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Great Non-Materialistic Christmas Gift Ideas

Great (not so materialistic) Gift ideas for yourself & your loved ones on the Holidays. Find out fresh and great ideas for this X-mas! Experiences are what really make us happy – not things. So, while sometimes there’s nothing quite like unwrapping a big box and waiting to see what gift awaits inside, in reality, looking forward to an exciting event will make us happier overall.  

The Holiday season doesn’t have to be wasteful! There are plenty of perfect presents and gift ideas that don’t take up any space at all – and will make the giver and receiver feel great. In fact, many of these gift ideas give you the opportunity to show how much you really know and care about your loved ones – rather than just sending another gadget or gift basket their way. 

The gift ideas next are not only sustainable and environmentally friendly, but they’ll also help you forge a strong relationship with the people in your life. 

1. Charity donation on their behalf are gift ideas to start with

Make someone’s heart light up by donating to a charity near and dear to them. There are a few options you can give on their behalf. Join a Facebook campaign if your friend started one. Or donate through the homepage of their favorite charity in honor of your friend. 

You will then get an email card with the donation amount and your friend’s name on it that you can either forward to them by email, or print out. 

If you don’t know which charity to choose, you can also buy a Global Giving gift card.  Global Giving is a nonprofit that finds donors for other nonprofits since 2002 and has helped raise over half a billion dollars since then. You can also buy them a gift card so they can redeem it to a project that matters to them. 

Or, in case you do know their favorite charity, donate in their honor and send them a note. Your loved one will be delighted with your thoughtful gift, as you will not only make them happy but also people in need. 

2. A Replaced Item is always welcome

It’s been a long year, and with this long year has come many broken blenders, lost jewellery and worn-out running shoes. Take the time out to really figure out what items your loved one need replaced. They may use it everyday, or it may be broken and gone for good. If they show any inkling of missing it’s presence — find another version and let them know you wanted to help out. This shows thought and consideration, which trump cashing out on meaningless presents any day. 

3. Baked goods belong to the gift ideas as well

Nothing says LOVE like homemade cookies. Or brownies. Or cupcakes. Or cake. You get the idea. Bake your loved ones their favorite dessert. They might hate you for making them break their diet, but you know they’ll love it anyway. So, roll up those sleeves, grab your flour and get to baking. Also, don’t forget the secret ingredient—love. 

If you’re loved one likes to bake themselves, consider buying them a new recipe book full of special treats. Maybe you’ll get lucky, and they’ll let you be their taste tester. One can dream. 

4. Your time is probably the most precious gift idea

When thinking of gifts that aren’t physical things, time comes to mind. After all, it is the asset that a minimalist values most. That’s why giving time is probably the most thoughtful and beautiful gift you can give to someone. There is no need to think of something complicated. Ask yourself what your friend loves to do and join them for a few hours or even a whole day.  Whether it’s a favorite sport, walking through the city, driving to the woods, or shopping at a local market – it doesn’t really matter as long as you spend some precious moments together. Your presence and attention will get highly appreciated. 

5. Photo Albums are classic gift ideas

When thinking of gifts that aren’t physical things, time comes to mind. After all, it is the asset that a minimalist values most. That’s why giving time is probably the most thoughtful and beautiful gift you can give to someone. There is no need to think of something complicated. Ask yourself what your friend loves to do and join them for a few hours or even a whole day.  Whether it’s a favorite sport, walking through the city, driving to the woods, or shopping at a local market – it doesn’t really matter as long as you spend some precious moments together. Your presence and attention will get highly appreciated. 

6. Give up a bad habit is also amongst the gift ideas

This one is for yourself and those who love you. Want to make someone truly happy? Think of something that bugs your partner, parent, or friend deeply. A bad habit or even an addiction that he or she has been begging you to give up. That addiction may be causing great harm to your health and simultaneously keep your loved one worried about you.  

Show them how important they are for you by ditching that addiction once and for all. May it be smoking, drinking, gambling, gaming or even sugar. Giving it up for someone shows strength of character and deep love. 

7. Online courses and unique workshops are welcome gift ideas

If your friend is eager to learn new skills, a perfect gift would be unique workshops, classes, or online courses.  Support them to learn a new instrument, cultivate a new hobby, improve their life, or get the career they want. Plus, you can also choose a course that you can take together. 

 

If you or your loved ones have hit a plateau and you’re struggling with lack of motivation, procrastination, self doubt or simply you want to take your Lives, your Well-Being and your Health into your own hands from now on…have a look at our Monthly Membership. It gives you access to ALL our programs covering various life & career situations. You will learn to make life and career decisions with clarity and confidence – to get unstuck, to move forward and to make changes happen for you – and you will feel well and balanced! Plus, you get 10% off the entire month of December. Click here to learn more. 

 

We hope you like our list of unique and affordable gifts. In the end, no matter what you buy or plan, we are sure that it will brighten up the day of your loved ones. 

We encourage you to cultivate a habit of making time and put more effort into what you give as a present. Avoid wasting money, time, and energy by researching what would truly benefit your friend. In most cases, even the smallest things will put a smile on their face.  

Got more “non-stuff” gift ideas? Feel free to add them below! 

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