I am passionate about several things. I guess I am just a passionate person. What I am learning and what I want to share with other ‘passionates’ out there is that ‘I Can Only Change Myself’. Today I want to talk specifically about Minimalism as we are going into Christmas. There are lots of great minimalist posts out there about Christmas without stuff, but I want to go the other route and say that, it just isn’t going to cut it with some people. Less stuff is great, but people and their feelings are more important.
Minimalism Passion With Christmas
This seems to sometimes come to a head or create tension around the Christmas season. However, it is important to remember that minimalism is like a set of glasses that some people see the world through. The world is full of ideas and no one has the same set of glasses. It is important to realize that this isn’t something you can change in people. With my husband and kids we are doing a Minimalist Christmas, but there are lots of other important people in my life as well.
Gift giving is much more of a social and relational thing than a personal or a material thing. To really love someone is to love them the way they understand love, not my definition of love. I learned a bunch of this from The 5 Love Languagesthat I read many years ago, and the principle is so true. I am all about getting rid of stuff, but gift giving is way more than just stuff. Here are my recommendations for minimalist gift giving:
- Don’t give gifts where you don’t need to (lots of people have gift giving lists miles long. Honestly, most of those people could get a card with some nice personal words in it. If you want to put in more, add a Starbucks gift card (or something similar). Simple and thoughtful, but not extra stuff. Stick to close friends and family.
- Give an experience – spa day, zoo membership, play tickets, something that the person would really enjoy and might not spend on themselves.
- Give food – I love food! Nice chocolate or fancy teas are often something that makes a great gift.
- A newer or better quality replacement for something they already have.
- Gift card – so unexciting I know, but we are going for simple and minimalist and it fits :).
- Something they have specifically asked for.
As a passionate believer in an area you are responsible to:
Be willing to share your experience
Leave it at that 🙂