10 sleek and special gift ideas for minimalists

Presents and stocking stuffers to please even the most discerning people on your list.

Presents and stocking stuffers to please even the most discerning people on your list


Shopping for a minimalist can be challenging. They have a certain spare aesthetic and, after all, they don't appreciate clutter. Look for gifts with clean lines, classic shapes and muted colours to start. Quality of design is highly prized, and items that serve a purpose are key – usefulness combined with beauty is a minimalist's main objective when shopping for themselves. And if you find yourself in this category, then you're in for a treat. Here are 10 beautifully made gift ideas with no bells and whistles.

A bottle opener so beautiful, you'll want to leave it displayed on the counter or bar cart. It's made from stainless steel, so it will last, and the rounded shape fits perfectly in your hand.

CB2 Wink Bottle Opener, $32.95,

Ceramicist Jenny Rijke lives in rural Iroquois, ON, where she creates mugs and other vessels inspired by the nature surrounding her. These matte porcelain mugs are quietly elegant, with a thin band of gold near the base to add a bit of shine.

Jenny Rijke Porcelain Mugs, $44 each,

If you know a minimalist jewellery lover, Mejuri should be your first stop. These simple 14k gold studs make a small, but lasting impact – they're the kind of earrings you can happily wear daily. Plus, the gender-neutral vibe means they can be worn by anyone.

Mejuri Bar Studs, $108.

How cool is this? A case with options to fit any iPhone6 and up (including the iPhone X) that's made from a thin layer of real Carrara marble sourced from Tuscany. It also comes in black, but the white is an instant classic.

Felony Case Genuine White Marble Case, $75,

Help someone wind down after the hustle bustle of the holiday with a sleek aroma diffuser, which gently scents the air using ultrasonic technology, water and essential oils. This bundle from Vancouver-based brand Escents comes with Breathe Easy, an immune-boosting blend of eucalyptus and rosemary, and Stress Relief, a blend of bergamot and neroli to help stabilize emotions.

Escents Dot Christmas Bundle Diffuser, $75,

Toronto's beloved Jenny Bird makes jewelry pieces that become instant classics. This gold-dipped, hand-folded cuff is the kind of piece that elevates every outfit and will never go out of style. You could wear it every day and never tire of its warm glow and craftsmanship.

Jennybird Eli Cuff – High Polish, $110,

A well-made planner, with no frills, prints or bold colours. I love how it clearly states the date in a crisp font, and the spiral binding means you can lay it flat and flip the cover back. It's a small thing, but a detail I personally adore. Enter notes day-by-day, or for quick reminders, use the month page.

Studio Oh! 2018 12 Month Leatheresque Spiral Planner, $22,

Give the gift of summer with this hand-poured candle made in Truro, N.S. Inspired by "summer exploration," grapefruit and sweet dried figs are paired with notes of peach, pomegranate and orange blossom. Minimalists will love the clean design, as well as the long-lasting scent. Bonus: they're vegan.

Foxhound Collection Grapefruit & Fig Soy Candle, $21.18,

Stark lines and circles make up these small sterling silver earrings. Chic enough to wear to a formal event, yet unassuming enough to wear every day, these dangling delights would make any minimalist happy.

Thomas Sabo Circles Earrings, $98,

Hand-crafted soap is a welcome gift because it's the kind of thing people never want to buy for themselves. Verdura's line of beauty and wellness products are 100 per cent vegan and free from artificial scents, colours or ingredients. Their soaps come in several combinations, but the invigorating Artica Glacial Mint bar, made with coconut oil, pure peppermint and rosemary essential oils, is a brisk way to start any day.

Verdura Naturalternatives Soap Bar Artica in Glacial Mint, $14,

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