Gift Clutter – How to get rid of it

April 8, 2017
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Ever since I remember, I always gifted the person as per their current needs or personal tastes. It feels bad to know that your Gift added no purpose in their lives but to the clutter. Isn’t it?

As I am exploring this Minimalism Lifestyle, I am happy to learn more about it. I am going step by step with applying this theory into each aspect slowly.

The area still unexplored is Minimalist gift giving.


Minimalist gift giving

These days we all are short of time, wonder why, because we all have made ourselves busy in money making. So, this makes TIME the most precious thing. Spend your time with someone you Love.

Gift experiences rather than things:

Match tickets for Sport Lovers

Concert tickets for art Lovers

Spa vouchers for the one who needs to Relax

Movie tickets to the couple who get to spend very little time together

Handwritten letter to someone you want to show your love

Home cooked meal for the one who is away from Home

Magazine or Books for the Readers

Marathon event registration for the Runners


Endless possibilities for minimalist gift giving. This has already excited me so much that I can’t wait to see others appreciate my Gift more than ever.



Receiving Gifts

There is a huge trend these days for creating a Wish list. Almost everyone have their online Wish list ready. But my personal opinion is not to have a Wish list but divide them into 2 lists:

Need List–  because wishes may be many but needs, definitely are few.

Bucket List– because this way our Bucket list wishes need not wait as we always end up putting those behind other desires and responsibilities.

We, as Family, should share these lists with each other so that they can come handy whenever any Occasion comes. Of course, you can call it by any other fascinating name but the whole intent here it to checkout what is essentially required and what is only a non-useful desire.

So that we don’t end up donating or forwarding or dumping the gifts we receive.

Opening those shiny, glittery wrapped cartoons was fun being children but as we grow up, we become more aware of the purpose of the gifts inside.


Purging Gifts

There are so many days now marked for the relationships- for us to thank their presence in our lives but we’ve programmed ourselves to give and receive gifts to mark the day and to show our love for one another.

This has destroyed the whole intent to have special days in place.


minimalist gift giving

Do you feel the pressure of keeping the gifts just because what the other person will think or feel? I did. But it won’t help you both in the long run. Better be clear about your needs.

For the gifts you already received and if they are not adding value to your life: donate them, sell them, recycle them. But on the way, do thank the giver even if you think its not as per your wish. After all, its about the person giving it.

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  • Reply Manisha Garg June 14, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    This is nice if people follow we can help each other better

    • Reply Upasna June 25, 2017 at 5:58 am

      You are right Manisha. Gifts are there to cherish and if its put to no use, no good in that, I believe.

  • Reply Coolest Gifts May 1, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Hi! I am Ina being a blogger I must appreciate your beautiful blog. It was a very pleasurable experience for me to visit here. Lots of best wishes and both thumbs up for your success. Thanks.

    • Reply Upasna May 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks Ina. I am honored.
      Hope you find my Blog useful.

  • Reply Cool Gifts April 19, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Loved the theme of your blog, can you please mention its name. I want to use the same for my own Gifts blog. Thanks

    • Reply Upasna April 29, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Sure, its from Solopine- You may find it under Themeforest.

  • Reply Shalini R April 11, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Oh, how I love gifting and receiving experiences! These are brilliant ideas and I loved this post, Upasna!
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    • Reply Upasna April 29, 2017 at 7:45 am

      I myself found them so practical. Now when April Ends, I am onto them.

  • Reply Mayuri Nidigallu April 11, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Love your gift suggestions, Upasana. Esp the Marathon registrations for runners. Very unique ideas that would make the person feel special indeed!

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    • Reply Upasna April 29, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Thanks a lot Mayuri. Actually, I once ran a Marathon and found many of the peeps just do not participate because of registration fees. But what if someone gifts them 🙂

  • Reply Vasantha Vivek April 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Excellent post. As usual, you took away my heart with your post !!! Usually, I give gifts as per their wishes. I also have the habit of donating the gifts. Personalizing the gifts and books are my choice of gifting.
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    • Reply Upasna April 11, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Thanks a lot Vasantha… Your kind words always boost me up. i am happy you share your way of gifting here.

  • Reply Mithila Menezes April 9, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    For me, choosing a gift is pretty simple: give a voucher! And if possible, gift a book. As a rule, I don’t like to gift trinkets and jewelry, unless I know that the person likes it a lot. I’d rather share a book that I loved, or buy something that I know the other person will love.

    I like the idea of sharing gift lists with near and dear ones!

    • Reply Upasna April 10, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      From long, I started gifting Cash only but this way a person might not use it for the experiences and that money gets consumed just like that. Thanks for reading and commenting Mithila.

  • Reply SHALINI BAISIWALA April 9, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Great idea for gifitng minimalism – never thought about it this way! Good one Upasna.
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    • Reply Upasna April 10, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks Shalz. I will too try this idea for rest of the year.

  • Reply Namratha April 8, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Wow! Loved the idea of gifting experiences! I have been toying with the idea of minimalism since I have been feeling my life is too cluttered. I think I will tell put spa vouchers, a dinner while someone babysits my kid in my wishlist for my next birthday:)

    • Reply Upasna April 10, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Actually, this seems a privilege to us, Mothers. Right? Thanks for taking time to read Namratha.

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