Joyful Downsizing: Clutter-Free Gifting All Year Long

Kim Kubsch

How do we get creative with gifting and give joy without clutter? Here are some unique gift-giving resources to be used throughout 2023, as well as future years. Whether you are attending a housewarming, a wedding, baby shower, or gifting for birthdays and anniversaries, easy, appropriate, and clutter-free resources are abundant.

Give something to do.

Gift a park or museum membership, and give them something they can do all year long. Or book a craft or sewing class at JoAnn Fabrics or Michael’s.

If your intended recipient is more the adventurous type, what about a hot air balloon ride (check Groupon.com for deals), an ATV jeep tour in the desert, or a cooking class via Sweet Basil Gourmet & Culinary Center in Scottsdale or Mix Cooking School in Chandler. A local food tour by TasteItTours.com is something to enjoy with your gift recipients. An annual pass for the state park system or a National Park membership is ideal for any age group.

Give some time.

* Have dinner delivered with Uber Eats or Postmates.

* Schedule a hands-on or virtual organizing session.

* Hire a massage therapist to make a house call through Zeel.com.

* Bring groceries or arrange delivery by Instacart or Costco.

* Send a house cleaner.

* Cook meals that can be kept in the freezer.

* Run miscellaneous errands that they don’t have time for.

Give something for well-being.

How about an online workout subscription like TheSacredFig.com online studio offering a variety of classes in yoga and meditation. Byrdie.com is a combo of barre, dance, and cardio. Calm.com is a good meditation subscription.

Occasions to indulge

A bottle of wine is always appreciated. Explore grape options at HelensWines.com.

Invite them to a winery for a tasting. Travel to the vineyards south of Tucson or north to the Page Springs area for numerous tasting options. Don’t want to drive? Search Google for wine tasting tours, and leave the driving up to a non-drinking guide.

Want a treat for the sweet tooth in your life? Chocolates are always a hit. Try local chocolate shop Zak’s Chocolate in Scottsdale or Chocofin in Fountain Hills or order from WeiofChocolate.com or BeautyBarChocolate.com.

Support your loved one’s favorite charity by giving time.

Make a donation in their honor to your charity of choice like NeighborsWhoCare.com (helping seniors age in place), TreasuresForTeachers.org (supporting the world of teachers by providing any items a teacher could use in a classroom) or Alzheimer’s Association at Alz.org to help educate and research this disease.

For the home

Sometimes the best gifts for someone are those they can use in the home, especially for a housewarming gift! The goal is to avoid adding more unneeded items to their space. Flowers or a new houseplant are also a great way to offer a natural element! Try gifting them with the Classic Plant Subscription from TheSill.com.

Make a list of your 2023 gift events and match a gift idea to each person. Your creative gifts will provide experiences to be remembered and memories to cherish, rather than items that stash in the back of the closet waiting to be regifted!

For ideas for organizing rooms, downsizing homes, or assistance with moving, contact me for a free 30-minute consultation. Contact me at 480-720-8566 or [email protected]

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