Minimalist Christmas Gift Ideas

It's officially December and you know what that means: CHRISTMAS. Christmas is the time for decorating gingerbread houses and Christmas trees, making snow angels, watching Elf, and singing Christmas songs. It's also the time of year for giving. Giving to the less fortunate, friends and loved ones, coworkers, and etc. Bulky and expensive gifts can be somewhat difficult to avoid when shopping, especially when material goods are culturally ingrained in us. The holiday shopping craze has become a bit based on unhealthy foundations: pressure, impulse, and almost a sense of obligation. A survey in 2014 suggested that the average customer intended to spend about $720 on gifts, and I can only suspect that number has gone up since then. The thing is, our world's resources are limited, and instead of buying multiple material items, there are many alternatives that will be just as appreciated, if not more. There are so many more meaningful gifts you can get for someone other than and candle and picture frame (and many other things). Furthermore,   it can help to relieve some of the holiday clutter accumulated during this time of year. If you or someone you know has cramped storage or  has decluttered their space and now leads a more minimalistic life, you can opt to give experiences and other non-cluttery things. Here are a few clutter-free gifts you can give this season:

Event tickets
The experience and memories an event can provide are timeless. Concerts, sporting events, ballet or other theater performances. Even if the event is quite awhile from now, that person can relive the excitement of receiving it all over again as the event date gets closer. Maybe there's a band your friend, parent, or spouse has been dying to see and the band will be playing in the area at some point.

Plane ticket
Maybe someone planning a costly trip to take. Offer to pay for their plane ticket as a christmas gift. If they've already purchased tickets, offer to pay for their accommodations such as hotel expenses and/or dining out. 

Gift card
A gift card can be a GREAT thing to give for the holidays because it gives that person the option to use it for something either they want or need. Different gift cards can range anywhere from clothing stores, groceries, gas, hair salons, etc.

Create your own gift card
I remember when I was young, my older cousin gave my grandmother a "gift card" that was good for one manicure or pedicure. She drew out the gift card herself, and I thought this was not only creative and clever, but also the coolest idea ever. Not only was she going to pay for it, but it would also be a day out for them to spend together, which brings me to the next one...

Gift of time
Grandparents, parents, friends, siblings, whoever: they enjoy your presence, so giving the gift of time to spend with them will most definitely be appreciated. Take them out to a meal, and spend time talking and listening to what's going on in their lives. Spend the day with them, doing whatever makes you both the happiest.

Of course these are only a few clutter-free gift ideas - there are so many more out there. Baking and DIY projects are other great holiday gifts as well. Don't get me wrong, I'm not posting this to avoid all holiday shopping over the next few weeks. It's fun to be surprised with the materiel items we've had on our wish list all year long. I'm just saying that we can do better, and that there are alternatives. Try not to get too caught up in the whole gift aspect of Christmas, though. Christmas is about so much more than that.

Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” —Dr. Seuss


  1. The amount of money people spend could really break their wallets, but I always opt for the meaningful gift. I love to make art with wood, so generally I would give gifts like that. Thanks for your ideas, just might use some. Happy holidays!

    -Thought Dweller (

    1. I completely agree. It starts to become more about how much you spent and what you gave them then about just spending time with your loved ones and enjoying their presence. Love your URL btw! I think already told you that though on your blog lol


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