Got a neat freak on your holiday list? We can promise you they probably don't need another planner. What they do need—well, that's better left to the pros. As someone who's lost upwards of a thousand tubes of lip balm and never knows where her phone is, I'm probably not the most reliable source for an organized gift guide. Which is why I left this year's shopping up to interior designers and home organizing experts, so that you can put your best gift forward.
“An organized space is my love language!" exclaims Suze Dowling, co-founder and chief business officer of Pattern Brands. "This holiday season, I’m looking forward to giving and receiving simple, well-made products that make daily life more enjoyable." Below, Dowling and other neatniks share the best gifts for organized people (or, ya know, people that need help getting there, like me...)
The best gifts for organized people, according to experts
For the office
A filing cabinet might not make the most exciting gift. Instead, Dowling recommends this colorful accordion filer that makes doing paperwork actually fun.
“The Poketo Accordion Pro Filer is a great tool to keep my bills, keepsake letters, and paperwork neatly organized thanks to its brightly colored pockets and a sturdy elastic closure to keep everything bundled together,” she says. “I love to give this to my work colleagues or friends who have an important life event ahead, like expectant parents or couples planning a wedding.”
Katherine DiGiovanni, co-founder of the organization consulting brand, Neatnik, says to never underestimate the power of the tray. Acrylic trays, like these ones from CB2, make desk- and counter-top storage a breeze, while adding a touch of timelessness to the space. “It keeps items on a surface contained and provides a limit to the amount of things one can pile there,” DiGiovanni says. “These elegant and simple trays can be used in an entryway, vanity or dresser, coffee table, bar, or really anywhere you need a little help staying organized.”
Mustard Made makes these adorable lockers you can use as filing cabinets, workspace storage, and more. Open up those doors and you’ll find ample room for stuffing away important paperwork, tools, electronics—really whatever you can think of can be neatly tucked inside. The Midi also comes with two adjustable shelves, hooks, and a cable hole, so you can organize it to your exact liking. And it’s not an eyesore, like so many ugly storage units tend to be. Each locker comes in a rainbow of pretty hues, so you can match your aesthetic seamlessly, or add a pop of color to make your workspace stand out.
By now, you’ve probably seen this linen charging pad somewhere on Instagram. It’s a wireless charging pad that works as soon as you plop your phone on it, keeping wires and cords tucked out of the way. The nest on the other side serves as a catch-all of sorts, perfect for keeping eyeglasses, pens, and other accessories out of the way while you work.
Not everyone loves Google Calendar and Gmail. If they prefer a traditional calendar, tuck this calendar pad under their tree this holiday. The floral blotter includes 52 tear-away pages where they can jot down meetings, notes, and ideas. Bonus: It doubles as a mouse pad.
For the kitchen
Does your giftee have a hodgepodge of pantry staples in need of organizing (or re-organizing)? Dowling recommends this powder-coated lazy Susan for keeping kitchen things neat and tidy.
“This beauty from Williams Sonoma is worth the hype, ” she says. “From organizing my spices and cooking ingredients in my small cupboards to displaying essentials on the countertop, this is a product I keep using time and time again. It also makes a thoughtful gift for the holidays. Pair this Lazy Susan with your favorite cooking oil, dish towels and kitchen tools for a beautiful and practical present.”
This sleek magnetic block gets prized cooking knives out drawers and off counters, so that they’re organized and close at hand. Made of natural acacia wood, the rounded arch fits neatly on cook spaces and counter tops, securely storing up to 10 blades at a time.
Everyone’s favorite pan brand just launched the only food storage set you’ll ever need again. This 14-piece kit includes five easy-to-clean glass containers and lids free from any chemicals or harmful coatings you don’t want your leftovers near, plus four food dividers when you don’t want your mashed potatoes touching your chicken. And say goodbye to the avalanche of food storage containers and lids—it also comes with a handy storage organizer, keeping your set neat and tidy when it’s not being used.
The Swiss army knife of kitchen tools, this organization rack is the perfect gift for apartment dwellers or friends and family who live in small spaces. It’s a paper towel holder, spice rack, and utensil hanger all in one. Its magnetic design is made to be hung off the refrigerator, freeing up space on countertops and cabinets, no tedious installation required.
“Nothing gives organization fanatics quite the dopamine rush and sense of satisfaction of these magnetic silicone bungees,” says DiGiovanni. From hanging notes and photographs on the fridge, to sealing off chip bags and open cookie sleeves, they’re a convenient tool to keep around the kitchen. “You’ll find many ways to use these. A perfect stocking stuffer for the organizers and techies in your life,” she says.
Got a passionate baker on your shopping list? Get ’em these pastel mixing bowls that nest into each other, making storage easy peasy. Each bowl in the 7-piece set is made from sustainable bamboo fiber thats durable, food-safe, and best of all, dishwasher-friendly. All in all, they’re *chef’s kiss.*
For the living room + bedroom
For the entryway or mud room that needs a little TLC, Nicole Anzia from Neatnik recommends this do-it-all rack from Open Spaces. “We love this shoe rack. It’s sleek, stylish, and versatile,” she says. “You can keep it by the door for shoes, but it can also serve as an end table or really to store anything. It comes in six colors and works with almost any decor or space.”
Store throw blankets, decorative pillows, shoes, and more in this gorgeous woven basket that’s as beautiful as it is convenient and tidy. Hand-woven by Makaua’s team of artisan weavers in Mexico, the palm leaves basket makes storage a work of art, keeping whatever it is you want to store in it out of the way while doubling as decor. A portion of proceeds are donated directly to Makaua’s mission of employing families in low-income regions, making it a gift that gives back, too.
