Are you looking for the perfect gift idea for someone who has too much stuff? Today I’m sharing my favorite clutter-free gift ideas to get you inspired!
Many of us already know that buying experiences makes us happier than buying things. However, it can be hard to escape the media, which aims to enforce the idea that happiness means wearing the latest fashion trends or buying the newest tech gadgets.
There is no doubt that buying these types of possessions can give us a thrill for a short time, but soon that temporary excitement will fade away and we find ourselves looking for that next purchase to make us happy.
For the past few years, my fiancé and I have chosen not to exchange gifts with each other at Christmas or birthdays. While this might seem bizarre to some people, it works really well for us.
This doesn’t mean that we don’t recognize each other’s birthdays or celebrate Christmas together. Instead of exchanging a physical gift, we give each other an experiential gifts, non clutter gifts or subscription boxes.
Usually we put our money together and buy a fun experience that we can both enjoy, such as a weekend trip, an outdoor adventure, dinner at a nice restaurant, or rocking out at a fun concert.
We recently moved into a new home together and we want to keep it clutter-free. If you have a friend or family member who has been inspired to embrace a more minimalist lifestyle, here are some great clutter-free gift ideas that anyone would love to receive!
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1. Delicious Homemade Food
Food and consumable products are always a great clutter-free gift option. A cute idea is to fill a mason jar with your favorite foods. Here are some ways you can fill your mason jar for fun consumble gift ideas:
- Homemade jam
- Cookie mix with a recipe card attached
- Hot cocoa mix, brownie mix, pancake mix, muffin mix, dried soup mix
- Chocolate dipped pretzels, caramel popcorn, cookies, savory snacks
2. A subscription to Universal Yums
Universal Yums is a monthly subscription box where each month, you’ll get tasty snacks from a different country delivered straight to your door. Since many of us are spending more time at home and not able to travel abroad, Universal Yums can be a great option for your travel-loving friend. It’s also one of the best clutter-free kid ideas for kids.
What’s in each box? Each box includes a variety of sweet and salty snacks that are specialy brought in from a different country every month. It also includes a free booklet that guides your adventure with trivia, recipes and other surprises.
Here’s what people are on Facebook are saying about their subscription box!
You can give Universal Yums as a gift for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. You can click here to learn more or get started now.
For more subscription box gift ideas, check out this holiday guide.
3. Fitness Membership
Getting fit and being healthy is always in style. However, many gyms are currently closed right now, but they are plenty of ways to workout and get healthy at home. This can be a great non-present gift idea for adults. Here’s a few of my favorite at-home fitness subscriptions:
YogaDownload – They offer over 1,600 online yoga classes for all levels. Yoga Download currently has a TrustScore of 4.7/5 on Trust Pilot, making them one of the highest rated online yoga programs. With new classes being added each week, now is the perfect time to give yoga a try.
P.Volve – This is a popular monthly fitness subscription service. As a member, they can stream hundreds of videos on demand, from anywhere.
What makes P.Volve different is that their workout programs are perfect for those who are looking for low-impact at-home workouts that aren’t too intense. It’s also an excellent option for those who are short on time but want efficient workout routines. You can learn more and sign up here.
Jillian Michaels – The Jillian Michaels app has customized workouts and meal plans. You can stream the app anywhere, which makes it convenient to reach your fitness goals from home. You can click here to start a 7-day free trial.
The Keto Box – Keto is becoming so popular today. With the Keto Box subscription, each month you’ll get delivered 10+ awesome essentials crucial for your weightloss journey.
The Fit Boxx – Each month, you’ll get delivered a box filled with the best apparel, fitness gear and nutrition to assist in workouts.
Fit Lifestyle Box – Give your loved on the gift the keeps on giving. With the Fit Lifestyle Box, each month you’ll get delivered a box filled with motivation to get your fitness life going. This is great for both men and women.
For more gift ideas, check out this guide: 20 Subscription Box Gift Ideas For Everyone.
4. Gourmet food basket
I love putting together gourmet food baskets as a clutter-free gift idea. Who doesn’t love food? This can be great for date nights, special ocassions, or just because. If you want to put together your own DIY food basket, here’s a few of my favorite ideas:
Night at the movies – Include popcorn, popcorn seasoning, a popcorn maker, chocolate or candy, a movie rental, and pop or wine or beer.
Another great idea for coffee lovers is to treat them to a monthly coffee subscription box, such as Bean Box.
Travel around the world – Create a gourmet good basket inspired by their favorite travel destination or culture. This can be great for travel lovers and foodies. Universal Yums offers a monthly subscription box for foodies who love internationl snacks.
To save time, consider sending a pre-made basket to your loved one. Sites such as Gourmet Gift Baskets offer a vareity of delicious food baskets. This is an easy and tasty option. You can check out their selection here.
5. Give a Massage or an at-home Spa Package
We live in such a busy world today that it’s important to set aside some “me time”. Giving the gift of a massage or spa package is a great option to help someone feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
Ideas to include in your at-home spa package include body lotion, a nice bar of soap, slippers, bathrobe, a candle, bath bombs, body scrub, a bottle of wine or herbal tea, and so on.
