I think most of us can agree that gift giving is not only expensive but also contributes to an already cluttered space. Kids receive too many toys, most of which they’ll probably never play with. Dad may receive that tie he’ll never wear or mom may receive another kitchen gadget she’ll never use. Try & stay focused when shopping. Don’t let sales distract & trick you into buying something you don’t need or want. When shopping for others buy things that the person would appreciate & use.
Some suggestions for gifts that will not add to the clutter or take up valuable space are:
- Movie passes
- Amusement park tickets
- Cleaning service
- Savings bond towards a college fund
- Gift card to a favorite store
- Floral or fruit arrangement
- Donation to a charity
- Restaurant gift certificate
- Health club membership
- Concert tickets
Why not rethink this gift giving thing. Save the money you were going to spend on gifts and put it towards the family skiing trip or cruise you’ve always wanted to take.
Instead of Christmas being a time when we receive a lot of presents, let’s get back to its true meaning, which is about appreciating what we have and helping others. As a family, donate some of your time to volunteer at a shelter, soup kitchen, or other organization that’s in desperate need of volunteers. Ask your kids to donate some of their gently used unwanted toys to a local charity or organization so that a less fortunate child can enjoy them.
We have so much to be grateful for in this great country of ours. Blessings, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, & Happy Organizing.