Ever since I remember, I always gifted the person as per their current needs or personal tastes. It feels bad to know that your Gift added no purpose in their lives but to the clutter. Isn’t it?
As I am exploring this Minimalism Lifestyle, I am happy to learn more about it. I am going step by step with applying this theory into each aspect slowly.
The area still unexplored is Minimalist gift giving.
Minimalist gift giving
These days we all are short of time, wonder why, because we all have made ourselves busy in money making. So, this makes TIME the most precious thing. Spend your time with someone you Love.
Gift experiences rather than things:
Match tickets for Sport Lovers
Concert tickets for art Lovers
Spa vouchers for the one who needs to Relax
Movie tickets to the couple who get to spend very little time together
Handwritten letter to someone you want to show your love
Home cooked meal for the one who is away from Home
Magazine or Books for the Readers
Marathon event registration for the Runners
Endless possibilities for minimalist gift giving. This has already excited me so much that I can’t wait to see others appreciate my Gift more than ever.
There is a huge trend these days for creating a Wish list. Almost everyone have their online Wish list ready. But my personal opinion is not to have a Wish list but divide them into 2 lists:
Need List– because wishes may be many but needs, definitely are few.
Bucket List– because this way our Bucket list wishes need not wait as we always end up putting those behind other desires and responsibilities.
We, as Family, should share these lists with each other so that they can come handy whenever any Occasion comes. Of course, you can call it by any other fascinating name but the whole intent here it to checkout what is essentially required and what is only a non-useful desire.
So that we don’t end up donating or forwarding or dumping the gifts we receive.
Opening those shiny, glittery wrapped cartoons was fun being children but as we grow up, we become more aware of the purpose of the gifts inside.
There are so many days now marked for the relationships- for us to thank their presence in our lives but we’ve programmed ourselves to give and receive gifts to mark the day and to show our love for one another.
This has destroyed the whole intent to have special days in place.
Do you feel the pressure of keeping the gifts just because what the other person will think or feel? I did. But it won’t help you both in the long run. Better be clear about your needs.
For the gifts you already received and if they are not adding value to your life: donate them, sell them, recycle them. But on the way, do thank the giver even if you think its not as per your wish. After all, its about the person giving it.