The $5 Dinner Mom’s $20 Holiday Gift Guide

This Christmas, as we are all strapped for cash and our holiday gift giving budget is as small as it has every been, I thought it appropriate to put together a few simple and useful holiday gifts…that are all $20 or less!

Without further ado…

The $5 Dinner Mom’s $20 Holiday Gift Guide

My Cookbooks

Because I couldn’t not include them! 😉

The $5 Dinner Mom Breakfast and Lunch Cookbook ($14.99 or less)

My “I can’t believe I have another cookbook that is about to be on store shelves” cookbook. It’s really called The $5 Dinner Mom Breakfast and Lunch Cookbook. And it’s awesome! I had so. much. fun. putting it together for you all!  Breakfast and Lunch will never be boring again…

The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook ($14.99 or less)

My first cookbook…200 recipes for dinner. All for $5 or less!

Kitchen Gadgets

The Oxo Good Grips Garlic Press ($15.99)

I use mine with just about every meal I cook. At least 80% of dinner meals anyways!  And you should have one too. And give one to every chef in your life!

Oxo Good Grips Can Opener ($12.99)

This thing has not failed me once in 8 years. Yep, I’ve had the same can opener for 8 years. It’s just that good!

Oxo Good Grips 3 piece Angled Measuring Cups ($19.99)

These are e.s.s.e.n.t.i.a.l. for getting the best measure for liquids. Essential.

Oxo Good Grips 5-piece Nylon Tool Set ($17.66)

I’ve been using these cooking tools for 8 years…just like the can opener. And they are still in great shape!  Durable, long lasting (sounds like a battery commercial!)…they truly are!  Whether you need an upgrade in cooking utensils, or a gift for a budding new chef in your life, this is a $17.66 well spent!

Edible Gifts

Organic Maple Syrup ($16.83)

We have been getting maple syrup for a year now, and we still love every drop! An ideal gift for the pancake and waffle lovers in your life!

Organic Coconut Oil, 2-pack ($13.54)

If you are looking to use a healthier oil in your cooking and baking, try coconut oil. Not something you’d typically ask for or give, but this would be a great holiday gift!!!

Honey Whole Wheat Bread Machine Mix, 6-pack ($11.30, or $9.60 after Subscribe and Save)

Amazing price on these bread mixes…perfect for the bread machine bakers in your life!

I love giving edible gifts…because you know they’ll get used, er, eaten!

Personal Finance Books

Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover ($14.61)

The personal finance book that changed the way we look at our family finances, that gave us a new vision for our money, and put us on the path to becoming consumer debt free (which we accomplished in October!).

JD Roth’s Your Money, The Missing Manual ($14.95)

The “it has it all” personal finance book, written by Get Rich Slowly blogger JD Roth. Written beautifully, in easy to understand language, with concise and clear whys and why nots to all the different aspect of personal finance!

Steve Miller’s Enjoy your Money! ($15.99)

Another personal finance book that had a major impact on how and what we will teach our children, in what order, with how much explanation, as they grow older.  A must read for any parent with a tween or teenager! Simple, but unique, approach to teaching the ins and outs of personal finance to young (and old) people.

Other Valuable and Useful Resources

Mom Agenda’s Weekly Family Planner ($16.95)

This planner keeps me sane. It is magnetic and I keep it  front and center on the fridge.  When I need to sit down to write out the meal plan, and the batch cooking plan, and the blogging plan, and the family plan, I can get it all right here onto one sheet. Then I can keep it right in front of me, as I open and close the fridge all week long!

Six Pixels of Separation by Mitch Joel ($11.55)

This book has had a profound impact on the way that I view my blog as a business.  It has helped me learn how to connect with each of you, using different aspects of social media and online platforms. It’s a must read for any blogger…no matter what “level.”

There you have it…a few of my favorite things from the kitchen and from life that have had a major impact on me this past year!  I share them with you with the hope that they will help you and your loved ones be more efficient in the kitchen, with your finances and with your time!

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Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas!!!


  1. says

    I love these ideas for adults! But what about for kids…or neighbors…or co-workers?

    I’ve been trying to put together some ideas, but not a whole lot that’s affordable and would be appreciated.

    My favorite idea so far: a mud pie kit, complete with a variety of pie pans, gloves, measuring cups, and measuring spoons.

    I think I’m just sick of all the commercials for toys that don’t encourage play or creativity. Any ideas?

  2. LisaE says

    Casherie…..good idea about the mud pie kit. Maybe one of those gingerbread houses kit would be great too-kids can be creative making their houses.

    You might try a bookstore or look online for science experiment book using everyday supplies-my dd has one and loves it. You might be able to find a book or twon that suits your needs at I think they have free shipping right now and 25% total order for new customers.

    Good luck!

  3. says

    Erin–have you used your OXO can opener on #10 cans much? I’m really happy with my other Oxo tools, and we have gone through a few different can openers before (a difficult can opener can be greased with a little oil if it is sticking, for those who can’t afford a new one). Oil is keeping mine working right now, but I know it won’t last forever. I’ll look for an Oxo one when this one gives out!


    If it helps, I have some ideas for frugal gifts for children and friendshere , as well as ideas for sewn gifts. If your budget is really tight, I guest posted last year on Christmas on a Zero-Budget.

    I’m just taking a short break from sewing to do a little online reading, and then I’m back to making gifts! I’m making 2 coats this year (one is lined with a wool sweater that I got from the thrift store for $3), some baby shoes (from scraps and the soles from a broken purse), pajamas for my boys (from some plaid flannel sheets that someone gave me when she was moving), handkerchiefs (from old top cotton top sheets), a warm hat from scraps I had on hand, wool mittens from the scraps of the above sweater, doll clothes, slippers, dresses, and some barrettes. I have 6 children to sew for.

    I am printing paper dolls, paper toys, and bookmarks for my children (from the free links above). One child is getting scotch tape and glue sticks in his stocking (he LOVES these!) I got the glue on sale at the back to school sales.

    In addition, I am giving one child a coat that I got at a garage sale ($5; I made a matching doll coat from scraps I had on hand), some ties for the boys from garage sales, and a couple of shirts and a pair of pants from garage sales for one son.

    We will be making cookies to take to friends as well.

  4. Demetria says

    Congrats on becoming debt-free! We have been on Dave Ramsey’s plan for 3 years and should finally be debt-free next month!!! Spread the word on his plan–it’s amazing…freedom is something so priceless :)


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