Gift giving advice – avoid adding clutter!

gift card imageWe all like to give gifts to show our appreciation to those that touch our lives throughout the year. Whether it’s a teacher, co-worker or even the mail carrier – it’s just nice to give a little thank you.

The trouble with many of these well-meaning gifts is that they may end up as unused clutter in someone’s home. Think about how many ornaments, mugs or trinkets teachers have gotten over the years? Many times I have helped clients to de-clutter only to come across boxes or shelves full of old knickknacks that were given as gifts but were kept out of guilt.

This year let’s resolve to reduce future clutter by given wisely. Some things to consider before making a gift purchase are:

– How well do you know the person?
– Does he or she enjoy books, music, coffee or baked goods?
– Would they enjoy getting pampered or perhaps a nice dinner out?

Now, I know that many will argue that gift cards are impersonal; and while it is true that they aren’t for everyone I do believe that most people would prefer them over a trinket. It’s a great idea to give them a card to their favorite coffee shop, restaurant or spa. I-tunes cards are always a hit with music lovers, especially teens. Aside from gift cards I also like giving consumable gifts, although you want to carefully consider your choices. Only pick items that you know are the person’s favorite – like sweets, baked goods or wines and spirits.

Do you have any non-clutter gift ideas? Feel free to leave your comments below.


About OrganizingbyYve

I am a professional, residential organizer working and living in Rochester NY. My passion is helping my clients to simplify and organize their lives by cutting the clutter and teaching new ways to live an efficient and organized life. For daily tips follow me on FB Visit my website for more info.
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