Completely Clutter-free Gift Ideas

Is there such a thing as a completely clutter-free gift? After you’ve completely pared down, have your home with only the essentials, and then comes an event in which either 1) people would like to give you a gift or 2) you would like to exchange gifts with your family. But, you don’t actually want…

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Clutter-free Wedding Gifts

When a couple is just starting out, of course we want to express our love and best wishes with gifts! Knowing that the gifts will be useful and not cause them stress (where do I store this??) or guilt (I don’t even like crystal bowls… 🙁 ), so what can we give that will be…

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Christmas Gifts For The Crunchy Mom In Your Life

  I have some lovely people in my life that I am planning to gift to this Christmas, and most of them, like me, are on the crunchy (natural) side. While I’ve been thinking through what they would enjoy I figured I would share the cool crunchy gifts I’ve discovered. Crunchy Mom Gift Ideas: Essential Oils. This…

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Unplugged Gifts For Teens (and Adults!)

My older boys (men! yikes!) are 18, 19 and 20… and planning out our Christmas gifts has got me thinking on what to get them and what they will enjoy, that won’t require them sitting and staring at a screen. When you’re thinking through gift-giving, the best thing to do is spend some time thinking about the person and their interests. For…

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Limiting Toys Gives Children More Ways To Play

We live in a society (at least in the U.S.) that believes children are only loved when they have multitudes of toys. They need to have plenty of variety: fun, educational, building, role playing, video, characters, etc. and all categories in between. When we as parents come to the point where we see no benefit to…

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Clutter-Free Stocking Stuffers

If you celebrate the holidays with gifts in the stocking, you know that many of the “stocking stuffers” toted in the stores are trinkets. It’s easy to fill a stocking with cheap gadgets and do-dads… and then wonder in the days that follow where on earth you should put these “handy” items. I enjoy the…

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Dealing With Over-Abundant Gifting And Excess Toys

  This post is 3 of 3 in my Simplify The Gifts Mini-Series   Toys and an overabundance of gifts is its own special challenge. One thing we can do to slow the piles of presents is to redirect well-meaning family members toward alternative gift ideas. Start the conversation with “I have some fear in telling you…

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Simplify The Gifts This Holiday Season

  Welcome to my mini-series about Simplifying The Gifts This Holiday Season The more you can simplify, the greater the opportunity you have to enjoy the holidays. Are you ready to make this happen? Before we dig in, I have to warn you about something that’s critically important. And not paying attention to this will virtually…

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20 Meaningful Christmas Gifts That Don't Break The Bank

As your focus turns towards the upcoming holiday season, commit to giving with more intentionality, gifts that truly do celebrate the person receiving the gifts. It is the thought that counts. Put thought into your gift-giving and you will win every time! Time. Yes, that’s right- the gift of time. Set up a coffee date,…

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Reclaim Your Life: How To Redirect Excess Gifting

This year has definitely been an eye opening year for me. I discovered that most parents are overwhelmed with the amount of toys children have and receive for gifts. And many long for extended family members to understand and adjust their giving. In our culture there is this idea that in order to show children…

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A Clutter-Free Easter Celebration

We don’t do Easter Baskets. I know that some people may be bothered by that, but guess who isn’t: Our children. That’s right! So, if you are reading this as a young parent and you don’t have massive gift-giving traditions in place, take some advice: don’t start them.  The easiest thing as a new parent…

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10 Family Fun Ideas For Valentine's Day

I love Valentine’s day! In my mind Valentine’s Day isn’t about gifts, though I do love getting flowers and chocolates, for me, Valentine’s has always been about specialness. I don’t want to do “typical” things on Valentine’s Day, fighting the crowds, making reservations weeks (or months!) in advance, so we try to get creative with how we…

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Gift Giving Isn't About the Giver

In our culture there is this idea that in order to show children our love, we must give toys in abundance. But why? Why do we feel that it is necessary to give so much? Or even that it is our right to spoil? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for giving gifts. I, myself, LOVE…

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18 Clutter-Free Gifts Under $20

Budget-friendly and clutter-free, unfortunately, don’t always go together when it comes to gifting during the holidays. So I sat down to think through; what items are useful enough that they aren’t considered clutter, but are easy on the pocketbook at the same time? I don’t want to burden my loved ones with cluttery knick-knacks or…

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The Ultimate Clutter Free Gift Giving Guide

  Earlier this year, I wrote an entire series of clutter free gifts ideas and they have been more popular than I ever anticipated! Clutter from gifts has become overwhelming to many of us, especially to parents of little ones, who have to try to teach gratitude among overabundance and teach good stewardship with poorly…

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