'Tis the season for love, holiday parties, making memories, and gift giving. By now, you know that I am a huge advocate for keeping your home clutter-free and the main way to do that is to keep stuff from coming in. As always, I try to practice what I preach and I try to give thoughtful, yet simple gifts. However, I realize that not everyone has the same priorities as I do, so I have come up with a list of gifts that I think anyone will enjoy and the perks of being clutter-free will just be the cherry on top!
Satellite Radio Subscription: A family friend told me that his daughter got him this gift every year for the holidays and he LOVED it. What a great idea! This is something you could use every single day.
Coffee or Tea: Most adults that I know drink coffee or tea every morning. You could really have a lot of fun with this one. You could make a mug for them (thinking with pictures), you could put miniature honey and sugar cubes in a large mason jar with tea bags in it for a tea-lover; the possibilities are endless!
Audible Subscription: Your loved ones who do a lot of traveling will love this one! Especially if they are readers. Not only does listening to books "on tape" make the time go by faster, but you'll never forget the book and it won't clutter your counters - genius!
Uber/Lyft Digital Gift Card: Don't have to worry about driving, parking, and its zero waste? ‘Nuff said.
Massage: I’m allllll about taking care of your mind, body and soul. Unfortunately, so many people put themselves and their health last. Giving your loved ones a gift of a massage would be heavenly!
Manicure/Pedicure: Even men love these sometimes, don’t let them fool ya!
Donation to a place of their choice: We all have those organizations that touch our hearts. Sometimes, giving to them is worth way more than receiving anything at all.
Tickets to a sporting event: What a fun gift! Do you have a favorite team? Support your team and your loved ones with tickets to a game!
Electronic Gift Cards: Gift cards are by far some of the best gifts to receive. However, it can be hard to keep track of the cards and then they just become clutter and waste. So, buy them electronically! Places like Amazon and iTunes allow you to buy electronic gift cards and then you get an email for the receipt. You can then come up with a creative way to give this to your loved ones that makes less clutter and waste.
Food: This can include spices, jelly, gum, mints, bbq sauce - think about what your person would enjoy and buy something they would enjoy and use.
Gas Card: Paying for gas seems like such a pain sometimes. I've never been upset for receiving a gas card, have you?!
Subscription to a Meal-Prep Kit: Whether you are in college, working full time, or not - not having to worry about planning a meal is one less thing to stress about and that is an incredible gift.
Car Detail: de-cluttering your car has the same effect as de-cluttering your home. You are in your car often and the cleaner it is, the calmer you will be. We all want calm drivers, am I right?! Going beyond de-cluttering and paying for a detail takes the calm to the next level.
Cooking Classes: This is such a fun way to spend time with a loved one. Purchase this for your loved one who enjoys learning how to cook something new and different, or to your significant other for the perfect date night.
Tours: I am lucky to live in an incredibly historic part of the country, but since I live here, I rarely experience one of the amazing tours that Charleston has to offer. Gift someone the experience of an amazing tour - even if it’s where they live! It may be something they’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t made the time yet.
Beauty Products: I like to buy my mom beauty products, because I know she wants them, but never spends the money on herself. So, I buy her nice, non-toxic beauty products that are great for her skin. If someone you love, loves beauty products, I will guarantee they will LOVE this gift AND really use it. Just make sure its the brand and product that they actually use and love!
Membership to gym / yoga / barre / gold studio/club. If someone you love is already a member somewhere, go in and buy them a month of classes/lessons! They can use that extra money on something that they really need/want. They’ll love it!
Clutter-Free Gifts for Parents
Babysitting! There is no greater gift that you could give a parent. Every parent needs a break from time-to-time, and to be able to leave your child with someone you love and trust is very reassuring.
A membership to a babysitting service: You really need to know the parents for this one. If they are super neurotic (me!), this may not be the best gift. But, if they are in need of a babysitter, there are some great, credible babysitting services out there that do extensive background checks and make sure that every babysitter is CPR Certified.
Uber/Lyft: If parents are going on a date, what would be better than an UBER or Lyft ride? Did you know that you can buy digital gift cards for both Uber and Lyft? Yes! This is amazing for so many reasons: parents don’t have to worry about driving, parking, etc. and its digital which means there is zero waste. Win in my book!
Gift Card to a Hair Salon: I am a little late to the game...but I am OBSESSED with balayage. Seriously, obsessed. But I haven’t been doing anything to my hair besides cutting it for 10 years. I forgot how expensive it can be! A gift of being able to get a balayage would be the gift that keeps on giving every time you look in the mirror.
Mani/Pedi: There aren’t many moms who wouldn’t love a fresh, free mani/pedi. It’s easy to get lost in motherhood and little things like having your nails professionally done, keep you feeling like YOU, even if your shirt is covered in spit-up and glitter.
Tickets to an upcoming show: Check out anything from concerts, comedy shows, ballets, symphonies, orchestra...the options are endless.
Museum/Zoo Passes: Before my daughter was in preschool, I always asked for a season pass to our local aquarium. There were so many days when I just needed to get out of the house. This was a 4 hour ordeal that was fun for both of us, we got to meet other mamas, and see our beautiful city. This was one of my all time favorite holiday gifts. (I personally love the Children’s Museum here in Charleston!)
