12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Avid Cook

Thrifty Gift - Avid Cook


Thrift a cute apron, wash it well, and tuck your favorite recipes or nifty kitchen tools in the pocket.  Fold it neatly and arrange in a box, or roll it up and place in a mixing bowl.  Thrift a cookbook – perhaps a specialty cookbook about their favorite food, or an old church fundraiser cookbook full of tried & true home-cooking.  Personalize the gift by including some of your favorite recipes.

Here’s an example of a gift I thrifted for my mom:  I found a season of one of her favorite shows, America’s Test Kitchen, that was nearly brand new at Goodwill.  She likes to wear aprons when she’s cooking with messy ingredients or oil that can splatter and ruin clothes.  I thrifted this candy-striped apron from Salvation Army – perfectly festive for the Christmas season!


A vintage red-and-white apron looks festive for the holidays and keeps clothes free from spatters.


America’s Test Kitchen – one of my mom’s favorite shows!


A mixing bowl would be a pragmatic and pretty storage option.  Use it like a basket and tuck gifts into a pretty patterned bowl, brightly colored metal bowl, or vintage earthenware bowl.  Instead of standard tissue paper, pad the gifts inside with simple tea towels or napkins.  For a card, write a Recipe for Love on a thrifted blank vintage recipe card.


A vintage bowl like this would make a lovely wrapping for a thrifty gift

More Ideas

What is the gift of thrift?  The gift of thrift means buying things from a secondhand source (usually a thrift store) in order to give them to a friend or family member. You’ll save so much money that you can buy extra presents for everyone!

Gift 1 – Fashionista

Gift 2 – Avid Cook (reading now)

Gift 3 – Coupon clipper or extreme couponer

Gift 4 – Spa

Gift 5 – Foodie

Gift 6 – Netflix junkie

Gift 7 – Music lover

Gift 8 – Coffee addict

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