40 last-minute gifts anyone who just moved into a new apartment will appreciate not having to buy themselves [Silicon Alley Insider]

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  • If you’re buying a gift for someone who just moved into their first apartment, we recommend giving them something they wouldn’t otherwise want to spend their own money on.
  • That means going for the little luxuries like a really nice room spray, or something practical like a robot vacuum
  • No matter what you choose, they’ll appreciate any of the 40 new-apartment gifts below.
  • Looking for more last-minute gift guides? Find them all here

The best part of moving into your first apartment or home is getting to create a space that’s all yours. Finding the perfect decor and picking out furniture is the exciting part, but there are also small necessities to consider. A laundry hamper, bedding, pots and pans – these are just some of the purchases a recent grad or young professional will need to make.

We recommend getting them some combination of the basics they wish they didn’t have to spend their own money on, and the little luxuries that can make life infinitely better.  

40 last-minute gifts for anyone in a new apartment:

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This list includes Sponsored Products that have been suggested by Coop Home Goods and Nakedwines.com. They also meet our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*

A really good chef’s knife wusthof gourmet hollow edge santoku knife

Williams Sonoma

Wüsthof Gourmet Hollow-Edge Santoku Knife, available at Williams Sonoma, from $64.95-84.95

It’s not the only knife they’ll ever need, but it’s the best they’ll need the most. Get them a really good chef’s knife to start their collection, and if you really want them to take care of it, get them a sharpener as well. This one is good for beginners.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

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Swiffer Wet Jet Wood Starter Kit, available at Amazon, $27.99

Exactly the thing that everyone needs after moving into a new place.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A carefully designed, affordable pillow Coop Home Goods pillow

Coop Home Goods

Coop Original Pillow, available at Coop Home Goods, $59.99

We’ve deemed the Coop Original Pillow our best overall pillow namely because of its adjustable fill, washable pillow cover, and its 100-night-trial — an especially appealing feature if they’re starting fresh in a new home. A new apartment is best enjoyed on a great night’s sleep, and they’ll likely be grateful that you’re helping them start off on the right foot. 

*Sponsored by Coop Home Goods.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A box of wine to remind them to take a breath and celebrate apartment gift update


Six bottles made by award-winning independent winemakers, available at Nakedwines.com, $39.99 (originally $139.99, use promo code ‘AWIN100’ to save $100)

Somewhere in the shuffle of everything, they might forget to take the whole experience in and celebrate a new phase of their lives. Bring over a bottle of wine from NakedWines.com, a unique site that lets you «invest» in independent winemakers and find affordable, high-quality wines. The ‘AWIN100′ promo allows you to pick whites, reds, or a mix of both. For future orders, you have to order six bottles at a time. 

*Sponsored by NakedWines.com

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

An espresso machine gaggia classic pro

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Gaggia Classic Pro Espresso Machine, available at Amazon, $449

Kitchen gifts are always appreciated, and there’s nothing that accentuates a new kitchen quite like a powerful espresso machine. If you have the budget to treat a loved one, we recommend the top pick in our guide to the best espresso machines

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A crystal decanter (on sale) waterford decanter


Short Stories Retro Bond Decanter, available at Waterford, $137.50 (originally $275)

One of those things few people will spring for themselves, a crystal decanter will liven up any room.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

Stemless wine glasses that won’t spill or break as easily stemless wine glasses


Riedel O Stemless Wine Glasses, available at Amazon, 4 for $44.25

When my partner and I moved in together years ago, their mom bought us a nice set of tall, thin-stemmed wine glasses — likely because I had once served her Cabernet in a mason jar. Though I like using those to entertain occasionally, I prefer these stemless glasses that are much more casual and much less breakable (…kind of like a mason jar). 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A gift card to buy the best set of sheets they’ve ever slept on brooklinen sheets


Brooklinen Gift Card, available at Brooklinen, from $50

Our executive editor calls Brooklinen’s sheets one of the best purchases she’s ever made, and many of us at Insider Reviews feel the same way. They’ll be able to choose from quite a few weaves and materials as well as a huge selection of fun prints and colors. A basic full set costs around $130, for reference.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A personalized trinket tray for all their odds and ends catchall

Mark and Graham

Greek Key Ceramic Catchall, available at Mark & Graham, $29

Catch-all trays are the kind of gift that may seem underwhelming until you realize how useful they are. That was certainly the case when I was gifted one after college. Now I have a few of them around my apartment — one for keys and sunglasses by the door, one for my rings and jewelry by the bed, and another in the living room for lip balm, candle matches, and other small items. This one is customizable with their initials as an extra sweet touch.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

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Google Home Max, available at B&H Photo, $199.00

The experience of listening to music on the Google Home Max is absolutely unparalleled, which makes the high price tag easier to justify — assuming you can bear to part with it. If you’ve got a big budget, this is the way to go for anyone who loves listening to music at home.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A single-serve blender for smoothies and small batches nutribullet


Nutribullet Blender, available at Amazon, $79.99

They’re likely not going to need a full-sized blender for any reason other than making large batches of frozen margaritas. Gift them a personal-sized blender for making healthy smoothies at home — and if they want to make a few frosty cocktails, they’ll just have to put in a little extra work. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A robot vacuum that makes quick work of chores Eufy Robovac


