Non-Clutter Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

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It’s the end of a long day and the kids are finally nestled in their beds.  I take a deep breath as I head back down stairs, just to remember that my floors are littered with toys.

Seriously, toys. are. everywhere.

Sighing, I start the big clean up, and dream of a clutter-free Christmas, where the gifts we give won’t end up on the floor or be donated to Goodwill in a matter of months.

This year, I don’t want to give just another toy or a random shirt, I want to give non-clutter gifts that my loved ones will cherish for years to come.

The fabulous gifts below are presents that are almost completely clutter free or take up minimal space! Can I hear a big hooray for less mess?!

For Her

1. Tickets to a play, concert or museum

2. Maid service:  How nice would it be to have someone deep clean your house, even just a few times a year?  Yes, please!

3. Massage or facial: Massage Envy has a massage of the month club to keep you feel pampered all year.

4. Manicure or pedicure

5. Babysitting service or mother’s helper 

6. Girls weekend away or church women’s retreat

 7. A class:  Tap into your inner creativity with the gift of a class {photography, craft, fitness, etc…}.

8. A gym membership {GUYS: If your wife doesn’t hint that she wants this, you might want to steer clear of this gift idea…}

9. A website: Has your wife ever thought of blogging or starting her own web site?  Nothing says “I believe in you” like a domain name and hosting service.

10. Family name sign or family tree 

11. Mystery dinner theater tickets

12. Sponsor a child in her name {I love and wholeheartedly support Compassion International}

13. Dinner of the month club: Send a Meal offers a gourmet monthly dinner club where dinner arrives at your door fully cooked, but frozen.  All you have to do is reheat!

14.  Cooking class

15. Couples dance class

Make #gift giving easy with these non-clutter ideas everyone will love! #giftguide #familygifts #giftideas

For Him

1. Round of golf

2. Tickets to a concert or sporting event

3.  Carnivore Club Meat Lovers Gift Set- This is the perfect sampler for the meat lover in your life who has everything!

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4. A year of dates (planned by spouse): Last year I created a year of dates for Hubs and it was a hit!  Each monthly date was a surprise, and each month we alternated in home dates and out of the home dates.

5.  An afternoon off and free from responsibilities

6. Flying lessons

7. Race car driving experience

8. Donate to a charity

9. Fishing experience or lessons

10. Bluetooth wireless winter beanie/hat- Perfect for those winter outdoor activities.

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11. Lawn service: If your man is not into yard work, the gift of lawn service will free him up and take away a burden!

12. Massage: Believe it or not, guys like massages, too!

13. Skydiving adventure

14. Scuba-diving lessons

15. Personalized BBQ Brander: The grill master will love creating his signature brand on his steaks!

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For Kids

1. Personalized book: Your children will love having a personalized book where they are the main character!

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2.  Personalized CD:  My kids love to sing and dance to their name as it’s played throughout their own personalized CD. We LOVE Friendly Songs and this will become a family keepsake!

3. Annual passes to the zoo

4. Annual passes to a local children’s museum

5. Passes to a play place or jump facility

6. Have a princess experience day: Hire a princess company to come play with and entertain your children for the afternoon or at a party.

7. Go cave exploring: While you might need to wait until spring for this activity, cave exploring {with a guide!} is a fun family adventure for kids of all ages!

8. Passes to a nearby aquarium

9. Sign up to play a new sport or take a new class

10. Sign up to play a musical instrument

11. Monthly family fun outings: Each month, surprise the kids with a fun, family outing that encourages family bonding and makes memories. They don’t have to be expensive!

12. I-Tunes gift card: {great for apps or music}

13. Donate a toy to the needy: Give your child money to buy a toy for someone in need and have him/her pick it out just to give it away.

