Hi friends! It's no secret that I've been downsizing + minimizing over the last few weeks (months? years?) and oh man, does it feel good. But one thing that seems to come up over and over again in minimalist circles is what about gifts? Whether you're trying to come up with a gift for someone who does not like or want a lot of STUFF, or whether you yourself would rather not be the recipient of MORE STUFF, gifts are hard. But they don't have to be! In reality, there are tons of options for thoughtful, awesome gifts for the minimalists in your life, or things to ask for if family and friends are bugging you for ideas. Here are a few of my favorite ideas!
I don't know about you, but I would be thrilled if someone gifted me a gift certificate to have my car detailed! Dirt + crumbs + coffee rings + dog hair, be gone! I'm sure your town has a place that offers this service. Google around and treat the special person in your life to a luxury they're sure to love!
wine/beer of the month club
Does your person like to imbibe? They'll love this! Matt and I were gifted a Wine of the Month club membership for Christmas, and it was awesome to receive a box of wine (1 white, 1 red) every other month for a year! We tried lots of wines we wouldn't have otherwise. There's also a beer version, which I ordered for a friend, which looks awesome!
food delivery service
If your loved one is busy, but likes to eat (ummmm, everyone?!) arrange to have a couple of meals delivered! Services like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron deliver delicious meals with ingredients pre-portioned and ready to cook! I've never tried any of the services, but friends have and have enjoyed them.
have treats delivered
Reasons why life is amazing in 2016: ICE CREAM DELIVERY. Did you know that you can have amaaaaazing ice cream delivered to your (or someone you love's) door four times a year?! Dear mom and dad: please get me an ice cream delivery service instead of that sweater for Christmas. Love ya forever. You can also order cannoli, cupcakes, cookies and who knows what else!
I'm a big fan of experiences over things, and concerts definitely fall into the "awesome experiences" category. Check out the smaller venues in and around your town (or wherever the person you're gifting the tickets to lives) for lesser known bands. Pro tip: stalk the person's Spotify account to see what they're listening to lately, then google around and see if any of those artists are playing nearby! No shame in my gifting game, people.
Art museum have a cool exhibit coming up? Or maybe there's a history museum you'd like to frequent? Ask for tickets or a membership! We got a zoo membership for Christmas, and I am SO EXCITED to go see the tigers whenevaaaaaa my little heart desires. Indianapolis also has an amazing children's museum, and I plan to ask for a membership when Xavier gets a little older!
File this under experiences > things. Give your loved one some ideas for restaurants you love! They'll love to give you a date night out somewhere you'll enjoy, I promise.
Everybody loves a little fresh flower action in their house, am I right? It's one of those little luxuries that you often don't buy for yourself but super appreciate. I really love this company, and they ship nationwide now! For a more modest budget, pop into the grocery store and grab a quick, cheapie bouquet and leave it on your bestie's doorstep. Bonus points if you pair it with a bottle of champagne - another sorely under appreciated luxury. Champagne is not just for New Year's Eve, people. Champagne is for Tuesdays and Saturdays and everyday in between!
a plant - indoor or outdoor!
There's just something refreshing about having some green + growing in your space. Pick up an impossible-to-kill plant, like a succulent or snake plant, and tuck a Starbucks card into the pot, too. Or, choose an outdoor plant! Last year for my birthday, my sweet friend gave me a daisy plant, which I planted right by our mailbox. I love that it will come back every year, and always makes me think of her!
massage or other spa treatment
A sweet friend gifted me a prenatal massage when I was pregnant, and it was heavenly. Such a luxury, and something I never would have splurged on for myself! Book a massage, manicure, pedicure or other spa treatment for your mama or bff, and they'll love you forever. Or ask for one yourself! Sometimes, people just need the suggestion.
class or some fun experience
Cooking class! Dance lessons! Fencing class! Murder mystery dinner! Or something crazy like having to break out of a room in an hour! There are a zillion and one classes, experiences and fun things to DO out there. You'll spend quality time with someone you love, make new friends, and have memories for a lifetime - which is way better than a knick-knack on a shelf!
And for those who just HAVE to get you a bonafide, material gift, keep an up-to-date Amazon wishlist running! You can add items from any website, not just Amazon, and it's stuff you actually want/need. I keep one for myself/our household, and started one for Xavier as well. You're always going to have people in your life who want to actually wrap and hand you something, and that's okay! Maybe giving gifts is their love language. Giving them solid ideas of items you actually need, will use and would love is a great plan :)
What did I miss? Any other awesome ideas for the minimalists in your life? I'm all ears!