By Elly Leavitt

Published on November 6, 2018

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If it’s the thought that counts, let’s give it some thought. Gifting our friends and family is always fun, but for gift recipients who live in smaller spaces, finding enough room in which to store new treasures can be difficult. But if those treasures are meant specifically for small spaces, you may end up officially becoming their new favorite person.

From the presents melding function and fashion to the miniature goodies too great to resist, read on to shop our favorite gifts for people in cozy quarters.

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Bent Heart Coat Hook, Eric Trine, $28

For the tiny apartment dweller, making use of empty wall space is of the utmost importance. That said, there’s no reason to opt for dull hardware when fun hook options like this heart-shaped set exist. They make an excellent stocking stuffer or appetizer gift if you’re in search of a smaller item.

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Bamboo Compost Bin, Bamboozle, $44

If your giftee is particularly eco-conscious but doesn’t have the means to live their peak sustainable life, this tiny compost bin is the answer. Available in two sleek colorways, this bin won’t be an eyesore when displayed in the kitchen. Plus, we could all use more encouragement to be more environmentally-friendly—and when the options look as stylish as this, there’s no excuse not to.

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Tied Ceramic Pendant Light, Menu, $80

A lack of space is no excuse to relegate oneself to ugly fluorescent lighting or, worse still, no lighting at all. Pendant lights are a great way to squeeze a bit more style (and light, literally) into any room being that they won’t take up valuable surface space. Menu’s simple bulb option is perfect for any strict minimalists.

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Mellibi Storage Jar, Danish Design Store, $25

Clean, ceramic and accentuated only with a little leather strap, this is the perfect small storage vessel to help your friend eliminate clutter. Maybe they’ll use it to house their rings; maybe it’ll be the new location of their extensive elastic band collection in the kitchen. This jar works in any room of the house and with any style aesthetic, making it the ultimate versatile gifting option.

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Methacrylate Brushes, Tictail, $74

It may seem a bit unorthodox to gift someone cleaning supplies, but hear us out. When you live in a small space and storage is limited, every item you do own should ideally be stylish enough to double as decor… or at the very least, be something you aren’t ashamed to have to lay out if needed. These cool brushes are just that. They make for both an incredibly useful gift and a chic item to hang on the wall.

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Extra Small Casserole, Il Buco Vita, $150

Okay, so obviously living in a tiny home doesn’t mean you have to eat out of only tiny vessels. But these handmade terra-cotta casseroles are too gorgeous to pass up—and when they take up next to no kitchen storage space, there’s no reason not to buy them. They are oven-to-table serving ware, meaning that any gift recipients who are frequent entertainers will particularly love these pieces as new additions to their tabletop collection.

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Frama Brass Fundament Candle Holders (Set of 3), Spartan Shop, $250

When bulky antique candleholders won’t do the trick, think small. A set of cool geometric brass candle holders that make up for in style what they lack in size is the way to go. They make a great mantel or coffee table accessory. If you’re gifting to someone who recently moved and is looking to build out their home decor collection with thoughtful, well-designed pieces, this set is the way to go.

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Brass Mirror Shelf, Anthropologie, $38

Endlessly chicer than the standard over-the-door metal options, this mirror shelf is definitely a space-saver. Thanks to the antique brass finish, it looks more like an elegant wall decor item than a functional organizational piece.

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Pick + Store Basket, Farmhouse Pottery, $38+

Made in New Hampshire from New England Ash and featuring contemporary leather handles, these baskets come in three sizes to work with a range of square footage constraints. Store anything from throw blankets to shoes in these useful products.

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Louise Trays in Copper, Hawkins New York, $50+

Perfect as either a beautiful decorative object or a useful serving tool, these enamel-finished copper trays make for a great gift. For the small space dwellers who want a bar cart but don’t have room for one, DIY a bar station by propping the tray on a flat surface and curating a display of some favorite liquors and bar accessories.

See more gift guides:
What to Gift the Aspiring Ina Garten in Your Life
15 Boozy Gifts For Your Favorite Cocktail Maven
Foolproof Gifts For the Beauty Fan in Your Life

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