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This Danish-Designed Kitchen Essential Is the Pretty, Practical Gift I’m Giving Everyone on My List

updated Nov 2, 2022
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Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael; Prop Stylist: Margaret Ward

When it comes to gift giving, there’s nothing like finding a this-is-so-you item that your loved one didn’t even know they wanted. This year, I found the item for everyone. And they’re all the same thing.

The LifeStraw Home water filter pitcher has everything I look for in a gift. It’s beautiful, with a sleek minimalist design that shines on the table or counter. It’s useful, with a powerful filtration system that eliminates more than 30 contaminants from tap water (and encourages good hydration habits). And it’s thoughtful, both to giftees and the world: LifeStraw is Climate Neutral Certified, and for every product sold, a child in need receives a year of safe water.

Everyone on my holiday shopping list would love a LifeStraw Home, all for their own personal reasons. Here are just a few.

Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael; Prop Stylist: Margaret Ward

It banishes contaminants — including microplastics.

Anyone on your list who’s extra conscientious about health and the environment will appreciate just how hard the LifeStraw Home works: It’s the only water filter pitcher that removes microplastics, bacteria, parasites, and those 30+ contaminants we mentioned. The long-lasting filters reduce a slew of nasties — like lead, mercury, chemicals (including PFAs), herbicides, and pesticides — all while retaining essential minerals like magnesium and potassium.

With the 18-cup dispenser, your friend who’s never without their water bottle will love having safe, better tasting water on demand. Families and party hosts can also let everyone in the house top off their cup without needing to refill the dispenser right away. And, of course, every refill is one less single-use plastic bottle. That’s a gift to us all.

Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael; Prop Stylist: Margaret Ward

It looks as great as it works.

I’m a big believer in filling your home with things you find beautiful — especially items you use every day — and LifeStraw doesn’t make you choose between form and function. I can honestly say that this is the first time I’ve ever said, “What a beautiful water filter pitcher.” The modern Danish design is simple and elegant, which means your friend with impeccable taste will be happy to leave it out on the counter or dinner table.

Both the handblown borosilicate glass and BPA-free plastic varieties come in a range of colors — I’m partial to Stormy Blue — but the practically unbreakable and more cost-friendly BPA-free plastic LifeStraw Home is perfect for college students and hectic households. And like the most well-designed home accessories, the pitchers are intuitive down to the last details: The coordinating silicone base keeps it safe from bumps and cracks, and the easy-fill lid makes quick work of refills.

Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael; Prop Stylist: Margaret Ward

It makes water — and everything you make with it — taste better.

And the tastiest part: LifeStraw Home turns any ol’ tap water into a safe and delicious beverage. That’s reason enough for me, someone who drinks approximately 1,000 glasses of water a day. But it also makes an especially apt gift for anyone who takes their coffee or tea brewing seriously and uses filtered water. The pitcher has both a membrane microfilter and an activated carbon and ion exchange filter, so they’ll get a crisp, clear taste for their pourover coffee, sourdough loaves, and ice cubes. (Your mixologist friend will be impressed.)