Giving Gift Experiences

I recently ran across a shop like a minimalist list that has reverberated through my thought process for this year’s Christmas gift buying.  For the most part, I am looking forward to buying experiences or things that allow me to spend time with the ones I love instead of objects that take us away from each other.  For me, giving experiences are the gifts that keep on giving. Spending quality time with my family as a group or individually give us memories we can cherish, instead of an object on next year’s garage sale heap.

Ways to give experiences instead of stuff:

  • Movie tickets
  • Concert tickets
  • Restaurant gift certificate
  • Zoo or aquarium passes
  • Museum membership
  • Spa gift certificate
  • Weekend away coupon
  • Amusement park passes
  • Broadway show tickets
  • Local theater passes
  • Massage gift certificate
  • Sporting event tickets
  • ACL tickets
  • Camping trip
  • Classes (art, cooking, etc.) 

How to Shop Like a Minimalist – 11 Ways to Shop Intentionally
These are ideas to implement before you even go shopping. They are general strategies and questions to change the way you approach buying. This in turn, will slow the incoming flow of “stuff” into your home. Making sure what you are buying and bringing into your home will add value, not clutter, to your home and life.

  • Unsubscribe from store emails
  • Avoid malls and shopping centers
  • Research your options beforehand
  • Wait 24 hours before purchasing 
  • Plan a no spending day/week/month
  • Honestly assess your intentions behind wanting to buy something new
  • Make a list and budget – and stick to it
  • Pay with cash
  • Try to buy experiences more often than things
  • Use up or wear out what you have first before buying something new
  • Practice the one in, one out rule

The point of learning to shop like a minimalist is to become more intentional with what you buy and bring into your home. In order to avoid cluttering your life and your space with things you don’t use or love. Giving yourself more time, space and freedom to enjoy your life. And be able to live a life full of the most important things: the people you share it with and the experiences you have.

It may not always be popular or seem “fun” to say no to buying more and no longer shopping for entertainment. But learning to shop like a minimalist will pay off in the long term when your home is uncluttered and peaceful. When you are not spending your spare time managing the things you own (cleaning them, maintaining them, repairing them, organizing them, etc.), rather than enjoying your life.

The intentional shopping choices you make today will allow you to spend your Saturday afternoons doing something you love and enjoy. Rather than cleaning out your storage room. Again.

Learning to shop like a minimalist takes effort and intention. But the rewards and benefits of minimalism will make it all worth it!