Inside: It can feel a bit tricky shopping for a minimalist mom. Here are 30 gift ideas for minimalist mom that 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 a post about donuts. Although maybe if every post was about donuts the world would be a better place.
Gifting to a minimalist mom can feel like a tricky thing.
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 may be a little counter cultural.
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 most anything else.
Here are 30 perfect gift ideas that are sure to please the minimalist mom in your life!
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. Breakfast in bed!
This one pairs nicely with guilt free uninterrupted alone time…and a mimosa.
3. 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 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. It’s a true treasure.
This would be the best gift ever! It’s a doozy, but it’s my preference above almost every gift with the exception of number three. (OK, I just said that so you wouldn’t think I was a horrible person. I think I’d prefer a vacation. #wanderlustproblems).
5. Experiences or Family Outings
- Family adventure day
- Beach day
- Picnic and park
- Hiking outing
- Sporting event
- Amusement park
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.
6. 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. I even purchased my favorite necklace here and wrapped it up for my kiddos to give me for Christmas.
7. Personalized Garden Stone
We made these with my kids’ names and handprints in them for grandparents this last Christmas. They turned out great! I’m hoping to make one for myself this summer. Here is the brand we used.
8. 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.
9. House Cleaning Service
Can I get an amen!?
10. Pre-Made Frozen Meals
My mother-in-law did this for me for Christmas. It was brilliant, convenient and delicious!
11. Family Photo Shoot
12. Gym Membership or Exercise Class
13. Chatbooks, Shutterfly or Snapfish Gift Certificate
14. Wine or consumable gift baskets
16. ITunes Gift Card
17. Hello Fresh, Blue Apron or Grocery Delivery Service Credit
18. Window Washing Service
19. Audible Subscription
20. In-Home chef or cooking class
21. Restaurant gift certificate
Bonus points of you line up a babysitter.
22. 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, 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!
23. An Online Course or Membership Site
- Hope*Writers I’ve been apart of this membership site for almost three years. It’s answered so many of the questions I had as I started my blog and it’s helped me develop as a writer. (Reopens May 20th, 2019)
- Simplifying Child Behavior by Simple Families (Open now).
- The Uncluttered Course by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (Reopens in July, 2019).
- The Clutter Cleanse by Erica Layne, Life on Purpose Movement
24. Book and Coffee Gift basket
Be sure and give her a book she really wants or one you have read cover to cover. Gifting a book because it “looks like something they would like” lends itself to becoming clutter.
25. Theater or Concert Tickets
26. Movie theater date night gift certificate
Bonus points if you line up a babysitter.
27. Replace a Beauty Product They are Running Low On
28. Salon or Spa Service
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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