What are some gift ideas for people who don't need more clutter?
My parents have too much stuff around the house. Any gift ideas?
Anything to get them out of the house. Something like gift certificates to restaurants or tickets to any public event they might enjoy. You might even think of something consumable or disposable like food and drink items or candles if they use them.
So do mine Logan !
A Red Letter Day Treat
i.e.A Balloon ride/Pamper Day/Meal for two/Day at the races etc
P.S. You could always hire a skip for the day to clear out their rubbish !
P.P.S. Or without offending them suggest a clear out of unwanted items for charity and car boot sale to make some money; then they can treat themselves to something special too:)
How about doing something for a charity they believe in and giving them a gift certificate that way? Perhaps do something to buy a goat in Africa or donate money to a local zoo to take care of an animal they are found of perhaps?
Or you could buy tickets to the theatre, opera, or even a musical if they are into that kind of thing.
For my inlaws wedding anniversary my husband and I bought them tickets to the finale of the Autumn proms because they adore classical music as do we. It was a wonderful experience and since we'd bought them tickets to a concert hall they had never been too, it was an even more interesting evening.
Parents are always tough to buy for! I only have my mom now. I try really hard to listen throughout the year as to what she might need to make her life a little easier. She is now on a fixed income and doesn't like to pamper herself by purchasing "gadgets" that she could truly make due without.
An example is, she loves to sew and is now living in a small condo without much room. She wanted one of those portable ironing boards for a very long time. They are only like twelve bucks but she wouldn't break down and buy one. So guess what she got for her birthday?!? She was so excited!
It is not about how much you spend, but it is letting the person know that you "truly" listen to what they are saying. That is how you find the perfect gift for someone who appears to have everything.
Gift cards to restaurants. That is if they like to eat out. They will get something they like, without bringing home clutter (except maybe a doggy bag).
Gift cards to eat out are a great ideal, however if they don't like to eat out, I think they can also be used for delivery.
Otherwise you can make them a coupon book for things that you can do for them: some examples: mow the lawn if they of course have a yard, repair work, paint, stuff like that.
anything that is not an object! that is anything that will be an experience or memory and will still be a great gift, one that will be unusual and surprising also... check out my hub on this if you wish.
Another vote for gift cards and cash here. It's so hard to buy gifts from family any more. I have no idea what they like or what they would want. So to avoid clutter and trips back to the store for returns, I either get them a card or cash to spend as they like.
A nice reusable shopping bag (Whole Foods makes a thermal one with a zipper that I love) filled with reusable produce bags and snack items they wouldn't normally buy for themselves. A bottle of wine is nice if they enjoy that.
Material gifts are not everything. You could spend time with your parents around the holidays (if they live close). Personally, I think sharing an experience with the people you love far exceeds anything you could buy in a store. Not only do you get to spend time with the people you care about, you will also have new memories that you can treasure forever.
For my mom's 50th birthday, I went horseback riding with her in the mountains. She still talks about it!
If your parents are too far away, you could buy a gift certificate to a restaurant, theatre, couple message, ski weekend-- or whatever else they are into.
There are many charitable organizations in the world where you can purchase a gift of generosity, in someone's name, that will help a poor person or family.
Heifer International is one such organization. You can buy livestock such as chickens or goats for a needy family that will really make a difference, and do it in the name of someone who really doesn't need anything else. Someone did this in my name once and I was tickled and impressed.
Or.. you could purchase some time for them to seek advice from a home organisation consultant who will help them to remove some of the clutter their lives. Clutter can cause many problems in our lives.
PS I took this idea from an episode that I watched once on Oprah.
Material gifts might not be enjoyable always, especially for elderly or lonely persons. On their special days like birthday, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, you can spend some time with them sharing experiences or take them to a public place of their choice where they can enjoy.
If your recipients believe in charity, you can donate money to a charitable organization (where they are associated) in their name. If any body is attached to an Orphanage, you can buy gifts for the residential children. In this way you can make both the person and the children happy.
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