Giving a gift to someone can be a wonderful thing, and picking the right one is so crucial as you really want the recipient to be happy with what they have been given.
Problem is, when we are talking so much about gaining order and living a clutter free life, it seems crazy to talk about adding to the clutter with lots of presents (whether it be Christmas or a Birthday).
As such I have decided to give a gift to you this year – and that is the gift of a list of 35 of the best clutter free gifts out there!…
I have categorised them into groups: –
- Vouchers for your time/skills
- Food & Drink
- Experiences / Treats
This will make looking through them much easier.
There is also a bonus at the end of one gift that looks clutter free but really isn’t – so watch out for that as well!
Why not take a look and get inspired, as there really is something for everyone here.
You can still give those you love something amazing, but be safe in the knowledge that you are not adding to the “stuff” in their homes.
Perfect! – so, let’s get started, shall we?…
CLUTTER FREE GIFTS: –
A subscription can be an amazing gift as it tends to keep on giving over the course of the year. There are loads of different ones to pick from, and there’s bound to be something to suit everyone.
#1 – Magazines – You can now get subscriptions to the online versions of magazines** to save paper clutter (look for digital subscriptions), and with lots of people having handheld devices such as iPads to read from, this would be a really convenient way of reading a magazine for them as well.
#2 – Food tasting (chocolate tasting, wine, food etc…) – I once had a chocolate tasting subscription given to me which sent through 4 packs of unusual chocolates over the course of a year and it was so lovely to get a present every few months! (food can be clutter free as it’s eaten and gone!). A good list I’ve found to get you started is HERE.
#3 – Films – Netflix would be a great addition to a home and costs from £5.99 a month – this enables the recipient to watch films on their TV, computer etc…
#4 – Amazon Prime** – If you know that someone uses online shopping a lot, or loves to watch films and TV programmes – then why not consider an annual subscription to Amazon prime.
VOUCHERS FOR YOUR TIME / SKILLS
One of the easiest ways to give a great gift is to give the gift of time.
You may have certain skills or be able to offer somebody something that would really help them out, which has the added benefit of costing you little in terms of actual money as well.
Here are some ideas:-
- #5 – Small children could give their parents vouchers for cuddles, for help around the house etc…
- #6 – Older children could give vouchers for helping around the house, for babysitting younger siblings etc…
- #7 – Babysitting vouchers would be fantastic for parents
- #8 – Can you give a couple of hours of your time for a certain skill you have, such as gardening, decorating, ironing etc…. – this works really well if it’s also a job you love and the recipient hates
- #9 – Offer to teach a skill to someone i.e. baking a cake, wallpapering etc…
FOOD / DRINK
As I mentioned in #2 – food is a great gift that is clutter free as it will be used (eaten) and then gone – whilst still having provided enjoyment for the recipient – and the same holds true for drinks.
Here are some other food & drink related ideas that would work really well: –
- #10 – Place ingredients for baking into a mason jar and add the recipe to the label (i.e. put everything in a bowl, add an egg, mix, bake for 20 mins at 180 degrees etc…). There are some great ideas HERE to get you started.
- #11 – Create a hamper of goodies for a food lover – or buy one ready created (John Lewis do some fantastic ones for Christmas when that time comes around)
- #12 – Create a gift box with all the ingredients to create a specific meal for someone who loves cooking – or what about a favourite cocktail ingredients?
- #13 – Favourite foods that are hard to find or that are quite expensive so would be a treat for that person – or a set of ingredients that they love, such as this BBQ Gift Box**, or Rose Flavours**.
- #14 – Homemade foods work really well – jams, chocolate truffles, cakes and biscuits all make great gifts
As with subscriptions, memberships can keep on giving throughout the whole year. I specifically love the idea of giving these to a family so that they can enjoy free days out throughout the year – a gift that really does keep giving!
- #15 – Zoo membership – a great family gift!
- #16 – Gym membership
- #17 – National Trust membership
- #18 – AA membership – not very rock and roll I grant you, but this would be a good gift for a new driver, as there are lots of expenses that come with driving! (and you can get some discounts at service stations too which is an extra benefit).
I love that there are so many possibilities to give gifts that mean something but don’t have to create lots of “stuff” in people homes…
Now, onto the next half of the ideas, maybe there is the perfect one there for you to give someone very soon!
EXPERIENCES & TREATS
Simply getting some sort of experience has been said to be much more rewarding than an object given as a gift, as the recipient creates memories from those experiences and has something to look forward to until it happens.
- #19 – Spa treatment / Day**
- #20 – Holiday – (a night away, weekend away or even longer…)
- #21 – Personal trainer session(s)
- #22 – Hire services for someone – a cleaner, an interior designer, a handyman, a gardener – whatever that person may need a little help with.
- #23 – Tickets to the cinema, a concert or the theatre (music, festival, comedy etc…).
- #24 – Theme park tickets
- #25 – Voucher for a meal at a favourite restaurant – most restaurants have vouchers you can buy, or you could even book a meal and pay a certain amount in advance.
Why not give the gift of learning a new skill, or helping to further a skill that the recipient already has?
- #26 – Items to help with crafts (from a pack of supplies, right through to a new sewing machine or set of artists brushes etc…). The craft items get used and often made for presents, so the clutter is minimal!
- #27 – Cooking lessons
- #28 – Photography lessons
- #29 – Music lessons
- #30 – Kids classes (a set of swimming classes for younger children would be a helpful and useful present)
- #31 – Tickets for a conference/event/training that would help
And last but not least – there are some ideas that just don’t fit into any other categories – so I’ve created a catch-all here!: –
- #32 – Movie night at home pack – Box up popcorn, an iTunes voucher for a film, some chocolate, a bottle of wine etc… and you’ve got a great night in!
- #33 – Spa day at home pack – a face pack, bubble bath, body creams etc… would make the perfect treat for someone!
- #34 – What about a donation to a charity close to someones heart
- #35 – iTunes voucher / Amazon voucher** – a great way to give a music/film lover a treat as they can pick what they want easily.
LASTLY – one thing that isn’t a clutter free gift…
It’s worth saying here that although vouchers seem a great way to give a gift that has little clutter – it depends on what those vouchers can buy. For example – you may have looked at #35 and seen that Amazon vouchers were there for giving music or films – but the recipient of the voucher could easily get a DVD or CD instead – which would be clutter…
If the recipient can get items rather than have an experience from those vouchers, then they will eventually still add to the clutter, which is definitely worth keeping in mind.
A lot of these gifts can be tailored to your budget and time available as well – such as making attending a training event into a weekend away as well, or offering to have a friends children for a weekend rather than babysitting for a few hours.
There are so many ways you can give amazing gifts without adding to clutter, you just have to think outside the box a little!
This year, why not try and give clutter free gifts and see how it goes!