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I hope this gift guide helps you buy meaningful things for your family without adding to their clutter! Contains affiliate links.
It can be tricky to buy presents when you don’t want the house overrun with more stuff… but believe me it’s possible. There a few things to remember when buying gifts that you hope will either alleviate clutter or at least minimize it.
Before You Buy, Ask:
- Is it consumable?
- Would they prefer an experience?
- Is it useful in many contexts?
- Is it extremely useful in one context?
Of course each individual is different, but these are some basic questions that’ll help prevent you from buying gifts that just add to the clutter.
Without further ado, here’s my list of some gifts for dads, moms (and yourself, okay?) and kids that fight the clutter monster:
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Gifts for Moms
You don’t have to raise the piles of clutter to give mom a gift that she will enjoy. Here are a few options:
- Jewelry cabinet armoire with stand mirror (here). This keeps your jewelry clutter at bay, hides valuables behind lock and key, and serves as a mirror in your room.
- Gift cards to favorite stores or restaurants (here).
- Manicure, pedicure, or spa treatment.
- Milk frother for cafe latte and cappuccino lovers who’d rather make their own at home (here).
- Cafetière coffee maker for fancy coffee
- A Kindle. For the readers who don’t want to store all the books (here) and a gift card for said ebooks (here).
- High thread count sheets (here) for a luxurious night sleep. You’ve gotta sleep on sheets, these can replace older ones without increasing what’s in storage.
- A robotic vacuum to cut down on some of the stress of housekeeping (here).
- Warm fuzzy slippers to survive the winter (here).
- Night at a local hotel for uninterrupted rest.
- Donating money to a charity close to her heart in her name.
- Beautiful potted plants or flowers (here).
- Recipe binder. She may even want to get rid of multiple recipe books and store her favorites (here).
Gifts for Dads
If clutter is always a looming possibility, look no further than one of these gift ideas:
- Gift cards for fave stores or restaurants (here).
- Garage organizer (here).
- Tickets to a ballgame or concert.
- Awesome flashlight (here).
- Money clip and wallet that is RFID blocking (here).
- Survival kit . This is great to keep in the car console or trunk (here).
- Boxers (here) or boxer briefs (here) if that’s his preference.
- Sunrise simulation clock if he finds difficulty waking (here).
- Roadside assistance kit to be kept in the trunk (here).
- Swiss Army Knife. Get rid of multiple things and just use this one (here).
- Gift certificates from your local movie theater so he can go watch movies with his friends.
- Subscription to his favorite magazine, then donate read magazines to local doctors’ offices or other place with a waiting room.
- A pack of his favorite drink (energy drinks, beer, wine or soda)
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Gifts for Kids that Won’t Cause Clutter
These gifts are sure to have the kids either playing for years or enjoying a good experience:
- Dress up clothes for endless hours of imagination (here). These can hang in the closet and be pulled out for games.
- Play silks (here).
- Tickets to parks, zoos, or local attractions.
- Vacation (in a card put that part of their present is this year’s vacation, or a special event on the vacation).
- Cute underwear for girls (here) and for boys (here).
- 6. Glow sticks (here) are great because when they go out, you throw them away!
- Cute socks of their favorite characters or animals (here).
- Book rack to help keep the book clutter at bay (here). We have 5 of these around our house!
- Super fun bath towels (here).
- Favorite candy, snacks, or sweets.
- Art for their walls, maybe even superheroes (here).
- Music, dance, horseback, or art lessons.
- Craft nights. Buy supplies based on your kids’ interests and invite their friends for a fun-filled night (here).
- Puzzles. Do each puzzle as an activity and, when it’s complete, give it away!
- Money towards something they’ve been saving for.
- An iTunes gift card for music (here).
- One gift for all the kids to share like a trampoline (here), outdoor swing set (here), or a gaming set (here).