Last Minute Cheap Christmas Gift Guide

by Mr. Cheap

With the economy in a downturn, this year more than ever the pressure is on to find cheap gifts for loved ones.  Luckily, this is Mr. Cheap’s forté, so without further ado may I present the “Last Minute Cheap Christmas Gift Guide”.

  • pineconebirdfeeder-1Pine Cone Bird Feeder:  A perennial favourite, this feeder can be made by finding a pine cone and smearing peanut butter on it.  If you’re like Mr. Cheap and you really like to give on a shoestring, you can just give the cone and explain to the recipient how to “load it”.  Perfect for environmentalists or animal lovers, this proved to be the ideal gift for the Four Pillars’ household this year.  Each time I’ve talked to them since giving them this little treasure, they’ve assured me how much fun Mike and the kids were having watching the birds nibble on it (until it attracted a family of raccoons who now live in their attic – definitely one danger to be aware of).
  • rollingEuropean style rolled cigarettes:  For the smokers on your list, this gift can be had for the price of some rolling paper.  For tobacco, stake out bus stops, entrances to office buildings and other areas smokers congregate.  Collect the “gently used” butts, break them apart for the unburnt tobacco, and roll yourself some stylish, continental luxuries.  Just like they smoke on the Riviera, ooh la la!
  • moonshineHobo cocktail:  For those of us short on funds but with a well stocked liquor cabinet (or left-behinds from a recent house party), Hobo cocktails can be made by digging out all the undrunk booze, mixing it together, then pouring it back into the bottles.  You haven’t lived until you’ve drunk a 1/3 gin, 1/3 vodka, 1/3 rye delight!  Scrub off the labels, so recipients don’t mistakenly believe they’re getting boring, “pure” liquor.  If the budget allows, make up funny labels like “Mr. Cheap’s Patented Apéritif, Molotov Cocktail and Nail Polish Remover”
  • sadcatNew-To-You Pets:  This works best if you live in a rough neighbourhood where pets are mistreated.  “Liberate” a neighbour’s pet who you think would be happier living with someone on your gift list.  Then give the gift that keeps giving, a loving addition to their family!  You need to make sure that the recipient doesn’t live too close to the pet’s former home (or there might be an awkward encounter when your uncle Bob is out walking his new mutt).  You should warn the pet’s new family to make sure he doesn’t get outside without a leash, or he might make a bee-line back to his former prison.

Whether shopping for a smoker, a drinker, or a naturalist, with a little creativity you can find a spot-on gift that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg!

Read the 2011 Cheap Gift Guide!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Four Pillars

Thanks for the feeder! 🙂

2 Kyle

Haha well this is the first gift-giving guide I’ve seen that advocates pet-napping.

3 Four Pillars

Jay – of course these suggestions are serious..what else would they be?

Sometimes the frugal world is a harsh one…

4 Wooly Woman

Has the cat had one of Mr Cheap’s smokes and a shot of the mystery booze? Is that how it was kidnapped. It looks like a pretty freaked out cat 🙂

5 MoneyGrubbingLawyer

I love it! I’ll et you know how my wife enjoys her euro smokes and hobo cocktail!

6 ConsciouslyFrugal

Found this little gem thanks to BluntMoney and sweet baby jebsus, I haven’t laughed this hard in ages. Hi-larry-ee-us!

7 Four Pillars

WW – Mr. Cheap has that effect on animals. 🙂

MGL – are you a divorce lawyer by chance? 🙂

CF – I agree – I thought this post was hilarious too.

8 youngandthrifty

LOL… awesome post. Hilarious- great destressor for the holiday season.

HOBO cocktails for all!

9 My University Money

Awesome holiday post, on a sidenote, do the Ukrainians win some sort of frugal prize for being smart enough to push their Christmas back 2 weeks in order to take advantage of all the post-Christmas sales? It’s awesome they seen this who commercialization of Christmas coming so long ago eh?;)

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