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There is an immense pressure on all of use to express how much we love each other through finding and buying the perfect stuff. Magazine pages are filled with all kinds of gift guides and wish list edits, every store is pushing to hit their sale targets before the year ends. Christmas is all about shopping, grabbing and buying.
All I’ve been doing is trying to avoid the madness and not to participate by telling everyone that I really don’t want any gifts. But my mother is one that never listens and always shows up with something. Last year though, after my pleading to not buy me anything, she brought me a box with luxe, organic, vegan foods. It was so lovely to taste all the delicacies, open a jar of artichoke dip and eat it up together. After a few days it was all finished and I had no extra clutter or stuff in my home. Thanks mom for the non-gift.
So here’a a little antidote for all the gift guides that will only fill our homes with clutter, a list of ideas for your minimalist friends, for your friends who already have everything (isn’t that most of us?) and for those who are sick of the holiday-stress. The key is to find things that can be finished up, consumed or experienced and are not permanent material objects that we have to keep.
01/ F O O D
A consumable that you can enjoy together. Give an edible delicacy, or if you have cooking skills a home baked cake.
02/ D R I N K S
Although cliché, an exclusive bottle of booze is always a good idea. Sooner or later it will be finished up and there will be no clutter in your home.
03/ S U B S C R I P T I O N
With so much free information online, we tend to forget about all the beautiful publications that are out there. A subscription to a design/art/fashion magazine or if you want to save a tree and be completely clutter free; a digital subscription.
04/ E X P E R I E N C E
Give an experience instead of stuff. Go on a city trip, a weekend getaway, a spa visit together.
05/ W R I T I N G G E A R
For me personally, notebooks are like consumables. I fill up quite a pile each year. They help me keep my thoughts organized, I have one for every separate project I’m working on. A fresh new notebook or sketchbook always comes in useful, specially with all the new 2015 projects just around the corner.
06/ M U S E U M P A S S
Fits right in your wallet, and will generate much more memories than an object.
07/ T I C K E T S
Same as number 6, get your hands on upcoming concert tickets or festival tickets.
08/ F L O W E R S
A temporary decorative item, which will make room for the new within a week.
09/ C A N D L E S
Find a lovely scented candle to burn through and finish up. Some of my personal favorites are the jasmine candle from A.P.C or Byredo’s ‘Bibliotheque’.
10/ S K I L L
Acquiring a skill is much better than acquiring a thing. Take a workshop or course together.
11/ S C E N T
A perfume is probably the most common and cliche gift, but that’s probably because it is usually a welcome one. A scent or a cosmetic product is something that can be used up, be absolutely sure it is their signature or favorite brand though, otherwise it will only fill up their beauty cabinet
12/ D O N A T E
For those who already have everything, donate the cash otherwise spend on presents to support a good cause.
13/ N O T H I N G
The most liberating, minimalist thing would be to gift nothing at all and with that take away all the worrying and stress of finding the impossible perfect gift. You can put all your focus on just having a great time.