You most likely have a friend, relative, or significant other who just has TOO MUCH. This might mean that they are lucky and have everything they need already, or they can be difficult to buy gifts for, or they just have a hard time getting rid of things and you don’t want to add more to their cluttered home. The last thing you want to get these loved ones is more clutter or things they will not use! Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of fun things to get them without offending or getting them nothing at all.
Saving money and planning for experiences is becoming a much more common mindset in the world today. Rather than have material items, people are starting to place more value on memories and experiences like traveling and spending time together. For someone who has it all, or who doesn’t need more, creating memories with this person is a much better use of your money than playing the guessing game of what to get them. Using those finances to create a memory that will last forever, rather than purchasing them something that will sit in their closet for years to come is a much more memorable and touching gift. Examples of experiences are:
–Taking a class together– It’s a proven fact that when you learn to do something with someone together, you bond over it. It creates a special sense of working together to create something in unison. Classes can range from anything that you two might have a shared interest in. There are discounted classes to anything you could imagine: cooking for the foodie, bartending for the wild one, spinning for the athletic, art class for the creative, rock climbing for the adventurous, and so much more. Groupon is a great place to look for discounted group activities and for inspiration on something your friend might want.
–Spa day- No matter how fast paced a person may be, absolutely everyone enjoys a spa day of some kind. This could be something the two of you do together or a package you by them for them and their significant other. It gets them out of the house or office and into a day of relaxation. The truth is, many people don’t think about spending the money on a spa day or self-pampering- therefore, it’s a nice gift for someone to have in their back pocket when they might be having a tough day or just need to relax. Many nail salons have gift cards or coupons available for purchase online or at the site, same with massage spas. There are also really great all inclusive places where you can pay a flat rate at the beginning of the day and pay extra for add ons like certain facials, massages, wraps, baths, etc. This could be a fun day for the both of you to catch up, relax, and enjoy it each-others presence.
-A nice meal- Everyone appreciates a gift card to their favorite restaurant or a planned promise for a fun night at a place of their choice. Offer your friend as a gift to take them anywhere within reason for a fun night of food and drinks on you!
-Concert- One of my personal favorite gift ideas. If you know this person in your life loves a particular genre or artist, subscribe to their tour dates and concert venues in your area and look for tickets to purchase for them. Subtly ask if they have plans on that day so that you know they’re free and surprise them with tickets.
-Zoo or amusement park- The zoo is always a fun activity and there are usually great deals and specials online to get tickets at a decent price. Find your local zoo and contact them about student or holiday discounts. Same things applies to amusement parks- many of them offer great discounts online during certain parts of the year. This is a great place to create exciting memories and get to know your loved one.
-Museum or public gardens- Museums are a fun adventure for the cultural or intellectual type. Similar to amusement parks and zoos, museums and gardens often have great running deals or they are free. Look up local gardens or museums in your community and discover the many different types you will find. It can be a mellow and relaxing way to spend some one on one time! Make a day out of it.
A Storage Unit
If your loved one has vocalized their difficulty with their household clutter and desire to do something about it- offering to pay their lease on a storage unit may not be a bad idea. The only issue is be sure that two names can be on the lease and be sure that you can afford to pay their rent for an extended period of time and you do it in a timely fashion. You wouldn’t want to risk missing payments and having their items be in jeopardy of going to auction. This is a good way for them to put their extra belongings somewhere safe until they can make more space for them at their home.
Gift cards are a little less personal but an easy option when you don’t know what to get someone who has a lot. If you don’t have a good idea of what kind of stores they shop at, either ask them what kind of stores they like or get them a more generic gift card (Target, Nordstrom, Old Navy, etc.). This way they aren’t stuck with a gift they don’t need or already have and they can go pick something out themselves.
If you know the person well enough as well as the layout of their house, sometimes some in home self storage purchases may not be the worst option to help with the clutter. Think a cool bookshelf or chest that will be dropping a subtle hint of organization. Maybe even a cool wine rack or dish organizer would be nice. Ikea and other furniture stores are a good place to start getting inspiration for something that might work.
Now you have no excused to give that clutter loving pal a good gift!
Written By: Lauren Gronna, Advertising Coordinator