If you prefer to gift a pre-made spa package, Cratejoy has tons of beautiful boxes available. I love using this site to find unique boxes for everyone. You can check out their selection here.
6. Audiobooks for the book-lover in your life
Audiobooks are super popular today since you can listen to them while you’re eating breakfast, driving to work, sitting on the bus, cooking dinner, and so on. This is a great clutter-free gift idea for those who want reduce the physical clutter of books. Here’s a couple of my favorite audiobook options:
Audiobooks Now – Get the most popular audio books for less. Audiobooks Now offers a special club pricing that offers 50% off your first audiobook each month and 35-40% off everything else. They have a huge selection of best-selling and classic titles, sure to please the book-lover in your life.
Audible – Give your book-loving friend or family member access to the world’s largest library of audiobooks right at their fingertips. With a subscription to Audible, your friend can listen anywhere, anytime on their Kindle, iPad, Android, iPhone, and any other compatible device. Give Audible as a gift here.
For more subscription gift ideas, check out this holiday guide.
7. A subscription to California Wine Club
The California Wine Club makes gift-giving easy by treating your gift recipient to their signature service, incredible wines, and personal stories from small family wineries. This is the perfect subscription box gift idea to celebrate birthdays, Christmas, weddings, anniversaries, mother’s day, and more.
What’s in each box? Each box includes 2 handcrafted and hand-selected bottles of wine, Uncorked®, their guide to the winery which includes winemaking details and special wine tips, access to personal wine consultants who can answer wine serving and storing questions, $25 wine credit, and a VIP winery tour and tasting invitation.
There are five club levels you can choose from to send as a subscription box gift:
8. Subscription to Hello Fresh
Have a friend or family member that could use a hand in the kitchen? Hello Fresh can help! With Hello Fresh, your friend can get weekly recipes and fresh ingredients delivered right to their doorstep. In less than 30 minutes, your friend will be able to cook delicious, quick, and healthy meals at home.
I’ve personally tried Hello Fresh before and enjoyed my experience with them. I see lots of people getting Hello Fresh deliveries in my apartment, which makes it one of the top meal-kit delivery services.
They are perfect for those busy school or work weeks. Their weekly recipes are so easy to follow which is great for new chefs and busy families.
Gift it: Give Hello Fresh as a gift here.
For more subscription box gift ideas, check out this holiday guide.
9. Lessons or Classes
Lessons or classes are one of the best minimalist gifts to give and receive. Some fun ideas include cooking classes, art classes (such as paint night), dance classes, language classes, archery classes, and so on. Here are some of my favorite places to find classes online:
MasterClass – MasterClass offers online classes created for students of all skills levels. Each class is taught by some of the best instructors in the world. Right now for a limited time, you can buy one annual membership and get one FREE! You can learn more here.
Udemy – Udemy has over 13,000 online courses on a variety of topics. You can learn marketing, design, programing, cooking, arts & crafts, nutrition, and more. You can check out available classes here.
10. A Self-Care Package
I remember one year my mom said she didn’t want anything for her birthday. Of course I didn’t want to get her nothing, but I also didn’t want to buy her something she wouldn’t use.
So instead of getting her the usual gift such as a new purse or jewelry, I decided to put together a self-care package with all of her favorite things. This included body lotion, cozy slippers, her favorite magazine, her favorite chocolate, a gift card to Starbucks, a bottle of wine, and movie tickets. It’s a great clutter-free gift idea for that special someone.
You can mix it up by creating a care package around a theme, such as “night at the movies” or “tranquil spa day at home”. Or you can just include your friend or family member’s favorite consumable things. This is a great non-clutter gift option that anyone would love to give and receive.
If you prefer to gift a pre-made self-care package, Cratejoy has tons of beautiful boxes available. You can check out their selection here.
Yes, this is a physical gift, however it’s an accessory that can help motivate someone to get fit and become healthier. The Fitbit is a convenient way to make exercising fun, achievable, and measurable. Plus, the Fitbit allows you to connect with friends and compare each other’s daily steps to help keep everyone motivated.
Giving someone a Fitbit can help make a positive difference in their life and improve their health. Walking more can manage and prevent various conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also improve your balance and boost your mood.
It took me a few years before I finally took the plunge and bought a Vitamix. I was unsure if I would use it often enough to justify its price. However, it’s safe to say that I use my Vitamix on a daily basis.
If I had to choose only one kitchen gadget to have, it would be a Vitamix. It can do just about anything, including making delicious breakfast smoothies, nut butters, ice cream, hummus, blended drinks, non-dairy milk, salad dressings, and hot soup. (Yes, this blender is so powerful that it can make hot soup).
The Vitamix even has a self-cleaning option which takes only 60 seconds or less. This mighty blender is the perfect gift for your mom, friend, student, newlywed couple, and just about anyone. It helps free up room in the kitchen since it replaces the need for other small appliances. Click here to learn more about the Vitamix.
A Kindle is a great gift to help reduce the physical clutter of books and magazines. It’s convenient since you can carry five thousand books in your pursue. This means you can read or listen to a book while you’re commuting to work, school, or relaxing in the evening at home.
