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What do you get for someone who has everything? Or, better yet, what do you get for someone who wants nothing?
You want to buy your bestie something amazing, something meaningful for Christmas and then she breaks it to you:
“I really don’t want anything, I’m on a minimalist journey in my life right now.”
OMG, panic! What do you do?!
I mean, she’s your bestie and she doesn’t want anything?! What’s going on? You’re in full on panic mode. Who is this woman that doesn’t conform and want all my gift giving energy? Ack!
Instead of asking if she’s joined some crazy cult or become a member of fight club, take a moment, breathe, and then ask her this:
What does she need more of in her life?
Is it time? Less stress? Someone to help with meal planning?
Find something that could improve her everyday life or provide her with an experience she’d love. Then gift that to her.
If she still says no, be understanding of her wishes. Understanding each other and communicating expectations with others is the best way to keep gift-giving (or lack thereof) stress free.
If you still can’t resist the urge to buy a gift for the minimalist in your life, here are some ideas to get you started:
A Minimalist Gift Guide
Help her organize or declutter with a decluttering session. Is your bestie always wondering how you stay so organized and clutter free? If she is and would love to declutter her living space, why not offer your organization skills as a Christmas gift?
Gift her a personal style or capsule wardrobe session. If style is your thing, gift your friend a style session or capsule wardrobe decluttering session. Remember when Carrie from Sex and the City had to declutter her clothes closet? Yep. Make it fun!
Gift her some meal planning tips on cute notecards in your handwriting.
Simple self-care package. Put together a self-care package of items that you love with a handwritten note stating why you like them and why you believe she will. Maybe it’s your fave book with some tea. Or bath salts and a bottle of wine.
Handmade truffles, chocolates or baked goods.
Donate to their fave charity. If you must have them unwrap something, give them a card in a simple, gift wrapped box stating the charity they love that you donated to. My faves? Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund.
Wine. I mean, wine. Need I say more? If your friend enjoys a glass of wine, consider gifting a wine subscription or simply a bottle with a unique wine accessory. Another unique option is tickets to a wine tasting event.
Coffee/Tea. Gift a favorite tin of tea or bag of coffee. A word of warning here though: please don’t buy yet another cheesy coffee mug. I used to receive so many gift sets with awful mugs. I eventually had a collection of over 40 mugs because of, yep, Christmas. Gift the coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Forget the mugs.
Something handmade. Now, be careful here. You don’t want clutter and you want to offer something useful. Think art or an art print of a motivational saying that is meaningful.
Gift cards, cash, or maybe an Amazon Prime Membership. This is the simplest gift to give and the most appreciated.
Meaningful experiences. What friend doesn’t love time together with their bestie? There’s oodles of ideas here – think spa day together, hiking, tickets to an event, a home-cooked meal (this is my fave),
Yoga classes or other exercise class.
Museum or Art Gallery Pass.
Lessons or Classes to something they love. Here’s a few online course ideas that won’t break the bank:
- For the artsy gal: Wonderforest Watercolour Workshop, The Postman’s Knock Calligraphy Classes.
- For the writer or blogger gal: 30 Days or Less To Freelance Writing Success, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
Handmade mini cookbook. If you have a girls night at home, I’m sure you and your friends have a few favorite food and drink recipes. Why not gift a mini handwritten (or typed) custom cookbook for your gal pal?
Christmas is about togetherness — coming together and enjoying each others company. All of these gift ideas revolve around not giving the best gift or physical object, but about making a friend or family member’s life better in some small way. To provide them with an experience of joy and love. When we remove expectations about gift-giving, we open ourselves up to enjoy Christmas without the material getting in the way. This Christmas, give love, experiences, and time instead of furthering our counterproductive consumerist natures through things.
What ideas do you have for clutter free gift giving?