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Gift Ideas for People Who Don’t Want More Stuff

What do you give someone who has everything? These gift ideas are creative and varied, and will help you find the perfect gift for people who don’t want more stuff to clutter up their homes.

gifts for people who have too much stuffThe 10k Yellow Gold Pink Sapphire and Diamond Heart Pendant Necklace is the most elegant, prettiest gift idea on this list. It doesn’t count as “stuff” because it’s so lovely – and it will be cherished by any woman. If you’re searching for gifts for a man who has everything, give him the Starbucks gift card below. But if you’re shopping for gift ideas for a woman who doesn’t want more stuff, this pendant is IT.

There’s a lot of stuff in this world that is interesting, creative, and beautiful – but you don’t want to give it as a gift to someone you love. If you’re shopping for a birthday gift, read 40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women – From Easy to Extravagant.

I love the idea of giving gifts to show love and have fun at Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, and other holidays. I love opening presents and being surprised at what is inside! It reminds me of being a kid, all naïve and innocent and fresh.

But I don’t love all the clutter the stuff brings. So, here’s a list of gifts for people who have everything and don’t want more stuff…

Gifts for People Who Don’t Want Stuff

The truth is that some of the gift ideas on this list DO contain stuff. Why? Because some of this stuff is really cool, practical, and fun – like my first gift for people who have everything! And other gifts are like the second one on this list: cool and practical, but not fun unless you live overseas…

gifts for people who have everythingA Starbucks Gift Card is one of the best gifts to give someone who has everything. I love getting gift cards, especially for things I wouldn’t spend my own money on (eg, a grand skinny mocha from Starbucks, extra hot, no foam, half sweet).

Gift cards are a great idea for people who have everything. To make them more fun to open, wrap them in box after box, so your loved one has to do some work before enjoying the gifts the card brings.

Beautiful embroidered silk pajamas

Gifts for People Who Don’t Want More Stuff

Gift Ideas for People Who Don’t Want More Stuff

A pair of Women’s Silk Pajamas – Hand Painted “Butterfly Garden” Gift  is a beautiful gift that doesn’t count as “stuff.” Why? Because it’s practical and thoughtful. Many women sleep in ratty old t-shirts, and would love a gorgeous pair of silk pajamas.

Always include the receipt or a way to return the gift, especially when you’re shopping for someone who has everything. And don’t be offended if your loved one doesn’t want to keep the gift!

Cows, goats, llamas, ducks, honeybees, and clean water

According to Heifer International, 79% of Americans polled would rather have a donation made in their name rather than a gift they know they’ll never use.

The Holidays are for giving. This season give the gift of joy to a loved one while helping families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. Whether it’s for your husband or wife, children, grandparents, coworker or even a Secret Santa present, a gift from Heifer keeps on giving during the holiday season.

I’m amazed at the variety of ways to help people around the world by gifting animals, clean water, basic necessities, and food. This is a thoughtful, creative gift idea for someone who doesn’t want more stuff. To learn more, go to Heifer International’s Gift Catalogue.


One of my favourite lines is, “I love tickets!” (Cameron Diaz in the first Charlie’s Angels movie). I think I’ll give my Little Sister two tickets to something like Disney on Ice or Cirque du Soleil. We can go see the performance together in January or February, and it’ll be something fun that we experience together.

Gift someone you love with your time and attention, and add a little culture. Take him or her to a concert, live performance, or even a studio tour of your local radio or TV station.

Gourmet food and beverages (not Kraft Dinner)

gift for someone who has everythingA practical food item – such as the Torani Sugar Free Syrup Variety Pack is a fantastic gift for people who don’t want more stuff. This syrup flavors water and other beverages without adding sugar, which is more healthy and tasty than drinking soda. The cool thing about gifts like this is that they are re-gift-able. Tell your loved one that you will happily take part of this gift if they don’t want this stuff cluttering their kitchen!

Me, I prefer cans of Tim Horton’s coffee and bagged flavoured teas that I can serve to guests (not the loose tea, because I don’t know how to make a pot of tea). I love coffee and tea gifts because they’re practical and usable, but still fun to open on Christmas morning.

I’ve heard that bacon-flavoured foods are popular, such as Bacon-Flavoured Coffee or Baconnaise. I think almost any gourmet or different type of food would be a great gift idea for people who don’t want more stuff, because it’s an adventure! I hate bacon, but I would try bacon-flavoured coffee in a heartbeat. Just to see. I could always give it to my husband if I don’t like it. He loves bacon.

