Minimalist gifts are a little different from your usual gifts. Minimalists tend to value experiences over items.
They prefer thoughtfulness over luxury. As a result, it’s better to gift a minimalist with something they can do rather than something they can have.
Here are 9 minimalist gifts your loved one will really enjoy.
9 Minimalist Gifts
1. Tickets to a live event
An experience like this is one of those minimalist gifts that can truly last a lifetime. I once knew someone who bought tickets to a Kevin Hart show for their boyfriend (now husband).
It was his favorite comedian. They both really enjoyed the show, and they have that memory for the rest of their lives.
With whoever you’re close with, you probably know their comedy or music preferences. If you have enough, and the person they like is in town, buy tickets for you two to enjoy.
Research has found that going to a music concert is healthier than yoga and dog walking, and can potentially add 9 years to your life.
2. Reservation at a fancy restaurant
It’s probably not often many of us get to go to a fancy restaurant. A place where the appetizer almost costs as much as a full meal at a regular place.
You may have the type of friend or family member that likes to have luxury experiences. Eating at a fancy restaurant can be the perfect gift to satisfy that desire.
You’ll either remember how great the food tasted or at worst, maybe laugh and wonder why the restaurant got such a high rating. Either way, you’ll give your minimalist loved one a memorable experience.
Is your minimalist loved one a daredevil? Are they really adventurous? Then these two minimalist gifts might really excite them.
If they’ve ever indicated they want to skydive one day, as my girlfriend has, you should save up for a skydiving session. With some companies, prices aren’t as expensive as you might think.
In addition, you can check out Groupon in your area to see if the skydiving company offers any specific discounts such as student or military discounts.
4. Cabin trip
Minimalist nature lovers would thoroughly enjoy this gift. It also seems like a unique experience in general that most people have never had.
This can be a great chance to get away from the business of life. In addition, your right near all the nature, which a lot of research has shown can make us more relaxed and stress-free.
You and your minimalist person a chance to breathe in some fresh air and get some good exercise. By the end, you two will feel rejuvenated, making this one of the best minimalist gifts to give.
5. Dance class
If dancing is a passion of your minimalist friend, a dance class will be great for them to enjoy. It also has a ton of benefits for health as well.
A Healthline article notes that dancing can increase cognitive ability, increase cardiovascular health, and boost our mood. I’ve known a few people throughout my life who felt a dance class gave them a chance to blow off steam.
You can give your minimalist friend that chance as well. You could make the minimalist gift even more interesting for them by picking a class in a dance style they don’t know.
6. Cooking class
This is might be one of the best minimalist gifts for the chefs and even the non-chefs in your life. I wasn’t much into cooking growing up, but once I started learning, I found it to be a little relaxing.
I also enjoyed figuring out how to make food for myself. This can potentially be the benefits that you give your minimalist person through this gift.
In addition, a Harvard article notes that people who eat more home-cooked meals tend to be healthier. So you’re not only potentially giving your minimalist person a new skill, you’re helping them be healthier too.
7. State park pass
State parks give a minimalist nature lover a full dose of the outdoors. The two of you can witness the beauty of mountains and wild animals in places like Yellowstone Natural Park.
The exercise from the hiking will be great for your minimalist friend too. A WebMD article notes that hiking can help improve balance, control your weight, and decrease your stress.
8. Yoga class
While yoga has become very popular these days, there are still many people who’ve never taken a class before. Perhaps your minimalist friend is one of them.
It could be a great first-time experience for both of you, and perhaps you two would even go back more often. I probably don’t have to mention this, but it’s still worth noting that yes, there are health benefits to doing yoga.
But of course, it’s wise to consult with a medical professional before you start doing a new practice of exercise.
9. Date night babysitting
Is your minimalist friend married with kids? Then they’ll love this minimalist gift. A Psychology Today article notes that date nights help couples maintain friendship and emotional connection to one another.
The article also notes that when a partner is viewed as a friend more than an adversary, this makes conflict resolution easier. Needless to say, you’ll be doing your minimalist friend or family member a big favor by taking the kids off their hands for a night.
Hard to think of any minimalist gifts that would be better for a parent.
What is the most thoughtful gift?
Perhaps the most thoughtful gift is one that is tailored to what a person enjoys talking about, what a person enjoys doing, or just what a person needs. Similarly, with minimalist gifts, you can find an experience that fits within those guidelines and really gives your loved one a special gift.
What do you get a non-materialistic person?
A non-materialistic person will enjoy a gift that focuses on creating a memory. Giving an experience gift can give a non-materialistic person exactly the kind of joy they’d want in a minimalist gift.