Give gifts that are experiences: concert tickets, a stay at a hotel, spa services or a "gift certificate" for watching your sister's kids for the weekend so she and her husband can have a getaway. Stay away from anything that can create clutter. Remember my tip from the other day, if it collects dust, don't give it as a gift.
Remember back to your childhood, how many gifts do you remember? Maybe a special doll or a game. Despite hundreds of dollars spent, people just do not seem to remember gifts. But buy someone a ticket for a hot air balloon ride, they will remember that for the rest of their lives. Or how about a family vacation that everyone has been saving for. Or purchase horseback riding lessons, that is a gift a child wont soon forget.
Giving gifts to parents always seems hard, because most of our parents already have everything they would want. Here is an idea that I have used, I have given my parents and in-laws gourmet meals that are delivered frozen on dry ice. They simply heat up the meals for a no fuss and no mess dinner.
To Simplified, Joyful Living,