A few years ago, my partner introduced me to a concept he calls “a baseball bat gift.” It’s a gift that you get for someone with the purpose of then using it yourself. For example, if you’re someone who likes to play baseball, you’d get someone a baseball bat as a gift so you can both play together. I don’t know if it’s actually a thing, but it is certainly a brilliant way to spin something you want into a thoughtful “gift” for someone else. And honestly, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?
If you live with your partner, chances are you have a mental list of all the stuff in your apartment or home that you both need to get, but never have an occasion to buy. Romantic gifts are fine and all, but useful gifts show that you really know what your loving roommate needs.
Given that, ahead we found the best practical gifts to get your live-in partner that you can totally use, too. There’s not a baseball bat in the mix, but these gifts will be a win for your whole “team.”
If you want to spice up your bedding, but don’t have patience to pick out matching throw pillows, consider a festive lumbar pillow.
The Citizenry Baya Lumbar Pillow, $195, available at The Citizenry
No, this is not a sex toy for couples, it’s something even sexier: a two-in-one boot dryer and heater. You may laugh, but this simple luxury is a game changer for miserable winter weather.
Peet 2-Shoe Electric Shoe and Boot Dryer, $39.99, available at Amazon
Technically pets are live-in partners, too. Treat your furry friends to this Jen Atkin-approved shampoo.
Ouai Limited Edition Pet Shampoo, $28, available at Ouai
Cool stands for all those plants your partner insists are not dead, just resting.
Poketo Fruitsuper Plant Sticks, $32, available at Poketo
Just in time for hibernation season, this is a weighted blanket that has a built-in massager.
Brookstone Massaging Weighted Blanket, $129.99, available at Brookstone
Some might call this dishtowel passive aggressive, others call it informative.
People I’ve Loved How To Wash A Dish Tea Towel – T8005, $14, available at People I’ve Loved
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There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a clean house that you didn’t have to clean yourself. Your partner will love this little robot vacuum. It sweeps up everything from dust bunnies to annoying pet hair. Plus, they can control it all from an app, so the both of you can spend less time cleaning and more time binging your favorite shows. Just in time for the holidays, save up to $250 on select iRobot floor care at Best Buy — so get to it!
iRobot Roomba 690, $279.99, available at Best Buy
This coffee table book is the closest you’ll get to going on Fixer Upper.
Amazon Homebody, $23.99, available at Amazon
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