Inside: If you’re looking for the best gifts for minimalist moms this year, look no further. Shopping for a minimalist doesn’t have to be intimidating. Here are 30 thoughtful, clutter free gifts she’s sure to love.
Mother’s Day is my most favorite holiday. Mostly because It requires very little from me and I can almost taste the Lake Odessa, Michigan Meyer’s Bakery nutty donut I get to wake up to. (Eh hem, Paul. Don’t forget). Their donuts are on point.
Don’t worry, this isn’t an article about donuts. Although maybe if every article was about donuts the world would be a better place.
Gifting to a minimalist mom can feel like tricky. Those close to me watched as I ruthlessly edited my home and continue to observe the scrutiny I put items through before making any purchases. I can understand their hesitancy when approaching me with a gift.
However, I don’t believe gifting to a minimalist is as difficult as it sounds.
The best part of receiving any gift is the feeling of being seen, known and loved for who you are. This is true of all of us.
Try to set aside your own wants, needs and desires when giving a gift. Minimalist moms still love to receive gifts, it’s just that the type of gifts we love tend to be counter cultural. We’re less about the stuff, and more about the experience.
Gifting me a bag of oyster crackers and a Tupperware full of frozen crab soup to heat and serve on a rainy day will bring me more joy than any store bought gift ever could.
Here are 30 perfect gift ideas that are sure to please the minimalist mom in your life.
30 Best Gifts For Minimalist Moms
1. The Gift of Alone Time
I polled some friends and family for this post and the most requested Mother’s Day was guilt free, uninterrupted alone time.
This is especially true of those with little ones. We just want a day where we don’t have to wipe anything, feed anybody, cook anything, find anything or break up an argument. The single best gift you can give a mom, minimalist or not, is the gift of alone time.
2. Little Sleepies Pajama Pants
My daughter’s have a couple sets of these soft, bamboo pajamas. I recently bought a pair for myself and love them. They are the softest, most comfy pair of pajama pants I’ve ever owned.
See image below…
3. Ugg Slippers
These are my absolute favorite…
4. Keepsake Journal From Each of My Kids
My husband has been doing this for me for a couple of years.
In lieu of cards, I have three small journals. One from each of my kids. Every Mother’s Day they write in it, draw a picture, trace their hand, or anything else they feel like. It’s one of my most precious gifts.
5. Experiences or Family Outings
- Family adventure day
- Beach day
- Picnic and park
- Hiking outing
A lot of work goes into planning and executing family outings. I’d love to have someone else be in charge of making it all come together so I can just hop in the car and go.
7. Sentimental Jewelry…but only if that’s her thing
This isn’t for everyone, so be sure and ask first.
The Vintage Pearl is my go to for sentimental jewelry. I’ve gifted items from this store to many family and friends. My personal favorite is this necklace.
8. Personalized Garden Stone
We made these with my kids’ names and handprints in them for grandparents this last Christmas. They turned out great! Here is the one we used.
9. Car Detailing Service
I could use this one weekly, but that would grow rather pricey. Every Mother’s Day my husband takes the kids to the garage and they “surprise” me by cleaning out the car themselves. Swoon.
10. Subtl Beauty Make-Up Stack
If you’re looking for a make-up line with more minimalist packaging, take a look at Subtl Beauty. I found this line of products on Instagram…(or rather, they found me through targeted Instagram ads). When my drug store products were running low, I finally took the leap to try this more minimalist line of products and I’m hooked. (Not an ad.)
I love how it consolidates my products into one small stack to take up much less space in my drawers and backpack when traveling. While the product amount is small, I’ve found it goes a long way and stays in place all day.
11. Consumable Gift Baskets
Include her favorite wine, cheese, candies and snacks. Personally, Haribo gummy bears, Extra Toasty Cheez and Topo Chico Twist of Lime are my love language.
12. House Cleaning, Organizing or Decluttering Service
Can I get an amen!? For local friends, check out Organizing With Katie Love for decluttering and organizing services.
13. Pre-Made Frozen Meals
My mother-in-law did this for me for Christmas. It was brilliant, convenient and delicious!
14. Gym Membership or Exercise Class
15. Chatbooks, Shutterfly or Snapfish Gift Certificate
16. Book and Coffee Gift Basket
I may be partial, but Messy Minimalism: Realistic Strategies for the Rest of Us, would make a fantastic gift for the minimalist mom in your life.
Messy Minimalism is a grace-based and relatable approach to living clutter free. It makes minimalism, which can at times feel out of reach and unsustainable, doable at every level. It’s a story driven book packed with vital mindset shifts and practical tips for not just decluttering your home but living clutter free for good.
17. ITunes Gift Card
18. Hello Fresh, Blue Apron or Grocery Delivery Service Credit
19. Window Washing Service
20. Audible Subscription
21. In-Home Chef or Unique Cooking Class
22. Favorite Restaurant Gift Certificate
23. Needed hobby accessories
This is not a time to gift her a new hobby to begin. Rather, consider her hobbies and what she needs for those. Is she into knitting, Cross Fit, canning, hunting, gardening, yoga, reading, writing, painting, biking, blogging or something else?
Don’t hesitate to ask her! A minimalist mom may not want to be surprised with accessories as they frequently edit and purchase strategically for their hobbies and homes. If you want to surprise a minimalist, surprise them with a new experience!
24. Family Photo Shoot
Give her a coupon good toward a spring photography session. If you are local, check out a couple of my favorite people. Jamie Lynn Photography and Kristy Photography.
25. Theater or Concert Tickets
Last year, I received Hamilton tickets and it was AMAZING! Bonus if you managed to get Taylor Swift tickets this year.
26. Date night Gift Certificate
Bonus points if you line up a babysitter.
27. Replace a Beauty Product They are Running Low On
28. Breakfast in bed
This one pairs nicely with guilt-free uninterrupted alone time.
29. Book Her a Babysitter For a Day Out Alone
30. Gifts Handmade by my Kids
I’m a sucker for anything my kids make. If I’m being honest, I’m probably not going to keep it for all eternity. But the bonding it encourages is pretty special to me. They gleam with joy as I open it, and my heart warms because of their thoughtfulness. That moment right there is the most special to me.
Remember, savoring moments and memories is what the minimalist mom is after most of all.
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What do you do when you are decluttering and your husband says your mentally ill in the head and doesn’t understand even if you explained it so many times and he is a packrat
That can be so tricky! Have you tried not focusing on his stuff or even shared stuff and only focusing on your own belongings? Going first helped my husband really understand what I was after.
Some people take more time. And even if he never gets fully on board, implement “less” where it is within your control. Give grace where it is not. A lot of my husbands “pack rat-ness” (is that a word?) had to do with my spending habits. He was trying to keep me from wasting money by saving everything. When I changed my spending habits, he saw I meant business. Hope that helps.
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