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    27 Original Gifts To Give Someone Moving Into Their First Apartment

    OG gifts for your OG friend because you're an OG friend.

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    1. A personalized zip code pillow for a super cute and comfy way to commemorate their new address.

    the throw pillow with a zip code on it
    Sweet Hooligans Design / Etsy

    Sweet Hooligans Design is a woman-owned small business based in Sewell, NJ that sells personalized goods like aprons, tote bags, wooden signs, and more!

    Get it from Sweet Hooligans Design on Etsy for $29+ (available in four colors, and four sizes).

    2. An AeroGarden that'll allow them to grow some plants or herbs without having to worry about the daily time commitment, or the lack of sunlight they may have in their new living space.

    the aerogarden in sage

    It comes with seeds for Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil, as well as Miracle-Gro plant food. The energy-efficient LED grow lights automatically turn on and off and the system reminds you when to water and add plant food.

    Check out our review of this super easy-to-use AeroGarden!

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $129.99.

    3. A set of French-scented candles to add some delicious-smelling cozy vibes to their living space.

    the three candles that come in the set
    Beauty Pie

    The candle scents in this set include Bahia de Miel, Bitter Orange & Blackcurrant, and Pomegranate and Baies Rose.

    Promising review: "The best value for candles I have purchased! The scents are gorgeous and just fill the room. This small set is a great way to test the candles before having to buy any of the bigger ones, and they make really great gifts." —Cynthia

    Get it from Beauty Pie for $70 ($25.37 for members).

    4. An Instant Pot for the best multi-use kitchen gadget, possibly ever. A pressure cooker, slow cooker, ricer cooker, steamer, food warmer, and sauté device all in one? No, I'm not kidding!

    A reviewer photo of the Instant Pot next to a plate of butter chicken that they made using the Instant Pot

    Combines six kitchen appliances in one — pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, and warmer. It can prepare food up to 70% faster. It can keep food warm automatically for up to 10 hours, and there are three temperatures for sauté and slow-cook. The inner cooking pot, lid, and steam-rack are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "This is probably the only kitchen appliance I've ever bought that has earned permanent status on my kitchen counter. I use it at least three times a week. It's particularly perfect for vegans and WFPB-eaters. I can cook beans and grains from scratch in no time! Such a wonderful investment. I liked it so much that I got one for each of my sisters for the holidays. Best. Thing. Ever." —cynthia w. rogers

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    And while you're at it, you may want to get them this cookbook filled with 100+ Instant Pot recipes for $10.71.

    5. A wine glass caddy that'll have them sitting back and relaxing after a long day of unpacking boxes and setting up furniture, in the tub with a glass of their favorite alcoholic, or non-alcoholic beverage.

    person using the glass holder in the bath

    This thing is ideal to hang on glass, mirror, and glazed tile. It's made of strong, recyclable, dishwasher-safe ABS plastic. Just clean the surface before sticking on the holder and make sure to wait 24 hours before using it.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors).

    6. A Folklore coaster set to prevent water rings and marks from staining their surfaces in the best way possible — WITH TAYLOR SWIFT LYRICS!!!

    the coaster set featuring lyrics from the 1, seven, the last great american dynasty, and august
    Bzzylizzy / Etsy

    Bzzylizzy is a small business based in Beverly, MA and sells hand-made pop culture-inspired merch — if they're a fan of Taylor Swift, Niall Horan, or Shawn Mendes, you need to check out this shop for them ASAP. I own two tees from this shop (this Folklore one and a Fine Line one that's not currently listed), and it is so cute and soft! A few of my Swiftie colleagues also own shirts from this shop, and we just love them! A lot!

    Get it from Bzzylizzy on Etsy for $13.

    7. A beautiful set of storage bins that'll help keep their belongings tidy and organized, while adding a nice pop of color to their living space.

    the two bins with gray and white stripes and pink floral print
    Ashley HomeStore

    Get a set of two from Ashley Home Store for $69.98 (also available in five other styles).

    8. A custom map cutting and prep board for a supes cool way of cutting up produce, meats, cheeses, and maybe even becoming better acquainted with the area surrounding their new place.

    the board with cut up produce on it

    It's recommended to hand-wash this with mild detergent.

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $50.

    9. A bathroom sign to remind them and their roomies to please, for the love of all that is good and right in the world, flush the toilet AND wash your hands. I'm BEGGING.


