Giving Gifts That Don’t Add to the Clutter
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We’re getting down to the wire for the Christmas season. My holidays are a lot more stress free than they used to be, but if you’re like me, you’re still trying to get all of your cards addressed and sent, never mind still trying to figure out a few gifts.
I used to ask for a lot of stuff on my Christmas list. When my husband and I got married, I made a rule: No appliances, vacuum cleaners, dishes or pots and pans. I didn’t think things for the house should be included in a gift that was supposed to be treasured and fun. The rules have changed these days. Last year, I asked for a new crockpot. This year, a ½ baking sheet was on my list, as were other things I need – because I have everything I want – well, everything I want within our budget.
What do you get someone who has a house full of stuff and really doesn’t need anything? Or how about a child who has every toy imaginable?
When my mom got older, I became the master of buying things for her that didn’t add to the stuff. I thought I would post some of the things I got her that she could use, but didn’t add to the clutter. Maybe it will give you some ideas for that hard to buy for person on your list:
U.S. Postal service stamps (the first year, I gave them to her in one of those cute stamp holders), envelopes, gourmet chocolates she would never buy herself, coffee (she was huge coffee drinker), gift cards for the grocery store, drug store, bookstore, department store (she did need socks, underwear and other necessities), and her favorite restaurants that delivered (I always cooked for us, but this was helpful on nights I wasn’t home or when we were here at The Little House for a vacation). Scratch-off lottery tickets were always popular with my mom and she once even won $10,000!
When she had a dog, I also gave her dog food, toys and treats, but her dog had passed away before her last Christmas, so I “adopted” a dog for her through the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City. No, don’t ever really adopt or give a live animal as a gift, but this was a sponsorship. The shelter calculates how much it will cost to care for a pet for 3, 6 or 12 months. You pay the fee and in return, your recipient gets a photo and story about the pet you’ve sponsored.
My mom loved this gift. She so missed having her dog and even when she was so sick in the hospital, she asked about “her dog” at the shelter and had me checking on her. Once, when I called the shelter to check on the dog, I told the shelter my mom was in the hospital and they even sent a get well card to the hospital from the dog!
This is really a feel-good gift and is also great for a child who maybe wants a pet and can’t have one, or is still too young to volunteer at the shelter. Many local shelters have programs such as this, but if yours don’t, you don’t have to be local to give to the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City!
All of these types of gifts can be put into a nice basket, or I had a special stocking I loaded up for Mom.
For children, books on animals or the environment, or magazine subscription from The National Wildlife Federation or toys and games on wildlife. Do you know a child, or someone who loves dolphins or penguins? I’ve also “adopted” wolves, dolphins and other wildlife from Defenders of Wildlife. You can also opt to receive a free tote and plush toy in the animal of your choice.
U.S. Savings bonds are also always a good gift and will help start building that all-important college fund.
The possibilities are endless for gifts that don’t add to the clutter of our lives. What other ideas have you come up with?