It’s getting closer to the holidays, so let’s talk about Minimalist Mom Christmas Gift Ideas. I love giving (and, let’s be honest, RECEIVING!) gifts, but I also hate clutter, have particular tastes, and don’t want cheap junk.
My husband has definitely risen to the challenge, and he has given me some AMAZING gifts over the years. This post is for you husbands out there who need some help coming up with ideas for an intentional Christmas gift for your wife.
I’ve drawn this list from Gabe’s gift items to me, as well as dreamed up some of my own, for this list. I’ll have several more posts going up soon with more expensive price points (a medium range, and a more luxurious list), so feel free to check them out if you want to spend a little more money than what is on this list.
But for those of you who are making life work on a TIGHT budget, I’ve got you covered! This is my list of tried and true (by yours truly) Christmas gift ideas for a Minimalist Mom.
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First: Don’t Forget About the Presentation and Personalization of Your Intentional Gift
I’ll just add a little note here, as someone who receives gestures of love via gifts (it’s one of my top “Love Languages”), can I remind you that PRESENTATION MATTERS?! The most awesome gift will still be awesome if you just shove it into a gift bag and throw some tissue paper over it, but I promise, it will be MORE awesome if you take time to do some artful, beautiful work on the presentation.
There’s just something about a beautifully wrapped gift that makes the experience of receiving it next level.
And another side note: personalization is e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g!!! These gifts just given as a gift, well, they’re nice but they don’t mean much. But connecting the dots between WHY this gift made you think of your wife and how you hope it will benefit her or bless her, that is the stuff of Christmas dreams, y’all!
If you need any encouragement, I find personalizing way easier if I’m not scrambling at the last minute for gift ideas… So for me, I have a note on my phone where I jot down ideas all year long for what to get my husband and my kids. Random comments, little moments of frustration, “what if…” dreaming-type conversations can all be utilized to draw from for Christmas gift ideas. I truly think I do my best Christmas gift planning in about July!
BUDGET FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR MINIMALIST MOMS: $0-$30
Minimalist Mom Christmas Gift #1: A Vacuum Sealed Coffee Mug
OK, don’t laugh! I know, this feels like something you’d get from a family member that ISN’T a spouse, it doesn’t scream “romantic” or “life partner” all that much, but Gabe gave me a Yeti mug a few years ago, and I LOVE it.
When he gave it to me, I didn’t love it, though. I was like, “Really?” (make that with a rather not-impressed tone of voice!), but then he explained: he knows I love HOT beverages, and he also knows that as a mom with two small children at home (at the time), it was very, very rare that I drink my entire cup of tea or coffee while it was actually hot. He’s opened the microwave and found my twice, thrice, fifteenth reheated half full cup of tea more than a few times, and he thought if he got me a vacuum-sealed mug with a lid, I would have a better chance of drinking my morning hot beverage while it was still hot… even if that was close to noon!
What a thoughtful gesture. That, folks, is my version of true love!
So if your wife is a Minimalist Mom that loves her coffee or tea and is always reheating it, I think a Yeti or something similar is worth a consideration for a Christmas gift. You can use Gabe’s reason!
Minimalist Mom Christmas Gift #2: Neutral Colored Vases
Home decor is a tricky thing to get for someone else, but I love fresh flowers and greenery, and I love being able to put fresh flowers around my house. But honestly, clear glass jars just look pretty “meh” after a few days of flower stems in them – they start to look brown and sludgy. But non-see-through vases? Lovely! (My personal preference is white, but I’m still looking for more at second hand shops)
Ideally, second hand shop this for the cheapest price. Even with just a single olive branch or daisy in them, they can look classy and elegant! If you can’t do a second hand shop, or don’t have any luck, Amazon has some sets of three that are nice (link in the title of this section).
So not super extravagant, but again, a nice, simple, useful Christmas gift for a minimalist mom. And then also be sure to set an alarm on your phone to stop along the road and pick her some flowers (or greenery! Greenery is lovely in vases) when you spot some blooms and tell her they’re for her vases. That’s a sure way to make the gift keep working for you over the long-haul.
Minimalist Mom Christmas Gift #3: A Travel Loose Leaf Tea Mug
I have LOVED my fully-sealed, loose leaf tea mug (it has a strainer to put the loose leaf tea in). If you haven’t figured it out, I’m a tea fan, and I love to find tasty black flavored loose leaf teas to try.
