Clutter free gift ideas


Here’s some ideas to get you started…

Know a movie buff? What about a Dendy Club Membership? Your $18 annual membership buys you extra benefits on products and services near your local Dendy. Or, if you’re in Melbourne, the Nova Privilege Card Membership ($13 a year) gives the card holder and guest a discount entry all year round at Cinema Nova plus other benefits and discounts.

For the art lover NGV offers membership for $90 a year or even better value: $105 for a duo membership (that’s you and one other). Members score LOADS of discounts, free stuff and entry to events!

How about the petrol head in your life? For $60 (tax-deductible) Greenfleet will plant 17 native trees to neutralise the greenhouse gas emissions that the recipient’s car produces in one year. They’ll send you a Gift Certificate, together with an explanatory letter, their latest newsletter, and a car sticker.

TEAR Australia have more useful gifts than you can poke a stick at and they’re priced from $5. If you’re really into to gifts, stop and think for a minute about how much joy these gifts can bring to communities around the world; a new career (beauty therapy training), education (a library) or the simple gift of sustainable food: some chickens. I love this gift catalogue!

Being a member of Amnesty International means joining a worldwide movement of people over one million strong who are a powerful force in the fight for human rights. The perfect pressie for your socially concious friend of relative!

Museum Victoria membership starts at $46 or you might like their $60 household membership (bargain!) Membership gives you free entry to: Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks (includes special exhibitions), The Immigration Museum, Royal Exhibition Building (tours only), Melbourne Planetarium (one visit per year) and Victoria University High Voltage Theatre at Scienceworks (one visit per year). That’s excellent value! You’ll also score reciprocal free entry to seven interstate and overseas museums, discounts on purchases, parking and more!  This really is the perfect family gift.

Celebrate your special occasion with gifts that create positive change for women and their families in developing countries. Give Gifts of Change!  IWDA’s program priorities are to increase women’s skills, improve their livelihood and health, combat gender-based violence and encourage sustainable environmental management.  These are very feel good gifts.

More ideas: an AFL football Club membership, a subscription to a community radio station, support Oxfam or sponsor a child through World Vision.

Or, perhaps it’s all too hard and you don’t want to subscribe to mindless consumerism. Thanks to Adbusters, you can download this “Gift Exemption Certificate” to give to others.

4 responses to “Clutter free gift ideas

  1. For what its worth, you would need to know your recipient well to give them a donation on their behalf (a goat or cow for a family in need). There are people who would not appreciate it or understand it.

    But I agree with the clutter-free gift giving idea – even the humble gift voucher is good, although it is also good to include a material gift, even if small, in the same package, so the recipient has something to “show off” among everyone else’s gifts.

    Food hampers, chocolate, lollies, home made jams and jellies, calendars, diaries, subscriptions to magazines. That old idea of printed certificates that entitle the holder to a car wash by a family member (or some other favour).

  2. I agree that you need to know the person well enough to donate on their behalf but I disagree with having to include a physical gift as well. It defeats the entire purpose of a virtual / consumable gift.

    A good example is something as seemingly harmless as chocolate – i don’t particularly like chocolate and was recently given an enormous amount as a ‘thank you’. The gift only served to make me feel incredibly awkward. The same applies to a bottle of something, many people don’t drink or are trying to keep the calories under control, again the gifts end up making the recipient feel awkward.

    I do love the idea of a car wash, babysitting, home cooked meal or ‘taxi’ type voucher though. Many families would appreciate those.

    At the end of the day, the culture of gift giving is fraught and really best avoided. The very best gift someone could give me is nothing at all!

  3. I have asked for book vouchers, or books, (the only thing I need/want) or movie vouchers. Amazingly my family have this overwhelming urge to give me something I will hate, that I can stare at all year. And that will clutter up my bench whenever said family member comes over!

  4. I seem to find with older people is that they don’t want ‘things’. Perhaps its just some natural instinct that kicks in after dealing with a lifetime of clutter.

    My mother is becoming one of those people so my sister and I put our heads together and decided our best gift would be to paint her lounge/dining room which really needs doing. We bought her a Bunnings gift card, so she can buy paint (we actually arranged a ‘selfie’ portrait session in the paint department so we could get her the personalised version) and I admit we bought a brush which will be used in the project and she will have that little ‘extra’ physical stuff on Christmas Day.

    A friend of my gives her kids teachers movie vouchers. She “obtains” cardboard popcorn containers from the movie theatre, fills it with air popped popcorn and inserts the voucher. It looks a whole lot more impressive that way and the cardboard/popcorn could be composted if not eaten.

    So I guess what I am saying is that, in my opinion its sometimes nice to give that little extra to spice up a voucher style gift as long as that extra can be used or repurposed.

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