“We got hot water, heating, WiFi and the sky” – Rich House, Poor House.
How many things does a person really need? Another scarf? Another waffle maker?
A Christmas present that doesn’t end up in the back of the hallway closet is a winning gift.
Practicality is key to gifting for most people today who pretty much have all already.
It’s better to think of it as, “What’s something that people hate spending their money on, but do
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1. EE Savings Bonds
EE savings bonds are a type of bond that can only be purchased online from the Department of the Treasury. It is an extremely low-risk, stable investment vehicle that makes sensible gifts.
The interest of EE savings bonds can act as a form of protection from inflation and is backed by the U.S. Treasury. The minimum is set to $25 after you create an online account. You must be 18+ to purchase. The interest from the savings bond is exempt from state income taxes but not federal taxes.
A practical honorable mention: locking mailboxes. Our family learned how practical they were and how important mail safety was when our block became targets of mail theft. It’s not included on the list officially, unfortunately, a locking mailbox will set you back $100.
2. Splatter Shield With Handle
Everybody hates grease splatters so this is a no-brainer.
Splatter Stopper features fine mesh for solid performance and easy clean-up
Universal sized, works with most pots and pans
Contains splatters while cooking, keep kitchen surfaces clean
3. Car Garbage Bags
It’s a shame they don’t build this into every car already – how many of us had tossed up tissue or empty water bottle that we simply didn’t know what to do with while being in the car?
This car garbage can comes with rubber opening lid and Velcro seal which is closeable and soft that you can load tissues, napkin, bottles without lifting the lid even conceal waste and block in odors.
4. Rechargeable Wireless Headphones
Super soft, memory-protein earmuffs
Snug, easy to fit pad inside of the headband
Flexible earmuffs to fit all head shapes and sizes
Crystal clear sound
5. Umbra Buddy Wall Hooks
Set of 3 wall hooks features Umbra’s popular Buddy mascsot ‘mountain climbing’ in 3 different positions are great conversation starters and even better coat, purse, scarf, hat holders.
Put the “fun” in functional with these unique wall hooks that feature Umbra’s popular Buddy character “climbing the walls” in various positions; Buddy’s arms, legs and head provide places to hang clothing, accessories.
6. LED Light Bulbs
Lifespan is over 30,000 hrs. Save effort and maintenance costs on changing bulbs frequently. One year warranty. Save up to 80% on your electricity bill.
7. Smart Wi-Fi Plug
Under $20 and great stocking stuffers. These plugs turn your appliances “smart” where you can control them (on/off) with an app instead of having to manually do it.
The smart socket can be used for any home appliances, such as lights, electric oven, toaster, fan, coffee mill, etc. strong signal ensures the connection between the network and socket.
8. Bluapple Produce Balls
Bluapple keeps produce fresher longer by slowing down the rate of spoilage by absorbing ethylene gas, the gas the signals produce to ripen.
Packets of these are stuffed into apple molds you put in the fridge’s vegetable and fruit drawer to absorb and neutralize the ethylene gas so produce stays fresher longer!
9. Jumbo Calendar Board
This is so useful for anyone even though most people don’t think they need it.
“You can do that all on the Google Calendar!”
Yes, but the moment you pick up your phone to check your to-do list there is a 35% chance you will be distracted by social media, emails, texts, recipes or even mobile games.
See, you need it.
You can splurge a little more for a cool looking clear acrylic board for those who work from home and need a
10. Toilet Paper
I don’t want to meet the person who tells me they don’t need toilet paper. It’s as good as cash in our household. Especially Charmins. Not sure if anyone knows this but they’re the most expensive brand. It’s such a splurge! ?
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11. First Aid Kit
Everybody needs a stocked first aid kit.
12. Millennium Food Ration Bars
For under $25, food ration options are limited but these bars will keep you fed under emergencies and natural disasters. Another great gift is simply water purification tablets and a hand cranked radio.
