A Minimalist Gifting Guide: 20+ Ideas To Get You Started

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Minimalist Gifting Guide

When it comes to gifting from the perspective of a minimalist, the goal is usually to find ways to give something that is not a physical item, if we can help it. One concern is the item will just get ‘lost in mix’. 

Just like shopping in day to day life, minimalists are very mindful, conscious consumers. They stay very aware of how they spend their time and money, and it reflects in their gifting style as well. 

With this in mind, we have set up The Three Principles of Minimalist Gifting to help navigate through ideas in order to find the perfect, meaningful gifts for your loved ones.

Minimalist Gifting Principles

The Gift Of Time

Time is saving them time, or giving them some of your time. The gift of time goes further than just what you see on the surface, you give them more time with their loved ones, more time to pursue the things they enjoy, more time to live life. 

Give the gift of 'Time'. The time you spend with others is the most valuable gift you can give.

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The Gift Of Opportunity

Opportunity is giving them the pieces to put together themselves. They are given the choice to realize the gift's opportunity. It puts it on them to do what they would like with it... personalizes it for them. Giving them an opportunity to take advantage of the gift you give on their own time/in their own way.

One way to look at this principle is to imagine gifting a library card rather than an individual book. It gives them the power to choose when and how they utilize the opportunity.

The Gift Of Experience

Experience is a gift for them to interact with, they can walk away with a new skill or memories made. (Also think in terms of time spent away from screens/phones/etc.

Minimalist Gift Experience

The Minimalist Gift Guide

Listed below are some gifts from each category to get you started:

  1. Subscription to their favorite magazine
  2. Book subscriptions through Kindle Unlimited and/or Audible
  3. Movie or concert tickets
  4. Culinary class or a cookbook
  5. Canvas painting class
  6. Enjoy arts & crafts at home with the kids with an Orange Art Box
  7. Give your time by helping out with a project they have
  8. Give them extra free time with less trips to the grocery store through Shipt
  9. Less trips to the store overall with Amazon Prime
  10. Offer to babysit or pet sit for the night or weekend 
  11. Set aside a specific date to give one on one time to someone
  12. A Yoga subscription and/or yoga at home with a starter yoga kit
  13. Passes to a state park (if they don’t use it you’ve still helped out the parks)
  14. Tickets to an event or local attraction/museum
  15. Donate to the charity of their choice, or check out Kiva for a more hand's on approach
  16. Invest in their health with a Thrive Market Membership
  17. Invest in their mental well being with a journal
  18. Homemade candle making kit 
  19. An herb garden, house plant, or terrarium that they can tend to all year
  20. Day trip to the spa or a massage 
  21. Or try something a little more unique like acupuncture or a salt cave
  22. Gift a group activity with tickets to a sporting event or an escape room
  23. Board games (CatanTicket to Ride, and Forbidden Desert are some fan faves)
Minimalist Gifting Guide

Your Ideas?

Hope you were able to gather some helpful ideas!

What are some of your favorite gifts to receive (that aren’t necessarily ‘things’)?

About The Author


Krissy is a writer and lifestyle blogger. She is passionate about health & wellness, the joys of simple living, and overall life balance. 

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