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5 Gifts For Tiny Housers

Out of all the things that come up with tiny houses, the holidays might be the trickiest for tiny house folks. Even after years of living tiny, people around me still feel the need to give gifts. While it isn’t necessary, I appreciate gifts much more because people really have to think of creative ideas for gifts that won’t take up space in my tiny house.

Today I wanted to share my top 5 gift ideas for tiny house folks.

If you are having trouble telling people what you want for the holidays, try sending them this post so they can get some ideas!

1. Experiences:

This is my absolute favorite gift to give and receive because it means that I can do something fun with that person that I care about. It could be a dinner out, tickets to an event or some other adventure. I try to think of things that the person likes and often get two so that not only is it an awesome experience, but we can experience it together.

Gift idea: Buy a ticket to the Tiny House Conference

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2. Consumables

Next up is things that people can eat or use up; they’re things that after a certain amount of use are gone. A perfect example of this is food items. We are all busy and most of us like food, so making something or buying something that person likes is a great gift. Think of things that are difficult to make or are a nice indulgence. Other things besides food could be candles, eco-friendly bath products, or firewood.

Gift Idea: a subscription to a CSA (community supported agriculture).

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3. Help them pursue a dream

For those we care about, we want to see them succeed. Find out some goals the person is working towards. Learning about what is on a person’s bucket list is a great way to get ideas for what you can help them achieve. If people ask you for what you want, you can think of things that will help you achieve your own goals. If someone’s goal is to build a tiny house, get a copy of their plans made up, get that resource they’ve been eyeing or pick up a good book on the topic.

Gift idea:  Tiny House Living By: Ryan Mitchell – #1 selling tiny house book

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4. Something you’re already going to buy anyway.

I do this a lot, since I don’t really need much, and I don’t buy much either. So when something comes up that I need to replace it or buy something new, I hold off and suggest it as a gift when others ask. For example, I am in need of new shoes, have been for a month or so, but I’ve been holding off. This way those who must have to give me a gift can and its something that I really need in order to replace a worn-out item.

Gift Idea: Shoes, socks, tires, etc.

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5. Digital or non-tangible items.

Sometimes there are gifts that take up no space at all and can be used later on. I’m thinking of gift cards, vouchers and digital downloads. A gift card to your favorite restaurant takes up next to no space, but is a great way for you to still give or receive things when you are living tiny. Other things could be iTunes music, Netflix, Amazon Prime, movies, or Kindle books.

Gift Idea: Cracking The Code – Guide to building codes and zoning for tiny houses!

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Your Turn!

  • What are some of your favorite small-space gift ideas?

Tiny House Magazine

My good friend Kent over at Tiny House Blog has been working on a neat project for a while now: Tiny House Magazine.  I’ve heard rave reviews about it and everything I’ve seen has been really amazing looking.  Each month Kent puts out an electronic magazine that covers some really awesome tiny houses and other neat topics.

Each Issue is $2.99 and if you use this link you also support The Tiny Life

 

Here is a few shots from this month’s edition:

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Each Issue is $2.99 and if you use this link you also support The Tiny Life

 

 

How To Decorate A Tiny House

My buddy Andrew over at tinyrevolution.us has just announced a new ebook about decorating tiny houses.  I was able to check it out first hand and really liked it.  He has some guest contributors that many of you will recognize, all of which actually live in tiny houses.

The ebook is $4.95 and if you use this link (click here), its the same cost as on Andrew’s website, but you help support us too!

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What do people need to know about your new book?

This is our first book in what will be a series of books based on our experiences both during the build and after moving full time into our tiny house. It explores the part of tiny houses often overlooked; turning the house into a home.  The ebook features guest decorator tips by a few big name tiny house folk and is 48-pages long complete with narrative, color photos, links, etc   In the book we discuss everything from the use of natural light to paint selections to furniture placement to accessorizing. It also touches on the psychological and physiological effects of color in a home.  The best part is, it is only $4.95

Is designing and decorating a tiny house different from a traditional house?

Designing and decorating a tiny house is not unlike designing and decorating a traditional home….if the traditional home is a small space. The difference lies in the size of the space. You can’t expect the same furniture pieces, pieces of art, and even color selections to project the same in 2,000 sq.ft. as they would in 200 sq.ft.

What do you think is the biggest mistake people make when designing a small space?

Be careful in using the terms designing and decorating synonymously. They are not the same. Design kind of ends when the windows, doors, and walls are in place. Decorating picks up with furniture selection, wall color, storage options, etc. The biggest mistake people make is just that. They typically think that once the house is built the decisions (and budget) are over. But at that point what you have is a structure, not a home.

Get your copy today & support The Tiny Life: Click here

 

The Conversation We Haven’t Had…. Until Now

There is something that hasn’t been talked about on the blogs yet, something that is THE topic of conversation for many of the Builders, Bloggers and others.  It is that of tiny house safety.  At first it started out as small one on one conversations, but in the past few months what once was side conversation has grown to serious discussion with most of the Builders and Bloggers coming to a single table.  We have been meeting to try to figure out how we can take tiny houses to the next level, to make them universally legal and to make them safe.

CaptureIt came about when some began to notice instances where we saw tiny houses being made in an unsafe manner.  In most cases it wasn’t out of malice or unethical behaviors, but of not knowing any better.  Honest mistakes that could have fatal consequences.

So as a group, both Bloggers and Builders, came together to discuss how we could empower tiny house people to be safer and to be more informed.  We knew starting out we didn’t want to do anything that would hinder tiny house folks, DIYers or Professionals, but we also tried to balance that with the need for safety.  How we do that is something we have been wrestling with as a group and also as individuals.

Tiny Houses have long lived in legal limbo in some places, some people have found solutions that worked for them, but others still struggle with it.  There is a large part of the Tiny House Movement that never wanted to become legal because they see it as their protest, civil disobedience or other things;  Some don’t really care either way, they just want to live in a tiny house;  There are others that want to be fully legal.

At the end of the day, you can live in a tiny house, it is absolutely possible, right now, in your own town; I have no doubt in my mind that it is possible.  However this group is working on a different level, we are seeking a universal legal solution, which is tricky.  If we can achieve this, then you can choose to participate or not, it would be up to each individual to make their own decision.

Beyond legal issues and frankly way more importantly, is safety.  We want you all to be safe, we want you to be informed, we want you to be empowered to build the best house you can.  The Bloggers and Builders do what they do because they love tiny houses, because they care about the movement, and most importantly because they care about the people.

So when it comes to safety we realize that many people want to build their own tiny house, that’s a given, but the question then becomes how can I teach you to build it safely if you have never build anything before.  There are plenty of people out there that don’t need my help at all, in fact I could learn a lot from them, but there are others that do need a helping hand.  Coming together as a community is what makes us strong, it’s what makes this a movement.  Viva La Tiny Revolution!

 

Your Turn!

  • What are your thoughts on Tiny House Safety, how can we address it?
  • How can we at The Tiny Life help people to become empowered to build amazing and safe houses?

 

 

The Tiny Life Newsletter

WebHello all!

Our newsletter has launched and we have been getting a lot of great feedback.  People really love the newsletter and its content that isn’t on the blog, plus I clue you all into special info before anyone else.  As always, its a simple one click unsubscribe if you change your mind.

-Ryan


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