10 Clutter- Free Gift Ideas

“Before buying a whole bunch of stuff for your loved ones this holiday season, ask if your loved ones even want a whole bunch of stuff this holiday season.  Or look for new traditions in your family. Maybe you only buy gifts for people under the age of 18. Or decide to limit the amount of gift-giving stress by drawing names, rather than everyone buying gifts for everyone else.”

You may have seen our recent post about how to manage and organize your gift-giving for the season. We are all for giving gifts! As long as they are backed by intention and consideration for the person receiving the gift. But let’s also talk about the other side of the “gift-giving-coin”… which consists of setting limits and gifting experiences instead of materials.

Christmas is just around the corner! And so is the hustle and bustle of the “busy” season. So many things are pulling our attention in different directions. And the hunt begins to find the *perfect* gifts for everyone we care about… cue the stress. At some point, we all feel the overwhelm from managing all of the to-do’s throughout the holiday season. Keeping our eyes open for constant sales, in search of “just the right thing” for each person we love, and the pressure to get. it. right. Ugh!

All of that pressure, coupled with our jobs as home organizers {aka decluttering queens} we felt a need to say, stop!

Our consumerist society needs to stop putting constant pressure on us to “buy now” and “buy more”! But we also need to stop. Stop putting SO MUCH pressure on ourselves to spend all the money, and buy all the things… just to show people we love them. When we read articles like this one, from Becoming Minimalist about how much waste happens around the gift-giving season, we can’t help but want to stop. But we digress.

Instead of just leaving you with the infinite wisdom of “stop!” (even though that’s pretty good right?) let’s talk about some clutter-free gift ideas to consider this holiday season! Why you ask? We’ll give you two good reasons!

  1.  They are gifts that are not only cool and personalized, they are also chances for us to share quality time together. Like face-to-face, off the phone, time.
  2.  They do not add clutter to our homes and minds!


The awesome thing with most of these is, you can gift them as something you can do together, or as something they can do on their own/with a friend. Ok, are you ready?


Here are our 10 clutter-free gift ideas for you this holiday season!

  1. Make a date- go to your favorite restaurant or cafe, see a movie
  2. Bake a favorite holiday treat- you can do this together or give it as a gift
  3. Gift your favorite book with a special letter from you
  4. Tickets to a special event- something you would both enjoy or give as a gift
  5. Plan a special day to go do a seasonal activity- ice-skating, light show, holiday musical or play
  6. Offer to volunteer with them for their favorite cause
  7. Game for family game night
  8. Season Passes- zoo, museum, theater
  9. Prepaid lessons for a new hobby- swimming, piano, dance
  10. One big- ticket item- Consider pooling together with group of people to get one big ticket item, instead of a bunch of small things


We’d love to hear from you! What is one “experience” gift you remember receiving and loved? Share in the comments below.

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  1. Linda Samuels

    I’m with you 100% on this one. Gifts of experiences, not things are wonderful. They not only reduce clutter, but they nurture the relationships we have with our loved ones.

  2. Sabrina Quairoli

    I’m a fan of clutter-free gift ideas! I love the special day gift idea. Nothing is better than being able to spend some time together outside of the holidays. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Seana Turner

    Here is one… transfer home movies from an old, analog format into a digital one, and then invite everyone to gather around and watch them! I love trying to keep the stuff at bay, and it is completely possible to give wonderful gifts that require little to no storage!

  4. Janet Schiesl

    Great list of ideas. I have two grown sons. They both live pretty minimally, so it’s have to find gifts for them. I think this year I’m giving them the gift of car detailing. Something they will enjoy – a clean car!

  5. Hilda Rodgers

    Great list! My kids are teenagers and we’re really focusing on clutter-free gifts and are encouraging family members to give them as well.

  6. Lisa Tonjes Moritz

    I would love some ideas for “experience” gifts for 2020. So many of the ones we do typically, will not work this year.

    • Melissa Rogers

      Hi Lisa! I believe that many of the ideas listed here can still be great gift options this year. We might have to get a little creative but I think we can still deliver gifts in a no-touch manner and give our loved ones something to look forward to in the future. I also like gift cards for favorite restaurants with food delivery options! Everyone still has to eat and it can be much appreciated not to have to cook for a night. 🙂 If you want a few more ideas, I created a non-gift giving guide here that you can download! https://mailchi.mp/f83383544d91/thenongiftgivingguide


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