90 Best Minimalist Christmas Gifts And Tips For Simplicity (In 2024)

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Minimalist Gifts for Christmas

This Christmas, would you like to…

  • have less stuff littering the floor and instead focus on quality time?
  • be more present instead of preoccupied with clutter?
  • find a gift idea for the person in your life who wants nothing?

Minimalist Christmas gift ideas will solve them all!

Not only will you have room to breathe in your home, but you’ll save money and be gentler on the earth too.

What gifts Do You Give a Minimalist?

According to a Gallup poll in 2022, consumers estimated they would spend $932 on gifts last Christmas. More than a third of U.S. adults planned to spend more than $1,000. (source)

And yet, as a whole, we feel overwhelmed with stuff and clutter in our homes.

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Minimalism is a lifestyle that emphasizes simplicity and the pursuit of what truly adds value to life.

Minimalism focuses on:

  • Intentionality– deliberate choices about what to keep in one’s life
  • Simplicity– reducing unnecessary items
  • Mindfulness– being present and engaged
  • Quality over Quantity– the value of a smaller number of high-quality items or experiences

For a simpler and more minimalist Christmas, use these gift ideas and tips.

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Experience Minimalist Christmas Gifts

Give experiences that create lasting memories instead of tangible gifts this year.

1. Plan A Family Trip

Instead of gifts, plan a family trip to a destination you may not visit otherwise.

2. Passes To Local Attractions

Explore the things to see and do in your area.

  • aquariums
  • museums and exhibits
  • trampoline and adventure parks
  • nature centers

This is a great option for families with children. It gives them flexibility to decide when they want to use their passes.

3. Tickets To A Performance

Enjoy seeing a local symphony, theater group, comedian, or a visiting speaker.

4. Tickets To Sporting Events

Grab tickets to see a favorite sports team play.

5. Movie Theater or Drive-In

Movie theater tickets are a favorite in our house! Throw in popcorn and candy to complete this gift.

family going on a trip; minimalist Christmas gift ideas

6. Activity Passes

Rock wall climbing, golfing, bowling, or skating – this is a thoughtful minimalist gift for active people.

7. Hobbies

Invest in someone’s hobby through a gift card, class, lesson, or even designating uninterrupted time to spend solely on that hobby.

8. Museum or zoo Memberships

If you have a local zoo or museum that offers discounts for year-long memberships, this is a great way to save money and a useful gift idea for a minimalist.

Many towns also have swim passes you may be able to purchase for the next season or for indoor pool usage during the winter.

9. Amusement Park

Thrill-seekers will love the gift of amusement park tickets.

10. Classes

There are a lot of classes you can take both online and in person.

Examples include cooking, painting, pottery, knitting, sewing, yoga, dancing, etc…

11. Novel Experiences

teapot and cups; experience gifts

A local bakery in my area offers an English tea time experience I would love to take part in. I also recently saw a pedal crawler (or party bike) on a downtown street. And many cities also have historic trolley tours and special holiday tours.

Check what is in your area and gift trying out something new.

12. Restaurant

Treat a loved one to an evening out! Go to their favorite place or a new spot.

13. Yes Day

Kids will love this one! Gift them with a ‘yes day’ where you say yes to whatever they want to do (within your given limits).

A one-on-one child and parent date can also work for this gift.

14. Streaming Service Subscription

Splurge on an additional streaming service to watch the show(s) you’ve been wanting to watch. You can always cancel this service when you are no longer using it.

My husband did this for me last year. I enjoyed a weekend of binge-watching a show I had been wanting to see.

15. date Night Subscription Boxes

These awesome subscription box ideas have your date night at home planned for you. With interesting themes (from mysteries and cookies to crafts and having fun), each box offers unique connection opportunities with your partner.

16. Hotel Gift Card

For Christmas last year, my mom gave our family a gift card to a local hotel with a water park. We recently used it, and had a blast.

Best family Christmas gift ever. (Thanks, Mom!)

17. Lessons

Is there something a child or adult has told you they want to get better at? Or try out for the first time? Gift a lesson(s) with a pro.

