Do you have frugal, minimalist-type friends and family, who make gift-giving awkward?. This is a public service announcement from one of those awkward minimalist types. The type who say “I don’t want anything”.
We don’t really mean that we don’t want anything. We mean we don’t want any old thing to fill the quota of giving gifts. We’d rather have nothing, than some crappy junk we won’t use but have to hang on to for aeons in case you visit and notice it’s gone.
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No, if you’re giving a gift to a minimalist, you just have to work a little harder. But, rest assured your hard work is worthwhile, as your gift will be something they will treasure forever.
Here’re 9 mind-blowing gift ideas for minimalists (that won’t be donated to charity in January).
1. A useful toolIt doesn’t have to be an actual tool, although something handy like a Leatherman multi-tool would be awesome. It could be something they’ll use all the time that actually makes their minimalist life easier. For example, before I owned my Breville Cafe Roma I would buy expensive coffee, every single day. That cost me over $30/wk. The coffee machine gave me more cash and more time (as I could make coffee whenever I wanted and not have to visit my local barista). It also stopped me from feeling bad whenever I threw out a disposable cup.
2. A book that’s changed your life or made you feel somethingIf you’ve read a book that you loved or made you feel something deep; gift it to your minimalist friend with a note explaining why you loved the book. Tell them to pass the book on to someone else when they are finished. For extra brownie points include a handmade voucher for a coffee date to discuss the book when they’ve finished it.
3. An experience they’ve always dreamed of
Perhaps your loved one has mentioned they’d love to go hot air ballooning or try bungee jumping. Maybe they are budding connoisseurs of wine and they’d enjoy a wine tour. Gifting an experience is a guaranteed way to make your minimalist friend happy.
4. Sweet homemade treats
I especially love getting homemade fudge or coconut ice in a mason jar. But any sweets presented nicely make lovely gifts.
5. Your services
You can buy a beautiful gift card and handwrite your gift to them. Whether that be painting the living room, or babysitting their kids whilst they go hike a local trail.
6. Something that needs replacingPerhaps you’ve heard them mention one of their favourite things broke. Or their cherished Black Hi Top Chuck Taylor‘s have a hole through the sole (if my husband or mother are reading this hint, hint, hint).
7. A charity donation in their name
A gift idea that warms the heart and makes the world a better place. For more information check out this site: Oxfam Unwrapped
8. Fancy wine
A lovely bottle of red wine will always go down a treat.
Fresh-cut flowers are meant to be enjoyed and then discarded – preferably into compost. The perfect gift for a minimalist.
We’re not anti-stuff as such, just anti-junk and anything that doesn’t add value to our lives. Minimalists tend to value experiences over things, but the things we keep are things we adore. Any of the above ideas are firmly entrenched in the adore list.