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8 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Thrifty Guy

2014 November 24
by Aaron

thrifty-christmas-gift-ideasIf you have a thrifty guy or guys on your Christmas list this year – allow us to offer a few suggestions for your review. Having been a guy for over 40 years now and a thrifty one for more than a quarter of those years – we might be able to lend some expertise.

A few things to keep in mind when shopping for the thrifty guy:

  • money or gift cards are always a welcome gesture
  • be on the lookout for items that will help him save more money in the long-run
  • and checkout items that will add value to his day-to-day

While I can’t speak for every thrifty guy in the world – we believe this humble list will at least get you started and thinking in the right direction.

(Click on the images to visit/purchase the item)

walletSaddleback Leather Wallet
I purchased one of these handsome wallets about a year and a half ago and love it. It's thin and built to last. Plus, it has a 100-year warranty on it, which you can't beat.
money-holderTricky Money Holder
If you are gifting your thrifty guy some cash OR a gift card this Christmas, you might as well make 'em work for it. This fun gift is from the folks at Duluth Trading.
nestNest Thermostat
Here's one of those gifts that is sure to pay for itself down the road. Nest thermostats "learn" your heating/cooling behaviors and adjust accordingly. Charlie wants one for Christmas.
amazaon$100 Gift Card - Get $25 back for cameras
If you are planning to purchase some gift cards this season, might as well get some money back, right? Til the 26th of November, Amazon is giving you $25 back to use on qualifying digital cameras when you purchase these "camera" gift cards of $100 or more. More details.
chipotleChipotle or Qdoba Gift Cards
Speaking of gift cards, you can't go wrong with a Chipotle (or, my favorite, Qdoba) gift card. But don't pay full price for 'em. Check out Gift Card Granny or Raise to see where you can get the biggest discount off these cards first.
beardedBearded Brothers Bars
If your guy is big into organics and nutrition bars - check out these nutritious bars. I get them regularly and they often take the place of a quick lunch. Make sure you sign-up for their emails to get an extra 15% off your first order + watch for their deals via email.
oomaOoma Telo
Here's another product we love and also is "value-added" as it will save the thrifty guy lots of money down the road. Chuck that land line! Disclaimer: Ooma is a site sponsor. Membership
For only $25 a month, a gift membership to will allow your thrifty guy access to some excellent creative and business-related tutorials. I love the site.

Any other gift ideas you think a thrifty guy may want this Christmas?

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