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15 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas Parents Will Appreciate

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If you’re a parent, you understand the curse of kids’ toys – clutter. It’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand, parents are grateful their children have toys. But on the other hand…how many do they really need?

Spring is the perfect time to de-clutter and donate toys that haven’t seen the light of day for a while.

And…when it’s time to buy a gift for a child, you might want to consider one of these 15 clutter-free options that parents will appreciate.

1. Memberships to museums or attractions

Memberships can be expensive, but make great educational gifts that allow kids to explore museums, amusement parks, and zoos.

2. Movie tickets

With movie tickets or a cinema gift card, kids can enjoy a few hours watching a fun movie and eating popcorn.

3. Video games

Many video game systems now have digital game downloads, so kids can get tons of playing time without adding clutter to the house.

4. Dinner out

Sometimes kids just want a fancy dinner, or to eat out at their favorite restaurant. Give a gift card, or better yet, offer to take them out.

5. “Day Date”

If you’re close to the child, what they might want most is just time with you. Plan a day date with an activity and fun treats, such as a round of mini-golf and ice cream. Don’t forget the sprinkles!

6. Tickets to a sports game or concert

Sometimes a day or night out watching their favorite team or band is exactly what will please a kid. These are the types of gifts that make lasting memories for years to come.

7. Art or cooking class

There are several types of classes and lessons you could provide for a kid, including art, cooking, baking, or music.

8. Wearable items

Clothes are less likely to cause clutter around the house since they can just go in drawers or a closet. Consider a nice outfit, jewelry, or hair accessories.

9. An adventure or excursion

Hiking, exploring historic landmarks, and competing in fitness events like a 5K can be fun, clutter-free gift adventures for kids.

10. Gift cards for a special treat

Lots of restaurants and small food shops offer gift cards or coupons for ice cream, frozen yogurt, cupcakes, and other delicious clutter-free treats.

11. Mani, pedi, or hair appointment

Sometimes it’s nice to feel pampered. Manicures, pedicures, or a new hairstyle adds no clutter but can make a kid or teen feel special.

12. Outdoor toys

Toys for the outdoors help free up space inside. Consider balls, bats, bubbles, chalk, tents, games, and other interactive toys. To save on space and money consider making your own bubbles to give as a gift. Or try this recipe for homemade chalk paint.

13. Jewelry

Most kids take good care of jewelry and are less likely to leave it lying around. Plus, it’s small and children of all ages feel special when they open something sparkly.

14. Edible clutter-free gifts

Food is consumable. Once it’s eaten, it won’t add to the chaos. Consider gifting the kid’s favorite sweet or savory treats.

15. Audiobooks or magazine subscription

A gift card to download an audiobook lets the child pick something they are interested in while also reducing the number of items in the house. Magazine subscriptions are a great way for a child to pursue a hobby they enjoy without taking up too much space.

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Happy gifting!

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