by MJ Boyle
I am writing you on behalf of all tiny house enthusiasts. (If you look on your Nice List, you’ll see them all listed there.) Since we are working very hard to reduce our footprint on the earth, as well as to simplify and downsize, the gifts you have given us in years past just won’t do. Now, that’s not to say we certainly do not appreciate your gestures. We do! And, in that spirit of gratitude, we are giving back to YOU! We’re also a very helpful group of people and full of great ideas!
As you have no doubt noticed, tiny house enthusiasts span the globe. But, we’re a very tech savvy bunch. So we all got together via the internet and complied (just for YOU!) this list; of all the things that tiny house enthusiasts need, and love, and that will fulfill our heart’s desires for better relationships, a closer community, and a healthier world.
Life Experiences – Instead of stuff (what “normal” people like) we crave life and embrace opportunities to experience it. We like to cook, hike, kayak, ski, eat out, garden, paint, knit, go to museums and movies, ride our bikes, write, jump out of airplanes, take road trips, read, build, attend tiny house events and classes, and spend lots time with our pets and loved ones. In our neighborhoods, and nearby cities, there are people to meet and places to go and we want to see them all! So, if you can think of a way to put all of these experiences (or even some of them) in our tiny stockings this year…that would be awesome. (I understand that gift certificates are very popular nowadays?)
One on One – As I’ve mentioned already, we love spending time with our family and friends. Finding that time, however, can be a bit tricky. So, if you could tell everyone we love that we would really appreciate nothing more than for them to carve out a day, a weekend, or just an afternoon for just us; that would be truly great. Oh….and if they can find some time to help us build our tiny house; we promise we’ll make them cookies or buy them beer.
Stuff that will fit in a TINY box – Truth be told, there are a few things we actually do need. But, the key word here is “NEED.” So if you’re thinking that we might like organic vegetable seeds, tiny multi-functional kitchen gadgets, new towels, a welcome mat, slippers, sulfate-free soaps and cleaners, sawdust (don’t ask) a little tiny hammer, or a book about tiny houses; you wouldn’t be too far off the mark.
Outside the Box – For those of us who live in tiny spaces, having a place for everything, and having everything in it’s place is a key to maintaining our sanity. We might love our tiny house, but we never said it would be EASY to get used to. So, instead of gift wrapped boxes or bags this year, would you mind sending our gifts in organizational bins or baskets? (Have you heard of IKEA or The Container Store?) We also love mason jars for kitchen storage and if you find a vintage storage tin (or five) at an antique store, that’s even better!
And Last But Not Least – Sometimes we don’t know what we need, until we need it. And for those occasions, there is simply nothing that fits the bill as well as a gift card to a local hardware store. We won’t spend it, until we need it, we promise. But if you’re going for a peace-on-earth kind of message/vibe, having one of those on hand will certainly help with the peace-of-mind part of our tiny little house dwelling lives.
I know you’re a very busy man this time of year. And I know this list may seem long. But, there are so many of us out here, I sincerely hope you will consider reading this as time well spent. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed reading this as much as I have enjoyed researching it.
Thank you for being the awesome give-back kind of guy you are. And if you ever need a hand, fixing up your toy shop or painting some lovely accent colors on that sleigh of yours, you know where to find me.
Tiny Hugs and Kisses From Your Biggest Fan,
P.S. I am also selling coffee gift bags to help fund my tiny house build. If you’d like some enthusiastic help with filling all those stockings, hit me up!
Michelle is an outgoing single mom, published author, speaker, patented inventor, blogger, craigslist stalker, enthusiastic Glamper, and Northwest native. Her interest in all-things-tiny-and-old started when she was only 12 years old. With pencil and graph paper in hand she’s more than ready for the next phase of her life. Her Tiny House, aptly named “My Empty Nest”, is the culmination of a life spent dreaming of a tiny reclaimed space, all her own.”*
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