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Gift Like You Mean It: A OneMain Holiday Gift Guide

Gift Like You Mean It: A OneMain Holiday Gift Guide

By Matt Diehl • December 08, 2017

Tempted to grab the hottest toys, tech, and threads for your loved ones this season? We’re here to help you think twice and consider the long-term value for you and your giftee. Our “skip that, give this” guide covers your whole crew, and compares the expected go-to’s with unique alternatives that offer more bang for the same holiday buck.

Gifts for adults

Gift 1

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$100 restaurant dinner date $100 toward a meal delivery service or cooking lessons

Instead of springing for another dinner date, learn to cook with your significant other by your side. In addition to enjoying a fun activity together, you’ll both walk away with the money-saving skill of making tasty food at home.

Gift 2

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$250 smartphone $250 smart thermostat

Not only is this digital thermostat easy to use, it has saved its users an average of 10-12% on annual heating bills and 15% on annual cooling bills.1 Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.

Gift 3

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$50 trendy sweater $50 in an online investment account

Send your 20-something into the new year with the ability to invest and learn. Robinhood is a free mobile app that lets you trade stocks with no fees and connects you to relevant financial news.

Gifts for kids

Gift 4

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$15 trending gadget $15 coin-counting piggy bank

A toy that pays you back - imagine that. With digital counters and see-through design, some interactive piggy bank makes saving fun. Include a roll of coins with it, and your savvy elf can get started on the spot.

Gift 5

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$20 on a video game $20 on the board game, “Monopoly”

The beauty of this classic board game is that it’s fun and chock-full of money lessons. Plus, anything that helps get the whole family together is a bonus in today’s digitally-dominated world.

Gift 6

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$100+ tablet $100 Kindle for KidsBundle

Let’s face it: as awesome as fully connected tablets are, they can also be the ultimate distraction. This holiday, give your bookworm a more basic e-reader to help them stay focused on enriching literature rather than all things internet. Plus, Amazon’s Kindle for Kids Bundle includes a case and a 2-year protection plan.

Gift 7

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$15 digital download $15 for two months of unlimited streaming

Some streaming services can allow your music fan to listen to virtually any album and discover endless new artists. After a month or two, they’ll see the long-term value compared to paying $1 per song on downloads. Fa-la-la-la-la to that.

Gifts for tots

Gift 8

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$15 on disposable fruit pouches $15 on reusable food pouches

Reusable food pouches are a great way to take baby food (yogurt, oatmeal, homemade smoothies) on the go, but without the waste or cost of pre-packaged pouches.This is a stocking stuffer that mom and dad will love too.

Gift 9

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$30 in baby toys $30 in a college fund

When it comes to setting up a long-term investment, the hardest part can be simply opening the account. Consider this your jolly reminder to do it before the year’s out. And if you set up automatic transfers (even just $5 a month to start), you and your baby will be sittin’ pretty when it’s time for college. As far as getting that must-have toy under the tree, that’s what eager grandparents are for.

Thanks, you shouldn’t have…

With this list in hand, hopefully your holiday dash will feel even more jolly. Cheers to a joyfully savvy shopping season!


  1. Nest. “Overview.” (accessed December 1, 2017).  

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