Gift buying for friends and family can get difficult, especially if you’ve waited until the last minute. Extra especially if they are hard to buy for.
We’re not talking about the sibling who has everything here. We’re talking about that special someone in your life who decided to sell off everything and go live in a tiny living space! It would seem that person may not want gifts or you have no choice but to take the route of gift cards. Well, gift cards are fine once or twice, but we’re here to tell you that there are indeed many useful gifts that a small house dweller would greatly appreciate.
Here’s a small list of some of the best gift ideas we found for your friends and family who have taken the plunge into small-house living. These gifts are great for the holidays (or any time really). Most importantly, they are sure to be appreciated for both their usefulness and how clever they are. We use and love many of these in our own small space.
The list is broken down into 3 specific categories we find important to the majority of Small House dwellers: Kitchen, Garden, and Home Office. The selected gifts have affordable price tags with fast & free shipping.
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FOR THE GARDENER
HYDROPONIC GARDEN by QYO
This indoor garden will grow several herbs or leafy vegetables in one small space. Plants are grown in seed pods which sit in a water reservoir fed with liquid plant food (replacement pods and food can be purchased cheaply for future plantings).
With the integral lighting you can place the unit anywhere (no sunny window required). Lighting can be adjusted in height as the plants grow. Plants grow quickly and easily. It’s a joy to harvest fresh herbs, greens and flowers from this little compact indoor garden.
SPROUTER by KITCHEN CROP
Grow fresh sprouts in just a few days and add them to salads, sandwiches, soups and more. Sprouts are packed with nutrition and super fun to grow in this sprouter. Includes (4) 6″ diameter trays to add seeds and water to. You can make just one tray of sprouts or up to 4 at a time. This is the easiest sprouter to use that we have come across. It comes with a starter pack of Alfalfa seeds which are quick to grow and delicious. Additional sources for sprouting seeds are below.
STAINLESS STEEL HERB SCISSORS
No need to get out knives and cutting boards just to chop up a small amount of herbs. These 5 bladed scissors make it quick and easy to do the task and cleanup is just as easy. The scissors include a cleaning brush and cover.
FOR THE SMALL HOME OFFICE
REUSABLE SMART NOTEBOOK & PLANNER by ROCKETBOOK
If your obsessed with writing to-do lists, shopping lists, goals, and any other business or personal notes AND you prefer to handwrite them, you go through a ton of paper. There are tons of Apps that can assist with this madness, but I like pen and paper. What I don’t like are all the random papers, notebooks, post-it notes, etc. that clutter my small space, handbags, car (you get the picture). This neat book is super smart. The book contains (42) 8.5″x11″ pages with templates for planning and note taking. Scan the page into the app and wipe the page clean for the next round of crazy notes. Check out the video in the link for how it works.
FIT BIT INSPIRE 3-HEALTH AND FITNESS TRACKER
There’s no denying that working from home can be challenging. It requires a great deal of self-discipline to get and stay focused in your home environment. All to often, adding exercise to the daily routine is not part of the focus. This watch changes that by reminding the wearer that it’s important to move the body and take healthy breaks throughout the work day. From short breathing exercises to going for a lunchtime walk, this watch helps keep the wearer healthy and productive.
LAPTOP BED/SOFA DESK by HUANUO
It can be difficult to create a dedicated office space in a small house. Usually, laptops are the way to go in small spaces as they can be worked on at the kitchen table or counter, as well as on your lap, of course. The problem is that this means you may need to shuffle your temporary office around at certain times of the day. Also, many laptops today may be a bit on the heavy side making it uncomfortable to place it on your lap for a period of time. A great solution is this handy laptop desk that can either be used like a platform/tray (with cushion underneath) or as a small table with adjustable height/foldable legs to use while sitting on a bed or sofa or even as a stand up desk. The table angle can be tilted and it includes nice features such as phone/table slots and a wrist rest.
FOR THE SMALL | MINIMALIST KITCHEN:
FRENCH PRESS COFFEE AND TEA MAKER AND MUG IN ONE by BODUM
French presses are great in small spaces. No need for a coffee maker and filters and just tuck it away off the counter when your done. This one goes a few steps above in that it is also a mug to drink your coffee or tea from and the quality stainless steel construction makes it great for travel to the office, for a picnic and beyond.
TERRA SELTZER MAKER BY SODASTREAM
Before we owned one of these, we would constantly be lugging bags full of seltzer bottles home from the store, looking for price deals as many stores can overcharge for seltzer, and would get annoyed by half empty bottles constantly going flat. The soda stream is a game changer and the Terra is a pleasure to use. No need to plug in this model and just tuck it away when not in use (although it looks pretty stylish on the counter). We received this as a Christmas gift a few years back and it’s amazing.
HANDHELD FROTHER/WHISK/FOAMER/BLENDER/MIXER by ZULAY KITCHEN
A mini powerhouse of a mixer. We have used this to make foam for cappuccinos, whipped fresh cream, whisked eggs, etc. It comes with a very handy stand. Simply press the button and whisk away (or froth, or blend…)
Hope you enjoyed this short list of affordable gift items for the small house dweller.
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