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50+ Christmas Gifts for Minimalists

Find special and thoughtful gifts to treat your minimalist loving family and friends with this magical collection of Christmas Gifts for Minimalists.

50+ Christmas Gifts for Minimalists

Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. The kindness, generosity, and love that spread joy throughout this special holiday give me a feeling that’s hard to describe. I guess there’s still a strong connection to childhood memories too—something I hope my kids will have when they’re older as well.

So while gifts are certainly not the reason for the season, they do add to the enjoyment for me. I love spending Christmas time with family, watching the excitement on the kids’ faces, and warming the hearts of loved ones with thoughtfulness.

When I decided to start simplifying my life by embracing minimalism—having fewer belongings, making fewer purchases, and shedding excess stuff—I wondered where that would leave Christmas. Since then, I’ve realized there are plenty of ways to enjoy gifts as a minimalist.

If you have a minimalist in your life you’d like to treat, or maybe you just don’t want to burden those you care about with extra things, there are plenty of gift options. In fact, some of the gifts on this list I’ve enjoyed way more than a typical material gift.

Christmas Gifts for Minimalists

Check out the full list below or, better yet, get the Free Printable List of Christmas Gifts for Minimalists at the end of this post and leave it in a conspicuous place like on your loved one’s pillow.

Experience Gifts

1. Family Trip

Family Trip

Family Trips are the best bonding activity. Book tickets to a water park or amusement park for some family fun. Or make a booking at a hotel or Airbnb.

2. Movie Night

Movie Night

Everyone loves a good Movie Night. Get a Fandango gift card or passes to their favorite theater.

3. Nice Meal Out

Nice Meal Out

You can never go wrong with a Nice Meal Out. Make a reservation at a restaurant they’ve always wanted to try or an old favorite of theirs.

4. Night Away

Night Away

One Night Away can be pampering and highly recharging. Whether it’s at a hotel, bed & breakfast, or Airbnb rental, it makes a very thoughtful gift for someone who needs little time for themselves.

5. Tour of Your City

Tour of Your City

Schedule a Tour of Your City. Segue tour, trolley tour, walking tour, ghost tour. Learn more about your town with this fun gift. And if you want to splash out you can always send them to Paris!

6. Escape Room

Escape Room

A bit of intense fun for the right person. Do you know someone who would enjoy an Escape Room experience?

7. Membership to a Zoo or Museum

Membership to a Zoo or Museum

Membership to a Zoo or Museum is great for families. They’ll get free or discounted entry to exhibits all year long. Perfect for them to spend some quality time together.

8. Murder Mystery Dinner

Murder Mystery Dinner

Shake things up a little with a Murder Mystery Dinner. Memorable spin on the traditional night out.

9. Wine or Beer Tasting

Wine or Beer Tasting

Wine or Beer Tasting is a wonderful gift for your drink-loving friends or family members. Book them a visit to a local vineyard, wine bar, or brewery.

10. Tickets to an Exhibit

Tickets to an Exhibit

Tickets to an Exhibit will help them to make time to experience something new whether it’s a new show at an art gallery or museum, it will be a treat.

11. Tickets to a Performance

Tickets to a Performance

Tickets to a Performance could include seeing a comedian, musician, author, speaker, performer, etc. Or go for a ballet, opera or a musical. There are many Christmas shows around Christmas so do little research.

12. Tickets to a Sporting Event

 Tickets to a Sporting Event

Do you know their favorite team or sport? Get some tickets to help them see them.

13. Tickets to a Concert

Tickets to a Concert

Rock, classical, and everything in between—whatever floats their boat. Tickets to a Concert are fantastic for the right person.

14. Cooking Class

Cooking Class

Find a local Cooking Class for baking, cake decorating, cheese making, canning, or a specific style of cooking that you think is just perfect for the person you’re gifting it to.

