Buying Gifts For Minimalists: Australia’s Top Tips
What Is A Minimalist Lifestyle?
Many Australians have asked themselves whether they should declutter or adopt a more ‘minimalist’ lifestyle. But what does that actually mean?
When you move towards a more minimalist way of life, you strive to only buy things that serve a purpose. It's about living simply, making do with what you have, leaving a smaller eco footprint, and identifying the things you need to go about your daily life.
Yes, it’s about a clutter-free lifestyle, but it also encompasses the way you think and how you spend your time and money. The benefits of applying a minimalist approach to life include:
Feeling less stressed and anxious by decluttering your work and living space. For many who choose this lifestyle, a visibly less cluttered environment creates a less cluttered mind, leading to a calmer and more relaxed sense of self.
This is evident in the workplace and the home, where chaotic clutter raises blood pressure and can create anxiety.
Less clutter helps create better focus and less distraction, especially in a workspace.
A more simple diet encourages the body to function better.
Being surrounded by fewer things or items has a beneficial effect on the mind. This, in turn, leads to not only the better focus but an opportunity to develop what is essential and necessary to your life. In this mindset, cleaning and shopping are not primary objectives on a day to day basis.
For some, a minimalist lifestyle equates to freedom. Freedom of choice regarding what you do, and when. Freedom to pursue passions and interests which you may not have had room for previously.
The minimalist approach changes how you view and value friendship. It encourages you to be with those that inspire and motivate you, not just people who you hang out with to pass the time.
Gifting In A Minimalist Lifestyle
Gifts are very much a cultural expectation, be that between family members, colleagues or friends. Shifting to a minimalist lifestyle does not mean you have to sit this tradition out completely. Maybe you just add an aspect of mindfulness to your gift giving; reassessing the intent and meaning behind this culturally significant ritual will only add to your joy.
For some, giving an expensive gift is a demonstration of how much they care, making the gift more meaningful. Others prefer handmade gifts or even gestures. Whatever your budget, gift giving is an act of communicating an important message to someone in your life. You may be celebrating a milestone, another year around the sun or a special achievement. Perhaps there’s no occasion, you just want to shower a person you care about with love and affection.
For a minimalist, gift giving is still important. The act can convey a message of thoughtfulness, trust and love. The best gift for a minimalist should be something that will benefit their life in some tangible way rather than just gather dust. You should choose gifts that will leave a lasting impression.
What do you buy someone who is a minimalist?
If you have family and friends who have adopted a minimalist lifestyle, you will know how hard it can be to find a balance between respecting their preference for avoiding clutter and things, but still giving them a thoughtful present. Minimalists prefer gifts they will use, things that serve a purpose, or gifts that encourage time spent together. You want to look for gifts that add beauty to their life. The value of spending time together and growing the relationship is just as valuable to them as a physical possession.
Our Top Gift Ideas For Minimalists
Buying gifts for minimalist friends and family does not have to be stressful if you remember their core values. Don’t go for fuss; practical, simple gifts that display thoughtfulness are the best.
- Books about sustainable living
- Gardening gifts and plant care accessories
- Inspirational gifts like a guided journal
- Gourmet hamper with food and wine
- Personalised leather keyring
- Organic tea and mug gift set
- Practical kitchen gifts
Tips For Minimalist Gifting
Buy from local community stores, artisan potters and producers.
Buy gifts that support the environment.
Gift your time, make a home-cooked meal, go on an unplanned walk, or plan a picnic together!
Gift something to broaden their horizons or teach them something new
Give to charity, or support a local venture in their name.
Encourage their hobbies with practical arts, crafts, or creative gifts.
You Want To Buy A Minimalist Gift?
It’s no secret that minimalist lifestyles are trending! You likely know someone who is trying to cut back on clutter and zen out. So what could you consider giving them?
Look into minimalist gifts from companies that offer sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Local artisans, growers and vineyards are great places to start. Our Hamper Emporium hampers contain craft beers and ciders from breweries who are actively working to reduce their carbon footprint. Plus, vegan wine from the Mr Riggs, or the Cape Mentelle vineyard with its recognised sustainable practices is always a hit. The Australian brand Jurlique is featured in many of the hampers. Their luxurious skincare kits are well known for their sustainable and eco-friendly practices. This makes them great gifts for the minimalist men and women in your life.
More practical gifts could be simple, unfussy gifts for the home. Scandinavian style products are perfect!
Our favourite recommendations for practical homewares to give as housewarming gifts for minimalists are:
Plain glass storage jars
Re-usable, no-waste travel mugs
Water carafe and tumbler set
Plant propagation station or self-watering pot
Knife sharpener to be sure their quality knives last longer
Gift Ideas For Everyone At Gifts Australia
You'll find inspiration for every sort of gift, including elegant and inspiring gifts for the minimalist in your life. Bring joy, not clutter, with wonderful presents that enrich their life. A minimalist way of life is one of simplicity. Minimalists also want to live life to the full, enjoying every simple moment and every connection. Respecting their choices goes a long way to maintaining your relationships with family and friends who have chosen to live this lifestyle.