Looking for that perfect gift but hate buying clutter? Here are our best clutter free gifts ideas for everyone on your list.
From an unforgettable experience to delectable consumables, keep clutter at bay and give a giddy gift they won’t forget (and one that won’t sit at the back of a closet collecting dust balls for the next decade).
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What Makes a Gift Not Clutter?
Gifts become clutter (usually) when the person buying the gift doesn’t put much thought into the gift – if you’re running late, go to the store, and grab the first thing you see – more times than not that is the gift that will be unused and take up space.
While it’s true, sometimes those last-minute gifts are a real hit and sometimes the gift you spend 5 weeks thinking up is a dud, for the most part the more time you spend planning out a gift and making it personal to who you’re buying for, the less likely it will become a “clutter gift”.
While a chocolate fondue set may not be deemed clutter to one person, to another it will end up being something that gets stored in the back of a cupboard collecting dust for the next decade.
Clutter is not one in the same for everyone.
Gifts That Aren’t Clutter
A safe rule of thumb is this: gifts that are clutter-free usually fall into one of the following categories:
- Digital (a digital photo book, a usb stick with something thoughtful on it (slideshow, home videos), etc.)
- It is needed (if it is practical and serves a purpose it is not clutter; as long as there is space for it)
- It will get eaten (consumable gifts are an AWESOME way to ensure a gift won’t be clutter – eventually, it will get eaten)
- A gift that will be well-loved (something someone loves is never clutter; as long as there is space for it)
34 Clutter Free Gifts: Ideas for Everyone on Your List
Keep clutter at bay by giving a wholesome gift.
Here is our exhaustive list of thoughtful gift ideas you can give to your loved ones. Or, maybe you’re simple looking for a gift idea for someone who has too much stuff. Either way, scan over our list of 34 clutter free gift ideas to find the perfect gift for the special occasion.
1. A Personalized Shoe Box
Put your own twist on a DIY fab, fit, fun box. Grab a shoe box, wrap it in some cute wrapping paper, and collect 5 – 10 nice items that the person you are buying for would appreciate. Here are a few things you could fill your personalized box with.
- a book
- fuzzy socks
- curling iron
- a watch
- hair gel
Gifts that get eaten are some of the best clutter free gift ideas because eventually, they disappear. Whether it be a specialty chocolate bar or a pack of their favorite drinks, grab something tasty that you know they like. (This massive pack of delectable Ferrero Rocher balls would be my choice. My mouth is watering.)
Books are rarely clutter, unless they go unused and untouched. But when it comes to books and a book lover, that’s rarely a problem.
4. Gift cards
Gift cards have unending possibilities, and they fit right into a wallet! Can’t get much less clutter-y than that. Amazon has a wide variety of gift cards to all kinds of places (even Amazon, itself).
5. Cookie Mix In a Jar
A consumable that is also an experience. Find a DIY cookies in a jar recipe online or grab this cute Mason Jar Christmas Tree.
6. Mugs (carefully)
Mugs can easily cross over into clutter-territory if not handled carefully. Gifting a any old mug will more than likely just become clutter, because everyone has their couple favorite mugs that they use regularly, and the rest get pushed to the back of the cupboard.
But if you can find a thoughtfully-picked out mug that is either personalized or something special that you know the person you’re buying for would truly like, then most times you can get away with gifting a special mug.
7. Specialty Items
Specialty items like:
- Homemade soap
- Natural candle
- Nail polish
- Specialty cigar
These items are great because they will differ from person to person, and eventually they will get used up (thus they won’t sit collecting dust for years).
8. Spa Gift Package
This is an especially thoughtful gift if you’re buying a gift for a mom – she needs some relaxation.
You can either make a DIY spa gift package by collecting a few of the following items and putting them together in a cute basket:
- Bath bombs & salts
- Facial cream
- Bubble bath
- A body brush
- Homemade soap
- Hair oil
- A book
- Relaxing music (CD)
- …and of course, a fuzzy bathrobe
Or you can grab this made-for-you luxurious spa gift basket that’s sure to make her feel spoiled.
9. An experience
This is the perfect non gift ideas for Christmas, Valentine’s day, a birthday, or any other gift-bearing occasion. Experience gifts the best clutter-free gift ideas, because they create memories. An experience gift could be tickets to a concert, the zoo, an amusement park, a quiet coffee shop, bowling, mini-golfing, or something else.
10. A date (with you)
Pair an experience gift with the gift of your time.
11. Audiobook subscription/kindle book subscription
Know someone who loves reading? A kindle book subscription is an awesome gift – gifting them all the books they could ever want, all in one place.
On the other hand, if this person doesn’t always have time to read, being read to is an alternative way to still get their favorite books in with an audiobook subscription. The Kindle Unlimited subscription allows for unlimited reading and listening, from any device.
12. Photo album (filled)
You could either give a photo album that is pre-filled with pictures (unfilled photo albums have a high chance of never getting used and being left for the clutter pile), or a digital photo album if you want to go really clutter free with this gift.
