Frugalista Holiday Gift Ideas: ACKNOWLEDGING ASSISTS


No, not in basketball. From those people who offer a service or help in some way. You know the ones. Your kids, or your own, teachers. Great teachers compound student success.  It could be your postman who delivers over and beyond. Or, your manicurist who gives you perfect nails in record time. The assistant who gets it right. The nurse’s aide who makes your elderly grandmother feel better every visit; no medication required. The list goes on. 

Whether it’s for the holiday, an occasion, a thank you,  just because; or to celebrate a parting–appreciation makes the grade.



personalized cutting board – red

Good odds your gift recipient cooks. Or at least cuts stuff up. The moat around this solid maple personalized cutting board keeps liquid messes in check. Add their name and/or year on boards pre-printed with “fresh from the kitchen” or  “creator of delectable edibles” and “home-made”.   2 other styles available.


Three Rubs Collection – Wine Forest

Even a novice cook can appreciate the Three Rubs Collection. Juniper Berry Rub, Fennel Pollen Rub and Mushroom Alchemy. Bonus: Wine Forest uses sustainable methods in gathering their products.


For the grillers, consider The Joy of Healthy Grilling. They’ll learn to use leaner meats, less fat, salt and sugar. And the joy of grilled seafood and veggies. For that matter any of the other many health related cook books would work.



 Black truffle infuses this Truffle Honey. Great on fresh cheese, meats and fruit. Or use it like regular honey for an added kick to favorites. 90 grams (3.1 ounces) $25 (inc tax) 

frugalista.blog_Metrokane Aerator_assistIf your assistant entertains, they likely serve wine. The Rabbit by Metrokane Aerator makes a great addition to their preparation arsenal. Aerator fits directly into wine bottle and filters. Easy breathing and enhancing for each glass. 

$20 $30 (Hurry – sale ends 12/20)



 The Harvest Nut Tray gives gift recipient a healthful and convenient snack to nosh on at work breaks or at the end of the day. Includes pistachios and cranberry-nut mix in a bamboo tray.


Harvest Nut Tray

There’s a little something for the sweet and salty craving in the Season’s Sampler™ – Fruit Gift Basket. Fruit, cheese, crackers and nuts.frugalista.blog_SeasonsSamplerGift Basket_assist


For the teacher with a sweet tooth, give a little different treat. Like the rich, sweet and flaky Signature Baklava. Lemon in the honey syrup makes it signature.


Signature Baklava

frugalista.blog_engdiner nustorte_snacks_assists

Give them something even more different and delectable to appease the sweet tooth. The Swiss Engadiner Nusstorte features walnuts, caramelized fruit filling encased in buttery shortbread. Bet they savor this one.



Is your recipient super positive (or needs to be!)? Give them sweet positivity with the Caramel Gift Basket from Good Karmal. 30, 60, 90 or 120 creamy pieces in a hand-woven keepsake basket. It’s eco-friendly, too. A positive quotation wraps each caramel.

$45 and up

For some additional, great Frugalista Holiday Gift food ideas check 

15+ FRUGALISTA GIFT IDEAS FOR SNACKERS & HOLIDAY PARTY CONTRIBUTIONS – which includes ideas for group presentations, too. Like the lightly smoked Table Rock Ham buffet. Ready to heat and eat.



Magnifying Glass -Anthropologie

Magnifying Glass -Anthropologie

The eye-catching Beaded Congo Magnifying Glass makes a great gift even if the recipients won’t admit. The colorful bead work makes it a great addition to any desk/area.


Many people wouldn’t mind a little relaxing aromatics.The Four Soap Gift Pack For Him or For Her come in reusable wooden crates with a wash cloth. Handmade, natural soap bars made with aromas like lavender, sandalwood. 


Or, perhaps various Bath Salts Gift Boxes, in a gift box with a wooden measuring scoop.



frugalista.blog_bedside carafe_assist 

No need for your assisting recipient to have unrequited thirst in during the night. Or, during the day for that matter, The Bedside Carafe is attractive and functional.  The glass serves as the lid.



A good night’s sleep/relaxation is important to aid all that assisting. The HoMedics Sound Spa Relaxation Machine soothes with sounds of rain, ocean, brook, summer night, thunder, and white noise. It’s portable with an auto off timer.

$16 $25


frugalista.blog_Heated Travel Mug_assist

Platinum Collection Heated Travel Mug  serves the purpose if the recipient needs a coffee pick me up enroute to all that assisting. Includes 2 insulated, stainless steel mugs that plug into any auto utility jack.  with DC adapter Useful for other hot  (or cool!) beverages, too.

$15* $25 $30  (*Special ends 12/22)


Does your recipient love adventure or, at least, dream of it? They’ll likely enjoy 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.  600 spectacular photographs accompany the who, what, where, when and how of fantastic destinations.



 Your recipient might learn to pack light with the Pack-It™ Specter Cube. The durable, ultra-light cube keeps them organized. It’ll be welcomed by the frequent traveler, too. Great for weekend get-a-ways.


(If they love Australia, see the Sidney Opera House below)


If they golf, you probably know it. Give them a kitschy reminder of their fave past time with every cup of coffee or tea with the Eighteen Hole Golf Mug and Putter Pen.  $15   


Or help the avid golfer keep up with scorecards. Gift the handcrafted, top-grain cowhide Golf Log with leather strap closure. Hand-sewn binding and the option to personalize makes this one special.  frugalista.blog_fetish_assist

Hunting, pilot and fishing logs also available.


frugalista.blog_hampton popcorn_assistA popcorn aficionado might love the Hampton Popcorn Savory Collection. Created with large kernels, air popped in small batches and hand mixed with savory flavorings: Bacon Cheddar, Chipolte Cheddar and White Truffle Parmesan.




A creative person and/or architectural buff could appreciate this LEGO Architecture series. The Kid-at-Heart Modernist sets replicates architectural wonders like the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world. Or, a reminder of one of their favorite buildings, like the Willis Tower,  Seattle Space Needle,  Empire State Building, might delight them.  Or, even the Sydney Opera House for the traveler. Go here for a full list.

$25 – Khalifa (Other sets $20-$40)

They’ll create and relax with the Miniature Indoor Bonsai Tree, complete with pre-planted tree seeds in terra cotta pot, propagating cover and bag of compost. Instructions included.


Happy Frugalista Gift Shopping!  

©2013 DLewis


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