Gift Ideas for Parents Who Don’t Want More Stuff


As parents, we accumulate A LOT of stuff. Sometimes it feels like the house is being taken over by kid’s toys, clothes, shoes, backpacks, electronics, homework and in the case of our house…random socks. Most people apparently lose socks, but I keep finding socks all over our house. I found one the other day IN the couch AND in the middle of the bathroom floor. I didn’t even ask my son for an explanation. (Did he not realize he was missing a sock?!) I didn’t even ask WHICH son! We all have that ONE child, right?

The point is, kids have a lot of stuff, and we’re forever trying to find homes for everything. They get new stuff as birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, Easter gifts – you name it! So, when it comes to gifts for ourselves, most of us have no interest in receiving more stuff to find a home for. I would much rather be given gifts that are USEFUL and don’t take up space, and I bet most of you reading this probably feel the same way.

So, I’ve put together a list of awesome gift ideas you can keep in mind the next time your mother-in-law asks you what you would like for your birthday. Or the next time you want to wrap up something thoughtful for your fellow mom friend. If we work together, we can all stop accumulating more STUFF! (Maybe. Hopefully. Okay, temporarily.)


Sports or Concert Tickets – Our house is FULL of sports fans. So, tickets to a Jays Game or a hockey game is always a good idea! Same goes for music lovers! Think tickets to a summer music festival or concert in a nearby city.

Ski Passes – Where we live, there’s a ski hill nearby. We don’t ski, but friends of ours do and they tell their family members to get them ski passes to the local hill every year for Christmas/Birthdays etc. I thought it was a great idea!

Gift Cards – Restaurants, Groceries, Cineplex, Tim Hortons, Spa, etc. I absolutely LOVE receiving gift cards – IF it’s for a place I actually frequent. Know your audience and take a moment to think about their daily lives and what type of gift card they would really appreciate.

Food & Drink – We all need to eat and drink, right? So how about wrapping up some coffee or tea? Or maybe some snacks and other treats most parents probably wouldn’t spoil themselves with? My parents usually get me a bottle of wine for my birthday every year. It’s always appreciated. 😊

Toiletries – Body wash, soaps, scrubs, lotions – these are items we all use in our everyday lives. It’s a simple thing, but I actually love getting body wash as a gift because it’s something I use daily.  When it’s given as a gift…I don’t have to go out and get it myself. To me, toiletries are thoughtful and useful. Win-win!

Offer Help – If none of the above work, offer to help out if it’s something you think they would want and/or need. Sometimes, an over-worked, over-whelmed, over-scheduled parent would love nothing more than a couple extra hands. Offer to help your new Mom friend with some laundry or cleaning. Take the kids for an afternoon or evening to give them a break. Stop by with a coffee and a listening ear. It would probably be more appreciated than you think.

I’m sure there are plenty more ideas, and if you have some - please feel free to share your thoughts below! For those with a birthday or anniversary coming up, just share this article and start tagging all your family and friends. They’ll get the hint. 😉

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Author: Linsey De Ruysscher

Linsey is a happily married mother of two living in Plainfield, ON. When she’s not busy chasing her two crazy boys, she’s running her own freelance writing company, Little Miss Creative. In her downtime, she enjoys tea, backyard BBQs, watching Friends reruns, and hanging out with her family and friends. Oh, and candy.

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