Don’t downplay the allure of a practical gift on Mother’s Day, says The Maids. An extravagant floral arrangement or a fancy dinner is nice, but a labor-saving new appliance or freshly detailed vehicle are also good options. Potted plants, gift cards and birdhouses are (relatively) #clutter-free ideas, but housecleaning services and self-care gifts such as yoga classes can make Mom happy without adding more #stuff to the household. “The perfect Mother’s Day gift is the one that makes her feel seen and appreciated, and one that helps her make the most of her valuable time and energy.” #MothersDay
Mother’s Day is the day of the year we dedicate to celebrating all that moms do. One good way to do that is to give them a day off from their usual tasks, says Balance Through Simplicity. Cancel plans and prioritize rest and relaxation — maybe a spa treatment, pedicure or massage would help Mom’s cares melt away. Better still, pitch in on tasks such as vacuuming, meal prep, dog walking, #decluttering or washing the car. Most moms will appreciate the help and the company — and remember the effort you expended to make the day special. Plus, being helpful doesn’t add to the #clutter like most gifts you can buy in a store. #MothersDay
With only two days to go until #Christmas, you might want to check the options at a #thrift store supplied by generous #donations to ClothingDonations.org if you’re short on #gifts. Not only do they offer plenty of lightly used goods at nice prices, you can often find unique #gifts that might be just right for a particular person on your list if you browse for a few minutes, no shipping required. And if you’re feeding a crowd over the weekend, you can get necessities such as linens, baking pans, serverware and other essentials for the holiday table — and maybe even the perfect ugly #holiday sweater or white elephant #gift. #HolidayTips
With just three shopping days before #Christmas, it’s go time on the gifts you forgot to get or procrastinated on. Gift cards and cash are fine for a lot of people, but if you want to make it look like you gave a lot of thought to your giftee’s needs, your choices have now winnowed to Amazon, something digital or something sourced locally. Good Housekeeping suggests 55 good last-minute gifts — some of which deliver electronically and won’t create #clutter, and some of which will keep help everything clean, like an in-car vacuum. And subscription boxes for cheese, self-care, flowers or craft beet will keep giving throughout the year. #HolidayTips
You may have to shop in the dark on the shortest day of the year in order to check everyone off your #list, but depending on what you want to buy, you won’t necessarily have to do it in person. Major retailers such as Amazon, Target and Macy’s can still deliver within three days, CBS News says, but today is the deadline for many shipments. You can always visit a physical store location for #last-minute convenience, or pick up a fistful of gift cards. Many mainstream #Christmas and #holiday traditions actually started as pagan winter solstice rituals, so you can also consider decorating an outdoor tree, lighting some luminaria or hanging some mistletoe, Mother suggests.