Frugal Gift Ideas for the Fashionista

The Best Gift Ideas for the Fashionista

Here’s a list of gift ideas for the fashion forward person on your list that they will love to receive! Each gift is budget friendly…coming in at (mostly) $30 or less! Simply get ideas or shop right from the links provided!

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  1. Essie Gel Nail Polish – A new nail polish is always a good idea.
  2. Plaid Blanket Scarf – Freshen up their wardrobe with this classic staple.
  3. Knotted Headbands – I have seen headbands like these all over Instagram! These ones come as a set of 9.
  4. Eye Shadow Palette – This palette has amazing reviews! This one is sure to be a hit.
  5. Hammered Hoop Earrings – These look gorgeous! Available in Stirling silver or 14k gold.
  6. Leopard Print Phone Case – Animal prints are a popular trend right now so for this price, your phone may as well be on trend too!
  7. Women’s Pullover Sweater – Cozy is in all the time!
  8. Long Cardigan with pockets – Yet another classic wardrobe essential that is all around this year. The pockets are key!
  9. Velvet Hair Scrunchies – Scrunchies are baaack!
  10. Cambivo Yoga Pants – I think leggings are going to be in style for quite some time still!
  11. Hair Finishing Stick – This is so neat! It looks like a mascara wand, but it actually holds hair gel to tame flyaway hair!

Frugal Gift Ideas for Kids

The best frugal gift ideas for Kids

Shopping for gifts for kids can be tricky. While there is no shortage of ideas out there, it can be tough finding quality, engaging toys. So my goal with this gift guide was to find ideas that inspire creativity, teaches a skill, is practical or gets them up and moving!

Bonus, nearly all the gift ideas are $30 or less! If it’s not less than $30, it comes highly vetted by me!

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Gift Ideas for Toddlers

  1. Koala Capers Game – This looks like a simple but silly game for the whole family to enjoy!
  2. Shopping List Game – A favourite in our house!
  3. Kids Play Tent – Perfect for a quiet play space in a cozy corner.
  4. Water Doodle Mat – Time for some mess free fun with one of these mats!
  5. Carpet Playmat Rug – Popular with all kids. Hours of pretend play fun!
  6. Play Doh Noodle Makin Mania Set – You can’t go wrong with Play-Doh! This is one of those messy activities that I allow because of the depth of play.
  7. Assortment of Wild Animals – Still a favourite here, my youngest plays with animals all the time!
  8. Electric Toothbrush – Who says that the best gifts can’t be practical too?
  9. Earflap Hat – I love that these have a built in scarf!
  10. 4 in 1 Magnetic Fishing Game – This looks like a great activity for practicing fine motor skills
  11. Wooden Toy Mixer/Bake set – I haven’t met one child that doesn’t like to pretend with real life toys!
  12. Picasso tiles – These magnetic tiles are more then $30, but I highly, highly recommend them!
  13. 18 Piece Doll Feeding Set – Doll accessories like these have been a huge hit in our family.
  14. Tangram Shape Puzzle Set – These are great for practicing problem solving and fine motor skills
  15. LCD Writing Tablet – We have a couple of these and they are always used! Great for in the car too!
Fun, frugal gift ideas for kids that are $30 or less! Perfect for Christmas, birthdays or just-because. There's something for everyone!

Gift Ideas for Kids (Age 5 – 12)

  1. Deluxe Art Set – The artist will love carrying this around everywhere they go!
  2. Unicorn 3D Night Light – This one is just a super cool idea.
  3. Lip Balm Making Kit – My daughter and I always enjoy doing kits like these together.
  4. Stomp Rocket – We had a ton of fun using a stomp rocket with our neighbor boys this summer!
  5. Paint Your Own Figurines – I would have loved these when I was young!
  6. Charm Bracelet Making Kit – They will have fun creating bracelets that they can keep for themselves or give to a friend.
  7. Rainbow Loom – My daughter and her cousin had so much fun creating bracelets when they were together this summer.
  8. The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs – Perfect for a child wanting to learn how to cook!
  9. Kid Nylon Knife Set – I actually purchased my daughters a set of these because they like to help in the kitchen.
  10. LED Bike Wheel Lights – These are just so cool! And provide extra bike visibility.
  11. Magnetic Dart Board Set – Hours of fun, in a safe way!
  12. Adventure Design Plate Rubbing Activity – These could be really great for road trips or airplane rides.
  13. LEGO Classic Brick Box – LEGO is always a fantastic option!
  14. Sumolux Winter Hat – These are ridiculously cute and warm! Available in many different styles.
  15. Dino Hatch Bath Bombs – These look like a ton of bath fun.

