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B.A.\’s List of Best Gift Ideas for Tiny House Dwellers

Over the last year, as the Audrey Press Team has worked on bringing the beautiful diverse picture book, Sissy Goes Tiny, to life, we\’ve had the chance to really get a unique \”behind the scenes look\” at what its like to downsize your life and choose to live in under 400 square feet.

Then the topic turned to gifts…so what DO you buy the person who lives tiny and practices minimalism? It was a great question to pose to co-author and tiny houser, B.A. Norrgard.

\”This is a tough one because tiny housers have super intentionally pared down their possessions to all of their favorite things.  That can be hard, and they may not appreciate even the most well-intentioned gift.  But experiences?  Consumables?  Those are AWESOME.,\” shared B.A.

B.A.\’s List of Best Gift Ideas for Tiny House Dwellers


1)  Invite us out somewhere: For example, \”Hey, we are going to the Arboretum with a picnic to listen to music, would you like to join us?  Our treat!\”
2)  An Act of Service: If you know your tiny houser friend has a project on their hands and could use some help, offer to help.  This might be installing something, hanging something (\”Hey I have a ladder, I\’ll bring it over!\”)  If they don\’t have a W/D you could invite them for dinner and tell them to bring their dirty laundry! You could also print a \”coupon\” for them – \”This coupon is good for 4 hours of help on a project!\”
3)  A State Park pass for their state or a neighboring state.
4)  Tickets to an upcoming event – state fair, a traveling exhibition.
5)  A gift card to/for:  Spa or self-care gift card – massage, manicure, pedicure; a restaurant or brew house near their favorite trailhead, a specialty hardware store, etc.
6)  A gift certificate to have their car washed or detailed.
7)  WINE.  lol  Even if they don\’t drink it themselves they can take it somewhere as a hostess gift.
8)  Things that hang – and a piece of fishing line to hang it:  An air plant in a little glass ornament, a bit of stained glass or a prism… nothing big or that requires maintenance…
9)  Their favorite food, but a gourmet version of it.
10)  Your TIME.  Your company.  Absolute #1.
\”As I mentioned above, typically those who choose to \’live tiny\’ truly understand the value of experiences as opposed to \’stuff,\’\” B.A. noted.\”That acknowledgment was also Becky and I really wanted to highlight when creating our diverse picture book, Sissy Goes Tiny. The act of downsizing and decluttering is already overwhelming to adults, imagine what it might be like for kids! But the reality is that \”stuff is just stuff\” and we wanted to use Sissy\’s story to help kids understand this concept. The underlying lesson throughout the whole story is that living Tiny has BIG possibilities and can open up life to all sorts of adventures and learning.\”

Other Lessons for Kids and Adults inside the pages of Sissy Goes Tiny:

*The act of “going tiny” or downsizing/minimizing from a child’s perspective.

*Mommy and Daddy are excited about the tiny house lifestyle, but 8-year-old Sissy isn’t so sure (and that\’s OK!).

*The child in the story “loves her life” and continue to do so even when their lifestyle and living situation changes.

*Touch on the process of downsizing, repurposing, and how “stuff is just stuff” in a positive way.

*The underlying lesson throughout the whole story is that living Tiny has BIG possibilities and can open up life to all sorts of adventures and learning.

*When keeping things “beautiful and useful” how different that might look to a child.

*She knew that her family’s new tiny adventure was full of big possibilities, and wherever they went on their journey, they would always be home.

Sissy Goes Tiny\


So if your family is interested in a diverse picture book about tiny house living, check out the upcoming, Sissy Goes Tiny!

Sissy Goes Tiny by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard

In Sissy Goes Tiny, eight-year-old Sissy and her parents make the bold choice to downsize their life and embark on a journey of living tiny and doing more with less. At first, Sissy struggles to get used to the idea of living in a tiny house on wheels and traveling around the U.S, but as she and her mommy and daddy learn about downsizing, repurposing, and how “stuff is just stuff,” she soon understands that a life of “living tiny” will be filled with the big adventures and learning.

This gorgeous diverse picture book will be available July of 2019 and you can read the full story of this journey here and also reserve your hardcover copy here.

\”I believe that Sissy Goes Tiny is going to open so many minds for people! A tiny house is absolutely not for everyone, but we all like to dream and step into the shoes of another lifestyle in our minds. Learning about this lifestyle I think will help people be more supportive of people who do choose to live unconventionally. Sissy and her family are a great example of that.\” Co-author, B.A. Norrgard

Join us in celebrating the idea of Tiny Living and BIG Adventures!