I think most of you would agree that life is meant to be used up. Every last ounce can be spent somewhere on purpose. Can the same be said for gifts?
We tend to think that gifts should have permanence. Maybe you want to give an expensive trinket to a loved one for them to think of you each time they see it. (It’s more likely they’ll think of you each time they have to dust it off.)
If you’ve been on my blog more than a few times, chances are high you’ve already downloaded your free copy of Minimalist Gift Ideas. If you haven’t please do so! I love hearing back from friends that this little list has given them the jump start needed to creative gift giving that won’t break the bank or lead one to need a storage shed.
You may not know this, but I’m a former collector of things. I used to believe that value came in owning more of nearly anything. But all that changed when our family sold nearly everything we owned to pursue something that matters more to use than stuff. It’s been a journey to say the least, and just recently I’ve had a few special gifting experiences that I’d like to share in an effort to keep this notion of minimalist gift ideas rolling in your mind.
- My husband knows my favorite scent is called Volcano. While walking past a store a few weeks back he saw that the scent is available in a room spray and brought it home for me. Years ago, I’d have cherished his thoughtfulness but kept the room spray on a shelf to use only on occasion. Not so, today! I spray it before stepping into a hot shower to steam up the house with this fragrance. I spray it in our living room on a quiet night by the fire while I read a book. This room spray is nearly gone already but it’s serving the purpose Chris intended…to be used up.
- While on a date with my daughter a few Sundays back, we sat at a table and asked each other silly questions. (It’s one of my kids’ and my favorite things to do…“Mom, if TV stopped existing, which show would you miss most?” You get the idea.) I kept noticing a grouping of bright fuchsia gladiolus behind my daughter’s giggling face. After we finished our date, Mackenzie and I bought the flowers. For about $1 a day we enjoyed their brightness in our home during the first week of Spring. I placed them in the middle of our home where we could see them nearly everywhere we walked. I moved them to the room I was reading in in the evening. I put them on the table when we ate a meal together. They were lovely, and they were used up until nearly the last bud fell off.
- Just today I asked my friend Erik (who recently had a birthday) what the best gift he received is. His reply? Very telling. “…The time my wife put in to my steak & cake dinner. Flourless (GLUTEN FREE!) cake. Tastes like dark chocolate cheesecake.” You know what? Eric used up his favorite gift. He savored each bite, appreciate the time his wife put into creating the meal for him, and digested every last ounce of it. His best birthday gift is nowhere to be seen.
Which gifts do you place value on? How will you use them up?