Minimalism has been growing in popularity over the last few years for a variety of reasons. Some people want to consume less to protect the environment. Some people feel minimalism is a way to prioritize relationships over possessions. Some people are just plain tired of clutter and want it all gone!
Whatever the reason, it can be a challenge to show a minimalist friend or family member that you appreciate them with a gift without annoying them by getting them something they don’t want.
We’re here to help! We’ve rounded up 60 perfect gifts for minimalists. These presents will show the recipient that you care about them without adding to unwanted clutter that they won’t use. From food to minimalist decor to clothing that will last forever, here are some gift ideas for minimalists!
60 Simple Gift Ideas For Minimalists
Give one of these gifts to show you care without burdening your minimalist friend with more stuff.
Flowers make great gifts for minimalists because they can be enjoyed while they bloom, but they aren’t around long-term to clutter up a living space with more stuff. They can also be composted and go right back into the earth where they came from.
DIY Hot Sauce Kit
This make-your-own hot sauce kit is one of the great gift ideas for minimalists because they can unleash their creativity and have fun making hot sauces. Then, they can use them or give their creations to someone else to enjoy.
Lavazza Super Crema Whole Bean Coffee
Because minimalists don’t want too much stuff they don’t need and won’t use, it’s helpful to find something they already love, like coffee or lotion, and gift them an extra-special brand of that. Lavazza is premium coffee, and this flavor has hints of hazelnuts and brown sugar. It’s sure to be a special treat each morning!
15 Inch Digital Photo Frame
People living a minimalist lifestyle don’t want to get rid of all their things. They just want to make sure the things they have are meaningful and useful. A digital photo frame, where they can display pictures of people they love, can take the place of frames scattered throughout the house while still sharing those important moments.
Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
We know. At first glance, a toothbrush doesn’t seem like a very exciting present. But one of the hallmarks of minimalism is investing in one quality product, rather than having to buy multiple inferior ones that wear out or break. This Sonicare can replace flimsier toothbrushes that have to be changed several times a year. It’s also a quality product and the sleek design will fit in a no-frills bathroom.
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
Cast iron skillets make great gifts for minimalists! The pans last almost forever, and the taste of food actually improves as the pan gets used and seasoned. In fact, this may be a present that gets passed down to the next generation, with years of meals and stories behind it.
A subscription for audiobooks won’t take up any room in the house. It will, however, give Mom, Dad, or anyone wanting less clutter in their life access to thousands of audiobooks and podcasts to listen to while walking, doing dishes, or running errands.
Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner
Many people who live a minimalist lifestyle do it partly because they care about the environment. This biodegradable cleaner can handle a variety of jobs – cleaning floors, laundry, even cars. It’s the one earth-friendly cleaner to rule them all!
Appliances in a minimalist house should, ideally, serve more than one purpose. This blender makes smoothies, sauces, nut butters, soups, and – of course – margaritas or other frozen cocktails. The pitcher is also dishwasher-friendly so caring for the blender is minimal, too.
A Nice Bottle of Whiskey
Another great consumable item that makes great gifts for minimalists is a nice bottle of whiskey or bourbon. They can treat themselves to a nice glass, knowing they won’t need to find space for a permanent gift. Another plus about giving them a consumable – you can probably get them the exact same thing next year, and they’ll be just as happy!
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
An Instant Pot is another kitchen appliance that does the work of 3-4 other gadgets you usually need in the kitchen! An Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté pan, and more. They’ll be able to make everything from chicken or ribs to yogurt in this machine.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
If you’re looking for gift ideas for minimalists who are just starting their streamlined journey, this book can be their guide! Marie Kondo launched a worldwide phenomenon with her philosophy on cleaning house, purging stuff, and having a real appreciation for the things you keep.
YnM Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets have helped many people get a calm, great night’s sleep! There’s something about the light pressure of the blanket that just helps people have a restful nap. These make great gifts for minimalists and just about anyone who likes snuggling up under a cozy blanket.
Zojirushi Stainless-Steel Mug
Just about everybody can use a good, sturdy travel mug that actually keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold! This stainless steel mug has vacuum insulation and a wide mouth to accommodate ice cubes for cold liquids. These mugs would also be great gifts for minimalists, combined with some luxury coffee beans.
Books can account for a lot of the items that we agonize over keeping or letting go when we’re cutting down on clutter. Kindles make great gift ideas for minimalists who want to keep those books they love at their fingertips but want to reduce their physical possessions at home.
Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art
One great way to show off a lot of pictures without taking up a lot of space is with a collage. This heart collage uses 30 photos displayed in a sleek, minimal-looking frame. You could make a themed present, with the pictures all centered around one trip or event, or just choose 30 pictures that will mean a lot to the minimalist in your life.
Wooden Docking Station
Even minimalists have possessions like cell phones, pens, watches, and wallets. Help them to be organized people and keep everything together on this small, simple wooden docking station. It has space for the things they need without being too big.
A Good Bottle of Wine
When you’re not sure what to get someone – minimalist or not – you can almost never go wrong with a good bottle of wine. These make especially great gifts for minimalists because they can enjoy the wine without it sitting around. If you’re lucky, they’ll pour you a glass, too.
Pebble Hoop Earrings
Minimalist style is all about classic clothes and accessories that will outlast trends without going out of style. These white or yellow gold earrings are understated and elegant. Present them to a minimalist girl and she can wear them while running errands or to a black-tie event – they’re equally appropriate for both.
Design Ideas Hidden Bookend
These bookends are minimalism at its finest – you can’t even see them! They can slide the tab of the bookend under the cover of any book and turn that book into a bookend. The bookends are great for displaying books on a small shelf rather than having a large bookcase in the room.
Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Bluetooth speakers make great gifts for minimalists – they may not want much stuff, but everyone wants to be able to listen to their music! This speaker can move with them to any room without them needing a large speaker setup and can travel with them as well.
Premium Succulent Garden
Plants are a wonderful addition to any home, and this succulent garden is an easy-care, modern-looking garden. It’s sure to be the focal point of any understated room. Succulents, like most plants, produce oxygen, making them hard-working gifts for minimalists! They’re a great gift for a birthday, Christmas, or any special occasion.
Godiva Chocolatier Signature Truffles
What do you get the person who has everything? A tasty consumable like chocolate! This box features exquisite milk, dark, and white chocolate truffles that are sure to please any chocolate lover. They come packaged in a box with the signature Godiva gold on the front, making this a classy-looking gift as well.
Minimalist Cocktail Shaker Set
A minimalist bar set will have just a few items that can multitask to make a variety of cocktails! The shaker has a built-in drink strainer, and the set comes with a measuring jigger and mixing spoon. An accompanying recipe booklet has instructions for making popular drinks.
Hue White & Color Ambiance Signe Table Light
This minimalist light blends right into whatever room it’s in and provides ambient lighting. The smart light connects to your phone, so you can change colors or set it to turn on and off on a schedule.
Men's Crewneck Cashmere Sweater
A good-quality cashmere sweater will last for years if it’s properly cared for. It won’t go out of style, and it can be layered in all types of weather. Wear it under warmer clothing when it’s frigid outside or as a top layer on warmer days. Although cashmere costs more money, since it won’t be replaced as often, the cost-per-wear can be lower than trendier clothes.
Bamboo Cutting Board and Flexible Cutting Mats
Cutting boards can be great gift ideas for minimalists! This wood board looks good displayed on a counter, or it can be stashed away until it’s needed. Interchangeable mats that store inside the cutting board mean they can switch out the surface for cutting raw meat, vegetables, or other food – then wash everything when they’re finished.
Cozy Pom Pom Throw
Cozy throws also make great gifts for minimalists! This soft fleece blanket will keep them warm and comfortable. The pom poms on the ends provide a fun, unique embellishment that elevates the blanket to something special.
Swedish Dishcloths for Kitchen
Swedish dishcloths eliminate the need for paper towels in many cases. They can absorb up to fifteen times their weight in water, last about a year, and are biodegradable. If you’re looking for gift ideas for minimalists who are concerned about the environment, these dishcloths are a kitchen staple!
Bonsai provide the benefits of other plants – fresh air and indoor greenery – without worrying that the plant will grow bigger. This makes them great gifts for minimalists. They may even find that trimming the bonsai is relaxing and gives them a few minutes to de-stress in the middle of a busy day.
Puracy Daily Face & Body Lotion
Fancy lotions, body washes, and other spa items make nice gifts for minimalists because they are consumable. This Puracy lotion is organic and provides moisture without harsh chemicals.
White Ceramic Vase
A simple white vase is great for one or two flowers or to display an entire bouquet. It looks elegant even when it’s not filled and is a great addition to a minimalist home.
