We tend to not buy toys for our boys and we try to focus on experiences instead of stuff. For instance, when our boys were born my husband and I made the decision that we wouldn’t give them stuff (“more plastic from China” as my husband says) for their birthdays; our gift is the party we throw for them. However, other family members and loved ones can’t resist and so our little guys get inundated with “stuff” for Christmas and birthdays anyway.
If you also want to avoid the Christmas clutter and are looking for some gift ideas for your kiddos and other loved ones, here are my top ten gifts that won’t add clutter this Christmas:
1. Membership: Give the gift of membership! It could be a membership to a favorite museum, zoo, amusement park, sporting license, etc. The gift of a membership doesn’t take up any space and you can enjoy this gift the whole year through.
5. Art Supplies: Art supplies are a great gift that encourage and spring-board creativity. Great for any age and any stage of life! If your art supplies are adding clutter, you should be finger painting a little more often
7. Gift Cards: I know they can seem impersonal, but do you know of someone who doesn’t love receiving gift cards? Picking out a gift card to your loved one’s favorite restaurant, coffee shop, store, etc., shows that you pay attention to what they love. Maybe it could even be a gift card for the two of you to spend time together?!