Gifts

The Best Holiday Gifts Ever

For years, I have been saying that the best gifts are experiences, not things (see Better Ways to Spend and Putting the Holidays in Perspective). Now it seems that the rest of the country has caught up to me. The storage company SpareFoot has just released the results of a survey: “79 percent of the U.S. population, and 89 percent of millennials, say they never use some of the gifts they receive each year.” As a result, “a  whopping 81 percent…

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Useful Stocking Stuffers

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I just bought two of the cutest – and most useful – little items that would be great stocking stuffers for those of you who buy such things! The Pocket Monkey is a multi-tool that is small, light, and flat enough to fit into a wallet. It can be used as a bottle opener, flat screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver. micro screwdriver (for glasses and battery covers), phone kickstand, hex wrench in 6 sizes, orange peeler, door latch slip, earbuds cord wrap, letter opener, ruler,…

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Guilt-Free Receiving

I’ve written quite a bit over the years about clutter-free gifts.  This time, I’m going to look at the other side of the gift-giving equation — the receiving end. When I work with clients, I often come across items that they never use, but feel guilty disposing of because they were gifts. What is your responsibility to hold on to something you don’t like?  What would the gift-giver think if he or she knew that you held on to it…

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Gems Among the Stocking Stuffers

As a Professional Organizer, I find the holiday season agonizing.  So much emphasis on shopping — buying things that will be given to people who probably don’t even want them. I love getting my weekly e-mails from the Container Store, but when they sent me one about this year’s collection of “Stocking Stuffers”, I got nervous. Stocking stuffers are the ultimate junky gift — emphasizing quantity and low price over quality.  The Container Store offers free shipping if you order $100 worth…

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