- No clutter. This means anything impractical or too large will likely be tossed. We’re talking food dehydrators, magazine stacks, excessive cords and electronics, you get the picture.
- Anti-tacky. Bright colors, characters printed on rugs, childish toys are all off your list. Don’t even let them tempt you. If you must buy an object with a character because it has special meaning between you and this person, choose one that looks simple and unique. If the first word you think of when you see it is “tacky” you’d be better off putting it back on the shelf.
- Quality. Having less stuff allows minimalists to buy fewer but higher-quality items. Your gift doesn’t have to be expensive (as you’ll see in our gift list below) but keep in mind that a high-quality, functional, product will make a great gift. Brands such as Nike, Apple, New Balance, Gap, and Nordstrom will all carry items perfect for your minimalist.
- Keywords to look for. Classy, simple, plain, neutral, wooden, minimal, black, white, copper, gold, metal, basic.
Now that we’ve laid the ground rules, here are some gift ideas to guide you.
Stick with neutrals: gold, black, white, copper, leather, and sometimes silver. For women, choose thin structures with small accent shapes. For men, choose symmetrical shapes with sleek textures. Think bold and simple.
For more ideas, find our Minimalist Gift List on Giftry. Good luck in your gift-giving ventures!