Cheap Gifts for Kids that are $10 or Less

  1. Wipe Clean Workbook – Both my daughters have loved these types of books!
  2. Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad – These have been hours of fun in our house.
  3. Hidden Pictures Discovery Activity Zone – This has been really fun for my oldest daughter to do when we’re driving in the car.
  4. Sketch Book – I think every child needs a book with black pages for doodling and drawing!
  5. Paint by Sticker Kids – This looks like a really fun rainy day or car activity! (A little more than $10 in Canada)
  6. Paint your Own Stepping Stone – Perfect for the little artist that would love painting something besides rocks.
  7. Water Wow Reusable Activity Book – Another favorite in our household. There are so many different themes too!
  8. No Spill Bubble Tumbler – Bubbles are so fun and even more fun when they don’t spill!
  9. Kids binoculars – Any little explorer would love a pair of binoculars.
  10. Lip Smackers Frappe Cup Lip Balm – It really doesn’t matter what kind of lip balm, but my daughters love to get a lip balm.
  11. Baby Toddler Sunglasses – A very useful, practical gift. 🙂
  12. Sand Brick Building Set – This looks like a ton of fun for the beach or sandbox!
  13. Fisher Price On-The-Go Wallet – Great role play fun for youngsters.
  14. Hot Wheels Fast & Furious 5 pack – A great gift idea for any Hot Wheels fan!
  15. Endangered Animals Nature Tube – A great addition to your animal collection.
  16. Slinky – Everyone loves a Slinky!
  17. Flashlight – Every kid needs a flashlight for fort building, camping and exploring.
  18. Animal Eraser Set – These are really cute and fun. Can also be taken apart and reassembled like a puzzle.
  19. Play-Doh – This always keeps my girls entertained and creative for quite some time!
  20. 1000+ Ridiculously Cute Stickers – I don’t know one child that wouldn’t love a sticker book.
  21. Little ABC Coloring Book – Really, any kind of coloring book is great fun.
  22. The 3 Minute Gratitude Journal – Gift giving seasons are a great time to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
  23. Classic Kids Card Games – I love this card game pack that includes 6 popular games.
  24. Big Magnifying Glass – I remember using the magnifying glass my parents had all the time outside!
  25. Felt Friends Craft Activity Kit – This looks like a lot of fun!
  26. Travel Spirograph – A fun creative outlet for older kids
  27. Paper Airplane Book – My daughter was gifted this book and has had a lot of fun creating all sorts of different paper airplanes!
  28. Sea Life Mazes – Mazes are always a hit!
  29. Glow in the Dark Perler Beads – Perler beads that glow in the dark? I’m not a kid, but I want some!
  30. I Spy Animals – This could be hours of fun!

I’d love to know some of your no fail gift ideas. Let us know in the comments below!

Frugal Gift Ideas for Teachers, Neighbors and Friends

Frugal Gift Ideas for Teachers, Neighbors and Friends

This gift guide was so much fun to put together! There are so many neat things out there and I know I rounded up some great ideas for you! Without further talking, here is my frugal gift guide for Teachers, Neighbors and Friends!

  1. Peppermint bark – A long time favorite gift. SO delicious! Here’s a homemade version too.
  2. Initial necklace – So pretty and dainty!
  3. Large Wood Paddle Board – Perfect gift idea for the person who loves to create those fancy charcuterie platters.
  4. Chenille Head Wrap – Ok, how cute are these? Everyone needs something to keep their ears warm!
  5. Bubble bath – Don’t we all know at least one person that likes taking baths to relax?
  6. Beautiful Boards book – Perfect gift for someone who loves entertaining.
  7. Blessings Jar – Sometimes we all need a reminder to focus on the positive and this gift is such an easy, special way to help us do just that.
  8. Throw – I would be very happy if someone gave me a plush, cozy throw.
  9. Weekly Desk pad – So cute to set out on a desk!
  10. Leather Wristlet Clutch bag – Perfect for when your recipient just wants to take a phone, ID and a few small things with them!
  11. Scented Candle Set – I don’t think you could go wrong with a candle! Perfect teacher, friend or neighbor gift! This is a set so you could even separate each candle to give away.
  12. Origins Bread Warmer and Basket – This bread basket and warmer is perfect for the entertainer.
  13. Anjou Bath Bombs Gift Set – Another gift idea for the bath lover on your list.
  14. Faux leather tote – Forget about giving this to someone on my list, I think I may want one for myself!
  15. Purse organizer – Know someone who has a purse for every outfit? Make switching over a breeze for them with this organizer!
  16. Warm Fuzzy Slipper Socks – Yes, please and a good novel too. 🙂
  17. Beeswax Food Wraps – These replace the need for traditional plastic wraps and containers for food storage. A must have for every kitchen! Reduce food waste and plastic waste!
  18. No Pong Deodorant – So this might only be appropriate for a really good friend, but I love this stuff!
  19. Welcome Home Book – The newest book from Myquillyn Smith looks so so good!
  20. Moon Lamp – I just think this moon lamp is pretty neat! It would look great tucked in a cozy corner.
  21. Homemade Vanilla – I have a recipe here that I think you’ll love!
If you're searching for frugal gift ideas for Teachers, Neighbors and Friends, here is a great selection of fun ideas that they are sure to LOVE!

