Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like the most stressful part of the holiday is getting the perfect gift for others. Unless someone tells me exactly what they would like, I flounder.

Take clothes for example.  I personally need to try on a number of items of clothing before I find the right fit, style and price.  So how am I supposed to find an item of clothing that is just right for someone else???

Another example-kitchen tools.  There are many out there that promise to make life easier.  But does anyone remember to use them? Or are they just going to add clutter?

Home decor-who needs one more thing to dust…?

I have decluttered and organized for clients who labor over what to do with gifts they have received and really don’t want or need.  They feel guilty for giving them away.  One thing to remember, the gift is in the giving.  Once you receive the gift, it is yours to do whatever you wish with it!  Release the guilt.

But now let’s focus on gifts that can be used or used up.  These gifts are a win for the giver and the recipient.

I have compiled a listof practical gifts for you to consider giving this holiday:

Food and beverages– We all love to eat and drink.  A grocery store gift card is a sure win.  If that is too boring, assemble a gift basket.  Fruit baskets, soup mixes or bases with specialty crackers, coffee or tea, wine and cheese, hot cocoa with marshmallows.  You get the idea.  Delicious!

Dining out- Give a gift card from a favorite restaurant.  If the recipient has young children, you may want to include babysitting.  Whether they choose to dine in or take out, this is a win for the recipient and the restaurant.

Toiletries-Shampoo, lotions, essential oils, etc.  Create a spa basket they will love.

Spa or salon gift card-The recipient can select a service (hair, nails, facial, massage) for a gift they will truly look forward to using.

Store gift card– Get a gift card to their favorite store.  With the after Christmas sales your dollar will go further.  And they will be sure to love their selection.

A clean, organized house-Who doesn’t need this?  A gift card for a cleaning service or professional organizer is a real treat.  This is especially true with all the time we are spending in our homes.

Donation to an Organization-for the person who has everything, or would prefer to help others, this is perfect.  There are so many organizations that are in need of contributions. Donate in honor of your recipient.

I wsh you all the blessings and joy of Christmas.  I am grateful for your business and friendships.  My hope is to continue to help you live a light and happy life!