Thanksgiving is a few days away, and I’m in the full holiday spirit. I’m exciting thinking about baking cookies, wrapping gifts for loved ones, and spending a lot of free time watching Hallmark holiday movies.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve had a lot of conversations with clients and people at work about what to get kids for the holidays “as a minimalist.” And it has opened a lot of doors to discuss minimalism more, which is always wonderful. But it made me realize that some people have an interesting view on gift giving as a minimalist.
I’ve realized with minimalism is that it takes more work, time, and effort. You have to be conscious about your decisions, and you have to do some research now and again, but I’ve found it to be a rewarding process. Minimalism definitely has its benefits
Something I wish I could do more minimalist practices with others, but I also believe in respecting the way other people live. I am well aware that the majority of my family is not minimalist in any sense of the word. And, I’m okay with that because that is how they want to live. I don’t believe in forcing a lifestyle onto someone, so I always remain respectful when it comes to gifts. But I do believe there is a happy medium you can reach when it comes to gifts for children. Here are five minimalist gift ideas for kids.
1| Magazine Subscription
I know some people think this brings on paper clutter, but I also think big picture when it comes to gift giving. If you’re giving them the gift of a magazine, chances are, the child/tween/teen will definitely toss it at some point. Whether it’s Highlights magazine for a 7 year old, or Girl’s World for a 12 year old—this is a gift that last all year. And if it’s something you know they will love, it is worth buying for the holidays.
Maybe your niece has ALWAYS wanted to go to Darian Lake, or maybe they are into something low-key like a new movie. Whether you decide to spend the day with them, or you gift it to them to go with the family—this is a gift you can’t go wrong with. If you’re talking about a younger child, gift them tickets to the local aquarium or zoo. Take it a step further and gift them a pass for the year for the zoo. I promise the parents and the child will both be happy!
3| Experience Gift
Treat your cousin or nephew to a fun day together doing something they love. Take them to an arcade, go karts, or a round of laser tag. As long as you know it’s something they will enjoy doing for a few hours then you should be good to go. If you’re thinking for someone younger, treat them to a kid’s music class or play area they can enjoy.
4| Educational Gifts
A trip to a children’s museum, or a library card to introduce to the world of reading. This gift can be as elaborate as you see fit. And if there’s an educational gift that’s a toy, or a play set (science/history set), feel free to include that as part of the gift.
Remember, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to a list that a child creates or a give that parents will approve as well. As long as you feel as though it will truly serve a purpose to them—that’s is the important part of buying a gift. Minimalism isn’t about NOT purchasing any “physical” gift, but it’s more about buying a gift that you feel as though will truly serve a purpose rather be another toy they forget about in a few months. You can also find a happy medium and purchase one item from their list that’s a toy, and another gift can be something more minimal.