Consumable gifts are gifts that can be eaten or used up in some way. Think: food, drinks, candles, lotion, and even gift cards.
Consumable gifts are one of the best things to give a minimalist. Since they are something that will be used up, there is nothing left to clutter their home once it’s done!
The best consumable gift ideas have little to no packaging. Garbage and packaging is just another form of clutter!
So while you might find a “gift set for women” of lotions and razors at Walmart, all that excessive packaging is just that… excessive! Plus does she even use those products or brands?
While a consumable gift is generally preferable to a cluttery gift (think: object, thing), take an extra few moments to find out what the person already uses and likes. Even consumable gifts can become clutter if the person doesn’t use them!
Consumable gifts generally don’t include experiences like concert tickets. While those are also excellent clutter-free gifts, for this article, I’ve only listed physical things that can be wrapped.
If you want to see more clutter-free gifts, read this article about minimalist gift ideas!
Supporting small businesses is more important than ever so most of the gift ideas listed here can be found on Etsy.
If you’re not familiar with it, Etsy is a sales website for makers. Most of the items are hand made or made by small businesses. Many of them are eco friendly as well.
Our money has a lot of power, so let’s use it to create more good in the world!
All these gift ideas are budget friendly at under $25! Keep reading for the list of consumable gift ideas for women, men, kids, friends, etc, or save it for future reference.
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Consumable Gift Ideas
Personal care items can range from practical to luxurious. My choice varies depending on the person I’m giving the gift to.
If it’s for a gift exchange or for a friend, it’s nice to give a luxurious version of an everyday item, like hand made soap. It feels special and thoughtful.
If it’s for someone really close to me, like my partner, I might get him the exact brand of deodorant or soap he likes.
Check out my complete list of minimalist gift ideas for guys.
When you’re really close to someone, you learn their likes and dislikes and what things they value. If they’re set on their favorite brand, or practicality is something they value, then it shows a lot of thought and kindness to give them exactly what they want.
- bath bombs (Amazon)
- face scrub (Amazon)
- spa face mask (Amazon)
- bamboo toothbrush (Amazon)
- moisturizing hand creme (Amazon)
- whipped body butter (Amazon)
- hand made soap (Amazon)
- hand sanitizer (Amazon)
- razor blade refills (Amazon)
- shampoo bar (Amazon)
- conditioner bar (Amazon)
- dry shampoo (Amazon)
- herbal bath salts (Amazon)
- lip balm (Amazon)
- body oil (Amazon)
- face oil (Amazon)
- deodorant (Amazon)
- natural loofah (Amazon)
- natural sea sponge (Amazon)
Any gardener will live to get some things to help them enjoy their garden even more!
- flower bulbs (Amazon)
- flower seeds (Amazon)
- vegetable seeds (Amazon)
- live house plant
- air plant
- indoor mushroom growing kit (Amazon)
- cut flowers
- gardening gloves (Amazon)
- bird seed
Note about house plants: make sure your person needs/wants more houseplants, as houseplants can add to clutter and overwhelm, depending on the person.
If you’re giving cut flowers, choose flowers wrapped in paper rather than those that come in a vase.
If the person is a crafter, they’ll likely be super happy to get some supplies! This is also great for kids.
Reminder, this gift is only useful if you give them what they actually need and will use.
Just because someone knits or crochets, doesn’t mean they aren’t already struggling to find a home for their wool skeins! Please check first!
- hand dyed wool skeins (Amazon)
- fabric (Amazon)
- scrapbooking paper (Amazon)
- washi tape (Amazon)
- paints (Amazon)
- markers (Amazon)
- crayons (Amazon)
- coloring pencils (Amazon)
- coloring book (Amazon)
While most sports equipment isn’t technically consumable, you do run out of things like golf balls, and need to replace shoes fairly often.
This is especially true for growing kids who might need new shoes every year (or more!). You’re going to have to buy these things anyway, may as well give them as a gift!
- golf balls (Amazon)
- golf glove (Amazon)
- swimming goggles
- kids shoes
- protein powder
- sports drinks
- electrolyte rehydration mix
We literally consume food so it’s a perfect consumable gift option! Generally gourmet options are my go-to, but practical options are great for kids, teens or picky eaters.
I think food is a really thoughtful gift because not only is food enjoyable, the right gift helps the person as well.
For example,Soup in a jar can also be good for people who don’t love cooking since they are usually a “just add water” type of recipe but turn out home made level results!
