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

Thrifty Gift - Avid Cook

12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Avid Cook

Gift 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 … Continue reading

12 Days of Thrifty Christmas: Fashionista

This is the inaugural post of our 12 Days of Thrifty Christmas series!  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.  Buying thrift gifts is a fun way to indulge your … Continue reading

Thrifty Ways To Give Back This Christmas

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” -Buddy the Elf I love Will Ferrell, but for me the best way to spread Christmas cheer is to give my time, energy, and resources to bless someone else. I emphasize the giving back part of the holidays with my children. … Continue reading

Winter Wardrobe Essentials

Winter is on its way!  Like it or not, the colder weather demands some wardrobe changes.  But all those pricey sweaters, coats, and boots can leave you feeling left out in the cold.  Not to worry:  we’ll show you how to shop for great winter staples at low thrift store prices. The Basics If you … Continue reading