I shared a bunch of gift ideas for minimalists right here, but what about their kids? I just re-organized our toys recently and it has me thinking a lot about how much kids need, and how to handle the subject of gift-giving when it comes to kids.
When birthdays or holidays roll around, this might be a helpful list to forward to your relatives and in-laws, or to bookmark if you have a minimalist in your life and you're stumped as to what to gift their children that they won't be annoyed by or end up donating! Of course, I firmly believe that you don't need to give gifts to celebrate people. However, I also recognize that giving gifts is how some people show love and they might need a help when it the kids in their life whose parents embrace a simpler lifestyle :) Here are my best options!
Books. Always a good idea to double check with the parents, but most minimalist parents won't object to books as gifts. Bonus tip for you minimalist parents: make an Amazon wishlist of books you'd love your little one to receive! I made one before Xavier's birthday, and it was so handy to be able to send that to people who asked for specific gift ideas. This one and this one are on Xavier's wishlist!
An experience or activity. An experience always trumps a THING, in my book. Gift a day pass or gift card to a museum or zoo (make sure they don't already have an annual membership, or plan a day to actually go with your friend and the littles! Ask the parents if there is a day camp or fun class they've been dying to take. A homemade voucher for an ice cream date, a date to paint pottery (or giftcard if you're far away) or tickets to a sporting event or show would also be so meaningful!
Something they need. As a minimal-minded mama myself (say THAT ten times fast), I always love receiving something Xavier NEEDS as a gift. Ask mom or dad what their tot needs, and pick something to give them! I know it seems boring, but they'll think of you every time they put on those fire truck jammies you got, or each time they zip up your gift of a winter coat. Bonus tip for parents: keep an Amazon wishlist of things your babe needs or items you'd like. You can pass that along when relatives or friends ask!
An outside toy. Personally speaking, I'm more laid back about the amount of outdoor toys vs. indoor toys, because I generally don't have to pick them up or maintain them as much. Check with the parents to see if there's something fun for outside you can give. Bubbles, a ball, a play tent, a kite, a hula hoop, a water table, a mini trampoline, a swing, etc.
Craft supplies. Again, ask your friends (the parents), but I know many mamas would love a gift that re-stocks the craft closet. We are always going through crayons, paints, foam brushes and stickers (sooo many stickers.) Putting together a cute little gift bag of well-loved art supplies would be so thoughtful and useful!
A fun subscription. There are so many cool subscription boxes nowadays, including some great options for kids! Gifting a subscription to KiwiCrate for the little scientist in your life, a Little Passports box for the future traveler or KidStir for the next master chef would be the gift that keeps on giving, literally! Tip: google "subscription boxes for kids" to get even more ideas!
Minimal mamas - what did I miss? Anything else you'd add? I'm always on the hunt for more suggestions!