The question to trump all questions is no longer “What to buy for a person that has it all?” but “What to buy for a person who doesn’t want it all?”. The minimalist approach to life means wanting to live with fewer material possessions and that is why gift-giving for the minimalist in your life comes off as a challenge. But, just like any challenge, it can be fun, too, so here are some ideas for the most thoughtful gifts you could give to a minimalism-lover 3 days before Christmas with no stress!
A chance to learn
Since minimalism is all about having less stuff, it is easiest to opt for an experiential kind of gift. For example, if your minimalist friend is not much of a cook, give them a possibility to learn and gift them with a cooking class or museum/botanical garden membership. We live in a golden era of information, so knowledge and the possibilities to learn various things are at our fingertips.
There are many online courses you can purchase for a friend and give them a chance to improve their resume or learn a new skill and start a hobby that they are sure to appreciate.
For the fitness fanatic in your life, why not gift a yoga class or gym membership to continue their love of exercise. This gift will also work for that friend that always sets their New Years resolution to hitting the gym more, because really if its a gift it would be rude not to go! You can even make their life a bit more adventurous by gifting them a shot of adrenaline; a bungee jump, skydiving, or rock climbing might be just the thing your minimalism-loving friend needs in 2017.
The minimalist approach applies to cosmetic products and makeup as well – minimalists tend to have a capsule cosmetic bag packed with high-quality and multipurpose products. Fewer products mean less damage to the skin but minimalist-approved cosmetics has to be packed with fresh ingredients which are safe and natural. Besides, finding a certified organic, natural and vegan cosmetics can be a real nightmare sometimes, so that’s why the Inika natural makeup kit might be the perfect gift.
If it is material, make it consumable
Who doesn’t like getting a gift that you can actually use and it’s even better if it’s something you can eat. A bottle of fancy wine, a bag of coffee from a local roaster, or a home-made meal can be a real winner if you know the taste of the gift receiver. A healthy dinner prepared at home with fresh ingredients and a nice chat can be a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas and to start a new gift-giving tradition. Time is something everyone lacks, so why not make it a gift?
Help the unfortunate
Speaking of time, you can always donate it to those in need; sometimes your time is more valuable than any amount of money you could give to charity. Ask your minimalist friend to come along and make your gift thoughtful. Offer to volunteer together at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter or animal shelter. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about. Another option is always to give to charity in someone’s name. Not only will you show your friend how much you care, but you’ll also help the fight for the good cause.
As you can see, giving a gift to a minimalist in your life isn’t that hard, it just needs some thought. Put some effort in it and it’ll surely pay off since there’s no better feeling than getting the perfect present for a person you care about. All that and no need to brave the Christmas shopping crowds just before Christmas!
Sophia Smith is our wonderful new Australian-based beauty, lifestyle and health blogger. She is super passionate about yoga, organic food and a healthy lifestyle. Sophia is regular contributor at Ripped and High Style Life sharing her thoughts and advice on how to lead a healthier life.
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