How to Shop Like a Minimalist for the Holidays

The holiday season is here and a lot of people are expressing how stressed they already feel. One of the contributing stressors is shopping for the holidays.

There’s good news! You don’t need to stress about it when you shop like a minimalist. Here’s how you can make the holidays less worrisome –

1. Make a list

Plan ahead by deciding who you want to buy a gift for and make a list. This will also help you stay within a budget. Most importantly, ask the potential gift receiver what they need or want. If they refuse a gift, then kindly honor their request.

2. Start early

Get a head start on shopping by buying gifts before Thanksgiving. Shopping early is beneficial because there aren’t busy crowds and you’re more likely to find what you need. It gives more time to wrap gifts and overall lessens the stress.

3. Stick to a budget

Don’t go into debt to buy gifts for your loved ones. Stick to the list and avoid buying more than what’s needed or what you can afford. If the budget is tight and buying gifts is not an option, then consider making something homemade such as their favorite meal or set a date to spend time with them.

4. Determine if it’s necessary

Don’t buy a gift just to buy a gift. It’s good to give, but only if the gift receiver finds it necessary or useful. If you aren’t sure what type of gift to give, then give a consumable item, an experience, or time. Examples include their favorite beverage or food item, movie tickets, or spending time doing an activity you both enjoy together.


Ultimately, the holidays shouldn’t be so concentrated on gift giving. It’s about focusing on what’s important, being thankful for what we already have, and spending time with loved ones. When our hearts are full and when we recognize that we have enough, there is no need to add more.

Have a happy holiday season and give the gift of peace, love, and joy!

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