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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Minimalists

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Hi friend!! Are you a planner when it comes to holiday shopping? If so, you are going to love the gift guide I have put together for you! If not, hopefully this will at least make shopping for everyone on your list a bit easier!

We all have busy lives, and are probably last minute shoppers. We stress about finding the perfect gift for our special someone, but what if we could have a stress-free holiday season [at least where shopping for gifts are concerned]?

Well my friend, that is exactly why I have been brainstorming the perfect gifts for anyone and everyone on your holiday list! The best part is that all of my options can be purchased through online shopping, so you do not have to leave the comfort of your home to get all of your shopping done! Amazing right?!

Holiday shopping used to be the biggest stress for me, until I came up with a system to change that!

While all of my shopping may not be 100% online, I guarantee you that 95% of it is! [I try to take my husband clothes shopping as part of his Christmas gifts, so that would be my 5% of in-store shopping.]

What you can expect from this gift guide is simple gifts that serve a multipurpose in your home, self-care options [because we are all stressed and need some self-care in our lives], unique items if you need something extra special, and things people will use!

The point of giving gifts for Christmas is not to shower people with things they do not need, but show them that you thought enough about them to give them something of use.

Oh, and after you finish going through this holiday gift guide, be sure to check out my sweet blogging friend, Kiara’s Holiday Gift Guide at! I cannot wait to see what she has included in her gift guide!

Gift giving should be done with purpose and intention. Here is the Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Minimalists to ensure you do just that!

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Minimalists

The hardest part for the holidays and minimalism is wanting to give something of value to someone, if giving anything at all. You want to make sure the gifts are wanted or something unique that the person would love.

Below I grouped a several different ideas together to provide you with the best gift guide possible! You may recognize a few things from a few of my Monthly Minimalism Favorites!

Kitchen Goods //

Of course, we are going to start with ideas for the heart of the home. This is probably my favorite category to gift others, because anyone can utilize these products!

Starting with the Misto Oil Sprayer, my favorite item on the entire gift guide! This kitchen gadget is the coolest thing ever! You fill it half way with whatever oil you have, pump the lid, and spray! It is aerosol free, and allows you to continue refilling it.

By giving this gift, you are saving the person from having to purchase Pam all the time, diversification in oils they use, and being kinder to the environment. Plus, it is fun to use, and kids will love to help you use it!

The next item is one that I believe is under valued. The Ninja Chopper is my favorite time saving gadget! I can chop whatever I need to in this gadget.

I have used it for meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc. Any foodie will appreciate this gift, because it allows them to make meals from scratch a lot quicker!

Another product I think is perfect for giving is glass food storage containers.

Plastic containers can emit toxins when heated up and can contaminate your food.

Since learning this, I have started the transition to glass food storage containers in lieu of plastic. If you have someone on your list that always brings a lunch to work or enjoys leftovers often, this maybe something that is perfect for them!

Speaking of food storage containers, stainless steel containers are great for any dry foods or even grapes! So this is definitely another option if you want to give the person on your list a couple of different container options to try.

One investment that is always worth it is vegetable containers for the refrigerator. The one I linked to specifically are great at keeping your food fresh for a lot longer than normal.

It has a basket that allows moisture to fall below to prevent food spoilage, and is perfect for rinsing grapes! Using them for greens works great, too! The little filter within the lid is charcoal, which is another way it keeps food fresh for so long.

Home Goods //

Home goods are my favorite to give and receive! A fresh, new set of bath towels, set of bed sheets, or a warm fuzzy blanket are always great options for anyone on your list! If you want to gift a little Hygge into someone’s life, soy candles are also a great pick!

One gift I gave last year to my parents was a diffuser and essential oil kit, and they use it all the time! The essential oils purify the air and smell great, so anyone can benefit from giving or receiving them!

Removing harmful chemicals from a home is a gift that will never stop giving. The Mrs. Meyers line is one of my favorites! Their laundry detergent, fabric softener, and scent boosters work just as well as Tide in my opinion. However, they are a plant based product that is great for your home and the environment.

Their hand soap and dish soap are amazing, too! You can never go wrong with gifting cleaning supplies, because everyone needs them and uses them on a daily basis!

Self-Care //

Have someone on your list that needs to implement a self-care routine into their life? Why not give them a little push with a few products that they are going to love?!

My all time favorite natural skin care line is Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses. It is for sensitive skin, so you will not go wrong gifting this to anyone on your list!

After just one use, your person will feel so pampered and loved! [Side Note: Men can use this, too! Just because it is made with roses does not mean that a man would not love this! My husband uses the night cream daily.]

A few treats that you can help someone implement into their skincare routine include this Vitamin C Serum. It works great to brighten your skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it feels really nice when applying it!

Sheet Masks are another one that is a lot of fun to give, because they are inexpensive and extremely versatile in what all they can treat. My favorite sheet masks are made by Tony Moly!

Now that we have suggestions for the face, what about the rest of the body? Well, I am glad you asked! Some great pampering products include bath bombs, .

For some manly options, a beard grooming set seems like a great self-care option, as well as a manicure set. My husband said at first it was the weirdest thing he ever got as a gift was the manicure set. However, he finds that it is one of the most useful things he owns, and uses it almost daily.

