Gifts that Save Money

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Posted on 12/15/2008

Most of us strive to give gifts that are cherished, adored, or at least not returned. With the economy on shaky ground, unemployment on the rise, and budgets tightening, why not give a gift that can help your loved one save money? Here are a few gift ideas they’re sure to love– or at least not return.

Reusable Lunch Bag
Sometimes a cute accessory can be just enough motivation to take your lunch to work rather than rely on a restaurant for food. Check out these insulated lunch bags from Lean Cuisine. They’re only $9.95 but $5 from every purchase goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Seem a little too girly? Try the ACME Bags recycled thermal lunch bag. It’s made from recycled plastic bottles and containers, plus it fits into most backpacks. It also just happens to be just the right fit for two wine bottles.

Gift Cards
Instead of buying gift cards for fancy boutiques or frivolous stores, try picking up something more practical. Give your grandparents a pharmacy gift card they can use on prescriptions. Give friends grocery store gift cards and take the burden off food costs.

Stamps
Have you noticed the price of stamps keeps creeping up? If you know someone who likes to use snail mail, stock them up with some stamps and nice note cards. It’s a practical gift they’ll appreciate.

Free Entertainment
Help your friends have free fun. Give them board games from BarnesandNoble.com. From now until December 12th you’ll save $5 when you purchase a toy or a game on the website. Or give them DVDs they can watch for free. Buy.com has dozens of movies starting at just $5.

Battery Charger
With so many gadgets and remote controls running around our homes, batteries are a necessary supply to keep stocked. Help your loved one stop draining money on batteries and give them rechargeable ones. Walmart carries the "AA"/"AAA" Battery Charger w/Bonus Car Adapter. It charges in an hour, comes with four batteries, and can be picked up for just $19.96.

An Indulgence
Everybody has a weakness– expensive eyeshadow, $5 lattes, or regular iTunes downloads, perhaps? Satisfy your friend’s need to indulge by giving them a little luxury. That way they won’t have to spend their own hard-earned money on it.

By Alison Storm

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