Are you looking for clutter free Christmas Gift ideas? Check out this list of Gift ideas that aren’t things.

As the holiday season approaches, the age-old tradition of exchanging physical gifts takes center stage.

While we are all familiar with the joy that giving gifts can give, as mom’s were also likely familiar with the mental load of having to find space in the already full home for all the ‘things’. This year, I want to help you make your Christmas planning easy by thinking outside the box- quite literally (lol).

There’s something extra special about offering gifts that aren’t “things.”

These gifts revolve around shared experiences, personal growth, and the gift of time, making them truly memorable and meaningful.

In this comprehensive Christmas gift guide, i’ll be sharing more than 50 Christmas gift ideas that aren’t things. These gift ideas go beyond mere objects, allowing you to create lasting memories and strengthen bonds with your loved ones.

Christmas gift ideas that aren't things

50 Clutter Free Christmas Gift Ideas That Aren’t Things


  1. Cooking Class: Unleash your culinary creativity by signing up for a cooking class together.
  2. Spa Day: Pamper your loved one with a rejuvenating spa day for ultimate relaxation.
  3. Concert Tickets: Surprise them with tickets to see their favorite band or artist live.
  4. Ticket to a Sport Game: Gifting a sport fan? Why not get them a ticket to watch one of their favourite teams play live.
  5. Movie Night: Craft a personalized movie night with their favourite films and snacks. This can either be a ticket to see a movie, or a movie night at home.
  6. Nature Hike: Escape to the great outdoors for a day of hiking and exploration.
  7. Art Class: Discover your artistic side by taking an art class together.
  8. Wine or Beer Tasting/ Tour: Visit a local winery or brewery to enjoy what they have to offer.
  9. Yoga or Fitness Classes: Invest in their well-being with fitness classes or a gym membership.
  10. Dance Lessons: Step into a world of rhythm and movement with dance lessons.
  11. Escape Room: Test your problem-solving skills with an exhilarating escape room adventure.
  12. Volunteer Together: Create cherished memories by spending time together volunteering for a cause you both care about.
  13. Culinary Adventure: Embark on a culinary journey with a cooking class or food tour.
  14. Karaoke Night: Gather your friends and family for a night of laughter and music.
  15. Music Festival: Immerse yourselves in the world of music by attending a festival or local music event.

Subscriptions and Memberships:

  1. Museum Membership: Gift them access to their favorite museum or cultural institution.
  2. Online Course: Enrol them in an online course related to their interests.
  3. Subscription Service: Present a subscription to a streaming service, magazine, or book club.
  4. Book Club Membership: Start a book club together and explore new literary worlds.

Homemade and Personalized Gifts:

  1. Photobook: Relive cherished memories with a personalized photobook.
  2. Custom Playlist: Curate a playlist of songs that hold special meaning for the recipient.
  3. Personalized Recipe Book: Compile family recipes or their favorite dishes into a cookbook.
  4. Homemade Coupons: Create thoughtful coupons for favors like “breakfast in bed” or “one day of chores.”
  5. A Letter-Writing Challenge: Exchange handwritten letters to deepen your connection.

Quality Time Together:

  1. Fancy Dinner at Home: Make a special meal together and enjoy a candlelight dinner. If you have kids that are old enough, you can even hire them to act as the waiters for the night.
  2. A Scavenger Hunt: Infuse a sense of adventure into your relationship with a fun and thoughtful scavenger hunt.
  3. A Day at the Races: Attend a horse race or car race for a day of excitement.
  4. A Night of Stargazing: Escape to a secluded spot for stargazing and quality time.

Learning and Growth:

  1. Learn a Language: Invest in language lessons for a dream trip.
  2. Learn a Craft: Try your hand at a new craft together, like knitting, woodworking, or pottery.
  3. Gardening Date: Plant a garden or visit a botanical garden for a day of nurturing growth.
  4. Historical Tour: Explore a historical site or take a guided historical tour.
  5. Gift of Knowledge: Buy them a book that you think will inspire or educate them.

Unique Adventures:

  1. Home Improvement: Offer your help with a home improvement project, creating lasting memories.
  2. Concert in the Park: Enjoy the soothing sounds of nature with a free outdoor concert or performance.
  3. Mystery Dinner Theater: Engage in a night of mystery and intrigue at a dinner theater.
  4. Sailing or Boating: Sail away on a serene lake or vast ocean for an unforgettable experience.
  5. Rock Climbing: Conquer new heights with indoor or outdoor rock climbing.
  6. Hot Air Balloon Ride: Soar above the landscape in a romantic hot air balloon.
  7. Ziplining Adventure: Add a thrilling twist to your day with a ziplining adventure.
  8. Skydiving or Paragliding: For the ultimate thrill-seeker, consider skydiving or paragliding.

Thoughtful Gestures:

  1. Charitable Donation: Make a donation to their favorite charity in their name, spreading kindness.
  2. Photo Session: Capture cherished moments with a professional photoshoot.
  3. Volunteer Together: Create lasting memories by dedicating your time to a worthy cause.

Getaways and Trips:

  1. Weekend Getaway: Plan a surprise weekend getaway to a nearby destination for quality time together.
  2. Roadtrip: Hop in the car and head on a road trip. Near or far, it doesn’t matter as long as you are creating memories.
  3. Camping Trip: Set off on a memorable camping trip in the great outdoors.
  4. Family Vacation: You can give your family the gift of creating lasting memories together by booking the ultimate family vacation. From cruises to resort vacations to theme park adventures, you can think of the perfect vacation to suit your family.

For tips on planning a trip for the family, check out my family travel & Lifestyle blog: The Escape Manual.

These diverse Christmas gift ideas encompass a wide range of experiences, learning opportunities, quality time, and thoughtful gestures. Choose from these categories to select the perfect non-material gift that resonates with your loved ones, emphasizing the essence of shared moments and meaningful connections during this holiday season.

Christmas gift ideas that aren't things

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