Clutter Free Gift Ideas For All The Family

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With the last couple of weeks before Christmas, I know a lot of moms are already dreading the onslaught of new gifts – new things that need a home, as the chaos starts to take over. What you need to add to the mix are clutter-free gifts.

Of course, if you joined my bootcamp you will have off-loaded some of the old ready for the new but why bring in more when you can gift clutter-free gifts?

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I’m not saying traditional gifts are bad, just that some of these ideas make that giving experience last a bit longer and are less of an eye-sore in your home! Plus it’s nice to have something to look forward to, don’t you think?

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 1. Experiences

These are brilliant gifts, not just for kids but adults too (read that as for the impossible-to-buy-for man in your life!). Anything goes, it could be the zoo, a gig,  a trip to the theatre, movie night, bowling, gibbon adventures, going to a spa (OK that’s more for mom), theme park, hot air balloon ride, sky-diving, Disneyland, a special weekend trip, visiting a special attraction, season tickets to a sports team, National Trust pass… endless ideas.
You could make these family trips so you get some good old family quality time together or just an individual one. The great thing about this is that you can tailor it the person, even pick something they can strike off their bucket list.

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2. Subscriptions

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My mom gets Ebi-kun a subscription to the National Geographic magazine and each month he sits on the sofa with a big grin on his face! There are a load of magazines to choose from but not only that, these days there are services like Peekapak and Groovy Lab In Box, which are monthly activity packs, I would LOVE to get my hands on something like that for Ebi-kun. There are lots of these types of subscriptions if you are based in the UK or US, you could probably do all your Christmas gifts like this if you had the funds of course.

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 3. Music, Apps and Downloads

With the modern, digital age we live in, apps and other digital product can make a great gift, absolute bugger to wrap though!

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 4. Gift Cards

Admittedly, Ebi-kun wasn’t overly impressed when he was first given an Amazon gift card. That was BEFORE he understood how it works. Now he’ll ask to ‘surf the net’ and by that he means go shopping on Amazon. Gift cards are great for those who are hard to buy for and for kids when they get to ‘that’ age where anything that adults pick out is just so uncool *rolls eyeballs*
Loads of types of cards to go for, most of the big retailers have them, along with itunes.

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5. Cash

Cash is a tricky one, as some people are not comfortable with giving or receiving it. As a teen, I loved getting cash so I could buy my own clothes, not reversible padded pants – what were you thinking mother? In Japanese culture the kids get gifted cash at new year rather than Christmas presents and giving cash is quite a big thing here, they even have special envelopes for it. If cash is the way you want to go, there are loads of creative ways to present it, have a look on Pinterest for some inspiration.

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6. Food

Edible gifts always go down well, in more ways that one. That said, you might not want to be handing more sugar laced goodies to your kids but things like cocoa and marshmallows in a jar make a fun stocking stuffer. Handmade gifts are not always appreciated by some people, so choose your recipients wisely! But if you know it will be appreciated then you can’t go wrong with handmade sweets or cookies.
If you make jams or pickles, the print off some cute labels and Bobs your uncle!
Hampers – get creative and make one for a child in a sand bucket instead, add in all their favourite treats.
How about a gift certificate, coupon or invite to a fancy restaurant?

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7. Donations

As this season shouldn’t really be just about the gifts, how about working donations into your clutter-free Christmas? I have seen a couple of friends this year are donating to charity rather than sending out Christmas cards. There are places where you can sponsor a family or child for Christmas. KIVA is one of my favourites for giving, to help a micro business set up, so they can help themselves. And I have also adopted various animals in the past as gifts to different people.

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