some towels in her favorite color and monogram her initials to make them seem more high-end.  If you … Continue reading

12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Coupon clipper or extreme couponer

If your friend is always snatching up great deals and stockpiling like the couponing pros, consider this thoughtful thrifty gift to help that couponing talent shine. Gift Thrift a shopping bag – a good sturdy one.  If it’s a blank canvas, personalize it with a cool design or their name / monogram. Give a stash … Continue reading