Clutter Free and Almost Clutter Free Gift Ideas

Part of celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah is giving gifts to family and friends. Sometimes we feel obligated to give but hopefully most of the time we give a gift to show how much we care about that person.

Christmas presentsAlthough we want to find the “prefect” gift for everyone on our list it’s not always easy.  We don’t want to give them something that will end up in a closet or drawer taking up space.  In other words, becoming clutter!


Below are some ideas of clutter free or almost clutter free gifts.  Maybe some people on your list would enjoy one or more of these things.

The old saying goes, “It’s the thought that counts.”

So put a little thought into it. If necessary go ahead and ask the person if they would like something from the list.  They may be very grateful that you asked.

Clutter-free gift ideas:

1.  Gift certificates:

  • Restaurants
  • Movie theaters
  • Live theater; one show or season tickets
  • Concerts
  • Sporting events
  • A day of pampering at a local day spa

2.  Donation made in their honor to their favorite charity.

3.  Membership to a Public TV station or their favorite subscription website.

4.  Membership to a local museum, zoo, or other attraction they frequently visit.

5.  Buy items for a needy family in their honor. (check local charities for info) They may want to help with picking out the items.


Almost clutter-free gift ideas. 

1.  Favorite food items: cookies, cakes, gourmet coffee or tea, candy, etc. Make sure that the container you give the items in won’t add to the recipient’s clutter.

2.  Gifts for pampering themselves: lotions, shower gels, perfume, candles, etc. Like above, make sure there aren’t containers that will add to their clutter such as baskets or other fancy gift boxes.


Clutter-free gift ideas – mostly your time:

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”                                              ~Kahlil Gibran

1.  Create a gift certificate that can be redeemed for a service. Many of these would work great for older grandchildren to give to their grandparents.  These also work for neighbors, friends, adult siblings, aunts and uncles, and even your own parents.

  • Cleaning the garage or basement
  • Yard-work
  • Car washing
  • Special household projects (painting, minor repairs, etc.)
  • Babysitting
  • Dog/cat/pet sitting

2.  Create a gift certificate that promises someone that you will spend time and share the activity together.  If you don’t want to spend much money look for free local attractions you can attend together.

  • A movie
  • Lunch/dinner
  • Special event
  • Visit a local museum/attraction of their choice.

“A hug is a great gift – one size fits all, and it’s easy to exchange.”  ~Author Unknown

If you have more clutter-free ideas to add to this list please share them in the comment section. Thanks.

To a lighter load along the way.


If you’re feeling overwhelmed preparing for the holidays the eBook “Tips To Simplify and Organize Your Holidays” can help you with planning, organizing, shopping, and reducing stress so you can enjoy the holidays.