    Get them from Target: the Remember to Flush sign (left) for $14.99, or the Wash Your Hands sign (right) for $14.99.

    10. A tea infuser mug purrfect for the person who can always be seen with their favorite herbal beverage in-hand.

    the tea infuser mug in pink

    The tea cup/maker are made of high-hear borosilicate glass that can withstand temperatures of up to 150 degrees Celsius. It's BPA-free and non-toxic. It contains three pieces — the glass cup body, high-quality plastic lid, and removable stainless-steel strainer. It also comes with a postcard and coaster as a gift.

    Promising review: "Super cute glass tea infuser cup!! The cup does not look that big, but it holds a full glass of tea with no issue. I have used it only with a tea bag, but I plan to use it with some loose-leaf tea that I have at home . I haven't had it long, but I have already gotten compliments on it from everyone who has walked into my office today." —Foreverjaded

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three colors).

    11. A pair of blackout curtains for keeping their bedroom pitch black and not letting the sunlight disturb them and their precious beauty rest.

    The curtains in black

    Promising review: "I moved out to the woods and have been buying curtains for our new place online because it's hard to get out to the store. I have returned a couple sets of blackout curtains. These are great quality and will help with keeping heat in. They are also great at blocking out the light. They have a slight sheen and high-quality look. The curtains are white on the back side which is nice too." —Kindle Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in nine colors, and six sizes).

    12. A Harry Potter soup mug to make the Potter-lover in your life forget about all of the other food they can make for dinner, because once they see the steam rising out like a magical, bubbling cauldron, they're gonna become full-time soup eaters.

    the black cauldron mug

    This is a ceramic mug with a lid and spoon! It can hold up to 16 ounces.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.38.

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    13. A hello mat, which is definitely more cute and unique than a typical welcome mat. Look at that perfect script.

    the black mat with gold script writing that reads hello

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in 11 colors).

    14. A unicorn bottle holder to drink, I mean, provide a convenient and cute place for wine. Look at this little thing, it looks so happy just chugging away.

    the unicorn bottle holder holding a bottle of wine

    Get it from Amazon for $31.95.

    15. A boba tea or dumpling light for the most charming way to brighten up their living space. Not sure how you're gonna pick between these two, so perhaps you should just get them both.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $18: the Boba one here, and the dumpling one here.

    16. A book filled with adorable and hilarious photos of very good doggos catching treats that'll make a great coffee table fixture.


    Promising review: "Just TRY to flip through this and not smile! The photographer expertly captured these adorable puppers being the majestic clowns that they are, each one unique in her/his attempt, (or, er, lack of attempt), to catch a treat. Perfect showcase of crazy eyes and adorable wittle teefs, (yes, the overwhelming cuteness of these dogs will have you talking like that). GREAT (best?) COFFEE TABLE BOOK." —Nati

    Get it from Amazon for $16.58.

    17. An antique book-design tissue/napkin dispenser to get the person who has a hard time ever putting their favorite read down, even to do something simple like blow their nose.

     the book stack tissue box holder

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    18. A set of laboratory shot glasses so the science fanatic can pour up those liquid scientific elements...(?) or ya know, take shots of alcohol. I don't know science terms, sorry.

    person pouring alcohol into shot glass

    Includes two Erlenmeyer flasks and two beakers. These are made from thick-grade laboratory borosilicate glass, and are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I love these shot glasses — always a huge hit at parties. They’re durable, easy to clean, and a great conversation piece. They’re also good for portioning out cocktails. I especially like the larger capacity of these guys. I use them all the time, for cocktails and for cooking as well!" —Mitch F.

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $19.98.

    19. A personalized cutting board you can get customized with a recipe they love! It's the perfect way for them to meal prep and add a special touch to their kitchen.

    Morning Joy Co. / Etsy

    To place your order, take a photo of your recipe (or whatever it is you may want to get engraved, be sure to follow the instructions on the product page for more info!), and send your photo via Etsy Conversations or e-mail to the provided address on the product listing page with your name and order # as the subject line. Morning Joy Co. is Black-owned and based out of Fort Worth, Texas. They specialize in custom laser-cut and engraved home decor. Currently, their shop has just these cutting boards listed, but be sure to follow and turn on their Instagram notifications for future shop updates!

    Promising review: "Even better than I could've imagined. They definitely put a lot of care into their work to make it special. I cried when I saw it. I would definitely purchase again and again." —Rebecca Parr

    Get it from Morning Joy Co. on Etsy for $69+ (available as either one-sided or two-sided, and two finishes).

