Gift Edit 2023

55 of the Best Minimalist Gifts for Friends and Fam Who Like to Keep Things Simple

updated Dec 7, 2023
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With so many different design tastes out there, there’s room for all kinds of interior styles — maximalism, monochrome, mid-century, you name it. But there’s really something to be said about the minimalism decor movement, which perfectly complements a simple, clutter-free lifestyle. To some, the concept of minimalism may come off as inaccessible and unattainable. But at its core, it’s all about shopping with intention and curating the pieces you really need or love. As Marie Kondo says: Only buy what “sparks joy.”

On that note, when festive occasions like housewarmings, anniversaries, and more roll around, what do you buy the less-is-more, don’t-get-me-anything types on your shopping list? We rounded up some of the best minimalist home gifts for friends, family, coworkers, and more. From space-saving double-duty finds to modern kitchen staples that still allow for fuss-free living, there are plenty of useful, joy-sparking presents to be found across the internet. Keep reading for our top picks for the minimalist on your shopping list, and check out our Organization Awards winners for even more inspiration.

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A sign of a good vase is when it looks just as pretty empty, as is the case with this highly giftable ceramic piece from Etsy, which resembles a paper bag. It's on the petite side, but the geometric shape plays nicely with any flowers with droopy stems, like tulips or poppies.

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West Elm
was $15.00

For the minimalist holiday decorator, gift them something to help get in the seasonal spirit that won’t take up too much space. These pretty paper accordion trees come in green or ivory, plus three different heights, to style any tabletop or mantel — starting at $15. They’re easy to store post-Christmas, as well.

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If your recipient really wants to cut down on the amount of material items they own, a Masterclass membership is your best bet, and from now until Dec. 12, you can get two memberships for the price of one (so you can treat yourself, too). For just $10 a month, you and your recipient can learn tons of new skills with access to over 180 classes across 11 categories.

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Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods has no shortage of thoughtful, yet quirky gift ideas, including this “reading valet” that bibliophiles will love. The perfect size for side tables in reading corners or living rooms (as well as small, cluttered nightstands), this triangle-shaped acacia wood piece holds books (yes, it can fit multiple) right where they left off reading, plus has built-in grooves to hold coffee mugs and glasses or pens. There’s even a middle opening to keep cell phones out of sight for totally uninterrupted page turning.

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This simple and modern stoneware incense burner will instantly make your giftee’s space feel more luxurious. The smoke will emit from the chimney, allowing the scent to fill up the whole room, and it even comes with a match holder. If you have a home fragrance lover in your life, this is a creative gift alternative to a candle.

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was $150.00

Is there anything better than the gift of a more organized nightstand or side table? Courant’s Catch:2 pad eliminates the need for multiple eyesore cords, with the ability to re-charge two devices — like your iPhone and AirPods — at once. It looks sleek and compact on any surface, especially in the leather finish.

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You can never go wrong with a set of personalized, well-designed stationery. Minted allows you to customize the color, size, silhouette, paper type, and quantity — the more you order, the cheaper the individual card, starting at $35 for 15.

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The Container Store

This simple three-tier jewelry stand does it all: it’s tall enough to fit long necklaces, with plenty of room for earrings or bracelets, plus the base keeps rings safe and sound. Any accessories lover will appreciate this stylish, clutter-free storage staple, which makes it easy to see their favorite pieces all in one spot.

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West Elm

Is there anything better than the gift of clutter-free counters or tabletops, especially with a catch-all this modern and sleek? West Elm’s Bahaus-inspired platform bowl combines a striking asymmetrical silhouette with hand-poured natural stone for the prettiest place to store keys or coins.

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Hey Dewy

Hey Dewy launched a new-and-improved version of their wireless portable facial humidifier, designed to fit on a desk, in a car, or even in a carry-on for on-the-go misting. Ideal for your beauty-obsessed BFF, the compact present emits up to 8 hours of moisture for hydrated skin and hair — something we could all use some help with come winter.

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Burke Decor

Printworks’ “Good Times” book doubles as a photo album and coffee table or bookshelf accent. The binder-style gift features 30 black photo papers, each of which can fit one 10-inch by 15-inch picture with leftover room to write down notes or signatures. Friends and family will love filling this with memories and having a stylish, sentimental keepsake.

