It happens. The holiday sneaks up on you before you’re ready. And, you haven’t thought of an appropriate, fantastic gift for your loved one, friend, co-worker, etc.

No worries, we got you.

Most of the Frugalista Gift Ideas below can be purchased at brick and mortar stores. Check the items’ web page for store item number to provide to physical store associates. For the others, Google the item to find it, or similar, closer to home. Or, as a last resort, if you have to order: buy a inexpensive complementary item and wrap with a picture of the item, stating the ETA.


 The Noel Porcelain Diffuser offers visual and aromatic beauty. An easy gift to enjoy since the Frugalista.blog_porcelaindiffuser_midnightscent flows through the decorative flower on top. No set-up or follow-up necessary. Fragrant for 90 days. 

$31.50 $45


Who doesn’t want beautiful feet? Gift the Earth Therapeutics Foot Doctor Pedicure Kit. Includes everything they need to begin on foot care regiment, along with a reusable case.


Someone on your list might love the L’Occitane ‘Verbena’Frugalista.blog_verbena.sachet.nordstromPerfumed Sachet to scent closed areas like closets. Comes in an attractive polished cotton bag.




For more Frugalista Beauty Gift Ideas, check:

Frugalista Gift Ideas 4 Fathers: Great Last Minute Selections (grooming)

Frugalista Gifts for Beauty Buffs



frugalista.blog_w-t LogoTowels_midnightAlmost every cook can use more dish towels, for wiping busy hands and drying dishes. The large Williams-Sonoma Logo Towels combine style and utility. Thick, absorbent towels woven in Turkey. Convenient hanging loop on all set of 4.



Even good cooks can appreciate How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition). Novice cooks will love the simple recipes and techniques, straightforward instructions and sage advice. Acclaimed cooks cherish it.

$19.31 $26 (hardcover)


Introduce your cook to the joys and health of Persian cooking. Art, food and history come together in this 640 page delight. The 25th Edition of Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies330 recipes accompany the beautifully photographed presentations. These dishes liberally use beneficial healthful spices and herbs. Finally, a coffee table book that’s art and substance (and a cookbook!). Bonus: Your gift delivers a fascinating cultural and historical education, including food-related pieces from the 10th Century Book of Kings and 1,001 Nights, poetry, humor and more.


A monitoring thermometer could be a welcome gift for your cook. The Williams-Sonoma Dual Probe Thermometer comes pre-programmed with 15 meat types and four “doneness” settings. It works overtime too: monitoring the progress of two dishes or two parts of one item (i.e meat). No more “oops” with the three alarms. Has its own stand, hanger and magnet.


Or, check out the Instant Read Digital Thermometer. Stick into foods and instantly get a reading.



Gift the Italian Whiteware Handled Serving Platter. What a presentation they’ll make at the holiday table with the roasted (fill in blank) surrounded by crisp veg. A deliciously stark contrast to the white Italian ceramic of the platter. Available as rectangular and oval.

$30 – 14.5″x9″  $40 17.5″x11 $50 20.5″x13″



The Hamilton Beach Steak Lovers Grill seals in meat juiciness. And since some cooks don’t relish the clean-up, they’ll love the easy clean nonstick cooking surface. Large surface fits up to 4 burgers. And they might even cook a veg or two.



Health conscious gift recipients will become steaming demons with the Hamilton Beach Digital Food Steamer. The two-tier steamer handles all kinds of food; large and small; delicate and hearty. Keeps it warm until ready to serve. Even hard boils eggs! Includes removable divider, digital touchpad and rice bowl.

$30 $35


Need gifts for people who believe in sustainability, organic and the like?

This isn’t your grandmother’s cookbook.  The Eat Good Food: A Grocer’s Guide to Shopping, Cooking & Creating Community Through Food “educates on sustainable and local grocery shopping”—with detailed sections covering every departmentand includes simple, freshly updated recipes. 

$33  $20



The Save the Rain Water Metal Diverter won’t likely elicit “awww’s”. Still, most die-hard gardeners will see the beauty of it—since less than ½ inch of rainfall can fill a 60 gallon container. Heaven’s free bounty to nourish their plants and garden.  Rain flows through the downspout through the galvanized diverter into a container ready for your recipient’s use.  They will especially appreciate your thoughtfulness during the hot, dry periods.  Bonus: It’s good for the earth.

$33 list $45

An electrical outlet might seem a weird gift. The Belkin Conserve Switch provides energy savings and surge protection for all your recipient’s devices. They and the Earth will thank you. Plus, it has a remote with a 60’ range. This outlet makes a great companion bundle gift.


For more Eco-conscious gifts, check:

Frugalista Gift Ideas: Yo’ Moms so Green

Enjoys Entertaining


How pretty and unique will the Celestial Coaster Set look as a receptacle for guests’ drinks? 13 colors. Set of four.



