Whether you are buying for someone who already has too much “stuff” or a last minute gift that you don’t have time to buy in person, giving gifts that don’t take up space and cause clutter are some of the very best and most exciting to receive. By giving a gift that is an experience rather than a “thing”, you are giving them a memory and a moment that will last a lifetime. Here are some of our favorites:
- The gift of Relaxation
Whether it’s a stone massage, hair appointment, facial or pedicure, you can’t go wrong with this one. Significant others, are you paying attention? Ask around and find out the recipients favorite places, or support a local business by sending them a new client.
- The gift of Education
Do you know someone who wants to learn how to cook? Horseback ride? Learn a new language? How about paper-making, woodworking, singing, playing an instrument or scuba diving? The possibilities are endless. If you have a suggestion, please add it below!
- The gift of Helping Others
Making a donation in the recipient’s name to any number of international aid providers will give your friends and family something to really feel good about. World Vision provides gift cards starting at $5 to needy children and families in developing countries. From medicine and school supplies to goats and chickens, you can a donation in a variety of ways. To take it a step further, consider sponsoring a child through World Vision, UNICEF or Save the Children. Now that is true giving.
- The gift of Organization
Hiring a professional organizer can be a lifesaver, especially for those struggling with too much clutter. A four hour session makes an excellent gift. Alternatively, a gift card for The Container Store or Storables is a really great option to get them started on any organizing project.
- The gift of Fun for Fun’s sake
Obviously, there are about a million options for this one. Some of our favorites? Concert tickets, paragliding / parasailing / hangliding passes, a weekend trip, museum passes, tickets for a local “tourist” spot that they’ve never been to, passes to the fair, an arcade or a sporting event. Again, please add your suggestions below!
- The gift of Labor
What’s better than free labor??! Create a gift certificate giving away your skills. Do you have a relative who needs help in the garden? What about help organizing their files? You don’t have to be particularly skilled at the activity for your help to be worthwhile – as we all know, two heads are better than one!
- The gift of Food
Do you have a friend or family member who is a foodie? Consider giving them a special night out at their favorite (or your favorite) restaurant. On a budget? Passes for ice cream, Starbucks, cocktails or any other smaller item is great as well. Or simply go for a bottle of wine or some home-made cookies. Let’s face it – we all love food.
- The gift of Technology
Do you know someone who needs a brush up on their computer skills? Offer to help them with their abilities by giving a two hour tutorial with yourself or another computer-savy person. Gift vouchers for iTunes, Best Buy, Apple and other stores providing technical toys are always appreciated as well.