Pool Passes/Water Park Passes: Summers are LLOOONNNGGG with the kiddos out of school. Although summer break is five months away, parents will love having a free activity they can grab out of their back pockets a moment's notice.
Swim Lessons: We all want our kids to be safe when it comes to the water. Knowing how to swim is crucial, but can be pricey. Helping pay for these lessons are a huge help and relief for every parent.
Satellite Radio Subscription: This is something that I would never spend on for myself, but I would get so much joy out of. So many choices. If you have a loved one who spends a lot of time traveling, this would be the perfect gift.
Audible Subscription: If your loved one is more interested in books than talk radio or music, this could be a wonderful gift option!
Netflix Subscription: Maybe they don’t travel in a car for work, but they travel on a plane. Or maybe, they just enjoy binge watching TV shows! This is a great (and super affordable) option.
Aquarium Passes: This was one of my favorite when my oldest was a baby. The aquarium got us out of the house and she loved it so much. This is a must!
Coffee: Do you know your loved one’s favorite coffee? Buy them some! This is something that they will use everyday and will appreciate you saving them a trip to the store. Coffee is one thing you do not want to run out of!
Coffee: If you can find a cute glass/reusable jar, you can head to one of your favorite grocery stores (Bi-Lo, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc. in Charleston), and fill the coffee right in the jar. Add a cute ribbon or bow and you have beautiful, useful, zero-waste gift! (If you are going to fill up a jar you already have, make sure they weigh it before so that you aren’t paying for the weight of the jar).
Coffee + Reusable K-Cups: One of my besties used our reusable K-Cups when she was visiting and fell in love. So I of course, gave her some that Christmas. They are super easy to wash and so less wasteful then the disposable version.
Did I mention..coffee? I really don't think you can go wrong here!
Wine! Wine is always nice to have. It can be used to cook, to drink, to take to a host, etc.
Homemade baked goods or canned goods: For those of you who are crafty and excellent bakers, us non-crafty and non-bakers LOVE homemade food. Just sayin'.
Subscription to a Meal-Kit Service: Meal planning is time intensive and can be exhausting. If you take the stress from meal-planning, you will shortly become every parent's new favorite person!
Journal/Planner/Calendar: Know the person you are giving a gift to. Do they already use a journal and need a new one? Do they love to write? Are they a student? Do they like to be organized but never get the chance to buy themselves a journal or planner? There are so many beautiful planners in all different shapes and sizes.
Clothing: This can also be tricky, but if you know your person, could be worth SO much. I would only go here if you know your person NEEDS something specific. Maybe they just started a new job and need something specific for their new career or moved to a new city with a different climate.
Cash: Cash can be used for ANYTHING which makes it money! (see what I did there?). With cash, you don’t have to keep track of a card and there is zero waste. Who would say no to cash!?
Lottery tickets: These are fun for the entire family...and who knows... you may be a big winner!
Money for a college fund + savings bond: Even taking a small burden off of the parents can take a huge weight off of the shoulders. You are investing in their child and their future. Parents will be beyond grateful.
Diapers + Wipes: For my first baby shower, I got several different sizes of diapers and several wipes. This. Was. Amazing. Diapers are something you need for a very long time and when you are down to one...it's the worst and always seems to come at the most inconvenient time. It's one of those things that you are bummed to spend your money on. Buying diapers + wipes for any parent is a total win.
Use Your Talent: Are you a photographer or an artist? These are gifts that parents always want but sometimes can't splurge. This is something they can always look back on and enjoy.
Family Portraits: We all love professional photos of our family - especially while our kids are young and changing so quickly - but they are often expensive. This is the perfect gift to give parents. Help them pay towards these photo sessions, and you’ll get to reap the benefits of looking at these gorgeous photos of the people you love!
Clutter-Free Gifts for Kids
Books: Most parents don't mind growing a fabulous library for their children. Books are incredible for kids of all ages and super easy to donate when the kids have outgrown them.
Socks: Have you noticed that socks are so much more than just white nowadays? Giving your kids a fun pair of socks will be exciting and totally useful.
Hair Bands/Bobby Pins: Every girl I know, could use extra hair bands and bobby pins. Even the youngest girls use headbands, clips and rubber bands. (This is also a great stocking stuffer!)
Comb + Brush: I remember one year my mom got all of her girls hair brushes in different colors. Its been several years and we all still have them. Simple, yet completely useful!! (de-tangler brushes are great for little ones!)
Water Bottles: Every child I know uses water bottles - even at some schools. Investing is high-quality a water bottle will sure to be used over and over again.
Labels: Need to put your child's name on their water bottle? Blank (or monogramed) labels are fun and saves a step for the parents (win!!).
Ballet/Swim/Lessons: This can be a huge help for the parents & it can be really fun to give. Pair the lessons with a coinciding book, ballet shoes, a beach towel, etc. and you're set!
I saved my best for last: Quality Time. Most of us really want to spend uninterrupted time with the ones we really love. Pick something fun to do, whether its going out to lunch or doing something you have both been waiting to do. Stop waiting, put it on your schedule, and make it happen. You won’t regret it. This is the ultimate, and most rewarding clutter-free gift.
What is your favorite clutter-free gift? I love adding to this list, so please share!