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77 Elegant Gifts For The Minimalist In Your Life

In the spirit of *checks notes* minimalism, here are a ton of things to add to your cart.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. The Nordic Baking Book for dipping their toes into the art of minimalist home baking with chef Magnus Nilsson as their guide.


Promising review: "I splurged and bought myself this a little early for the holidays after falling in love with his Nordic Cookbook (last Christmas). This baking book is a necessary piece of art/history/brilliance. This book and a cup of coffee by the fireplace is all I need this winter. Just love it!" —little island studios

Get it from Amazon for $31.34.

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2. A Japanese quartz watch with a matte-black colorway so they won't be fashionably late to your get-togethers again — just fashionable.


Promising review: "This watch is perfectly proportioned and design is superb. For the price you can't go wrong. Strongly advise buying one for yourself." —Dustin

Get it from Amazon for $89.98.

3. A gridded ceramic picture frame to accentuate your favorite memories.


Promising review: "This is a ceramic 8x10 frame with a grid print in black on cream. Think, graph paper. It is HEAVY. It reads modern because of the grid but high end due to being ceramic. The colors will go with everything. This has the hooks to hang it on the wall but you'll need to make sure you have a study hook and surface. Otherwise, it will work well displayed standing alone or with a grouping." —AB

Get it from Amazon for $48+ (available in three sizes and and in black/white and blue/white).


4. A super lightweight packable tote that'll make for the perfect carry-on bag or everyday bag.


Promising review: "I love this bag for several reasons. I travel for work and I like to have my computer and a day's worth of clothes with me and this bag is great. I can put my computer bag, purse, neck pillow, and camera in this bag and it fits underneath the seat on the plane. It also zips up at top and won't spill out while going through security. And it is also great because if it is raining it will close up and not get wet — it's not waterproof but it works well nonetheless. It is very, very lightweight and can be packed in anything very easily." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $76 (available in yellow and black).

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5. A house-shaped tissue box that'snot a joke.


Promising review: "I first spotted this at a swanky modern hotel room with all-white decor. I love how it hides an unsightly branded tissue box — it practically vanishes! It looks so cute with the tissue-y 'billow' of smoke, and is functional too. Every modern minimalist's dream." —nycgirl

Get it from Amazon for $5.

6. A no-frills humidifier and essential oil diffuser to keep their air (and decor) from being dry.


Promising review: "This diffuser is beautiful and works well. It blends in with my furnishings which was important to me when choosing one. I would recommend or buy this for friends or family." —Keith Klipfel

Get it from Amazon for $39.59 (available in cream, black, and pink).


7. A serpent mini-lighter key ring to enable the smoker in your life.

Need Supply

Get it from Need Supply for $38.

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8. An electric pour-over kettle they'll definitely want to leave out on the kitchen counter for all to see.


Promising review: "I am so happy I purchased this amazing kettle! It is of high quality and craftsmanship! It is easy to use and has the best pour imaginable! The spout does not drip and the amount of water that comes out during a pour is perfect! I love the hold feature — it keeps the water temperature where you need it after the first cup of coffee, or tea pour, so that the kettle does not have to start to heat over again. The design is well thought out and looks lovely on the kitchen counter! The kettle itself and the handle are perfectly counterbalanced. I wish I purchased this kettle a lot sooner! You will definitely be happy with the Fellow Stagg electric kettle!" —KievaNina

Get it from Amazon for $145.47 (available in four colors).


9. A hand-built water fountain that'll create a peaceful vibe in any room.

Lily Clark

Get it from Lily Clark for $295. (Check out the full collection of water fountains here.)

10. A modern dinner bell for the parent who has trouble wrangling their kids for a meal (or, just, anyone with an affinity for good, simple design).


Get it from Food52 for $60 (available in two shapes).

11. A Hobonichi Techo planner book so they can plan on being stylish in the new year.


Moleskine loyalists looking for an upgrade — but not willing to let go of heft — might just find that Hobonichi is exactly what's been missing in their lives. The chic Japanese brand offers top-of-the-line paper (Tomoe River) for doodling with ease and has been known to surprise buyers with some delightfully zany free gifts like last year's mini buttered-toast plate and ballpoint pen.

Get it from Amazon for $37.

And check out our guide to the best places to buy planners online.

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12. A tiered planter to display their finest succulents.


Promising review: "Absolutely a terrific planter — perfect size for any room or corner. Makes a lovely display with any type of plant and it's versatile

enough to be moved around and the planters can be tilted for a different effect. Easy to assemble." —Kskorman

Get it from Amazon for $55.29.


