A Guide to Gifting

Hands up who’s been having a go at minimalism!

If you’ve never heard of minimalism, it’s basically the desire to live with less material things and using what you have rather than buying for the sake of buying.

When it comes to giving gifts as a minimalist, or giving a present to a minimalist, it can seem like an impossible task initially. I want you to know that it is possible to give beautiful gifts to your friends that align with your values.

You know when people say they don’t want anything for their birthday? We all know that’s not really true. People usually want something useful and practical, rather than items that are expensive and a waste of space.

Gifts can be thoughtful, practical and full of love. If a gift doesn’t fit into any of those three categories, it may be time to start brainstorming. It’s possible to give useful gifts to spread the minimalism love around with all of your family and friends.

No idea where to begin?

Are they into cooking or baking? You could give a new kitchen item! It doesn’t have to be super expensive either - think about what they’d truly value - maybe it’s a blender, new salad bowl or a reusable cup.

Let’s be real, I’m a bit of a book nerd. When I was younger, I used to sneak off into the library, sit in my shaded corner and read for hours. Okay, okay fine, you got me, I still do that. I think one of the most thoughtful presents to give someone is the gift of a book you’ve absolutely loved. Whether it’s made you feel ready to take on the world, tearful or full of joy, a thoughtful book can go a long way. They can even pass it on to their friend when they’re done with it and keep the reading going! Now that’s the nerdy, book-lover dream.

If you’ve ever looked at my blog or books, like ever, you’ll know that I love to bake. There’s nothing better than receiving freshly baked Golden Gut Oatmeal Cookies or turmeric fudge. Make it, put them in a mason jar, wrap a bow around it and you’re good to go!

Maybe it’s time to let go of the idea of material presents altogether. Your friend may love an experience. You could take them for a session of rock climbing, go on a walk and a picnic or even give them a token for a DIY-massage! The possibilities are endless with experience presents.

There we go - my top tips for meaningful gifting! Now, I’d love to know - what have you been giving your friends as presents and what’s the best present you’ve ever received? Comment below!

Lee x


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