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The holidays can be a tricky time of year for the minimalists in our lives. And I totally get it. I wouldn’t call myself a true “minimalist,” but I do strive to live with less and appreciate what I have more. Clutter drives me absolutely bonkers, whether it’s at home, at work, on my phone or computer desktop, or even in my head. And several times a year I take a look around my spaces with a critical, editing eye to remove the things I truly don’t use – selling, donating or recycling as responsibly as I can.
But just like anyone else, I love the warm fuzzy feeling of giving and receiving thoughtful gifts. When shopping for the minimalist in your life, try to find gifts that:
- Downsize something they currently have
- Reduce their impact on the environment
- Make their lives easier, not cluttered
- Upgrade something they currently have
Below are my picks for great minimalist gifts. And be sure to check out my gift guide for the busy girl for more gift-giving ideas.
Perfect for the coffee lover in your life, this reusable glass coffee cup fits a tall Starbucks drink perfectly. Enjoy that peppermint mocha without adding to the landfill.
Store bulk cereals, grains, pastas and more in these sleek and simple, stackable storage containers. They’ll keep your pantry neat and tidy while showing off all your favorite ingredients and snacks so you’ll know exactly what you’ve got on hand.
The ultimate, powerhouse kitchen multi-tool, the Instant Pot is on millions of wishlists this year (including my own!). And for good reason. It’s a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker and more, all in one compact machine – taking up less counter or cupboard space. Make soups in 30 minutes, tender meat in under an hour, rice in five. Yes yes yes.
Minimalists tend to value experiences and so love to travel (but who doesn’t, amiright?). A travel kit like this one is perfect for storing toiletries and cosmetics, whether for trips or even in your oversized tote or car. This Herschel travel kit is made with super durable material and has their cute signature striped lining.
There’s little better than having a cocktail to kick off a much-awaited vacation. But ordering airplane drinks can get pricy quick. These carry on cocktail kits come with everything – just add the free mixer. Flavor options: Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule, Gin & Tonic, Champagne Cocktail, Bloody Mary.
Keep your phone and tablet powered up on-the-go with this lightweight portable charger. It weighs as little as a can of soup and charges the iPhone 7 almost seven times, the Galaxy S6 five times, and the iPad mini 4 twice.
Cashmere socks are a definite upgrade. Comfy cozy, oh-so-soft, and warm-but-breathable. I love the scalloped edges on the holiday set pictured above, so cute when they peak out from your ankle boots. There are also great options for the men in your life and more affordable options out there.
The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, have become the go-to authorities in the minimalism movement. In this book, they talk about how they got rid of their excess material things so they could focus on life’s most important “things”: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.
I love gifting books. There’s something so personal about choosing a story you’ve loved, that had an effect on your life, that you just couldn’t put down, and giving that experience to one of your people. Something you can talk about and share. These are just a few of my favorites:
- ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondō
- ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline
- ‘Lilac Girls’ by Martha Hall Kelly
- ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak
- ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ by Meik Wiking
These cleaning cloths are magic, saving hundreds of paper towels and letting you use less cleaning products. I’ve had them for a few years, and they still work wonders – trapping dust, cleaning counters, getting stuck-on grime off the stove. This set includes two glass cloths, a kitchen cloth with scrubbing pocket, a bathroom cloth, a window cloth, a dusting cloth, a stainless steel cloth, and a stovetop cloth.