Over the last few years we've tried to purposely give gifts that can be used on a regular basis, used up or save the recipient money. Gone are the days of giving ornaments, platters or junky knick knacks that clutter up people's cupboards.
Here are five items that make fabulous money saving gifts. Personally I've given four of them. I haven't given a coffee machine but I have given coffee pods to go with the Aldi coffee machine when I knew the receiver had one.
* A yoghurt maker. These can be bought new from supermarkets and department stores for about $25 or occasionally half price. Otherwise you can pick up new or near new ones in op shops for about $5. Either way they make a fabulous present that will save the recipient quite a lots of money and doesn't use electricity. A 1 litre batch of yoghurt made from scratch using the Easiyo maker costs just over $1. I personally have given yoghurt makers to family and friends. They have been so impressed with the gift that they've gone out a bought more to give to their own friends and family.
* A popcorn maker. Prices start at $19 in Kmart or you could pay up to $90 elsewhere for the fancy movie theatre style ones. They all make popcorn and will save quite a bit of money on snack foods. We've had a cheap $15 one that we used for years.
* A gardening hamper that includes flower and veggie seeds. Growing your own veggies is quite easy and personally, it saves us hundreds of dollars a year.
* A folder of recipes that are family / personal favourites. I'm talking about the tried and true ones, not the fancy magazine / celebrity chef ones. Sometimes simple recipes are the best and can be all the encouragement a new cook needs to have a go. Maybe add a silicon muffin pan to get them started. Kmart sells fabulous silicon mini loaf pans for just $5.
* A coffee machine. If you love to drink good coffee then this could be a big money saver Aldi sells a coffee machine for $79.99 that has rave reviews.