Examples: Swimming, golf, music, horseback riding, karate, etc…

18. Airfare

Travelers (or want-to-be travelers) always enjoy gift cards to airlines.

Use this as a great opportunity to reunite with family or loved ones. Fly the grandparents in to see grandkids. Or fly your spouse to see his/her best friend.

19. Family Photos

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A professional family photo session is perfect for parents and grandparents! This gift preserves memories without more stuff.

20. Staycation

Plan a staycation or a weekend away close by. Book a hotel and plan a few different and new things to do in your area. (Or just swim in the hotel pool and order room service!)

21. Escape Room

Try an escape room for a fun night out with family or friends.

22. Ear Piercing

Do you have a child ready to get their ears pierced? Or a tattoo-obsessed friend? This is another unique gift option in this category.

23. Winery or Brewery Tour

Visit a local winery or schedule a tour at a local brewery.

24. Concert Tickets

Check out your local venues and grab tickets to a concert someone in your life will love.

25. Gym or Peloton Membership

For anyone who has found a new love of working out or has mentioned wanting to try a different workout, this is a great idea.

The key with this gift is to make sure the recipient would like and want to use this.


Consumable Gifts For A Minimalist Christmas

A consumable gift is a gift that can be used up! They’re the perfect Christmas gifts for a minimalist (or the person who has everything).

26. Favorite Personal Care Items

personal care ideas

This is one of my favorite tangible gifts to give and receive. It’s practical, but something the receiver will use and enjoy.

Find out beforehand what items the recipient loves.

  • Skincare items
  • Haircare items
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Makeup products
  • Bath salts
  • Essential oils
  • Travel sized items

27. Favorite Foods

The way to most of our hearts is through our stomachs!

  • chocolate
  • salty snacks
  • hot sauce
  • honey
  • olive oils
  • drink mix packets for water
  • candy
  • spices and seasonings
  • liquor
  • gum or mints

28. Gift Cards

My husband shocked my mother-in-law one year by asking for a gift card to our local grocery store. But for a minimalist, this is a practical and perfect gift.

Give a gift card to practical places:

  • stores
  • coffee shops
  • Amazon
  • favorite restaurants
  • frequent spots

29. Kombucha or other Drinks

So many non-alcholic drinks come in cute cans now. And this can feel like a treat!

My son’s teacher mentioned she loved flavored ice teas and we bought her several different cans as part of a gift.

30. Home-Baked Treats

I had a friend drop off homemade granola last year with the recipe attached. It was delicious and thoughtful. And treats just taste better when someone you love bakes them!

  • mini loaves of banana bread
  • cookies
  • brownies
  • homemade bread
  • cinnamon rolls
  • pie

31. Freezer Meals

freezer meals; consumable gifts

Any mom will rejoice when they receive a freezer meal as a gift! This is a meal that goes right into the freezer to save for another day (or it can be eaten right away).

My favorite easy crockpot recipes include southwest chicken and rice, taco soup, and homemade spaghetti sauce.

32. Wine: Christmas Minimalist Gifts

I’ve never not liked a gift that included wine.

Pro Tip: Ask someone at the store to guide you in finding a good, but affordable choice if you aren’t sure what to get.

33. Coffee or Tea

A tea assortment or bag of coffee is useful and thoughtful.

34. Meal Subscriptions

For a busy family that enjoys home-cooked meals, try out a meal subscription gift. Check out and compare these meal delivery services.

35. Money

child holding dollar bills; consumable gifts for minimalist

Money is a gift that everyone enjoys!

When your kids receive money as a gift, take the opportunity to teach basic money management and budgeting.

36. Amazon Prime Membership

Give the gift of fast delivery and free shipping on Amazon.

37. Bulk Shopping Stores Membership

Two years ago, my husband got me a membership to our local Sam’s Club. And I love it! This is an inexpensive gift for parents who want to buy in bulk.

38. Homemade Soaps

My husband and kids started making soap a couple of years ago. We have enjoyed giving them out as small gifts as well. You can control the ingredients, skip the chemicals, and save money in the long run.

Pro Tip: Use a muffin pan with a holiday design to make these soaps more festive.

