Organize your clutter free gift giving list

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There are many considerations when trying to purchase the perfect present. Sometimes the person has everything.  Some people may feel that they have enough stuff and they don’t want to have to decide how to store more items. Some people feel that they need to keep everything they are given whether they need it or like it or can use it. They are afraid of hurting the giver’s feelings.  It may feel like an impossible mission.  Consider the idea of a gift that self destructs.

Give tickets to an event

Sporting, theatre, art gallery exhibits, or musical events.  Most of these types of events have virtual or live performances.  Give them tickets so it won’t be a gift card that they file or lose.  Most performances will allow tickets to be exchanged for a different date.  You can support your local community by purchasing tickets to a little theatre production, or concert.  Give them the gift of entertainment.

Rent a sports venue

It can be an hour of ice time, indoor soccer, indoor tennis, indoor pickleball and indoor golf.  This type of gift usually gets people together to socialize and be active.  It is a gift of physical and emotional health.

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You can give lessons to a person.  Art lessons, wine tasting, golfing, home improvement, music, craft, beading, the ideas are limitless.  Many lessons are delivered virtually and in person.  Goggle _______lessons.  You fill in the blank  It can be one lesson or a group of lessons. You can do it as a group or a person can do it solo.  Give the gift of a new experience.


Give a gift of a meal, prepared by you for them on a mutually agreed date.  You may want to give them a batch of muffins every month or whatever their favourite food is.  People enjoy receiving homemade Christmas cookies or a fruit plate.  You can go online and search COOKIES in a Jar.  The recipient of the cookie mix adds water or milk and bakes the cookies. Give the gift of sharing your time with others.

A Service

Someone may enjoy being relieved of performing a tedious job.  Arrange for a cleaning service, car detailing, professional organizer, snow removal, and lawn care.  Give them the gift of time for themselves.

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There are many charities that can benefit from donations.  Select a charity and make a donation in the name of the person.    Look at one aspect of the person’s life and try to find a charity that represents their interests. Give them the gift of generosity.

Give the gift of Fun

One year we rented a hot tub for a week. Another year I bought rocket kits for everyone, we built the kits and shot off the rockets.   Easy enough to do with social distancing.

Give the gift of memories

This year may be the perfect time to collect family photos and make a calendar.  There are many online sites you can use to make the calendar.  At the end of the year, you can let it go and make a new one.  Give them the gift that keeps on giving.

Here are a few gifts that are clutter-free, personal and thoughtful and the ideas are endless.  Don’t let time stop you from creatively finding the gift you want to give.

Share your idea in the comments

Julie Stobbe, professional organizerJulie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, virtually on Zoom. She has been working with clients since 2006 to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situations. She uses her love of teaching to help you reduce clutter, in your home, office, mind and time. She guides and supports you to be accountable for your time, to complete projects and reach your goals. If you’re in a difficult transition Julie can coach you to break-free of emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. Online courses are available to help instruct, coach and support your organizing projects. Get started by downloading Tips for Reorganizing 9 Rooms.

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  1. Janet Barclay on October 31, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Renting a hot tub – that’s a unique idea! Really opens up my mind to other possibilities…

    • Julie Stobbe on December 6, 2016 at 8:08 am

      It was a lot of fun, they put it in the garage, it was delivered, set up and then removed. No work for them.

  2. Seana Turner on December 4, 2017 at 9:41 am

    A salt cave just opened up in my town and I was thinking that might make a very fun “gift”… taking the girls to the cave. Experiences can really be the most wonderful gifts, especially as gift certificates give us something to look forward to!

    • Julie Stobbe on December 9, 2017 at 6:58 am

      The other nice thing about experiences is that it gives you time together. That gets even more important as your children get older.

  3. Pam Mirehouse on December 8, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Love gifts that create no clutter and take up no space! Great ideas Julie!

    • Julie Stobbe on December 9, 2017 at 6:57 am

      My favourite clutter free gift was giving my sister a hot tub rental for a week. The company brought it in set it up and took it away.

  4. Zara Brown on January 5, 2018 at 5:18 am

    This is one of the great article ever.I really appreciate your post about clutter free you have raised some interesting points, those are very little known to most of us. the blog is absolutely fantastic. I think it’s useful for many those who are looking for such info, thanks for sharing. keep it up.!

    • Julie Stobbe on January 6, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      I am glad you enjoy my blog. If you need help with organizing we can meet over Skype and do virtual organizing

  5. Linda Samuels on December 7, 2020 at 10:57 am

    What fun ideas, especially renting the hot tub or giving, building, and shooting off rockets! Those are such unique ideas. We love to give experiences (like theater or movie tickets), instead of things. Although this year, those types of gifts won’t be as easy to do. But it’s a great year to get creative. Have you heard of the online “Master Classes?” I think they are having a two for one sale. Classes are taught by interesting professionals from top chefs to photographers to film directors.

    • Julie Stobbe on December 8, 2020 at 9:55 am

      Thank you for sharing about Master Classes. I have not heard about that website.

  6. Sabrina Quairoli on December 7, 2020 at 11:30 am

    I love this post! It’s so wonderful to receive a gift of experience! I love the idea of creating a calendar for family members with their family photos on them. Why not sneak a peek on their Facebook profile page and download pictures and add them to their calendar? Wouldn’t that be fun!

    • Julie Stobbe on December 8, 2020 at 9:54 am

      My daughter has made them for us the last 3 years and I love them.

  7. Melanie on December 7, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    I get asked about this often and these are GREAT suggestions. Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie Stobbe on December 8, 2020 at 9:53 am

      You’re welcome. I the past it was harder to come up with clutter-free gifts now that a lot of stores are online it is easier. Especially giving a gift of an experience. There are so many different kinds of lessons.

  8. Julie Bestry on December 8, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    It’s so funny that although we wrote about the same topic this week, we each had some different ideas. I LOVE your idea for renting out a sports venue, for example. Families, or “pods” (like two couples who don’t socialize with anyone else) could go ice skating without having to deal with the crowds, getting healthy and invigorated. As you said, good for the body and the spirit. The hot tub idea sounds like fun, and now I’m wishing I could have a “bouncy house” rental for the holidays. Boing, Boing, Boing!

    • Julie Stobbe on December 9, 2020 at 9:12 am

      A bouncy house is a great idea. I loved your article too. Helping people to think outside the gift box lets people see there are other options and use their creativity.

  9. Kim Tremblay on November 18, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    I love experiences as gifts and would appreciate any of these. Some really creative ideas here.

    • Julie Stobbe on November 21, 2021 at 6:26 pm

      Clutter-free gifts are fun to give because sometimes they are a completely unexpected gift. It is always fun to be able to surprise people.

  10. Jonda Sue Beattie on November 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    One year Christmas was at my sister’s house in Spokane. Her gift to all of us was a limo ride throughout the area to look at lights and decorations. What fun!

    • Julie Stobbe on November 17, 2023 at 7:31 am

      Thanks for sharing that clutter free gift idea. Itis a fun wasy to have the family together and make everyone feel special.

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