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How to Buy Gifts for a Tiny House Dweller

How to Buy Gifts for a Tiny House Dweller

aubergine-fallIn my family, we always ask each other for gift suggestions, but this year there’s been an extra emphasis. It’s my first holiday season with Aubergine and all my family and friends are wondering, “What on earth do we get her?”

So I created a little cheat sheet about what kinds of gifts to get for a tiny house dweller:

  1. Tickets to an Event: I’m an artist and I love supporting the arts. You know what’s even better than going to see a concert/museum/play? Going to see it with someone you care about. This was my top suggestion to my family.  As someone whose home life has gotten much smaller, I spend a lot more time outside of it.  But that can add up!
  2. Self-Care/Self-Indulgences: After building a tiny house, there is one thing I will always need: massages. And hot tub soaks.
  3. Trips: Plan a get-away weekend, a beach day, what-have-you, and take me with you.
  4. Utilitarian Things: This ones a little tricky, because I don’t really need that crock-pot you think I need, but there are some small things that would be really useful. I love getting gifts that I use every day –Electric kettle, anyone? How about a seltzer machine?– because then I get to think of the person who gave it to me all the time.
  5. Art Supplies: This won’t be relevant to all tiny housers, but as an artist the one part of my life where I haven’t slimmed down is in my professional art supplies. I will always need more oil paint, brushes, and canvas. And who knows, maybe next year that means you’ll get a painting!
Handmade Nightlight!

Handmade Nightlight by Happy Owl Glassworks!

Once I made this list, I realized that these are the kinds of gifts I’ve always really enjoyed receiving and giving, even before the tiny phase of my life. These are the types of gifts that really require thought, planning, and care. They are also gifts that involve the giver, and as an extrovert out in the woods, I need all the social interaction I can get!

Have any thoughts about what would make a good gift for a tiny house dweller?  Leave a comment below or send me an email at miranda@mirandashearth.com.

 

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The Beauty of Building Your Own Home

The Beauty of Building Your Own Home

I was working the Boston Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop this weekend and as always I found it encouraging to be in a room of 60+ people who are all interested in carefully crafting their lives. While I listened to the attendees talk about their plans and dreams, the normal tiny house aspirations came up: economic freedom, environmentalContinue Reading

Just Roll With It: Behind the Tiny House

Just Roll With It: Behind the Tiny House

Building my own house is not a dream that I’ve harbored since my childhood like some of my tiny house fellows. Instead, I came to it through a series of economic and logistic considerations. After much budget-crunching and soul-searching, I realized that building my own tiny house was a way to start my life atContinue Reading

A Building Update from Tiny House Crafters of Vermont!

A Building Update from Tiny House Crafters of Vermont!

With only a few days left until the 2nd Annual BIG Tiny House Festival, we here at Tiny House Crafters are hard at work putting up the siding and running the utilities in our 8×26’ Nova Tiny House. The Nova is unlike anything we have built before. Instead of a traditional lofted sleeping area (likeContinue Reading

Trailers: The Tiny House Foundation

Trailers: The Tiny House Foundation

– – – Written by Jason Cardinale of Granite State Trailers Meet Jason and see one of his trailers at the 2nd BIG Tiny House Festival on July 16, 2016 at The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, MA. – – –

A Tiny Studio inspired by Thoreau

A Tiny Studio inspired by Thoreau

In 2014 I found myself re-evaluating elements of a work space and my somewhat stationary lifestyle. When I came across a book at a Connecting for Change event, I started getting ideas for a mobile studio. I have rented and bartered studio spaces in the past, but it wasn’t until I came across this bookContinue Reading

Tiny House Festival RAFFLE!

During the 2nd BIG Tiny House Festival on July 16, we’ll raffle off the following prizes to support the festival and the growing tiny house community. Raffle tickets are $2 a piece, $5 for 3 tickets, or $10 for 7 tickets. Tickets will be available at the Information Table throughout the festival! One free nightContinue Reading

To Build or Not to Build… | Living The Tiny House Dream

To Build or Not to Build… | Living The Tiny House Dream

Life always has twists and turns at every corner. My life is no exception. I had been bent on building my own Tiny Home for over 2 1/2 years. I already had fallen in love with Cypress 20′ from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and attended not only one but two workshops where I bought theContinue Reading

Meet Aubergine: The Purple Hearthmade Tiny House

Meet Aubergine: The Purple Hearthmade Tiny House

Introducing the newest Hearth Member: Aubergine, the Purple Hearthmade Tiny House! Aubergine was born on the front lawn of The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, MA during the BIG Art; Tiny House project.  From June 2015-June 2016, the community of Miranda’s Hearth came together to bring her into the world through blood (yes, actually), sweat, andContinue Reading

Tiny Houses: Creating a Home Worth Living In

Tiny Houses: Creating a Home Worth Living In

I built a tiny house to learn how to create a home worth living in. Growing up in one city – Lawrence, MA – and settling in another – Somerville – I had always been dependent on the structures and systems built for me, without understanding how they developed, what sustains them, or whether they’reContinue Reading