Being a Minimalist is just one more thing that can appear to separate someone from the mass majority.
It’s one of those things that a lot of people don’t understand, and don’t want to understand. People love their stuff, and people love buying and collecting stuff.
I don’t believe that one’s choice to be a minimalist should make them an alien to their family and friends.
I get it, there are some people that make unique life choices and they ram it down people’s throats every chance they get, from religious choices, to dietary choices, to lifestyle choices, there are options out there that are simply not the status quo.
One of my favorite quotes in the World is, “Live and Let Live”. I’ve made a few life choices, and have a few different beliefs that are far from the status quo, so I’ve learned the importance of not only being patient with people who don’t agree with me and my choices, but being patient with others and their unique choices as well.
I cleaned out my storage recently after 7 plus straight months of travel. As I was cleaning I realized that I wasn’t completely ready to let go of certain things when I initially decided to live a Nomadic Lifestyle.
One of the main reasons I was paying for a storage, was due to the guilt of not wanting to throw away “sentimental items” and “gifts”.
I often times struggle with the idea that I’m judged for not being more “warm and fuzzy” and attached to people, so holding on to this stuff and spending money that I really didn’t have to spend was my way of compensating.
I had to have a long talk with myself and face the reality that this is my life. I am Nomadic, and as a result of that chosen lifestyle. I am a minimalist. At the end of the day, this minimalistic lifestyle makes me happy.
This doesn’t take away from the fact that I love and appreciate people that want to share with me. The fact that I threw out my deceased Grandmother’s old shawl doesn’t mean that I love her any less. I know in my heart that my Grandmother couldn’t care any less about a shawl that she can no longer use, and would want me to be happy and free and enjoy this life while I still have it. Any guilt that I was feeling, was the result of my thoughts about what someone else would think.
With all of that said, I started to think about how loved ones could actually give and share with those that have chosen the minimalist path. Below are 5 gift ideas for the Minimalists in your life.
We all have to eat. Anything edible is typically greatly appreciated.
This can be you actually serving them in some capacity, or purchasing them something like a gift certificate for a car wash or a massage.
Lots of minimalist shed the “stuff” and focus more on experiences. Purchasing them a ticket to a play, a skydiving experience, dancing lessons, a flight, or some upcoming exhibit or cultural event is probably a sure win. This list could go on and on. Think about your friend and what they might enjoy and go for it.
One can never go wrong with cash
If it’s something that they can maintain on their laptop or phone, this is a sure win. Perhaps they could use an online dating membership subscription, music they can download, credit for shopping on Amazon.com, or a membership to something like Ancestry.com. The possibilities are endless.
While I was cleaning out my storage my friend kept saying, “Oh this is so small, surely you can carry this.” It reminded me that if you don’t live the lifestyle you simply can’t wrap your brain around the fact, that every little thing adds up. I say this to say, that someone may read this and still be tempted to buy their loved one a scarf, a necklace or a tube of lipstick.
I’d like to warn you that this is fine, but please don’t be angry if you discover that it had to be discarded in order to make room in their tiny carry on bag or shelf.
Minimalism is a huge shift in thought and belief, and I don’t expect people to be able to wrap their brains around it if they are not a part of the community. I hope that this article helps them to at the very least understand, and purchase and or create gifts that don’t create awkwardness between themselves and their loved ones.
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