There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that living a more mindful and intentional lifestyle can save you time and money. There are so many ways that minimalism helps put money in your pocket; you could spend hours online or in a library learning how to sell your stuff for cash and building towards financial freedom quickly. No matter how strict someone may be with their purchasing and finances, there are always times in our lives when we will spend money, and we may not necessarily want to. One of those times is gift-giving.
It’s not that you don’t want to show others how much you care about them or celebrate significant milestones with them – like marriages, births, graduations, job promotions, etc. But, you want to make sure you’re spending your money on gifts that the recipient will not only love but use too – that way, it’s not wasting money on your end or theirs. Let’s take a look at some minimalist gift ideas that can save you serious cash and be meaningful to the people you give them to.
One of the best presents you can give someone is the gift of time. Maybe you’re trying to come up with a perfect present for someone in your life who never seems to have enough hours in the day. Perhaps they are elderly or living with a disability. By giving the gift of your time to help them with things they need to do – from gardening, shopping, cleaning, or just visiting – you are spending no money on your end but giving a priceless gift to the recipient.
You can take the idea of personalized presents quite literally in the form of a monogram necklace or towel set or, more generally, something like personalized story books for children. When you spend money on something that is clearly made for the person it is given to, it’s not only thoughtful, but something the recipient is likely to use often and not end up donating a few months or years down the road.
While it’s great to try to make money selling your clutter, you may also have tons of things that already exist in your home that you don’t love or aren’t using. If these items are in excellent condition, unopened, or unique vintage items you think the recipient would genuinely love and use, upcycle what you already own as gifts for other people. While you may feel strange the first time you do this, the recipient is likely never going to know you already owned the item, but you’ll learn how much money you saved by upcycling instead of running out and buying something.
Additionally, you can gift items that the recipient has remarked on in the past. Say you need a gift for a close friend or family member that always mentions how much they love a particular scarf or necklace – consider giving that item as a gift to them. Sure, they’ll know that it’s “used,” but the sentimentality behind the sacrifice is worth its weight in gold.
If the person you’re shopping for has a passion project, like animal shelters, feeding the homeless, you name it, consider donating to a non-profit that aids to help that passion project. Yes, this type of gift does cost you money, but you know that your donation is doing real good in their community. Most people have more than enough already and would prefer a gift to another material object they won’t utilize.
For the truly frugal, your “experience” gift could be a long walk you share with the recipient along a beautiful beach or through a gorgeous local park. You can also invest your money in lessons for them in a field they’ve been interested in learning. Giving the gift of a getaway, while extravagant, is a positive return on your investment, especially if you’re going to be accompanying the recipient on the trip.
Gift-giving can be stressful enough even for those not financially healthy. When you give gifts from an intentional mindset and throw a minimalist twist on things, not only will your gifts be utilized, they’ll likely be memory makers and treasured for a lifetime. Get creative next time you need to purchase a gift for someone, and let this list be your guide.
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