Professional Organizers of Canada Guest Post – 5 Suggestions for Space Free Giving

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX! 
Space Saving Holiday Gift Ideas

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Do you prefer to give gifts that take up less room on a shelf?  Afraid to give something that might not be as appreciated as you hope?  Are you trying to consume less and get away from so much ‘stuff’?

Gift giving, even when done with the very best intentions, is often done out of obligation and can cause problems for the recipient unintentionally. It is something to keep in mind – give something that adds value to the recipient’s life but is also respectful of their time and their space.

Consumable Gifts

Consumable gifts, such as food and beverage items sidestep the dilemma of what to give the person who has everything;

  • Cook a meal with a guest’s favorite food
  • Take a friend to a restaurant or give them a restaurant gift card
  • Give trays of baked goodies and/or fruit
  • Gift cards to a quaint coffee or tea shop that they love
  • A grocery gift card
  • Drop-off a meal to friends who are always on the go
  • Have a meal catered for a special event

An Experience 
This kind of gift can be customized to the recipient’s interests;

  • Concert tickets, movie tickets, live theatre, comedy clubs.
  • Swimming passes
  • A round of golf
  • A personalized tour
  • A sporting event
  • Massage or spa gift certificates

The Gift of Time
There are endless ways we can give our time that would be most appreciated even later in the year.

  • Help with yard work, painting a room, or a household project that is on their agenda
  • Provide childcare so the recipient can enjoy some free time
  • Bring coffee and cake for a leisurely visit
  • Go for a long walk in a beautiful location

Flowers and Memories

  • A long lasting plant like an Orchid or Azalea can brighten up the long winter months
  • A gift certificate to a florist could be used later in the year
  • Arrange for a seasonal bouquet to be sent 4 times a year
  • Make a photo or digital album of the two of you together over the years

Creative Gift Wrapping
Often the presentation of the gift card, certificate or vouchers can be just as memorable as the item itself. There are many ways to “wrap” the gift to make the experience tangible. Create a booklet, a card, or wrap the item in something else to double the pleasure.

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About Organize Anything

Colette is a Gold Leaf member of the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). Through the Canadian Redesign Association (CRDA) she has received the designation of Certified Interior Redesigner. She is also a member of the U.S. professional organizing associations National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) where she has the Golden Circle distinction and is a member of Intsitute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD) where she is the first in Canada to receive her Certified Professional Organizer –CD (Chronic Disorganization) ®, ADD and CD specialist Certificates. Among her many distinctions she has also earned Level I certificates of study in Chronic disorganization (CD), Basic Mental Health Conditions, Learning Styles and Modalities, Basic ADD Issues, Physical Conditions, Client Administration and Understanding the Needs of Elderly.

Posted on December 17, 2015, in Home, Lifestyle, Time Management and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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