39. Stamps and Notecards

Every year for Christmas, my great-aunt would ask for notecards and stamps. Practical, consumable, and needed.

Pro Tip: Buy plain notecards that can be used for a variety of purposes to avoid spending extra money on greeting cards. A handwritten note is always better!

Also, check out How to Stop Buying Stuff and Inexpensive Thank You Gifts.

Relaxation Christmas Gifts For Minimalists

Give the minimalist in your life Christmas gifts that relieve stress.

Or treat them to a gift that will help them relax that they may not want to buy themselves.

relaxation minimalist Christmas gifts

40. Pedicure or Manicure

Find out where your gift recipient likes to go to get pedis or manicures. Snag a gift card!

41. Massage

This is the ultimate relaxation gift.

42. At Home Spa Day Items

Make a small basket and fill it with spa items that can be used at home.

43. Luxury Bath Items

Create a luxury bath experience at home.

  • bath salts
  • bath tray
  • bath soaps
  • bath candle

45. Facial

Book a facial or give a gift card to a spot with a great reputation.

46. Hair Salon Gift Card

Gift a haircut or blowout to a friend or family member.

47. Plants or Flowers

Give a beautifully potted houseplant or a bouquet of flowers.

47. Sheets

As I was laying down to sleep last night, I thought “I should get some new sheets.” Then, I immediately thought, “these are fine.”

The minimalist in your life needs nice sheets.

48. Towels

And, the same goes for hand towels, kitchen towels, and bath towels.

49. Pillows

Yep, bed pillows too.

Tech Minimalist Christmas Gifts

Choose practical technology minimalist Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

kindle and coffee cup

50. Book Subscription

51. E-book Reader

Although I still love the feel of a book in my hand, an e-book reader has great advantages:

  • Check out e-books from your local library without leaving the house.
  • Combine this with a kindle subscription.
  • Less books = less clutter.
  • Easily carry it with you anywhere to take advantage of wait time to read.

52. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Noise-cancelling headphones

Noise-cancelling headphones are perfect for traveling, working, or studying in a noisy place.

53. Wireless Earbuds


Airpods aren’t necessarily cheap, but they save space, produce a great sound quality, and will last longer.

54. Phone Case

Opt for one with a built-in card holder to reduce the amount of items that need to be carried places.

55. PopSocket for Phone Case

Popsockets are the expanding grips and stand that attach to most phones. They are cheap, but practical and come in a variety of colors and designs.

56. App Store Gift Card

The recipient can updgrade their technology with productivity apps, games, and more.

57. Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrush; technology Christmas gifts for minimalists

Make toothbrushing more enjoyable and save money on dental bills with an electric toothbrush.

58. Ergonomic Laptop Riser

Ergonomic laptop riser

This ergonomic laptop riser is adjustable and practical for feeling more comfortable while at work.

59. Gorilla Grip Gel memory Foam Wrist Rest for Computer

Gorilla grip gel memory foam wrist rest; minimalist Christmas gifts for her or him

I received one of these wrist rests. I can take it anywhere and it’s super comfortable.

Minimalist Christmas Gifts For Kids

Next on the list are a few simple ideas for kids’ minimalist Christmas gifts.

toy car and presents

60. Magazine Subscription

It’s exciting to get a magazine each month!

Kids Highlights Magazine and National Geographic for Kids are outstanding options.

61. Puzzles

Puzzles are fun for the entire family. They are good for the brain and come in all different levels and scenes.

62. Board Games

Choose a new game you can enjoy as a family for game night!

63. Bookstore Gift Card

When it comes to picking out books, kids like to choose their own.

Do you have a Half Price Bookstore around for used books? We love getting books at ours. They are half the price and practically new. Also, consider selling your used books back to one of these stores. Make money and declutter!

64. Needed Clothing

While not always the favorite gift for a kid, take inventory of what your child needs for the next season or has outgrown.

65. Backpacks

If your child’s backpack is looking worn, opt for a new backpack under the Christmas tree.

66. A Watch

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My kids love their watches. They enjoy seeing how much activity and steps they get in each day.

And I love these garmin vivofit jr watches because they have timers (great for teeth brushing and reading). And they can earn points by completing their chores.

