Around that same time, I stumbled upon published research that showed that experiences are more satisfying and bring more long-term joy than material things (http://phys.org/news189277732.html). Since Christmas was approaching, I brainstormed ideas for more experience-type gifts that would also limit the amount of things coming in.
With the Christmas shopping season upon us once again, if you would like to give clutter-free gifts or if your family is requesting gift ideas for you or your children, consider the list below for inspiration:
Children's museum or science center membership
Classes such as gymnastics or dance
Gamefly subscription (for videogame enthusiasts)
Shows such as Disney on Ice or Sesame Street Live
Movie in the theater
Dinner at favorite restaurant
Laser tag or paintball
Favorite snacks or special treats
Baking kit with ingredients for cupcakes or brownies
Consumable art supplies such as paint, construction paper, drawing pencils, crayons
Amazon Prime membership (music, movies, books, free Amazon shipping)
Netflix or Hulu subscription
Audible membership (great for someone with a long commute to work)
Monthly shipments of fruit, coffee, or wine
CSA share (Google "Community Supported Agriculture" to learn more)
Restaurant gift cards
Homemade food (I've linked a few Pinterest examples below)
You could also consider donating to a cause the receiver is passionate about (Compassion International, World Vision, and several other charity organizations even do Christmas gift catalogs).
This list is far from comprehensive, so please feel free to add your suggestions in the comments below!