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was $44.00

Treat anyone on your list to a well-scented home, 24/7, with the small-but-mighty Pura diffuser (which landed the top spot on Apartment Therapy’s Best List). This plug-in device, which comes pre-loaded with two fragrances, syncs with your wifi and smartphone via the Pura app. That means you can control the diffuser intensity and set timers, even when you’re not home, and get notified when you need refills. It’s barely noticeable overall but does include an optional built-in nightlight, too. Not bad for just $44 — aka cheaper than some candles!

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Best Buy
was $119.99

A bite-sized (and more affordable) version of Marshall’s signature retro-looking speakers, the Willen Bluetooth speaker packs stellar sound quality into a compact, portable silhouette. An attached strap makes it easy to tote around, but the small-space-friendly design looks especially sleek styled on a TV stand or dresser. Consider your music-loving friends covered.

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Uncommon Goods

Rechargeable USB lighters have been one of my go-to gifts the past few years, but this minimalist design from Uncommon Goods goes one step further with a built-in LED flashlight, too. It’s perfect for emergencies, and much safer than matches or standard lighters because it's flameless. Best of all, though, the double-duty gift measures just 9 inches tall and 1.18 inches wide, so it takes up significantly less storage space than a normal flashlight alone.

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was $129.99

Even minimalists get chilly — and this velvet-like, faux fur blanket from Quince is the only throw they’ll ever need. Choose from two sizes and three neutral hues to blend into any bedroom or sofa situation. It's machine washable, too, so it’s family-friendly and everyday-life-approved.

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This angled cutting board from editor-favorite brand Material is understated yet elegant. Made from FSC-certified wood, it not only offers your giftee a solid spot for slicing, dicing, and chopping, but it's pretty enough to use for serving, too. It's even reversible, with a smooth texture on one side and a grooved design on the other. Translation: You'll be gifting a two-in-one, high-quality piece

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MoMA Design Store

Even though most people check the time on their phones nowadays, analog clocks will never go obsolete, in part because they make such great wall decor. Case in point: this pretty light blue clock from Danish brand HAY, made from recycled plastic and inspired by old-school workroom styles. The receiver can hang this piece anywhere they like, whether that's in the bedroom, above the fireplace mantel, or in the front entryway.

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West Elm
was $40.00

Luxe meets simple meets oh-so-useful via this marble stand. Clocking in at only 10 inches tall and 7.5 inches long, it’s designed to bolster any tablet or cookbook without overpowering the kitchen counter. Recipe enthusiasts will think of you fondly every time they put this to good use.

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The Container Store

If you're looking for a gift that does an important job while still looking sleek, Yamazaki is a great brand to turn to. This jewelry box features five tiers of compartments for rings, bracelets, and the like, and they stack neatly on top of each other between uses for stylish, space-efficient storage that doesn't command unwanted attention.

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Design Within Reach

Filled with fruit or left empty, this sculptural bowl makes the perfect minimalist centerpiece. Gift it to someone who loves the look of Dutch still-life paintings, and they can use it to create their own real-life motif on a dining table or kitchen counter.

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was $64.99

Give the gift of a soothing at-home ambiance, courtesy of this color-changing LED lamp. Powered by a remote control, the sleek piece (which fits perfectly in any corner) touts more than 330 effects and a million colors (yes, really!). Your giftee can create a sunset illusion with just the touch of a button or play around with solid hues — the possibilities are endless!

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One of my all-time favorite little luxuries, Diptyque candles may not fall under the need-to-have minimalism mantra, but they’re definitely practical, especially in the forever-popular Baies scent. Once your loved one has burned through the 60-hour candle, they can keep the glass vessel forever as decor.

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With these streamlined, editor-favorite modular travel capsules, your giftee can showcase their signature style even when they're on the road. The containers are magnetic, compact, and leakproof, and they adhere to TSA size regulations for carry-on liquids — aka they're the perfect minimalist solution for neatly toting toiletries, medications, and other essentials.

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Rubber trees are easy to care for and grow quickly, and this deep burgundy variety is especially stunning. It complements the minimalist style but still offers a punch of personality and a dash of greenery. The result? A space that looks and feels clean and sophisticated.

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West Elm

West Elm is a treasure trove of minimalist-friendly gifts. Case in point: these stoneware oil and vinegar dispensers. Whether on the counter for cooking or the table for serving, this two-bottle set will up the style factor in any home. The bottles feature a matte, slightly textured finish and are topped with acacia wood lids, offering a subtle mix of natural materials.

