Clutter-Free Christmas Part Two.

A no-junk approach to stocking stuffers.
Pay attention, Santa. You might learn something.

man in santa claus costume

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I don’t like cheap little things that clutter up my house, break easily, and create junk drawers. I also don’t believe in feeding kids inordinate amounts of sugar. This led me to come up with some quality ideas for stocking stuffers over the years–they have to be either higher quality, useful, or consumable. So now I’m sharing them with you, ready?

  1. Creamy body wash for winter skin
  2. Those washcloths that expand in water
  3. Fun smelling mini hand sanitizers they can take to school (check out Bath & Body works–they have a great variety! More in store and they change with the seasons)
  4. Card games such as Rook
  5. Forget the spinners and try these Mokuru Fidget Sticks or Spinning TotemsFidget sticks
  6. Body Spray (such as AXE)
  7. Jerky
  8. Madlibs or puzzle books
  9. Encourage creativity with colored/patterned duct tape and instructions on how to make a wallet or something else fun
  10. Tub of cotton candy (yes…it’s still sugar, but it takes up more room so you don’t need to get much!)
  11. Fun socks or wool socks
  12. Deodorant
  13. Color changing light bulb with remote
  14. Chapstick!
  15. Nuts or sunflower seeds (often small packs can be found at the dollar store)
  16. Bean Boozled — a gross jelly bean game by Jelly Belly. Your kids won’t be eating many of these, but they’ll be having a great time!
  17. Ornament making kits
  18. A dice game such as Farkle or a set of dice with printed instructions for several games
  19. Fun flavored gum
  20. Cool pens or other school supplies
  21. Hand or foot warmers like these (can sometimes be obtained at store for cheaper. Store them by your gloves!)
  22. Small pocket or key chain tools
  23. Flash lights or book lights
  24. Popcorn
  25. Nail polish
  26. Lotion
  27. Super Handy Slip ‘n’ Snip mini foldable scissors (I love mine!)
  28. Makeup
  29. Organizing items such as gear ties
  30. Cat’s cradle string with instructions

A Clutter-Free Christmas

Jingle bells, evergreens, and the spirit of giving which leads to…stuff!

This not only is this a good time of year to consider getting rid of some things to make room, but it’s also a good idea to think about how to eliminate more clutter before it starts.

And so I present to you some ideas for gifts that only take up space in your heart and memory 🙂 If you have time, check out all the categories. Although I’ve tried to create categories, some ideas can be used for other loved ones in your life. Also, many of these experiences can be found on sites such as Groupon, so check out your local deals there.

Click here to view as a handy Word Document instead: NoClutterChristmas or fast forward to the end for some printables.


For Kids & Families

-movie gift cards
-tickets to a play or other show
(Cirque du Soliel anyone?)
-museum passes
-zoo membership or “experiences”
(for instance, some offer a chance to meet the penguins!)
-Audible or Amazon Prime Membership
-sporting event tickets
-rodeo tickets
-indoor trampoline park gift card
-certificate for paddle boarding lessons
-a segway tour or scavenger hunt in your local area
-an escape room experience
-museum membership
-indoor rock climbing
-gift card to an unusual restaurant
-festival entry
-a “coupon” for a staycation at a local hotel with grandparents (make sure it has an indoor pool!)
-gift card for bowling/laser tag/arcade
-a seasonal pass for an activity such as ice skating
-party at a fun place (for instance, Hammond’s Candy Factory near me has a fun experience)
-whale watching tour

For Couples

-certificate for a professional organizer 🙂
-gift card for Home Depot or The Container Store
-concert tickets
-a glass blowing lesson
-sushi-rolling class
-a Top Golf gift card (it’s fun even for non-golfers!)
-a night’s stay at a local getaway
-horseback riding certificate
-wine tasting experience
-ski passes
-dance lessons
-a murder mystery dinner
-helicopter or hot air balloon experience
-local sleigh ride (or if you’re in Colorado like me, try a dog sledding experience for two!)
-something that can be easily cooked: order or
    a Hello Fresh gift card
-indoor sky diving experience
-a sip and paint evening
-comedy show tickets
-Netflix subscription for a year

For Him

-rounds of golf
-luxury car driving experience
-auto race or monster truck tickets
-fire arm/shooting range voucher, membership, or lessons
-tickets to an auto show
-martial arts classes
-carwash gift card
-flying lessons
-deep sea fishing experience
-arrange dinner with an old friend
-sailing lessons
-season passes for a sports team
-ziplining certificate
-landscaping or lawn care services
-gift card to a local restaurant reviewed by a Food Network celeb
-fencing classes
-maker faire tickets
-beer tasting or festival tickets
-anything that can be consumed, such as:
    -unusual meat jerky @
    -fancy BBQ sauces
    -backpacking food for outdoor
-ask his buddy to help you plan a trip according to his interests
-certificate for a full service haircut and shave

For Her

-photography lessons
-tickets to the symphony (go with her!)
-spa/massage certificate
-foreign language lessons or software
-coupons for time out with friends
-get together with her friends to plan a night out
-if she’s interested in family history, order a DNA test kit or subscription to
-send her and her mom or sister on a trip (maybe to the Magnolia Market in Waco?)
-classes at the local craft store
-AAA membership
-car detailing certificate
-night at a fancy bed and breakfast or hotel
-certificate to have nails and/or hair done
-fancy food tasting
-trip to a local holiday light display (we have nice ones at our zoo and botanical gardens)
-house cleaning voucher (careful with this one– know your woman!)
-the new mattress she’s been asking for

And finally, some handy printables: (same list, different format)