With Christmas just around the corner, last minute holiday shopping days are numbered. If you are struggling with ideas for your family and friends, consider purchasing items that will help them stay organized this year.
It is worth noting that buying a new vacuum for your daughter-in-law may be taken as an insult, so use consideration and get creative. If you present the gift as a helpful tool and not as a hint that you think they need to work a little harder on the baseboards, you should be able to avoid miscommunications. Here are a few great cleaning gift ideas that are sure to please anyone on your gift list:
Organizational gift ideas
Storage furniture: Furniture that doubles as storage is a great gift, if you know the design aesthetic of your gift recipient. A few good ideas that work in any home include trunks (great for storing memorabilia and acting as a table), end tables with drawers and long benches with storage underneath. For a family with kids, consider stackable toy storage and layered tables that act as end tables (or a coffee table) but offer neat storage underneath. You may even consider an Ottoman with a removable top that reveals a hidden storage compartment.
Organizational Tools: Organizational tools are a great gift for college students, newly-weds or the pack rat in your family. Because there are so many different options, you can really personalize this type of gift. A few ideas to consider include:
• Cute storage baskets (consider buying a set of at least 3).
• Magnetic Spice Rack (fun, clever and easy to maintain)
• Bed skirt organizer (this is perfect for people with limited space)
• Picture Frames
• Unique coat rack
• Rolling cabinets
• Gift wrap organizers
• Combo wine rack/table
• Wall-mounted ironing center
• Under the shelf baskets
• Magazine holders (which can be used for a ton of organizations hacks)
• Lazy Susan (Use this to organize Tupperware or pans and make them easier to reach in deep cupboards)
• Repurposed glass soda bottles (paint, fill with stones etc.) to use for hair ties or bracelet storage
• Collapsible storage boxes (make storing papers and photos much prettier)
Consider making an organization gift basket. Use a larger wicker basket, fill it with a few helpful tools, and add a bow. Presto!
Home Décor and Cleaning
Gift Certificate for House Cleaning: Do you want to give someone a gift that is going to be hard to top? Try a gift certificate for a professional housecleaning. This gift is perfect for busy parents, or the hardworking professional who doesn’t want to spend their weekends scrubbing floors. At Sparkling Clean Agency, we offer gift certificates for various cleanings including deep cleaning, move out cleaning and regularly- scheduled cleaning appointments. Contact us to learn more about this helpful gift idea. The recipient of your gift can set up an appointment at his or her own convenience.
Cute bucket and supplies: Another fun option for a great cleaning gift for the holidays is a metal bucket filled with cleaning supplies. Metal buckets are stylish and are ideal to store cleaning supplies because they are easy to clean. Consider adding organic cleaning supplies or organizational tools to complete the gift. Toss in items like lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda and scented oils. For a fun twist, try personalizing the bucket by adding the receiver’s initials with paint and hodge-podge.
Scented Candles or Potpourri: Nothing says home quite like the scent of cinnamon or baking bread! A fun way to add a touch of hominess is with a gift of scented candles or potpourri. If you are feeling crafty, you can even create a few of these items yourself. Check out this easy tutorial for making candles at home. You can even try your hand at homemade air fresheners (potpourri). This fun blog has a few easy recipes you can make on the sly and bottle in a pretty container. You could also put the ingredients for an air freshener (ie. cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and cloves) into a few repurposed baby food jars and put them in a pretty basket. The receiver can pour them into a pan, add water and boil for a comfortable scent.
Books about cleaning or organization:
Check out a few of these fun titles for the reading-fan in your family.
• Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things: 2,317 Ingenious Uses for Ordinary Things AND More Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things (Reader’s Digest). This book is amazing. You will find storage tips, cleaning hacks and easy ways to save a little cash by using what you already have at home. This is a great gift for anyone, including yourself.
• One Year to an Organized Life, by Regina Leeds. This LA-based author and professional organizer helps disorganized folks clean up their homes and offices, and declutter their lives. The book includes practical tips for organizing the kitchen, bedrooms and garage.
• Homemade Cleaners, by Dionna Ford. This book provides 150 different recipes to create your own cleaning products. Each recipe is free of toxins, easy, affordable and effective. You will learn how to use ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and vodka to get a cleaner, more sanitary home without chemicals.
• The Parent’s Guide to Uncluttering Your Home, by Janet Morris Grimes. This practical guide helps parents rain in toys and other children-centric clutter. You will also find helpful tips for organizing differing spaces in the home.
What are some of your favorite cleaning/organizing gift ideas?