Some may say, if you want to avoid clutter at the holidays, why even give gifts? I love gifts. I love buying what I think people will enjoy based on a passing comment, or even just buying them exactly what they told me they want! I think small gifts add joy to a season of giving. That said, gifts don’t have to contribute to clutter.
If your family and friends ask for guidance when giving gifts, here are a few ideas you can share, or keep these in mind as your gifting this holiday season:
📝 Make a wish/idea list for each child and share it; An Amazon list doesn’t have to include Amazon-only items and you can add notes like sizes/colors. Be sure to let the people you share it with know that they don’t HAVE to buy from the list - that’s weird. 😜
🩰 Experiences; If your daughter loves dance, maybe a month of classes with a leotard would be a great gift. If your son likes fire trucks, maybe a trip to the Fire History Museum with grandma and grandpa is another great gift.
🎨 Consumables; Art supplies, craft and hobby kits are excellent for creativity and focus (and they get used up).
💵 Money; While I’d say it’s generally rude to directly ask for money, we have a few family members who like to give this way. Open a savings account for your child(ren) and/or share with the giver something you were planning on purchasing that their monetary gift would “go towards” - a swing set, a new stroller, a play kitchen, etc.
Do you enjoy giving gifts?