Gifts for Minimalists. Sounds kind of like an oxymoron. I mean minimalists don’t want more stuff, right?? Wrong. We, minimalists, love gifts that are thoughtful, heartfelt, practical or consumable. It’s not that we completely eschew stuff, it’s that we try to own those things which we use or love. If it doesn’t fit into those descriptors, it’s probably not the best gift for a minimalist.
If you’ve ever struggled with what to buy a minimalist, this article is designed to simplify minimalist gift-giving.
Firstly, let me clear up something about minimalists and gifts. You’ve likely heard the minimalist in your life saying ‘they don’t want anything’ or ‘I don’t need 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. It’s nothing personal, but sometimes it’s easier to receive nothing than to cause offence.
No, if you’re giving a minimalist gift, you just need 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 toolOne of the best minimalist gift ideas is a useful life tool. It 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 somethingA book is one of the best gifts for a minimalist. If you’ve read a book that made you feel something deep or laugh out loud; gift it to your minimalist friend with a note explaining about how much you loved the book and why you think they will too. 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
You’ve probably heard us minimalists talk about how we value experiences over things etc. So it should come as no surprise that a great gift for minimalist friends and family is an experience. 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. Being consumable means edible gifts don’t cause clutter, making them the ideal presents for minimalists.
5. Your services
I can tell you, as a parent of young children, that one of the best gift ideas for minimalist parents is an offer of your time, in the form of babysitting, or preparing a dinner or family picnic. You can buy or make a beautiful gift card and handwrite your gift to them. Of course, your gift doesn’t have to be babysitting, it can be anything that needs doing. Whether that be painting the living room or washing the car or sowing a flower garden.
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.