Eufy RoboVac 11S, available at Amazon, $149.99

Vacuuming is one of the great time-sucks in life — literally. Give them back their Sunday afternoons with the gift of a robot vacuum that’ll take the work out of cleaning the house. On a personal note, I can’t recommend this one enough. You can read a more thorough review of it here.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

Wall hooks that work in any room loop wall hooks set

West Elm

Loop Wall Hooks (set of 3), available at West Elm, $30

If they’re living the big city life in a small city apartment, they’ll appreciate any extra storage they can get. These wall hooks can be hung up by the door to hold coats, keys, and bags, or they could go in the bedroom to store additional items that won’t fit in the closet.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A Dutch oven they’ll have for the rest of their life Le creuset


Le Creuset 5.5-Quart Dutch Oven, available at Williams-Sonoma, from $150

A Le Creuset Dutch oven is one of those coveted kitchen items that most people don’t get until their weddings, if ever. It’s a special gift I only recommend giving to someone who really loves to cook. If you want to get them something a little less expensive but equally as useful, go for an eight- or nine-inch cast-iron skillet

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A coffee maker for one best gifts for new apartment


Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $24.99

They can brew tons of coffee in this classic coffee maker — a priceless gift, if you ask me.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A desk they can use in any room Gifts for new apartment portable desk


Mind Reader Multipurpose Home Office Computer Desk, available at Walmart, $69.99

If they’re moving in the near future, their first apartment will likely be doubling as an office. This desk can be used while sitting or standing, and its complete portability allows it to move with them from room to room.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A toaster that’s as sleek as it is functional New Apartment gifts Smeg toaster


Smeg Two-Slice Toaster, available at Williams-Sonoma, from $169.95

If they don’t want to sacrifice design for functionality, Smeg’s kitchen tools and appliances are the way to go. We’ve deemed Smeg’s toaster the best for the design-obsessed for this exact reason.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A punny bath mat to match any type of decor gifts for new apartment

Urban Outfitters

Southwest Runner Bath Mat, available at Urban Outfitters, $34

Bath mats are one of those necessities that no one likes to spend their own money on or think twice about. Gift them a punny bath mat that has enough personality to make them chuckle every day. If you know what their space looks like and want to get them something more even adventurous, check out more bath mat designs here.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A friendly welcome mat Etsy Welcome Mat


TheDoormatory Doormat, available at Etsy, from $44.95

Likewise, a welcome mat is another home basic they’re going to need but aren’t going to want to purchase. This simple one is fun enough without bordering on tacky. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

Candles that really make it feel like home otherland candles

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Otherland Candles, available at Otherland, $36 each or 3 for $89

Otherland’s candles have the most beautiful packaging and intriguing scents (think: sandalwood and amber, or champagne and saffron). This is one gift you’ll love giving as much as they’ll love getting, and it’ll add a sweet touch to their space. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A jumbo pack of removable hooks that won’t damage the wall command hooks


Command Hooks 7-Pack, available at Amazon, $12.60

You can never have enough Command Hooks — especially if you’re a renter who can’t nail anything into the wall. This multi-pack makes a great stocking stuffer.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

An exceptionally cool cocktail shaker for the person who loves to travel airplane cocktail shaker

Williams Sonoma

Airplane Cocktail Shaker, available at Williams Sonoma, $62.99

Sure, you could find cheaper or simpler bar tool kits or cocktail shakers out there, but this one is just too cool to pass up. If you know someone who loves to travel or just loves to play around with fun gadgets, you won’t regret giving them this cocktail shaker. The propellers aren’t quite functional, but they do spin when you shake the canister! 

If this one isn’t quite their style, check out some of the other ones we love here at a variety of price points

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A place to put their booze deco handle tray o

West Elm

Deco Handle Tray, available at West Elm, $59.50-$89.50

Whether they have a proper bar cart or not, one simple way to add sophistication to space is to store liquor and/or barware on a pretty tray. This neutral option is great for anyone who entertains a lot — they can use it as a serving platter or hold their at-home minibar.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A utensil holder for easy access to cooking tools utensil crock

West Elm

Textured Utensil Holder, available at West Elm, $29.50

Unless they absolutely love to cook, a utensil crock probably won’t be the first thing on their mind when they move into a new space, so this is a smart and useful kitchen gift they’ll appreciate.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A cool canvas art print to personalize their space Redbubble alfred hitchcock


Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo Canvas Print (Medium, 12″x17″), available at Redbubble, $78.24

Redbubble helps more than 700,000 independent artists and designers share their work with the world through its online marketplace — all while committing to sustainable and socially responsible practices. The marketplace promises something for everyone with its «uncommon designs on awesome stuff.»

