Gift ideas for minimalists: What to get someone who wants nothing

by Anousheh

What do you get the person who already has everything, and wants nothing? If you are looking for gift ideas for minimalists in your life, or even trying to get inspiration for your own wishlist, then this is for you. In this post, I have gathered 14 minimalist gift ideas that are clutter-free and guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of your loved ones!

Gift ideas for minimalists: the ultimate minimalist gift guide

What is a good gift for a minimalist?

Minimalists want to keep their home as clutter-free as possible and only keep the stuff that brings the most value to their life. So when you are looking for a gift for someone who likes to keep physical things to a minimum, it shouldn’t be something that is only going to take up space.

The best gift ideas for minimalists would be something that is either non-physical, consumable, digital or very useful in their day to day life. The key to minimalism is simplifying your life, so find a gift that will make their life simpler.

This doesn’t mean that it absolutely can’t be a physical object. But if it is, make sure it will bring a lot of value to their life.

Get inspiration from these 14 gift ideas for minimalists that are perfect for every holiday, birthday or anniversary!

Clutter-free gift ideas

A donation to their favorite charity

Donations are basically a win-win situation. It is a thoughtful gift that shows your loved one you know them well. Is your brother a dog lover? Gift him a donation for a local animal shelter of his choice. Your sister-in-law is a passionate climate activist? A tree-planting donation it is! That cousin you don’t actually know very well? Either pick a popular cause like the breast cancer foundation or let them choose a charity of their own.

Donations are also an amazing way to give back to society and use the holidays to reflect your privilege and wealth. 

Gift a unique experience

There is no better gift than quality time and memories. Most people don’t think back and think about how they finally got that amazing set of tea mugs. What they do think back on is that one trip to Disneyland with the entire family. Or that time you all went laser-tagging and grandma somehow managed to beat everyone. 

A few ideas for awesome experiences to gift are escape rooms, special date nights (for your significant other) like wine tasting or an art night, adventurous activities like hiking or canyoning, or tickets to a concert of their favorite artist.

Now I realize a lot of these ideas are pretty expensive and not everyone can afford them. But there are also a lot of budget-friendly experiences you can organize yourself, such as a scavenger hunt, a sightseeing tour in your hometown, or an amazing candlelight dinner you cooked yourself.

Subscription Services

Subscription services are a great gift for someone who already has everything. There are so many to choose from, so you can really customize it to the gifted person.

Booklover? Get them a kindle unlimited subscription. Music enthusiast? Spotify or Apple Music is your way to go. More of a listener? Audiobooksnow has amazing audiobooks and podcasts. You can even get 50% Off your first digital audiobook here.

Or if they love and support a blogger, podcast, or a local company, get them a Patreon membership and support a small business or creator at the same time.

The Pro Version Of Their Favorite App

person on smartphone

There are a lot of apps out there that are free to use, but full of advertisement or very limited in their functionality. If you know about a favorite app or even game of someone, why not gift them the Pro Version? It shows your loved ones how well you know them and also feels kind of like a treat.

This doesn’t only apply to apps, but to any kind of services that have a Pro Version.

5. A cooking box or meal service

Everybody has someone in their family who absolutely loves to cook. Or that somebody, who for the life of them can’t even prepare themselves a grilled cheese sandwich. Either way, we all gotta eat, right? A cooking service is an amazing gift and an incredible crowd pleaser.

I always recommend Marley Spoon when it comes to food box subscriptions. Marley Spoon is based on recipes approved by Martha Stewart herself and delivers pre-portioned ingredients along with easy recipes. They have the biggest variety of recipes to choose from, usually around 30 per week. And no recipe will ever take more than 30 minutes to make.

Because the box is so easily customizable, it makes the perfect gift for anyone. If you go through this link, you can get 80$ off the first 4 boxes and will get free shipping as well!

And who knows, you might even get invited to dinner one time, so it’s kind of also a gift to yourself.