13. A glass suncatcher for the friend with good lighting in their apartment — when hung in a sunny nook, the object will create pleasing, colorful shadows.

Debbie Bean / Via

Get it from Debbie Bean for $45.

14. A classy spherical soap that'll round out their bathroom decor.

Need Supply

Get it from Need Supply for $12 (available in lavender, orange, musk, and rose)

15. A premium-quality bean bag chair that'll certainly be a step up from the ones they remember from the dorms.

Get it from Lujo for $395+ (available in nine colors).


16. An insulated travel mug for the friend who basically belongs in the cinematic universe of Her.


Promising review: "I love this coffee mug — it keeps my coffee hot throughout my commute and into the work day, and it’s more comfortable to drink out of than a lot of other travel mugs I’ve used. It’s also completely leakproof, so I can just throw it into my purse without worrying about it. Plus it looks great!" —Sarah

Get it from Amazon for $32.20 (available in three colors).

17. Or, a water bottle that'll take this minimalism thing even further with a completely flat, flask-like body.


Promising review: "I was looking for a sleek bottle that fits in my small cross-body bags and came across this style of flasks. So far it works great — sleek, nice materials, no leaks. It looks like an Apple product given the colors and always elicits some compliments." —Norris Vivatrat

Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in five colors).


18. A wavy stainless steel bookend to add some subtle intrigue to their shelf.

IsleCollection / Via Etsy

Get it from IsleCollection on Etsy for $52 (per piece).

19. A neutral palette runner in hand-dyed cotton that'll add warmth to any space.

Block Shop Textures

Get it from Block Shop Textiles for $130.

20. A Bang & Olufsen portable bluetooth speaker for the on-the-go music listener.


Promising review: "Amazing sound quality for a Bluetooth speaker this size. This speaker lives up to the B&O reputation for crisp, clean sound. Its small footprint and decent battery life make it an easy and obvious choice for travel. It won't fill a symphony hall with sound, but it's more than a match for a hotel room or small picnic with a friend. Well worth its price. You can find a lot of cheaper speakers but you won't find a better value if sound matters to you." —Richard Cole

Get it from Amazon for $119 (available in four colors).

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21. An original signed print made by inking and rolling a hand-turned wood block for a perfect wall adornment.

Pat Kim

Get it from Pat Kim for $60.


22. A bar cart (or is it a serving trolley? rolling table? [there are no wrong answers]) to organize and secure all of your bulky items.


Get it from Dims for $350 (available in white, green, and black).

23. A linen wrap-around mitt for the gift of minimal burns while transporting hot cookware.


Get it from Food52 for $48+ (available in blue chambray, oatmeal chambray, and agrarian striped).

24. Apartamento's tribute book to Michael Anastassiades that'll be sure to please any fans of contemporary design.

Get it from Apartamento for $60.92.

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25. A leaning coat rack for the minimalist who likes to keep only their most-worn items out on display (or at least aspires to).


Promising review: "I love the look of this thing. It's super cool, and works just like it's supposed to. I was able to put it together really easily, and then it just leans against the wall. I have a couple of coats and a scarf hanging on it. There is a nice matte texture to it that makes it look really high-end." —Natalie

Get it from Amazon for $33 (available in black and white).


26. A half-zip cotton-wool sweater that'll stay glued to their chest all winter long.


Get it from COS for $125 (available in S-XL and in three colors).

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27. A lamp that'll cleverly use their outlet as an anchor — cutting out the use of fussy and chaotic cords.

Human Home

Get it from Human Home for $285 (available in black and white).

28. A wavy Aalvar Aalto serving board to say "hey, invite me over to your next function where you serve fancy hor d'oeuvres."


Get it from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in small and large).

29. Or, a set of upright nesting cutting boards if one simply doesn't ~cut~ it.


Promising review: "These cutting boards are gorgeous, super easy to use and stackable. I love them so much more than wooden ones since they keep cleaner and don't get moldy from water" —Nataly Ouvarova

Get it from Amazon for $21.52 (for three).


30. A rod bracelet in a smokey bronze for equal measures playful and elegant.

Need Supply

Get it from Need Supply for $63 (available in small and medium).

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31. A mini bonsai tree reflection pool to calm their nerves — IDK about you but I'm feeling zen just looking at it.


Promising review: "For the price, this is a steal!! It's absolutely beautiful. Packaging was perfect, not a single branch damaged. I gave mine as a gift and my mother-in-law loved it and thought I paid so much more than I did, so it's a perfect gift." —Allea

Get it from Amazon for $21.98.

