2016 holiday gift guide

Out of Print Clothing | Bookish Review and Gift Idea

Here at Our Streamlined Life, you know we’re minimalists. But we’re also big-time book lovers. Downsizing our book collections was a huge struggle, although getting a Kindle for my birthday helped!

This also means, minimalist or not, I get super nerdy about book-themed … anything.

Enter Out of Print Clothing. (Just in time for holiday shopping!)

Out of Print Clothing | Our Streamlined Life

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There are three things you should know about Out of Print Clothing

  1. They have the coolest clothes and accessories ever, printed with book covers from classic literary works.
  2. A portion of your purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.
  3. You can save $5 on your purchase when you shop through our link.

Time to do some Christmas shopping. And maybe a little shopping for yourself, too.

There are also two things you should know about shopping at Out of Print Clothing:

  1. It’s hard to recommend an item from Out of Print because … well, as they say, “You can’t have just one.” There is just too much good stuff to choose from.
  2. It’s also hard to recommend items because, just like with books, everyone has their favorites and there’s something for everyone. Maybe you’re a modern reader who loves Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children — or you could be a classic reader who’s obsessed with Pride and Prejudice. Madeline rocks my socks off, but you loved Bunnicula as a child. Maybe you’re a little more Feminine Mystique than Atlas Shrugged. Who am I to judge? Out of Print Clothing has it all.

So below is a sampling of my favorites from Out of Print Clothing — but don’t take my word for it. Head over to their site and shop by author … shop by gender … or just browse it all. (And don’t forget to use our link for $5 off!)

Out of Print Clothing | Our Streamlined Life

For some reason I find myself super drawn to the “blue” titles in the women’s t-shirts. I love all these titles! (The Phantom Tollbooth, Walden, The Great Gatsby.)

Out of Print Clothing | Our Streamlined Life

But if you’re a little more subdued — or a super-dramatic reader, like me — you’ll love these three as well. (How awesome is that library cancellation t-shirt?) (The Bell Jar, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Library Stamp.)

Out of Print Clothing | Our Streamlined Life

They have some great titles in the men’s section, too — from futuristic to whimsical! (Frankenstein, Ender’s Game, Where the Wild Things Are.)

Out of Print Clothing | Our Streamlined Life

And I couldn’t talk about Out of Print Clothing without mentioning their accessories. The t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other clothes are awesome but some of these accessories are just too cool. That banned books mug? Yeah, when you put hot liquid in it, the redaction disappears so you can see the text underneath. SO COOL. (Mug, totes, socks.) Can you say stocking stuffer?

Tell me in the comments: What Out of Print Clothing item are you dying to get your hands on?

When you shop through our link, you get $5 off your purchase, we earn a small commission, and we all get book-themed goodness. It’s a win-win for everyone!


18 Holiday Gift Ideas For the Camper, Traveler, and Adventurer

For a traveler, adventurer, or camper, few gifts make your heart sing quite as much as new gear! Today we’re sharing our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: 18 Gift Ideas For the Camper, Traveler, and Adventurer. These are mostly items we have and love, along with a few that are making an appearance on our own Christmas lists this year!

2016 Holiday Gift Guilde

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Gifts for the Traveler

Gifts for the Traveler 2016 Gift Guide Our Streamlined Life

  • F1 Spacepak Toiletry Bag. Because we spend a lot of time in campground, hotel, and friends’ bathrooms, I’ve been looking for the perfect toiletry bag for almost two years now. Ryan got me this one for my birthday, and it’s perfect. It has a hanging hook, room for large toiletries (not just travel-sized ones), and I can easily carry all my stuff from bathroom to bathroom.
  • Ebags packing cubes. I never check luggage if I can help it, and packing cubes help me fit everything in my carry-on, every time. Ebags’ version come in lots of sizes and lots of colors so you can customize to your needs. (I like the small size cubes, but the mixed packs are great too.)
  • Away Carry-On. I finally retired my carry-on after 10 years of use and abuse, and I’m determined this Away bag is going to be the next one I purchase. It’s a hardshell. It has a built-in charger. It comes in gorgeous colors. I’m obsessed.

