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“Here’s a purse you’ll never wear…”
“A purple cardigan that’s totally not your style…”
“Or a popcorn maker that’ll be a real eyesore on your counter top…”
“but it’s Mother’s Day so I had to get you SOMETHING”
Has this happened to you? Or have you given a thoughtless gift to someone because it’s the social norm to do so?
Why do we feel obligated to give gifts that no one really wants just because it was on sale and it’s a holiday?
This is the very reason I started my minimalist journey.
I had received so many clothes and things over the years that seemed to just add to the clutter in my home. I went from having to wash 3 loads of laundry to 8, having to clean up 4 big boxes of toys instead of 2, and having to clean hundreds of dishes as opposed to one load.
I had clothes that weren’t my style, but I wore them anyway because it was a gift. I had kitchen gadgets and dishes that I would never use that just sat on my counter top or in the drawer. And I had toys EVERYWHERE! Not only did it NOT add meaning to my life, it added STRESS.
So What Gifts Do You Get for Moms that You Know She’ll Love?
How do you know what to give a minimalist mom this Mother’s Day? Give meaningful gifts. Give gifts of experience. Ask her what she really wants.
Otherwise, don’t be offended if your gift ends up on the resell page or is donated.
Minimalism is about living with less. It means not being consumed by materialism. It means living each day with meaning and embracing the simplicity of life. Those are the gifts that a minimalist would want. A gift that simplifies their life so that they can spend more time with the ones that mean the most, their family.
By the way, you don’t even have be a minimalist to want to live a simpler life. Most moms agree that this list has everything that they would want even though they are not a minimalist.
Here Are the Top 15 Minimalist Gifts for Mom
I’ve surveyed over 200 moms who consider themselves minimalists to see what they really wanted. Here’s what they had to say.
#1. A Spa Day, and a Babysitter
The number one thing that come up over and over again was a spa day. But don’t just give a voucher. Moms are so busy these days. They tend to put others before themselves so they may not even get to use it. Extra brownie points if you arrange a babysitter so that she can actually go.
Most minimalists wanted nothing, but they said if they had to choose, a gift card would be great. It’s NOT tacky to give a minimalist this gift. Really. We love gift cards.
Yes, yes, and yes please. Moms are under a lot of pressure these days. The SAHM is supposed to care for the children while keeping the house clean and tidy, there’s no time to deep clean. The working mom goes to work, then comes home to take care of the kids, and still has to balance keeping a clean house. A cleaning service would be a great gift for these moms. Did you know that Amazon offers these services?
#4. A Subscription to a Food Meal Service
Ever heard of Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, or Sunbasket? All of these food meal delivery services package all the necessary ingredients that you’ll need to make the delicious meals. The portions are exact to eliminate waste. Who wouldn’t want to have dinner mostly prepared and delivered?
#5. Instant Pot
All-in-one devices or gadgets are a must. If one can replace many and take up less space, less cleaning, then grab it! An instant pot can do a variety of things like cook rice, make yogurt, soups, and so much more.
I received one for Christmas last year and let me tell you, it is an absolute must in your kitchen. Not only does it replace other kitchen appliances, it’s a HUGE time-saver! I can cook frozen chicken in just 20 minutes. No thawing involved.
#6. A Groupon Voucher or Gift Card for an Experience
Groupon has many experience gifts to choose from. Perhaps a paint night out with the girls, or a hiking excursion, horse riding, or a show to a nearby theater?
#7. DSLR Camera
Moms love to take pictures of their babies. It seems we are capturing EVERY SINGLE MOMENT of our children’s lives. This DSLR camera makes it easy for mom to get her own professional pictures.
#8. A professional chef
Have someone come into the home to cook and elaborate meal for mom and her husband. How nice would it be to have a professional chef cook a meal right in front of you? No cooking, no cleaning = #winning.
#9. Life Planner
If you know a minimalist who is obsessed with schedules, routines and organization then a planner is perfect. Alternatively, if you know a minimalist who needs help with organization and planning, then perhaps offer to buy them a life planner. This planner even offers a budgeting insert package and customization.
#10. Netflix subscription
A Netflix subscription would be perfect for those who are interested but are hesitant to make the commitment. Give them a free month or two to try out as gift this year.
The trend lately is to photograph every event, every milestone, and every second of our lives it seems. Offer a mini photo session with a professional photographer to capture moments in her life, or to take family photos that she has been putting off.
Okay, seriously. Do I need to say more?
#13. Event tickets
Does your minimalist mom enjoy sports? Broadway shows? Concerts? Consider purchasing a ticket or two to an event. Tickets don’t have to be glamorous, it can be a small show in town or a local sporting event.
#14. Class (cooking, photography, etc)
What is she into? Cooking? Photography? Music? How about buying her a cooking class, photography class, or guitar lessons? Classes can add value as she expands her knowledge in something that she is passionate about.
Consumables are something that can be eaten. Chocolates, cheese platters, or fruit baskets are among the most popular.