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Apartment List's 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

November 24, 2020

Welcome to Apartment List’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide!

We want to help you survive this holiday season by providing you with an extensive list of all the greatest gifts this year.

Everyone can use some extra home or apartment improvement, which is why we’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best finds for everyone on your list. All of the curated gifts in this guide aim to serve the home in some way, whether through aesthetics, functionality, organization, or some combination of the three.

We’ve thoughtfully broken down our gift guide by who you are shopping for. Let’s go ahead and get started!

For Your Significant Other

We’ll kick things off with shopping for your significant other. Whether you struggle to find the perfect gift for your special someone or are just interested in some of this season’s trends, look no further. Here are some of the best gifts for significant others this year.

Jewelry Case

This beautiful Burled Wood Box is the perfect gift to help keep your special someone store their most prized possessions neatly. The burled wood veneer provides a clean, modern look while blending elements of nature.

Laptop Stand

If your significant other works from home or uses a laptop in the office, this Portable & Foldable Laptop Stand is an excellent gift. Help them increase the ergonomic design of their workspace with this sleek and mobile stand that comes in three different colors; blush pink, cream white, or ink black.

Beauty Fridge

For the skincare connoisseur in your life, consider this Free People Beauty Fridge this holiday season. With a compact 10-liter capacity and a carry handle, it's as portable as needed.

Soap / Lotion Set

Speaking of skincare, check out this Nécessaire The Body Essentials kit, featuring three of the line’s best sellers. Choose from fragrance-free, eucalyptus, bergamot, and sandalwood scents in this set, including The Body Exfoliator, The Body Wash, and The Body Lotion.

Portable Speaker

If your significant other is a music or podcast enthusiast, check out this JBL Flip 5 Eco Portable Waterproof Speaker. Known for its high-fidelity sound, this JBL speaker boasts Signature Sound and Dual Bass Radiator in a body made from 90% recycled plastic.


Everyone can appreciate a great-smelling home, which is why this Le Labo Santal 26 classic candle makes a perfect gift for your significant other. This aristocratic scent blends notes of leather and smoke with a high dose of fragrance oils.

Phone Stand

For the techy in your life, pick up this Multi-Angle Extendable Desk Cell Phone Holder and iPad Stand. Let your significant other go completely hands-free with the help of this device holder that allows you to adjust both the height and angle to find the perfect adjustment for viewing pleasure.

Cocktail Shaker Set

The perfect addition to any home bar cart is this Fenton Bar Tool Set. Standing out from your traditional bar kit, the Fenton Bar Tool Set has a modern matte graphite design mounted on an acacia wood stand, making it a beautiful display piece.

UI Mug and Warmer Set

If your significant other is notorious for leaving cold cups of coffee around the apartment, then the Ui Mug & Warmer Set is the perfect gift. Best of all, this magnetic induction heater doubles as a wireless cellphone charger.

Fitness Mat

Whether your significant other is a yogi or just needs to take a few minutes in the day to relax, this Fitness Mat will help encourage some much-needed TLC. This multi-functional, non-slip fitness mat comes with a deluxe carrying case that has two multi-functional pockets.

Oil Diffuser + Essential Oils

Help your significant other get into a relaxing mood with this artful Texture & Lines Ceramic Diffuser. Complete the gift with the, Welcome Home Essential Oil Collection which includes some of the top picks, including the Good Mood Oil Blend, the Joy Oil Blend, and the Happy Days Blend.

Linen Bedding Set

Cozy up with this gift for your significant other than doubles as a gift for you! Check out this Brooklinen Linen Hardcore Sheet Bundle made from 100% linen from European flax and comes with a Core Sheet Set, extra pillowcases, and a duvet cover.

Bathtub Caddy

If your significant other loves a good bath at the end of a long day, treat them to this Live Edge Wood Bath Caddy. You don’t have to worry about sizing with the adjustable track along the bottom of this teak wood piece that is a beautiful addition to any bathroom.

Record Player

Serving as an art piece to any apartment as well as a functional music player, this Crosley UO Exclusive Velvet Voyager Bluetooth Record Player is a great gift this holiday season. Choose from mustard or rose luxe velvet that is both portable and functional.

For Your Roommate

Next up on our gift list is your roommate. Whether you’re the best of friends or two people who simply share a living space, these gifts are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Coffee Table Book

Everyone loves a great coffee table book, and Daniel Arsham by Daniel Arsham does not disappoint. This book is filled with conceptual sculptures and art pieces by none other than Daniel Arsham.

Electric Water Kettle

For a quick and easy gift this winter season, consider purchasing your roommate this Chefman 1.7L Electric Kettle. This stainless steel cordless electric kettle blends functionality with modern technology to heat water in no time at all.

Water Bottle

Reusable water bottles are all the rage. Not only can they showcase individuality, but they are also the more environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic water bottles. Gift your roommate this Simple Modern 24oz Classic Tumbler. Choose from nearly 30 different designs in four different sizes.

Framed Print

Travel has been limited the last couple of years, but that doesn’t mean you can't daydream about the Italian coast. Gift your roomie this Positano, Italy Framed Art Print for a fun and beautiful way to spice up their living space while tugging at their wanderlusting heartstrings.


Spruce up any apartment with the addition of this Snake Plant Laurentii. Personalize it to match your roommate’s style with six different plater styles, two different sizes, and five different colors to choose from.

Green Pan

Step up your roommate’s game in the kitchen in a healthier way with the Chatham Stainless 9.5” Frypan. This frypan will quickly become their go-to in the kitchen utensil with its diamond-enhanced ceramic nonstick coating.