14. Tickets for a puppet theater in your area

15. Little passports: Teach your child about geography with a monthly themed suitcase that comes full of FUN activities that teach your kids about the world.  Visit www.littlepassports.com 

16. Horseback riding lesson{s}

17. Get a pet

18. Sign up for a children’s cooking class

19. Sign up for summer camp: Even though summer is a few months away, it’s never to early to give the gift of camp!

20. ABC Mouse.com: Young kids will enjoy learning and playing through the fun site, ABC Mouse.com!

May your floors be clean and your family happy because you gave some amazing non-clutter gifts this year!

Check out these other Christmas posts to remind you that life doesn’t have to be perfect this season and to savor what really counts, the relationships with your loved ones!

About Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a perfectly imperfect wife and mother, and is thankful for the saving grace of the Lord. When she’s not busy folding yet another load of laundry or comforting a crying child, she enjoys studying God’s Word, writing, and spending time with authentic friends. She's passionate about equipping women to honor God in family, health, and home at Proverbs31Mentor.com. Join her for biblical encouragement and practical lifestyle tips to help you live on mission for the glory of God.

16 Comments

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    AmieJo December 9, 2014 (11:08 pm)

    Thank you for the list of great gift ideas. I love the idea of having less clutter but even more than that these gifts are just great. Many of them will create memories that will last a lot longer than a toy or gadget.
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      Sarah Ann December 10, 2014 (9:58 am)

      Thanks, Amie Jo! It’s amazing how quickly the typical Christmas gifts can accumulate and every year we struggle to find homes for our new things. AAAGGGGHH!

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    Tiffany December 10, 2014 (5:12 pm)

    LOVED the ideas! We live in such a small student apartment that it’s always a trouble to bring more in. I cannot wait to try some of these ideas out!! I’m thinking Groupon might have good local deals! Thanks Sarah Ann!
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      Sarah Ann December 10, 2014 (8:23 pm)

      Thanks, my friend! YES to Groupon not letting me down with fabulous, affordable experiences. Love them!

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    Ginger Harrington December 10, 2014 (9:33 pm)

    What a great list! I’m totally checking out the bobble head…like right now! Thanks for taking the time to put together some great ideas!
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    Ginger Harrington December 10, 2014 (9:37 pm)

    I just peeked around your site and I think we’re sharing some of the same thoughts–though mine are completely tongue and cheek. You might like today’s post. I’m really not plugging my blog cause I don’t to that normally, but you’ll enjoy I think.http://gingerharrington.com/stay-mostly-sane-this-christmas-tips/
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      Sarah Ann December 10, 2014 (10:16 pm)

      Thanks, Ginger! I would love to check them out and always love finding someone with similar passions! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Sarah Donegan December 12, 2014 (1:14 pm)

    Love your ideas! All of that clutter just makes me sad and angry at the same time.
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      Sarah Ann December 12, 2014 (8:58 pm)

      Yes, I could not agree more! The clutter makes me want to stop giving tangible gifts at all!

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    Sarah Ann December 14, 2014 (1:56 pm)

    Great idea to just give an experience, not a full certification! Some of these experiences can be pricey, but some you can use Groupon for or pay as you go!

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    Sarah @ GlamGranolaGeek December 14, 2014 (9:21 pm)

    Great list! It’s always a challenge keeping clutter at bad during the holidays isn’t it!?
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      Sarah Ann December 14, 2014 (9:26 pm)

      Oh, I hate clutter, but I seem to attract it, especially at Christmas! Are you giving non-c;utter gifts this year?

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    bekki@a better way to homeschool December 16, 2014 (2:12 am)

    Christmas Clutter always stressed me our before we cut back on Christmas gifts. I have to say that I love the clutter free ideas! I have 5 boys and I am thinking they will love that bacon of the month club!
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      Sarah Ann December 16, 2014 (9:36 pm)

      YES! My two year old is a bacon fanatic, so the Bacon of the Month Club is a great idea! The non-clutter gift ideas are SO freeing. 🙂

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    Sarah Ann December 16, 2014 (9:32 pm)

    Yes, I can’t wait to do a monthly family outing with my kids! They will love it!