They key when it comes to giving presents to your friends and family who have embraced the simple lifestyle is not to perpetuate the concept of clutter. This is where the entire concept of “it is the thought that counts” can really be put into practice. Think about how we have taken this time to downsize our lives and have only the essentials in our homes before picking out a gift. With that in mind, here are some ideas to consider.
Gifts that aren't Things
This is my very favorite idea. These are things that your loved one could buy for themselves but probably wouldn’t. They make very thoughtful gifts for someone who is actively trying not to accumulate stuff.
- Certificate for spa treatment
- Car detailing
- Custom playlist on iTunes
- Tickets to local events
- Subscription to an online magazine or newspaper
- Consumables (especially beer or wine!)
Gifts for the Tiny House Builder
If your loved one is just starting to build a tiny house there may be some items that will come in handy. Here are some ideas in several prices ranges.
- Palm nailer
- Rechargeable Ryobi tools
- A shopping spree at Harbor Freight
- Laser level
- Home Depot of Lowe’s gift cards
Tiny House Books
Many people, even those building or living in a tiny house, love books on the subject. This might also be a good option for the person who is thinking about building a tiny space but hasn’t begun the process yet. Many of these are books we owned that really inspired us.
- Healing Appalachia by Al Fritch and Paul Gilmore
- Tiny Houses by Mimi Zeiger
- Tiny House Floor Plans by Michael Janzen
- The Small House Book by Jay Shafer
- Little House on a Small Planet by Shay Salomon
- Timber Framing for the Rest of Us by Rob Roy
- Working Alone by John Carroll
- Water From the Sky by Michael Reynolds
Unfortunately, 120 Ideas for Simple Living will not be out in time for this year’s holiday shopping. If you do want to share some Life in 120 Square Feet items you can find a number of things at our store that will make great gifts.