The Best Gift Ideas (Throw it out Thursday)

by | Nov 11, 2021 | Blog | 3 comments

The holidays are coming up soon and most people have already begun shopping for Christmas and Hanukkah gifts.

We want to give things that people will really like of course, but let’s face it…

If the person you are giving a gift to is Organizationally Gifted and they don’t love what you gave them, they will either throw it out, re-gift it, donate it, or it will end up on a garage sale table.

If you are giving to an organizationally challenged person, you are just cluttering up their lives with more stuff.

DON’T DO IT! They will agonize over getting rid of it, or it will just become more white (clutter) noise in their home. Or it will be something else they own shoved somewhere out of the way contributing to their feeling like they can’t win!

If you are going to give a gift why not consider cash, or gift certificates, or an experience?  You can be really creative with giving cash and I have one example of how I did it!

I did this several years ago and it was so fun!

I got the idea from a dvd that Pam Young offered called, Everybody Loves Money

You can get lots of ideas from Pam when you click HERE.

This is what I did: I took fortune cookies (one at a time) and put them in the microwave for about 10 seconds. When you take them out, they are soft and you can open them up. Then I took out the fortune and replace it with another one molding the cookie back to shape.

I have a son who can be kind of a hot head at times, he gets angry a little too easily. So I thought it would be funny to tell him that I got him WISDOM for Christmas, and I asked him to open the gift I gave him with an open mind. I said this very seriously.

I had the fortune cookies in a little chinese food takeout box with a sticker that I printed out on it which read: “YouDontHaveToBeAngry.Com”.

I put stupid advise about not being angry in some of them as “fortunes” on the top so they were the first few he opened… and there were some with cash inside sprinkled in.

A few $20 dollar bills, some $10s a couple of 5’s, enough to make it fun to open them up… BUT I had all the $$ cookies on the bottom of the box.

The first few he opened said, “Don’t get angry all the time, it isn’t good for you!”

While I was sitting there saying, “Please Mike, listen to these words, they will help you, it’s because I love you that I got this gift for you.”

Of course he was getting mad as he was seeing what I got him, asking me, “Mom! Are you kidding me? How much did you spend on this crap?! These people ripped you off!”

Of course it was so funny when he began to see that money was in some of the cookies, and realized that it was all a joke…

Anyway, that is one idea to give cash. I know you can think of other creative ways to give money especially with Pan’s help!

This blog is just a reminder to think before you buy. Ask what people want or need and then, get what they suggested 🙂  Remember even the Organizationally Gifted Person has too much stuff and will appreciate getting things that they will use… 

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Much Love to You!

Do you need help getting out of the mess? Email me, tell me 3 reasons you need to get out of the mess and 3 things it will do for you, let’s have a chat! We can set it up when you contact me!


  1. Gayle Ritter

    Thank you, this was so cute. Remind your son how much energy is wasted when you get mad. When I was young, my mother remarried and I didn’t like him much for many reasons, but I remember he would not allow me to be in a bad mood in the mornings. He said it affected everyone else’s day. At the time, it irritated me but now I bless him for it. Not the same thing as your son but you get the point.

    • Kathy Roberts

      Hi Gayle 🙂 Thanks for leaving a comment. He’s mellowed with time… Love your step fathers advice and your willingness to see it even though you had differences. I appreciate you <3

    • Kathy Roberts

      Thanks for sharing that with me Gayle! I will be sure to tell him 🙂


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