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6 Christmas Gifts that Keep on Giving – at Little Cost

gifts-557205_640With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to finish up buying Christmas gifts (if you’re not done shopping already!).

In my opinion, it’s a lot more fun to give gifts than it is to get gifts. This is partly because most gifts we get are only new, shiny and exciting for the first 15 minutes after we unwrap them on Christmas morning. If you don’t want your family or friends to feel that way on Christmas morning, here are some great Christmas gift ideas that keep on giving, but don’t keep costing!

Media Subscriptions

You can easily buy your family or friends a subscription to their favorite magazine, newspaper, comics or online media streaming service. A years’ worth (or more) of these subscriptions can be paid for as a gift to someone on your list so they continue to receive your gift all year at no cost to them. Another great option, for cord cutters, is the Amazon Fire TV Stick. This provides access to many different shows and movies with no ongoing cost to them.

Classes to Learn a New Skill

If someone on your list is pining to learn a new skill, you could purchase them the gift of knowledge. You could enroll them in a class at a local college, university or business where classes are being taught in the skill they want to learn. Cooking classes, art classes, or even personal finance classes or workshops can make great gifts for your friends and family.

Season Passes for Popular Entertainment Options

Another great gift that keeps on giving is a season pass to a popular entertainment attraction. Many movie theatres, pools, amusement parks and zoos offer season passes, year-long passes, or even frequent visitor passes that make great gifts.

Membership Fees

While paying for a gym membership is not everyone’s idea of a fun gift, it might be a good gift for the gym rat on your list. This is definitely a gift that keeps on giving if they are frequent gym-goers. Another membership that might be worth gifting is a membership to a warehouse store like Costco or Sam’s Club. These stores are great ways to save money groceries especially if you don’t have to pay for a membership fee one year. 🙂

A Grocery Service

Busy moms or bachelors on your list would likely love the gift of a grocery service. It takes away the burden of having to prepare meals when you are a tired and busy mom, and helps bachelors eat healthily if they are unable to prepare meals on their own.

Subscription Boxes

There’s a subscription box service to fix anyone on your Christmas gift list this year. There are subscription boxes for shaving kits for men, toys and games for young kids, clothing and accessories for ladies and even toys and treats for pets. This is definitely an option if you want to pay once and give your friends and family a gift that will keep being delivered to them each month all year long.

The fun of giving and getting gifts on Christmas morning doesn’t have to be short-lived if you give everyone on your list a gift that keeps on giving. The best thing about these gifts is that the receiver doesn’t necessarily have to spend any money of their own in order to get the gift all year long.

 

Do you enjoy giving gifts? Have you ever given any gifts that keep on giving? If so, what did you give?

 

Photo courtesy of: Patrice_Audet

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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6 comments

  1. I love subscription boxes but I never buy them for myself. Getting one as a gift would be awesome!

  2. My husband LOVES his LootCrate. I got an invite to send two free boxes to people who’d never had it. So now my cousin’s older son is getting one under the tree. Yay!

    I think the services are a little pricey for most people (unless it’s someone that you really want to splurge on) but two or three people could go in together.

    Same with membership to the aquarium, zoo, museum, etc. Especially if they host a lot of out-of-towners. They end up getting dragged to those kind of attractions a LOT. Might as well make it easier on them.

  3. I remember last Christmas, my boss gave me a cooking class voucher as her present. I appreciated it so much and I didn’t expect that I would receive such gift. That said, I am very glad and learned some cooking skills out of that class.

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