Millennials ruin everything, apparently. Millennials have been accused of killing J.Crew, napkins, and sex (just to name a few). In recent years, my age cohort has killed yet another American hallmark — conspicuous consumption (R.I.P.). That’s right. More and more people are identifying as minimalists, and purporting to not really want anything for the holidays — even though you'll probably get them something anyway.
Minimalists often live with fewer material possessions and value experiences over things. While minimalism has gained traction in the United States over the past few years, it’s not just an Instagram trend. Some folks have made huge lifestyle changes in the name of minimalism. Folks who choose to downsize inspired an entire Tiny House Movement, and fashionistas from coast to coast swear by the capsule wardrobe.
There’s definitely nothing wrong with owning material possessions. But what do you get for a minimalist who keeps their consumption to, well, a minimum? During the holidays, it’s natural to want to buy gifts for family and friends to show your love and appreciation. Not everyone wants a bunch of things cluttering their space just because it’s the holidays. Shopping for a minimalists takes a little more effort, but it’s not impossible. In that spirit, we've put together this gift guide for the person in your life who really, truly, doesn't want anything. I mean, the gift guide itself isn’t minimalist because it has 16 items, but you get the point. Ahead, find gift suggestions for your favorite minimalists.
1. Words of Affirmation
2. A Donation In Their Name
Donation, Your Chosen Amount, Your Chosen Charity
Giving to others is the best gift. Consider donating in someone else’s name to a charity or organization they support.
3. A Coloring Book
4. A Heartfelt Message
5. A Library Card
Library Card, Free, Your Local Library
Libraries fit into the minimalist lifestyle. Sign your favorite minimalist up for their local library, if they're not already signed up.
6. A Framed Photo
8. Card Game
Games are a great way to bring folks together. If the minimalist you know likes to entertain guests, a game would be a great gift. Black Card Revoked is the perfect game for a family or group of friends that loves to celebrate Black culture.
9. Podcast suggestions
10. Movie Tickets
11. Independent Magazine
Independent media is seeing a resurgence. An independent, print magazine will keep the minimalist in your life informed, and they can recycle or give the magazine to a friend when they’re done reading. Banana Mag is a bi-annual magazine that's geared towards first-generation Asian-Americans.
12. Fresh Flowers Subscription
13. Home DNA Kit
14. A Gift Box
16. A Gym Membership
Most folks start resolving to exercise more around this time of year. Give your buddy a gym membership to help them stay fit.
Minimalists usually don’t like a bunch of material items, but that doesn’t mean they won’t want anything this holiday season. There are plenty tangible and intangible gifts you can share with the minimalist in your life.