35 Clutter-Free Holiday Gift Ideas
While we all want to give thoughtful gifts that will be loved, one of the most common decluttering obstacles I help people with is overcoming the guilt associated with letting go of gifts they don’t need, use or like. With the holidays just around the corner, I’m excited to share 35 clutter-free gift ideas that will be loved by everyone on your shopping list.
1) Streaming Video Services
Help pass the cold winter months indoors with a subscription to a streaming service such as Netflix, Crave, AppleTV+, Disney+, and Amazon Prime.
For horror fans, consider Shudder.com. For the Brit-loving person on your list, look into Britbox.
For sports fans, check out TSN Direct, SportsnetNOW, NBA TV and League Pass, and MLB.TV to name just a few.
Just remember to confirm the service is available on the type of device the gift recipient has.
The music lover on your list will love a subscription to a music streaming service such as Spotify, Apple, Google Play, iheartradio or Tidal. Gift cards to iTunes or Apple are great ideas too.
2) Books & Reading
For people who love reading (like myself), books are not clutter! A book or a subscription to a book of the month club are great options.
This list put together by mysubscriptionaddiction.com has 15 different subscriptions covering kids, YA, adults, fiction, romance, classics, mystery and even a used-book subscription.
An Audible subscription is another great option, as are gift cards for e-books from places like amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Barnes & Noble or Indigo.
For younger readers on your list, a subscription to the online app Epic! is a great idea.
A digital or paper magazine or newspaper subscription is another option. Check out this list of 14 magazines for Canadian kids from helpwevegotkids.com
4) Online Gaming Subscriptions
For gamers, a subscription to Playstation Plus, an Xbox Game Pass or Nintendo online membership are sure to please!
5) Virtual Escape Rooms
Canadian businesses Sherlock’s Escapes and Complex Rooms offer virtual escape rooms you can play with friends and family.
For the really big escape room fan on your list, check out Escape the Crate, a subscription box that sends a new escape mystery every other month.
6) Mystery Subscription Boxes
If you have an armchair sleuth or fan of true crime on your list, they’d probably love a mystery box subscription. Chatter Source put together this list of 10 great boxes. For sleuths aged 8-13, check out Mail Order Mystery
LESSONS & CLASSES
Learn from the world’s best practitioners in arts and entertainment, scientists, writers, designers, chef’s, entrepreneurs and more with MasterClass. During the sessions, the instructor shares his or her stories, skills, shortcuts, failures and successes.
8) Virtual Music Lessons
Find someone locally, or use a site like Fender.com.
9) Virtual Art Classes
Find someone locally, or check out the classes being offered at places like Maggiolly Art out of Orangeville, ON, which offers kids virtual art classes and 1 on 1 virtual lessons for kids and adults.
If someone on your list is interested in learning a new language, a Rosetta Stone subscription or virtual American Sign Language classes are great ideas.
11) Learning Apps
Make screen time fun AND educational with learning apps. A couple to check out include ABCmouse.com for kids 2-8 and Adventure Academy for kids 8-13.
For kids whole are into coding, check out this list put together by teachyourkidscode.com covering some of the best apps for kids from 3-17 years old.
12) Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Bakery, Ice Cream Shop Gift Cards
13) DIY Hot Sauce Kit
Let the heat-loving foodies on your list make their own hot sauce with a DIY Kit. Check out these 5 kits reviewed by BestReviews.com.
14) Indoor Herb Garden
This list from thespruce.com reviews some of the best options out there.
15) Gift Baskets
You can prepare one yourself or purchase one filled with the recipient’s favourite treats, beverages, or foods.
16) Subscription Boxes
The possibilities are endless, but some categories to get you started include Meal services, Candy, Chocolate, Cookies, Healthy Snacks, Meat, Bacon, Cheese, Jams BBQ, Baking, Flowers, Beer, Wine, Coffee, Tea, Hot Sauce, Spices , Keto Boxes and Vegan.
Check out subscriptionboxes.ca full list of subscription boxes available to Canadians by clicking here.
2 kid-focused ones I want to highlight for little budding chefs are Raddish Kids and Eat2explore. Both send monthly boxes with recipes and related activities and focus on developing confidence in the kitchen while having fun as a family.
17) A Gift Card to the Barber/Salon
18) Bath Gift Basket
Include soaps, lotions, bath bombs, candles and whatever else he or she loves!
19) Beauty/Toiletry Gift Basket
Prepare a basket with all of his or her favourite beauty and/or grooming products.
20) Shaving Club boxes
For the impeccably groomed men on your list look into Dollar Shave Club and Great Canadian Shave Club.
21) Biodegradable Toothbrush Subscription
Check out molr.co for this sustainable gift idea.
22) Meditation App
Healthline.com put together this great list of the best meditation apps of 2020.
23) Online Fitness or Yoga Membership
24) Big Life Journal
Big Life Journal offers journals and kits for kids from 5 to 17 that help develop strong social-emotional learning, growth mindset skills, gratitude, mindfulness, confidence and self-esteem.
25) Gift Certificate For A Cleaning Service
26) Subscription to Green Cleaning Products
Check out ThreeMain for this environmentally friendly gift idea.
27) Costco Membership
28) Gift Card to Task Rabbit
Give the gift of getting household to-do’s done with the help of someone from Task Rabbit.
29) Bedroom Makeover
This could be a new paint colour, new duvet or throw pillows, new art work. Anything really!
30) Computer/Cell Phone Accessories
Make working from home a little easier with some noise cancelling headphones, a new webcam, ring light or wireless charging dock.
A couple of more personalized ideas: customize a phone case with a photo, quote, logo or special image. You can also personalize a mousepad with a photo or a child’s art work.
31) Gift Certificate For A Photography Session
32) Gas Gift Card/Transit Pass
33) Car Wash/Detailing
34) Craft Supplies
Because these get “consumed”, I consider them clutter-free (as long as you have space for them).
35) Gift Certificate to Work With A Professional Organizer
I may be biased, but I think I saved the best for last! What’s better than the gift of organization for your home or office? If you’re in the London and surrounding area, contact me here to arrange a gift certificate.
The holidays aren’t about gifts, but for most people, gifts are a part of the holidays. With these 35 clutter-free gift ideas, you can give an amazing gift to everyone on your list that definitely won’t become unwanted clutter.
Do you have a favourite clutter-free gift you like to give or receive? Let me know in the comments below. For a free printable holiday planner to help keep track of your gifts and everything else holiday-related, click here.