Holiday Gift Ideas

We are getting closer to the holidays and I hope you’re using the set of holiday organizing printables to get yourself organized for the season. One of the biggest challenges (for me at least) is to come up with gift ideas that will truly please my loved ones.

As a professional organizer, I also look for function, as I don’t want to add clutter to anyone’s life. And because I also look for ways to bring organization to my friends and family, I look for great organizing tools that will fill this big job: be a holiday gift that will bring oohs and ahhs way past the holiday season.

Last week I shared 2 awesome gift ideas and this week I bring you 2 other equally amazing organizing products that can be great Christmas gifts. Here they are!

3. JOYS Family Household Notebook

The name  makes you smile and cleverly means “just organize your stuff“!

I learned about the JOYS filling system through my mentor, professional organizer Geralin Thomas and I immediately fell in love with it.

Catherine Anderson is the creator of this top-of-the-line household notebook and a filling system, which are both easy to implement, use and maintain as well as they are oh, so beautiful!

An excellent gift for a mom or dad JOYS Family is divided into 4 sections -Every day, Wealth, Wellness, and Interest- and all your kids’ information is kept in one place.

You can use it in a binder or in hanging files.

Combined with the Babysitter Notebook, Family JOYs is the perfect solution to keep your children’s information organized, easy to retrieve, and of course, to use.

Here is a testimonial from professional organizer Geralin Thomas on JOYS filling system

Congratulations on creating the Mercedes Benz of family organizing systems!

The JOYS products are upscale, comprehensive, and family-oriented.

Organizing connoisseurs will appreciate the quality of materials and aesthetic appeal while families will appreciate the thoughtful, detailed instructions.

As a professional organizer, the household notebook is a valuable resource in bringing order to the homes of my organizing aficionado-type clients who request only the finest products.

Geralin Thomas

4. Time Timer

If you have a child in your life, you heard this question: how much longer?

Mastering the concept of time is quite an achievement for a child and even for many adults throughout their adult life. Seeking a way to help her daughter “visualize” time the ingenious mom behind TimeTimer was actually creating a fantastic tool used by teachers, parents, and educators, and of course, professional organizers!

I have a TimeTimer on my own desk and my kids use it to time their homework and chores to their turn on the X-box.

I use it on my organizing projects with clients with ADD/ADHD, and I have gifted TimeTimers to my kids’ teachers, and they absolutely love it.

Unlike regular timers that will beep out of “nowhere,” TimeTimer lets you “see” the time passing and how much time you have left.

I can become easily distracted, so I have learned to use my TimeTimer to keep me focused on one task at a time. By setting it to 30″ for example, I know that in 30″ I’ll have a break from what I’m doing and can stretch, check the email or grab a coffee.

If you or someone on your Santa’s list is a teacher or parent, if you homeschool, have a hard time keeping track of time, or if you’re looking for a useful and innovative gift for your teachers, then TimeTimer is a perfect gift.

There you have it. Another 2 wonderful -and super useful!- organizing tools that can be great holiday gifts and that will improve your loved ones’ lives by getting them organized!

What are your favorite organizing tools that would be great gift ideas?



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  1. I could really use this. I am the first to admit I need all the help I can get. Thanks for allowing me the chance to enter.

  2. I need all the help I can get. Thanks for allowing me to enter this contest.

  3. ¡Hola! la verdad es que es un post muy ad hoc a éstas épocas, que es el momento en que uno se pasa buscando ideas para regalar, y sobre todo cosas diferentes a los años anteriores, el número 3 es mi preferido.


  4. I absolutely need a Time Timer! Thanks for sharing this innovative idea.

    1. Thank you Sharon! I love Time Timer and use it as we speak. I time myself in 30′ block and that keeps me going on 30″ bursts of energy! 😉
      Cheers and thanks for coming by!

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