“I think it’s definitely possible to have ‘too much of a good thing’ when it comes to gifts — and giving clutter-free gifts seems to alleviate much of the stress and consumerism that seems to be forever associated with the holiday season.”
– Andrea Dekker
Too much clutter, but you still want to do a holiday gift exchange? Whether you’re trying to keep clutter out of your own home or looking for a gift for a minimalist friend or family member, these clutter-free gifts are the perfect solution.
- homemade cookies, cakes or other baked goods
- specialty sodas
- beer, wine, or distilled spirits
- coffee or tea
- homemade jams or pickles
- fruit basket
- homemade frozen meals
- treats for the family pet
- art/craft supplies
- postage stamps
- gardening supplies
People often shy away from these impersonal gifts, but most recipients like them. They’re especially well received by those with limited incomes who may need help to purchase necessities or who rarely have money for discretionary purchases.
Gifts that Help Reduce Clutter.
- subscription to an e-magazine
- subscription to a music-streaming service
- subscription to a movie-streaming service
Items from a List.
Admittedly this won’t work well with everyone, but a lot of people are happy to give you a list of items they need and will use, even if those items seem boring for gift-giving, like socks, towels or windshield-wiper fluid.
Donate your time or money to one of the person’s favorite charities. Note I said one of their favorite charities, not yours!
See my last post, Experience Gifts Are Clutter-Free and More Fun for experience-gift ideas.