Updated: Jul 9
You're invited to a birthday party! How wonderful! Immediately, however, you start to worry about finding the right gift. Of course, you don't want it to become one more thing the person doesn't know what to do with. You know from your own experience how many gifts eventually become clutter. You may even find yourself tempted to regift one of yours that is still sitting untouched in the closet! Well, let me take the weight of that decision off your shoulders. Here are 5 ideas for meaningful birthday gifts that will never create clutter for the recipient.
A Donation Donate money or service to a charity or a cause that is meaningful to the person.
Time Spend quality time together. What could be better than time together? I once read that everyone's Love Language is "Put Down Your Phone and Listen to Me." With all the distractions in our lives, giving your full attention to someone may be the most meaningful gift you can give.
An Experience Give them the gift of an experience they would enjoy. Consider classes, lessons, tickets to an event or attraction, a membership, etc.
Consumable Treats Give them their favorite consumable treat. Think of what would delight their senses like a nice bottle of wine, gourmet coffee beans, or a chocolate cake from their favorite bakery. Consumables don't have to be food. Buy their favorite lotion, art supplies on their wish list, a bottle of their signature perfume, or a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
A Handwritten Card or Note Give them a sincere birthday card. I'm not talking about a card you bought at the store and signed. Handwrite a note telling your friend how special they are to you. If that is too much for this particular relationship, then write in detail one of your favorite memories with them. Just like spending time together, taking the time to write a sincere note to someone is rare these days, and it will be appreciated.
Make It a Combo
If you don’t feel like something without a bow or a price tag is enough, consider pairing a more tangible or experiential gift with one of the gifts of self. You could offer quality time together at the event or venue of their choice. It could even be a picnic! Attach that handwritten note or card to a gift basket of their favorite consumable treats. Or, you could always throw in a fun coffee mug if you think it needs a little something extra. They'll think of you every time they use it!
Sound like a lot of effort? Well, it does take a little extra time and thought, but that’s what makes it so valuable. Plus, you won’t have to worry about it getting stuffed in a drawer or closet.
Need More Ideas? For an extended list, see my previous post, Clutter-free Gift Ideas.
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