I think I’ve always had minimalist qualities, but after I started listening to The Minimalists podcast this past winter I officially committed to the movement. My minimalist principles are mild in comparison to many, but our home has become pretty lean over the last few months. We are incredibly conscious of anything we bring into our home, and that thinking has extended into our gift giving. I’ve gathered eight gifts that you just can’t go wrong with – even for a minimalist! Tuck these in your pocket for the upcoming Christmas season, or any other gift giving occasion.
Wine or Coffee | Anyone who drinks wine or coffee is with me on this one – minimalist or not. There is nothing better than leaving Grandma’s house from Family Christmas with three pounds of coffee and two bottles of wine. These are both items that you would purchase for yourself, but when you drink a glass of wine that was gifted to you it is ten times more enjoyable. When gifting wine and coffee you can spend anywhere from a little to a lot. If you don’t know what kind of wine or coffee someone enjoys, no worries. Winc and Mistobox Coffee are both services that we have used and would recommend.
Airline Gift Cards | At this time in our life there is nothing Jordan and I crave more than travel. Flights are often the heaviest burden when traveling, so every little bit helps. I’d be elated if everyone in our family got together and purchased our tickets to Spain, but Jordan is not on board with that plan – the man loves opening presents ;) It wouldn’t be too challenging to find out someone’s preferred airline, but if you don’t know – just ask! My parents know what airlines we fly because they’re always tracking our flights… lest we crash.
Cooking Class | My favorite Mother and Father in Law recently took a cooking class together (they are so cute) and it looked like so much fun. I don’t know about you, but I probably wouldn’t sign up for a cooking class on my own even though I know we’d really enjoy it. A cooking class makes a great gift because it’s a fun activity that allows you to spend time with the one you love in a new environment. I love this idea!
Spa Services | There is never a moment in my life when I wouldn’t love to be receiving a massage. I honestly wish that I could gift all my people a massage for every birthday, and even just because. Especially now that so many of my girlfriends are mommas! Going to the spa is like gifting an escape from the craziness of life. And I think what really makes spa services a great gift is the fact that you don’t often buy them for yourself.
Funny Fact: Jordan gifted me a one hour massage for our second wedding anniversary (amongst many other things). I immediately scheduled a massage at my favorite spa back home for a weekend we would be there. But I ended up canceling it because Jordan is the actual best husband and partner in the world I felt UNWORTHY – lol! I still haven’t redeemed that massage, but I will!
Food Delivery Subscription | You all know we recently tried Hello Fresh for the first time. I wrote about the good and bad here, but either way I think any of the food delivery services make great gifts. It’s a fun, fresh approach to cooking and it doesn’t add clutter or chaos to the recipient’s home. I’m thinking about ordering Blue Apron for Jordan when I’m traveling for work the next couple of weeks. There are new meal delivery services popping up every day, but the ones I’m most farmiliar with are Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, Home Chef and Plated.
Fresh Flowers | I know fresh flowers are expensive. And they eventually die. And you have to tend to them. I know, I know, I know. But, I love receiving fresh flowers (the pretty kind). They’re so lux and (hold your breath) they die so you don’t have to host them in your home for years and years to come. Luxurious things that die, the perfect gift! Fresh flowers are great for birthdays, anniversaries, exciting news and for hostesses. The week of our wedding my bestie and her husband sent me flowers that said “Happy Last Day of Work as a Single Women!”. It was the sweetest gesture, and it still moves me today. Farm Girl Flowers and Bouqs are both national delivery services that have cute, not hideous, bouquets – but always check out your local florist first!
Charitable Donation | If you’re spending hours trying to think of the perfect gift to give someone, that probably means there’s nothing they truly need and nothing truly meaningful that you can give them. Donating to a charity that your loved one is passionate about is a wonderful way to tell someone you’re thinking about them. I’ve honestly never done this, but I think I’m going to make it a goal of mine for this coming Christmas season. Also, I can’t help but think about this scene from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. My truest people can relate. Katie, I’m looking at you.
Wish List Item | Now sometimes – sometimes – the best way to say I love you is by giving someone a gift they straight up asked for. You are the only person who can decide what does and does not add value to your life, or as Marie Kondo would say – spark joy, so making a list is okay! When it comes to wedding and baby showers I firmly believe in sticking to the registry or gifting money. I’ve just seen too many people open thirty Minnie Mouse onesies and no baby bottles. Ya feel me? Don’t be afraid to share your wish list with your loved ones. If it truly bothers them, they won’t buy from it anyway – no sweat!
If you’re ready to be more intentional in your gift giving, I think this is a great place to start. I hope you aren’t to the end of this blog thinking, “wow, she seems so ungrateful” because that’s not the case. It truly is the thought that counts. All of this to simply say, as we head into the gift giving season consider taking a few moments to think about giving gifts that your loved ones will truly love.
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