Love to give gifts but looking for more minimalist ideas this year? You’re in luck because these clutter-free gift ideas are ideal!
Gifts don’t have to cost a lot or take up a lot of space. As an aspiring minimalist myself, I understand the desire for less clutter and less stuff sitting around the house. Giving useful and creative gifts that won’t add to the amount of stuff we already have in our homes will be greatly appreciated by the recipients.
Another benefit to clutter-free gifts is that many of them can be purchased from the comfort and safety of your home. That means no need to go out to stores and try to find that perfect gift, no fighting the crowds, and no driving anywhere. Those are all major pluses in my book!
So let’s take a look at some practical, useful, and minimalist ideas for gifts for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, and more:
Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for Everyone
Gift card for a favorite restaurant
This is a wonderful gift idea since it gives the recipients something to look forward to, and you can help out a local business. With so many restaurants struggling to keep their kitchens open, supporting them while giving a loved one a gift certificate that they can use for a favorite meal is really ideal.
While so worth it, the cost of a professional photo session can be out of reach for many. Give the gift of a photo session, whether you’re offering to be the photog for the day, or you’re covering the cost of a local professional photographer. This is a great gift idea for couples, families, and children.
3 Months of a streaming subscription
Pay for 3 months of a streaming service like Disney +, Netflix, Sling TV, etc. This gives the receiver the opportunity to binge-watch different series.
Offer to babysit or pet-sit
This is a great gift that I’ve been on the receiving end of several times. It’s perfect for parents of little ones who could really use a break! Pet parents will appreciate this, too- offer to watch and take care of their animal so that they can go out or take a trip without worrying. Or, offer to babysit the kids so that mom and dad can enjoy a date night or even an overnight getaway. It’s like giving parents or even pet parents the gift of time!
Homemade coupon book
Create a homemade coupon book filled with offers of assistance for simple tasks and tough chores. This would be a great gift for the older adults in your life who may need help around the house throughout the year. By giving them a coupon book, they’ll have a good way to remind you of your offers for help.
Make a donation in the recipient’s honor
This is an awesome gift for those who are passionate about particular causes or who really don’t want or need anything. Make a donation in the recipient’s honor and present them with the certificate showing that the donation was made. It’s thoughtful, compassionate, and a great way to pay it forward and spread the love over the holidays!
Subscription boxes send fun surprises in the mail every month! Find a subscription service that you know the receiver would love and sign them up for just a month or a whole year. This is a versatile option and you can find something for just about everyone!
Here are just a few ideas for subscription boxes to consider:
Outing to a restaurant of their choice
This is a great gift because it includes a delicious meal but also time together. Let the recipient know that the next time you dine out it’s at a restaurant of their choice, and you’re paying the bill.
Fast food gift certificate
An alternative to a sit-down restaurant, a fast-food gift certificate is a great treat. This would be a good gift for kids who don’t get to enjoy a fast food meal often or who have a favorite place they love to get a kid’s meal from.
Passes to a local play place, family fun spot, etc.
Find a local family fun spot in the recipient’s area and purchase passes. Think trampoline or indoor adventure park, miniature golf, indoor playground, etc.
Day trip to a museum
Plan a day out at an interesting museum. Museums need support more than ever.
Movie tickets are perfect for anyone who loves to watch films. You can purchase gift cards for movie tickets and snacks.
Plan an afternoon of crafting and creating. Prepare the supplies, pick the craft, and spend time together making something special. Great for kids and adults alike!
Prepare something special to give, whether it’s a homecooked meal, baked goods, homemade candy, etc. If you’ve got kitchen skills and a dish that everyone loves, why not whip it up as a gift? It’s sure to be appreciated and enjoyed.
Spa Day or Massage Certificate
Spoil them with a pampering spa day. Ideal for anyone who needs a little rest and relaxation.
As you can tell, many of the clutter-free gift ideas involve experiences. What makes them so nice is that not only are you giving a tangible gift, but you’re also giving the gift of time spent together. With our lives so busy these days, what could be better than some quality time with the ones we care about?