11 Gifts that Won’t Cause Clutter
The holiday season means giving and receiving, but those presents can end up crowding your home with items you didn’t need in the first place. Request these gifts or give them to your family to minimize the mess in your home.
We often get more joy from experiences than from tangible things, so make some memories by planning a short trip for you and your partner. Snag plane tickets and book a hotel room for a surprise getaway. It doesn’t have to be a fancy trip either—even a couple days at a nearby B&B can give you both some much needed R&R together. For inspiration, check out these unusual hotels you’ll want to visit.
Whether your loved one enjoys theater, hockey games, or comedy shows, tickets to an event will be an exciting gift to look forward to. Make it truly selfless by telling the person to give the other ticket to someone besides you so your friend can bond with a significant other or cousin who might enjoy the event even more than you would.
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Your memory-making doesn’t have to be tied to a specific event. Offer a friend a day of zip-lining, riding a hot air balloon, or playing paintball—anything you know he or she have a blast doing but wouldn’t necessarily spend the money to do without the gift. Get inspired by this bucket list for all 50 states.
If you’ve been aching to develop a new skill, request a learning session for the holidays. This could be your chance to finally learn how to speak a new language, play a musical instrument, or create pottery. (Just be careful about giving a workout class membership your loved one hasn’t requested, which is a gift that could send the wrong message.)
A relaxing spa treatment will be much needed after a stressful holiday season, without adding unnecessary lotions and face treatments to an already-full bathroom closet. Pass along a gift certificate for a mani/pedi, massage, or facial—with tip and tax included—so your loved one can treat him- or herself guilt-free. (For an at-home spa treatment, try one of these beauty hacks from your own kitchen.)
Does your friend love picking up a copy of a magazine every now and then but has yet to splurge on a subscription? Send a subscription to his or her house so your loved one can enjoy every issue, tossing the read ones in the recycling bin.
Make a donation in your friend’s name for a gift that really does give back. Just make sure to pick a charity that supports a cause your friend is passionate about, whether it’s providing health care to people who can’t afford it or finding homes for animals in shelters—and avoid organizations that doesn’t align with your loved one’s values, like giving a cow to a village in the name of your vegan friend. Read these stories of incredible generosity for inspiration.
Not only will candles make the receiver’s home smell like a dream, but the candles won’t last forever. Loved ones can enjoy the appealing scent while it lasts, then toss the jar in the trash when the wick is down to a nub.
Chocolates and homemade baked goods are classics for a reason—just about everyone will love the excuse to indulge. For loved ones with less of a sweet tooth, consider giving a jar of homemade jam, a loose-leaf tea sampler, or a pack of infused olive oils. These gifts to give from every state will give you inspiration for gifting local eats.
A bottle of wine makes a lovely host gift, especially for someone you don’t know too well. Just make sure it isn’t chilled to make it clear that it’s a gift for the receivers to enjoy alone and not to be poured at the party. Here are more etiquette tips for hosts and guests.
Gift certificates will let the receivers pick out what they truly want, instead of adding unnecessary items that rarely make it out of the drawer. Stop it from feeling impersonal by making a thoughtful choice about where the person likes to shop or eat. In fact, a restaurant gift certificate could be even better because your loved ones can enjoy a nice meal without the temptation of over-buying with store credit.