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Any gift that will be sipped, supped, or otherwise consumed is an ideal minimalist present, because it will take up space for only so long. A bottle of wine is a classic offering, especially for the host of a gathering, but also for friends and family — holidays are a chance to give them a nice bottle they might not buy for themselves.

Likewise, hand­crafted chocolates or fine aged cheeses that someone might not typically seek out are a delight to receive. You might offer the tea lover in your life a specialty tea, such as pu’erh or genmaicha, that doubles as a gift of experience.

Coffee drinkers reliably appreciate a bag of quality coffee beans, and gift cards to coffee shops are another thoughtful present. (Note: Coffee shop gift cards can be a surprise hit with hard-to-please teens.) Like restaurant meals, a treat in a café is more fun when someone else is buying.

Skincare products are a thoughtful gift: They encourage self-care, add something special to daily routines, and are soon enough used up. (Products are also quite personal, so if you know someone favors a specific brand, steer in that direction. Also, check out some of our favorite sustainable body-care products — all packaged without plastic — for an earth-friendly gift.)

On the minimalist score, be mindful about synthetic scents and ingredients, which can have health consequences. You can shop with confidence about ingredient safety at a clean-beauty site, like Credo or The Detox Market.

They technically take up space, but plants make lovely gifts for green thumbs. Potted fresh herbs are fun, especially for foodies — and hew to the consumable theme.

For a beer or kombucha lover who also likes a DIY project, consider a brewing kit. Craft a Brew makes good ones; it also sells wine kits. (The less crafty beer or wine lover in your life might like a gift certificate or guide to local breweries, distilleries, or wineries.)

For more thoughtful presents that don’t add to life’s clutter, see “Minimalist Gift Ideas” from which this article was excerpted.

Jessie Sholl

Jessie Sholl is an Experience Life contributing editor.

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