2-in-1 Convertible Birdhouse Birdfeeder
Birdhouses are gifts for minimalists that provide a well-ordered home for the feathered creatures outside! This convertible feeder changes from a birdhouse to a bird feeder with a simple flip. The stark design will delight minimalists and makes the house easy to clean as well.
Spiral LED Table Lamp
This spiral table lamp is a great addition to an office or bedside table. The lamp doesn’t take up much room, and it has a cool spiral design that will delight lovers of modern art and accessories. It’s a great gift for a minimalist who loves to read or works from home.
Small Stainless Steel Watering Can
If you know a plant-loving minimalist, they do need something to water those plants! Give them this sleek, small-sized watering can in a modern design. They’ll love the way it looks, and it can tuck away easily if they need more space.
Boxford Canvas & Leather Travel Bag
A Boxford canvas and leather bag is simple but very well-constructed. It will hold up to the rigors of travel and look very stylish doing so! It’s one of the great gifts for minimalists on the go.
Merino Wool Socks
It’s hard to overstate the importance of a good pair of socks. From keeping feet warm and comfy to helping prevent blisters, those toe-holders are pretty darn important. Merino wool is a great material for socks because it’s breathable, keeps feet warm, and has plenty of cushioning for comfort.
Wood Wall Hooks
These wall hooks give a home a rustic look while providing exactly the right amount of storage. The hooks look like trees literally growing out of the wall, and they look interesting all on their own or holding coats and purses.
Minimalist Playing Cards
Who needs pictures of jacks and kings on their cards when they can streamline their playing cards to reflect their lifestyle? These cards make great gifts for minimalists because they have just a small stamp with each number and suit in the upper corner, while the rest of the card is blank. They’d be fun for playing a game or just leaving on a coffee table for decoration when they’re not being used.
Classic Cotton Set of 12 Napkins
Reusable napkins are a great way to eliminate waste and live a minimalist lifestyle. These cheerful napkins come in several bright colors and can just be tossed in the wash to clean. Not only will they cut down on waste, but they’ll also cut down on the expense of buying napkins or paper towels to use.
Citizen Eco-Drive Diver Men's Watch
This timepiece is a great gift for minimalists. It looks classic and goes with just about any outfit. The watch has luminous hands, so it can be read in low light, and it doesn’t need a battery. It’s also water-resistant, so it should last a very long time.
Baebody Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
Shampoos and other spa products make great gift ideas for minimalists! This argan oil shampoo has keratin to strengthen hair and it’s sulfate. It’s paraben-free so there are no harsh chemicals. It’s also cruelty-free, so you can assure the recipient no animals were harmed in making it.
AncestryDNA Test Kit
Lots of people have become interested in tracing their family tree and checking their DNA to learn about their roots. In fact, many people have been surprised by the results! This could be a fun family present or a gift for someone who has always been interested in their family history.
Mellanni Bed Sheet Set
Sliding in between a set of good quality sheets is one of the best feelings in the world. Give that feeling to your minimalist friend or family member with these bedsheets. The high-quality microfiber means they’ll get a comfy night’s sleep and the sheets come in a variety of colors to suit any bedroom.
Mini Jewelry Box
The modern design of this jewelry box will appeal to minimalists, but the many drawers (including some hidden ones!) will store all their accessories. They can display some of their jewelry on top of the box or hide it all away if they don’t want it seen.
Contemporary Modern Hourglass Accent Stool
Use this contemporary stool in a variety of ways, which makes it one of the great gift ideas for minimalists. They can sit on it, of course. However, it can also be used as a side table, and the top comes off so it can serve as storage as well.
Solid Shampoo And Conditioner Bars
Shampoo bars cut down on packaging (those plastic shampoo bottles can be big!), so they’re a great eco-friendly choice. The 4-pack of shampoo bars will also last one person from 4-6 months, so you don’t have to restock as often. Each pack includes a lavender, honey, seaweed, and chamomile scented bar.
Oak Stopper Nature Collection Wine Carafe
This wine carafe is understated and elegant, with its simple glass shape and oak cork for the opening. The glass is mouthblown, and the angular shape makes it easy to hold. It’s also dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to care for.
Stainless Steel Countertop Compost Bin
It makes sense to have a compost bin in the kitchen since that’s where most household scraps are made. However, no one wants a smelly composter! This one-gallon bin is perfectly sized for the kitchen and it can hold several days’ worth of scraps without stinking up the joint. It’s also easy to clean and the charcoal filter controls odors.