Gifts for the Camper

Gifts for the Camper 2016 Gift Guide Our Streamlined Life

  • OuterEQ 8pcs Lightweight Cookware SetThis set is small, but it has just about everything you need for cooking for two on a propane stove. It’s a great size for backpacking and short camping trips (although I rely heavily on it for longer trips, too.) When I bought it I was concerned about the quality, but we’ve had it for a year and it’s still going strong!
  • Lodge L5SK3 Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned, 8-inchThis is on my list. Because fire food is the best food. (And this one is a great price point and size.)
  • Coleman Bottle Top Propane Stove. This is meant for backpacking, but I cooked almost exclusively on this guy for about a year with no problems. Upgrade: The Coleman Classic Propane Stove.
  • evrgrn Starry Night 2P Tent. My sister has this tent, and I’m planning how to steal it from her. (Shhhh!) The coolest part about it is seamless mesh moonroof and two large doors. It’s also super easy to setup — always a plus.
  • Wild and Wolf Enamel Mug. I got my enamel camping mug for Christmas last year, and I love it.
  • Kindle Paperwhite E-reader. Hear me out on this one. Of course, camping is a time for disconnecting from electronics. That said, there are few things I love as much as reading a good book in front of the campfire. This one is the best of every world. It’s backlit, so you can see the screen at night. It’s not a tablet, so you won’t be distracted by the wonders of the Internet. And it has built-in 3G, which means in all but the most remote regions, I can always have a new book at my fingertips. (Bonus: my favorite case, the Fintie Smartshell, which has kept my Kindle safe from one end of the country and back.)

Gifts for the Hiker

Gifts for the Hiker 2016 Gift Guide Our Streamlined Life

  • Hiking boots. The avid hiker goes through shoes like crazy. Ryan is on his third pair of Merrell Moabs (they come in a mid-height as well). Rebecca hikes in Brooks Cascadias — technically a trail runner, but super lightweight and sturdy.
  • Waterproof shell. This year we both added nice hiking rain jackets to our wardrobes. Ryan’s is the Merrell Cascadia, and fits like a dream. Rebecca’s is The North Face Venture Jacket. And in orange and sea foam green, respectively, we’re very easy to spot on the mountain.
  • The perfect hiking jacket (for him and for her). Ryan has one. Rebecca has one … on her Christmas list. These jackets are lightweight, warm, and nice enough to cover the transition from the mountain to dinner out.
  • Outdoor Products Vortex Backpack. We’ve been looking for just the right hiking daypack for a while, and this summer we finally found it. This pack fits both of us comfortably, carries snacks, maps, and extra layers without being too big, and comes in lots of colors. It’s also ridiculously inexpensive compared to a lot of the bags we looked at.

Gifts for the Adventurous Homebody

Gifts for the Adventurous Homebody 2016 Gift Guide Our Streamlined Life

Gifts for Adventurous Kids

Gifts for Adventurous Kids 2016 Gift Guide Our Streamlined Life

(I couldn’t do a gift guide without adding books … but this time, it’s my picks for the little ones!)

A Thoughtful Gift Guide for the Minimalist in Your Life

Christmas can be a tricky time of year for minimalists. Every year my mom says to me in exasperation, “I’m not getting you anything for Christmas! You just throw everything away!” And it’s true — since we live in a small space, I have pretty high standards when it comes to keeping only the things I truly need and love (even if it was a gift).

A Thoughtful Gift Guide for the Minimalist in Your Life

While it’s easy to equate gift giving and receiving with materialism, I personally love the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with both giving and receiving a thoughtful gift. The best way to ensure the minimalist in your life loves your gift is to keep it small and make it thoughtful! (That doesn’t have to mean inexpensive, although it certainly can.) Keep reading for my picks for great gifts for minimalists  — these work for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions, too!

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Thoughtful Gift Guide for Minimalists Holiday 2016

Give the Gift of Less

Minimalists are constantly looking for ways to simplifying and streamline their lives. Technology is one of the easiest ways to do so, but gadgets can feel splurgey when you’re watching your budget. That makes them the perfect gift!

  1. I firmly believe a Kindle is one of the best gifts you can buy a minimalist (or anyone else, for that matter). I love mine — the paperwhite version, which is just a reader, not a tablet, and includes a backlight and 3G wifi service — but there are several options to choose from at a variety of price points. And just think: once you’ve bought your minimalist a Kindle, your future gift-giving woes are solved … just get them Amazon gift cards or books that will deliver straight to their Kindle!
  2. Along the same lines, an Audible membership gives the gift of stories in a super-minimalist way. I’m currently obsessed with Audible, Amazon’s audio book subscription service. It makes an ideal gift for anyone who travels a lot, has a long commute, or spends a lot of time at the gym. And it takes up absolutely zero space!
  3. Amazon Prime is another no-brainer gift for minimalists — because let’s be real: everyone orders from Amazon (minimalist or otherwise). When you give the gift of Prime you’re giving a full year of free two-day shipping, unlimited TV and movie streaming with Prime Video, and more!

