It’s Black Friday again. The nationwide day of shopping until you drop, literally in some cases. A mad rush of shoppers trying to score deals for their holiday gift list is a stressful, heart-pounding experience. Not the kind of experience us tiny dwellers are keen on.
There’s nothing wrong with trying to score a bargain or with shopping for yourself or loved ones. It can be quite fulfilling when done mindfully. When you have limited space, you come to appreciate the value of having a place for everything and the one in and one out rule. Though when the need or desire to upgrade, arises try intentional shopping. Read all about it here.
But what to do about those who want to give you, tiny dweller, gifts?
If you live in a tiny house, you have likely already had this delicate conversation with your relatives and friends. Let’s face it, some parents, especially moms, can not wrap their heads around the idea of not giving their baby anything for Christmas. So what do you do with all the random sweaters and kitchen doodads you receive? Sure you can donate them after the holidays. In fact, I encourage you to let the gift-giver know this ahead of time. Once their feathers settle after being vigorously ruffled, you can share ideas for what you would actually appreciate.
Share the below gift ideas for a guaranteed rewarding giving and receiving experience.
Holiday Gift Ideas for and from a Tiny Dwellers POV:
- Give to a good a cause. Recommend a cause close to your heart, and giver can put the donation in your name.
- Anything edible or drinkable. Many tiny dwellers, including myself, love a tasty brew (coffee or beer). And a little gourmet chocolate goes a long way in creating joyful moments.
- Gift cards are perfect. They don’t take up much space and give you the option to shop for the just-right something you really need or want.
- Experiences! We tiny folk cherish experiences over things. For gifts, think tickets to a movie, a museum membership or snowmobile rental. The best thing about this kind of gift? It can be enjoyed together.
- Handmade means heartfelt. A poem, drawing, or even soap; just think small in size.
Looking for more ideas? Check out Live A F.A.S.T. Life’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Minimalists, Clean Eaters and Bucket List Live-ers, The Tiny Project’s Holiday Gift Ideas (to support tiny house dwellers) and The Mama On The Rocks’ The Minimalist Gift Guide.
-Alexis Stephens, Tiny House Blog Contributor
My partner, Christian and I are traveling tiny house dwellers. Together we’ve been on the road two years for our documentary and community outreach project, Tiny House Expedition. We live, breathe, dream the tiny home community every day. This is our life and our true passion project. We are very grateful to be able to experience this inspiring movement in such an intimate way and to be able to share our exploration with all of you.