The holidays are just around the corner. And for me, that means a lot of Christmas shopping! It can be difficult for people who don’t live a minimalist to know what to buy a minimalist. I totally get it! I’ve been a minimalist for about 4 years now and before my lifestyle change I would have had a difficult time shopping for someone like me too. My hope is that this guide will help you find that perfect gift for your minimalist loved one.
1. Ask yourself what your friend values.
You might want to do a little investigation for this tip. It’s really important though. Is your friend a vegan? Do they not purchase plastic? Do they only shop fair trade? Are they local consumers only? Are they only organic consumers? The answer to these questions will greatly help you in purchasing a gift that aligns with the values of your friend or family member.
2. Look for reusable items that are plastic free.
I think it’s safe to say that most minimalist are plastic free. That’s because plastic can be very toxic for the environment and the body. Instead, minimalist usually go for reusable products this includes: mason jars, feminine hygiene products, wooden tooth brushes, cloth bags, baskets, on-the-go silverware sets, etc. When you shop for your friend remember to look for items that minimal plastic or items whose reuse items would be worth the trade off of the plastic packaging around them.
3. Look for high quality items.
No all high quality items are expense however some can get real expensive real fast. But maybe consider going in on a present with a friend. A minimalist would much rather receive one high quality needed item than more gifts they can’t really use or that don’t align with their lifestyle values. So ask Aunt Sally if she would be willing to go hafsies to get your brother that nice pair of fair trade vegan shoes he’s been waiting to buy.
4. Ask questions
Ask your loved one what their needs and wants are. Trust me, minimalist would rather you ask what they need and not be completely surprised than to support a product or company that doesn’t align with their values. Minimalist live radically compared to most societies around the world. Most are passionate about the environment and living a free and conscious life. Most would much rather receive gifts that align with their lifestyle goals and passions.
5. Consider doing something rather than buying a product.
Instead of buying a product take your friend or loved one to a movie, or other shared experience. Take them hiking or to their favorite restaurant. Your gift don’t have to be stuff, it can be a shared experience.
6. Be conscious about what you wrap your gift in.
If you do elect to purchase a gift remember that minimalist would rather that gift be wrapped in something they can reuse rather than toss. Consider wrapping your gift in cloth material, a reusable bag, or a wooden box.
7. Don’t buy a card out of obligation.
If you are going to write something very special than of course write a letter to your friend to go with their gift. But if you feel obligated to buy a card that says something super generic with a to and from message than skip it. Hand your gift to your loved one and skip the paper consumption.
Food is a great gift because we need food and most of us enjoy it! Buy your friend their favorite cookies, candy, or other yummy treat. Remember, to shop bulk if possible and to try to buy items wrapped in reusable or compostable packaging.
I hope my tips for shopping for your minimalist loved one helped give you insight and idea. Below are a list of possible gifts I would consider getting my minimalist friends and family.
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