For those whose loved ones need a more minimalist, clutter-free holiday (full-time RVers or not), finding thoughtful gifts that require minimal space can be problematic.
There are many gizmos and gadgets that are useful to RVing, and gift cards are always a good stand-by, but we have compiled some ideas to help stoke your creative gifting fires.
1. Yummy food items
If you’re sure of any food restrictions, giving a gift of homemade goodies is always a lovely way to celebrate the holidays. Include a recipe in your gift so your friends can enjoy your gift again in the future.
2. Events or experiences
Tickets to a concert/game/exhibit, a walking tour in a city they will be traveling, flight-seeing tour over a scenic area, hot air balloon trip, cosmic bowling, horseback ride…. The possibilities are limitless!
3. Service subscriptions
There is a multitude of online streaming services like Hulu Plus, Rdio, and Netflix that can provide a year’s worth of enjoyment without clutter. Other ideas could be an RV detailing service or AAA membership.
4. Lessons or workshops
If your loved one is looking to expand their experiences, they may be interested in a series of lessons to learn to play a musical instrument, speak a new language, polish their photography skills, or learn to make pottery.
5. Family portrait sessions
Find a photographer in their area willing to do a photo shoot of the family. Everyone likes professional photos, and they make good derivative gifts for grandparents and in-laws.
6. Nationwide Museum Membership
The North American Reciprocal Museum Association offers a nationwide museum membership that works with over 800 institutions in the US, Bermuda, Canada, and Mexico to provide members with reciprocal benefits, including free visits, museum coupons, and discounts on tours and lectures for weekends filled with art and culture across the continent.
7. Journals and photo memory books
Most people who enjoy traveling also enjoy journaling about their adventures and showing off photos of the places they have explored. Give a gift of a high-end journal or photo book and a nice pen to record their memories.
8. Donations in their honor
If there is a particular charity or cause that is important to them, many people enjoy the thought of giving a donation to a reputable organization in their name.
If you aren’t sure of a charity to give to, try Kiva where you give a gift card and your loved one can assign it to a microloan from a host of various people across the globe. As the loan is repaid, they can re-invest in another endeavor later on.
9. Handcrafted nomadic gifts
Give your beloved RVer a gift made by another RVer and help support other nomads who are making a living while on the road. These shops are crafts and products sold by RV artisans:
- Rambling Strong is selling beautiful photo landscape prints from across the US and mythical creature ink prints.
- My Faerie Tale sells whimsical print art and humorous “potheads.”