Skip To Content

    36 Elegant Gifts For The Minimalist In Your Life

    Or just get them the most minimalist gift of all: nothing!

    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. A Scandinavian essential oil diffuser that's a breath of fresh air to smell and look at.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Super cute and much more well-made than expected. It says the top part is ceramic, and it certainly feels that way. Bottom feet are bamboo, so the minimal plastic design is really nice. It's quiet and I really like that they're aren't any tacky colored light features." —GabbyW

    Get it from Amazon for $41.59+ (available in cream, black, and pink).

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

    amazon.com

    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).

    3. A set of modern hair clips that do a lot with a little.

    amazon.com

    Includes a circle, moon, triangle, and lips.

    Promising review: "I really love these clips! I’ve gotten lots of compliments. They do slide down a bit by the end of the day, but they still look cute in a loose hold. My hair is really thick so it still holds without falling out or anything. I love them!" —Sarah

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in silver and gold).

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

    amazon.com

    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 $39.99+ (available in two sizes and in clear and gray-blue).

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

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $24.69 (available in black/walnut and white/natural).

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

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "One thing that I like about the style of this watch is that the sleek, black faceplate and cognac leather wristband easily jazzes up just about anything you wear it with — formal or casual. The ticking is not at all noticeable, the wristband is comfortable, and the face is a nice size — not tiny, not gargantuan." —Mike Allen

    Get it from Amazon for $70.55.

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

    amazon.com

    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 $31.42.

    8. A teardrop side table with a tempered-glass top to induce some tears (the good kind).

    walmart.com

    Get it from Walmart or Amazon for $114.75 (available in black, orange, and white).

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

    food52.com

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

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

    buypeel.com

    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).

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

    etsy.com

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

    Get it from twigandtimber on Etsy for $75.

    12. A pair of double-walled glass cups perfect for sipping their evening tea.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These glasses exceeded my expectations. I always have a glass of ice water by me in the evenings and it would get condensation and drip all over coasters. These glasses have zero condensation issues! The other reason I love the glasses is the lid. Cat people will understand this: Now I don't have to worry about my cats drinking my water or sticking their paws in it. They seem sturdy enough, but I am still extra careful with them. They also look very nice." —Cheryl O.

    Get a pair from Amazon for $19.95.

    13. And an overnight cold-brew filter bottle that has no right to look this good.

    amazon.com

    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).

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

    amazon.com

    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 $23.99+ (available in small and large).

    15. A hand-printed zippered tote bag that's not at all a stretch of a gift.

    tictail.com

    This canvas tote is 16" wide, 15" high, with a 4.5" bottom gusset. In addition to its zippered top closure, it also has a zippered interior pocket.

    Get it from Tictail for $28.

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

    needsupply.com

    Get it from NeedSupply for $12 (available in lavender, orange, musk, rose, gardenia, and fig).

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

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99+.

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

    cb2.com

    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 $36.95.

    19. A super-thin money clip that'll make them wonder why they ever lugged around a bulky wallet.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "After searching high and low for a wallet that wouldn't lift my body to a contorted mess while sitting, I think I've found it. The build is extremely simple. It's basically two plastic, credit-card sized, flat pieces of plastic that are kept together using a thick, 3/4" or so, wide rubber band and a small "lip" or "track" to hold the plastic together. There is a minimum and maximum number of cards that I've noticed is necessary to keep the wallet functional. I would recommend using no less than six or seven cards and no more than 10 or 11. I'll definitely be purchasing another when necessary, but from the looks of it, it'll be quite some time before then." —Evol

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    20. A portable beside lamp to bring some hygge into their space.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The lamp is adorable and gives off just the right amount of light." —Heather L

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

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

    amazon.com

    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 $17.12.

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

    food52.com

    Get it from Food52 for $68.

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

    amazon.com

    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 $29.54 (available in white, red, orange, and green).

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

    amazon.com

    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 Home Depot to hang them & they worked like a charm." —Jayni

    Get it from Amazon for $42.44 (available in white, gray, and brown).

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

    amazon.com

    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 $29.99+ (available in 33 oz or 67oz).

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

    food52.com

    Get it from Food52 for $42.

    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.

    27. A refreshing eucalyptus, rosemary, and birch candle inside a beautiful double-walled vessel they can reuse when it's used up.

    yielddesign.co

    Get it from NeedSupply for $38.

    28. A hand-printed geometric sweatshirt that'll shape up to be their go-to uniform.

    tictail.com

    Get it from Tictail for $23 (available in S-XL and in ash, dark blue, forest green, black, and sand).

    29. A hand-blown glass bud vase for your best bud.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This vase is soooooo beautiful and the quality is of the highest too!!!! I would definitely buy another one!!! Also the vase comes in the neatest bubble wrap that I have seen. You can't go wrong buying this vase." —SUSAN H.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in smoke, amber, brown, and blue).

    30. A versatile wall table, because accent furniture is a very underrated gift IMHO.

    Lumens

    Get it from Lumens or Houzz for $159.95 (available in black, light grey, midnight blue, and white).

    31. A borosilicate glass French press to make your love for them abundantly clear.

    food52.com

    Get it from NeedSupply or Food52 for $85 (available in amber, smoke, and clear).

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

    amazon.com

    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).

    33. A chubby-chic stacked planter so they can give their houseplants the full minimalist treatment too.

    food52.com

    Get it from Food52 for $64+ (available in short and tall).

    34. A porcelain clementine pin that'll show them you have them (and their very particular taste) pinned.

    etsy.com

    Get it from monochromatiques on Etsy for $21.19.

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

    needsupply.com

    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 NeedSupply for $33.

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

    36. And a wall sconce that is somehow both delightfully minimal and completely extra — a true feat.

    food52.com

    Get it from Food52 for $50+ (available in taper, tealight, and vase; sizes small and large and in black or brass).

    If it's just the wall decor you're after, find another geometric hanging on Amazon for $25.78+.

    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

    Mood:

    Sundance Institute

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

    Allison Krausman / Via BuzzFeed

    Cyber Week Is Here!

    Don’t miss out on the best deals of the year, delivered right to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form