This week we have another guest writer with us. Molly from South Florida Upbeat has been nice enough to write on a topic that I see a lot of people on the group boards asking about. What do I do as a minimalist for giving and receiving gifts? Here's her great post.
Minimalism Gift Giving (And Receiving)
By: Molly Michael
Gift-giving is a topic that has been discussed millions of times with minimalists. I have a slightly different view on it, however. Many minimalists believe that we should never ask for a material item; only experiences. To that I say: What if I need something? What if I need a new dress for work, or a new chain for my broken necklace, or a sewing machine to create clothing and other things on for my hobby and a possible income?
I have broken these items and experiences into different groups, and will describe why I feel that gift giving and receiving can still fall in line with minimalism.
I want to specifically discuss gift cards, which can be a tricky subject. Think: Gas cards, all-in-one stores (Target, Wal-Mart), grocery store cards, and restaurant gift cards. These are things that will not go to waste, as we have necessities as humans. Cards such as ones belonging to strictly clothing shops sometimes get thrown away or lost, as many minimalists have capsule wardrobes and do not need to add anything to them. Unless a clothing gift card is suggested, stick with one of the above.
Just as I said in the introduction, sometimes specific items are needed, and well appreciated. This is especially true with wedding and baby registries. There are many items needed for new homes and new arrivals, and if gifts are the best way to receive them, then I say go for it! Personally, I’m getting married in 7 months, and my registries have very nice items on there that I know are high-quality and will last our lifetime (as long as my fiance doesn’t get his hands on them!).
This section is the most common (and a favorite) for minimalists! With good reason, too. Experiences are the best gift to get or receive, and they come in many forms. You could take someone skydiving, give them tickets to a game, give them a gift card to the movies, pay for a golf membership for a year… The list goes on and on. This is such a favorite because you can’t go wrong with it. Everyone loves a trip to the spa, and everyone will try anything once if they have a free go at it. Even better: Join them for the experience. It reminds the person of how special they are to you, and how special the event is.
I hope this cleared up some confusion about minimalist gifts, gave you some ideas, and inspired you to maybe even start giving some minimalist gifts! Happy gifting!
I would really like to thank Molly for writing this for us. If you would like to check out other articles of hers or follow her on Instagram then just click on her links below.
Website Address: https://wwwmollymichael.wixsite.com/southfloridaupbeat
Molly is the fifth guest writer that we have had on this site, if you have missed any of the other great stories then please check them out.
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