A Kindle is the perfect gift for bookworms, students, and anyone who enjoys curling up on the couch with a good book. Try it yourself! Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial!
14. Amazon Prime Subscription
Almost everybody shops on Amazon today because the selection is great, prices are low, and Amazon makes shopping quick and convenient. If your friend or family member doesn’t already have an Amazon Prime membership, this is one of the best gifts you can give them!
With Amazon Prime, you can get free two-day shipping, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, unlimited ad-free access to music on Prime Music, and much more awesome benefits. Amazon Prime is a great alternative to Cable TV, which can help your friend or family member save even more money. Try it yourself – click here to get 30 days of Amazon Prime for free!
For more subscription box gift ideas, check out this holiday guide.
15. Tourism Pass
Annual passes are a popular clutter-free gift idea which makes for a great clutter-free option. Some suggestions include annual passes to the museum, theme park, local attractions, art gallery, and so on.
Another great option is to purchase a tourism pass. If you live in one of these North American cities, you can buy a CityPASS and be a tourist in your own city. I used the CityPASS during my weekend trip to Chicago and LOVED it! Click here to see a list of available cities.
16. Board game
Some people might consider a board game as clutter, but I definitely don’t! I grew up playing board games with my family and I still continue the tradition with my friends. It’s one of the best clutter-free gift ideas for kids and gets the whole family together.
From classics like Clue, Risk or Life, to newer games like Cards Against Humanity, Telestrations, and What Do You Meme. There are so many board games to choose from. You can turn it into a tournament or see how many games you can play in a day. The possibilities are endless!
17. Gas gift card
This is a great idea for teenagers or anyone that has a vehicle. I like using Card Cash to find discounted gift cards online.
18. Coffee gift card
A coffee gift card can be a great idea for the busy mom or person who is always on-the-go. My grandma gave me a Starbucks gift card every year when I was in Univerty for Christmas. I appreciated this so much, because it helped me stay awake in class and be more productive. You can find discounted gift cards on Card Cash.
19. A Trip
My boyfriend and I love traveling together. We enjoy exploring National Parks, new cities, and going on exciting adventures. Instead of exchanging physical gifts, we often book a trip together. Booking a trip with your friend, family member, or spouse is a great clutter-free gift idea.
One Christmas, my sister and I surprised my parents by booking them a trip to Niagara Falls. This was a fun weekend escape for them to relax and enjoy the sights. To find fun tours and excursions, I recommend starting your search on Viator. I like using this website to book cool things to do in my city or when traveling abroad.
20. Start a Blog or Website
Do you have a friend or family member who loves to write and share great tips? Starting a blog or website might be a great gift option for them!
One of my family friends just recently started a blog about home decor. She loves having a fun platform to share her passion with others. Plus, starting a blog can be a great side hustle to make extra money.
If you know someone who might be interested in starting a blog or website, here’s an in-depth tutorial. It’ll show you how to get a blog up and running in minutes. Plus, you’ll also get a free domain name, exclusive for Mint Notion readers.
21. Give a Family Photo or Portrait Session
This is a great clutter-free gift idea for grandparents. They would absolutely love to receive an updated family photo or to get everyone together for a nice photo session.
If you’re good at photography, you can also offer your friend or family member your services. This may include doing a family photo session, newborn baby photos, pet photos, engagement photos, and so on.
Our time is so precious and it’s one of the best clutter-free gifts you can give someone. A popular way to give the gift of time is to create a coupon book. Ideas include a coupon for a coffee date, house cleaning, babysitting, cooking, teaching music lessons, and so on.
If you prefer not to give a coupon booklet, another option is to invite a friend or family member over for a nice dinner, go on a lunch date, have a picnic in the park, go ice skating together, or have a movie night at home. Everyone appreciates the gift of spending quality time together.
Offering services as a clutter-free gift is great for those who don’t need more stuff. Ideas include a massage, a manicure, a facial, hair cut and style, house cleaning, car washing, and so on.
If you’re on a tight budget you can even offer your own services, such as babysitting, handy work around the home, cooking a meal, photography, pet sitting, language lessons (if you know another language), and so on.
24. Gift Card to their Favorite Restaurant
This is one of my favorite clutter-free gift ideas. Each Christmas, my parents have a tradition where they surprise each other with a gift certificate to a different restaurant. This is a fun way to try a new restaurant in town or revisit an old favorite.
If you have a friend or family member who is a foodie or could use a nice evening out, I recommend giving them a gift card to their favorite restaurant. You can even take this a step further and offer to babysit their pet or child if needed.
25. Event Tickets
My boyfriend and I love going to concerts and other events. We have surprised each other with basketball tickets, tickets to see our favorite musical artist, tickets to the symphony, ballet, plays, and more. This is a fun clutter-free gift idea.
26. Donate to Charity
If your friend or family member is passionate about a certain cause such as clean water for impoverished areas, veteran services, helping homeless women get back on their feet, and so on – make a donation in your friend’s name. They will appreciate your kind gesture and feel good about supporting a noble cause.
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