Unclutterer’s 2014 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: The ultimate uncluttered gift

Each year in our Gift Giving Guide, we choose one gift that we find to be on the extravagant side and present it as our ultimate gift. We’ve featured things like scanners and hiring a professional organizer and my book and even a closet organizing system.

This year, we are returning to a gift we featured in 2008. However, since that time, it has been so greatly transformed that we feel compelled to return to it in its newest iteration. Introducing the 2014 ultimate gift selection, the Kindle.

I’m partial to the Kindle Paperwhite because I’m a voracious reader and the eink of the Paperwhite display is fantastic on my eyes. If you are younger and/or have perfect vision, the Kindle Fire might be more your speed with the LCD HD screen. (We have both the Paperwhite and the Fire, and our son uses the Fire to access educational materials through FreeTime. FreeTime is a convenient service for developing readers who go through books faster than you can drive to the library.)

The Kindle Voyage has recently hit the market, but unless button controls are extremely important to you, I’m not sure there is much benefit over the Paperwhite to justify the additional expense. (It’s $100 more.)

At this point, eReaders are such popular devices that you likely don’t need me to wax poetic about their benefits. However, since this is an uncluttering and organizing site, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention at least a few benefits of the device. Such as how easy it is to search and retrieve information from digital books (including comments you make to the text), especially in comparison to their physical counterparts. Additionally, how digital books require virtually no physical space to be stored in your home. Also, the efficiency with which you can acquire texts and the (usually) lower price of digital books. Over the longterm, a Kindle can save you time, energy, money, frustration, and space in your home. I’m also quite fond of traveling with it since it takes up so little space in my luggage.

If you’re looking to give or request an extremely organized and uncluttered gift this holiday season, the Amazon Kindle might be the perfect present.


Oh, before I forget! If you love reading about simple living and habits that encourage a life free of entanglements, let me recommend to you the latest book project from Leo Babauta — Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change. Funding his book is another great gift idea this holiday season.


Feel welcome to explore our past Guides for even more ideas: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

6 Comments for “Unclutterer’s 2014 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: The ultimate uncluttered gift”

  1. posted by nevermindtheend on

    Voyage. It’s the Kindle Voyage, not Voyager.

  2. posted by Jacki Hollywood Brown on

    I have a Kobo (Canada) and I love it! It has been great for reading in different languages because you can always tap the word to get the definition.

    P.S. I will excuse the Voyage/Voyager typo. I know you’re a Star Trek fan 😉

  3. posted by Marie on

    I wish there was an open market e-reader. I’m so wary of these proprietary book files.

  4. posted by Andy Chow on

    An e-reader has totally changed my life. I use the Sony one, not the best, but able to read epub, which is an open standard. I would not trust my library to a proprietary file system. At this point, I think the Kobo is the only alternative left.

    The Sony e-reader had a headphone plug also, and you could listen to mp3 music. It was a great device.

    People should know that the Kindle, while the best reader out there, does use a proprietary format that will never be compatible with other readers. If that doesn’t bother you, go for it, you won’t regret going from paper to digital.

  5. posted by Valerie on

    Perfect suggestion for adults and teens. Looking into getting a Fire for my 11 yr old this year. 🙂

  6. posted by Liz on

    My vision has become worse as I age. I had given up reading print books until I purchased a Kindle Paperwhite last year. I am back reading books again, the device is truly wonderful.

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