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Clutter-Free Christmas Gift Ideas

1st December 2017

Thoughtful Clutter-Free Christmas Gift Ideas |

A simple Christmas

If you’re looking for some thoughtful clutter-free Christmas gift ideas then look no further. I’ve compiled a list of things for everyone and there are even a few suggestions for those who dislike clutter but enjoy unwrapping a gift or two on Christmas morning!

The most important thing for me at Christmas is having a well-earned break, delicious food and spending time with my loved ones. I tend to only buy physical gifts for the children and for the adults, I suggest some kind of event or celebration – a trip to the theatre, afternoon tea, a spa day and so on.

To be honest, the idea of a day or night out is usually welcomed with an enthusiastic sigh of relief. It’s funny how we assume everyone desires shiny new things when most of us simply wish for some happy dates in the diary to look forward to!

Thoughtful Clutter-Free Christmas Gift Ideas |

Clutter-free gift ideas

MEMORIES – Tickets to a concert, ballet, comedy, talk, sporting event, theatre, cinema or local attraction.

MEMBERSHIP – To a theatre, gallery, club, garden, house or trust (e.g. National Trust or English Heritage).

LISTEN – An album to download, iTunes voucher or iPod.

READ – A digital magazine subscription, book token, eBook, Amazon voucher, Kindle or iPad.

LEARN – Classes, an e-course, private tuition, coaching or formal lessons.

PAMPER – Vouchers for a treatment, makeover, spa day/health club or retreat.

EAT – Vouchers for a restaurant, afternoon tea or food/wine tasting.

ESCAPE – A day out, weekend away or holiday.

ACTIVE – Vouchers for experiences, activities, adventures, sports or gym membership.

CONSUMABLES – Christmas hamper, chocolate, perfume, make-up, scented candle or bath products.

TREAT – A voucher for the recipient’s favourite brand/shop.

COMPASSION – A charity donation in the recipient’s name.

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The precious gift of your time

I’d always choose memories over things and as a coach, I’m aware of what an honour it is to sit with someone and listen to their story. No distractions and no place to go, just my focused attention on them, their thoughts and their journey.

How often do we do this? How often do we give our time to someone – a friend, a relative, a lover and simply listen without distraction, without the television or radio, without the thought of what’s happening on our phones and without the pull of where we’re going to next.

This Christmas why not save the time you spend in shops or online, save the gift-wrap and clutter and give the gift of your time because I’m sure it’s the most precious thing you can give. To do this you could create a simple ‘I owe you’ with a suggestion of afternoon tea, dinner or something they might enjoy at a time and date of their choice. A joyful occasion to look forward to and to cherish in the coming year.

After years of giving gifts my sister and I now book a date to do something special together. Last year we went to a spa where we swam under a blue December sky in a heated outdoor pool and this year we’re going out to dinner. It’s lovely to create a bank of festive memories to treasure and to make time and space for one another.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have a beautiful and inspiring day.

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  • Reply fashionforlunch 1st December 2017 at 9:16 am

    Natasha! This is magical and so many amazing ideas here!!!!!!!!!!! Pure perfection xxxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st December 2017 at 9:25 am

      Thank you so much, Kirsty! Have a fabulous Friday and happy new month! 🙂

  • Reply Lucy 1st December 2017 at 10:02 am

    Some truly lovely ideas here. So nice to give time – it’s a precious thing x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st December 2017 at 10:06 am

      Thank you, Lucy. It really is a precious thing, isn’t it? I hope you have a lovely day and happy December to you!

  • Reply Jaime 1st December 2017 at 10:20 am

    These are such excellent ideas. I love giving the gift of “experiences” lately, especially pampering gifts! This year, I’m making Christmas hampers with local produce for my in-laws, which I hope will go down well!

    xo Jaime

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st December 2017 at 10:28 am

      Thanks so much, Jamie. Christmas hampers with local produce sound amazing, what a lovely idea! I hope you have a gorgeous month.

  • Reply Amanda 1st December 2017 at 10:58 am

    I love so many of the ideas here!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st December 2017 at 11:12 am

      Thanks so much, Amanda.. Happy new month!

  • Reply Stacey Sheppard 1st December 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I love all these ideas, the last thing I want is lots more stuff to clutter up my already cluttered home. I am going to suggest this to all my friends and family this year (if it’s not too late) as I’d much rather make memories with them than receive a physical gift.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st December 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks, Stacey. I’m pleased you found the post helpful – I hope you have a great weekend!

  • Reply JEN 1st December 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Such lovely ideas here, it’s so important to give your time to people, it’s one of the most precious things we have I think. x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st December 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you, Jen. I hope you have a gorgeous weekend! 🙂

  • Reply Cate St Hill 1st December 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Some beautiful ideas, my boyfriend and I don’t really need anything and we’re going on holiday in January so putting money towards that, so an ‘I owe you’ idea would be perfect, even if it was just I’ll cook you dinner xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st December 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you, Cate. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, it’s so nice to have something to look forward to in January, isn’t it? Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

  • Reply Alexandra 1st December 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I have never seen a list like this, and I love it! Spending money on experience instead of things–you’ve got the right idea, lady!

    I’m definitely going to rethink some presents this year.

    xx, Alexandra

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 4th December 2017 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks so much, Alexandra. I hope you have a great week!

  • Reply Stephanie 2nd December 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I feel a bit like that this year, I really want to experience things rather than own things. Great ides

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 4th December 2017 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you, Stephanie. I hope you have a lovely week!

  • Reply Rachel @ Fresh Design Blog 3rd December 2017 at 9:20 pm

    What a brilliant list of ideas! Making memories is so important, especially at Christmas.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 4th December 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks, Rachel. I hope you have a gorgeous week!

  • Reply Morgana 5th December 2017 at 10:52 am

    I love all these suggestions! Experiences are so much better than ‘things’. My husband and I always stick to this kind of thing. Great post! #Blogtacular

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 5th December 2017 at 10:57 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I agree, I love collecting memories! I hope you’re having a great week.

  • Reply Lazy Daisy Jones 6th December 2017 at 8:59 am

    I love love love your clutter free gift ideas Natasha !
    Thank you for sharing …

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th December 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply Alisa 13th December 2017 at 11:52 am

    Absolutely perfect. To me, this is the essence of gift giving. Nothing is more valuable than your time and it shows just how much you care about someone to want to spend that valuable time with them. The memories are so much better too! 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 13th December 2017 at 2:50 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! Thanks so much for your comment, I hope you’re having a great week.

  • Reply Shireen Dhaliwal 13th December 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Totally agree – what a brilliant and thoughtful list of gift ideas! I am currently in the middle of clutter hell so the idea of a clutter-free Christmas makes me feel very calm and would be ideal!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 14th December 2017 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. I hope you have a calm and clutter-free Christmas!

  • Reply Asmi Bajaj 9th January 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you so much for this idea

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 26th February 2018 at 6:48 pm

      You’re welcome!

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