A few years ago, I heard about a woman who chose only to give consumable gifts. Her rationale was simple – since she didn’t want extra “stuff” in her home, she didn’t want to give others extra “stuff” either.
Her logic resonated with me. While holiday trinkets may be charming – and some of them definitely are – does anyone truly need another candy dish, picture frame, or mismatched mug? Even certain useful gifts like blankets, socks, or gloves end up being just another item to put away.
I am all about simplifying and decluttering – in fact, I’ve already declared it will be my personal theme and goal in the new year. So getting more stuff does not excite me. And if I give people more stuff, I feel like I’m adding more of a clutter burden in their lives.
So I’m switching over to consumable gifts. If it can be used and disposed, fantastic! My favorite consumable gift ideas include food and drinks. Some other ideas include:
- Body lotion.
- Lip balm.
- Gift cards! (My personal favorite. I know they can be considered as thoughtless gifts, but I so rarely splurge on things and I like having a reason to go out to eat or shop.)
- Ultra practical gifts like windshield wiper fluid and sidewalk salt are very un-fun, but handy for people living in icy, snowy regions. (You’ll think kindly of the gift giver when you can see out of your windshield on an icy night.)
Help get my creative juices flowing! There are so many other fantastic consumable gift ideas out there, and I know I’m missing a ton … what are some of your favorites?
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