Toys are a huge source of clutter in a family home. Kids tire of old toys, and companies constantly put out the next best thing.
It’s no wonder we trip over toys left and right in every room of the house!
If you’re trying to declutter your home – and actually keep it that way – it might be a good time to think about gifts and toys for your kids that don’t have much of a physical footprint in the home.
Start with these good gifts for boys who have enough toys for the upcoming holiday season!
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Our Top Gifts for Boys That Won’t Cause Extra Clutter
1. Subscription boxes
Subscription boxes are the gift that keeps on giving. What’s more fun than getting a new package in the mail for months in a row?
And best of all, there’s a subscription box for just about anything and everything depending on the boy and his age. It could be as simple as receiving new comic books each month or as interactive as getting a buildable lego set.
While these are actual physical gifts, they tend to be sent in small doses. Your child will also have time to use up or play with the box contents for an entire month before getting the next, making it super easy to get rid of before the next one is opened!
Here are a few great subscription boxes for boys check out:
- Bitsbox – Teaches your kids how to code in a fun way!
- Superpower Academy – “A STEM + Social & Emotional subscription that places kids as the hero in their own adventure story.”
Did you know you can shop for subscription boxes on Amazon? >>
2. Coloring books
If your boy is into coloring, definitely consider these as a gift that will both calm and excite the mind.
We love coloring books as a clutter-free gift because, once you’re done, the artwork can be photographed and recycled never to become clutter at all!
3. iTunes gift cards
If the boy you’re buying a gift for is of iTunes using age, gift cards are perfect and well-received! They can use these gift cards to buy music, apps, games, movies, books and more!
iTunes gift cards work great as stocking stuffers or inside greeting cards.
Taking up virtually no space, you don’t have to worry about decluttering much when they’re used up (and you won’t find yourself tripping over them in the living room either!).
What boy doesn’t love a new pair of sneakers?!
The best part about this gift is that it’s something they will wear and wear out (and grow out of) to the point where they have to be tossed before getting a new pair.
The sneakers will not become a huge source of clutter in the home, and they will also love looking cool in front of all their friends at school wearing new kicks. Win-win!
5. Movie tickets
On-demand might be convenient, but seeing a favorite action-packed movie at the theater still takes the cake. Getting movie tickets for a boy is an experience that they can share with the family or with friends!
If you want to spice up the gift, add it to a box of movie theater snacks!
6. Tickets to a professional sporting event
For the ultimate boys’ day out experience, tickets to a professional sporting event cannot be beat! There’s literally no clutter left behind from this type of gift.
What makes it even better is the fact that it’s so sensory-stimulating for your child. So, if they’re into baseball, basketball, or football – add these clutter-free gifts to the top of your must-buy list!
Treats are such an easy win with kids. Chocolate, Smore’s fixings, cookies, etc. They get eaten and are therefore no longer something to clutter up the home.
If this is not a gift for your boy, you may want to keep in mind the amount of sugar you are giving to someone else’s child. They may not be thanking you when their child is bouncing off the walls!
8. Personalized photo books.
Creating a photo book takes just minutes with the Chatbooks app! It’s so easy and the results are impressive.
Kids love seeing their pictures in “real” books, and they literally take up a tiny space on a shelf.
9. Arts and crafts supplies for young artists.
Skip the gimmicks and stick to the basics (nice markers, chalk pastels, crayons, various papers, Sculpey). Maybe add some fun online art lessons for a well-rounded gift.
These items take up very little space, and once they are used up, they can be tossed or replaced.
Related Read: Check out this post on how to KonMari Your Kids’ Artwork Like a Boss
10. “Mom” Coupons
Basically, this is a set of homemade tickets for things like staying up late, extra screen time, and a special outing with Mom or Dad. My kids adore “mom” coupons and ask for them every year.
You could also make “Auntie” or “Uncle” Coupons with special perks that can be enjoyed together. The options are endless!