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
Just remember to confirm the service is available on the type of device the gift recipient has.
3) 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
5) Subscription Boxes
There are subscription boxes for almost everything! While some can end up adding to the clutter, there are many consumable and useable options that make great clutter-free gifts.
I’ll cover some specific ones below under other headings, but a few ideas to get you started included: Cookies, Healthy Snacks, Meat, Bacon, Cheese, Jams, BBQ, Baking, Flowers, Beer, Wine, Coffee, Tea, Hot Sauce, Spices or Herbs, Crafting and Art boxes, STEAM boxes, Beauty boxes, Gamer boxes and Mystery boxes where you try to solve the crime.
Check out this list organized by category of the many subscription boxes available in Canada from SubscriptionBoxes.ca. If a yearly subscription is more than you want to spend or commit the recipient to, most offer a single box purchase as well.
6) Event and Activity Tickets or Passes
Experience gifts are high on the list of clutter-free gift ideas. Again, I’ll cover some specific options below under other headings, but here are some general ideas for you: tickets, passes or memberships to sporting events, movies, activity venues like trampoline parks, play places, escape rooms, bowling, mini golf, museums, zoos, water parks, amusement parks or a class or activity they’d enjoy.
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) Music Lessons
Give the gift of music to the budding musician in your life.
9) Art Classes
If you have a creative artist on your list an art class, lesson or workshop is a gift sure to be loved.
11) Learning Apps
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, foods or self-care products.
16) A Gift Card to the Barber/Salon
17) Bath Gift Basket
Include soaps, lotions, bath bombs, candles and whatever else he or she loves!
18) Beauty/Toiletry Gift Basket
Prepare a basket with all of his or her favourite beauty and/or grooming products.
19) Shaving Club boxes
20) Biodegradable Toothbrush Subscription
Check out molr.co for this sustainable gift idea.
21) Meditation App
Healthline.com put together this great list of the best meditation apps of 2022.
22) Fitness or Yoga Membership
23) 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.
24) Gift Certificate For A Cleaning Service
25) Subscription to Green Cleaning Products
Check out ThreeMain for this environmentally friendly gift idea.
26) Costco Membership
27) Gift Card to Task Rabbit
Give the gift of getting household to-do’s done with the help of someone from Task Rabbit.
28) Bedroom Makeover
This could be a new paint colour, new duvet or throw pillows, new artwork. Anything really!
29) 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 artwork.
30) Gift Certificate For A Photography Session
31) Gas Gift Card/Transit Pass
32) Car Wash/Detailing
33) Craft Supplies
Because these get “consumed”, I consider them clutter-free (as long as you have space for them).
34) Gift Certificate to Have Photos Organized and/or Digitized
Know someone who has piles and photos, photo albums, hard drives, flash drives and camera cards? Give them a gift certificate to work with a photo curator like Gingersnaps.ca. Gingersnaps offers digital and printed photo organization and media conversion to help you actually enjoy your memories without all the photo and digital clutter!
35) Gift Certificate to Work With A Professional Organizer
Speaking of reducing clutter and organizing, what’s better than the gift of organization for the 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.