Clutter-Free Holiday Gift Ideas for People Who Hate Things

Gifts. How is it that one little word conjures up so much stress? Even more so if you’re buying for someone who’s simply not into gifts (we all know one of these types). Try as you may to continuously ask and pester them, you know they’ll provide you with the same answer over and over again.

Perhaps it’s not that they hate gifts, but rather they don’t want to accumulate things. This rings especially true for those trying to kick a bad hoarding habit to the curb. It could be that they’re downsizing; maybe they are self-proclaimed minimalists. Either way, physical gifts are out of the question.

Should you know someone who claims they want nothing this holiday season, we’ve got you covered. Below is a guide to the best in clutter-free gift ideas that your friends and family will love—guaranteed.

A Netflix subscription
Is there anyone in the world without Netflix? Probably! So do your Netflix-less friend a favour and get them a subscription to the service. Easy.

A spa treatment
Or a spa day, if you’re feeling spendy. Spoil your clutter-phobic friend with a mani/pedi sesh (we like Tips Nail Bar and Her Majesty’s Pleasure). Have they been stressed at work lately? Fulfill your role as the ultimate BFF by surprising them with a massage package at a swanky hotel. Also keep in mind that websites like Groupon and LivingSocial offer some great deals, because let’s face it, it’s the holidays and you’re probably broke. If you choose to go this route, make sure you do some research to see what the spa is like.

Fitness classes or a gym memberships
If you know they love hitting up a specific fitness studio, why not treat them to a handful of classes or a membership? Most places offer bundles, whether it be a 10-class pack or a yearly subscription. Also worth checking out is ClassPass—essentially the Netflix of the fitness realm—which offers up a monthly membership to unlimited fitness classes in your city. Also, incentive for getting in shape in the new year, right?

Tickets (to anything, really)
Because who in their right mind would be salty about getting tickets to see their fave band? There are countless events to choose from—think art exhibits, the ballet, a Raptors game or even a screening of an awful cult film that they love. The options are endless.

Workshops, activities, etc.
Take them rock climbing. Go roller skating. Unleash your inner 7-year-old self at Sky Zone! If your pal is more of a hands-on type, there are countless workshops on offer, from PaintNite events to terrarium classes.

A charitable donation
Finally, perhaps your friend just wants you to donate to a charity rather than you spending your cash on them. If you need help with this one, check out this list of organizations that our editors donate to.