I absolutely love the idea of minimalism. I am by no means perfect at it (or even that good at it to be honest!) but I try to keep the principals in mind in my daily life. The amount of stuff I buy has dramatically reduced in recent years, and I’m much more mindful of what I consume. With this in mind, I have put together a Minimalist Gift Guide as something a little alternative to the numerous Christmas guides popping up this year – it’s all outlined in my brand new video!
If you’re more of a reader than a watcher, I’ve got you covered. Below is a quick outline of each of the ideas I mentioned
OK, so it doesn’t have to be a bungee jump, but an experience voucher is an absolutely awesome festive gift – and not just for a minimalist! If your friend or family member isn’t super adventurous, there are still lots of options. From an afternoon tea excursion to tickets for their favourite band’s next gig, the possibilities are endless. Making memories is something you can’t put a price on! Have a good think about things your recipient loves and try to tailor the gift voucher to their likes and personality.
Last year my sister got me a bundle of awesome bath bombs and bubble bars, which I stored in this super cute jar until I used them. The great thing about consumables, whether we’re talking thoughtful food and drink or something that has a quick use time, is that it’s not clutter. Again, the key is making it personal to the recipient – for example, last year I got Tiz a bottle of wine as similar as I could find to one we had in Paris on our 5 year anniversary a few years ago. It’s all about the thought!
Something You’ve Created
A classic ‘homemade’ gift is probably not the first thing you’d think to give a minimalist, but it’s time to think outside the box! My best example – for my sister’s 21st birthday, I made her a music video featuring a song that has always made us laugh. I went around the country (and beyond!) filming with her friends and our family members, and the end result made her cry with laughter. I screened it at her birthday party and she absolutely loved it. I did, of course, buy her gifts too, but this was something that (hopefully!) really stood out for her!
We all have a friend who is unflinchingly selfless, and cares infinitely more about others than themselves. I love the idea of making a donation in someone’s name to a charity or cause they feel passionately about – there are endless choices and everyone wins at the end of the day. Have a minimalist friend who loves dogs? Organise a donation to your local pooch charity (just be sure to do your research and make sure the one you choose is well-run and has good ethics). Does your family member have a special connection to a certain country? Why not find out if there’s anything you can do to help a cause in that place!
Every minimalist has certain things that they need, and whilst buying someone a life essential doesn’t initially seem that interesting, there are a million ways to make it awesome! Take the above example – wooden spoons. If your minimalist has just moved house and is in need of something as straightforward as utensils, why not get them the best utensils ever? These personalised ones from Not On The High Street are super special and totally adorable! You can apply the same thinking to so many everyday items to make them into brilliant (and appreciated) gifts!
What do you think to my ideas? Leave me a comment and let me know!