Exchanging gifts can be a double edged sword. One one hand, receiving gifts can be exciting, especially if it is something you’ve been wanting! However, if you’re like me, you don’t like getting things that you don’t need or want, just because people feel they need to give something. I hate clutter building up in my home (obviously!), but feel bad if the build up comes from gifts. I also love giving gifts, but only if the recipient will love and use the gift. Since we’re in that time of year, I’ve put together a list of gifts that can be used, and very much appreciated, by just about anyone. Best of all, they are all clutter-free!
Gift Cards Gift cards are great because the recipient can use it to get whatever THEY want. No more browsing online or wandering around a store for hours for the perfect gift. If you know your brother goes to Starbucks at least three times a week, a gift card will come in handy. If your parents love that restaurant in the center of town, a gift card allows them to get a nice dinner; even in the middle of Covid, they can still order takeout! If your sister is in the market for some new makeup or skincare, a Sephora gift card is absolute gold! Don’t drive yourself nuts trying to come up with a gift idea – grab a gift card and let the recipient get what they really want.
Club of the Month Any kind of club of the month subscription is great – not only can you find one that suits anyone’s taste, but it’s a gift that keeps on giving every month! Got a wine lover? Wine of the month. A relative who loves pasta? Pasta of the month. Someone who loves relaxing with tea at the end of the day? Tea of the month. There is literally a club for anyone! Check out Amazing Clubs; they have so much to offer, you’ll find something for anyone!
Memories Especially this year, we’re not seeing all the people we used to, or at least not as often as we used to. Create a special memory gift for your relatives! Photo calendars, a scrapbook, or you can even get creative with a family cookbook – ask relatives for their favorite recipes, and give out to the whole family!
We’ve all heard the saying “it’s the thought that counts.” As we get older, it rings truer and truer. I see a lot of people trying to keep up with the latest trends, and focus on huge gestures when it comes to gift giving. Stop trying to outdo your cousin, or your neighbor, or the Kardashians. Think of what is really important to someone, and gift that.