Okay! Here it is: the time of year for unbridled shopping. You may have a long list, including co-workers, teachers, friends, relatives and neighbors. Before you load all these fine people up with a lot of extra stuff, think for a moment about whether you are gifting them things they will cherish, or merely contributing to their own potential clutter problems.
Here is my list of 50 (count them, FIFTY!) things you can give that will not take up space and cause clutter-related trauma to the recipients.
Bottle of whiskey
Gift certificate to a hot new restaurant
Streaming music gift card
A wine tasting excursion
Trip to the museum
Housecleaning for a week/month/year
Meditation app subscription
Fruit of the month club
Trip to a natural hot springs
Gift certificate at the frame shop
Lawn service for next summer
A session with a stylist
Paid dinners from Blue Apron, Sun Basket, Home Chef, etc.
A stunning flower arrangement
Tickets to a lecture series
Top shelf olive oil
A day at the Japanese Gardens, Chinese Gardens, Botanical Gardens, Arboretum, etc.
Coffee shop gift card
Lunch with you at their favorite place
Tickets to a play
Car wash coupons
Paid CSA membership
A night at a remote B&B
Historical tour of your city (or any other)
Donation to a charity they love
High end chocolate
Netflix for a year
Trip to the beach
Ski lift tickets
Session with a hypnotist, astrologer or psychic healer
Interior design consultation
Pedicure for two
Day at the climbing gym
Tickets to a sporting event
Afternoon at the shooting range
No nagging for a month (or a week, if more realistic)
These are all things I would be thrilled to receive! This year, think experiences, think consumables, think services. Useful AND thoughtful. Now go out there and shop, and try not to burden the people you love with a bunch of clutter.