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There’s no doubt that we’ve all spent more time at home than ever this year. For many, their home has become their office, gym and entertainment center.

And for people that live in apartments, the COVID-19 lockdown has meant that they’ve had to be creative and make the most of their limited space.

Since it’s the holiday season, we thought it would be helpful to put together a list of gift ideas for apartment dwellers who are spending much more time at home than usual.

If you’re living in an apartment, pass along these ideas to a friend or family member who wants to help make your home life easier and more enjoyable and productive.

Even with a vaccine on the horizon, these gift ideas will be appreciated by apartment dwellers in 2021 and beyond.

The Best Gifts For Renters

Entertainment & Workout Gifts

  • Chromecast with Google TV (4K) – You won’t miss going to the movies when you can stream TV and movies in 4K on a Chromecast from the comfort of your own home. This device works with the vast majority of streaming apps, and you can also ask Google for recommendations based on your favorites. You can also cast videos directly from your phone or table to the TV. With many people, especially younger renters, looking to save money by cutting cable, the new Chromecast makes it easy to cut the cord.
  • Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Bluetooth Speaker – This stylish bluetooth speaker provides amazing sound that will fill your apartment at an affordable price. And because it’s wireless and waterproof, you can move it to whatever room you want or even use it outside. Pump the jams while you’re cleaning, working out or just having a quarantine dance party.
  • Online fitness subscription – With many gyms closed and more people exercising at home, an online fitness subscription is great for apartment-dwellers working out at home with minimal equipment. A subscription to Obé Fitness includes 5,482 on-demand classes, as well as 22 live-streamed classes every day, which is ideal for the person who wants the feel of a group fitness class right in their own home. These classes can be cast to a smart TV or other devices to make it easier to follow the instructors.

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    A fitness subscription can make working out in an apartment more motivating and enjoyable.

Food & Cooking

  • Bar & cocktail set – Who needs to go to a bar when you can create high-end cocktails at home? This bar set includes everything you need to make fancy drinks at home, including a cocktail shaker, stirrer and peeler. Save money and enjoy a martini (shaken, not stirred), Old Fashioned or other cocktail from the comfort of your couch.
  • Coffee subscription – A subscription to a gourmet coffee company like Blue Bottle Coffee will delight the gourmet coffee lover in your life. This will give them the opportunity to try out different high-quality organic roasts and blends from around the world over the course of several months or a year. You can even choose the coffee blend, delivery frequency and number of shipments depending on the person’s needs. Or start them with a Welcome Kit, which includes coffee tools like a dripper and filters as well as beans.

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    A coffee subscription allows coffee lovers to sample different blends and varieties without having to leave their apartment.
  • Kitchen accessories – Doing more cooking and baking at home? This adorable apron makes working in the kitchen fashionable. The matching dish towel and pot holder set will have you feeling like a modern day Martha Stewart.
  • Baking & cooking tools – Nonstick slipmats will make baked goods turn out perfectly and make cleanup a breeze. And a sharp knife (plus a sharpener) is essential for all of the apartment dweller’s cutting needs.
  • All-in-one pan – The cult favorite Always Pan is valuable for apartment dwellers. It serves the function of eight cooking pans in one, thereby taking up much less space than a traditional cooking set. Offered in a variety of bright hues like sage, lavender and spice, this adorable pan will make you actually want to cook — and show off all of your meals on Instagram.
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    The stylish and versatile Always Pan serves the purpose of eight pieces of cookware, which is helpful for apartment dwellers with limited kitchen space. [Image: Always Pan]
  • Instant Pot + Air Fryer – This quick-cooker is popular for a reason — it makes it easy to cook full healthy meals in less than a half hour. This version comes with an air fryer, which you can use to make fried foods like popcorn, chips and even veggies a little bit healthier by avoiding the use of oil. The pot is perfect for creating home-cooked dinners for 1 or 2 or healthy snacks to munch on while you hang out and watch Netflix.

Decorative & Functional Gifts

  • Plant Hanger – We’ve written often about the benefits of keeping plants in your apartment, and this adjustable vegan leather hanger allows plant-lovers to display their favorite greenery while adding some elegant touches to their apartment. Support a local nursery like Daddy’s Plants or Urban Roots to purchase a houseplant to go with the fancy hanger.
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    A leather plant hanger is a stylish way to display plants in an apartment and reap their benefits. [Image: Base Roots]
  • Migraine mask – If 2020’s been too much to handle, this migraine mask will help ease headaches and stress by providing pain relief and cold therapy. In addition to its migraine benefits, the mask will help renters sleep more soundly by blocking out light.
  • Cordless diffuser – Diffusing essential oils is a lovely way to relax, especially after a remarkably stressful year. This chic cordless diffuser can be charged up and then used in multiple rooms, without the hassle of plugging in a cord. It can follow you from the living room when you’re reading a book to the bathtub and bedroom. Pair with some organic grapefruit essential oil for getting energized in the morning and lavender oil for relaxing at night.
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    A cordless diffuser can be charged and used around an apartment without having to worry about plugging it in. [Image: Vitruvi]
  • Dyson cordless vacuum – A vacuum might not seem like a fun Christmas gift, but it’s extremely practical for someone living in an apartment. Dyson’s popular cordless models are the best of the bunch, and their compact size and light weight make them easy to maneuver around the corners of a packed apartment. They charge quickly, with a powerful battery that’s long enough to cover an entire apartment. Dyson’s Animal model also comes with a wide array of tools to use on a variety of surfaces, including hardwood floors, carpet, mattresses, couches and more, and can even be used as a hand vacuum.

Most of these gifts can still be purchased in time for the holidays at various retailers, so pass this list along if you’re the apartment dweller — or make a friend’s day by purchasing one of these useful and entertaining gifts for them.

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