By Caroline Bujold
If you’ve started decluttering your home or know someone who’s adopted a minimalist way of living, you know how challenging this time of year can be. You probably still want to partake in the tradition of gift giving, but you also want to support yours or someone else’s decluttering journey.
Inspired by my friend Karlie @MissWanderlustCA Gift List from the Edmonton Airport, I thought I would put together a few suggestions to help you follow through with creating less clutter this festive season and still have the thrill of finding that perfect gift.
Clutter Free Gift List from Mostly Organized
What to get the minimalist in your life
Experiences – The minimalist in your life will appreciate not getting a physical gift and, instead, spending time with you. How about a spa day, a cooking or painting class that you can share, tickets or passes to the movies or to a performance centre they enjoy?
Consumables – The beauty in consumable gifts is that they don’t last. Make a batch of your famous cookies, put together a picnic basket with their favourite treats or simply buy them the best bottle of their drink of choice. I guarantee you, they will love it.
E-Books (or real books that can be passed along when they’re done) – Books are easy to re-gift so they make the perfect present for minimalists. E-Books are also great, for obvious reasons, they don’t take any space.
Donate to their favourite charity – If all else fails, a donation in their name to the organization they support will surely be appreciated.
What to get your friend who loves to organize
Label Maker – Your organized friend, if she doesn’t have one already, will absolutely love a good versatile label maker like this one DYMO Label Maker or this one: Brother Label Maker. Having a good label maker can help with the finishing touches of organizing.
Gift Card for organization supplies – It should be to any store he usually buys his supplies, but if you want something really special, why not try The Container Store? The amount you’ll pay will be in US dollars, but they do deliver in Canada. In case you didn’t know, that place is like a candy store for people that like to organize stuff.
Document Scanner – Help your friend go paperless with a document scanner. Although a bit more expensive, this device would be a great gift for the work from home and budding entrepreneur friend. I’ve never tested one of these, but here are two I’ve heard good things about: Epson Mobile Scanner, Doxie Go Plus.
A beautiful calendar – My favourites are definitely from Rifle Paper and Co (available at Chapters-Indigo) and I use them as rotating wall art, so I don’t mind paying a bit more for them. There are tons of beautiful and useful ones out there, so pick one that fits with his or her style.
Notebook for list making – List making is one of the pillars of anyone that likes to plan and organized their life. Buy handmade or choose from the array offered by Moleskine and Leuchtturm (also usually available at Chapters-Indigo).
2017 Planner – Last year in search of a weekly planner that would fit all my needs, I decided to create one, and I have to say I’m ecstatic with the results. It’s now for sale, so if your friend is looking for a functional planner to print on their own and add to their arsenal of productivity tools, then please check it out my new shop.
What to get the neat freak
Cleaning Services – Your mom says she really enjoys cleaning, but she may need a break from time to time. Why not offer her professional cleaning services for a really huge task or for a specific event like a good deep cleaning before she hosts the family? Check availability and reviews in your area.
Cleaning Caddy – Just like a gift basket, but with a purpose. Choose high quality products that they might not get otherwise, like Castile Soap. Or even better, create homemade and easy on the environment cleaning products from Clean my space or Queen of Green proven recipes.
Laundry Folder – For the friend that wants laundry folded “the right way“ how about a Folding Board?
What to get to your disorganized friend (who wants to get organized)
How about an hour of consulting with me? – I’d be happy to help your friend with some tips. Email me for details.
Remote Tracker – For the loved one who’s constantly looking for their keys or wallet, this gadget might be in order. I’ve never tested one, but I’d be interested in hearing about your experience.
Packing cubes for their next trip – These cubes have me organized every time I travel; I can’t imagine going anywhere without them anymore. Mine are from Eagle Creek, but these ones from MEC would do as well.
Books on how to get organized – I have favourites and here are my recommendations:
- Regina Leeds – Regina Leeds’ books are specific to an area of your life and takes you on a journey week by week.
- Peter Walsh – No nonsense and back to basics, Peter has written many books on getting rid of clutter.
- Marie Kondo – Newest in the clutter free craze, and although a little intense, Marie Kondo will have them decluttering in no time.
Did these spark any ideas? Please share in the comments below.
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