15. Art or Photography Class

Art or Photography Class

For the creative types Art or Photography Class makes a fantastic gift. They will be pleasantly surprised!

16. Boat Ride

Boat Ride

Boat Ride could be a wonderful romantic gift for a couple. Being on the water is picturesque, relaxing, and memorable.

17. Horseback Ride

Horseback Ride

Horseback Ride is a magical experience for everyone to connect with these majestic beings. Let them become one with nature for a while, even if they’re inexperienced.

18. Carriage Ride

Carriage Ride

A romantic winter Carriage Ride through the countryside—what an unforgettable experience! Beautiful Christmas gift idea for couples or families.

19. Workout Class

Workout Class

Get them a Workout Class to help with those January resolutions. If there’s a type of class they’ve wanted to try but have been hesitant to commit the time or money, this will give them a little push.

20. Yoga or Meditation Experience

Yoga or Meditation Experience

Help them get their Zen on with a Yoga or Meditation Experience. Whether they’re into it or not, it’s an experience everyone will benefit from.

21. “Behind the Scenes” Tour

“Behind the Scenes” Tour

Get them behind the scenes at a zoo, museum, or historical place for a special up-close “Behind the Scenes” Tour experience.

22. Nature Class

Nature Class

Nature Class could include anything from star gazing, beekeeping, foraging, wreath making, learning to paddle, homesteading, or anything related to their interests. Check local outdoor stores or nature centers for options.

Relaxation Gifts

23. Massage


Yes, please. Massage is the perfect gift for both women and men and is so relaxing. It’s definitely one of my favorite gifts to receive.

24. Mani/Pedi


Manicure or Pedicure is a treat for the hardworking. You know who they are so treat them well.

25. Facial


Facial is a great massage alternative for a real pampering gift. Rejuvenating and relaxing, with all the aromatherapy benefits they will feel fabulous.

26. Spa Day

Spa Day

Spa Day is the ultimate in pampering. They will love you! Check out the local spas for the best experience.

27. Hair Salon Gift Card

Hair Salon Gift Card

A fresh new look without worrying about time or money, yes, please. Be sure to find out their favorite Hair Salon.

28. Subscription to Satellite or Internet Radio Service

Subscription to Satellite or Internet Radio Service

With a Subscription to Satellite or Internet Radio Service, they can enjoy personalized tunes for months.

29. Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Kindle Unlimited Subscription

For the bookworm, you can get a Kindle Unlimited Subscription. It’s a thoughtful minimalist gift.

30. iTunes Gift Card

iTunes Gift Card

With an iTunes Gift Card, they can choose their favorite songs, movies, and books that will entertain them for a long time.

31. App Store Gift Card

App Store Gift Card

Get them to upgrade their technology with productivity apps, games, or more with App Store Gift Card.

Consumable Gifts

32. Fine Chocolate

Fine Chocolates

Know someone who loves fine foods? Fine Chocolate is meant to be savored and let’s be honest who doesn’t love to receive a box of delicious chocolates? You can find a wonderful selection on Etsy.

33. Baked Goods

Baked Goods

Baked Goods beautifully packaged make great Christmas gifts. Bake your own Christmas selection or get them from your local bakery or gourmet shop.

34. Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

High-quality Peanut Brittle can be a welcome treat. Find a good selection on Etsy or make your own Homemade Peanut Brittle by following this recipe by Stephie Cooks.

35. Roasted Nuts

Roasted Nuts

Roasted Nuts are a wholesome and delicious gift. Check out this Roasted Almonds Recipe German Christmas Market Style by Jammie’s Noshery if you love to prepare your own foodie gifts.

36. Local Jam

Local Jam

Local Jam is a tasty sweet that lasts. Well, maybe not in my house 😉 Check out your local Farmers or Christmas market for a locally-made selection.

37. Tea


Consider a special Tea blend or variety for the tea lover. Tea is one of the best gifts truly, there’s such a broad choice of different teas that will suit just anyone’s taste.

