Although the holidays are over, gift ideas are always needed. I know that I sometimes have great ideas and sometimes I can’t think of anything cool or creative. I decided that I would make a list of 14 go to ideas for gifts that keep on giving and cause little clutter in the home.
1. Magazine Subscription
I know what you’re thinking, magazines just cause clutter. They can, but you can donate old copies to local libraries, second-hand stores, schools, and I’m sure more. Another idea is digital subscriptions. They can be viewed on a computer, tablet, or phone and won’t take up space in your home.
2. Subscription Boxes (Monthly Gift Boxes)
This is a gift that really keeps on giving every month. The most important part is picking the item that your recipient would want to receive every month. After giving the gift you will want to make sure that it is going to their address. Some ideas are:
- Beauty and Health
- Clothes (socks, t-shirts)
- Bagels, spices, hot sauce
- One of a kind items
- Drinks (beer, coffee)
- Reading Clubs/Book
- Pets (food, grooming, toys)
3. Paying for Summer Camps or School Trips
When I was younger, I used to go to different 4-H camps in the summer and had a lot of fun. Camps and school trips can be very expensive for families, so you could help those you know by paying for part of the experience or the whole thing. Imagine the joy you could bring to the child that coming summer or the trip.
4. Music Lessons/Art Lessons
Do you know any budding musicians or artists? Providing them with lessons might be just what they need to build confidence or enter that contest. Online or in-person lessons are great for those you desire to learn more about their desired fine art or need guidance. Online lessons can be good, because if people are busy then they can do it in the comfort of their own home. They can also be less expensive than traditional lessons. Traditional lessons can be useful if the fine art needs to be done in person, like pottery. I’ve discovered that string instruments can definitely be good for lessons, because if you’ve never played one it’s hard to show someone. Those lessons can be the motivation someone needs to keep moving on.
5. Online Computer Programs or Subscriptions
There are so many different computer programs available online these days. There are downloadable ones and ones that are only online. I’ve seen programs for young children, teens, and adults. There are educational games, fun interactive games, and useful tools. Some programs that I’ve had experience with and seen are
- Apple Music
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- Amazon Prime
- CTC Math
- IXL (learning program for kids)
6. Gaming Systems and the Games
Are you holding onto a gaming system and it’s games (Atari, Nintendo, PlayStation, Sega Genesis, etc.)? If you aren’t using it, why not pass it on to the next generation. They might have as much fun on that Atari as you did. If you don’t have your old systems any more you could purchase used systems and games or buy them a brand new one. Some games are even downloadable now, especially the ones for the pc or the newest gaming system.
Many people would love to own an instrument, but they can be expensive to purchase and fix if there is something wrong with it. You could purchase one or give money towards the purchase. You could also purchase sheet music for them. There is sheet music for almost every era and genre.
I know that an abundance of clothes can cause a lot of clutter in one’s room or closet, but there can be clothes that are necessary or just for fun. If you’re looking for a young child, it could be dress-up clothes (fun) or socks and underwear (boring, but necessary). As children get older they might need special clothes for school, think sports and concerts.
For the past few years, I’ve discovered that it’s fun to both give and receive food. I like giving food, because you can give favorites or foods that are special treats. There are subscription boxes (makes it easy for you) and also mixes, dried foods, cookies, and more. There are also gift cards for many of the different restaurants. I simply suggest that you know what your receivers like to eat.
10. Experiences and Trips
I know this wonderful lady who has taken her grandchildren on special trips. They’ve gone all over the world. I know that we can’t all take our loved ones on trips to exotic locations, but we could go on special day trips or have a stay-cation. One of my sisters gave her nieces and nephews experiences of their choice (had to be reasonable) with her. They went on hikes, to the pool, bowling, miniature golfing, and to museums. It was special one-on-one time or they could bring their siblings if they wanted to. It was a present they would remember for a long time.
Do you know anyone who loves books? Then you can get them books as presents. Of course, you don’t want the books to turn into clutter for them, so think carefully about your choices! You could
-Give them the latest best seller with explicit instructions to pass it on.
-Ask them what they would like (depending on their choice you could have them pass it on).
-Give them one of your own books off your bookshelves.
-Give them a book you enjoyed at their age.
Just remember to stress that they don’t have to keep the book after reading it. They can pass it along. There can be great joy in passing a book along to someone who will also enjoy it.
12. Memberships/Yearly Passes
Do you need gifts for your entire family? Do you know families who like going to zoos, museums, water parks, amusement parks, to the gym or anywhere else there’s a membership needed? This will definitely be the gift that keeps on giving any time they do that activity. They might actually go out and do that fun activity with the passes. There could even be extra special summer or holiday activities they would enjoy. Our children have had passes to the bowling alley during the summer time that they used at least three times a week.
13. Movie, Theater, or Concert Tickets
I don’t know about you, but it’s getting mighty expensive to go to the movies, concerts, or to the theater. If you know anyone who enjoys these activities you could gift them with the opportunity to go to a certain number or performances. I know that some of the larger movie theaters have gift cards. If you use those, your recipient can get popcorn, drinks, and candy too.
14. Hobby Supplies
I know that hobby supplies can accumulate and clutter the room or even the home you are living in. The trick when giving hobby supplies as a gift is to get them not what they want, but what they need. My daughter loves to bake, so I could get her fun things like decorations or cupcake papers. I might even go crazy and get her items like eggs, sugar, flour, or even vanilla (wild, I know!). I’ll give items I know she’ll really use a lot. It can save her money if she receives them as gifts. I could also get her something she could really use. A cupcake carrier! She needs one so she can take her fancy cupcakes to potlucks safely.
Other hobbies are gardening, sewing, quilting, grilling, art, photography, crocheting, knitting, and more. Just remember to get what they need and will use!