Christmas is still months away, but it’s been a regular gift-receiving bonanza in this tiny apartment since Faye was born. Welcome a baby into your world, and you will be the very humbled recipient of a veritable shower of gifts (whether you have an actual baby shower or no). It goes without saying that we have received beautiful and lovely and thoughtful gifts. And no, you really can’t have too many onesies. And of course, we’ve loved the yellows and pinks as well as the grays and creams (we’re not actually allergic to color, you know). And thank you, family and friends, for resisting the urge to shower Faye with anything too large or too bulky.
Still: I appreciate the apprehension that comes with giving gifts to self-proclaimed minimalists. Here’s hoping that my friend Justine’s rule of thumb might help make the process less daunting. When Justine sent a very sweet package Faye’s way, it was filled with little things that fit her own mandate for tiny apartment gift-giving: that everything should be “flat, stackable, or wall-worthy.” A tiny bib, a tiny tray, a paper garland, and a beautiful children’s book all fit her criteria and were much appreciated by this tiny-apartment family. Flat. Stackable. Wall-worthy. We hung those little elephants by Faye’s changing table, but we undrape them a few times a day and hang them above her Moses basket or sheepie (actual mobile in the works…stay tuned).
If you’re still feeling stumped for the perfect thing to give a tiny-apartment-dwelling friend, go for the ephemeral. Indulgent body scrubs anyone?