Minimalist Gift Inspiration – Naadam

I just read an article in Mind Body Green about gifts for Minimalists.

I am always interested in companies offering new ideas and like to know what risk-taking entrepreneurs are creating out there in the wider world.

Because I live in South Africa, usually I am too far away from the US to take advantage of the ideas. I contacted Nadaam and they do deliver to South Africa! Quality not quantity.

Have a look at this one:


A company selling beautiful sustainable Mongolian cashmere clothing. I have a deep love for cashmere so was utterly thrilled to come across this company. For much of my life I have had a quiet fascination with Mongolia. I haven’t been there, yet, but the space of the Gobi desert, the people who live there, and the wild history of the land appeals to me.

They sell a $75 cashmere sweater. Thats R1000 in South Africa.

I love their strapline: “Save the Planet – Wear Cashmere”.

And I enjoyed their feel good promo vid. They promote human rights and sustainability of the cashmere. 2 quotes below from their website:

Cashmere goats live in extremely cold and harsh climates. To survive, they grow long, fine fibers to protect themselves, which our herders hand comb since shearing goats can be “very stressful” (these goats don’t need any more stress after the winter they just went through)! Even though it takes more time & effort to hand comb, our herders have over 2,000 years of nomadic herding tradition to uphold, and this old-school approach is still the best thing for their goats and for the fibers for our sweaters.


It’s well known that cashmere should not be put in the washing machine. We recommend baby shampoo, it works like a charm! Use lukewarm water, gently swirl your sweater, and let it soak for up to 30 minutes. To dry, the trick is to lay out your sweater on a bath towel and gently roll the sweater in the towel, absorbing all the water in a cashmere sushi roll of sorts.


Can you tell I really love cashmere?