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Gift Ideas for Relatives Who Don’t Need More Stuff

Jeanne Sager
ByJeanne SagerNov 22, 2021 | 2 comments

'Tis the season for scratching your head when it's time to buy gifts for those relatives who don't need more stuff. You know the type — in-laws who already have everything they could possibly need and then some, well-off siblings who really can buy anything they want, and that elderly uncle who is always trying to give away things from his house because he says "you can't take it with you."

Buying gifts is supposed to be fun! And if you're like me, you really want to find that perfect something to make someone's day. So how do you do that when you know they really don't want (or need) more things in the house?

It turns out there are subscription boxes tailor-made for this! These subscriptions are gifts that keep on giving. But even better? They're gifts that don't last forever!

Gift Ideas for Relatives Who Don't Need More Stuff

1. The Bouqs — For Brightening Their Day

Finished arrangement 3 days later with opened roses

Set up a regular flower delivery to give your loved one something to smile about ... and a gift that they can add to the compost pile when they're done, sending it right back to the earth to make lovely soil. Bonus: Flowers are scientifically proven to make you feel better.

About the Box: The Bouqs will send out fresh flowers as often as you want, so you can set your relative up for a weekly subscription, send flowers monthly, or limit it to just a few times a year. Let the brand choose the flowers or make specific picks based on the blooms you (or your loved one) like the best.

The Cost: Prices range from $40 to $70 depending on size of the bouquet.

Read our The Bouqs details and review to learn more!

2. Wildgrain — For Something Sweet

pile of wildgrain baked goods

Wait, you just got cookies, brioche buns, and tasty pastries delivered to your house? If you're thinking "I'll be right over," just imagine how that person who is so hard to buy a gift for is going to feel! A delivery of artisan pastries and breads that are ready to pop in the oven is a seriously sweet gift that won't stick around long!

About the Box: The first "bake-from-frozen" membership, Wildgrain makes fresh baked goods and pastas then flash freezes them so they're ready to be thawed and popped in the oven within 30 minutes!

The Cost: $89 per month

ACTIVE DEAL: $10 off your first box!

Read our Wildgrain details and review to learn more!

3. Atlas Coffee Co — For Giving Their Mornings a Jolt of Java

coffee beans being poured out onto a plate

Did you know a whopping 79% of Americans make coffee at home? It's hard to go wrong with a coffee subscription that can supercharge their morning routine ... and be slurped up every morning, leaving nothing to load down their shelves!

About the Box: Atlas Coffee Co. adds a little bit of mystery to mornings with new brews from around the world delivered to their doorstep every month. Each delivery comes with brewing recommendations plus the story of what makes each batch unique from the farming, processing, roasting and brewing.

The Cost: Boxes start at $9 a month; gift subscriptions are available.

ACTIVE DEAL: Use code MSA50 to Save 50% off your first subscription purchase

Read our Atlas Coffee Club details and reviews to learn more.

4. Firstleaf  — For Pumping Up Their Party

firstleaft wine box with wine bottles around it on a blue background

Thinking of bringing a bottle of wine to their holiday party? Why not take it to the next level with a wine subscription delivery? As soon as the party's over, those bottles can be carted out to the recycling bin for a gift that doesn't clutter the house.

About the Box: Firstleaf sends out six wines on the schedule that works for you, and every wine chosen by their team is tailored to your tastes! It's perfect wine for the party without having to wander the liquor store wondering which of the 100s of bottles to choose.

The Cost: A subscription is $40 per month. You can also buy printable gift certificates in amounts from $25 up to $200.

ACTIVE DEAL: Intro offer $39.95 + free shipping no code needed. No coupon needed - just use this link.

Read our Firstleaf details and reviews to learn more!

5. Blue Apron — For Solving the "What's for Dinner" Question

blue apron box with food all around it

Is there anyone out there who doesn't dread the "what's for dinner" question now and again? Solve the question with a thoughtful meal delivery gift subscription! This gift isn't one that will sit around!

About the Box: Blue Apron is the OG of meal delivery services, and there's a reason it's stuck around. The brand sends out everything you need to make dinner — literally, everything from the spices to the veggies and so on! A gift of this subscription can truly take a load off your loved one's mind for a few days, weeks, or however long you choose to keep it going.

The Cost: Plans start at $7.49 per serving. Pricing varies depending on the number of meals and serving sizes. Gift certificates are available in denominations of $60, $120, and $240.

Read our Blue Apron details and reviews to learn more!

6. BarkBox — For Pampering Their Pooch

open barkbox on a green background

For some people, the way to their heart is through their tummy. For others, it's through their pets! Get your Fido-loving auntie a regular delivery of dog toys that her pup will love... and eventually destroy so she doesn't have to store it all.

About the Box: BarkBox delivers themed boxes of toys and treats that dogs are barking about, tailored around your pooch's size and taste for chewing! Gift givers can pick up just one box or schedule deliveries every month for as long as they'd like.

The Cost: Boxes vary from $23 to $45 depending on the length of the subscription, and printable gift certificates are available.

Read our BarkBox details and reviews to learn more!


What are you gifting those hard-to-buy-for relatives this year?

Jeanne Sager
Jeanne Sager
Jeanne Sager has strung words together for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and more. A writer, photographer, and social media geek, she lives in upstate NY with her family and too many pets.

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The best gift is to DO something for them that is difficult or impossible for them to do for themselves.

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Jeanne @MSA

That’s a fantastic idea!

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