Holidays involve a lot of stuff: decorations, sentimental items, gifts, toys, etc. Stores are crammed full of extra shiny things for you to buy, and soon our homes are crammed full of all those things as well.
While we fully embrace the spirit of giving, I encourage people to be thoughtful about their choices and give uncluttered gifts. Rather than adding one more coffee mug to a friend’s overflowing cabinet or buying 15 presents for each of your kids, think about these slightly different approaches to gift giving.
Keep it simple
There’s a great idea that’s been circulating for a few years about simplifying gift giving for kids, but we think it works for adults, too! Pare it down to four gifts: something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.
There are so many ways to gift experiences for the holidays! It could mean a gift card to a movie theater, tickets to a science museum, or a fun outing like ice skating. Bonus points if the experience includes quality time between the giver and the recipient! Experiences don’t take up space on a shelf or collect dust, and they’ll be remembered more than any toy.
Consumable items come in many forms, from homemade baked goods or a gift set of hot sauce to a fancy bar of soap or a candle. These are items that get used up over time, so they don’t take up a lot of space or add to the clutter for very long. It’s important to know what the other person likes though so you’re not gifting a consumable that won’t ever get used, as that does add to clutter. It’s okay to ask them their preferences so you have a better idea. It won’t spoil the surprise!
A gift that takes up no space at all is a donation to a charitable organization in the name of the person you want to give a gift to. Pick an organization that does work that's meaningful to your loved one and make a contribution in their honor, then wrap the receipt up all nice and pretty for them to open. There are lots of worthy causes both local and national, but here are a handful I personally like:
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to get a lot of gifts for everyone during the holiday season. That stress can take away from the real value of the holidays, like togetherness, warmth, and all that fuzzy hygge stuff. This year, think about how you can embrace giving uncluttered gifts and focus more on time shared with family or friends.