Finding a Gift for a Minimalist is Easy

A Minimalist’s Guide to Shopping for Your Minimalist Loved One

Minimalists ruin Christmas, birthdays, and every other gift-giving occasion. We block your love language by asking you to refrain from buying that scarf that screams our name at you when you pass it. We steal the magic of birthday wishes by underlining “no gifts” on the invitation.

At least, that’s the surface-level perception of a minimalist lifestyle.

The reality is minimalists love receiving gifts just as much as the next person. We have a different relationship with things than most people, which changes the gifts we’ll fully appreciate.

Thousands of perfect gifts already exist for your minimalist loved one. When shopping for minimalist this holiday season, remember these three words: consumables, experiences, and replacements.

Gift Us Consumables

A minimalist’s home still contains consumable products. We eat, drink, and pamper ourselves just like everyone else. A personalized consumable product is a perfect gift because we witness the thought behind the gift. It aligns with our values.

Consider what the person loves before purchasing a consumable gift. Do they love to take bubble baths? Are they a vegan foodie? What drink do they always order at happy hour?

My immediate family has perfected minimalist gift giving. Last Christmas, my parents gave my husband and me two food-based monthly subscriptions: a Vegan Jerky of the Month subscription and a Vegetable of the Month subscription. The gift was thoughtful because they considered our minimalist lifestyle and our love for food and cooking together.

Finding consumable gift ideas is easy. Consider what they love to eat or drink or ways they like to relax or pamper themselves and align the gift accordingly. You can play it safe and stick to something most people would enjoy, like chocolate, a bottle of whiskey/wine, or calming lavender body products.

Here are some examples to inspire you:

  • A loose-leaf tea sampler from your local tea shop.
  • Shampoo and conditioner set from their favorite salon.
  • A gift basket of soaps and disinfectant products to keep them safe during the pandemic.
  • An assortment of fancy candies from your local candy or chocolate store.
  • A few months to a tailored food or snack box subscription.

Gift Us Experiences

Get us out of our boring, empty houses with a gift of experience.

An experience gift is fantastic because you can design it based on your budget. For example, a gift for an art lover could be as inexpensive as planning a walking tour of your city’s murals or expensive as a trip to Paris to visit the Louvre.

Finding experience gift ideas is easy. Consider what they love or would love to do and craft an aligning experience. Do they love to try new restaurants? Have they talked about wanting to take a photography class? Do they love staying in and watching movies?

Here are some examples to inspire you:

  • A gift basket of snacks with a gift card to rent a few movies.
  • A date night picnic to watch the sunset.
  • Season passes to their favorite local attraction, like the zoo or state parks.
  • A weekend getaway to their favorite big city.
  • A gift card to tour a local distillery, vineyard, or brewery.

Gift Us Replacements

Minimalism is about removing negativity from our lives. Sometimes, we have to keep items that suck or are broken because we can afford a new one. Those less than desirable products in our lives likely cause negativity.

A gift that replaces an existing item with a better one is a great minimalist gift.

Here are some examples to inspire you:

  • A hoodie to replace the ripped sweatshirt they wore to dinner last week.
  • A food mixer to replace our sparking hand mixer.
  • A new area rug because you spilled wine on it last time you visited.
  • An upgraded vacuum because they just adopted a Newfoundland.
  • A small set of glass containers to replace the used food containers they use for leftovers.

Gifts demonstrate your care for another person. One way to show a minimalist that you care is to align your gift to their minimalist lifestyle. But, the act of giving is caring itself, so if you want to give your minimalist a random pair of socks, go ahead. Just don’t ask why you never see them wearing them. (It’s because they donated the socks the following weekend).

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Dr. BA, InfoSec | Privacy Technologist | Writing Topics: Privacy, Mental Health, Health, and Poetry.

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