What are the best gifts for a minimalist? It is hard to shop for someone who doesn’t really want anything. Yet minimalists want gifts – and their family and friends want to give them gifts. So what do you buy for someone who says they don’t want anything?
So, what is a minimalist? Minimalism means something different for everyone. Generally, minimalists just don’t want stuff to have “stuff.” It’s not like a minimalist gives up everything they own to live like a monk. Well, most don’t.
Minimalists just don’t want stuff for stuff’s sake. They don’t want to be tied down by things. A minimalist does not want one more pair of fluffy socks that they will never use. They don’t want random makeup or craft beers that they don’t like – simply because you had to buy them something. Minimalists generally don’t want their décor or sense of style dictated by other people, either.
The things that minimalists prize are time, experiences rather than stuff, and products that are of good quality and last a long time.
If you are looking for the best gifts for a minimalist, here are a variety of gift ideas in three categories: Indulgent, Sentimental, and Practical.
Indulgent Gifts for a Minimalist
*Flowers can brighten someone’s day and bring them joy. Why not put a smile on someone’s face with a subscription to eco-friendly flowers flown in straight from the farm (or volcano, in some cases!) The Bouqs is currently my favorite flower delivery website, and their subscription services are amazing. Choose weekly, monthly, or quarterly subscriptions – or choose pre-set dates that are important in your loved ones life. Get a $15 bonus at The Bouqs with my link.
*Ancestry DNA Test – Who doesn’t want to know where they came from? (See my actual test results and my review of AncestryDNA test compared to 23andMe.) This easy test – just spit in a tube – can reveal generations of history and a loved one’s ancestoral past. Along with showing ethnic makeup, an Ancestry DNA test offers a subscription to Ancestry.com, where established family trees can be easily found from possible genetic matches thanks to DNA testing. Save 10% with my referral link. (My analysis is below. Pretty cool, huh?)
* 23andMe Test – In addition to ancestry information, this easy test (again, just spit in a tube) reveals a world of health data. Some can be weird (like if your pee is likely to smell after eating asparagus) or helpful (your tolerance to caffeine – and whether that’s a reason that you’re up all night after a cup of coffee). The medical portion does test for major genetic red flags (such as a predisposition to certain cancers) that can be comforting or a wake up call. Rest assured, those types of results don’t just pop up in your extensive health assessment. To find the answers, you’ll need to answer several questions online that you are prepared to see the results, whether good or bad. See my review comparing how 23andMe compares to AncestryDNA – and my actual test results from this test.
*Subscription Boxes are the perfect gifts for a minimalist (Here are my best ideas). Pick a theme or category that they like, and a little something can be sent their way each month. Food subscription gift boxes are the best because everyone likes food and everyone has to eat, right?!
*A nice bottle of liquor or wine is a fine gift! Buy a locally produced vintage, or get a premium spirit that they’d never buy for themselves.
*Consider tickets to local events and experiences. Browse places like Viator.com for foodie walks, concerts, outdoor activities, etc. to gift to someone.
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Sentimental Gifts for a Minimalist
*Schedule a “date.” Pick a time for a coffee date, afternoon tea, seeing a movie or walking in the park. Or get a manicure or a spa day.
*Have access to a minimalist’s photos or videos over the years? (You know, like a family member who knows where they keep all of their previous vacation photos, school pictures, etc.?) Then have those precious memories preserved forever by having VHS videos digitized, photos scanned, etc.
*Create a video for your favorite minimalist. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just heartfelt. Scan photos and make a video photo collage. Or just make a video of stupid pet tricks. Whatever you do, make it something that speaks to their favorite things.
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*Time. Few people have enough time in their lives anymore. Offering to run someone’s errands for them, fix something in their house, walk their dogs, or cook a meal is truly a much appreciated gift!
*Giving gifts for a minimalist doesn’t have to mean giving “stuff” to the gift recipient. Sometimes they would be just as thrilled if you helped out someone less fortunate. A donation to Heifer International can help kids and adults around the world. Give unique gifts such as goats for milk or send a girl to school.
*Or choose a donation to a charity or project that means something to them.
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Practical Gifts for a Minimalist
*Everyone has a bed, right? And who doesn’t want to sleep in luxurious softness? Get a fancy set of sheets with a luxurious thread count to replace the polyester blends your loved one might be using now.
*Ditto with a new pillow. Upgrade your loved one’s current $10 polyester fiberfill pillow for something incredibly soft, supportive and healthy. Did you know that kapok pillows are soft as down feathers? Or that these organic cotton pillows are amazingly supportive?
*Add an extra layer of indulgence to a minimalist’s night time routine with a fluffy mattress topper. Again, everyone has got to sleep, right? And everybody deserves a great night’s sleep.
*A watch is both practical – and indulgent. After all, there’s something to be said for someone who wears a high quality watch. You always notice, right? My husband absolutely loves his JORD Wood Watch. (Here’s the wooden watch that he loves!) They engrave watches, which means this gift could be also classified as sentimental!
*No one has ever said “I need to workout less.” Make health and fitness an easier priority for your loved one with a TRX system. This easy suspension system is simply two straps that can be put over a door, or attached to a tree branch or a hook in the garage. It’s portable, folds up in a small bag, and uses a person’s own weight as the resistance – so no worries about overdoing it. This is what I use to workout. It really DOES work, even though it’s so simple.
*An Audible Audiobooks subscription can be enjoyed during a commute, workout, while cooking dinner or relaxing in bed. With every topic ranging from fiction and romance to memoirs and inspirational, minimalists will enjoy the convenience of an expansive library hidden on their phone.
*An iTunes gift card for family members with an iPhone buys gaming, music, and other downloads.
*Cash is always nice. Dress it up with simple origami techniques to turn those green backs into art. Check out these tutorials on how to turn a dollar bill into a butterfly, shirt and tie, goldfish and more.