Christmas present ideas for families who hate clutter (but love to travel!)
Christmas can be a wonderful time at any age, but it is probably never as magical as in the eyes of young children. The Rabbit and the Bear are now, respectively, 3 and 5 and their enthusiasm about the imminent Christmas period is contagious: they sing songs, draw Christmas cards, plan their Christmas eve party and, of course, they compile their wish list for presents, in the form of a letter to Santa.
Even if not exactly in the same form, I have been busy compiling a wish list myself.
This might come as a surprise to people who know me: I am a minimalist at heart and very much live by the mantra ‘collect moments, not things’. I am known for having a slight obsession with space and I periodically go around my house getting rid of ‘clutter’, my definition of clutter being quite broad – a part from the fridge, most things have been labeled as clutter at some stage!
I know I am a bit OCD about this, but I am not alone: most families I know have a (first world)-problem with clutter, so I figured that if I compiled a list of things that are actually useful, I could make choosing a present for clutter oppressed families a little bit easier.
I have written this list thinking of stuff that I would like to receive or that I have received in the past and worked well. So here we go (if you click on the pictures, you will be redirected to the Amazon website for additional info, prices and delivery options)
Christmas present ideas for families who hate clutter
(but love to travel!)
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The ultimate space saving gift! Travel is an expensive passion, especially if you have children: people don’t always realise this, but from age 2 children pay full fares on most airlines and are often charged in hotels.
The best vouchers I can think of are: airline vouchers, travel agency vouchers, booking.com vouchers and activity vouchers. If you know that someone is about to go on a trip, why not offer them an activity to do on site? A spa treatment, a scuba diving class, a food tour, a session with a flytographer so they can come back with fabulous holiday pictures- if you know a person travel plans, this could really make their holiday special.
This is a super cute kids wheelie bag with a difference: instead of just pulling it around, the kids can ride on it! During the year, it doubles up as toy storage: great anti-clutter, useful present!!
There are many colours and animals to choose from: I love the bee!
The scratch map does exactly what its name suggests: it’s a map and every time you go to a new country you can ‘scratch it off’, making it a keepsake with your personal travel adventures. I think it’s a fun, non bulky object and a great way to teach geography to children and take a moment to recall places seen together. Another fun way to keep memories is a travel journal: if you are crafty, you can make one yourself or you can buy one built with children in mind.
Packing cubes are a great thing. They are useful when you travel but they are also great for storing things at home. A clutter-phobic best friend.
Quick dry towels are, for me, the ultimate travel accessory. I have one of these towels and I love it: it travelled with me to central America, China and Japan, it’s my towel for the gym and I often used it with children. It’s so compact, absorbent and lightweight I used to keep it in the buggy for emergencies or in hot weather, as an extra layer between baby and stroller.
I love the ergo baby carrier (I have it in green) and I lent it to three of my friends who are making great use of it. I highly recommend it so if you know a friend is looking at carriers, I believe this would be a great choice. You can adjust the straps to suit all sizes and the wide range of colours means both mums and dads can use it.
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Self-explanatory and a great way to get little hands away from your precious DSLR (well, they will probably want your DSLR anyway, but maybe not as often!)
One more multi purpose object: my kids love sleeping bags. They are useful when we travel (on planes, trains or in case we have emergency sleeping arrangements) and they can be used camping or at home. These are the characters my children are obsessed with at the moment.
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But the best Christmas present idea for families who hate clutter is this:
If you are buying for someone who really cherishes moments over anything else, why not give to a charity in their name? Many families who love to travel have encountered, on the way, charities or causes that stole their hearts: so what could be more special to them than to feel that you listen to their travel stories and decided to help? That would make for a wonderful, clutter free and truly meaningful Christmas present!
These are my choices, what are yours?
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