Gift ideas

Clutter-free gift ideas – Longmont Times-Call

LUCY KELLYSend It Away Saturday

If you’ve ever wondered what you can give away that won’t just be shoved into the back of a closet or given away in a hurry, this list of clutter-free gift ideas is for you.

Give time

  • People with young children love their children, but they are also in desperate need of some time off. A homemade coupon book for as many babysitting sessions as you can handle will be valuable and used.
  • Everyone loves a home cooked meal. It gives them time away from the kitchen. Check with your gift to make sure they’re not allergic to anything you plan to include, then turn on the oven.

Offer an experience rather than a thing

  • Movie tickets and tickets to a play or performance match the gift bill very well. Don’t forget to throw away programs and ticket stubs on your way out.
  • To get more for your money, offer annual passes to museums, zoos or recreation centers. Not only do you give an experience as a gift, but you give that gift back every time they use the pass.

Donate something they are already using

  • Who wouldn’t choose a gift certificate in their usual grocery store over a gift card in an unfamiliar location?
  • If that sounds a little too practical, consider giving a gift certificate to a grocery store they love but find expensive.

Offer special treats

  • Who on your list would love a prepaid massage or a manicure and pedicure but wouldn’t dream of “wasting” their money on such an indulgence? Do yourself a favor on their behalf.
  • For a personal touch, skip the prepackaged generic gift baskets and put together a little basket full of special treats you know someone loves.

Give an act of service

According to Gary Chapman’s “The Five Languages ​​of Love,” we really only have five ways to show someone we love them: gifts, time together, acts of service, physical contact and words of affirmation.

Acts of service are a great choice in today’s busy world.

  • Offer to clean the bathroom.
  • Teach someone how to use technology.
  • Take on a chore that this person normally does.

These freebies are highly regarded and it’s more fun to give someone their time and energy instead of just withdrawing their credit card and buying something at random.

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