Before you buy traditional gifts such as random clothes, funny pajamas, accessories, home decor, and other items, consider deciding this year for non-clutter gifts and letting people who you care about enjoy this small portion of benefits of a minimalist lifestyle.
Being minimalist ten years now, frankly, I do not like to receive material gifts.
- Because every item that you receive, is something for which you have to find a place and you have to take care of.
- Because some of the items we receive do not match our needs or style at all.
The solution is to look for gifts that will appeal to the recipient, possibly related to their interests or needs. Think about gifts that will bring joy, help raise knowledge or skills in some field, immerse this person in their hobby – without being a burden in the form of a material object not matching the lifestyle and needs of the person.
See examples of such non-clutter gifts, including free and DIY options.
Non-clutter gifts for adults
Self-development & education
1 | Ultimate Bundles
Ultimate Bundles are digital collections of hand-picked ecourses, ebooks, workbooks, printables, workshops and videos on a chosen subject. Some examples are Creative Home Projects, Herbs & Essential Oils, Master Your Money, Self Care, Work at Home, Grow Your Business.
The Ultimate Bundles team focuses on looking for systems and strategies that worked in the real world. And they do it since 2012.
Normally, the resources are sold individually by their authors.
With the Ultimate Bundles, you can get them in a single package for a huge discount.
6 months to download the resources from your customer profile to your computer and have lifetime access.
You can buy an Ultimate Bundle as a gift. How?
After you have purchased the Bundle, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know the email used to purchase, full name (first and last names), and email address that you would like to give it to, and we’ll take care of the rest!
Check which Bundles are currently on sale and see the calendar of the coming Bundles:
2 | Creative Live courses
Creative Live is a platform with courses for creatives (but not only). It gathers leaders and professionals in different fields of art and entrepreneurship who share both lessons on how to do the artistic work and how to possibly gather public and start selling your work.
You’ll find here lessons from such big names as Neil Patel, Tim Ferriss, Chase Jarvis, and professionals in their arts.
Subjects of the curated classes include:
- photo & video
- money & life
- art & design
- craft & maker
- music & audio.
There are detailed lessons on particular art genres, software, and tools to really master creatives’ work and help them go professional.
The courses on time-management, communication, marketing, and money make it a complete go-to place for artists and entrepreneurs who want to make a living by pursuing their talent or hobby.
MY EXPERIENCES WITH A CREATIVE LIVE CLASS: As a minimalist, wanting to simplify my life in as many areas as possible, I’ve taken The Art of Less Doing course by Ari Meisel and I’ve already made good changes in my life using the information from the lessons. You can see my review of the course here.
Creative Live has its own gift guide to help you to choose the right course.
They’ve handpicked high-quality courses for:
- photo enthusiasts,
- graphic designers,
- crafters and makers,
- creative entrepreneurs,
- anyone with wanderlust.
See the gift guide here.
The platform makes it easy to give a course as a gift. Just go to a particular course’s page and choose “Gift Class” below the “Buy Class” button.
3 | How to Create a Microbusiness That Matters – ecourse by Courtney Carver
Who is Courtney Carver? She is a woman who, after having MS diagnosed, decided that she has to change her life in order to stay in as good condition as possible. It required big lifestyle changes as she decided to first and foremost minimize the stress in her life.
One big part of it was switching from being employed to running her own corner of the Internet, sharing her experiences and knowledge about simple living and health, creating her own (now trademarked) project to teach people to dress with a capsule wardrobe.
She now earns through affiliate marketing, her own books, courses, and speaking. The platform on which she grew all of these sources of income is her blog.
Now, Courtney shares how she went from zero to having her own business, supporting her financial needs but not draining her health and personal life.
The course is simple but packed with lots of content and ideas, teaching how to run a blog in a way that aligns with our values.
MY EXPERIENCES WITH COURTNEY’S COURSE: I’ve taken it and find it an important step on the way to where I am now. What’s the most important for me is that the presented methods respect our values, our private lives and let to do everything on our own pace – it is essential when your priorities are family and home, and you’re unable to hurry up and work hard, dedicating 20 hours every day to your business venture.
4 | Ebook or audiobook subscription
Books are always a good gift idea. But the traditional ones are heavy and if someone really loves books – they can take too much space.
Instead of giving a material book, you can give access to thousands of titles in the form of ebooks and audiobooks to read / listen to on any device (smartphone, computer, iPad, Kindle Fire).
Non-clutter gifts are also these which can expand the abilities of stuff you already have.
To give any audiobook as a gift, simply use the button “Give As Gift” below the “Add to Cart” button.
To give a Plan or gift certificate, just go to the Gift Center section.
5 | Books
On the one hand, books are material objects. On the other hand, we treat them uniquely as a carrier of pleasure or knowledge, and it has always been observed that even minimalists treat this category of things differently, and many see no point at all in limiting the number of books.
