Thinking outside the (gift) box this Holiday Season


What do you get the person who has everything? Or who doesn’t like to own too much “stuff”? Or whose preferences you don’t know well, like a teacher or client?

Before you buy that pretty holiday candle or apple-for-the-teacher ornament, consider some alternatives that are less likely to be be regifted or tossed in the back of a cluttered closet.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking…


Who wouldn’t love a gift certificate for a favorite activity? Even better if that activity includes you! Our time is precious, and nothing says “love” like sharing it. Take a niece or nephew to a movie, show or concert, out to lunch or for ice cream, to the zoo or a ballgame, or on a tour of holiday light displays in your area. Take an older friend or relative shopping, to get a manicure, out to dinner, or to see a show. Take your sweetie on a hot-air balloon ride (don’t forget the champagne toast!), mini-golfing or ziplining.


When you know the recipients’ tastes, you can give a specialty food or drink item that they might not splurge on for themselves, like a high-end bottle of wine or spirits, an assortment of craft beers, some high-quality chocolates, nuts or cheeses, or a gift certificate to a restaurant or pub that you know they will enjoy. You can give homemade bread, cookies, fudge or other edible treats, for a gift that wows without costing a lot of money.

Gift cards/Certificates

It may seem like a bit of a cop-out, but if you target the recipient’s interests, gift cards are a great no-clutter gift. Think gift certificate to a hobby store for a model train enthusiast, kitchen supply store for someone who loves to cook, craft supply store for a crafter, local coffee shop for a teacher or client, or a gas or restaurant card for a college student.

Practical Gifts

Sure, there are old jokes about the perils of giving your significant other an iron or vacuum cleaner as a gift, but for a practical friend or relative who isn’t a romantic partner, a useful item that you know they don’t already have is likely to be a hit. Maybe a book on a topic you know they’re interested in, or rechargeable batteries and a recharging kit for parents of children with lots of toys, or diapers for new parents, or an assortment of small tools for a new homeowner.

More Ideas

Check out the infographic below for some more clutter-free gift ideas from Getting Organized Magazine.

For some cool and different ideas, take a look at

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With a little imagination, you can brighten someone’s Holiday without breaking the bank or adding to the burden of unwanted “stuff”. The possibilities are endless!

☆ Do you have a great clutter-free gift idea? Share it in the comments – we’d love to hear it! ☆

Happy Holidays from OFL


Clutter-free gift ideas from Getting Organized Magazine


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