An adventurous dinner or destination

Here’s a suggestion from Karen, over at how about coupons/tickets/gift certificates for travel destinations,activities, or restaurants in their area? A lot of people don’t ever see the marquis destinations and restaurants they live near because of the expense or because they figure they’ll get to it later (and later never comes).

I’ll take a trip to Peru, thank you very much! Or a dinner at the Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant.

Gourmet dried fruit and nuts

gifts for someone who has everything

Gift Ideas for People Who Don’t Want More Stuff

A Golden State Fruit Flora Dried Fruit and Nut Gift Tray is a delicious gift idea for people who already have everything and don’t want more stuff in their house or life. Why? Because it’s edible! They can share it with you and their friends.

Chocolate covered blueberries, pretzels, and espresso beans is always a great gift idea. Food is easily shared and enjoyed, which makes it the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

A gift that directly relates to their hobbies or lifestyle

The best gift ideas for people who don’t want more stuff are things that support their hobbies or interests. Maybe it bores the heck out of you to listen to them talk about their dog’s bowel movements and sleep habits, but they obviously love their dog! So give them something that they and their dog can do together, like an agility class.

If you’re shopping for a teacher or coach, read Teacher Appreciation Ideas for the End of the Year.

Earthquake Preparedness Kit

I have to admit that this is not my first choice of a gift, but one of the women in my book club is giving every one of her family members one of these!  I don’t know where she bought hers, but 72Hours Emergency Preparedness sells a wide variety of earthquake preparedness kits.

To my husband and family members: do not buy me this. I think the neighbours have enough kits to go around.

I want slippers for Christmas, because the ones I got two years ago are all worn out. I also want a 2 year subscription to Oprah Magazine, and perhaps a…

Kindle eReader

gifts for loved ones don't want more stuff

Gift Ideas for People Who Don’t Want More Stuff

The Kindle Voyage, 6″ High-Resolution Display with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-Fi doesn’t count as “stuff”, because it actually reduces the books-and-magazines clutter around the house. This is one of those gifts that people initially don’t want to receive – especially people who are your elders. “You shouldn’t have!” they say…and they mean it. Then, they try it out and find it so useful and practical, they didn’t know what they did before they had it.

Don’t forget that all gifts are returnable. Don’t be afraid to take a risk, and give a gift you aren’t sure about. You never know what will resonate until you gift it.

What do you think of these gift ideas for people who don’t want more stuff? If you have any tips or suggestions, please comment below. And, if you’re shopping for a gym rat, read 10 Fitness Gifts That Encourage Health and Wellness.

May you find the right gift, and may it please your loved one without creating more stuff in the world.


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4 thoughts on “Gift Ideas for People Who Don’t Want More Stuff”

  1. NO NO NO to Heifer International! I made that mistake and got more spam than I can even describe, emails, phone calls, mail and then “suddenly” appeared on a lot of other email lists soliciting donations. I finally talked to someone there to explain that their beautiful glossy brochures which I got at least weekly were a total waste of donations from people like me who don’t have much to give but wanted the gift to be meaningful. Finally someone high enough got me off their list. Thank heaven.

  2. Thanks for your tips and comments! I think I want a Kobo, or a phone. Can you believe I don’t have a cell phone? Well, I have a 10 year old flip phone with a battery that lasts for about 20 minutes.

    Maybe I should ask for a smartphone for Christmas — and for someone else to cover the phone bill for a year.

    Bruce, are you listening? xoxo

  3. Laurie,

    These are all good ideas (although I don’t get the obsession with bacon-flavoured everything).

    And, with so many people downsizing to smaller houses or apartments/condos, who needs more junk? A ticket to Cirque du Soleil would be an amazing gift for anyone. Wonder if my husband will see this if I leave your webpage open…

    Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

  4. If you have elderly people on your list or know of a nursing home near by, consider these. Just a start, hundreds of more ideas will come once you think about it.

    1) homemade gift certificates for things like: a drive thru a park in the summer time with a stop for lunch or a trip to loved ones grave on Memorial day.
    2) sewing needles threaded with several colors of thread. (or offer to mend something.)
    3) audio books and a player
    4) lessons on how to do email