There’s a saying that the best gifts come in small packages, and I totally agree. In fact, it’s the the smallest gifts – the smallest, tiniest miniature gifts – that really make my heart squeeze with pleasure.
As a child, I collected miniature objects – miniature kitchen utensils, clocks, games, and nesting dolls that eventually opened to reveal a doll smaller than a grain of rice. Later, I studied Japanese, and during my travels there, I was struck by its kawaii culture – an appreciation of adorable little things, from little trash cans to tiny snack-shaped erasers. Turns out, maybe we’re all wired to gravitate to the little things; we want to protect them, we are impressed by the craftsmanship of incredibly small things and we want to play with them. And somewhere in the last decade there has been a surge in communities around miniature art, perhaps in large part thanks to Instagram (@TheTinyChefShow, @DailyMini, @Tanaka_Tatuya, to name a few. a few) and TikTok (#tinythings).
There are all kinds of small gifts and gadgets on the market, many of which have a nostalgic edge. You’ll find magical minis like the world’s smallest vacuum cleaners (which actually work!), palm-sized record players, arcade games, and even tiny keychain terrariums that house living plants. These thimble-sized toys make unique stocking stuffers for the holiday season, birthday presents and just for fun gifts for any friend, family member, co-worker or for your own personal collection . Plus, its small size almost always means its price is also small.
Below, find the best miniature gifts and other gift ideas from retailers and brands like Urban Outfitters, World’s Smallest Toys, Etsy, Amazon and Uncommon Goods. Good luck not buying them all!
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