Frugal Gift Ideas for the Book Lover

Frugal Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Have you got a book lover on your gift list? Books are always good, but these are unique ideas that any book lover would love to receive! Take a look at this list of frugal gift ideas the book lover is sure to love. $30 or Less!

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  1. When in Doubt, Go to the Library Socks – Well, these library socks are ridiculously awesome for the book lover!
  2. Get Lit T-Shirt – Perfection.
  3. The Book Lovers Journal – For someone that wants to remember each and every book they’ve read.
  4. Personal Library Kit – For the book lover that also loves to loan out their collection.
  5. I Love Books Tote Bag – Every Book lover needs a tote bag to carry all their books!
  6. Origami Leaf Book Paper Earrings – These are so cute!
  7. “Read Books” Earrings – These earrings are also really great!
  8. Library Card Art Print – Perfect for the person who would like to decorate the walls at home too.
  9. Harry Potter Cauldron Soup Mug with Spoon – For the die hard Harry Potter fan!
  10. “Bookish” Printable Art – An easy and affordable way to add some inspiration to your space.
  11. Wooden Book Page Holder – This is something I never knew existed, but I could see it being very handy for the avid reader!
  12. Metal Leaf Bookmark – This would be such a pretty gift to give.
  13. “Too Many Books” Pillow Cover – I love things with quirky sayings and I’m sure someone who loves books would too!
  14. Shakespeare Insults poster – This would make for a great conversation piece in the home of someone who loves Shakespeare!
  15. “Kindly Go Away” Mug – For the sassy book lover with a sense of humor.

How to Rock the Holidays on a Tight Budget

Simple ways to celebrate the holidays on a tight budget

For some of us, the holidays always seem to land during a time where everything else hits. This means a tight budget during the holidays is a common issue that most of us will face at some point in our lives. If you find yourself with a tight budget this holiday season don’t let it ruin your fun. This year, learn how to rock the holidays on a tight budget with these simple but meaningful ideas.

Focus on Meaning

Focus on the meaning of the holidays instead of the frills and trappings. The holidays are about friends and family so focus more on making memories than having a fancy holiday. Make homemade decorations, bake cookies, and spend quality time with the people you love.

Create new traditions

It’s the perfect time to create new traditions that your family will remember for years to come! Here are some ideas that you may enjoy or get you brainstorming:

  • Go on a Christmas tree hunt: Growing up, my favourite tradition was going into the forest (with our free permit to cut a tree) and searching for the most perfect tree to decorate.
  • Decorate on December 1st: Another thing we would do is wait until December 1st to decorate the house. December 1st also meant we could crank the Christmas carols!
  • Make homemade Christmas cards: This would be a super fun afternoon activity for the whole family!
  • Give to the less fortunate: I know locally, there are several businesses that set up bins to collect toys. Perhaps, you could find something similar and team up with a few friends to help take the focus off of yourself.
  • Decorate a Gingerbread house: This is always a fun activity for the kids! Or decorating sugar cookies is also fun!
  • Write letters to Santa: Sit down with the  kids and write letters to Santa! Don’t forget to send them off! In Canada, you can send your letters to:Santa Claus
    North Pole HOH OHO
    Canada
  • Create a holiday bucket list: This post may help you with some ideas to add to your calendar.
  • Read a Christmas book every day in December: Head to your library and pick up a big stack of holiday books to read together.
  • Have a Christmas movie night: One for the whole family and maybe one just for mom & dad!
  • Seek out the best Christmas light display: Take a drive one night just to look at all the lights. Vote for your favourite display.
  • Give Christmas PJ’s on Christmas eve: For the last few years, I have been wrapping up a pair of Christmas pajamas for both girls that I got on sale and giving it to them on Christmas eve. They love to wake up Christmas morning in their new Christmas pajamas!

