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.
I, personally, don’t like to get material gifts. Why?
- Because every object you get is an object for which you have to find a place and for which you have to care.
- Not to mention items that don’t match your style or needs at all!
The solution is thinking of gifts that the person who gets it will enjoy, something connected with their interests or needs. Or gifts that will give moments of joy, help to grow skills, dive into hobbies without being a burden.
Self-development & education
Starting a minimalist lifestyle
Bonus: for a minimalist friend
Bonus: for a mom
Including free and DIY options.
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.
The Ultimate Bundles team is specialized in 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 email@example.com. 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
- art & design
- craft & maker
- music & audio
- money & life.
There are detailed lessons on particular art’s 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.
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.
Creative Live has its own gift guide to help you to choose a 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.
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 way showed respects our values, our private lives and lets 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.
3 | Kindle Unlimited
Books are always a good 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 over 1 million titles, magazines, and audiobooks at a discounted price to read/listen on any device. HERE you can check which books are accessible in the Kindle Unlimited program. There are also books on minimalism there!
The Kindle Unlimited library includes now titles from such popular authors like Timothy Ferriss, Dave Ramsey, Erich Fromm, to name a few.
See also the article: Best-Selling Books on Minimalism and Simple Living.
Non-clutter gifts are also these which can expand the abilities of stuff you already have.
Give access to audiobooks at a discounted price to listen on any device (phone, tablet, computer). HERE you can check which audiobooks are accessible in the Audible program.
There are also audiobooks on minimalism there! Even my favorite and best-selling:
Minimalism by TheMinimalists
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Everything That Remains by TheMinimalists
The Joy of Less by Francine Jay
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Essential by TheMinimalists
10% Happier by Dan Harris
5 | Box of Challenge
6 | Dress with Less and Create Your Capsule Wardrobe – the course by Courtney Carver
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 workbook was based on the most frequently searched texts and questions of the blog’s readers.
Non-clutter gifts can be material if the stuff will give us benefits but won’t be in our home forever.
Consumables are a good choice because they give joy and aren’t an obligation forever.
8 | good food or supplements
Buy something that is edible but not necessarily usual. You can choose something that the person wouldn’t buy for herself because she thinks it’s too expensive or extravagant.
- check the gift baskets designed for different people and various occasions or… create your own
9 | 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.
10 | 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).
11 | a simple dinner
It’s one variation of time spent together. Organize an afternoon when you’ll bring all needed ingredients (and of course ideas what to cook!) and prepare a delicious meal (or you can make cooking together fun). Eat with pleasure 😉
12 | ask what they want
Pots? Beddings? A sweater? Socks? A mug? Good quality piece of clothing? 100% cotton clothing?
13 | 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 gifts!
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+.