18 of the Best Gifts for Minimalists, Because Less Is More

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Choosing the best gifts for minimalists can prove surprisingly difficult. After all, any streamlined enthusiast will tell you that less is indeed more, but what exactly does that mean in the present giving season, when so many cadeaux will be dismissed as simply superfluous? 

With that in mind, Vogue has curated a handful of understated tokens and extravagances alike that are sure to strike a chord with anyone who falls into the pared-back camp. This time around, there’s leather-bound planners and single pearls, out-of-print cookbooks and postcard subscriptions, made-in-France barrettes and logo-less bags… and the list doesn’t end there!  

Below, the 18 best gifts for minimalists. 

Subtly Chic Wardrobe Additions

For the stripped-down sartorialist, look no further than Totême’s extra-long virgin wool scarf; Dries Van Noten’s lasting, luxurious leather gloves; Araks’s classic cotton undies (surely the chicest, cheekiest present around); and Sophie Buhai’s made-in-France barrettes. For the past few years, the Los Angeles-based jewelry designer has been crafting hair accessories for the soigné set (think: elegant headbands, mature scrunchies), and this tortoiseshell clip is no exception. Meanwhile, even the most simply-dressed among us can’t refuse a little embellishment, especially when it’s crafted by Copenhagen’s Sophie Bille Brahe and adorned with smooth freshwater pearls and 14 karat gold. 

Dries Van Noten leather gloves

$340

MYTHERESA

Sophie Bille Brahe Petite Corail pearl & 14kt gold single earring

$650

MATCHESFASHION

Sophie Buhai Coupole tortoiseshell Monceau hair clip

$125

SSENSE

Totême grey wool Bova Scarf

$220

SSENSE

The Row Nu Twin mini leather shoulder bag

$1,290

NET-A-PORTER

Araks Isabella Panty

$50

ARAKS

Timeless Treasures for the Hushed Home 

As we all tuck away indoors, a carefully chosen interior touch—such as Smythson’s 2021 planner, rendered in a super soft dark olive leather, or a set of Danish design giant Georg Jensen’s pebble-like reusable ice cubes—is sure to win hearts this season. Architect John Pawson’s cookbook, Living & Eating, has been out of print for more than a decade, but pages of the minimalist tome can still be spotted on Instagram—and with good reason: its recipes are as easy to follow as they are mouth-watering. Consider, too, a monthly subscription of Fotofolio’s fine-art postcards, which feature the photographs of Brassaï, Robert Mapplethorpe, and more. Staying in touch has never looked so good. 

Smythson 2021 Ludlow Soho Agenda

$295

SMYTHSON

Georg Jensen Sky Ice Cubes

$39

GRACIOUS STYLE

Fotofolio postcard subscription

$10

FOTOFOLIO

Completedworks Ekaterina Bazhenova Yamasaki Postures small ceramic vase

$90

NET-A-PORTER

Noguchi Akari Light Sculpture Model 3A

$400

MOMA DESIGN STORE

Living & Eating

$60

AMAZON

Less-Is-More Beauty Thrills

Chances are the minimalists on your list prefer their above-the-neck equation as rigorously pared-back as what comes below. That’s why she’ll fall hard for Yves Durif’s classic ivory-hued resin comb or Susanne Kaufmann’s architect-designed face massager, which features hand-cut black obsidian stone and fine nut wood. Subtle though it may be, Sangre de Fruta’s jasmine-and-sandalwood-scented plant-based body butter is deceivingly, deliciously intoxicating—and don’t sleep on La Bouche Rouge’s new microplastic-free mascara, which is housed in a jewel-like 100% recyclable glass bottle (complete with an optional, monogram-stamped leather sleeve). 

Sangre de Fruta Botanical Body Cream Jasmine de Nuit

$58

GOOP

Costa Brazil Kaya Anti-Aging Face Oil

$125

COSTA BRAZIL

La Bouche Rouge Le Sérum Noir mascara

$42

LA BOUCHE ROUGE

Susanne Kaufmann Obsidian Face Roller

$330

SUSANNE KAUFMANN

Yves Durif The Yves Durif Comb

$38

YVES DURIF

Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick

$45

CHANEL