A shopping guide for those who want to budget their money and time.
Debt.com’s Cheap and Easy Holiday Gift Guide
We’re here to help you get out of debt and save money. While we recommend against lending or borrowing money from your friends, we do think it’s important to reward their friendship this holiday season.
But traffic sucks, and so do long lines and steep prices. So we gathered up our favorite buys, focusing on what’s low cost, great value, and available online.
Click through to see what the Debt.com staff recommends.
1. Whip up a beer slushy
What’s better than a cold beer? Japanese beermaker Kirin Icihiban would say it’s beer topped with frozen beer foam. Avoid a trip to Japan but what Chris B. says is a “tasty summer treat” for less than 40 bucks with Kirin’s Frozen Beer Slushy Maker Super (watch for a price drop since it’s out of season).
2. Rig Your Mug Selection
Since the Russians hacked the elections, close the loop and add a set of four Moscow Mule Copper Mugs to your cabinet for under $35. Lexi K. says the made-in-India set—which comes with four straws, four coasters, a shot glass, and placed in a fancy box—is “great for entertaining.”
3. Make Driving Great Again
Looking at the road’s important when you drive but what do your passengers look at? Give them light! Easy-to-install and rotating through an entire seven colors, this LED interior car lights set—complete with remote and car charger—will light up your ride for $26 and turn you into the coolest person in your social group. Jon N. says they’re great and even “react to music, too!”
4. Keep Gamers in the Dark
Sunlight is the natural enemy of the prolific computer gamer, but it’s hard to see what you’re doing in the dark—Jon. N. recommends the AULA Backlit Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo with Adjustable Backlight. For $30, this Amazon’s Choice turns twilight to a fully customizable and colorful experience.
5. For the Mansplainer in your Life
Sick of that one friend who grabs every opportunity to teach you about booze? Give them the Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose. When they begin to explain what they already know, smile understandably and walk away. Bert E. recommends this $12 book, which he used it to find his drink of choice: American Whiskey.
6. Perfect for People Who Are Pooped
From Bert E. comes a second Amazon’s Choice for the people in your life who “don't consume enough fiber in their diets.” The $25 Squatty Potty —”the original bathroom toilet stool — helps the user lift their legs and achieve what Bert says is “a smooth move.” For extra effect, gift this unwrapped in front of, say, their new boyfriend or girlfriend.
7. Overwhelm a Punster
Want to watch a person who always puns fall into an endless loop of maniacal laughter? Give them Stop Beating Your Meat - Smoke It Instead A BBQ Cookbook. Bert E. explains: “This is one of America’s pastime. It’s enjoyed across the entire country. Keep it American.” $19 for paperback and $31 if you want it hard.
8. Drinking Stylish
Help a friend learn to mimic drinks the old-fashioned, illegal way with the $20 The PDT Cocktail Book, a New York speakeasy-inspired bible for the serious imbiber. Chris B. recommends this for people like him who love “a finely crafted cocktail.”
9. Globally Aware While Naked
Here’s a good way to remember to pull the curtain closed after a shower and avoid mold: have an interesting curtain. Oscar C. recommends a vintage-style old world map shower curtain: “Shower in style.” For less than $45, help a dirty friend better remember their geography.
10. Forget Me Not
Know someone who keeps forgetting your birthday? They’re probably forgetting other stuff, too, like their keys and headphones. Oscar C. recommends you help them break this affliction with a $19 wireless Key Finder — it can track up to four items and has a built-in flashlight for nighttime forgetfulness.
11. Clean Your Ears
When it’s hard to hit the right key underwater, the iFox Bluetooth Shower Speaker can help, easily pairing with virtually any device. Oscar C. recommends this $30 for anyone looking for a “shower time dance party!”
12. Hottest Friend Challenge
A person’s true nature will definitely be exposed as they work through the 12 levels of the Hot Sauce Challenge Book Of Pleasure & Pain — whether they cry or smile or throw up. For $24, Chris B. recommends this as one way to figure out “who can handle the hottest stuff.”
13. Horror Rodent
Some people say they’re cute and others use them for Wiccan spellcraft, but surely everyone can find a use for the Talking Hamster Plush Toy. The $13 terror listens and repeats what it hears, so as scare tactician Chris P. ponders, “Who wouldn’t want one?”
14. Time to Be Cool
The future called — it wants its time back. That’s right, Chris P. recommends this $14 LED Clock Fan that’ll cool anyone down in a timely manner — perfect for anyone who’s quick-tempered.
15. For the Escapist Friend
This $20 3D headset is geared toward anyone who feels “reality just doesn’t cut it,” Chris P. recommends. It works with iPhone and Android, the same devices that imprison us all and won’t really let any of us escape alive.
16. Only for Kids!
The Fisher-Price Imaginext Teen Titans Go! Tower Playset is a $35 investment sure to tick off your friends with a toy their kids will use to annoy them mercilessly. Resident comic book expert Desiree S. recommends this for anyone who’s as big a fan of Teen Titans as her.
17. Animal Pelts Are the New Black
Desiree S. says “Kigus are awesome!” and recommends the Kigurumi Cosplay Bunny Animal Costume. At less than $29, it’s perfect for anyone who wants to sleep like an animal.
18. Baked Goods for Days
A smart person bakes but a wise person gets their friends to do so. Desiree S. loves to bake and recommends this $115 10-Piece Nonstick Bakeware Set. With this many pans, you’re sure to get a delicious treat at some point before the holiday season’s over.
19. Bless Your Heart, Rose’
In what he says is a “hilarious twist on the original,” David R. recommends the timeless board game Clue: Golden Girls edition. An Amazon’s Choice, it’ll run you $34 and is perfect for anyone who wants to help the gang figure out who ate the cheesecake.
20. Perfume is So Last Year
No one likes a smelly person in the office — whether roses or farts. That’s why Tiffany R. recommends the $11 Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet, whose benefits she wants to enjoy even at work. “With it on my wrist, I get to enjoy it all day long,” she says, “anywhere.”
This article by Gideon Grudo was originally published on Debt.com.
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