Make Homemade Gifts

Save money but still enjoy the gifting part of the holidays with Homemade Christmas gifts. Use the things you have on hand to make personalized, meaningful gifts for the people you love. It’s the fact that you thought of them and wanted to do something special that makes gifts so wonderful. Baking homemade gifts is a great way to use items you have on hand to create a great gift someone will appreciate.If you find yourself with a tight budget this holiday season don't let it ruin your fun. This year, learn how to rock the holidays on a tight budget with these simple but meaningful ideas.

Earn Extra Cash

A great way to deal with a tight budget during the holidays is to work on simple ways to earn extra cash. Sell off things you do not need or crafts you have made that others can give as gifts. Cleaning houses and clearing snow are both great ways to earn extra cash as the season wears on. This is the best time of year to pick up a part-time seasonal job for extra money if you have the time to spare.

Make a Holiday Budget

To help you thrive during any time with a tight budget, create and stick to a budget. This is a plan to help your family stay on track financially. Plan all of your regular expenses first so you don’t end up making your situation worse for the sake of the holidays. This will leave you with a clear idea of how much you can really spare and how much you should try to earn instead of going ahead blindly.

Look for Free Activities

Look for free fun activities to do. You can still make the most of Christmas even when you can not afford much. Go for a stroll and check out neighborhood light displays, volunteer to help others down at the soup kitchen or food bank. Find reasons to be grateful for what you do have this season, and you will be well on your way to rocking the holidays on a tight budget!

What are your best tips for making a meaningful but frugal Christmas season?

Simple Ways to Save Money and Time this Holiday Season

How to Save Money and Time this Holiday Season

Who doesn’t love to save money and time over the holiday season? Each year, the holidays can quickly become all consuming. They can quickly rob us of our hard earn money and precious, limited time. Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite, simple ideas to help you save your hard earned dollars and precious time!

Shop online

Online shopping is great this time of year. Especially if you want to avoid crowds and if you know what you need to purchase. Online shopping is also great for those who find it difficult to find time to get to the stores. Here at Simply Frugal, I try my best to list the best holiday deals from retailers across Canada.

Search for discount codes

This goes together with the shopping online tip. Often, retail stores have discount codes available. They can range anywhere from dollars off to percentages off to free shipping. To find these discount codes, do a simple search here on Simply Frugal, Retail Me Not or google “‘business name’ coupon code”. 

Ask for a Price Adjustment

Stores quite often have a 30 day price guarantee. So if something goes on sale within 30 days of you buying it, you can come in with your original receipt and receive the difference back! Each store is different, but it’s definitely worth checking out if you could save a pretty penny by doing it!

Who doesn't love to save money and time over the holiday season? Here are some simple ideas to help you save your hard earned dollars and precious time this holiday season!

Follow your favourite businesses on Social Media

Use social media to your advantage. By following your favourite businesses on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you’ll be one of the first ones to know when they have a special promotion going on! On a related note, sign up to their email lists. I often find small businesses have special discounts or secret sales for subscribers.

Handmade Gifts

Sometimes handmade gifts are the ones that are loved the most. I’ve seen some pretty amazing gifts during my travels through the web! Pinterest is a gold mine of ideas. I even have a whole category of homemade gift ideas on Simply Frugal! I’ve often sewn my husband hooded sweat shirts to give as gifts because the store bought ones usually end up fitting him weirdly after a short amount of time.  He loves them and loves the thought I put into making them for him!

Buy new accessories instead of a new outfit

If you’ve got a holiday party or two to attend this year, why not pull out one of your favourite outfits you already own and simply purchase new accessories to create a new look? Way less expensive than buying a whole new outfit!

Make your holiday get-togethers a pot-luck

Who says you have to spend all the money and time to put together a gathering?  Make others bring along their favourites, and you’ll have a great selection of food! Or an appetizer party could be fun too!  (Don’t we usually fill up on appetizers first anyways?)

For decorating, use nature to your advantage

Wander around your neighborhood and collect all the great looking sticks, cedar boughs, and pine cones.  Then use your findings to create your own unique mantel displays, railing decor and wreaths! Use some metallic spray paint to inject a bit of shimmer.

Have a decoration swap with friends

Tired of putting up the same decorations year after year? Get together with some friends who are feeling the same way, and swap your goods!  This also works with wrapping paper, if you’re thinking you’ll never get to the end of a roll!  

Shop the after Christmas sales

I don’t suppose this need to be said, but this is how I get all my holiday bags, wrapping paper, ribbon and bows! Usually for a whopping 50% off or more. Holiday greeting cards are usually deeply discounted as well.

May you have fun, be frugal and enjoy the pleasures of the Christmas season! What are some of your best money and time saving tips for the holidays?