So if the person you want to gift likes the classic form of books, and you know their reading tastes, the book will probably be a better choice than a reindeer tie or a perfume that doesn’t suit that person.
6 | A notebook
A lot of people, despite the existence of computers, telephones, and various applications, still use paper notebooks or calendars, whether for writing down practical, life matters, or for private notes and diaries.
And there are also many admirers of stationery who will appreciate a beautiful notebook, planner, or calendar.
If you know this type of thing will be used, it is no longer a problematic knick-knack.
If you want the recipient to choose the notebook that suits them best, you can give a gift card.
Starting and living the minimalist lifestyle
7 | Go Minimalist – Workbook
Worksheets that will lead you step by step to simplify one’s life in various areas.
The selection of topics for the 40+ printable pages was based on the most frequently searched texts and questions of the blog’s readers.
8 | Books
Check out the best books on minimalism, simple living and slow life! Here are some of my favorite and best-selling:
Minimalism by TheMinimalists
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Everything That Remains by TheMinimalists
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Essential by TheMinimalists
See also the article: Best-Selling Books on Minimalism and Simple Living.
Pleasant and consumable
Non-clutter gifts can be material if the stuff will give us benefits but won’t be in our home forever (like notebooks mentioned in point 6).
Consumables are a good choice because they give joy and aren’t an obligation forever.
9 | Good food
Buy something that is edible but not necessarily usual. You can choose something that the person wouldn’t buy for themselves because it seems to be too expensive or extravagant.
- good coffee or tee
- flavors of the world
- check the gift baskets designed for different people and various occasions or… create your own
10 | Health products
Supplements, essential oils.
11 | Good cosmetics
Look for something that won’t harm the health. Pass by average shop balms, creams, lotions, and go for something including mostly natural ingredients.
It can be something as simple as the raspberry seed oil that I personally use as my sunscreen and which makes my skin so soft that I cannot stop touching it.
12 | Time together
Is there anything more precious today than a time spent with loved ones or friends, offline, with pleasure, talks and laugh? Let it be a trip, a hike, a walk, a day or night spent away from your daily duties.
Think about such a gift especially if your close person speaks the love language of the time (like me, so I know perfectly what I’m writing about).
13 | A simple dinner
It’s one variation of time spent together. Organize an afternoon when you’ll bring all the needed ingredients (and of course ideas on what to cook!) and prepare a delicious meal (or you can make cooking together fun). Eat with pleasure 😉
14 | ask what they want
Pots? Beddings? A sweater? Socks? A mug? A good quality piece of clothing? 100% cotton clothing?
15 | DIY tickets for babysitting
Certainly, one of my favorite non-clutter gifts to get. We, moms, often can feel overwhelmed. No home spa cosmetics would give us such pleasure (no time for it or constant yelling from behind the door Mamaaa! Coooome!), no sweets would give us such pleasure (we have to it them in conspiracy hiding in the dark kitchen when kids are sleeping) as the gift of time without our little loved but tiring ones!
If your sister, daughter, or close friends is a mom of little kids, give her the gift of a few hours when you’ll babysit the kids at their home or go out with them. And the mom could sleep, watch a movie and eat interrupted or have a date with her husband!
It is worth so much more than any other gift!
Adventure / creative time and fun education
Instead of giving children toys that can be turned on with one button and they do everything themselves (sounds, movements, lights), you can give children sets that will stimulate their imagination and engage them, encouraging them to act on their own, and then to feel satisfaction with the results of their work.
1 | audiobook or ebook subscription
2 | Green Kid Crafts
Monthly Science and Art Activities for Kids.
The subscription box contains 4-6 projects designed for STEM subjects: quality materials + a 12-page magazine with instructions and explanations.
Their website makes it easy to buy chosen boxes as a gift or to get a gift card.
Introduce your kid to countries of the world and their cultures.
Each box includes: a guide, a story book, 2-3 crafts, 2-3 screen-free activities, basic language skills and a recipe – all related to the new country and its culture.
- The subscription is bi-monthly (no contract, you can cancel anytime).
- There is also the option to buy the annual subscription (6 boxes).
- You can also buy single, past boxes.
4 | We Craft Box – top rated box for kids
Prepared monthly kids crafts.
Each themed box means 4 or more creative, imaginative and artistic crafts with easy to follow photo directions. All materials are included (except for scissors).
5 | More subscription boxes for kids
Bookroo Book Club (choose from age groups between 0-10 years old).
My First Reading Club (choose from 5 age groups between 0-12 years old).
Book box (choose age between 4-12).
Preschool activities (ages 3-6).
Themed activities for ages 3-5 and 6-8.
Hello Bible: faith-filled crafts and activities for ages 3-5 and 5-10.
Coding projects for ages 6-12.
STEM experiments for ages 8+.
Fascinating STEAM activities for ages 9+.
Table of contents
Self-development & education
Starting a minimalist lifestyle
Bonus: for a minimalist friend
Bonus: for a mom