These emergency food bars are designed to provide a quick, nutritious source of energy in an emergency. Make sure to add these calorie food bars to your survival kit list. They’re about the size of a regular candy bar and ideal for school, office and home kits.
This emergency food bar has a
five yearshelf life, is US Coast Guard approved and holds up to hot and cold temperatures.
13. Bag Clips
We have a set of these in our own home. It makes me think of Mr. Money Mustache everytime I see them 🙂 They can be found for around $3 to $9 in stores.
Set of 3 clips in assorted mustache styles
Made of durable plastic with chrome iron springs
Measure 3.5 by 2.5 by 1.5-inch
14. Cutting Boards
Bamboo chopping boards are much better alternatives to plastic boards. They are naturally anti-microbial and a good durable quality board will last a lifetime of knife work.
We chose Bamboo because it is one of the most renewable resources on our planet. Our bamboo is raised without pesticides and crafted into this beautiful cutting board without the use of phthalates, formaldehyde or toxic dyes and stains found on many other kitchen prep surfaces.
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15. Dual Blade Knife
Thrifted this idea from my sister in law. She gave us an excellent pair of knives one Christmas and said, “Trust me, everybody needs one really good,
Great for self-defense and survival situations as well. It comes in a beautiful gift box, ready to give and makes the perfect gift for anyone. You can use it for:
cutting different materials and more.
16. Pepper Spray Gun
Because we want to look adorable and dangerous at the same time.
Containing approximately 5 bursts for protection against multiple threats, this pepper spray gun also boasts a 10-foot (3M) range for protection at a safe distance.
The cone delivery maximizes facial coverage while the unique design resembles a small firearm, which assists with proper aim.
17. Handmade Soaps
Handmade soaps are better; take it from a former soap maker who has had her share of allergies and skin troubles. There is no comparison between a goat milk, cold processed soap loaf vs a
Loafs like the one pictured go for $25 to $30 dollars. Typically you can get 10 to 15 cuts of traditional size soaps out of these loafs so the actual cost difference between handmade and commercial becomes less obvious 🙂
18. Car Care Kit
The perfect gift for any car care enthusiast with a variety of products to clean, shine and protect any vehicle!
19. Waterproof Spray
There are two types of garment repellent sprays: waterproof shoe spray and waterproof garment spray.
These two things are what people typically need but never think about until they’re looking at soaked shoes and soaked jackets. …that’s from
HIGH PERFORMANCE WATERPROOFING of technical, performance, sports, waterproof/windproof, eVent & Gore-Tex fabrics, softshell, fleece, down outerwear and equipment
20. Essential Oil Kit
I don’t want to be that lady with 40 bottles of essential oils smelling like tea tree and lemon…but having a few mini bottles around can be helpful.
Tea tree can be diluted with water and applied topically to prevent infection. Lemon can be tossed into shampoo to cleanse your scalp. Lavender makes for great aromatherapy and Frankincense acts as a
21. Indoor Herb Kit
Herb growing kits go up to $250 but this mini kit is under $25, comes with stellar online reviews, looks sleek and modern on any
Get yourself this smart planter by Simlife and grow your own plants from now on. Ideal for indoor use, either on the kitchen counter, window or living room. Grow your favorite herbs all year long without worrying about weather conditions.
23. Collapsible Wash Bucket
Again, this is one of those things that people don’t realize is helpful until they need it.
When it’s collapsible, storage stops being an issue
24. Blackboard Paint
Convert any surface into a piece of blackboard and have hours of fun doodling on walls without fear of a mess.
Simply brush on, let dry and condition with chalk (condition by rubbing entire surface with chalk and erase)
Water basedand non-toxic
Color palette includes most common chalkboard colors plus fun colors for kids
Great for decorating furniture, party favors or children’s gifts
25. Universal Battery Charger
This charger can charge up to 4 batteries of AA/AAA/C/D size, or 2 batteries of 9V Ni-MH/Ni-CD rechargeable batteries at the same time. It is under $20 and comes with a LED display so you know when it’s charging or fully charged.