32. Faculty Department, the cult-followed volume documenting creative individuals and spaces to give them endless inspiration.

Justin Chung

Get it from Faculty Department for $95.


33. An LA-made cotton fleece with incredible attention to detail for the friend who likes even their casual wear to be of the utmost quality.

Lady White Co.

Get it from Lady White Co. for $175.

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34. Peel, the unbranded, semi-transparent phone case that’s so thin it’ll make their phone look like it’s naked.


Peel is a company that specializes in brandless, so-thin-you’ll-forget-there’s-anything-on-your-phone cases. Part of what gives these cases the illusion of being naked is that they’re semi-transparent, allowing your original Apple or Android branding to shine through (but, lucky for you, not get dirty). No additional bulk or fuss. Just a good ol’ phone case, staying in its lane and doing what a phone case is supposed to do.

Get it from Peel for $24.99 (available in seven colors and 19 sizes).

35. A hoop magazine rack for a gift that is, well, a slam dunk.


Promising review: "I bought this for my son to organize his magazines. It adds interesting, artistic detail to his bedroom. It is a little larger than I thought it would be but because it is solid and sturdy, it also works as a piece of art!" —Lori

Get it from AllModern for $50.


36. A tonal cotton throw that'll go perfectly with their earthy space.


Promising review: "This is a stunning throw and so well made." —Posh Boss

Get it from Amazon for $43.99+ (available in three colorways).

37. A Japanese tiered shoe rack to fit perfectly in their tiny little nook that isn't quite big enough for a standard option.


Promising review: "This is great! Fits vertically in my small entryway, just what I was looking for. If you want a modern stylish clean-looking shoe rack with a small footprint, this is the perfect selection! It’s lightweight, but for storing five pair of shoes, it’s great! It fits mens size 10 shoes perfectly." —Aaron Staley

Get it from Amazon for $43.68.


38. An Aesop body cleansing gift kit that'll make every day feel like a spa day.


Includes: Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, Rind Concentrate Body Balm, and a reusable amenity case.

Get it from Aesop for $57.

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39. A hand-thrown gridded vase to create an inviting floral arrangement on your kitchen table.

Adam Kremer / Via Workaday Handmade

Get it from Workaday for $180.

40. A herringbone cotton work jacket for the friend who is all about subtle details — look at that contrasting corduroy collar!


Get it from Adsum for $225 (available in S-XL and in grey, khaki, and navy).

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41. A pack of warm merino wool socks that'll get them through winter, comfortably.


Get a five-pack from Amazon for $15.99 (available in eight colors/varietypacks).

42. A pair of Adidas Yung-1 shoes with a mesh upper and suede overlays for a look that's somehow both retro and understated.

Adidas / Via

Get it from Adidas for $95 (available in M5/W6-M14/W15).


43. An overnight cold-brew filter bottle they'll agree has no right to look this good.


Promising review: "Very satisfied with the purchase. I use it for cold-brew green tea. It definitely makes drinking cold tea easier because it's more accessible. I recommend it and think it would be a lovely gift for tea lovers." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $19.50+ (available in 300ml or 750ml and in olive green, red, black, and white).

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44. A sterling silver tiny dot necklace for a perfect daily-wear option.


Promising review: "I like this necklace very much and the color is so beautiful! I wear it nearly every day, even while sleeping, showering, and exercising. It's very lightweight and doesn't bother my neck. It goes easily with any style of clothing. If you are a person who likes simple style, then I would strongly recommend this necklace!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in three finishes).

45. A statement modern accent chair that'll also secretly be a gift for yourself (your new throne when you visit their apartment).


Promising review: "Love, love, love this chair. First, it's large and comfortable. The fabric is soft, but seems durable. Second, the quality and workmanship are as good as it gets. The seams are all tight and even. The upholstery is uniformly stretched. Third, everybody who walks in admires it. It's low profile means it takes up less visual space in the room. Feels more informal than a traditional arm chair. Definitely ups my style quotient!" —AvidReader

Get it from Amazon for $322.36 (available in grey, canary, and aqua).


46. A very chic feeder for the birds but not — cough — for the birds.

twigandtimber / Via Etsy

Promising review: "Shipping was extremely quick and item is really cute. Thank you." —Julian Khoury

Get it from twigandtimber on Etsy for $85.

47. An herbal candle that'll leave them with a sleek glass container when they've burned through it.

Norden Goods

Get it from Norden Goods for $30.

48. A piece of mouth-blown confetti glassware for the perfect amount of subtle texture. (It works as a drinking glass, votive, or vase!)