We love Redbubble’s original, quirky art printed on products ranging from canvas prints to cell phone cases to bath mats. This canvas print is a perfect piece of wall art for any Hitchcock film buff.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A cozy throw to snuggle up with knit blankets

Crane & Canopy

Knotted Throw, available at Crane & Canopy, $89

This is the blanket we fight over in my house — it’s cozy, warm, breathable, and supremely soft. You’ll find it in a few different colors at Crane & Canopy.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A curated set of pots and pans that won’t fall apart New aparment gifts Potluck


Potluck Kitchen Essentials Set, available at Potluck, $270

Help them get their kitchen fully stocked with the right tools. Potluck makes cookware comparable to brands like All-Clad and Calphalon, but at direct-to-consumer prices that won’t break the bank. Shop from a selection of well-curated bundles that fit all of their cooking needs. You can read a more in-depth review here

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A coat rack marinello coat rack


Marinello Coat Rack by Union Rustic, $52.99

Coat racks can go overlooked, but they need a place to hang their hat (and coat) just like everyone else, especially now that they have a place to call their own. Rustic and modern at once, this one will work almost anywhere.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

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The Down Duvet (Full/Queen), available at Casper, from $261

Casper makes three equally excellent comforters, but this one is the more basic option. Its stitched compartments keep the ethically-sourced down from spreading through the blanket, and the organic cotton shell is gentle and cooling. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A set of hand towels for the bathroom Monogram white towels

Crane & Canopy

The Classic Hand Towels, available at Crane & Canopy, $18

Hand towels are a necessity made all the more fun when embroidered or monogrammed. Crane & Canopy offers a variety of colors and styles for a personalized touch.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A beautiful set of coasters they’ll actually want to use onyx marble coasters set of 4 chartreuse

West Elm

Onyx Marble Coaster Set of 4, available at West Elm, $40

Hopefully, it’s a lesson they won’t ever have to learn the hard way: always use a coaster. If you get them this beautiful set, they’ll actually want to. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A laundry basket that blends with any decor round weave laundry baskets natural

West Elm

Round Weave Laundry Baskets, available at West Elm, $65-$150

A laundry basket is another much-appreciated gift they’ll be thankful to not have to buy themselves. The lining of this one is removable, and if they already have a laundry basket, they can use it to store extra sets of sheets and towels. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A streaming stick that turns their plain TV into a smart TV amazon fire tv stick The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a small but powerful media streaming device.


Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, available on Amazon, $29.99

If they’re looking to cut the cost of cable out of their lives, a streaming stick is the way to go. It turns a regular TV into a smart TV by making all their favorite media apps like Netflix and Hulu available through a voice-controlled remote.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A beautiful set of dinnerware year and day ceramic dinnerware

Year & Day

Year & Day Dinnerware, available at Year & Day, from $44

Most people’s first apartments (and the next few after that, if we’re being honest) feature cabinets full of mismatched plates, glasses, and mugs they’ve collected over their time in college. Get them a new set of dishes, glasses, or flatware from Year & Day, one of our favorite new startups out there. If you’re not ready to commit, you can read a full review of their dinnerware here

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A salt lamp to give their space a warm glow himalayan salt lamp


Himalayan Glow Salt Lamp, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, from $12.99

I swear by my salt lamp for creating a relaxing vibe at home. This one was gifted to me two years ago and I still use it every day. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A signature scent for their new home gifts for new apartment


Diptyque Baies Room Spray, available at Bloomingdale’s, $68

A room spray is a fun twist on the classic gift of scented candles — and you can’t go wrong with anything from Diptyque. During the cooler months, there’s nothing more gorgeous than the iconic, floral Baies (roses and blackcurrant leaves) scent, which you’ll find concentrated in this beautiful mist.

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A shower caddy that will follow them through multiple apartments to come 5b50aaeefd0b9119008b47e2 1920 1440


Simple Human Tension Shower Caddy, available at Amazon, $129.99

This shower caddy is one of the most useful things in my apartment. It uses an adjustable tension rod to hold itself into place and it can fit everything from a weirdly shaped bathtub ledge to a full floor-to-ceiling walk-in shower. It’s a little pricey, but Simplehuman is known for making quality home products that rarely if ever need to be replaced. I’ve had mine for more than three years and it hasn’t rusted at all (you can read my full review of it here).

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A smart device that can answer almost any question and play music Echo Dot


Echo Dot 3rd Generation, available at Amazon, $24.99

You can’t go wrong when it comes to gifting the Echo Dot. It’s a small speaker with major power, and Alexa can answer all their questions about the weather, traffic, and more. They’ll also be able to play music, games, and control other smart devices around the home. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A cost-effective investment in their seltzer habit sodastream


SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker, available at SodaStream, $105.59

If La Croix sparkling water is their main source of hydration, they’ll love having a SodaStream around to make seltzer on demand. They can flavor it with drops meant to taste just like the real thing or create their own infusions — either way, they’ll save a lot of money over time. 

Note: The more expensive of the two options comes with two soda bottles and two CO2 cylinders, while the less expensive one only comes with one bottle and one CO2 filter. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A storage ottoman to save them space ottoman


Cole Classics Square Storage Ottoman, available at Target, $84.99

Every extra ounce of storage space matters in a small apartment, which is why this storage ottoman makes a perfect (and decor-neutral) gift. The lid lifts to reveal enough space for throw blankets and a pair of slippers. 

Editor’s note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

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