Minimalism carries a lot of weight and meaning, how ironic, but that is exactly how it is. See, minimalism means different things to different people, as some may just think of it as an aesthetic or an artistic movement, while others (like myself) view minimalism as a way of living.
To me, minimalism is firstly living a simple life, being able to breathe in the life that I have created for myself, its owning things that I need and have purpose for, minimizing on unnecessary debt and chasing experiences rather. I have not always been that person, I am actually a recovering shopaholic, and now for three years I have slowly been transitioning to be a minimalist. For, now let’s leave the deep stuff for a separate blog post.
We are headed to Christmas, Yay!! Gift season, and you may have a minimalist on your list of people to buy gifts for. Its honestly just about the simple things, think off things that will actually benefit their lives, something that they will use and enjoy in their simple life. I have put a list of 5 gift ideas, all from local South African makers that a minimalist will definitely fancy as experiential gifts will go a long way to them.
A candle (with purpose)
Lighting candles provides the perfect atmosphere to induce calm and a sense of well-being, and that is from first hand experience.
I would like to think that space and energy are a big part of a minimalists’ living space, especially their well-being, so why not add to their candle collection, and let them be a part of a good deed whilst at it. Siyaphila Productions is formed by a group of youngsters that are trying to revive the name of the youth in society. They are making creative pottery with recycled materials and filling it up with colourful scented candles, all from the garage. A minimalist with a good heart, will most definitely love a good initiative.
Just because they are a living in a minimal life and therefore have minimal homes, this doesn’t mean a minimalists home has to be bare. Hand-made goods with a touch of art will not only be a good gift for the minimalist you’re buying for, but will definitely be a great element for them to add into their simple homes. Helen Bean of Helen Bean Ceramics is a good friend of mine, that makes the most amazing and unique ceramic goods. Every month, actually week, she shows up with new work of art created by her hands. I would not hesitate to give this as a gift.
A Simple Leather Pouch
By now you know that this person has a certain number of garments and very particular looks. Envision a very simple look, with a small leather bag from Verse, yes? I would literally spend all my money on them, because of discipline, I currently only have one bag from them. She makes the most amazing products, with nice suttle colours, which add a very nice minimal touch to any look.
Quoted Succulent Pots
I bet you affirmations and good quotes are a good notion for a minimalist to channel their inner-selves, along with plants which are a good responsibility to have. Land Of Lark have come up with the cutest creations, succulents planted into a leather pouch that is emblazoned with nice quotes. I know every second Monday when I water my succulent, I get to read a nice quote that reminds me of how wonderful I am and puts me in a good mood.
This is a very useful and utilitarian option, I cannot think of anyone that can deny a bouquet of essential oils in these times of living healthily and sustainably. Essential oils have various uses and the most common being aromatherapy, but can also be used in diffusers to clear space and on the skin for some good benefits. Faithful to Nature has various types of oils and for very reasonable costs. I would not say no to this kind of gift.