8 Clutterfree Memory Making Christmas Gift Ideas

I love this season of Christmas! I love all the excitement, the decor, the community, the food….all of it. But being totally honest with you…..I don’t love all the stuff. And the excessive need to feel like I have to spend money and that I have to buy more.

The last few years, I’ve tried to cut back on the amount of gifts I buy my kids and it still seems like it was too much. The kids were over unwrapping presents before they were even done and without a doubt they would find the 1-2 things they loved the most, and the rest of the toys or gifts would go piled up in the corner untouched. It felt so wasteful.

But I wanted something more….

I think what I love most about Christmas is the time with my family…the traditions we’ve made. We bought an advent calendar that we put little activities to do in each day for the month of December. Each day we do something different. It ranges from making paper snowflakes to going to the live reenactment of Jerusalem to buying a gift for someone in need and giving it away. THESE are the things I love about this holiday season. The moments together that we will treasure forever.

So I wanted to share with you some ideas…if you are like me…..so over the clutter, cleaning up the toys a few days after Christmas If you are ready to trade the frantic anxiousness of buying for everyone on your list, and scrambling to get a gift for the random person that gave you one that you didn’t get a gift for first….for doing something different. You want to FEEL this season and love spending time with your family.To relax, sing carols, sip on cocoa, and watch your children’s face light up with wonder and awe…..And to give the very best to your family? That very best thing is YOU!

So slow down…put the shopping on hold and find some ways to love your family differently this holiday season. Here are a few gift ideas that go beyond the culture of buying

  • A weekend getaway
  • A membership to the zoo, the amusement park, museum, rock climbing gym, or whatever
  • Tickets to a concert, play or theatre
  • The gift of experience with activities such as horseback riding lessons, music lessons, swim classes, art classes
  • Passes to national or state parks
  • Kids Night In Box Subscription
  • A trip to the spa (even young girls would love getting a mani and pedi with you)
  • Paint your own pottery night

I guess overall….it’s about embracing the spirit of gratitude and giving more than receiving. But instead of giving tangible gifts….it’s giving the gift of your time. That is THE most valuable gift you can give.

Secret to Saving Kids Artwork without Clutter

What the heck do we do with all the pictures, drawings, school projects, and little gifts from our kids? I mean, I love them all but my daughter’s love language is gifts.  So we are ALWAYS getting special pictures, drawings, or crafts from her because that’s her way of showing how she loves us.  But I’m on a journey to eliminating clutter from my life.  I want more space.  I want a chance to breathe and not feel like I’m CONSTANTLY cleaning.  Is it wrong to want a clean house AND be able to enjoy time with my kids?

I saw somewhere a picture of a triangle that showed mom’s sanity, a clean house, and happy kids on each of the points.  The meme stated, you can only choose 2, which 2 are you going to choose.  For a long time, hands down, I wanted happy kids and happy mom to be my choice.  But you know what I realized….a clean house was a HUGE contributor to my sanity.  I don’t think you have to choose between the 3. I think you CAN have a balance of all 3.

So in my quest to eliminate stuff without losing the memories (or breaking my dear daughter’s heart), I found an app called Keepy. It’s been amazing.  It has both a free and a paid version (with the amount of drawings we get, I totally bought the paid version).

You can take snapshots of your children’s drawings, crafts, projects, whatever and store them. You can have multiple kids all stored in the same account. You can store voice recordings of your child telling you about the picture or take a picture of your child holding the drawing so you can document age too. And best! You can add “Fans” so grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends can see all the magical drawings and leave messages too.

 

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It’s definitely a timeless way to preserve and capture memories without all the clutter.  And if you did want to print all of it in a book, they make it pretty seamless too with having photobook  and other photo gift options (although I haven’t tried that part yet).

If you haven’t snagged a copy of my FREE 5 Steps to Breaking Free From Clutter, you should totally do that! Breaking free from clutter has changed my life. I finally feel like I can enjoy time with my kids because I’m not spending day in and day out picking stuff up.