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was $58.83

Durable, affordable, and modern, the Umbra Triflora Hanging Planter is a great present for a minimalist who's short on square footage but still wants to add a pop of greenery to their space. Your giftee can mount it to the wall or ceiling to display three hanging planters with anything from succulents in the bedroom to fresh herbs near a sunny window.

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With the ability to float a fragrance across 500 square feet and look elegant while doing it, the Vitruvi Stone Essential Oil Diffuser made the cut for our list of Best Essential Oil Diffusers. The porcelain exterior is a discreet — yet visually pleasing when noticed — addition to a minimalist home design.

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Everyone has that one friend with all-around impeccable taste — and who’s admittedly the hardest to cross off your shopping list. That’s where this stunning and simple piece from Etsy comes in. Handmade and highly unique, it's equal parts functional flower vase and elegantly artistic sculpture.

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MoMA Design Store

Fun meets functional with this unique squiggly wall organizer. The compact, minimalist design doubles as a coat rack and catchall, with built-in storage compartments, while looking like a piece of decor. Choose from yellow, light blue, black, red, or white for their new favorite small-space-friendly accessory.

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Our Place
was $155.00

This new(ish) version of the editor-favorite Always Pan from Our Place is a game changer in the kitchen. It's smaller than the original and crafted from heirloom-quality cast iron, yet it's still just as much of a workhorse. It replaces a fry pan, skillet, saute pan, braiser, griddle, roaster, baking dish, spatula, and spoon rest, and it even comes with handy silicone grabbers that fit neatly inside when the pan's not in use.

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No one wants to compromise their environment for the sake of a good workout or sacrifice their own wellness in the name of interior design. That's why we love Bala, makers of exercise equipment and accessories that actually look chic (no, really!). There's probably a great-looking Bala product for whatever type of exercise your giftee is into, but we're partial to the Complete Home Gym Kit, a bundle of seven bestselling products.

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A favorite of AT founder Maxwell Ryan, this compost bin somehow makes trash looks sleek. It's from one of our go-to brands, Joseph Joseph, and it's the perfect way for a minimalist to get into the composting game. (Bonus for you: It won't break the bank.)

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Open Spaces

For the minimalist organizer in your life, look no further than this chic under-bed storage set from Open Spaces. The cream canvas exterior is durable and stylish, with leather handles at the front for easy retrieval from under your bed. Fill 'em with out-of-season clothes, workout attire, or anything else you want to stash out of sight (but still keep accessible).

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This quirky eyewear stand couldn’t feel more on the nose (pun fully intended) for any glasses-wearing loved ones — or even just to stash sunglasses or blue light glasses. As someone with horrible vision, I would absolutely adore having this piece on my bedside table to safely (and very stylishly) hold onto my eyewear for the night. The bonafide objet d’art comes from NYC-based design company Craighill.

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MoMA Design Store

You know you’ve found the best thoughtful, joy-inducing minimalist gift when it’s called the “Happiness Candle.” Available in two different colorful palettes, this nine-inch-tall accent is sure to delight whether it’s burning or simply styled as cheery decor — plus it's perfect stocking-stuffer size.

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This quirky eyewear stand couldn’t feel more on the nose (pun fully intended) for any glasses-wearing loved ones — or even just to stash sunglasses or blue light glasses. As someone with horrible vision, I would absolutely adore having this piece on my bedside table to safely (and very stylishly) hold onto my eyewear for the night.

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was $35.00

This wellness journal is packed full of all the stuff you need to stay on track — and none of the nonsense you don't. List out daily intentions, monitor sleep, meal plan, and set aside time for self-care, all within the pages of this simple-yet-stunning hardcover shell.

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Candles are a tried-and-true gifting staple, but it’s a safe bet your giftee doesn’t have one quite like this in their collection. AT-favorite Etsy seller Cai Cai Handmade specializes in ultra-cool, sculptural wax wonders, including this minimalist masterpiece that’s inspired by ocean waves. It comes in two colors — ivory or fog gray — and burns up to 45 hours, but it looks equally alluring as an unlit accent.

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Williams Sonoma

This sophisticated electric kettle makes the perfect parent present (even if “minimalism” isn’t part of their vocab). It’s an absolute game changer for coffee or tea, allowing you to choose and monitor temperature via an LED screen on the base. Not to mention, it’s especially easy on the eyes and available in a handful of hues.

