Minimalism is about getting rid of everything unnecessary in your life to make room for joy.

All the extra clutter and noise just brings about stress, and zaps time, energy, and money from you.

You can honestly benefit from decluttering both materialistic things and relationships in your life. Don’t you think?

So now that you know what minimalism is, how do you buy gifts for the minimalists in your life?

Here are three tips before the gift-giving holidays arrive to help you shop for friends and family members who want less.

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Our label-less, vegan pantry is coming along! Not quite done yet, 3 shelves to go + need to buy a few containers but the progress is 🙌🏾. • Looking to get your kitchen right? I’ve learned feeling good in your kitchen has little to do with throwing things out (“I’M SICK OF THIS, THROW OUT ALL THE JUNK!!!”) and everything to do with the answers to these: (1) What do I/we eat? and (2) What storage would be best with the space I’ve got? • Stocking your pantry: Find -your- staples. Not what you think you should or hope to eat. What do *you* eat? Let’s be real, not everything in our cabinets or they wouldn’t look so crazy. Best storage may be jars, steel containers or trays, it depends on your space. Measure your cabinets, take some notes, eyeball the rest and start making your smart changes. • Team, what do you think I should do with those broth containers? The labels are right on the box! Any way you can think to make broth label-free??

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1. Just ask!

If you don’t want to face the polite smile and the, “you really shouldn’t have!”s, you need to just ask them for a list of things they need or want.

A list will still bring about some spontaneity because they don’t know which of the items on your list that you’re gonna get!

Our label-less, vegan pantry is coming along! Not quite done yet, 3 shelves to go + need to buy a few containers but the progress is 🙌🏾. • Looking to get your kitchen right? I’ve learned feeling good in your kitchen has little to do with throwing things out (“I’M SICK OF THIS, THROW OUT ALL THE JUNK!!!”) and everything to do with the answers to these: (1) What do I/we eat? and (2) What storage would be best with the space I’ve got? • Stocking your pantry: Find -your- staples. Not what you think you should or hope to eat. What do *you* eat? Let’s be real, not everything in our cabinets or they wouldn’t look so crazy. Best storage may be jars, steel containers or trays, it depends on your space. Measure your cabinets, take some notes, eyeball the rest and start making your smart changes. • Team, what do you think I should do with those broth containers? The labels are right on the box! Any way you can think to make broth label-free??

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2. Get them something, but make sure it’s practical.

You could do some guesswork on what to get them, just make sure it’s something practical for them!

Be intentional and reflect on what they say or do. Think like a minimalist:

  • What is something that would fit in with their decor and be functional?
  • Is there an item I can get them that won’t take up a lot of space?
  • Can I buy a version of this item that’s multifunctional?

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3. Make them something both special, and functional or useful.

Alright, roll up your sleeves and get ta craftin’!

If you have a gift for painting or pottery, now’s the time to use it! If you can make something of sentimental value that they’ll be sure to keep and display and/or use for years to come, you’ve got a great concept brewing!

Gifts for minimalists just has to be approached with a minimalist’s mindset:

Is this gift something that is functional, practical, and something that will bring them long-term joy?

And don’t forget the gift receipt! You know, just in case. 😉

It’s nothing personal! Just know your money’s in good hands when someone with an intentional mindset plans to spend it wisely.

And you may walk away with a greater intention about your own spending in the future; what a gift that is!

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