Minimalist Gift Giving

If you have a minimalist loved one (or any one with discerning taste for that matter) then you may think it difficult to select gifts for them. What do you give a person who believes less is more or who has such a refined or specific aesthetic sense?

Giving and gifting is an important component of any relationship and you shouldn't shun the opportunity to delight a loved one just because you don't understand or subscribe to their lifestyle principles. Believe it or not, shopping for a minimalist or can be much easier than for those who have more complicated taste. 

I've compiled a short cheat sheet that provides very easy to follow tips (as well as ideas) for gifting your beloved minimalist. 


Avoid trends and kitsch by sticking with brands that have superior quality standards and well-made products with a timeless design. However, be careful not to confuse classic with old-fashioned by opting for gifts that have maintained their cachet over time and are still relevant today. 


You can't go wrong by selecting items that are functional instead of merely decorative. Usefulness is a key element in minimalist design and will be appreciated by anyone who values the essentials. Go a step further by considering a day-to-day must-have that seems to be missing from your minimalist's life. 


If you can't think of an object redirect your brainstorming to special experiences. Try to figure out what activities your loved one holds dear or could greatly benefit from. During the holiday season, in particular, we tend to get fixated on buying things when we should really be focusing on creating meaning for those we care about. 


An excellent no-fail gift idea is one that educates or intellectually stimulates. Even more so is any resource that helps overcome information overload with thoughtful curation. Think about a niche field that your minimalist works in or follows for leisure and identify a reputable resource that could help enhance their experience. 


Don't think one-size-fits-all when it comes to gifting your minimalist. Minimalism is a blanket term that is used to describe many different ways of thinking, creating, and being, and it's important to understand the unique perspective of the individual you are gifting. 

In general, minimalism is a deep appreciation of simplicity. Your minimalist would not want this to be a complicated or frustrating experience for you so, when all else fails, don't be afraid to ask them what they want or need.