Mid-Century Wave Vase

For the mid-century fanatics in your home, consider this Afloral Nordic White Mid-Century Wave Vase. Simple yet elegant, this vase allows any florals to be the main focal piece.

For Your Parents

It’s time to find the perfect gift for none other than your parents. This holiday season, surprise your parents with a gift they are both bound to enjoy. Here are some of our top picks this year.

Dual Wine Holder

If your parents can’t be caught at any dinner party without two bottles in hand, consider gifting them this sleek Leather Double Wine Carrier. Rather than brown-bagging it, your parents can show up to their holiday parties in style this year.

Wine Rack

Or, if your parents prefer to keep to their wine at home, you can check out this Jasper 6-Bottle Wine Rack. This modern, mixed-material wine rack will hold up to six bottles with customizable configurations.


For the parents who love their couch time, you can give them this incredibly cozy Snug Throw. You can choose from nine different colors to be sure to match any home decor.

Herb Grow Kit

Do your parents have an herb garden that struggles through the winter? If so, give them the perfect solution - The Smart Garden LED Grow Set. The combination of LED lights and a built-in water tank makes it so that even if your parents lack a green thumb, they can enjoy the fruits of their lack of labor.

Bamboo Cutting Board

Enhance your parents step up their cooking with this Bamboo Cutting Board. Not just your ordinary cutting board, this renewable bamboo piece has a smartphone-sized slot on the prep side, perfect for watching videos or reading recipes while they work.

Colored Wine Glass Set

Take your parents’ glassware to the next level with the Estelle Colored Wine Stemware. With 19 different colors to choose from, you'll be sure to find something that is unique yet fitting for your parents’ design style.

DIY Succulent Kit

Give your parents the gift of life in the form of a DIY Terrarium Kit. Let your parents work together while they create the garden scape of their dreams with this low-maintenance terrarium.

For Your Furry Friend

Don't forget about your furry friend this holiday season. Here are some of our top picks of pet gifts to help enhance both your lives and theirs.

Cozy Bed

What better way to show your furry friend you care about them this holiday season than by gifting them The Original Calming Bed. Made from ultra-soft filling and 100% pup-friendly materials, this calming bed comes in four different sizes and ten different colors.

Bowl Kit

Make feeding time fun with the Wild One Bowl Kit. Made with a non-slip base, these bowls hold up to four cups of food and come in a set of two dishwasher-safe bowls. You can even customize your bowls with personalized text.

Set of 4 Sushi Cat Toys

Share your favorite meal with your cat with this Set of Four Sushi Cat Toys. These felt sushi toys come in a pack, including the best sushi options, a California roll, salmon nigiri, tuna nigiri, and prawn nigiri.

Squeaky Dog Toy

Your dog will surely love this Modern Mud Cloth Natural Dog Squeaky Toy. This eco-friendly squeaky toy is made from durable upholstery-grade fabric and stuffed with filling made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.

Pet Food Storage Container

Gift your pet the joy of fresh food and snacks with this Frisco Airtight Food Storage Container. Choose from either a 16- or 26-quart capacity metal container that comes with a silicone seal on the lid to lock in freshness.

Leash Holder

Keep your dog leashes organized and give your pooch a place to wait patiently for walks with this Leash Holder. The double hook helps keep you organized and gets your dog out the door one step quicker.

Kitty Tower

Give your kitty a mini apartment of its own with this Frisco 52-inch Faux Fur Cat Tree & Condo. This all-in-one kitty tower will allow them to hunt, leap, and lounge. You can even choose from one of six different colors.

For Your Baby

This holiday season is a great time to give them something small and meaningful for those with a little one or perhaps a little one on the way. Here are some of our favorite baby gifts for this holiday season.

3-in-1 Humidifier

Bring moisture back into your baby’s room, especially with the heater running this winter, thanks to the BreatheFrida 3-in-1 Humidifier. In addition to serving as a humidifier, this gadget also functions as an essential oil diffuser and nightlight with a range of different colors to choose from.

Baby Food Set

As your baby starts eating solid food for the very first time, make sure they have a pleasurable experience. This First Foods Set is made from dishwasher-safe silicone and includes a cup, two spoons, and a bowl.

Night Light / Noise Machine

Help your baby achieve more restful sleep with the Hatch Rest Digital Nightlight Sound Machine. This two-in-one sleep aid helps you adjust the light and sounds remotely from your phone, so you don’t have to disrupt their precious sleep.

Pacifier Pack

If you struggle to find pacifiers in the night, check out these BIBS Colour 2 Pack. Just simply hold the pacifiers up to a light source for five seconds before bedtime, and the handles will glow for over eight hours in the dark.

Baby Mobile

Give your baby something adorable to look up at from their crib with this Woodland Animal Mobile. The wool blend characters include a mushroom, a pine tree, a pine cone, fox, raccoon, bunny, and moose, all suspended from a pine wood frame.

Nursery Wall Art

If you’re looking to add some fun and color to your little one’s room, consider gifting them this Happy Turtle Poster this holiday. The smooth gloss, the high-quality paper shows the vibrant colors in one of four different sizes.

Modern High Chair

The high chair is necessary for feedings, but it doesn’t have to be big and bulky. Gift your baby this Modern 3-in-1 White Wooden Baby High Chair. This convertible chair will grow with your child, providing a high chair, booster seat, and kid chair all in one.

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Susan Finch is a freelance writer and content manager focusing on local experiences, travel, and anything relating to really good food and craft brews. Her work has appeared in travel guidebooks and national magazines and newspapers. Read More
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