The Ultimate Gift Guide for Small Space Living
Help is on the way for your friends in tiny apartments.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 7:27 AM
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.