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useful holiday gifts

Diane Quintana and I were talking about the most useful holiday gifts for people who are disorganized the other day as no one wants to add clutter to a home that is already somewhat filled up.  

That brought me to thinking of organizational gifts that I have received, truly loved, and used. I also thought of a couple of items that I have recently bought for myself. 

We love to buy our gifts early so there is no stress. When you are buying a gift for someone who is disorganized, you want to think about the recipient’s lifestyle and consider if it is something that they will really use.

Here are the 10 most useful holiday gifts:

1. Organize Your Home 10 Minutes at a Time

OK so these cards are our own product. We have already gifted decks of cards to our friends and family, and they positively love them! It changes the way they look at organizing and decluttering. 

2. Calendars or Planners

I especially like the Planner Pad but choose one that fits your recipient. One Christmas, a favorite niece bought an inexpensive calendar with pictures that matched our interests for everyone in the family (mine was world travel). In each calendar she wrote in everyone’s birthday and anniversary dates. What a gift of labor and time!

3. Purse Organizer

There are many out on the market so pick one up that matches your recipient and your budget. A dear friend of mine gifted me with a purse organizer that I have just about worn out. I don’t use it in the traditional way of making it easy to change out purses, mainly because I only use one purse. But it has been wonderful to drop a few necessary items in for the day and then put it into my tote bag. I use that tote bag when my husband and I are spending time at Emory hospital.

4. Organizer for the car trunk

I bought one for myself years ago that was similar to this Igloo organizer.  It’s great for my organizing supplies and for emergency car items that I keep in the back my car. Because it is one of the most useful holiday gifts, I have also gifted it to my family. They are using it and love it. There are many on the market, but I liked the one that had bags that fitted into each large pocket.

5.  Rolling Garden Seat Organizer 

My sister bought me a rolling garden seat organizer similar to this one many years ago. I love to garden, and this allowed me to put all my items for the day’s project in the cart and I could sit on it as well. This gift showed how well she knew what I would enjoy! A disorganized person will know where to look for their gardening supplies.

6. Greeting Card Organizer

We all know how much easier it is to find and send out cards in a timely manner if they are organized and at our fingertips. There are a lot of these on the market so choose one that matches up with your recipient. I like this one from the Container store. Go the extra mile and add a few cards and decorative stamps. 

7. Rolling Cart Storage

I personally don’t have this item but some of my disorganized clients have purchased them and love them. They use them in their communication center, art/craft room, or for homeschooling.

8. Label Maker

There are many brands out there. I have the one by Brother by my desk and another one in my organizing bag. I prefer a simple one, but you can get ones that make decorative labels. Think about the person you are giving it to. Do they want something easy and intuitive to use or do they want to have fun and get creative? If you are still within budget, throw in some extra tape.

9. Project Bins

Project Bins come in many shapes and sizes. I like some similar to this set to keep projects contained and off my desk. Disorganized people can use them to contain papers related to a single topic. These bins make a great pairing with the above label maker! 

10. Fingertip File Folder Container

What a delightful way to clear the desk of all those scattered papers. There are many on the market but since it is a gift I would like something pretty like this Stola one from Amazon. Go the extra mile and add some pretty file folders.  

When you are giving a gift to a disorganized person, consider their lifestyle, and if they will use the gift or if it will add to the clutter in their home. This list of what we believe to be 10 of the most useful holiday gifts is full of things almost anyone will use and enjoy. Connect with us on Facebook to get more tips like these.

Jonda S. Beattie, Professional Organizer, owner of Time Space Management and co-owner of Release Repurpose Reorganize, LLC, is based in the Metro-Atlanta area. As presenter, author of four books as well as a retired special education teacher she uses her listening skill, problem solving skills, knowledge of different learning techniques, ADHD specialty, and paper management skill to help clients tackle the toughest organizational issues. Jonda does hands-on organizing, virtual organizing, and moderates a Zone Plan Teleclass for those who prefer to work on their own with organizational coaching.



  • I received a trunk organizer a few years ago and love it! One section holds windshield washer fluid and empty shopping bags and I use the other one for shopping bags filled with light and/or fragile items so they don’t go flying around the trunk. And when I need more trunk space, it can easily be collapsed.

  • Lisa Gessert says:

    GREAT blog GREAT tips, I myself have given these gifts to numerous family members!! I also use Planner Pad and have for years…I just wonder who on my list would actually use it? Thank you this is great!

  • I love these ideas! I just purchased a purse organizer for myself! And, found one for the small backpacks as well. I got one for my daughter for Christmas! It is best to go with a light insert instead of the dark one, it is hard to see when the inside of the purse organizer is dark.

  • What wonderful suggestions for “organized” gifts! And of course, I LOVE #1, your organizing card deck (just 10 minutes a day.) This is especially wonderful for people that get overwhelmed with organizing. Breaking things down into those small, doable minutes can build momentum and get them unstuck. I also love the rolling cart and label maker. Because seriously, what organizer doesn’t love a label maker?

  • Seana+Turner says:

    I was just talking with a client a couple of weeks ago about getting a trunk organizer. She is an artist who works in mixed media, and she is regularly carrying a variety of materials to and from class and her home. I love these – terrific!

  • Purse and trunk organizers are a great idea! This is a nice, concise post with some fabulous gift ideas.

  • These are great gift ideas. I gave label makers as gifts one year, but lately, I try to give consumable gifts. I purchased some beautiful smelling hand lotion for my sisters this year. It’s something they will use, but they probably won’t buy “the good stuff” for themselves.

  • Julie+Bestry says:

    These are all great organizing solutions that seem like FUN gifts rather than “hey, you’re cluttery” but I especially like #s 4, 7, and 10, and I may have to talk about that Stola fingertip file container on my blog, but I’ll be sure to give you a hat-tip for finding it! And of course, your card deck is the bees’ knees! There are a lot of great gift ideas here!

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