What to get the person who... doesn't want anything?
The best gifts for minimalists
What do you get the person who has everything?
We've all heard this classic question. Some think these people are the hardest to buy for, but they've clearly never met a minimalist. What do you get the person who has very little and wants nothing? Now that's the real conundrum.
Well, we're here to help. Here's our roundup of the best gifts for minimalists to give you some much-needed inspiration.
1. Audiobooks and ebooks
The Venn diagram of minimalists who like to read is basically a circle, which is a problem, because the only physical books they have are there for aesthetic reasons.
That said, you can still feed their bookworm tendencies without burdening them with what they would no doubt label as "clutter" (a.k.a. real books). Simply opt for books of the digital or sonic variety.
If they've got a Kobo ereader, grab them a Kobo gift card. If they're a Kindle user, opt for an Amazon gift card (which they could also use to subscribe to Kindle Unlimited). Otherwise, if they prefer audiobooks, you could simply go for an Audible gift card.
The key to getting a minimalist the perfect present is utility. If it's practical, you're onto something good. If it's practical and aesthetically pleasing, like a Memobottle drink bottle, you've hit it out of the park.
Designed right here in Australia, the Memobottle is an eco-friendly, functional and beautiful solution to bulky cylindrical water bottles that never seem to fit in backpacks and handbags. They come in a few different paper-inspired sizes (A5, A6, A7), making them easy to fit alongside notebooks, laptops and wallets.
Also, for each bottle purchased, Memobottle provides a person in need with two months' access to clean water.
3. Anything edible or drinkable
Minimalists don't want things. If they get a thing, they have to find a place for that thing, and it might not go with their other things. That's why food and drink is always a safe bet. Once it's been eaten or drunk, it's gone. No "thing" to deal with.
4. A Streaming service subscription
Continuing the theme of not giving your minimalist loved one more stuff to deal with, streaming service subscriptions are always a solid choice. They're also pretty budget-friendly, with options to pay for one month, a few months or even a year.
By now, just about everyone's got Netflix or Stan. Here are our top three picks for some of the newer services.
5. The Big Book of Less
Sure, they're a minimalist, but they <em>could</em> be even more minimalist-er.
When we think of "minimalists", we tend to think of sparsely-decorated, Scandi-inspired rooms with not a spot of clutter in sight. But minimalism is about more than just living with less stuff - it's also a frame of mind.
The Big Book of Less: Finding Mindfulness and Joy in Living Light by Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst is a grown-up activity book designed to teach the art of mental and spiritual decluttering in addition to the physical aspects of minimalism.
6. An Experience
Forget a PS5 - memories are the best gifts anyone can get (or give). Buying the minimalist in your life an experience is a guaranteed hit.
For adrenaline junkies, there's skydiving, V8 race car laps, canyoning, jet boating and more. As for the scaredy cats, you could always go for a cooking class, wine tour, spa package or scenic cruise. Head over to RedBalloon for more inspo.
7. Donation to Charity
Real, bona fide minimalists don't want a thing. To them, your money is better spent elsewhere - namely, going towards their favourite charity.
If you know what their favourite charity is, you can donate directly to them on behalf of your minimalist friend. If you don't, head over to MyCause for a gift voucher and let your friend do the choosing themselves.