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A gift guide for the minimalist in your life

A gift guide for the minimalist in your life

Need unique gift ideas for the eco-conscious minimalist in your life? Try these consumable, ethically made, and gender neutral ideas.

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For the socially conscious

Make a donation in their name

Make a Donation In Their Name

With so many people in need, the most meaningful gift is a donation in their name to a charity that’s important to them. Charity Navigator helps you find causes that put funds to the best use.

Keap Candle

Keap Candle

Made with the most sustainable and slow burning wax for candles, poured in Brooklyn, NY, with all supplies sourced in the USA. Plus, Keap donates 25% of net profits to SolarAid to help bring solar light to communities in need.

If you subscribe to Keap's candles, mention you learned of them from Small Space, Big Taste and they'll include a complimentary set of their Scent-to-Home baby candles in your shipment.

Fresh Coat Print by Jon Ching

Fresh Coat Print by Jon Ching

Jon Ching is an oil painter whose work focuses mainly on wildlife, specifically birds. Deeply intrigued by symbiosis, Jon looks at the balance and relationship of organisms in the human world and depicts scenes of reflection. He often uses his work to elevate environmental and social causes.

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Humans of New York

This photoblog that started in the streets of New York City in 2010 has grown into a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Brandon Stanton has shared stories that bring humanity and empathy to every corner of the world, spurring over $12M in charitable giving.

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Bombas Socks

Socks are the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. This fact is the driving force behind Bombas, a sock company that not only makes great socks but has donated over 10 million pairs to people in need. One pair purchased = One pair donated.

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The Everlane Soft Wool Rib Beanie

Everlane produces clothing with exceptional quality, ethical factories, and radical transparency. They share where materials and manufacturing are sourced, along with the true costs. Each year, Black Friday profits are donated to support ethical clothing manufacturing.


For the foodie

Sightglass Coffee

Sightglass Coffee

Sightglass is an independent coffee company in San Francisco. They source their beans directly from origin and roast them in a single vintage PROBAT roaster. The beans are roasted, packaged, shipped, and brewed in their headquarters.

Lagusta's Luscious Vegan Chocolates

Lagusta’s Luscious Vegan Chocolates

Handmade from scratch using local, fairly traded, equitably price, and ethically sourced vegan ingredients. These small batch chocolates with unexpected flavors burst with life.

Shown in photo: Strawberries and Cream Bark, Caramels and Fall Leaves Box, Earl Grey and Preserved Orange Bar.

Homemade Hot Sauce Kit from Tastemade

Homemade Hot Sauce Kit

For those who like it hot! The DIY kit includes two secret blends of dried chilis and the tools you'll need to make these deliciously spicy sauces yourself.

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Stonewall Kitchen Breakfast Set

Stonewall Kitchen got it’s start at a farmer’s market in Portsmouth, NH with hand-filled jars of blueberry jam wrapped in hand-written labels.


For the homebody

Joy Lane Farm Goat Milk Soap

Joy Lane Farm Goat Milk Soap

Joy Lane Farm is a family-run business that uses all-natural ingredients. Their products are sourced locally and produced in their Salmon Falls Upper Mill in Rollinsford, NH. 1% of sales go to Mercy Ships, which brings state-of-the-art hospitals to Africa.

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Aesop Hand Soap

Aesop formulates high quality skin, hair and body care products. They independently investigate widely to source plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients, and use only those with a proven record of safety and efficacy.

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Heath Ceramics Bud Vase

Founded in California in 1948. Heath designs, makes, and sells goods of timeless design and uncompromising integrity — made thoughtfully, honestly, and with pride — to be enjoyed with similar intention.

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Food52 Wooden Match Box

Each matchbox is made from American-sourced wood that’s been handpicked for its distinct and beautiful grain, and each has a strike strip on the back for perfect ignition with every match.


For the mindful

Monogrammed Stationary Set

Monogrammed Stationary Set

Notecards with the first letter of their name on top is a classic design that will suit everyone’s taste. Pro tip: include a sheet of stamps.

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Moleskine Notebook

This basic, yet classic notebook is perfect for calculations, thoughts, and passing notes. It has a cardboard bound cover with rounded corners, acid free paper, a bookmark, an elastic closure.

Enchanted Forest Adult Coloring Book

Adult Coloring Book

Coloring can be a great way for busy minds to slow down and meditate. The intricate designs are stunning and make everyone feel like an artist.

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Coloring Pencils

Coloring pencils are a great gift to pair with the adult coloring book above but are also great as a standalone gift for the artistically inclined.


For the life of the party

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Fandango Movie Gift Card

Send your minimalist and a friend out for a movie night to a theater of their choice. The gift card won’t take up any room and it’s redeemable online for thousands of theaters.

Ridley's 10 in 1 Game Set

Ridley's Games Ten in One Games Compendium Board

This game set is beautifully designed and compact. It includes: backgammon, chess, chinese checkers, dominoes, checkers, snakes & ladders, nine men morris, ludo, pick-up sticks, and playing cards.

Corckcicle Canteen

Corckcicle Thermos

The Corckcicle 25 oz. Canteen holds an entire bottle of wine! I’ve used to bring cold Rose and hot French Press coffee to the park (but not at the same time). It’s perfect for day hikes and rooftop parties.


A little something for you

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Small Space, Big Taste’s
Free Winter Cookbooklet

Small Space, Big Taste’s second annual cookbooklet is here! It has trusted favorites and exclusive new recipes created for small kitchens. To receive a free copy, just provide your mailing address by December 5, 2018.

New York City at Christmas

New York City at Christmas

Stick to your budget with the electronic envelope method

Stick to your budget with the electronic envelope method