Regardless of your religious affiliation, the holidays are a time of joy and love for everyone in the world. The sparkly lights, cheery music and chocolate everything, are enough to make even the grumpiest Grinch smile. While things are going to be a little different this year because of the pandemic, there is still plenty of room to make the holidays memorable.
The one downside to all the gifting and giving that comes with the holidays, is the unavoidable clutter. From wrapping paper all over the kitchen table to those extra bottles of scented body wash that you got from your Aunt Susan, there is definitely room for gifts that intentionally make spaces better, not worse. To make things easier for you (and whomever you are gifting to), here are 10 home gifts that are perfect for avoiding extra clutter and mess.
A vacuum might seem a bit on the nose for a gift that avoids clutter, but trust me when I tell you, this is the gift that keeps on giving. This lightweight, powerful cordless stick vacuum is perfect for large or small cleaning tasks with ultra strong suction and a variety of attachments. It can also be easily converted to a hand vacuum for cleaning corners, stairs, cars and more. The best part is it comes with wall-mounted storage and charging for easy grab and go action. This gift avoids, and cleans up, all holiday clutter.
A fuzzy blanket, hot cup of apple cider and a warm fire, are all you need to have the perfect holiday evening. Although for many the warm fire might be a tough one to get. Luckily, there is a fix for that. This mini portable fireplace is the perfect gift for those who crave a cozy night in but aren’t ready to commit to a full on fireplace. Want to know the best part? You don’t have to sit right on top of it to work. Its 1200-watt heating element not only heats your personal space, but the entire room.
While this gift may not clean your friends’ house for them, this large white teak crackling candle will make it smell (and feel) like it. Made of high quality paraffin and soy waxes, this candle emits a light scent of crisp balsam branches with sandalwood and oak. With 120 hours of burn time, you are not just gifting a candle, but an entire vibe.
With your choice of 12 different shades, the Crosley Cruister Deluxe stereo is the one holiday gift your friends will want to put on display. This record player is an upgraded version of the best-selling Cruister, with a vintage suitcase-style shell with advanced pitch control adjustments and Bluetooth technology. Since who knows when live music is coming back, you might as well gift a music upgrade.
There is nothing that brings the family together on a cold winter night like a nice puzzle can. Especially if you can frame it when you are done! This is why this chic 1,000 piece puzzle from Piecework is high on our list of go-to gifts to avoid clutter. Made of high-quality art paper that is 100 percent recyclable, this puzzle will feel like you are building your own Monet (if Monet painted sushi and calculators, that is). If that’s not enough to tempt you, 10 percent of all puzzle profits go to the National Women’s Law Center for the rest of 2020.
With everyone spending more time at home, now is the perfect time to invest in cookware, either for yourself or a loved one. Especially if it comes with a storage rack that isn’t hideous. Caraway’s chemical-free ceramic-coasted cookware set has everything you need for healthy cooking that keeps your kitchen looking beautiful and organized. The set, which includes four different cooking pans, comes in six gorgeous colors and includes a magnetic pan rack and canvas lid holder for easy cleanup. If you thought cookware couldn’t have style, you haven’t seen these yet.
Oftentimes, the bathroom is the one place that gets overlooked in the swarm of holiday giving. While it’s true that no one wants to wake up on Christmas morning and open a box of hand soap, there is something special about refillable bathroom accessories. This 5-piece geometric set includes everything you need to give your bathroom a face lift: a ceramic soap dispenser, tumbler, lidded canister, soap dish and wooden tray all decorated with a textural Herringbone design on white background. A gift everyone in your family can enjoy.
There is no better gift than the gift of sunlight. And no, I don’t mean a trip to Hawaii, although we could all use a vacation this year. Not only is this lightbulb smart, but it is also adjusts to match your sleep schedule. Now, at the push of a button, you can have any level of light you want, from bright, vibrant light in the morning to cozy amber glow at night. It is perfect for creating the perfect ambiance without ever having to leave the couch.
For an option that is both cute and functional, The Container Store has an awesome array of decorative storage baskets to stash all your new adult arts and crafts in. Made of naturally durable water hyacinth, no two baskets are the same, like your own personal snowflake. Too soon?
With the amount of cooking and book buying that is happening right now, the best thing you can do for your friends is get them something to hold their new cookbooks in. Not only is it super cute, you are saving them the mess of keeping a cookbook on the counter while they explore how to make sourdough bread and pumpkin butter. Crisis averted.
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