So my question is, do you really want to add to your clutter over the holidays? Do you want to add clutter to others' homes? Why would you? Wouldn't life be easier if you DIDN'T add to the many piles already accumulated?
And yet, it's fun to exchange gifts. So how about buying clutter-free gifts? Gifts that won't get shoved to the back of a closet or end up under the bed? Here are some ideas:
For the techie in your life:
- A subscription to online back-up storage
- Useful apps for their phone/tablet
- An eBook reader to consolidate their book collection
- A wireless digital frame to enjoy family photos
- Software for their computer
- Pay for a subscription to Amazon Prime - unlimited downloads and free shipping!
- What's on their bucket list that you can check off?
- Go out to a nice dinner, no electronic devices allowed!
- Plan a weekend getaway with the family
- Hire a photographer for a family portrait session
- Offer to baby-sit for nieces/nephews and grandchildren
- Buy a gift certificate for a day (or afternoon) at the spa
- Start a savings account for your grandchildren
- Pay for a membership to a museum, botanic garden, or health club
- Consumables - their favorite desserts, fruits or teas
- Time - spend time visiting. Use it to write down family history and anecdotes.
- Cleaning service for their home
- Hire a handyman for a day to fix those little things
- Create a coupon book for errands or services, like a trip to the library or a shampoo and cut.
What clutter-free gifts have you exchanged with others?