Ideal Gifts For Minimalists

Ideal Gifts For Minimalists

It’s that time of year where we’re all considering what gifts to buy and who to give them to. Gifting and the minimalist lifestyle can be tricky. It should always be done in a meaningful and heartfelt way, never a knee-jerk response to feeling obliged to do so or a rushed response to an unexpected present. It’s a good idea to discuss "simple gifting” with your friends, family, and anyone else you might exchange gifts with so everyone is on the same page. Whether you’re a minimalist yourself or purchasing a gift for someone who follows the lifestyle, this is a guide to the ideal gifts to buy the minimalist in your life.

A note on gifting charitable donations: I’ve see this recommended on almost every minimalist gift guide I’ve come across and I can’t help but think it’s a terrible idea. Unless you know for certain someone supports a specific charity, avoid charitable donations of any kind. While it might be a well intended gift, there are lots of reasons why someone might not support a charity or cause and donating money to it in their name could cause upset.


One of the best gifts anyone can receive is an experience. Gig tickets, activity days, performances, shows, wine tasting, or dinner; you could even gift a learning based experience teaching them a new skill. If you’re considering gifting a physical experience, make sure they are an “activities person” and if it’s a skill based experience you know what they would enjoy doing. It’s also worth considering whether it’s an experience they could happily have alone or would be better enjoyed with someone by their side. You don’t want to force them into a position where they have to buy a second ticket just so they don't have to go alone.


If you know someone subscribes to streaming services or enjoys going to the cinema, paying for their subscription renewal is a perfect gift. It’s something you know they like and will continue to use in the future. Subscriptions to Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, or Amazon Prime are all services a lot of people use and would appreciate having access to or their subscription paid for. Memberships to local attractions such as museums, galleries, botanical gardens, or even the National Trust are ideal gifts for those interested in local attractions and the creative arts.

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The Sweet Life Hamper* from Harvey Nichols


It’s the perfect gift: useful, clutter-free, and hard to get wrong. Gifting consumables is almost always a hit and there’s plenty to choose from: food, drink, ingredients, gourmet items, even handmade goods. You could make them yourself and if you buy from independent businesses you could get them something really unique. The only trouble to be aware of is dietary requirements so either double-check or avoid the biggest allergens. Hampers make fantastic gifts especially for couples or families; they usually contain a selection of consumables with a little something for everyone. If you know the person really well, you could even make one of all their favourites or purchase a luxury hamper for everyone to dig into.

Practical Gifts

Practical gifts are often things we need or want but don’t particularly want to buy ourselves. Things like socks, candles, tools, or food supplies; they’re all incredibly useful and practical but not much fun to spend money on. These gifts are more suitable for family members rather than friends - especially if you’re buying underwear! - but if you know someone needs something, you can't go wrong with something you know they’ll use (even if it is incredibly boring). Other slightly more exciting yet still practical gifts include things like eReaders or speaker sets, kitchen gadgets, and home improvement tools. Just make sure the person you’re gifting them to have expressed an interest and could make use of them.

Gift Cards

Gifting money can feel a little soulless to some yet the alternative might be to gift something unwanted, the perfect compromise? A gift card. If you’re unsure about where they like to shop, do a little research (ask some friends or family) or alternatively just stick to multi-brand websites. Ask a few questions about where they like to shop for homewares, clothes, or everyday essentials and you’ll quickly find out where they like to shop.It’s a way of gifting something a little more thoughtful without having to guess what they would appreciate.

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Ideal Gifts For Minimalists