When Gabe got it for me, I was doing a lot of meetings for my job (while juggling my toddler in and out of the house), and he wanted me to have something I could make tea in before I left the house, throw it in my purse (I think he measured the dimensions of both the purse AND the cup holder in the car before he ordered it to make sure it would fit easily in both) or the diaper bag without worrying at all about whether it would leak all over the place, and then be able to pull it out when I’d settled in my seat at the meeting and enjoy my tea still nice and hot.
He found one with a bamboo casing, and I think it’s lovely – but I don’t think it is dishwasher friendly (he got it before we had a dishwasher). So if your wife DOES have a dishwasher, be sure to get one she can just chuck into the dishwasher – ain’t nobody wants a high-maintenance gift that is supposed to make your life easier!
But in general, the thoughtfulness of a man who wants you to be able to enjoy your fancy tea while recognizing that life is busy and your hands are often full… that’s a gift to warm the heart, in and of itself. And it ticks my favorite categories of a good Christmas gift for a minimalist mom: attractive, useful, and requiring minimal storage.
Minimalist Mom Christmas Gift #4: Alone Time Reading/Sipping Gift Bundle
I love reading books. But the time commitment to read a whole chapter uninterrupted is kind of a lot with small kids!
So my dream these days is magazines. Interior Design, Home Decor, Women’s Health, even Gossip Magazines – I feel like it gives me a mental break to think about the world outside of my kids and my home!
So, I think this bundle would be one of my ideal gifts:
- 2-3 interesting magazines
- A new flavor of tea (I love black tea with vanilla or caramel or a combination of those!)
- Maybe a sweet or savory treat (bar of chocolate, pastry, crackers and spread, etc)
- And a 3 hour time block with childcare provided where I can go away and just read in peace
Here’s the catch, though: if I have to plan the alone time, it doesn’t feel like so much of a gift to me. This is where you, as a husband, can really shine, though. This isn’t an expensive gift, but the execution of it is everything.
ALL household/family tasks should be taken care of during her time off so she gets a real break. If she has to do all the work she normally would have done during those three hours before she leaves or after she gets back, well, it doesn’t feel like so much of a gift.
As a cheaper/environmentally-friendlier option, you could forgo BUYING the magazines and just send her to the library to read the ones she’s interested in. Most libraries have a nice reading area in their magazine room, and they have all the latest fun magazines – a perfect Christmas gift for a minimalist mom that loves to read.
Minimalist Mom Christmas Gift #5: Stainless Steel Craft Scissors
This was another of Gabe’s Christmas gifts that seemed a little random, but I have LOVED having mine. They are super durable, they cut through everything (wrapping paper, cloth, rose stems, etc), and they fit my hands nicely. They are just for me, not for my kids to use!
Gabe had noticed me struggling to hack through something with a pair of kids craft scissors, and he thought I’d enjoy these – and he was right! Again, it was the personalisation (he saw something that was a struggle, he took note of it, and he found a way to fix it) that really touched my heart. And because I also value something that will serve me well for years to come, it is a gift that will keep delivering over the long haul (also, I’ve had more mom-friends comment about how epic the scissors are than I ever expected, so Gabe is pretty much a local hero for providing such fabulous scissors to my friend circle!).
Some hard working, heavy duty scissors would be a great Christmas gift for a Minimalist Mom.
Runner-up Christmas gifts for Minimalist Moms:
- A nice pair of barber scissors and comb if your wife cuts your/your kids’ hair (I used a very old pair of sewing scissors for a long time and a comb with teeth falling out until Gabe replaced them with some quality items for me!)
- A set of nice, fine-point colored pens. Gabe bought me a set like this (but 24 colors!) a number of years ago, and I love having all the colors to organize myself with, but they are also super fine-point, which is my favorite!
- A Silk Sleep Mask. Gabe is more naturally inclined toward late nights, so although he is good about trying to sneak around and not let too much light pollution occur when he comes to bed later than me, I LOVE having a sleep mask to help me stay asleep… and the silk fabric definitely feels pretty fabulous!
- A Magazine Subscription THAT SHE WOULD ENJOY (make sure it won’t be junk mail :). Or perhaps consider a digital delivery… Personally, I’d love to get Magnolia Journal, but it isn’t available in New Zealand yet!
- House plants, if she likes them or wants to get in to them, or tasteful house plant accessories (like neutral pots or a pretty watering can)
If you’re ready to move on to the Christmas gifts for minimalist moms lists that are moderately priced gifts or more luxuriously priced gifts, feel free to check them out! Otherwise, I’d love to hear about your favorite gifts in this under $30 price range that you’ve either received or given – just drop it in the comments below!