When working with some of my clients during the Christmas Season to help them bring order to their home, they feel overwhelmed with the Christmas Season approaching. Here they are trying to de-clutter and organize, and they know with Christmas gifts coming the clutter will mount again. Especially those families who have children that have been indulged with toys. Knowing that children LOVE to get toys for Christmas, I recommend that parents infuse some non-physical items as gifts. There are many wonderful ways to give a gift that will not add to the clutter. What are they? Well, here are some ideas to help you be creative in giving a “non-clutter” gift.
Classes – Are your children gifted or talented in specific areas such as music, dancing, art, or horseback riding? Give them lessons in their area of interest.
Swimming Lessons – Give the gift of swimming lessons especially if this child is on the swim team in their high school.
Coupons – Give your children coupons for special times with you such as game night, dinner with mom or dad, movie night, helping with their chores, etc.
Restaurant Gift Card – Does your child have a favorite restaurant? Treat them with a gift card for either time with you or their best friends.
Subscriptions – Kids love getting things in the mail addressed to them. Subscribe to their favorite magazine or something of interest to them.
Crafting Date – Do your children love to craft? Give them a gift card to their favorite craft store to choose a craft of their choice and a scheduled time with you to craft with them.
Events – Give them Movie tickets or tickets to a play, sporting event or concert.
Memberships – There can be great activities at the YMCA or Children’s Museum, the Zoo or the local Science Museum. Purchase a membership for the year and schedule their fun programs.
Activities – How about an afternoon ice skating or a Friday evening at the Bowling Alley? Or some fun time at the Mini Golf in the spring. It would give them something to look forward to.
Summer Camp – Does this child have a favorite camp they want to attend during the summer months and it just hasn’t happened. Consider this as a gift this year.
Daddy/Daughter Date – Nothing is sweeter than a Daddy wanting to spend special time with his daughter. It’s such a touching gift.
Mom/Son Date – Do something with your son that makes they feel special.
Indoor Rock Climbing – Have an adventurous child? This could fill that bucket.
Day Trips – New England and specifically CT are full of wonderful day trips. Just go to http://www.ctvisit.com/ and check out all the wonderful events, activities and day trips that are available. Search your local State for options in your area.
Send Flowers – Who doesn’t love flowers? If you have the budget, think about sending a bouquet of flowers each month. Having the doorbell ring and open the door to someone standing there with a box of fresh cut flowers or a vase of beautifully arranged flowers is wonderful.
Gourmet Basket of Food or Fruit – Putting together a specially designed basket on your own or purchasing a pre-made basket of fruit or food is a wonderful gift. Check out your finer grocery stores like Whole Foods or Highland Market. They will have “design your own baskets” or already “pre-made” ones to go.
Wines – A bottle of fine wine … need to say no more!
Chocolate – Homemade chocolates is a very special idea for those chocolate lovers.
Coffee Beans – For that coffee lover, fresh organic beans are a great idea. Support your local coffee shop as opposed to a Starbucks.
Coffee Gift Card – Another idea for your coffee lovers is a gift card to their local coffee shop. If they purchase a cup daily on the way to work, this would be much appreciated.
Grocery Store Gift Card – Many have gone through tough financial times this year. A gift card to their local Grocery store would prove to be a loved and appreciated gift.
Help – Give your loved one a break from housework. This is especially nice for the new mom. Juggling all that needs to be done is trying. Having someone come and clean the house is a blessing. It makes a nice gift.
Auto Detailed – For that man who you don’t know what to buy … get their car detailed. It’s even a lovely gift for the women in your life.
Oil Change – Give your loved one a year’s worth of oil changes.
Hire a Professional Organizer – This is a tricky gift. You must be sure this is something your loved one has spoken about hiring or would not be offended if you gave them this gift. You don’t want to give someone the message that you think they are a “disorganized” person.
Massage – Giving the gift of a massage for someone who perhaps works very hard or has a lot of stress in their life would be a “healthful” gift.
Manicure/Pedicure – who doesn’t love to be pampered? Some men even appreciate a good manicure.
Yard Work – Hiring a landscape company for your loved one or saying you will come and do yard work for them is a lovely gift idea … especially if your loved one is elderly.
Be a Chauffeur – Volunteering to drive your loved one around for the day to attend to Dr. Appointment’s or running errands is so helpful. They will appreciate not having to drive and will enjoy your company.
Private Coaching – Do you have a loved one going through a life transition. Hiring a Life Coach can perhaps help move them smoothly in this transition.
Cook Meals – Come and make your loved ones their favorite meal each month. Seniors are tired of cooking and probably purchase a lot of premade meals. A homemade meal is truly loved and appreciated … and healthier.
Dinner and a Movie – Need not say more!
Dinner and Theater – Self explained
Dinner and Symphony – Clearly defined
Golf Passes – Does your loved one play golf. How about a cart rental and 18 holes?
Classes – Are there special classes your loved ones have wanted to take but haven’t had the funds. Well pay for a number of classes for them such as cooking, knitting, photography, etc.
Family Photos – Gather family photos and create a memory book or slide show. Don’t feel you can do this yourself, then high a Personal Photo Organizer.
Create a Legacy – Spend time with your loved one and gather their life stories. Either you create or have created a Legacy Album of what this family member would like to leave behind.
Favorite Charity – Does your family member have a favorite charity? Consider making a donation on their behalf as their gift this year. This is especially nice for the individual who has it all.
Well I hope these ideas will help you get those last minutes gifts without adding clutter.
May your Christmas Season be full of love, family, blessings and some gifts!
Your Health, Wellness & Organizational Coach … Believing in You!