Minimalist Christmas Gifting
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’ and added to the other pile of 'things' collected on Christmas morning.
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 this season.
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' this Christmas. The time you spend with others is the most valuable gift you can give.
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.)
The Minimalist Christmas Gift Guide
Listed below are some gifts from each category to get you started:
- Subscription to their favorite magazine
- Book subscriptions through Kindle Unlimited and/or Audible
- Movie or concert tickets
- Culinary class or a cookbook
- Canvas painting class
- Enjoy arts & crafts at home with the kids with an Orange Art Box
- Give your time by helping out with a project they have
- Give them extra free time with less trips to the grocery store through Shipt
- Less trips to the store overall with Amazon Prime
- Offer to babysit or pet sit for the night or weekend
- Set aside a specific date to give one on one time to someone
- Yoga class passes and/or yoga at home with a starter yoga kit
- Passes to a state park (if they don’t use it you’ve still helped out the parks)
- Tickets to an event or local attraction/museum
- Donate to the charity of their choice, or check out Kiva for a more hand's on approach
- Invest in their health with a Thrive Market Membership
- Invest in their mental well being with a journal
- Homemade candle making kit
- An herb garden, house plant, or terrarium that they can tend to all year
- Day trip to the spa or a massage
- Or try something a little more unique like acupuncture or a salt cave
- Gift a group activity with tickets to a sporting event or an escape room
- Board games (Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Forbidden Desert are some fan faves)
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 part-time blogger who writes on a variety of topics including: health & fitness, mindful living, interior design, fashion, and travel.