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Reading in print offers its own kind of pleasure, so subscriptions to publications that the recipient loves are lovely — a gift that can be recycled. (Online subscriptions, while less fun to read in the bathtub, do prevent the clutter problem entirely.)

A subscription to Netflix, Hulu, or any other streaming video service is another sweet gift, especially if you attach a list of your own favorite shows and films to that service to give the person a place to start.

Likewise, the music lovers in your life are certain to appreciate a one-year subscription to a streaming music service like Spotify or Apple Music. Providing a playlist of your favorite tunes makes it personal.

If someone you know is going through a rough time, a gift subscription to an app that may help them relax would be a thoughtful gesture. “I recently gave a friend of mine a subscription to a year of a meditation app, and she really liked it,” says Miss Minimalist blogger Francine Jay, author of The Joy of Less and Lightly.

You could also offer a handful of guest passes to your health club or a punch card for someone’s favorite yoga studio — healthy movement is a great anxiety reliever too.

A year’s membership to a local museum or botanical garden often comes with extra perks, like preopening parties and shop and restaurant discounts, and it’s suitable for individuals or families.

Again, foodies are easy: Offer gift certificates to their local gourmet grocery store or, if they are starving for time, a subscription to a grocery-delivery service. A membership to an online grocery retailer, like Thrive Market, can also be a welcome resource.

Finally, for that someone who really does have everything, there is always flowers — specifically, a subscription for weekly or monthly flower delivery.

For more thoughtful presents that don’t add to life’s clutter, see “Minimalist Gift Ideas” from which this article was excerpted.

Jessie Sholl

Jessie Sholl is an Experience Life contributing editor.

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