10 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Minimalist

Vivian Bricker

Contributing Writer
Published: Oct 20, 2022
10 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Minimalist

During Christmas, we often overlook simple gifts, yet the simple gifts can be the most appreciated.

A minimalist is described as someone “who wants to have less material things. They don't want the latest electronic gadget or a new piece of furniture”. There are great aspects of being a minimalist as it does help you enjoy life more rather than always wanting the next new “it” item. Here are ten Christmas gift ideas for the minimalist. 

1. Going Out for a Meal

The first Christmas gift idea for the minimalist is going out for a meal. Since dining at a restaurant is more of an outing, it is perfect for the minimalist. This is a practical gift that can help you connect with your loved one. Sharing a meal together helps strengthen your bond with your loved one and provides a chance to relax. 

For most of us, cooking every day can be tiresome. Sometimes, it can be nice just to get away for the evening and have a nice meal out, especially around the Christmas season. There is something special about treating someone to a one-on-one dinner. Perhaps your friend needs to know she's not overlooked in the hustle and bustle of your schedule, or maybe your boyfriend or spouse could use the intimate space to discuss his worries or goals.

2. Going to See a Play, Orchestra, or Concert

A second Christmas gift idea for the minimalist is going to see a play, orchestra, or concert. Each of these is a great gift idea for the minimalist. A play, orchestra, and concert are experiences rather than things. Every play, orchestra, and concert I have been to has always been a wonderful experience. These outings help you be a part of the world around you.

Plays are great for the minimalist who loves stories, orchestras are great for the minimalist who loves classical music, and concerts are great for the minimalist who loves music in general. Knowing your loved one can help you discern whether you should take them to see a play, orchestra, or concert. Each of these is unique, yet you need to know your loved one well enough to know if they would prefer to see a play, orchestra, or concert—not to mention which play, which orchestra, and which genre of music for a concert. 

3. An Art Class

A third Christmas gift idea for the minimalist is giving the gift of taking an art class. At various art centers, you can purchase gift cards or vouchers, allowing the minimalist in your life something to do rather than something to unwrap, take home, and put on a shelf. Taking an art class can be a lot of fun, especially if art is one of their favorite activities. I have personally taken multiple art classes, and they have always been an enjoyable way to destress and step away from technology's demands. 

Minimalists enjoy experiences over physical gifts, and art classes offer an array of activities, such as pottery, painting, and ceramics. These classes also give the individual a chance to allow their creativity to shine. It might even inspire them to be involved in the arts in the future. As a bonus, you could sign up to do the class with your friend. 

4. A Tour of Your City

A fourth Christmas gift idea for the minimalist is gifting them with a tour of your city. Often during the holidays, we travel to visit friends and family. If a friend who is a minimalist comes to visit you, gift them with a tour of your city. I had a friend visit me last year, and I gifted her and her family a tour of the city I live in. My friend and her family loved this gift as they explored the city with me. Since I was a local, I could take them to the best places and most fun attractions.

Consider giving a tour of your city to your minimalist friend for their Christmas present. They will love the practical gift and the chance to spend time with you. Touring a city is always exciting for most individuals. Something is amazing and magical about exploring a city for the first time. Your minimalist friend will love this captivating experience and will surely gift you with a tour of their city when you go to visit them. 

5. Movie Tickets

A fifth Christmas gift idea for the minimalist is movie tickets. This is another gift that is practical and gives the minimalist an experience. While we may forget about a physical gift, it is difficult to forget about a long-lasting memory. Movie tickets are always a win for the minimalist because it is an experience that you can enjoy no matter the weather. During winter, the weather can be unpredictable and quite chilly. Going to the movies can be the perfect event for a cold winter day. 

You can buy the tickets, but let your friend pick out the movie. This is always the nice thing to do when gifting someone movie tickets. You don’t want to pick a movie they don’t like; therefore, it is best to let your friend choose. 

6. Ice Skating

A sixth Christmas gift idea for the minimalist is taking them ice skating. I haven’t been ice skating since before the pandemic, yet this is always a fun activity. If you decide to take your minimalist friend ice skating for their Christmas gift, make sure they know how to ice skate. (Do not assume a person knows how to ice skate just because you know how to ice skate. Ice skating can be dangerous if a person doesn’t know how to ice skate properly.) 

However, ice skating is a great Christmas gift for your minimalist friend because it gives them a magical experience. Ice skating is a winter activity that truly brings the Christmas spirit into our hearts. It's festive! There is simply something about a chilly skate on the ice that develops happy memories of the holidays. If you want to try a unique gift this year for your friend, take them ice skating. 

7. Trip to an Amusement Park

A seventh Christmas gift idea for the minimalist is to take them for a trip to the amusement park. While this may not be practical during the winter, you can purchase them a season pass for their favorite amusement park. Since they love experiences rather than physical items, they will be overjoyed with your kind and unique gift.

8. Gift Card to a Grocery Store

An eighth Christmas gift idea for the minimalist is a gift card to a grocery store. While this may sound basic, it can make a minimalist extremely happy. Gift cards to grocery stores are extremely practical and helpful. During Christmas, we often overlook simple gifts, yet the simple gifts can be the most appreciated. Everyone needs groceries, and the minimalist will be grateful for your kindness. 

9. Gift Card to a Bookstore 

A ninth Christmas gift idea for the minimalist is a gift card to a bookstore. This is a practical gift that a minimalist will love if they enjoy reading. There are so many books, book accessories, and even book-related activities that your minimalist friend can purchase with their gift card. Gift cards are always a great idea for your more practical-minded friends because they can use the card for whatever they need.

10. A Carriage Ride

A tenth Christmas gift idea for the minimalist is a carriage ride. While this might sound old-school or outdated, it is a great idea for a unique experience, which is just what minimalists enjoy! A carriage ride is nostalgic, especially during the winter, as you travel in a carriage pulled by horses. As a child, my mother took my sisters and me on a carriage ride, which was magical. It is an experience that I haven’t forgotten even into my adult years. A carriage ride is the perfect Christmas gift idea for the minimalist in your life. Bonus points for bringing thermoses of hot chocolate! 

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Vivian Bricker loves Jesus, studying the Word of God, and helping others in their walk with Christ. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master's degree in Christian Ministry with a deep academic emphasis in theology. Her favorite things to do are spending time with her family and friends, reading, and spending time outside. When she is not writing, she is embarking on other adventures.

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