13. Smart notebook
Who doesn’t love a good list-maker? The Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook will make any list-y squeal.
14. Charity donation
Make a donation to a charity in the name of the person you’re buying a clutter free gift for. World Vision has a gift catalog that you can browse through and pick out the perfect gift to give someone truly in need.
15. Amazon prime membership
An Amazon Prime Membership is another awesome clutter-free gift idea. With this membership they’ll get free one day, two day, and three day delivery on millions of Amazon products, 2-hour delivery on a wide selection of fresh groceries, access to Amazon Prime movies and TV shows, ad-free music, exclusive deals on Amazon products, and more.
16. Photo shoot
Give the gift of a solo or family photoshoot. (Plus you could throw in a photo album for them to fill with the pictures from the shoot.)
17. Meal planning service
Don’t know what to gift the mom in your life? This gift is timeless.
A meal planning service eliminates one of a mom’s most stressful times of day and answers the most dreaded question, “I’m starving. What’s for supper, mom?” (Because guess what? She’s starving too, and she doesn’t know what’s for supper.)
The Eat at Home Meal Plans provide full months of meal plans as well as grocery lists to go with the plans and recipes all in one organized fashion. (It’s the meal planning service I’ve used for years and I can’t say enough good about it.)
18. Something to make their life easier
Do you know someone who’s just way too busy? Get them a practical gift that will make their life easier. For many, cleaning the house is a never-ending, time-consuming chore. An iRoomba is a big investment, but frees up so much time.
19. Date night
Whether you’re getting a gift for your spouse or you’re giving a gift to a beloved couple, date nights never go out of style. (If they have kids, line up babysitting for the date night, too.)
20. Coupon book
You can usually find people set up with booths outside of stores selling coupon books where the money goes towards a good, honorable cause. Not only do you get the joy that comes with donating to a good cause, but you’re also getting a book of coupons for the gift-receiver to enjoy.
21. Gourmet coffee
Perfect for the coffee lover in your life. Trust me, coffee is never clutter.
22. A sundae treat box
Make a homemade sundae treat box. Fill it with an ice cream scoop, small sundae bowls, dessert spoons, whipping cream, hot fudge sauce, caramel sauce, and any other ice cream toppings of choice. (I’ve done this one in the past and it’s always a hit! Who doesn’t love ice cream?!)
23. A movie night box
Just like the sundae box mentioned above, a movie-night themed box is another route to take.
This time, fill the treat box/bag with a movie, popcorn, popcorn seasonings, popcorn bowls, and drinks.
24. Massage (for spouse)
This is a dazzling gift for a spouse. Don’t know how to give a good massage? Take a Melt Massage Class to learn how to make your spouse melt at your fingertips.
25. Indoor or outdoor family games
Games that bring the whole family together are, in my opinion, never clutter. Something that gets everyone interacting (and putting those phones down) is a marvelous gift. Whether that be Croquet or The Game of Life (boy does that bring me back!)
26. Diapers & wipes
Buying for a mom of young children? You can never go wrong with diapers and wipes.
27. Seeds / garden supplies
For anyone gifted with a green thumb (or those of us trying to turn a black thumb green), vegetable and flower seeds are a wonderful gift, or any sort of garden kit. This indoor garden kit is a hit.
28. Specialty drink
Any sort of specialty beverage is a great clutter-free gift idea. Or, if the person you’re buying for likes to DIY you could grab one of these home brewing kits.
A step up from your typical meal planning service, HelloFresh delivers fresh ingredients right to your door. You don’t even have to leave your house.
30. Etsy gift card
You can find all sorts of homemade creations on Etsy, plus by buying on Etsy you’re supporting a small business. Grab an Etsy gift card here.
31. An online class
You can never stop learning. Give the gift of an online class. My favorite is Help for the Hopeless Homemaker (use the code DELIBERATELYHERE10 for $10 off).
KiwiCo is such a fun gift idea for kids – delivering fun experience kits for children right to your door.
33. Home videos
Give the gift of lasting memories, compile a variety of home videos and/or photos on a USB stick for an invaluable gift.
34. The 5 senses gift
One of my all-time favorite gifts to give engages all the senses. You get a gift for the sense of smell, sight, taste, touch, and sound. An excuse to buy something small, but thoughtful, for each of the senses for your loved one to enjoy.
Learn how to make a DIY 5 senses gift, here.
Less is More
When it comes to giving clutter free gifts, less is always more. Rather than giving several less-thoughtful gifts, take time to really think about what the person you’re buying for would like:
- What suits their personality?
- Is there something they’ve mentioned in the past that they want?
- What are their hobbies?
Conclusion: the Best Clutter Free Gifts
Whether you’re looking for clutter-free Christmas gift ideas, birthday gift ideas, Valentine’s day gift ideas, you can find plenty of clutter free gifts in the list above, and simply by taking time to think about what the person you’re buying for likes, what their personality is, and what they do with their spare time.I’d love to know, what are some of your favorite clutter-free gift ideas to give? Share your ideas in a comment below.