25 Excellent Ideas for Holiday Gifting
By Vicki Voisin, ACP

Elle is ready for Christmas. Are you? The holidays are looming and it’s time to think about gifts.

Since we all talk about how we need to get organized and clear out the clutter, it only makes sense that more gifts should be clutter f’ree — in other words, consumable– so no one’s stuck with more “stuff” in January.

Recently I asked readers “What is your favorite clutter-f’ree gift (or gifts) to give or receive?” Here are some of their great ideas (and a few of mine):

1. Gift Cards/Certificates. This was mentioned the most. My granddaughter will be getting one from Visa or MasterCard so she can shop anywhere she pleases. My grandson will get the same to use on a school trip planned for January.

  • My advice to you is to do something similar unless you know what the recipient likes. In past years I’ve purchased gift cards to Starbucks, Target, Home Depot, Cabella’s (The Don can always find something there), iTunes, Amazon, Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and to a major gas station.
  • If the recipient has a hobby, send them a gift card (or certificate) to purchase supplies from the store that feeds their addiction. Let’s see if The Don reads this and gets me a gift certificate to our local quilt store.

2. Brown Sugar Vanilla Body Scrub! A fun, zero calorie, non-clutter way to pamper yourself.

3. Coffee. Give a pound of a nice coffee or a pack of the cups used in a Kuerig (or some similar brand). People also enjoy tea and hot chocolate mix.

My office used to give a pound of “Pointner Blend” coffee that was named after one of the partners. It was 1/2 pound Columbian (caffeinated) and 1/2 pound Hazelnut decaf ground together. It’s delicious! Once the Pointner Partner departed, we switched to Snickerdoodle.

4. An experience. Choose a balloon ride, cooking class, dogsled ride, a play, a fishing trip…the list goes on. A day at the zoo or state park passes would be wonderful family gifts.

5. Homemade Treats. Jellies and jams, cookies, a coffee cake, a quiche, white chocolate covered pretzels, fudge, etc. See today’s featured recipe for a cookie mix that is so nice to have on hand.

6. If you don’t cook, purchase food Gifts. American Spoonfoods is headquartered in our area, as is Cherry Republic. Both have great products that will fit any budget. A reader suggested Kringle from O&H Bakery in Racine, WI. One year someone sent us tamales…delicious! Omaha Steaks are also nice.

7. A cute USB. These always come in handy. Other computer supplies are nice, too. While these both qualify as “stuff”, they’re so useful that I had to include them

I’m out of space here so follow this link to my blog for the remaining ideas. Be sure to look at those terrific recipes, too.