Chances are if you ask a minimalist “What do you want for Christmas?” the response you get will be “Nothing.” And it is true. Your person isn’t just being coy – the truth is he or she probably can not think of an item that they want to receive. As a minimalist myself, I dread the commercialism of the holidays and often feel bad for seeming “difficult to shop for.” The truth is I do not want to receive something that I will feel guilty for giving away a week later. While that may seem harsh, it is painfully accurate. I decided this year to try and help my fellow minimalists – as well as those who have one on their shopping list – to make this holiday season a little less… difficult.
Holiday Gifts for Minimalists
Donation to Favorite Charity
When I received a card in the mail that informed me that my Weekly Mastermind Group had gotten together and donated towards my local animal shelter as a wedding gift, I literally teared up. Those ladies knew that the animal shelter is near to my heart, and their generosity was overwhelming. What is he or she passionate about? Make a donation to that charity in their name.
Food & Drink
One thing we all have in common – we gotta eat! Giving a gift that includes food – whether a restaurant giftcard or a basket of goodies from your local market – is a great gift for anyone on your shopping list. If your minimalist is a wine lover like me you can even send wine! I mean, does it get any better?!
Minimalists know that true happiness is not found in STUFF but in moments. Our focus is to rack up experiences the way some people like to rack up pairs of shoes! Giving gifts such as music lessons, event tickets, interesting classes (like Painting with a Twist for instance!) will be well loved.
Many minimalists love to read… we just do not want the clutter of books. The gift of an Amazon or Kindle giftcard will allow your loved one to download the book he or she wants right to their favorite device. You can also get magazine and newspaper subscriptions which can be delivered right to their favorite device or email.
Their Personal Collection
Even the strictest of minimalists have a collection of some sort. For me, it is Pandora charms, which are small and dainty and remind me of love and occasions in my life. I also love succulents – which is pretty much the unofficial flower of the minimalist community.
Ultimately, this is the best gift you can give – to your favorite minimalist – or anyone on your holiday shopping list. Time is the one thing we do not get more of, and spending quality time with those you love is the best gift of all.