Consumerism takes a huge toll on our planet and out pocketbooks and one generation raised in a consumerist culture has opted out. Many in the generation following Gen-X have realized that doing activities is more fun than owning plates (or whatever people buy, I have no idea) and have decided to live a lifestyle conducive to an experience-over-material mindset.
â€œI donâ€™t give material possessions. I prefer to give experiences â€” letâ€™s see a concert together, or letâ€™s watch a sunset together. If I do give something that is physical it will be consumable â€” like a bottle of wine.â€
While their minimalist tendencies may be most noticeable during the countdown to Christmas, for young minimalists this is a year-around commitment. Many have downsized everything about their lives. Those who had large homes shed them for smaller, more efficient digs. Theyâ€™re pruning possessions, clawing back work schedules, even eliminating fringe friends and non-functioning lovers.
And when they compile their Christmas shopping lists, the minimalist has one wish: Donâ€™t contribute to their clutter and they wonâ€™t contribute to yours.