The holidays are just around the corner, which explains that extra bit of buzz and excitement in the air.
However, if you’re just like many of us, you’re probably also dreading that mile-long Christmas shopping list. It’s not just a matter of remembering who to give presents to, but also giving presents that are purposeful, won’t contribute to clutter, and most of all, will be appreciated by the recipient.
To help you with gift ideas, we’ve scoured through Supreme Five, a site that has curated minimalist yet stylish items. Online shopping can be a daunting task with so many products out there, so sites like Supreme Five have done the work of picking out the best of the best in the big wide online world.
Here are our top 10 picks to give as minimalist and thoughtful presents to give.
A simple belt bag
Also known as fanny packs, belt bags have been around for ages, especially in the 80’s and the 90’s when tourists wore extremely bulky versions of them. A newer, sleeker version of the belt bag has made a comeback in the recent years, more adapted to modern times. We like that these new versions of the belt bags can be worn in a multitude of ways: as a side sling, a shoulder bag, belt bag, or simply a hand-held purse.
Our pick: the Wandler Annabel belt bag. Not only is it in a happy but not over-the-top shade of yellow, it can also be carried as a shoulder bag. We love that the body is still structured, and the style can work as semi-formal or casual.
2. Round-shaped sunglasses
Everybody wears sunglasses, and round-shaped ones are the perfect middle ground between being minimalist yet stylish. The key to round-shaped sunnies are lenses that are hued and not too opaque so as not to make the look too stark. Choose a light-framed one so it doesn’t bear too much weight. Many models also come with spring hinges so that they adjust well to any face shape and size.
3. Minimalist watch (women’s)
Timepieces are a classic present to give to a loved one. These women’s minimalist watches are lightweight and serves as a statement piece for almost any kind of outfit.
Our pick: the Kitmen Keung Long-Distance classic. We love its simplicity, the elegance and androgynous design. Most of all, the two dials are perfect for travellers and those with loved ones across the globe.
4. Natural hand soap
These days, you can never have too much of hand soap and everybody needs at least two in their homes. Natural hand soaps are a ‘safe’ present for almost anyone. Be it a colleague, close friend or relative, this type of gift will surely be used and appreciated.
Tip: pick gentle and not too overpowering scents so that anyone can use them, like this plant-based hand soap by puracy.
5. Mobile phone case
This is a practical present that will surely be used for a long time. A minimalist yet protective case like this Piccadilly Clear Phone Case is by Gear 4. The ultra-slim and see-through design allows it to be lightweight and sleek but it still offers drop protection.
Needless to say, you must know your loved one’s phone model prior to getting a phone case for them. People change mobile phones regularly these days so it’s best to check!
It’s a known trick that the fastest way to look more put-together is to simply put on a belt. We are loving this Dante Leather Dress Belt. It doesn’t have a buckle so there’s no need to fumble with holes, nor will you need to punch extra holes. It fits any almost any size perfectly and the style works well with any gender.
7. Facial Moisturiser
Winter is coming in many parts of the world so it’s best to shift to a different formulation of moisturiser for colder weather. L’occitane’s Ultra Rich Comforting Cream has a creamy and melting texture and is made mainly from shea butter to quench dry to very dry skin types. This particular moisturiser is practical yet a little indulgent enough to give as a present. It is one of L’occitane’s best-selling moisturisers and is a must-have for colder months.
8. Minimalist wallet
As we are headed more towards being a cashless society, the need for bulky and big wallets are going down as well. There are plenty of minimalist wallets that are perfect for keeping secure credit cards, membership cards and a handful of cash as well.
When minimalist wallets first came out in the market, they were used generally by males but lately, they are seen to be used by all genders. It’s a perfect present for a person always on the go and hate carrying around heavy bags.
9. Vegan Protein powder
More and more people are turning vegan, and if you know someone who’s recently gone vegan or is trying to, this is a perfect present for them. It’s a great way to show your support for their new lifestyle and also a way to show that you care because vegans still need protein!
A plant-based protein powder is definitely a thoughtful and useful gift for your vegan loved one. And who knows, you might even encourage someone to go vegan with this present.
10. A non-sheet face mask
Sheet face masks were all the rage a few years ago but can you imagine the wastage they produce? There are several facial masks available made from natural ingredients that you can wash off. Summer Fridays’ Jet Lag Mask comes in a handy tube and is perfect for combatting dryness, dullness, and uneven texture. It will make even the most jet-lagged skin glow. This is a perfect pampering present to give loved ones who work long hours or barely get any sleep.
We know this list is a holiday present recommendation but we can’t help picking out a few items for ourselves!