It’s cheaper to buy rechargeable batteries in the long-run; not to mention environmentally it’s a lot less wasteful.
26. Hot Salsa Gift Set
A salsa gift set is what you give a person who has everything already…or someone you don’t know that well, who can hate salsa?
27. Hot Water Bottle
There is a 90% chance I chose this item because…IT HAS POM POMS. Very adorable. Hot water bottles are the perfect bed buddy for a cold winter day.
It is made from natural rubber. Retains heat for an extra long time. Ribbed outer surface helps maintain liquid temperature
Hot water bottle can be used alone as a remedy for aches, pains and sports injuries
A soft and cuddly plush fleece cover, Machine Washable. Turtleneck Knit Style makes it easy to put on bottle. Dimensions: 13″ x 8″
28. Waterproof Sofa Cover
A high quality, 100% waterproof, silicon backed sofa cover for under $25 to protect a $1,000+ furniture investment sounds like a great deal and a great gift.
The 100% waterproof slipcover is crafted from unique fabric and specially technology.
Water and soil resistant make your furniture more fresh and clean.
29. Clear Bubble Umbrella
Look retro and cool with these oversized hanging bubble umbrellas!
Everyone secretly wants ones these because the bubble canopy style keeps the rain out of your face without hurting visibility.
With a clean design and see-through bubble canopy, our Signature umbrella features an oversized canopy, comfortable acrylic handle and deluxe matte silver finish.
30. Space Saver Bags
There is nothing more satisfying then squeezing the air out of stuffed space saver bags. It’s
I look forward to packing my suitcase just so I can use them and squeeze them down to pancake thickness. Ahhh!
The vacuum storage bags can help you save up to 85% of storing space! By taking the air out of the bag you can keep everything compact and tidy so you can fit everything in your suitcase or small storage closet.
31. Tub Shrooms
Our family has a bag of these TubShrooms we purchased at wholesale. They live up to the hype as the revolutionary drain hair catcher. We use to get clogged tubs once every few weeks but with TubShrooms we have not had to pump or alger our drain for over a year.
The hairs that gets caught in the TubShroom is solid proof that it does work.
32. Water Flosser
Some water flossers go up to $100 but this one is just under $25 and has excellent reviews on Amazon.
Dentists recommend daily use of an oral irrigator to promote healthier teeth and gums, and reduce the risk of gum disease. SmarToiletries cordless professional rechargeable oral irrigator / Water Flosser provides an easy and effective way to support proper teeth and gum health at home.
33. Calorie Nutrition Food Scale
Calorie counter! It’s a food scale with programming codes to find exactly what you are weighing and calculating the nutritional information of that according to the weight. GENIUS!
It’s a little over $35 dollars but you can get an open box deal from Amazon warehouse to cut the price down 20-30%.
34. Pain Numbing Cream
When I threw out my back this year, I wished for a tube of numbing cream and kicked myself for not having one on hand. Everyone has ibuprofen, anti-itch cream, or eye drops but people underestimate how useful topical numbing cream is when you’re in pain.
35. Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Set
The irony of last Christmas as we used up the last of our family’s gift wrapping paper (so selfishly!) was…..gifting them more wrapping paper for Christmas this year!
For lazy wrappers, these drawstring ribbon holiday gift bags are even better ?
The Luxe Strategist says
I want all this stuff, Lily! Especially that collapsible water bucket, which is ingenious. We don’t have a bucket period, because it takes up space.
Merry For Money says
Thanks Luxe!! ?? My husband convinced me to get one. I didn’t see a need for one either but he’s totally right, especially if you’re a homeowner with bird poo too rinse off the balcony.
Angie Pannkuk says
Good Job Lily!
Merry For Money says
Awww thanks Angie ??? Merry early Christmas ??!!!
This is the funniest list I’ve seen in a while!!! You’re too cute. I want the toilet paper !!
Merry For Money says
Hehe thank you Janet ?