Buying gifts for the kids you love can be a tricky task. Add minimalism into the mix and you’ll probably feel you’ve notched up the challenge another level. But fear not… help is here! Using this gift guide provides you with minimalist gifts for kids which children (and their parents) will love whilst also taking the stress out of gift shopping for you. Double win.
There are so many magnificent gift options for kids of parents adopting a minimalist lifestyle and so I’ve captured them under four main gift categories; experiences, practical essentials, consumables and toys.
When buying a gift for a minimalist family, please be considerate of their lifestyle and priorities. Gifts should be meaningful and not cause clutter or stress in the home.
Generally minimalists aren’t entirely opposed to physical gifts as long as they are meaningful and bring happiness but it may worth double checking. If they are in a place of not wanting anything new in their home, focus on the experiences section of this guide. Otherwise have a browse through all the sections and I’m certain you’ll feel inspired by the end of it.
MAGNIFICENT MINIMALIST GIFTS FOR KIDS
Minimalist Gifts: Experiences
Experiences are gold standard in the minimalist gifts for kids league. They take up zero room in the home, provide the opportunity to learn new skills and give precious memories for the child to cherish. What’s not to love?!
It’s worth understanding the child’s current interests and work with those themes. It’s also good to understand what type of character they are to make sure the experience is right for their personality.
If giving something to open is important to you, put the experience voucher or card into an envelope or gift box.
Here’s a range of gift experiences ideas…
I’ve listed a few of the many, many adventure gift options out there. When booking the experience be sure to check if there are any height or age restrictions in place and that parents/carers can actually get their kids there.
- Indoor sky diving
- Rock climbing
- Tree top adventures
- Surf or SUP lessons
Enjoying quality time together with the people we love most is a priceless gift.
Cinema and bowling vouchers are a great way for kids to have fun with family and friends.
A voucher for their favourite restaurant or dessert parlour will always go down a treat! If you have a budding chef on your hands, consider a cookery class.
If you have the budget, a membership pass make a great gift for kids and parents alike! You could consider sports, leisure centres, theme parks and any other local attractions that they enjoy.
In the past we’ve had memberships for wildlife centres, swimming clubs and national parks. They’ve given us access to great experiences and provided some wonderful memories.
A ‘Day in the life of’ Experience
These kind of experiences are great for kids who have specific passions or career aspirations. A day in the life of a zoo keeper/marine biologist/chocolatier are just a few of the options we have locally.
Lessons to learn a new craft or skill make great gifts. It could help discover a new sport or hobby or be something which helps build on an existing strength or interest.
If you’re looking for big gift experience idea – in leu of say a birthday party – consider a family trip. It could be a weekend getaway, a short city break or a family experience like camping or a festival.
A gift we have given which has worked well are personalised “Activity Cheques”. These cheques are designed to be used in exchange for an activity (and therefore quality time) with a loved one.
For younger kids, we’ve used things like an afternoon in the park, an outing to their favourite play spot, a visit to a museum or a whole morning dedicated to an activity they really love. For older kids, things like evenings out, having friends sleep over, unrestricted gaming for 24 hours or control of the TV remote can all work well.
Minimalist Gifts: Practical Essentials
Practical items make some of the best minimalist gifts for kids. Buying something practical needn’t be boring and usually benefits from thumbs up from minimalist parents.
Thanks to a range of brands who make practical, interesting and exciting everyday essentials, you’ll be able to find a suitable gift thats needed and wanted.
Here are some practical minimalist gift ideas for kids:
- Pencil Case
- Duvet Cover
- Wellington Boots
- Reusable Waterbottle
- Lunch box
Minimalist Gifts: Consumable Gifts
Consumables make ideal minimalist gifts for kids as they are only around for as long as they last and thus, help keep the home relatively clutter free.
Some well-loved consumable gift ideas are:
Compile a collection of their favourite treats, snacks and goodies. We’ve done treat hampers before all they’ll always gone down a storm!
Monthly subscription boxes which encourage creativity and curiosity to learn are the best options here.
Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts are great because they encourage creativity, imagination and independence. Colouring books, crayons, chalks, paints… the possibilities are endless! Boxed craft sets are great for an all-in-one solution.
Minimalist Gifts: Toys
Toy gifts can be good if there’s something a child REALLY (by this I mean really, really, really!) wants and doesn’t have. It’s always best to check with parents beforehand. If they’ve done a huge declutter recently they may be reluctant to have more items coming back into the home.
Open ended toys make great minimalist gifts for kids. Open ended toys are those which can be used in a variety of ways depending on a child’s imagination and desire. They’re a brilliant fit with a minimalist lifestyle as you only have one of them (less clutter – tick!). They also foster creativity and provide endless play opportunities.
My complete guide on the best minimalist toys for kids can be found here.
I hope you’re feeling inspired by this magnificent minimalist gifts for kids and now have some awesome gift ideas to take away! If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please pop a comment below.
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