Dirty Santa, Chinese Christmas, White Christmas //

Regardless of the name, you have probably played at least one version of it at a Christmas Party. We get to play it 3 times during Christmas, so I definitely have some options available for you!

Here are a few of my favorite things to include, because you never know if you will be the one coming home with your own present! Please note that you can use these ideas outside of playing Dirty Santa, this is just how I categorized them.

Gift Cards

Hands down this is probably the most popular and obvious. Gift cards are great when you do not know what to get, and everyone usually wants to take it home! Getting a gift card to a place with a variety of products, such as Amazon, will ensure that anyone can use it.

Restaurant gift cards are also fun, especially now that some include multiple places on each card, so that you have options!


May seem a bit random, but you can add a mug with a hot chocolate mix to make it feel warm and cozy! If there is a book you absolutely love that you feel more people need to read, this is a great way to share the love. I will personally be doing this for one of my Dirty Santa gifts this year.

In this set, I am including is Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup, this mug, and this hot cocoa mix.

Fuzzy socks, a foot scrub, and lotion are a great low budget gift.

Since most of us have drier skin in the winter time, this is a great option, not only for Dirty Santa, but also for teachers! This can be personalized to whomever is on your list, so definitely have fun with this option!

Thermos, special coffee, and a scarf and mitten set is a great gift to bring, as well!

Many people, including myself, stick to the same coffee all year long and possibly lose a thermos here and there. Trying something new is always a great way to add value to someone’s life.

A new year planner is a gift I have not seen all too often at a Dirty Santa party, but it is definitely an option worth considering! [Men’s option & Women’s option]

Everyone needs something to work towards, and a plan to get there. With a planner in hand, all they will need is the idea!

So how much simpler will your shopping be this holiday season? Does this gift guide get you even more excited for Christmas?? What did you like most about the ideas on this list? I would love to know below in the comments!

Also, be sure to check out my friend, Kiara’s Holiday Gift Guide at! I am excited to see what is on her gift guide!

Want some ideas of gift giving that do not necessarily include “things”? If so, head over to Part 2 of this Holiday Guide for Minimalists!

P.S. You may have noticed that I omitted gift ideas for children. I did that on purpose. I do not personally have children and believe in asking the parents what they need for their children. Our family calls me the “Boring Aunt”, because I get them things like socks and basically anything that seems essential to their parent.


  • Reply
    Stacie M
    October 20, 2017 at 4:55 am

    I’m laughing over the dirty Santa/Chinese Christmas/white Christmas because up here in Maine we call it a Yankee Swap! I usually bring a jar of homemade pickles or jam to those kind of things (one year I even brought a handmade scarf). To me it’s basically free but everyone else gets all excited. I loved all your gift ideas, too! We do a pretty minimalist Christmas in my family (but I’m not totally a minimalist-just a wannabe 😉 ). I just get really sick of over consumption, especially this time of year.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      October 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      I have not heard it be called a Yankee Swap. I love it! haha! Homemade things are also a great idea, especially because it is one of a kind and inexpensive to make. We are trying to minimize the amount of gifts we give. My husband and I both come from very giving families, so it is a work in process. We have found that we can give a lot less by giving things with more meaning and thought. So far, my husband’s family has caught on, but my family still has some work. hehe! I think you will enjoy next week’s ideas if you are tired of the consumption aspect of Christmas!

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    October 20, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    I would love essential oils and a diffuser. This list didn’t leave anyone out, great picks. I wan5 the ninja coffee bar for Christmas, but being a minimalist I won’t be spending that kind of cash when the Kuerig is still kicking. Hah.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      October 21, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you Leslie! I tried really hard to find something for everyone. I have not heard of the Ninja Coffee Bar…. But I do agree that if you have something that works great, stick with it! 🙂

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    Virjinia Harp
    October 23, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I am one who loves boring gifts instead of stuff you don’t need. My in-laws get mad at me because I basically ask for clothes or gift cards for basics (undergarments, socks, workout basics). All that unnecessary stuff adds up and takes up room!

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      October 27, 2017 at 10:17 am

      I am right there with you, Virjinia! I tell my parents to shop on my Amazon Wishlist that includes things I really do need, and they love that they do not have to get out to go shopping for me. I include things like laundry detergent or food storage containers, because those are things I truly need.

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    Kate Heitkamp
    October 26, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Kick ass list!

    Everyone in my family is minimalist, This is going to make Christmas shopping soooo much easier!

    • Reply
      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      October 27, 2017 at 10:19 am

      I am so happy to hear that, Kate! I just posted a follow up guide today that you may enjoy as well! —> Part 2!

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    November 2, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I was thinking to prepare a gift handmade. For example jars with mix of condiments (ingredients written on the jar) or some handmade, used during winter (hats, scarfs etc). Really minimalist 😀 . But your ideas are reaally good!

    (I am going to read the part 2 😀 )

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      November 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

      I think handmade gifts are wonderful to give, Claudia! I wish I was creative enough to give things like you mentioned, but that was wishful thinking! hehe! I am glad you enjoyed reading through the ideas.

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