Kentucky is known for bourbon, couple that with an age-old recipe that includes three types of aged Kentucky bourbon and you have a cake with presence. The entertainer will find an occasion to break out the 50 ounce Kentucky Woods Bourbon Barrel Cake. Don’t worry about the booze, it cooks into non-alcoholic delish!  FYI, the Kentucky Derby happens every year, so plan to get your own order in so the cake arrives and in style (along with your stylish hat) at that Derby party. Works wonderfully as a host(ess) gift too.


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Opening wine has never been easier with the Best Electric Wine Opener. It keeps the cork intact–traditional or synthetic. One charge lasts over an hour.


For more Frugalista Gift ideas for the entertainer, check:

Frugalista Gift Ideas: Gift Hosting-Delicious Variety



Know someone who would eat sushi every day? Except they wouldn’t want to go out for it? Give them the Sushi Gift Set. Includes a Lékué Sushi Mat, premium rice, twisted bamboo chopsticks, serving platter, rice paddle and Simple Sushi 128 page cookbook. Whether your recipient prepares sushi for a quick snack or to present at a dinner party, this set makes sure they are ready.

$50 $68  

frugalista.blog_cheesesampler_midnightYour recipient might enjoy doing it European style with the After Dinner Cheese Sampler. They’ll present these exquisite cheeses after the dinner and before dessert. Set includes four cheeses, different in milk type, texture, flavor and country of origin.  Should encourage great after dinner conversation.



Enhance OliveNation Porcini Powder makes a great gift, especially for those who love Italian. Many cooks consider these dried mushrooms a magical secret weapon. For all the dishes they’ll use this powder in, you might benefit as well. You can probably find this in specialty shops and delis, and gourmet grocers.

$15 – 4 oz; $26 – 8 oz 


Pair the powder with another specialty spice, like Manch-Oro Spanish Saffron Salt. The packaging is pretty and reusable. The spice is colorful, flavorful and aromatic. 



This beautiful Colton Basset Stilton cheese is available online or for pick-up in New York, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina, Texas, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. It is, though, made by a 100-year-old dairy in the UK. Made with traditional animal rennet at Colston-Basset Dairy in , this treasure promises an exceptional buttery texture in every bite.


Your gift recipient might to like to drizzle. stir or sprinkle one of the three Truffle Love jars onto some of their favorite foods. Or use these in many other tasty options. Truffle honey, chopped truffle carpaccio and black truffle salt.

$36- 3 pc gift set 

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Whether they drip it onto pancakes or slather onto toast, if your foodie likes coconut they will salivate at the first whiff of Hey Boo Coconut Jam. And they’ll find applications for 1, 2, or more, of this delight.



The Black Sea Mud & Seaweed Soap looks different, but conditions and moisturizes with natural ingredients like marine algae and sunflower oil. And it’s triple milled.

$8 – 1 bar; $14 -2; $18 – 3; $20 – 4


The Heart Tea Infuser is both quirky and romantic. These might be especially good for those who entertain.  An attractive spoon and infuser in one.


The Chemex® Coffeemakeis also artistic and could be just the right end to a great evening. Invented in 1944 by a chemist, the glass doesn’t absorb odors or chemical residue resulting in a better cup of coffee. Brewing only involves high quality filters ($8/100) and boiling water. Thus, the Chemex lasts forever—unless they’re clumsy!

$42.90 (10 cup) chemexcoffeemaker.comfrugalista.blog_chimex

(also available at Sears, Amazon and Williams Sonoma)


She’s sure to get lots of attention in the Pinch, Lash, Smidgen Flats. Enviable eyelashes adorn white fabric loafers. It almost seems the flats are smiling. These might make her smile, too. The Supper Club Flat also works


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With the Present Time Karlsson DIY Photo Wall Clock, your gift recipient arranges any framed images, cards or photos around the dial in their own unique way.


This Doctor Who Tardis Talking Cookie Jar will make any fan smile. Might even distract them from taking more than 1 or 2 cookies at a time. The miniature  time machine’s materialization sound goes off and the lamp light pulses when your gift recipient opens the jar.



For more quirky Frugalista Gift Ideas, check:

Frugalist Gift Ideas: Yo’ Moms So Quirky




This gift might be perfect for your World Traveler or one who’s just getting started. Help them keep the record of their travels in style. The Antique Map Italian Leather Printed Passport Holder, handcrafted in Italy of soft leather, is hand-printed with a beautiful map design.

Or, give them a simple, cognac-colored leather passport holder made from natural recycled leather. 



Most travelers would agree: coffee in hotels win no awards. Change that. Give your gift recipient Bodum Travel French Press Coffee Maker and Mug. They’ll make French Press coffee wherever they travel. All in a convenient, vacuum sealed, double-wall stainless steel travel mug. Beverages stay hot (or cold) for hours.


For more ideas, check

Frugalista Gifts for the Traveling (Wo)man

And, remember to really consider “Who They Are” when deciding on a gift.  Check out Frugalista Gift Idea: Who Do You Think They Are to stoke your creative fires! You’ll find great ideas on any of the Frugalista Gift posts. You’re probably in a hurry now, but come back again. We’ll be here!



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