Thoughtful Gift Guide for Minimalists Holiday 2016

Give the Gift of a Delicious Splurge

Let’s say you have a minimalist in your life, and they’ve told you about ten times now, “We just don’t have any more room for stuff! Please don’t get us anything this year.” But you still secretly want to see their face light up when you hand them a beautifully wrapped gift. The best advice I have to offer you is to get them something consumable — food or drink they will thoroughly enjoy, then use up. The key to this kind of gift is to make it just a little bit splurgey — we’re not talking about getting them a jar of Folgers coffee here. 😉 

  1. If you have a coffee-lover in your life, a few bags of nice coffee are a great way to make sure they think of you fondly at the beginning of every day. A favorite of ours is Parker’s Maple Barn’s maple cinnamon coffee, but your personal favorite or something from a local coffee producer feels fancy. (Resist the urge to pair your gift with cutesy coffee mugs, but fancy sugar cubes make a charming addition.)
  2. Wine is another gift that will be sure to spark fond thoughts when your gift-receiver ends up enjoying it. (And you can know for sure that it won’t get pushed to the back of the cupboard and forgotten.) Visit a local winery for a fun twist on this kind of gift, or give a bottle or two of your personal favorite!
  3. Chocolate is always a crowd pleaser — but make it special to avoid looking like you just grabbed a box of chocolate from your local drugstore on your way to exchanging gifts. Hands-down the best chocolate I had this year was the bourbon pecan chocolates from Woodford Reserve distillery in Kentucky, and you’re in luck; they’re available on Amazon!

Thoughtful Gift Guide for Minimalists Holiday 2016

Give the Gift of an Experience

Most of the minimalists I know value experiences over stuff. 

  1.  My personal favorite experiential gift is receiving gift cards that fuel my love of travel — like a gift card for hotelsairlines, or even Airbnb! I promise, if your minimalist is anything like me, he or she will love the gift that takes her somewhere new!
  2. Another fun option is the gift of a class. Whether it’s a one-time paint-and-sip class or a recurring photography class, you’ll be giving both a fun night out and a new skill that they’ll remember forever! Start by brainstorming ideas your gift-receiver would love. Painting, guitar, sewing, craft, cooking, craft brewing, blogging — the opportunities are endless! Then search for classes in their local area. Sites like Living Social are good places to start; you could even check non-credit courses at their community college.
  3. Last but certainly not least, the gift of an adventure. In New England, the gift of a season pass to a ski mountain is never a bad idea. If you live in the south, consider giving the gift of snorkeling or surfing. And adventures don’t have to be extreme; did you know many state parks offer camping gift cards? (We love KOAs, too, and they also offer gift cards.)

Thoughtful Gift Guide for Minimalists Holiday 2016

Give the Gift of a Book

A great book on minimalism makes a wonderful gift for anyone who’s trying to live a more simple life. (For bonus points, give them the Kindle version! You can schedule it to deliver by email, or you can get a gift code that you can print out and put in a stocking or stick in a card.) These are the books I recommend to anyone looking to streamline their life!

  1. The Joy of Less was the very first book I ever read on minimalism and it totally changed my life and my perspective on stuff. It starts philosophically and moves on to the practical, and is a great resource no matter where you are in your minimalist journey.
  2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a perfect gift to give going into the new year. Author Marie Kondo doesn’t believe that all stuff holds you back, just the wrong stuff, and she offers hands-on ways to pinpoint and get rid of it.
  3. The Ultimate Guide to Living Full Time in an RV, Airstream or Motorhome is a brand new book by Melanie Gnau. Her radical life change and gorgeous Airstream home were a huge inspiration to us in our journey, and I know they will be to you, too. If you are interested in learning more about full time life in a camper, I’d highly recommend you checking out her book (and her blog!).

That’s our definitive 2016 holiday gift guide for minimalists! We’ve been at this a while, so we have a pretty good idea what we like to receive as part of a “simple” Christmas — but we’d love to hear from you, too! Tell us in the comments: what are your favorite minimalist Christmas gifts?

A Thoughtful Gift Guide for the Minimalist in Your Life