One category of gifts that is often overlooked is that of household items. Yet those are the things people tend to need the most. It could be newlyweds who only have a small number of household essentials to start with or perhaps a family on a budget. Whatever the reason, a practical household item can make a great gift. But there are a few rules to follow. Here are our rules to follow when gifting useful household items.
If you're going to gift someone a household item, make sure it is something special, like an ultra-plush bath towel, a robe, or throw blanket. You can even monogram it to make it extra special. The key is to choose an item with a quality that stands above the competition. For example, someone moving into a new home may need new towels, but they may not feel like splurging on something of better quality. That's just one example of how the gift of a household item can really be appreciated.
Maybe the person you intend to gift is planning a vacation somewhere tropical and warm. Or maybe you know that they simply enjoy going to the beach every summer. A personalized beach towel is a nice touch, not to mention incredibly handy when trying to find your spot at a crowded pool or beach. Grab some other beach accessories such as sunscreen, some light reading, and flip-flops, and you've got yourself a very thoughtful yet affordable gift.
Everything both inside and outside a home says a lot about the people who live there. Help the new homeowners or apartment dwellers in your life put a personal stamp on theirs with some outdoor household items. It could be something as little as a doormat or as big as an Adirondack chair for their porch. Just make sure it is their style and in a neutral color. Keep that gift receipt handy too, just in case — especially if it is a larger purchase.
Just because it is a "common" household item doesn't mean it can't be unique. For example, Supima cotton sheets are made with rare cotton found in only 3% of U.S. cotton crops. They make a great housewarming gift or even just a great overall gift for someone who lives for nap time.
Having a pair of slippers ready next to the bed makes it a little bit easier to get up in the morning. Having an extra pair available around the house or when the dog eats them is even better. Plus, slippers and slipper socks are extra forgiving in terms of size, so you don't even need to know their exact shoe size in order to gift them. The theme here is comfort, whether it's a robe, pillow, blanket, pajamas or anything that makes someone feel good.
If the household you're gifting has any kids in it, brighten their space with something like a kid's hooded towel that makes bath time fun. Add some bath crayons and floatie toys and your gift is complete. A little indoor kids' tent is a cool idea too, giving them their own little space to imagine and create.
Storage has come a long way since ugly plastic bins. Canvas and wicker storage solutions available today are not only attractive, but also practical and functional. And they're always in high demand. Fill it with some of your intended recipient's favorite things, or even have it monogrammed for that extra touch.
Overall, keep in mind that a gift of a household item should be of good quality: something the receiver would feel guilty splurging on if they bought it themselves. It should also be thoughtful and match their tastes or décor. If you're not quite sure of what styles or colors they like, stick with neutral ones. In short, don't rule out household items when gift-giving.