For adventurous cooks, a new ingredient can spark their imagination with new recipes and flavors!
For a college kid, they might love getting their favorite homemade food that they miss while away. They might also love getting practical food that can help them on their grocery budget!
- flavor infused olive oil (Amazon)
- herb infused vinegar (Amazon)
- soup mix (Amazon)
- spice mixes (Amazon)
- gourmet jam (Amazon)
- gourmet jelly (Amazon)
- nut butter (Amazon)
- fresh fruit basket
- holiday cookies (Amazon)
- artisan chocolate (Amazon)
- real vanilla extract (Amazon)
- real maple syrup (Amazon)
- home cooked meal
- apple butter (Amazon)
- fresh baked bread
- gourmet salts (Amazon)
- frozen meals
- fruit bouquet
- CSA (community supported agriculture) box
- soup in a jar
- brownies in a jar
- cookies in a jar
- pancakes in a jar
Find out what their favorite type of candy is and give them some! A small packet is great for a stocking stuffer or combine it with other things in this list into a consumable gift basket.
- Hard candy (Amazon)
- Fudge (Amazon)
- Sugar-free sweets (Amazon)
- Candy Box (Amazon)
- Candy Sushi Boat (Amazon)
Savory snack food
Perfect for anyone who likes salty snacks! Tailor it to the person by giving them their favorite, or give them something new to try!
- snack box (Amazon)
- beef jerky (Amazon)
- gourmet popcorn (Amazon)
- popcorn kernels (Amazon)
- gourmet pretzels (Amazon)
- crispy roasted chickpeas (Amazon)
- specialty mixed nuts (Amazon)
- snack food gift basket (Amazon)
Sauces & Marinades
Sauces can get as practical or gourmet as you like! I tend to go towards gourmet because I think it makes the gift a little more special, but if you know they are obsessed with a specific hot sauce, it’s always thoughtful to give someone their absolute favorite food too!
- hot sauce (Amazon)
- BBQ sauce (Amazon)
- gourmet mustard (Amazon)
- Jamaican jerk sauce (Amazon)
- salsa (Amazon)
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Beverages are another excellent idea for consumable gifts, since they are literally consumable! I like to go with either the person’s favorite, or something gourmet and a little different than they would normally try.
Perfect for anyone who enjoys drinking. Get them their favorite booze or even a creative kit, like a gin kit, that helps them customize their favorite drink!
I like supporting local breweries and giving a 6 pack or a growler of a local micro brew.
For kids or people who don’t drink (or are trying to drink less). Since these usually come in smaller containers and are quite affordable, they make great stocking stuffers!
Any kind of beverage in a bottle, can, or drink packet works.
Buy a case of sports drink for an active teen who drinks them after practice and will go through a case in a short time.
Put a mini can of soda or a juice box in a kid’s stocking
If you’re trying to make it a bit fancier, choose gourmet options of regular beverages.
Think: specialty soda, kombucha, or smoothies in glass bottles.
Another way to add simple luxury is to add consumable accessories.
For example, instead of a mug with hot chocolate packets, why not give some marshmallows, candy canes, whipped cream in a bottle, and an edible peppermint spoon?
- gourmet coffee beans (Amazon)
- loose leaf tea (Amazon)
- specialty tea like these Harry Potter & Outlander themed teas!
- drink flavoring crystals/liquids
- old fashioned soda
- hot cocoa mix (Amazon)
- hot apple cider mix
- sports drinks
- electrolyte rehydration mix
- Soda Stream flavor syrups
I would say clothing is a consumable gift, even though it may not *technically* be considered so. Everyone needs some new items of clothes from time to time, so as long as it’s an actual need, it’s a worthy gift idea!
Clothes are one of the best consumable gift ideas for kids as we all know how fast kids outgrow their clothes. They’re always need needing something!
Avoid clothing gifts that are just out of habit (think: tie for dad on father’s day even if he already has 20 ties)
A good example is if your hubby has been looking for a new pair of winter gloves, or your kid needs a new swimsuit.
In our house, we never buy socks or underwear throughout the year as they are always an expectation in our Christmas stockings!
- next year’s calendar (Amazon)
- day planner (Amazon)
- journal (Amazon)
- dog treats (Amazon)
- cat treats (Amazon)
- gift cards
- prepaid visa cards
Whether you give a consumable gift basket of their favorite snacks, something practical they really need, or something fun and unique, as long as you take their needs preferences into consideration, they’re going to love it!