    20. Marshmallow mugs that'll be great when they want to sip on some yummy hot cocoa, coffee, or tea — they could probably also use this for a small portion of soup, or even just a quick, smiley drink of water.

    the four smiling marshmallow mugs

    Each mug can hold up to 6 ounces and comes with its own hot cocoa recipe card. These are microwave- and dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I got these as a gift for my best friend's birthday. She loved them, and they were super cute so it was totally worth it. They looked exactly like the picture. They are very small, but she said that's what you expect with cocoa mugs." —Paige Briana

    Get them from Amazon for $21.

    21. A Coca-Cola napkin dispenser to help them transform their kitchen into a cute retro diner.

    the napking dispenser with the coca cola logo

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    22. A set of monogram tipsy wine glasses you can get etched with a letter, which is basically like encouraging your friend to make every night at their new place, a relaxing wine night.

    wine glasses with the letter s etched on them

    These have a 12 ounce capacity, and are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "These wine glasses were the perfect gift for my wine-loving friend for her engagement. Got her the initial of her new last name. The 360 bottom makes them unique and a fun piece for the table." —Fharvey

    Get a set of four from Nordstrom for $48.

    23. A magnetic dry erase menu board to help then plan out their meals for the week, compile their grocery lists, and jot down any additional reminders or notes they may need to keep handy.,

    Promising review: "I really love this menu board. It's cute, easy-to-see, and gets the job done at the same time. It has made menu planning, keeping a grocery list, and keeping track of upcoming appointments so much easier. A friend who saw mine has already ordered one for herself. It comes with three markers — blue, pink, and green, and you do have to 'prime' the markers first. Once you do that, they work so well and are nice and bright. The menu board is a nice, big size and has a strong magnetic hold." —S. Winkeljohn

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    24. A Fire TV Stick that'll allow them to access all their streaming services and watch their favorite movies and shows on their television screen instead of their laptop.,

    Promising review: "I love this Fire Stick and only wish I had purchased it much earlier. It has allowed me to integrate all my services like Hulu, HBO Max, Curiosity Stream, etc. together. I have a Samsung Smart television, but it is now a few years old and Samsung no longer updates, so I was unable to get HBO Max or Curiosity Stream. If I wanted to watch either, I would have had to use my computer. Bummer. This has allowed me to pull them altogether and go between them easily. I also no longer have issues with slow streaming even though I am running 250mbps. I love the Fire Stick 4K!" —Stephen L. Stewart

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

    25. A surface cover to transform their kitchen counters and tables into beautiful marble pieces.

    Check out our write-up of this inexpensive and super cool marble adhesive surface cover!

    Promising review: "Looks AMAZING. Really easy to use, just make sure you measure and get a piece big enough for your item so you don’t have to line up multiple pieces. Took less than 30 minutes to re-do my buffet top from the dark brown granite it used to be." —Brittany renzoni

    Get it from Amazon for $6.09+ (available in four sizes).

    26. A motion-sensing table lamp that'll brighten up even the darkest of apartment spaces — while saving energy so the light isn't constantly shining when not needed.

    the lamp lit up in cool white and then warm white

    Requires four C batteries (not included). It has four settings: moonlight, daylight, off, and motion/light sensing for daylight only.

    Promising review: "I love this lamp! We needed a battery-operated lamp for the top of the stairs, (no outlet there). I keep this lamp on the motion-sensor setting. It is the perfect little lamp! It turns on when needed — stays on for about 30 seconds. There are other settings too, but we find it most useful on motion-sensor. It is small so I have it sitting on a small stack of hardcover books (looks decorative.)" —CDG

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    27. A customizable towel set to help give their bathroom an extra personalized touch. You can choose to get their name, initial, or as seen below, a fun print embroidered. Perhaps I also need Olaf towels.

    OrganicTowel / Etsy

    Includes one bath towel, one hand towel, and one wash towel. OrganicTowel is based out of Miami, Florida and sells luxury and personalized bath products like towels, bathrobes, beautiful bathroom accessories, and more!

    Promising review: "The embroidery on the towels looks great! And the towels themselves are very soft! My order arrived earlier than expected and was well-packaged. Very happy with my purchase." —Elisha Hughes

    Get it from OrganicTowel on Etsy for $49.99 (available in six towel colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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