We all have that friend. The one who says you should come over for a drink after work, as long as you promise not to judge the mess — and then you get there, only to find a single pot holder sitting on the counter! Maybe you're that friend to other people? (If you are, email us with your secrets!)
You want to buy this person a holiday gift (or add to your own wish list), but you don't want to get something just for the sake of getting something. You want something that'll be useful and won't clutter up a space. This mini gift guide should help.
Here are five great gifts for the person who has a place for everything and a magical method for dealing with clutter.
We often sing the praises of spoon rests here at Kitchn, so you can only imagine how we feel about this spoon and lid rest! It's made by YAMAZAKI home, one of our all-time favorite home organizing brands, and finally solves that age-old question of where to put a pot lid when you need to put it down but don't want to dirty the countertop. It doesn't hurt that this rack is also gorgeous.
2. P-Touch Cube Label Maker, $60
Label makers have remained relatively unchanged for decades — until now. Instead of those bigger, bulky devices with QWERTY keyboards, this cube pairs with a smartphone to get directions beamed to it wirelessly. Get this for anyone who's ever used the words "snack shelf" or "baking cabinet" with a straight face.
3. Sponge Holder, $18 at SawyerCeramics on Etsy
Yes, this sponge holder again. You've probably seen us tout this exact product a few times before. We just can't stop talking about it. It's beautiful and it actually serves a purpose. Stashing a sponge in here allows it to dry out between uses, which makes it harder for bacteria to grow. While you're at it, consider adding a few matching sponges to round out the gift.
4. Andree Jardin Kitchen Box Set, $60 at Anthropologie
If you think your super-neat friend won't want a cleaning set in a sleek wooden gift box, think again. This is just the kind of little luxury that she wouldn't usually think to buy for herself. The kit includes a copper ball scrubber, a beech wood dish brush, a high-end sponge, and cotton-linen tea towel (read: four toys that'll keep your friend entertained for hours).
5. Mini Mint Smiley Dustpan with Broom, $15 at World Market
Anyone who uses a dustpan on a fairly regular basis will appreciate finally having a good-looking option. (Seriously, why are most dustpan and broom sets so darn ugly?) This little guy is less than a foot tall and ideal for cleaning up small messes and mini mountains of crumbs.