Whether you’re looking to cut down on clutter, lower your holiday budget, or come up with a gift idea for the person that has everything, here are some alternative ways to gift your loved ones this holiday season.
Subscriptions, Memberships or Classes
Instead of another toy or gift that will be forgotten about in a few weeks, there are so many fun subscriptions available for both children and adults! Membership ideas include museums, gyms, membership stores such as Sam’s Club, BJ’s, or Costco, or even food co-ops.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to subscriptions; for children there are subscriptions for magazines, books, crafts, science experiments, and even cooking. Adult subscriptions run the gamut and include foods of the month, fishing or camping supplies, fine wine or liquor, crafts, puzzles, and more!
Another great idea is the gift of enrichment. Ideas include art classes, music lessons, or cooking workshops.
Adventures or Experiences
If you don’t want to commit to the length of time and/or price point of a membership or subscription, consider the gift of an adventure or experience. This can be tailored to the recipient’s (or family’s) interests and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the adventure with your loved one. Ideas include dinner and a movie, a trip to a museum, a visit to a theme park, a nature experience such as hiking or kayaking, tickets to a sporting event, a visit to the zoo – there are endless possibilities that you can adjust accordingly against your holiday budget.
Gifts of Service
For the right recipient, a gift of service could be the most meaningful gift they’ve ever received. Homemade ideas include babysitting, a home-cooked meal, home pampering, or even light housework. How do you present this type of gift? A homemade coupon or voucher could be the perfect way to give this type of gift. For ideas, head to the internet or Pinterest, or design your own!
Professional gifts of service can usually be obtained by the company/service of your choice by way of gift certificate. Ideas include personal care services such as hair, nails or massage, certificates for housecleaning, car washes, or even driveway sealing or power washing services.
Consider giving personalized gifts that won’t add to clutter but will still be cherished. Personalizing something special like a photo calendar, custom-made jewelry, or monogrammed dish towels add a personal touch while minimizing clutter.
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