67. Travel Supplies

We just bought these hardside spinner suitcases to make travel easier and more practical for our kids.

68. Sports Equipment

If you know your child will need new cleats, dance tights, a baseball bat, or any other sports equipment, plan ahead and use these items for gifts.

69. Arts & Craft Supplies

If your kids like to craft, these are supplies that you may need to replace. They are handy and practical to slip in Christmas stockings.

  • stickers
  • glue
  • markers
  • pipe cleaners
  • construction paper
  • paint pens (we love these!)

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Charitable Minimalist Christmas Gifts

For the giving and charitable person who doesn’t want anything, this is a great way to honor them.

Charitable minimalist gift ideas

70. Donate to a charitable organization

One Christmas, I asked my family to donate money to the Red Cross in lieu of buying me Christmas presents.

71. Plant a tree

Nature lovers will love this idea.

72. Adopt An Animal

This is a budget-friendly and kind option for anyone looking for a new pet.

73. Sponsor A Child In Need

Give back and fill the basic needs of a child.

74. Give To A Community Organization

If there is an organization that is important to your family or friends, consider a donation in the recipient’s name.

Related: Fun Cheap Things to do With Friends

More Practical Minimalist Christmas Gift Ideas

ornaments hanging on tree

75. Ornaments

Ornaments are small, yet can be meaningful.

76. something Unique

Are you good at a certain DIY project or craft? Do you have chickens that lay fresh eggs?

Gift something unique or offer up a skill that you have that others don’t.

My parents are farmers, and they fill our freezer with beef for Christmas.

77. Home Cleaning

Provide a professional cleaning service.

78. Car Detailing

Provide a professional car detailing service.

This is a helpful gift for kids to treat parents or grandparents with.

79. Babysitting

This is truly a wonderful gift for tired parents!

80. Item Replacement

Did something your gift recipient love finally wear out? Buy a replacement gift!

81. Homemade Coupons

Make customized homemade coupons for the gift recipient. Kids love to give these as well!

82. Organizational Gifts

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For the minimalist who likes organization:

  • label maker
  • containers
  • drawer organizers
  • bathroom counter organizers
  • hangers of the same type

83. College Fund

Donate towards a college fund. Parents love this minimalist gift.

84. Time

A minimalist’s love language is often time spent together and acts of service.

Help a friend or family member with a project at their house. Spend the afternoon together or go to lunch. Call a distant loved one and spend time on the phone.

Using your time to help or simply be together is a valued gift.

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Tips For A Minimalist Christmas To Stay On Budget

85. Ask And Listen!

Last year, I told my husband I wanted new laundry baskets for Christmas. He did not find this exciting, but I did! It was useful to me and the new baskets all stacked neatly together. (I loved it!)

When someone tells you what they want…believe them!

86. Save on Wrapping

Buy wrapping paper and gift bags in bulk at the dollar store. Store and reuse gift bags as many times as you can.

During the holiday season, I organize and lay out the gift bags and wrapping supplies I already have. Then, I don’t buy more unless I absolutely need to.

87. Don’t Cave to Pressure

working on budget

Are you feeling pressure to spend more on Christmas than you want?

Ask yourself why.

And then remind yourself that Christmas isn’t about quantity, impressing others, or going into debt.

Also, read Build Your Holiday Fund for ideas on how to save big this Christmas.

88. Shop deals online

Online shopping is the way to go if you are tempted to grab unplanned items when you go to the store. Comparison shop and wait for deals when possible.

89. Check Your List Twice

Is your Christmas list out of control? Forget obligation gifts and buy only for the people you really want and need to buy for.

  • Group gifts are perfect for teachers, coworkers, and even siblings or parents.
  • We switched to having the kids draw names with cousins instead of buying for everyone (and receiving all that stuff!).
  • A coffee and a handwritten note go a long way!

90. Let go of control

Ultimately, you can’t control others.

Some people love to buy gifts.

And you may still feel bogged down by the amount of stuff you receive this Christmas.

It’s okay. Do the best you can to express your wishes, but know that’s all you can do!

Be thankful for the people who want to bless you with a tangible gift.

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