Last Minute Gift Ideas That Aren’t “Things”

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We’ve got too much “stuff” and I’ll bet most of us don’t have our holiday shopping done yet. So… in the spirit of minimalism, efficiency, and in an effort to save us all from clutter and trash (while still supporting the economy), here’s my list of gift ideas that don’t involve shipping, wrapping, or waste of any kind!

$10 – $30 Price Range

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Online Subscriptions

Online magazine subscriptions, online newspapers, and online memberships are great options. Whether it’s The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, or the Economist, this gift gets people information, supports the economy, and it doesn’t create any waste! PLUS, online subscriptions are often those types of things that people want for themselves, but don’t think about purchasing. A year of my local newspaper and favorite magazine online are both just $10!

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Punch Cards to Fitness / Activity Facilities

I know most people think that gift cards are impersonal, but two of my favorite past gifts were punch cards to the places I wanted to go the most when I couldn’t afford/justify the expense. My dad got me a 10 class punch card to the Louisville Ballet school a couple years ago and I LOVED it. I took class once a week for a few months. My man-friend also bought me a 10 visit card to a local climbing gym as a gift when I first moved to San Diego and didn’t have a job. I was on a tight budget and wouldn’t spend money on things like that, but I was so happy when I received it (and much better than flowers)! I got to climb, I met new people in the city, and I didn’t worry about the cost. Do you know somebody that’s wanting to get in better shape? EVERY fitness studio, yoga studio, and online workout program offers punch cards or gift cards so take advantage!

$30 – $100 Price Range

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Lessons of Any Kind

I always wanted to learn gymnastics and I just recently found a local place that holds adult classes. It’s $20 per class so even a gift of one class would be greatly appreciated. Cooking classes and piano lessons are also high on my list. Getting somebody a single lesson or group of lessons is a great way to tap into something they’ve always wanted to do, but either never got around to or didn’t have the money for. Woodworking workshops, flying lessons, baking classes, bicycle maintenance classes, rock climbing, knitting, guitar, painting! The list goes on and on…

$50 – $150 Price Range

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Tickets to Events or Performances

I love tickets to Broadway performances. And when big dance companies come through town, I always want to attend. You can get tickets for all kinds of events for somebody on your list. It can be an upcoming sporting event, a concert, public event, movie that somebody wants to see, etc.

ANY Price Range

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Donations

I can give you about 15 organizations off the top of my head that I would love to donate to on a monthly basis but cannot afford to at the moment. Having somebody give a donation in my name to a cause I’m really passionate about would mean the world to me. Other options include going shopping with a friend and both of you buying items that are needed for a local charity group. My cousin and I went shopping together for the Salvation Army Angel Tree to buy presents and much needed winter clothing for locals kids in need and we had a blast doing that. I know families that don’t buy presents for each other anymore but go grocery shopping together every year specifically for the food pantry in their area.

What other ideas are there for gifts that aren’t “things?”

Happy Holidays, everybody!

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