It’s Christmas time and you know what that means…every little thing people see at the stores is a possible present for someone else. This includes all those annoying little clutter-gifts. You know what I’m talking about. I’m sure you can’t even count on one hand how many dreadful knick knacks or photo frames you have gotten over the years. Where are you supposed to put them all? You have run out of room on the mantle, your end tables are full, not to mention all your shelving units. Oh, how you wish your family and friends would give you a gift that was more practical. Something you can actually use. Something that you actually need.
Well, perhaps if you start the season off with a practical gift others will follow suit. I know there are many “gifts” mothers and fathers want but will never spend the extra money on for themselves. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- #1 for moms/wives – a massage or facial
- A subscription to a cooking magazine, sports magazine, hunting magazine.
- Gas gift cards
- Coffee lovers – Gift cards to Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts.
- Sports enthusiast – a Gift certificate for a game of golf, rock repelling, laser tag.
- Crafters & Bakers – Sign them up for a class at Michael’s or another craft store. They have cake decorating classes and more.
- Annual membership to zoo, aquarium, museum, art gallery.
- Membership with a club – wine, cheese, fruit, chocolate, flowers
- If you own a timeshare or vacation home, offer it to someone for a week for a vacation.
- Do you have a talent? Photography, baking, woodworking. Offer your talent and service to someone.
- Homemade gift baskets are also a great idea. Just fill up a basket with many items that you know the recipient uses frequently. They will be thrilled they don’t have to run to the store the next time they run out of lotion or body wash!
As you can see there are countless non-clutter gift ideas out there. Be creative. Really try to understand what the recipient may need. Just remember, while gift getting isn’t important, gift-giving is a way to show a person you notice them and that you really care about their needs, during Christmas and throughout the year!