Hawkins New York

Get it from Hawkins New York for $14+ (available in two sizes).


49. An acrylic Squatty Potty to get their colon and minimalist sensibility aligned in the bathroom.


Promising review: "This thing is SLEEK! I bought this for my new home's main floor guest bath. We wanted to provide guests with the convenience of the Squatty Potty without the eyesore of the white 7" one. I feel like if Kim and Kanye had a Squatty Potty, it would be this one." —Durga D

Get it from Amazon for $78.73.

Don't require high design for your BMs? Check out the original Squatty Potty for $23.24.

50. A stainless steel watering can for the houseplant aficionado among your friend group.

Promising review: "This is the perfect item if you have houseplants. Especially if your houseplants are hung up. Maybe you don't water your plants as much as they need because it is a hassle taking them down, watering them, and then rehanging them up again. Relax, this watering can is the perfect answer. It is very good looking, extremely well made — this puppy will last for years." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in small and large).

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51. A canvas and leather weekender bag that'll be with them for the long haul., Makr

Get it from Makr for $230 (available in five colorways).

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52. A cable-knit throw to give them the gift of coziness when the temps plummet.


Promising review: "I bought this for my daughter for Christmas. I had previously bought her one from Pottery Barn and this one looked just like it for a lot less. I was worried about the comparative quality but when it arrived, I was very happy. It is extremely similar to the old PB one. It is super soft and luxurious and the stitching is very nice. It is a high quality throw for a great price. I would definitely buy more." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $61.93+ (available in three sizes and nine colors).


53. An acrylic fish tank with a built-in LED light that'll go over swimmingly.


Promising review: "This aquarium is so easy to set up and beautiful to see. My fish is so happy in her new home. I love this unit. After struggling with less expensive units, I finally invested in something worthwhile. This has taken away the headache of maintaining an aquarium and it is simply stunning. This is just wonderful! Wow!" —JMP

Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in black and white).

54. A pair of casual baggy overalls that'll actually turn them into an overalls person.


Promising review: "I just wanted these for kicking around in the garden and they have worked great for that... so I own three pairs now. They're lightweight and good for warmer days." —C. Zittel

Get them from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in four colors and sizes S–XXXL).


55. Spectrum, a photo book from acclaimed minimalist architect John Pawson to show them the full spectrum of appreciation you have for them.


Get it from Amazon for $42.49.

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56. A hand-blown layered glass pitcher for the friend who likes their kitchenware to be almost too beautiful to use.

Mociun / Via

Get it from Mociun for $150.

57. A pair of natural wood hooks they can hang their coats on.


Promising review: "Me: I'm going to put hooks on the back of the door.

Wife: No you're not. No hooks, nothing, nada, never.

Me: Here are the hooks for the back of the door.

Wife: Oh, those are so nice!!" —Ihaveopinions

Get a pair from Amazon for $14.49 (available in black walnut and beech wood).


58. A spherical table light for a warm, ambient glow that never gets old.


Get it from Gantri for $98 (available in five colors).

59. A pack of oversized linen dinner napkins to make every dinner — even those nights when their dinner is cereal — look chic.


Promising review: "These are high quality, nicely subtle, and don't get too terribly wrinkled." —J. Gobell

Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (for a six-pack).

60. A handblown glass pendant light for an easy upgrade to any room.


Promising review: "I bought this hanging light to replace an ugly, old-fashioned chandelier hanging over my small eating area. It looks wonderful! Very modern with clean lines. I put an Edison tubular bulb in it to make it even more interesting." —G-Dawg

Get it from Amazon for $64.99+ (available in two sizes and in clear and gray-blue).


61. A made-to-order ceramic soap dish with an ingenious drainage spout so excess water trickles out directly into their sink (instead of all over the counter).

Kim Hau Ceramics

Promising review: "I love this soap dish! I bought some handmade soap at a farmer's market and wanted a soap dish for it. This one caught my eye because of the sensible drain, the minimalist design, and the matte black glaze." —Linda BInder

Get it from Kim Hau Ceramics on Etsy for $30 (available in four colors).

62. A five-piece Japanese-inspired place setting with a sophisticated matte black glaze.


Promising review: "I’m obsessed. Love everything about it. Style is beautiful and classy and clean-looking. Super easy to clean. Highly recommend this product!!" —Estal

Get a 5-piece set from CB2 for $39.95.


63. An all-wood stool to use as a pedestal or decorative side table.


Get it from Hem for $269 (available in four wood shades).

64. A deck of monochromatic cards, because winning everyone over with the perfect gift is totally in the cards this year.


