If you have babies, create a baby gift registry if you haven’t already done so. Babies grow quickly and there is always an ongoing need for diapers, wipes, and larger sized sleepers. Refer relatives to your registry for gift ideas.
Older children like to have a gift to open but talk to family members about uncluttered gifts and suggest the following:
- Gift passes to local attractions such as the zoo, science centre, or museum.
- Tickets to a concert, musical theatre production, or other show.
- Pay for art, music, or sports lessons.
- Pay for driving lessons or contribute to a teen’s car insurance or car maintenance.
Another option is to have relatives with special expertise offer to share their skills with your children. Sewing, knitting, and cooking are all great hobbies as well as practical life skills, as are woodworking, metalsmithing, and jewellery making. Create coupons for “Sewing Lessons with Grandma” or “Learn to BBQ with Uncle David.”
Children do not need a lot of stuff when they are young but when they are older, they will need college tuition. Rather than spend money on piles of clutter creating presents, encourage family members to contribute to an education savings fund. Malcolm X said it best, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Your family members could purchase a small gift representing scientists, doctors, or astronauts to show children how an education leads to success.
If you have tried any of these solutions in the past, how has that worked for your family? Share with fellow Unclutterers in the comments.