The Minimalist Gift Guide (What To Get The Person That Has Nothing)
Minimalism is certainly a massive trend right now, and with all the advantages it brings both to the environment and our wallets, its not hard to see why.
However, when it comes to buying gifts for the minimalist in your life, things can get a little tricky. After all, you don't want to buy items that will clutter up their otherwise pared-down home. Fortunately, below you will find some ideal gifts for the minimalistic your life, along with an explanation of why they are so perfect. Keep reading to find out what they are...
Coffee and tea
Consumables in their many forms make a great gift for the minimalist because they are not permanent items that they will feel obliged to either have in the home or throw away adding to the landfill problem.
In particular, choosing some fancy coffee or tea can go down very well as a gift. You won't have to look far to find expensive brands either, as even a simple tin from a high-end store can set you back a fair whack.
Of course, the best approach here is to find out what the person you are buying for really likes and match your purchase to that. It's also a smart idea to make sure that the coffee or tea you choose is fair trade and that any bags and packaging are plastic-free, compostable, and recyclable too.
Additionally, if you are looking for a more substantial gift in this area why not go for a fair trade coffee or tea subscription? Then you can give the minimalist in your life a whole year's worth of joy, without cluttering up their home.
Similarly to tea and coffee, chocolate can also make a perfect present for a minimalist. After all, once they have had the enjoyable experience of consuming it, there is nothing left behind to clutter up their space.
However, it is worth bearing in mind, that not all chocolate is created equal in the eyes of a minimalist, especially if they are committed to this way of life because of ethical considerations. Indeed, chocolate and the companies that make it are not always known to be the most ethical in their work practices or in the way they package their products.
With that in mind, slavery-free and fair trade chocolate options are the best. As are ones that come in 100% recyclable packaging, rather than in large glossy boxes and plastic trays that are disposed of after a single-use.
Another way to approach the conundrum of choosing a gift for the minimalist in our life is to choose something that has sentimental value. Many minimalists are OK with keeping things in their home, as long as they have an emotional meaning associated with them.
Of course, one of the most effective ways of ensuring that the gift you choose has sentimental meaning is to pick a small jewellery item. Indeed, pieces like these silver stud earrings will take up very little room in a minimalist jewellery box. Also because they are silver they will go with just about everything and that means they’ll show plenty of utility too. Not to mention the fact that you could choose a design that has specific meaning between you and the person you are gifting them to.
Similarly, gifting a content subscription to the minimalist in your life may be just what they are looking for. Indeed, the benefits of such a present are many and include that there will be no physical item to clutter up their property, and you will be providing much-appreciated entertainment.
There is even an ethical side to choosing a content subscription as well, as by choosing to give subscriptions from platforms like Patreon you can help support independent producers and small businesses.
A lot of people worry about giving gift cards in case it feels like no thought has gone in to it , but they are actually a very good choice for someone following minimalist principles in their life. This is because they can use the money to put towards something they both really want and need!
Also, remember that gift cards and vouchers don't have to be for physical items like furniture from Ikea or a book from Amazon. Instead, why not consider treating the minimalist in your life to a fun experience like an afternoon tea, a spa day, or even a race car day. After all, part of the minimalist creed is to collect experiences rather than things, so they will no doubt be delighted with such a gift.
Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other suggestions.