Gifts for the Ungiftable
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20 Gifts for People Who Say, 'Don't Get Me Anything'

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Gifts for the Ungiftable
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There's been a cultural shift to declutter our homes, people are spending their hard-earned dollars on experiences instead of stuff — and some people just don't need a physical gift. So what do you buy for someone who says they don't want anything (and means it)? Don't waste money on a gift that will create unwanted clutter and be received with a groan. If you're searching for the perfect gift for the minimalist in your life, we've curated a variety of ideas from practical services to experiential gifts. Looking for ideas for the people on your list who actually do want something from the store? Check out 35 Early Bird Holiday Shopping Gift Ideas.

Book an Adventure
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Supply the Tickets
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Supply the Tickets

Tickets to a concert, movie, or performance make great gifts for minimalists. Browse websites such as Viator or Groupon for ideas and discounts on cultural events, comedy shows, foodie walks, sports games, and outdoor activities. Then buy a ticket for yourself so you can make it a shared experience.

Related: 36 Bucket-List Destinations for Music Lovers

Give Your Time
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Give Your Time

With so many people feeling time-crunched, remember that time is a gift you can give to someone else. Schedule a "date" with a friend or relative who'd appreciate it more than a physical gift. Pick a time for a coffee or movie date, afternoon stroll in the park, or just to chat over the phone.

Related: What to Do If You're Feeling Alone This Holiday

Give Them a Peek Into Their Ancestry
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Give Them a Peek Into Their Ancestry

Services offering ancestral DNA testing help find where in the world you came from. Gifting a test through a service such as AncestryDNA can reveal generations of history and a loved one's ancestral past and ethnic makeup — and offers a subscription to Ancestry.com, where family trees can be identified from possible genetic matches.

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Bring Their Garden to Life
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Bring Their Garden to Life

Avid gardeners will appreciate heirloom seeds that barely take up any space in the off-season and come to life once planted. You'll find seed packs for just about any type of garden size online or at gardening centers, and you can even create a gift basket filled with assorted packs of vegetables, flowers, and herb seeds to suit your gift recipient's needs.

Give a Subscription to Pop Culture
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Give a Subscription to Pop Culture

Like gift cards, the options for gifting clutter-free monthly or yearly subscriptions to a minimalist are limitless. Streaming music from Spotify or Apple Music; video services such as Netflix or HBO offerings; and things such as Audible and Amazon Prime memberships are all worthy choices. Don't rule out annual memberships to local museums, zoos, botanical gardens, or other cultural institutions.

Send Flowers
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Send Flowers

Go to your local florist for a simple floral arrangement, or send buds via an eco-friendly flower delivery website such as The Bouqs Co. or Farmgirl Flowers. These sites also offer subscriptions so fresh flowers can be flown in straight from the farm regularly.

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Sign Up for a Class
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Sign Up for a Class

Many people want to learn a musical instrument or take a dance, photography, creative writing, woodworking, cooking, or professional class, but don't really want to splurge on themselves. If you know someone is interested in picking up a skill, consider investing in their creative or professional future by paying for a class or lessons. Even if they've already taken up a hobby, you can still help them progress with a gift certificate.

Related: Bizarre College Classes That Will Make You Want to Go Back to School

Gift Consumables
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Give Something to Eat or Drink

A bottle of fine wine or liquor, a box of nice chocolates, or a selection of fine cheeses will be appreciated and enjoyed — without taking up space in the recipient's home. You could get creative and gift premade cookie mix in a jar or make your own homemade treats such as cookies, jams, or dehydrated fruits and veggies. Looking for some inspiration? Try The 20 Best Classic Cookie Recipes.

Give Gift Cards
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Donate to Their Favorite Charity

Donate to Their Favorite Charity

If your minimalist is philanthropic or passionate about a certain cause, make a donation to a favorite charity in their name. Go a step further and volunteer for a project that means something to them — even better if you volunteer together. Use sites such as GiveWell and Charity Navigator for ideas and to determine which charities trustworthy.

Related: 26 Companies That Are Doing Good Deeds With Your Dollars

Treat a Friend to a Delicious Meal
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Treat a Friend to a Delicious Meal

Host a dinner date with friends at your place, treat a friend to a meal out, or even whip up something new in the kitchen with a willing partner. Bonding over a shared activity and good food will help you connect with those you love, and make a thoughtful gift for the person who already has everything.

Related: The Bucket List Restaurant in Your State

Send Them on a Food or Drink Tour
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Send Them on a Food or Drink Tour

Need a gift for a foodie but don't want to buy food? Send them on a food or drink adventure. Whether it's a brewery, distillery, or chocolate factory tour, a cheese and wine tasting, or a city-specific tasting such as deep dish pizzas in Chicago, you're bound to find something delicious and even educational for your minimalist friend.

Give the Gift of Snack Delivery
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Let Your Friends Drink at Home
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Adjust the Term Length
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Create a Video or Digital Photo Book

Sentimental gifts such as a video or digital photo book make memorable gifts. Digital photo books tend to take up less space than traditional albums, and a personalized video stored in the Cloud or on DVD can be meaningful. Scan photos and pull old footage (or shoot something new on your phone) to make a video or photo collage using a service such as Shutterfly to pull everything together.

Related: 11 Cheap Ways to Print and Display Your Photos

Purchase a Website Domain
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Let Them Read
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Let Them Read

With a range of topics at your fingertips, ebooks and audiobooks make great gifts for minimalists, who can enjoy the convenience of an expansive library on one device. You can select a digital book for them or let them decide what to add to their own collection. Amazon makes it easy to buy ebooks as gifts, and if you're looking to splurge the Amazon Kindle can replace entire shelves of books. Audiobooks with an Audible gift membership can also be a great gift for commuters.

Give a Service
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Give a Service

Treat a friend to some well-deserved pampering with a mani/pedi or a massage. Alternatively, offer to run someone's errands for them, fix their toilet, walk their dog during the day, or babysit their kids for an evening or even a whole weekend, New parents will consider even a few hours to catch up on sleep a tremendous gift.

Related: 22 Ways to Relax From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Looking for more gift ideas for other people on your list? Please visit our gift idea lists on Amazon.