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The holidays are quickly approaching, but there’s still time to get some awesome gifts for the apartment dweller in your life.

We’ve written holiday gift guides for apartment residents before, but we’ve put together a whole new list of items for the 2021 holiday season. Most are available at local stores or on Amazon, so even if you’ve procrastinated on your gift-buying, you can still purchase them in time for the holidays.

Here are some of the most useful and interesting gift ideas for people living in apartments.

Best Holiday Gifts For Apartment Residents

Entertainment & Health Gifts

Exploding Kittens – Don’t be thrown off by the wacky name — Exploding Kittens is one of the most popular games around for adults and kids alike. This Russian Roulette-inspired card game is simple to learn, but can keep you entertained and laughing for hours. It can be played with as few as two players, so it’s a fun way to spend a low-key night with a small group, especially when it’s too cold to go outside.

exploding kittens card game
Image: Amazon

Apple HomePod Mini – Small in size but big in sound, the Apple Homepod Mini is a fantastic gift for any apartment resident. It’s small and stylish enough to pass as décor, but it delivers terrific audio quality whether you’re listening to music or podcasts — and the bass won’t have your neighbors complaining. You can also use it with your television to deliver surround-sound quality for your favorite Netflix dramas. At under $100, it’s the best choice for people who already use other Apple products. And it’s available in five vibrant colors if you’re looking to add some brightness to your apartment.

apple homepod mini speaker
Image: Apple

Wireless Karaoke Microphone – Who needs to go out when you can host karaoke night in your own apartment? A wireless bluetooth karaoke microphone allows you to sing karaoke at home without dealing with any bulky karaoke machines or wires. Stream any song you want on your phone or TV, pull up the lyrics and prepare to sing like a star using the microphone’s cool audio effects. You and your friends will be laughing, singing and dancing along, and you won’t miss the bar crowds or cover charges.

karaoke microphone
Image: Amazon

Percussion Massager – Especially during the cold months, your muscles can feel tight and sore. But the cost of getting massages can really add up — and it’s not always easy to get an appointment. That’s why a percussion massager makes a phenomenal gift. In recent years, the quality of these massagers has drastically improved, and they’ve drastically come down in price. For about the cost of a one-hour massage, you can now purchase a percussion massager that can be used any time, anywhere. Anyone can benefit from owning one, from people who work out often to those who suffer from chronic pain. Simply hold the vibrating gun against your sore muscles to get instant relief and loosen up tight areas, or lie down while a friend uses the tool on you. Its small size and quiet motor makes it ideal for use in an apartment.

percussion massager
Image: Amazon

Kitchen Gifts

Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker – Want your coffee fast, but don’t have much space in your kitchen? The Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker is an ideal gift for people who live in apartments. It brews up hot coffee in a matter of seconds, not minutes. The miniature, single-cup size makes it ideal for small countertops, and its quick operation makes it useful for busy mornings when you don’t want to brew a full pot or stop at the drive-thru.

keurig k-mini plus coffee maker
Image: Amazon

Microwavable Nested Storage Bowls – If you know an apartment dweller who loves to eat healthy, then microwavable storage bowls are the perfect gift. These bowls make meal preparation and storage easy — since they’re microwavable, you can prepare a whole week’s worth of healthy meals ahead of time and then just pop them in the microwave when you’re ready to eat. Or make a big batch of stew and use them to store leftovers in the freezer for a future busy night. They’re also leakproof, so they can be taken on the go for a healthy homemade work lunch.

Mepal Microwavable Nested Storage Bowls
Image: Food52

Home Microgreens Growing Kit – Fresh herbs make a huge difference in the flavor of dishes, but buying them from the grocery store can get expensive, and they go bad fast. If you know someone who loves to cook in their apartment, consider gifting them an indoor microgreens growing kit. It’s a tasty and economical way to have fresh herbs on hand all year long.

home microgreens growing kit
Image: Amazon

Marble Pastry Slab – Real pastry chefs know the best pastries are made using a marble rolling slab. Even if you’re not Martha Stewart, a marble pastry slab can come in handy for making baked goods in your apartment — and seriously class up the look of your kitchen. In addition to being functional, it’s a great way to cover up drab countertops and add some elegance to your décor. The Crate + Barrel version is heavy, substantial and looks expensive, but it’s under $60, a small price to pay for a kitchen investment that should last years.

marble pastry slab
Image: Crate + Barrel

Décor Gifts

Disco Ball Planter – We’ve written about the benefits of houseplants several times, and there’s no reason not to get some when you can incorporate them into your décor. This disco ball planter adds an element of fun and style to your apartment while serving as a way to display your houseplants. Hang it from the ceiling for a disco ball feel in your apartment and host a dance party with friends.

hanging disco ball planter
Image: Amazon

Dried Flower Arrangement – For the apartment dweller that can’t keep houseplants alive or doesn’t want the responsibility of maintaining them, a dried floral arrangement can make a gorgeous gift. Dried flower arrangements can add a pop of greenery and color to any apartment, and unlike fresh flowers, they can last for months or even years if you keep them out of direct sunlight and away from humidity. They’re also 100% natural and biodegradable, unlike faux stems, so you won’t be hurting the environment. Gift them to an apartment dweller to help them add a touch of refinement and brighten up their space without breaking the bank.

dried flower arrangement
Image: Urban Stems

Sun catcher – Know someone who could use some zen? A sun catcher reflects the light of the sun by creating a rainbow effect. It makes for a unique decoration piece that can be placed by a window to capture the sun’s rays and light up the room with its rainbow glow. This can help create a sense of calm and improve mood. We could all use some positive vibes, especially on these cold days, and a sun catcher can help make a Buffalo winter less dreary.

sun catcher
Image: Lemoth on Etsy

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