When you're buying a gift for the minimalist in your life, start from first principles: Pick your wrapping paper first, then choose the gift that goes inside accordingly. No, wait, don't do that: Instead, pick a present that expresses your affection best, and trust that there's a designer whose aesthetic fits your loved one's ideal. There is no limit to the directions that minimalist designers are taking applications for the home and office. Hironao Tsuboi's leather mouse pad is a fine example of the latter. But gifts for the minimalist do not need to come with a maximalist price tag: The 1979 Uni-Ball roller pen is a cheap stocking-stuffer that never goes out of style. 

Minimalist gifts don't have to be all business, either. Hans Harald Rath's 1952 Alpha glassware for Lobmeyr includes a sleek crystal tumbler. Nor does minimalist mean masculine, always. Kaikado's chazutsu containers come in an array of metallic colors that could be graceful notes in even a non-minimalist's kitchen. An all-white American flag manages to be both minimalist and decorative at the same time.

Best of all, minimalist gifts don't have to be serious. Muji's walnut clock certainly isn't; a black cube made from Bincho-tan (a special Japanese charcoal) would be stern if it were not, first and foremost, an air freshener.