11 Clutter-Free Gifts for Dads & Husbands


Clutter-free Gifts for Rookie Dads

  1. Consumable food. A subscription to a monthly beer, coffee, or meat club will bring something fun in the mail each month. Eat, drink, and be done with it! I always buy bulk candy for my husband’s stocking.
  2. Concert tickets. Use Pollstar.com to find what’s coming soon. Print a picture of the band and wrap it up.
  3. Hotel night to spend with you. Plan a reservation for a date when you’ll be comfortable leaving baby with grandparents overnight.
  4. Gym membership. He’s less likely than you are to take it as a hint.
  5. Class or a single session of learning something new. Tae Kwon Do or drums are a longer commitment. Rock climbing could be a one-shot deal.
  6. Arrange to fix something broken. His bike or that g*d* garage door lock. Tie a bow around it and reveal it at the right moment.
  7. A humorous plaque. Put his claim to fame on something around the house, such as “Rick Ross: Winner of Least Used Snowboard in 2009 Award” attached to his gear. Or “Rick’s Throne” affixed to the toilet.
  8. Entertainment. Use the iTunes store to buy a full season of a favorite cable show.
  9. Tickets for a sporting event. Basketball, hockey, local college soccer games, whatever makes him happy.
  10. Xbox LIVE Membership for the year provides more geeking out time.
  11. Premium subscriptions to a favorite website like ESPN, Financial Times, or upgrades for LinkedIn (for the laid-off) and Flickr (for the social photographer).

Worth the Clutter? If you already have an XBox or Wii, splurge on Beatles Rock Band. This is about the clutter-iest recommendation we could make, but it’s just so much fun! And you can play together.

Want more ideas? Cloud 9 Living has assembled a whole directory of experience-based gifts, from hot air balloon outings to golf lessons with a PGA pro. Their Water and Snow Experiences category has plenty of inspiring options. If you decide to purchase an experience through Cloud 9 Living, use promo code Rookie09 for 10% off through December 31st.

Photo credit: abbyladybug on flickr.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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