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West Elm

Happy hour happens anytime with these chic fluted glasses from West Elm. Whether your recipient likes to mix a post-work cocktail or just wants to feel like a class act while sipping seltzer, this stylish set will get the job done.

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Art is fairly subjective, but we can pretty much guarantee this graphic piece will charm any minimalist on your gift list. Available in a slew of stylish shades — including mustard, blush, black, and blue — it's a dramatic pop that will enliven any room in their home.

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West Elm
was $60.00

This sleek, stylish rack is available in a brass or matte black finish that will wow any wine drinker, especially if they’re tight on storage space. Inspired by honeycomb shapes, this rack can fit up to six bottles at once — bonus points if you include one or two with the gift!

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Coming Soon

Coming Soon, a New York-based purveyor of unique high-end home finds, has just the thing for modern plant parents. Taking stoneware and terracotta planters up a notch, this modular rendition boasts a short or tall height. Both give off a stacked illusion, and the bottom ring actually doubles as a drainage saucer (read: It's cool and functional).

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Artifact Uprising
was $85.00

These barely there floating frames are gifts that everyone (especially the minimalists) on your list will love. Starting at $85 for 12" x 14” (and sizing all the way up to 42" x 30”), these acrylic accents beautifully border any image. There’s also a customizable option to upload photos of your own to be printed on matte paper.

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West Elm

In the midst of another chaotic year, your loved ones will be especially grateful for one thing: organization. That’s where Girl Friday comes in. These hanging, dry-erase, acrylic calendars make it simple to keep track of upcoming dates and deadlines (but easily wipe them off to start a new month). Opt for black or white text and choose one of two sizes: small and large.

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Uncommon Goods

Weirdly useful but completely cool, this multi-use bamboo fruit bowl is the future of fresh snack storage. Here’s how it works: Underripe fruit hangs out in the glass bowl, ready-to-go food sits on the lid, and bananas get their own hanging spot. It’s also designed to fit beneath kitchen cabinets, so even small kitchens can take advantage.

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Williams Sonoma

Behold, the MVP of reusable water bottles! Not only does this baby look as cool as can be, but it’s actually the very first self-cleaning bottle. That’s right, LARQ uses UV light technology (built into the cap) to fight off bacteria and help purify the water inside. Bonus points, it’s double insulated, so it can stay cold for up to 24 hours and hot for 12. How’s that for a genius gift?

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For supremely cozy gifts, tap into editor-favorite brand Parachute, revered for its top-notch bedding and towels. The brand’s oversized throw blanket has total crowd-pleasing potential. Crafted from Turkish cotton, it basically looks and feels like a massive sweater. Need I say more?

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This gorgeous glass cloche fits 120 matches and can instantly upgrade any coffee table tableau or mantel vignette. Take it one step further and throw in their favorite candle, too.

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Give your favorite bibliophile these sleek steel bookends — which come in three sizes and four different hues — along with the newest must-read bestseller. The set brings vibrant organization to any home, whether it's holding up cookbooks on the counter or page-turners on a shelf.

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A coffee table book may feel impersonal, but every design-forward friend can appreciate "Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style." A clean, neutral cover makes this book easy to style in any space, plus it’s totally worth flipping through. The 464-page tome dives into the famed magazine’s archives for 100 years of design inspo.

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West Elm

Consider your holiday host gift (and their coffee table) covered. You can’t go wrong with contemporary coasters, but the color options and gold-leaf details make this set of four a total standout. They’re each painted by hand — and no one will ever guess they cost less than $30.

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Another AT-favorite Etsy seller, KOMOLAB puts a modern spin on everyday essentials. The shop’s maple wall rack — one of Etsy’s Picks, btw — does triple duty as a mail slot, coat rack, and key holder.

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Terrain, Anthropologie’s sister site, has just what your minimalist friends and family need to lean into the “clean space, clean mind” lifestyle: durable, stylish leather baskets. Treat someone in your life to one of these rectangular or square beauties, and you'll be giving the gift of beautiful, put-anywhere modern storage.

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Yamazaki Home

Any Yamazaki find will satisfy anyone that leans towards minimalism — and if that person also loves to cook at home, this lid and ladle stand will be a hit. It’ll clean up their counter, make their cooking process easier, and give them a spot to prop up their device or cookbook.