The Best Frugal Christmas Gift Ever

by Broke Grad on December 10, 2008

If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on Christmas gifts this year, don’t worry. The best gifts aren’t always the most expensive ones, and coming up with an awesome frugal gift is easier than you think. Here’s a simple recipe for what I like to call, “The Best Frugal Christmas Gift Ever.”


  • 1 tsp edibility
  • 2 tbsp deliciousness
  • 1 dash tender lovin’ care (optional)


  1. Preheat mind to think of something that is both edible and delicious.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together edibility and deliciousness. Add dash of tender lovin’ care if desired.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Remove and place on wire racks to cool.
  4. Wrap in festive packaging and give to friends and family.

If you follow the recipe carefully, you should end up with something like this. (Results vary depending on how much tender lovin’ care you put into it.)

Christmas cookies
Photo by EverySpoon

That’s right. Giving the best frugal Christmas gift ever is as simple as baking cookies that are edible and delicious. Everybody (girls, guys, grandparents, grandkids, annoying aunts, creepy uncles, etc.) loves cookies. And they’re cheap to make.

Also, if you can’t bake, please don’t try. No matter how much tender lovin’ care you add to the recipe, it’ll be easier on you and your loved ones’ taste buds to just buy something edible and delicious. It’s hard to go wrong with a tub of Garrett’s Popcorn. However, it is definitely still possible to go wrong…

Photo by turtlemom4bacon

This article is part of the College Money Network’s Frugal Holiday Ideas series. For more great frugal holiday ideas, check out these other articles.

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1 GG December 10, 2008 at 9:34 am


And about Garrett’s–my fav is to buy caramel and regular, then mix them together. It’s salt and sweet at the same time, and OH MY GOSH addictive.

2 Broke Grad Student December 10, 2008 at 11:12 am

I never tried mixing caramel and regular, but it sounds awesome. I was skeptical when I first saw the famous carmel and cheese mix. Then I tasted it, and I’ve never looked back. I’m tempted to fly to Chicago just to get some popcorn now.

3 Shanny December 10, 2008 at 12:38 pm

“if you can’t bake, please don’t try”… I wish I had that advice earlier in life! :)

4 Dan June 16, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Just saw this post and had to chime in…I love Garrett Popcorn. The Chicago Mix is by far the best, and yes, is worth the trip to Chicago alone.

Another popcorn shop that I found that holds a flame to garrett’s is the big popper. pretty sure its at

5 rent textbooks online May 9, 2011 at 6:49 am

Even better I found a card that sais I donated money in your name to a local charity but don’t claim it on your taxes because I may have just made that last part up.

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