I want to thank Chloe Gordon for writing this guest post on thoughtful Christmas gifts.
People want to clean out their homes and straighten up their lives, and the first step is decluttering their homes (which they now spend much more time in, thanks to the pandemic). The Washington Post mentions a 20% rise in donations to the Goodwill of Greater Washington in 2020 as people cleaned up old storage spaces to make room for work-from-home office settings.
Christmas time is rolling around again. So, what do you buy for someone who’s trying to get rid of things? Here’s a list of some thoughtful Christmas gifts for that declutterer in your life.
Thoughtful Christmas Gifts For People Who Need To Declutter
Generally speaking, people love experiences. And one of the most rewarding, pampering experiences out there is having a good spa day. Mia Danielle says that you’re not just limited to gifting massages: saunas, aromatherapy, facial scrubs, and rejuvenations are also on the list! And no, these aren’t limited to women. Everyone can benefit from a day at the spa. Just make sure that the gift itself doesn’t expire anytime soon. Certificates, gift cards, or coupons should be good for at least 6 months from the gift date.
The best gift is one that helps others. While the person you’re gifting to may have too much stuff right now, there are plenty of people who are lacking this Christmas season. If you know of a cause that your loved one holds dear, consider donating to a related charity. The Financial Times suggests that ‘donating money to charity instead of sending Christmas cards is very common now. If you’re not sure about which charity or cause to look for, use this as an excuse to strike up a conversation with your loved one!
We’re not talking about paper books here, especially since books tend to be the first thing to go when someone starts decluttering. So what do you give a bibliophile, then? Audiobooks! You can even go a step further and give your loved one a book about decluttering, like Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Scribd outlines how Marie Kondo has taken tidying to a whole new level, and her book lives up to its name.
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Do you know a family with a newborn? Someone who recently had surgery? Chances are, people in these situations don’t have the time or energy to cook and would greatly appreciate a meal – bonus points if it is frozen and quickly cooked at a moment’s notice. So if you’re up to it, make a whole pan of portioned-out lasagna or containers of chicken soup for those sick days. It’ll be more than welcome, especially on the day when your loved one chooses to eat it!
Take a moment and honestly think about what your loved one does daily and consider essential. Do they cook up a storm? A good cookware set wouldn’t be a bad idea. Do they hold animal rights close to their heart? An ethically sourced gift like the Riyah Speaks includes here is sure to please. Put yourself in the giftee’s shoes: What is something they’d love and use daily?
You should keep an eye out for items that either don’t have a physical form (think downloadables, audiobooks, or online vouchers) or perishables like snacks or meals that will eventually be consumed and not left to collect dust ¬– or worse, be regifted to someone else. Finally, remember to keep the lines of communication open; you never know when gift inspiration will strike during a conversation with your loved one!
Chloe Gordon is a freelance lifestyle writer passionate about helping people enjoy life. She hopes her articles help those looking for helpful lifestyle advice and tips. In her free time, she loves to hike.