Grandma has always been an extra special lady. You have fond memories of baking cookies with her. It was always exciting when you got to stay the night at her house!
You know you can’t ever repay her for the things she’s done for you over the years. Still, you’d like to get her a special gift as a token of your love.
The trouble is, Grandma already owns everything she could want. She doesn’t need more things to dust, and she has more than enough materials to cover the hobbies she enjoys.
Your person who is so tough to buy for might not be a grandparent. But that doesn’t change the fact that they are important to you, and you’d like to find some small gift to show your appreciation.
What do you buy for people who have everything?
Let’s look at some suggestions that won’t add clutter but can be appreciated by most people.
I love this journal for a Grandparent. They can write down memories and stories that they can pass on to their grandchildren. In a way, it’s a selfish gift since it will be coming back to you eventually. But most people enjoy sharing stories, so many Grandparents will enjoy this gift.
If your giftee isn’t a grandparent, don’t despair. Nearly everyone loves to talk about themselves! Look for a similar journal that asks questions to help them dig inside themselves for stories and anecdotes from their life.
Magazines are a great gift because it’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year long. It also won’t add to clutter, because your giftee can toss it when they are finished reading. Just be sure to find a subscription to a magazine that matches their interests. You don’t want to try to force something new on someone when you are giving them a present.
Sometimes this one can feel like a bit of a cop-out, but if you are at a total loss as to what to get someone, most people do appreciate a gift card to their favorite store. I wrote about ways to earn extra gift cards or purchase them at a discount here, so be sure to check that out.
If you know of an item that your loved one enjoyed as a child, chances are that you’ll be able to find that item on eBay. If you can find an affordable version of the perfect nostalgia item, it is sure to bring a smile to their face!
Maybe this person who already has everything would enjoy tickets to a show, movie, concert, etc. Find out what events are upcoming in your area that you know this person would really enjoy.
Give the Gift of You
I bet you have a special talent or ability that you can use to give to your loved one. Is there a recipe you make that always gets rave reviews? Why not go ahead and make it now? Or give them a coupon for one dish some day in the near future. Other ideas:
- babysitting/pet sitting/house sitting
- a day out together
- something handmade
- fruit basket or other perishables
- consider your special talents!
Each of these ideas is a chance to bring a smile to the face of someone you appreciate.
This Christmas, make Grandma smile at the memories just as much as you do.
There are more non-clutter ideas in my Cheap Gift Ideas post, so check that out for more inspiration.
Share your best suggestion for what to buy the person who has everything!