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    13 Gifts For Your Housemates That Are Actually For You

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    It’s Christmas time! And that means lots of shopping – and bloody awful crowds. Fortunately for you, we’ll be flooding our pages with gift guides this month, so keep an eye out for more here.

    1. This Echo Show 5, which will improve your everyday as much as it does theirs.

    Amazon

    From managing calendars, making to-do lists and planning their day with weather and traffic updates; to watching their favourite shows and listening to music and audiobooks – this is the gift to end, nay, decimate other gifts. Not to mention, they surely won't mind you video calling the fam when they're not using it.

    Buy for $79 from Amazon Australia.

    2. This Fiddle Leaf Fig that they might technically own, but you'll still get to reap the benefits from.

    Bunnings

    Indoor plants don't just look great – though honestly, that'd be enough to make me buy them. Our fave indoor greenery also has endless mental health benefits, including encouraging management of stress and alleviating air polluton and heat stress.

    Buy a 300mm wide Fiddle Leaf Fig for $64.98 in-store from Bunnings.

    3. This essential oil diffuser that will relax tensions when someone forgets to run the dishwasher yet again.

    Amazon

    Chuck some lavender oil in here next time you're getting on each others' nerves. This essential oil diffuser not only has two different levels of quiet ultrasonic mist function, but also acts as a humidifer β€” improving breathing and moistening skin. Plus, it features seven different LED light colours, so you can change the mood of the room as you, I mean, they please.

    Buy for $39.99 from Amazon Australia.

    4. This 2-in-1 cold brew coffee maker and pitcher because this is Australia and it is unfathomable why we're all not already drinking cold brew on the regular.

    Amazon

    This product appeals to my minimalist sensibilities. Constructed from toughened borosilicate glass and premium stainless steel, it won't flavour your coffee which can be kept fresh here for up to 10 days. Your roomie new to cold brew? The purchase also comes with a recipe book with 23 different recipes – so with any luck, you'll wake to a fresh brew on Boxing Day.

    Buy for $129 from Amazon Australia.

    5. This air purifier that will cleanse the air of all the dust that accumulates when a bunch of people share the one abode.

    Amazon

    We have an air purifier in every bedroom in our house and I've got to tell you – best decision ever. The three-stage filter removes ultrafine allergens and particles from the air – and thanks to its pre-filter, the main filters last much longe than your usual lot.

    Buy for $168.89 from Amazon Australia.

    6. This LIFX multicolour light bulbs that will transform their/your home into a tranquil oasis or creative haven depending on your moods.

    Bunnings, @lifx / Via instagram.com

    My colleague is a LIFX-devotee and I can absolutely see the appeal. Screws like any other light bulb, but changes the ambience in your home unlike any other. Simply download the complimentary app, connect to Wi-Fi and decide which of the 16 million colours you'd like to deck your house in. Dim, control lights individually or as groups, set timers...honestly, go nuts, there's no limit to what atmosphere you can create with these babies. Did I mention it's also voice-activated?

    Buy a two pack for $129 from Bunnings.

    7. This banneton proofing basket because freshly baked bread – need I say more?

    Amazon, @the_bread_story / Via Instagram: @the_bread_story

    Look, I'm not going to pretend I know even vaguely how bread is made. But this banneton proofing basket has a five-star rating on Amazon and there are a plethora of first-time bakers singing the praises of this eco-friendly, non-toxic natural rattan cane bowl. With any luck, your mate will develop an addiction to bread-making and you'll have first pick of the lot.

    Buy for $19.99 from Amazon Australia.

    8. This mini iron skillet that is just big enough for two – one of those being you.

    Amazon

    This mini skillet has a four and a half star rating on Amazon from 20,226 ratings. So yeah, it's the shit. Use for dishes that require even and sustained heating, and count on it lasting your flat mate for decades long after you've moved out.

    Buy for the 6.5'' model for $20.09 from Amazon Australia.

    9. This bath pillow that – in good news for you – they surely won't bother moving after attaching to the tub.

    Amazon

    I 100% percent prefer showers because lying in a bath is not as comfortable as movies lead you to believe – my neck can never find a comfortable position. An ergonomic design means your neck and back are always supported, and constructed from 3D mesh technology, this pillow allows water air to flow through for quick drying.

    Buy for $34.95 from Amazon Australia.

    10. This Himalayan Salt Plate with Basting Well that has room for more than one steak.

    Williams Sonoma

    How brilliant is this?! Useful and beautiful. This Himalayan salt plate is ideal for flavouring meat right off the BBQ – and thanks to a well along its borders, can be served on the table without juices dripping onto the tablecloth. It can also be used chilled as a serving plate for cheeses, deli meats, sashimi and sushi. Your house's next dinner party is going to go off.

    Buy for $80 from Williams Sonoma.

    11. This bamboo bathtub tray that will make their – and your – tub times that much more soothing.

    Amazon

    This bad boy is the number one bestselling bathroom accessory on Amazon and I'm honestly not surprised. Designed with extendable arms, it uses ergonomic grooves to grip the edge of any bathtub. There's a space for all the essentials – book or tablet, phone, wine glass... you'll be glad you bought it for them.

    Buy for $42.99 from Amazon Australia.

    12. This Nintendo Switch, which can be used as a single handheld gaming device...or between two at once.

    Amazon

    Okay, so this is pretty damn cool, if you ask me. The Nintendo Switch can accomodate just about every gaming situation you can conceive of – solo, you can use it as a handheld device; with others, you can detach the controllers and cast the screen onto your television for multiplayer use. Plus, with purchase, you receive access to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Full Game – and who doesn't love a game throwback?

    Buy for $398 from Amazon Australia.

    13. And finally, this mini-basketball hoop that will cure the boredom of everyone in the house.

    Amazon

    So, essential info β€” the board is just short of 60 x 40 centimetres and is made of shatter-proof clear polycarbonate. The hoops sits on a spring that prevents damage when you're doing all that dunking (or attempting to anyway). Otherwise, you already know this is the thing that has been missing from your shared home.

    Buy for $64.58 from Amazon Australia.

    You to your housemate, knowing very well you're going to use each and every thing on this list.

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