A cool floating shelf is the ultimate in minimalist furniture because you can’t see that it’s there at all! Slide the bottom of the shelf between the last page of a book at its cover, stack a few books on top of that, and it will look like there’s no shelf. These bookshelves are great gifts for minimalists who want to display a few books here and there.
LuxSpa Bath Bombs Gift Set
These bath bombs are handmade and vegan and come in scents like Garden of Heaven, Energy Grapefruit, and Vanilla Indulgence. They make great gift ideas for minimalists or anyone, really. Who doesn’t want to come home after a long day and take a heavenly warm bath with a good-smelling bath bomb fizzing in the water?
Hang Anywhere Shelf Duo
Solid pine swing shelves are great gifts for minimalists. They look simple and can go just about anywhere someone wants to hammer a nail or turn a screw. In fact, that’s all that’s required to hang them up. The triangle shape is unusual, and the rustic style blends in just about anywhere.
Arteza Colored Pencils
Colored pencils make perfect gifts for minimalists who like to indulge their creative side. These colored pencils are highly pigmented, so they color very well and are excellent for blending. They come in a stand-up box, making it easy to spot the color you want at a glance.
This bedside shelf takes the place of a larger, bulkier nightstand. It can hold essentials like a cell phone, book, or glass of water, so you have them close at hand when you’re in bed. The bamboo surface makes the shelf look sleek rather than cheap.
Positively Tea Company Mango Black Tea
Fancy tea is another great consumable to give to the minimalist in your life. This organic Mango Tango tea combines Indian black tea, lemon peels, and lemon and mango flavors, and it tastes great either hot or iced.
Women’s Classic White T
Like a cashmere sweater, a white t-shirt can be worn in multiple settings. Put it under a blazer, wear it with cutoffs, pair it with a flowy skirt – the white T can master it all. Gift your minimalist friend a good quality white t-shirt, and she’ll never lack for places to wear it.
Reusable Food-Storage Bags
Food storage bags take up less room than plastic storage containers. They also eliminate the waste of bringing sandwiches and snacks to school or to work in plastic storage bags. The bags are constructed to stand up, making them easier to fill and clean.
Custom Horizontal Bar Necklace
A horizontal bar necklace is a charming gift for a minimalist or anyone who likes understated jewelry. You could give it to a friend and have her name engraved, or to a mom and have her child’s name engraved instead.
Ceramic Bowl Lunch Container
A ceramic bowl with a snap-on lid elevates lunch from plastic containers, but it’s still reusable. This one is microwave and dishwasher safe and holds up to one liter of food. These make great gifts for minimalists who want to cut down on waste!
Minimalist Gifts FAQs
Do Minimalists Accept Gifts?
As with most relationships, the best thing to do when deciding to give a gift is to communicate with your minimalist friend. As a general rule, minimalists do accept gifts – they don’t go around shoving them back at you and running off! Also, most people understand that a gift is a way to show love or appreciation, and they are appreciative of the gesture.
What Are Some Things To Consider When Getting A Gift For A Minimalist?
You may want to take some time to find out why your minimalist friend has adopted a scaled-down lifestyle. Are they concerned about the environment? Are they worried about clutter? Do they just want to take a stand against consumerism?
Knowing why they decided to become minimalists can help you in choosing a gift. If your friend or family member is concerned about the environment, you’ll want to choose something eco-friendly, right down to the packaging of the gift. If they don’t want clutter, consider an experience-based gift. If they’re concerned about mindless consumption, donations to favorite charities are great gift ideas for minimalists.
What Are Some Great Experience-Based Gifts for Minimalists?
There are a lot of experience-based gifts for minimalists. If they’re very close, you could plan an experience for both of you together, and the memories will last for years!
If your minimalist friend is an outdoorsy person, consider a boat tour, a rock climbing class, or even something really unusual like a hang-gliding experience. If they love the arts, tickets to a musical, concert, or art exhibit might be perfect for them. If they’re foodies, reservations at a popular restaurant are a great idea.
If you really want to pull out all the stops, you could plan a trip – either a weekend getaway nearby or a longer trip overseas to a place they love.
What Can I Get My Minimalist Friend For Christmas?
The chilly Christmas weather lends itself to lots of delicious consumable gifts your friend might love. A container of gourmet hot chocolate, specialty teas, or coffee is a great option. Flowers are lovely in winter when not much is growing outside. Fuzzy socks or a quality cashmere scarf don’t take up much room but are wonderfully soft and warm are a good option. You might also consider bath bombs or other spa items they can pamper themselves with on a chilly day.