So, it’s almost the middle of November, which means that Christmas is just a little over a month away. Cue obligatory: “How did that happen!?” Yes, shocking, time moves forward. *Yawn*.
Anyway, this is also the time of year that everyone starts kicking their Christmas shopping into high gear. Twice today I got texts from family asking what I wanted for Christmas, and I have to say, I was a little stumped at first.
In case you didn’t know, I’m a minimalist. No, I’m not one of those people who only owns 100 items, and I don’t sleep on a futon on the floor. I just…don’t like having a lot stuff around me. I enjoy empty space, and having too much stuff gives me anxiety. If given the chance, I would rather declutter my house than buy stuff for it. The downside of this is, of course, that it’s tough for people to shop for me. First world problems much?
So, when my husband and my Mom texted me and asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, I had a bit of trouble coming up with a list. I’ve thought about it extensively, and here are a few things that I think every minimalist will appreciate.
Minimalist Christmas Gift Ideas
Even if your friend is a minimalist, I can pretty much guarantee that there’s at least one thing in their life that they’d like to have. For me, it was a new pair of slippers, a hot water bottle, and some candles. These three things encompass the three categories of acceptable physical gifts for a minimalist:
Replacing Something Old
I need new slippers. Mine are five years old and they’ve lost all coziness. They’re mostly just indoor shoes at this point. So, I asked for a new pair to replace my old pair. I’m ok with this physical item, because it’s replacing something that is old and needs replacing.
Something that Improves Their Life
My house is really cold in the winter time due to poor insulation, so having a nice and cozy hot water bottle would make my evenings infinitely better. I’m ok with adding this particular item to my inventory, because it would improve my enjoyment of life, while taking up almost no space, and costing little money. If there’s something you could add to your minimalist’s life that could make his or her days much easier, I say go for it.
The last item, candles, is an example of a physical item that I’m fine with receiving as a gift for Christmas, because I’m not going to keep it forever. Candles are consumable. No, I don’t mean I’m going to eat them (although some candles smell good enough to eat). I mean that I’m going to burn them, and then they’ll be done and I can recycle the container. I’m not going to keep my candles forever, I’m going to use them and then be rid of them.
I love receiving consumable gifts. This can span to a bunch of different items including soaps, bottles of wine, and cheeses.
Other Gifts to Give a Minimalist
There are also other gifts you can give your minimalist friend, including classes, movie money, gift cards, food, and your time. You can learn more about those by reading last year’s minimalist christmas gift guide. Buying for your minimalist friend doesn’t have to suck! You can still get them an awesome gift while abiding by their personal convictions.
What’re you getting the minimalist in your life this year?