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Buying for the person who has everything is hard enough, but what can you give to a person who genuinely doesn`t want anything? This person might be an older relative who`s downsizing into a smaller home, an idealist who`s selling everything to travel the world, or just a friend who prefers to keep life as uncluttered as possible. Regardless of why they have a minimalist approach, your problem is the same. How can you give a gift that will bring joy to a person who doesn`t want much stuff? Here are some great ideas.

Wrap Up Experiences

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New experiences make fantastic gifts. Depending on your budget, you can give anything from movie passes to a weekend getaway. Tickets to an upcoming show or concert make a wonderful surprise. If your friend is more adventurous, consider giving tickets to a nearby zip line, ski slope, or hang gliding excursion. A culture vulture will enjoy a membership to the local art museum or botanical garden. Many aviation schools offer a flight class taste, and some racetracks feature driving experiences. Sign your friend up for a dance or photography class. Your imagination is the only limit on the types of experiences you can give.

Upgrade Their Basics

No matter how minimalist your loved ones are, they probably still use sheets, towels, pillows, and other basic items. They might not want to collect a lot of these things, but that doesn`t mean they don`t appreciate quality. Pillows make particularly good gifts since most people don`t replace them often enough and new ones are such a treat. If you buy sheets or towels, choose sturdy, simple designs in the most luxurious, high-quality fabrics you can find. No minimalist will object to that. Remove the last vestiges of objection by asking if you can take away their old used items for some project or charity drive.

They Gotta Eat

Everyone has to eat and food is consumable, so food gifts will not clutter up their home for long. Avoid gift packs that come with baskets, mugs, and other durable goods. Most people like candy, cookies, popcorn, coffee, and tea. Wine and spirits make excellent gifts, especially if you can introduce something new and exciting. If your friend likes to cook or grill, give high-grade steaks or fine olive oils.

Accessorize Things They Already Own

Minimalists might not own many things, but they can become very attached to the possessions they choose to have. If your friend recently bought a spiffy new phone, wrap up a nice case to carry it in. A new iPhone 7, with its wide-angle camera, Retina display, and A10 Fusion chip, represents a significant investment that anyone would want to protect. Give a car-lover some gift certificates for car washes or auto detailing. You can give a handsome case for your loved one`s laptop, a new bed for their pet, or some welcome mats for their new house.

Making Gift Cards Special

Gift cards don`t have to be generic. Businesses ranging from florists to tattoo parlors offer gift certificates, so you can give something very specific that will touch your friend`s heart. Remember, though, that many gift certificates and gift cards are never redeemed, because the recipient keeps saving them for a special occasion. If your gift requires an appointment, like a massage or facial, schedule it. If you give a restaurant gift certificate, make a reservation. It`s easy to reschedule if necessary. Better yet, make a date to take your friend to dinner or lunch.

Give For Them

If your friend really doesn`t need or want anything, why not give to people who do? Donate in your friend`s name to a charity that you know will be meaningful to them. Some charities will provide you with a card to announce your gift (mailed or printable), and some will even specify some tangible thing that represents the gift amount, like "This gift will purchase a cow to give milk for three families." Shopping for gifts for the minimalist is challenging, but not impossible. Once you start to think outside the box, you`ll come up with lots of great ideas. In the end, you may even want to thank your friend for pushing you away from the convenience of gifting items and helping you think in terms of experiences.
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