Promising review: "These cards are awesome and came in perfect condition! I got them for a friend, and they love the design of them." —Brandon

Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in black and white).

65. A mini jewelry organizer for the person who has a lot of accessories but little to no idea where to store them.


Get it from Amazon for $19.96+ (available in black/walnut and white/natural, and white/nickel).


66. A set of brushed microfiber sheets if they're looking for a magical wrinkle-, fade-, and stain-resistant bedding solution.


Promising review: "These sheets are super soft and very nice.

And honestly you can't beat the price.

And I know if I went to the store today.

I couldn't find any to beat these anyway.

$30 and a good night's sleep.

Yeah, I think these, I might just keep.

Flat sheet, fitted sheet, pillowcases for you.

Just go ahead and treat yourself to some too.

And If you're reading this review,

I hope you enjoyed my rap.

Now brb I'm going have a quick nap.

Yeah that's right, I'm gonna lay on my sheets

Take a deep breath and discover some beats.

And if you're looking for me?

You might just find me pressing the key

'Buy now' immediately

'Your new sheets are on their way'

Thank you, have a nice day." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $28.70+ (available in Twin-California/Split King and in 32 colors)


67. A gorgeous menorah that'll make them wish Hanukkah were longer than eight days.


Get it from Food52 for $68.

68. A modern hourglass accent stool they can use to store their stray magazines or electronics.


Promising review: "I was shopping around for a couple of months trying to find auxiliary seating and storage for my stylish but tiny space. There are many similar options on the market for sculptural, multipurpose pieces. At this price, I figured I'd take a chance, and I'm glad I did. These are lightweight AND sturdy. The texture matches my Panton S Chairs in matte white. This definitely looks more expensive than it is. The hidden storage may be lovely, but I'm not really 'storing' anything in there, except some linens and a bag of marbles to add weight." —M Roy Clark

Get it from Amazon for $37.30+ (available in white, red, orange, and green).


69. An all-natural shampoo bar to cut out single-use plastic from your hair-washing routine.


Get it from Humankind for $12.95 (available in peppermint, lemongrass, citrus lavender, unscented or as a variety pack for $32.95).

70. A parkland block set for the minimalist who prefers to experience nature from the comfort of their heated bedroom.


Get it from Amazon for $23.47.

71. A cat scratcher and lounge that doubles as impressive living room art.


Promising review: "Amazing. I bought mine over a year ago and my cats LOVE them. I hung them up like shelves and the cats love to hang out on them, sleep, stretch, and survey the house. My friends don't even realize they're cat shelves until the cats jump on them! Fast-forward over a year later and they're still in pretty good shape. Worth the money! I picked up some L brackets at The Home Depot to hang them and they worked like a charm." —Jayni

Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (available in white, gray, and brown).


72. A carafe with an oak stopper — the gift that says, "Hey, you should host a dinner party again."


Promising review: "This carafe has worked wonders for me! I wasn't high on the benefits of a decanter until my purchase of this product. I thoroughly enjoy having a glass of wine after work, and this decanter ensures my wine tastes fantastic!" —Ethan

Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in 33 oz or 67oz).

73. A sleek compost bin with an adjustable air vent they can mount on their cabinet door if they prefer to keep it out of sight. (Though, it's far from an eyesore!)


Promising review: "I never knew how awful my metal compost bin was until I got this beauty! Easy to open with one hand, the bag stays in place, and it's lightweight. Everything that's wrong with the traditional countertop compost bin, this bin solves. Life changing." —Emma

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in white and grey).


74. A bulbous little planter that they (or you, if you want extra credit) can showcase a nice flower or succulent arrangement in.


Get it from Food52 for $48.

For flower ideas, check out the best places to buy flowers online here.

For plant ideas, check out the best places to buy houseplants online here.

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75. A floating bookshelf that *actually* looks like it's floating.


Promising review: "Love these!!! I was looking for a sleek mount for some white and silver cylindrical lamps we have for the wall and these worked perfect! Nice and sturdy, but also slim and low profile for a cleaner look than if we would have purchased small shelves." —Rebecca K.

Get it from Amazon for $14.98+ (available in small and large and in black and white).

76. A pack of reusable silicone straws for an eco-friendly and (much more attractive, tbh) alternative to your average plastic straw.


Includes: 10 straws, four travel cases, and four clean-up squeegees. (Oh, and everything is completely dishwasher-safe!)

Get it from Food52 for $25.


77. And a porcelain clementine pin that'll show them you have them (and their very particular aesthetic) pinned.

monochromatiques / Via Etsy

Get it from monochromatiques on Etsy for $21.19.


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