6. A course or class

Knowledge is power. And with the new year coming, most people set themselves goals like learning how to sew or finally starting that marketing class to skyrocket their business. A class or course is the perfect gift for that someone in your life who always asks questions, wants to know everything, and never wants to stop learning

One of the best gifts I have ever given was a cooking course from YesChef. They have cooking classes with the world’s top chefs, like Nancy Silverton or Edward Lee. Check the “This is a gift” checkbox on the checkout page and you can automatically send it or print it as a gift card. By using this link, you can even grab your own free cooking class when you gift one!

There are also great learning platforms out there that have a course on almost every topic. My personal favorite here has to be Skillshare. I have never seen a platform that has courses on so many different topics, from business skills to photography, meditation and more. You can get a free month when you sign up through here, so why not try it yourself?

person taking an online course

DIY minimalist gifts

Video or photo slide show

This has to be one of my favorite gift ideas for minimalists. It doesn’t get much more personal than a video someone has made for you or a photo slide show your loved one created with memories of all of your favorite moments.

This is your time to be creative! You could record a video of your own, like a funny dance, a storytime about your view on how you met, or even sing them a song. Or collect your favorite photos and memories of you and create a video or photo slide show from those. Tears of joy are guaranteed. 


Really? Coupons? Yes, coupons can be a great and thoughtful gift. And no, I am not talking about an Amazon Gift Card. Remember those times as a kid, when you didn’t have your own money but still wanted to have a gift for your mom? Something like “3 free hugs” or “1 kitchen tidy”. Let’s bring those back, grown-up style

Your dad has a huge garden but never has the time to take care of it? Gift him a coupon to take care of the lawn during the summertime or a gardener who will take care of it. Your sister really needs some time for self-care, but just can’t get around to that well-needed spa treatment because no one can take care of her three kids? Free babysitter it is! Not only are these coupons very appreciated and meaningful, but they also don’t cost a single penny.

gifts stacked on top of each other


You want to gift something that’s not going to collect dust on the shelves, but also don’t want to show up empty-handed? Consumables are your way to go. This could be anything from fancy chocolate truffles to exotic spices or that amazing Colombian coffee that reminds you of your last trip. 

Or if you are a great chef or love to bake, you could also make something of your own, like homemade cookies or jam made from berries out of your own garden. Either way, these gifts won’t take up space once they have been used. And let’s face it, chocolate or homemade cookies probably won’t even survive Christmas Day.

Minimalist travel gifts

Packing cubes

Do you have a minimalist in your life that loves to travel? Packing cubes are such a great way to organize your suitcase and store everything you need, even in a tiny suitcase. A lot of them come with a clear side, so you can easily see what’s inside.

person leaning out of car window

Travel backpack

Speaking of packing light. A great, practical travel backpack is the perfect gift for any traveler. If you want to get one for a minimalist, definitely make sure it’s very simplistic and functional. There are a few great options that have a sunglass case, separate compartment for electronic devices and so on.

Last but not least: Try gifting nothing!

Yes, that’s right. Just gift them nothing. Now I know this is a touchy subject and a lot of people seem to still have a huge problem with that. I still haven’t managed to convince my own family to fully embrace this. But I encourage you to suggest a gift-free Christmas or birthday for your family. With a little bit of persuasion, I’m sure your family will realize that nobody really needs any more stuff. Also, imagine the relief if they think about not having to do any Christmas shopping this year.

Because in the end, holidays and birthdays should really be about spending time with the ones you love and not about how many gifts are given. 

What are some of the greatest gifts you have ever received? Let me know in the comments below!

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Mark November 28, 2020 - 10:22 pm

Definitely going to try one of those!!

Daniela November 30, 2020 - 7:42 pm

a lot of good and useful tips. I am one of those who doesn’t like gift free idea. I think time to think about someone is a way to show them love. You gave me a lot of good ideas for my x-mas shopping!


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