Tis the season for giving! Bulky gifts can be hard to avoid, especially when material goods are culturally ingrained. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Rosie Pig / Via vine.co If you have cramped storage or know someone who's decluttered, you can opt to give or ask for experiences instead. Convincing others to reprogram and forgo stuff can be hard, but it's not impossible."Personally, I always emphasize to my friends and family that I prefer their presence to presents — and try to make the holiday season one of get-togethers instead of gift exchanges," says minimalist blogger Francine Jay in an email, the author of The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life.Here are some ideas to get started: 1. Concert tickets. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Even if the show is a light-year away, you can relive the excitement of receiving it all over again as the date gets closer.Parents especially forget to treat themselves after decades of raising kids. Surprise them with tickets and try to tag along if you can afford it. We totally get that Michael Bublé or Mamma Mia isn't your bag, but watching their faces be aglow with concert lighting and pure joy is worth every penny. 2. A massage. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via plus.google.com Purrfect for anyone with an iota of stress. Check sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, Lifebooker or more for deeply discounted sessions. 3. A guilt-free exemption. miss minimalist / Via missminimalist.com Here's a certificate from Jay's blog, Miss Minimalist. She recommends sending it as early as possible so that everyone can have one fewer thing to worry about. 4. A tasting. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Beer, wine, and whiskey are all valid candidates for a tasty evening out. Better yet, host at home for added coziness. Keep score or just try and discover new favorites. 5. Offer to babysit someone's kid. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via giphy.com You know what hardworking people love? Breaks. Even a few hours to give new parents a chance to sleep can perk someone back up. 6. Or watch their dog for a day. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via tumblr.com Get the bonus puppy therapy for yourself while they get to kick back from having to watch every surface in the house every waking moment. 7. A nice little walk. MTSOfan / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: mtsofan When's the last time you really strolled distraction-free? It might feel foreign to leave the phone at home, but if you're worried about an emergency, think of the centuries that people went without them. (Or just promise you won't look at it. Promise?)Prime peaceful time is after bad weather: Stop and and revel in some fresh petrichor, or the smell after a fresh rainfall, and enjoy the empty streets. Better yet, grab some leaves to press and dry with the kids. 8. A puzzle. Brad Montgomery / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: bradmontgomery Any one will do, even if it's a dusty box of a cheesy wolf montage you found at your local drug store. Grab some wine or sweet treats, a loved one or two, put on music or Serial and get crackin'. 9. Cook something for someone. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Disney / Via gemini-dragon-gifs.tumblr.com Some people depend on robot cooking because time is a luxury, so treat them to something homemade. Make your ~*specialty*~ (spectacularly gooey grilled cheese with triple the slices counts). You can also try something new with a willing partner. Unless disorder makes your eye twitch, the messier the kitchen, the more fun! 10. Tickets to pretty much anything else. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Sports, a weird opera, a high-school theater production for nostalgia — the possibilities are limitless. Go to a matinée and pair it with that nice walk you were already planning to discuss why we have to wait another year to see the second part of Mockingjay. 11. Perishable items. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF adult swim / Via tumblr.com One of Jay's top 10 minimalist gifts: consumables! Treats, booze, or other fancy gourmet foods can make anyone happy — especially if you crack them open with the giver. 12. Tokens for an arcade. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com You're never too old to play air hockey or remember the times when you didn't have a license. 13. Go cosmic bowling. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Relive the birthday parties of yore, but this time with beer. 14. Gift cards for fine dining. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via awesomegifs.com Get creative! Find one restaurant per meal and give a whole day's worth for brunch, dinner, and dessert (which they can, of course, spread out). This can double as a wedding gift, too, especially when items from a registry have all gone. 15. A music or TV subscription. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Berliner Philharmoniker / Via digitalconcerthall.com Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Rdio, and HBO GO are standards and reduce DVD clutter.But if you want to branch out, try something like a year's subscription to the Berliner Philharmoniker, one of the best orchestras in the world. A lot of devices support the live streams on your TV, and you can invite others for a performance and pretend you're there. They also archive them for your merry perusal.Jay's membership suggestions are endless: You can gift admission to a museum, zoo, botanical garden, or other cultural institution, too. 16. Give an animal in their name. JCVD100 / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: jcvd100 Heifer International helps bring animals that can provide wool, milk, eggs, or more to those in need. You can gift anything from honeybees to goats, and if you want to spring for a big donation, a whole ark!