Gift giving during the holidays can get out of control for many families, but Peter says there are ways to scale down the amount of stuff you give your loved ones while still keeping in the spirit of the holiday season. Peter talks with Monica Ricci of Organize magazine about some tips for clutter-free giving. Monica says there are four simple and organized ways you can give to others:
Financial and charitable gifts: Set up shareholder, custodial stock accounts for minor children and contribute $40 or $50 to it every holiday and birthday. "Their parents love it [because] everyone else is giving them clutter gifts," she says. "And, when [the child] is 18 or 20 years old and they look back at what you've done for them over the years, you're going to be the favorite aunt or uncle."
Consumable gifts: Food and beverages are great gifts that get used up before they can become clutter.
Gifts of service: Donate money to a service organization in someone's name instead of giving them material goods.
Experience gifts: Giving someone tickets to their favorite play or passes to the zoo is a great way to give something memorable that doesn't create clutter. Peter says he was once given a bungee-jumping lesson as a gift—a fun experience he still talks about often.