A coffee table book about organizing that doubles as decor? Yes, please. Ashley Murphy, co-founder and CEO of the luxury home organizing company, Neat Method, suggests wrapping up Shira Gill’s latest book for the holidays. “Her newest book is a beautiful gift for anyone interested in learning about minimalism,” she says. Readers will enjoy step-by-step instructions and guides for trimming down their stuff and leading a clutter-free lifestyle.
If your giftees are constantly dodging an avalanche of boots and jackets each time they open their coat closets, this bundle has got them covered. Each kit comes with three sets of hangers, two sets of hanger clips, three medium bins, labels and a label holder. Tl;dr—it’s everything they need to streamline their closet and get tidy, even if it does live behind closed doors.
Maximize bedroom space with these canvas storage bins that slide seamlessly under the bed. Designed like a suitcase, they make storing extra sheets, linens, sweaters, and more so simple. Since they’re soft, you won’t have to worry about them getting stuck under there, even when they’re brimmed. And if they do peak out, they’ll match your aesthetic thanks to the chic leather handle and neutral coloring.
For the organized person who’s already tidied up their space so they can focus on ~aesthetics~. Vitruvi’s stunning humidifier will put your old machine to shame with both its looks and capabilities. With the push of a button, this baby adds moisture to your air in the prettiest way possible, giving you a litany of benefits including deeper sleep, better immunity, and nourished skin and hair. One happy reviewer sums it up quite perfectly: “I aspire to be as chic as this humidifier—I mean, can this humidifier design my house?”
Looking for a stocking stuffer or compact present they’ll sure to love? You can’t go wrong with this luxe leather roll up that’s perfect for traveling with headphones, chargers, and other tech accessories. “Organized people love to keep all of those unwieldy cords contained,” DiGiovanni says. “This leather roll-up carrier keeps all of your small gadgets, chargers, and cords together in a chic and stylish way. And this carrier can be monogrammed for a personal touch.”
Similarly, Dowling relies on this pretty vegan leather folio when she’s on the road and need to keep her personals neat and safe. The pretty, flat case is roomy enough to store a 13-inch laptop or table plus more, which folds up and stays tucked thanks to a magnetic clasp.
“I can store my laptop, phone, pens, notes and other important documents in one, beautiful packet that fits neatly in my tote or carry-on,” she says. “This is a great gift for those on the move, as well as people looking to elevate their work-from-home space (and isn’t that most of us these days?!)”
No jet setter should stuff their carry on without packing cubes—which Anzia dubs the “perfect gift for the traveler in your life.”
“Even organized people sometimes need help keeping their packing process and suitcase organized,” she says. Made from 100 percent cotton, she recommends this handy set from Bag All, which is a Neatnik favorite. Each kit includes three sizes of packing cubes and five different labeled bags, so nothing—not even a stray pair of undies—will get lost on the road.
For the friend who never leaves home without their sunglasses comes this convenient foldable case from Dagne Dover. Open it up to find three individual glasses cases stored neatly in a single, protective carrying case you, plus a mesh pocket for lens wipes or contact cases. Its compact design makes it easy to pack into bigger backpacks or suitcases, while its hard exterior protects your glasses from getting ruined. Plus, it hangs, making it easy to store in a closet or on a shower hook in your hotel bathroom.
For parents who are hitting the road with their newborn, Neat Method’s Marissa Hagmeyer, says this Baby Emergency Kit is worth every penny. Inside each patent leather case they’ll find a changing mat and various labelled pockets for all of baby’s belongings, like diapers, lotions, and clean clothes. “While pricey, we think Anya Hindmarch’s Labeled line is so fun,” she says. “This would make a great gift for a new parent.”
For the friend who takes stress cleaning to a whole new level, the Dupray Neat Steam Cleaner will give them their deepest clean yet. It heats up to a whopping 275-degrees Fahrenheit which is hot enough to kill germs and bacteria without any chemicals at all. It’s so powerful that 15,000+ Amazon customers have used it for cleaning their tile floors, kitchen appliances, carpet stains, furniture, and more. Your friend will love it.
Laundry day just got better, thanks to this detergent and fabric freshener duo recommended by Murphy. It’s made in collaboration with John Mayer (yes, John Mayer) and is formulated to smell what we can only imagine he smells like. Think: musk, black pepper, and rich neroli. Yep—that’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Why give one bottle of hand soap when you can give an entire year’s worth?! Blueland, which makes refillable cleaning and hygiene products better for the Earth, wants you to go into the New Year with clean, healthy hands. You’ll get 18 soap tablets and a forever vessel that swaps single-use plastic for glass. And they smell divine, with scents like zesty lemon, refreshing lavender eucalyptus, and flowery iris.
W+G’s senior commerce editor, Gina Vaynshteyn, wouldn’t call her house “neat” or “organized,” but the one thing she needs to have a handle on (otherwise her brain explodes) is all the dog fur. With two 90-pound furry dogs, her home gets a layer of black dog hair if she doesn’t vacuum every other day (her go-to is the Dyson Outsize+—the only vacuum she’s found to be able to handle that much shedding) or give her pups frequent spa days. To brush and vacuum at the same time, she uses Dyson’s Pet Grooming Kit (an attachment kit to your Dyson vacuum of choice), which gently brushes and detangles dog hair while sucking it up into the bin. This way, they shed less throughout the week, and she’s not left picking up wads of fur everywhere after brush time. “It’s been a total game-changer,” Vaynshteyn says.
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