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11 Gifts to Give Your Home (That Are Secretly Really for You)

updated Nov 26, 2019
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It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to do some gift shopping! We’re sharing our favorite picks for anyone on your list—check out all of our gift guides here!

You probably have a holiday gifting list for all the usual suspects, including family, friends, loved ones, colleagues, pets, etc. etc. etc. But this year, we’d argue that there’s one more add for your list: your home. Yes, your home! It gives you warmth and shelter all year long, so the time’s right to shower it with love and appreciation. Here, we’ve got 11 gifts to give your home at every price point—and bonus, all of them are kind of really for you.

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1. Google Nest Learning Thermostat

This smart thermostat tracks your indoor temperature controls to help your HVAC system run more efficiently—like by lowering the temperature automatically during the day when you’re away at work. It gives your house a break and helps you save money over time (studies suggest about 10% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills).

Buy: Google Nest Learning Thermostat, $249 at Best Buy

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2. Nickel Designs Hand-Painted Doormat

A mat at the door helps prevent dirt, dust, and other allergens from being tracked inside—good for your floors, and good for your health.

Buy: Nickel Designs Hand-Painted Doormat, $46 at West Elm

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3. Roku Smart Soundbar

Tired of maxing out the volume on your TV just to be able to hear the dialogue in your favorite show? This high-tech soundbar does fancy things like boost voice volume independently of background noise, plus it features automatic volume leveling, so loud commercials don’t come in so hot. Your TV’s volume controls will be thankful for the hand (and your neighbors will love not being blasted with the Kars 4 Kids jingle at 11 p.m.).

Buy: Roku Smart Soundbar, $179.99 at Best Buy

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4. Royal Plunge Plunger

Ok, yes, it’s a plunger. But hear me out! This is, first of all, the most attractive plunger you’ll ever see, and the simple ceramic holder absorbs odors and prevents mildew. Treat yourself. Treat your pipes. Get a fancy plunger.

Buy: Royal Plunge Plunger, $29.99 at Full Circle

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5. Glade Candle in Icy Evergreen Forest

Crucial to a happy home: good smells. This candle has a long-lasting evergreen scent that feels just right for holidays.

Buy: Glade 3-Wick Candle in Icy Evergreen Forest, $4.98 at Walmart

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6. Echo Studio

Five different speakers in this device help give sound a multidirectional feel, so your music can fill up any room it’s in without having to drag out multiple speakers. That means you can get the feel of in-ceiling speakers, no holes required.

Buy: Echo Studio, $199.99 at Amazon

7. Beekman Door Knocker

Curb appeal is a gift for everybody. This door knocker feels a little modern, a little vintage, and very cool.

Buy: Beekman Door Knocker, $28 at Anthropologie

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8. GE LED+ Battery Backup Bulb

A soft, warm, energy-saving LED light has a secret: It also charges up so it can be used as a flashlight in case of power outages. Place one in your living room’s table lamp, and get 5 hours of battery-powered light when you need it.

Buy: GE Lighting LED+ Battery Backup Bulb, $15.99 at Amazon

9. Crate & Barrel Wood and Marble Coasters

Your furniture is nice. Protect it! Better: Protect it with these subtly glam wood-and-marble coasters that feature cool brass inlays.

Buy: Wood and Marble Coasters, Set of 4, $34.95 at Crate & Barrel

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10. Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Cryptomic

This purifier not only clears air of allergens, but it actively destroys formaldehyde fumes that are off-gassed by home products like flooring, furniture, and more. It also acts as both a fan and a heater—a smart space-saving solution.

Buy: Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Cryptomic, $749.99 at Dyson

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11. Umbra Estique 5-Hook Organizer

The small hooks are perfect for hanging keys, a hat, or a dog leash, and the top portion holds incoming or outgoing mail. If you don’t have space for a table in your small entry, this is your answer.

Buy: Umbra Estique 5-Hook Organizer, $15.99 at The Container Store