38. Coffee


Coffee for coffee lovers? Research a great roast, and go organic and fair trade.

39. Honey


One of my favorite foodie gifts to receive is Honey. Natural, delicious, and useful. If you can get local honey, even better.

40. Flowers


Who doesn’t love to receive Flowers? You can choose from a fresh cut or to be planted. Or if you fancy a little DIY project check out How To Create A Holiday Bouquet by Home Made by Carmona.

41. Fruit


Fruit can come as a cut arrangement or whole. I love this Fresh Fruit Arrangement by The Fruit Company, it’s perfect for a Christmas gift.

42. Steaks


Know a Steak lover? Get a gift card or a nice selection delivered directly to their house.

43. Bath Bombs or Bath Salts

Bath Bombs or Bath Salts

Bath Salts are indulgent pampering gifts for the at-home spa experience. Help them fit some relaxation into their day.

44. Candles


Candles are just so Christmasy. Go for natural relaxing aromatherapy candles for the greater benefits.

45. Soaps


Who doesn’t use soap? I love the natural Soap selection on Etsy. You can find beautiful handmade soaps that are perfect for minimalists who love natural products.

Gifts for Making Life Easier

46. Home Cleaning

Home Cleaning

Take a load off! Get them a few hours of professional cleaning service. I’m sure they will highly appreciate such a gift.

47. Robot Vacuum

Robot Vacuum

One less chore to worry about with a Robot Vacuum. Yes, they actually work! Perfect gift for busy mums.

48. Car Detailing

Car Detailing

Car Detailing is a great option for a gift because truly whoever has time for this?

49. Babysitting Hours

Babysitting Hours

A parent’s greatest gift—Babysitting Hours! Get them to spend time together and rekindle the romance on a night out.

50. Homemade Coupons

Homemade Coupons

Homemade Coupons are a hit with parents. See my free printable for some ideas. “No whining day” is a favorite.

51. Hard Labor

Hard Labor

Do any lingering home projects for your loved one yourself or hire a reputable handyman.

52. Subscription to Cooking Box

Subscription to Cooking Box

Many services exist today. A Subscription to Cooking Box can make meal prep so much easier. Check out several options at Epicurious.

53. Subscription to a CSA

Subscription to a CSA

Subscription to a CSA is another great option for fresh, local food to support local organizations and healthy eating.

Charitable Gifts

54. Donate to a Charitable Organization in Their Name

Donate to a Charitable Organization in Their Name

Find a cause that’s meaningful to them and Donate to a Charitable Organization in Their Name.

55. Plant a Tree in Their Name

Plant a Tree in Their Name

Plant a Tree in Their Name is a great gift, especially for the nature lover. But anyone would love this act of love for the Earth.

56. Save or Adopt an Animal

Save/Adopt an Animal

This one is a big one, comes with a responsibility but perfect for the right person. Just wait for them to say awwwww.

57. Sponsor a Third-World Child

Sponsor a Third-World Child

Tug at the heartstrings. Sponsoring a Third-World Child is a very special gift and you know just the person who this would be very meaningful for.

58. Support the Arts Through Patreon

Support the Arts Through Patreon

The art lover will appreciate Supporting the Arts Through Patreon and there are many ways to get involved in supporting artists on this platform.

Merry Minimalist Christmas

Hopefully, this list has given you some inspiration to be able to shower the minimalist in your life with a gift that shows how much you care. Pat yourself on the back for not giving something that will need to be donated a few months (or weeks) later. Many of these Christmas gifts for minimalists can be so much more meaningful than material goods.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a minimalist, if you think you have enough stuff, you can decline holiday gifts or send people a link to this post for ideas.

You don’t want to be stuck the day after Christmas wondering, “Where am I going to put all this stuff?” Try some Christmas gifts for minimalists and see how it feels to simplify.

Did I miss an idea? Share yours in the comments!

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