Holiday Minimalism: Five Frugal Hacks for a Stress Free Holiday Season

30 items of clothing, 7 pairs of shoes, 2 bags

The holiday season can be an expensive time of the year, but the financial burden can be reduced with some simple planning.

The hacks below will not only reduce the financial impact of the season, but also reduce your stress levels during the lead up to the holidays.


As you read these, keep in mind that it might be a bit late to implement some of these for this year’s holidays. If that is the case, keep this advice with you, and start preparing for next year’s holiday season in the New Year.

1. Budget for the holiday season. Christmas comes every year. You know it does! This coming holiday season keep a log of how much you spend in total. Divide that amount into twelve, and put aside that money every month. This will alleviate the financial burden next December.

2. Shop for the holidays during the year. Planning ahead really is the best way to reduce stress in life. As Christmas unfolds over the next week, or if that’s too hard, at the start of January, make a list of people you would like to give gifts to next year. Write down some ideas on what you might want to give them. Shop sales during the year to collect these gifts.

3. Christmas decoration DIYs. I recently posted some DIYs for decorating your home for the holiday season, but you can find many more ideas on apps such as Pinterest. The fun part of DIYs is that they are very cheap to make and can be deconstructed for minimal clutter.

4. Share the work. Consider a potluck dinner scenario during the Holiday season, instead of placing the burden of cooking on one person. This reduces the pressure and means there will be unexpected variety in your meal.

5. Gift rituals. Togetherness is the important part of the holiday season. How about you try to start a new ritual with your family or friends to get away from the pressure of gift giving. An example is starting a ‘secret santa’ ritual, where each person buys a gift for just one other person. There are plenty of other things to do to reduce the materialism of Christmas, and this is an excellent way to reduce both stress and spending during the holiday season.


Below is my video on this topic. Check out my YouTube channel for new videos about minimalism every week. Follow me on Instagram, where I record my minimalist outfits. Check me out on Facebook for resources and updates. I also have a Patreon account, where for a small donation you can view additional content.



  1. Edible gifts, home made or otherwise. I try to just bring food. Although people generally have too much of that already too, at least this is a cheap option (especially if it’s home made or a self assembled gift basket) and one that won’t create more clutter. I’m too poor to be buying crap no one really needs and I don’t want crap I don’t need in exchange for the crap I wasted money on! Consumables, ftw.

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  2. All great tips. We have de stressed the holiday for years. Choosing to have the togetherness part be the main focus. We’ve learned to gracefully say thank you to those who insist on giving a tangible gift. Most of our friends and family know us well and bring gifts we can all consume together. This is the season to let our homes shine and welcome the ones most important to us.-Laurel

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