A Minimalist’s Guide to Gift Giving

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After embracing everything wonderful about the minimalist lifestyle, including going full out with sustainable, minimalist Christmas decorating, there’s also the matter of gift giving and gift receiving as a minimalist.

Minimalism is all about adding value to people’s lives, and living life intentionally, by enjoying more of less.

But less doesn’t mean less fun, it means less materialism and more experiences and items that will last a lifetime.

It means memories and things that add value that will be cherished far longer than yet another pair of socks or gimmick that can’t be returned.

You don’t have to be minimalist to appreciate that your loved ones are going to find immense value and joy with this gift ideas. And it doesn’t have to be just for Christmas either, it could be for birthdays, anniversaries or just to show people that you listen and that you care.

A Minimalist’s Guide to Gift Giving

The gift of an experience:

One of the key elements of my preferred style of minimalism is the value of experiences over physical items. Based on the activities that your loved ones enjoy, why not gift them with a unique experience that they can go to, take part in or one that you can even share with them. These include:

  • Theatre/concert tickets
  • Cooking class vouchers
  • Gift voucher for a restaurant that does their favourite cuisine
  • Dance lessons
  • Yoga class
  • Theme park tickets/passes
  • Tickets to their favourite sporting event
  • A donation to their favourite charity
  • A weekend getaway
  • A spa day
  • Escape room tickets
  • A professional family photoshoot
  • Painting or pottery class
  • Music/singing lessons
  • A meditation workshop
  • Cinema Gift card
  • A homemade meal
  • A picnic, trip to the beach, a BBQ with their closest friends
  • coupon for your services: car wash, babysitting, pet sitting etc…
  • Outdoor movie night

A subscription or a membership

This is similar to an experience but involves signing them up for a subscription to something they’ve been wanting to, but haven’t, or that you know they’ll love. For example:

  • Subscription to Netflix or Amazon Prime
  • Spotify account credits
  • Museum/Library Membership
  • Subscription to a podcast or online magazine that they like
  • Audible subscription
  • Itunes gift card

Lifetime value gifts

These are physical items that your friends and loved ones will hold on to for a long time to come. Be careful with these because as with any physical item, you don’t want to be burdening someone with something they don’t want so be sure it’s something that will add value.

  • A kindle if you know they love to read
  • An empty journal if you know they love to write
  • A digital photo frame
  • A sustainable travel kit
    • metal straws
    • bamboo toothbrush
    • travel size wooden or metal cutlery set


If you’re unsure what to get someone because you don’t want to be the cause of them have more ‘stuff’ the safest way to go is with something that they love to consumer, whether that’s food or drinks or something to compliment one of their hobbies. This could be something else like:

  • Homemade baked goods
  • A good bottle of wine
  • Fine Teas and coffees
  • Chocolates and candies
  • Candles and Incents
  • Baths bombs or bubble bars
  • Soaps, facemasks and shower products
  • Nuts and Cheeses
  • Art supplies (for both adults and kids)
  • Premade food mixes (eg cookie or brownie mix)
  • Speciality sauces and spices
  • Gardening supplies (eg flower seeds, tulip buds etc)

Have you got any more gift ideas for the above lists? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Gifting!

Sit back, grab some Oreos, and I can’t wait to see what life has to offer us next.



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