The Less-Is-More Holiday Gift Guide, According to Whitney Leigh Morris

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Whitney Leigh Morris knows a thing or two about living simply. As one of the pioneers of the tiny home phenomenon and author of Small Space Style, Morris aims to help individuals, couples, and families live comfortably and contentedly in — and with — a smaller footprint.

But the holidays are often a time where living simply isn't always easy. With endless parties and pages-long gift lists to cross off, it can often be a challenge to find thoughtful gifts that show you care (without creating more clutter) — which is why we went straight to Morris for help.

"I've noticed so many friends who want to reduce their environmental footprint, while also making their small spaces more practical and comfortable, so I've come up with a list of all of the tried-and-true products that I always recommend," she explains. Scroll down to check out all of Morris' genius holiday picks and advice for small living gifting.

Aarke Sparkling Water Maker, $219

"Cut back on all those wasteful, single-use bottles of carbonated water and flavored sodas. This water filter can help you reduce your weekly amounts of trash and recycling — remember, only ~9% of recyclables actually get reused anyway! — while adding a stylish touch to your kitchen.

Anthropologie Mateo Wine Rack, $48

"This texture-rich, space-saving wine rack will certainly come in handy during this festive time of year. It's also ideal for holding your reusable water bottles and to-go coffee thermoses year-round."

Bay Isle Home Suzan 3-Tier Hanging Basket, $69.99

"Need more space in your compact home or apartment? Go vertical! This basket can help you save space in your kitchen, or even by your bedside, desk, or bath."

Stojo Collapsible Travel Cup, $20

"A reusable breakfast jar set and a pocket-sized reusable cup are excellent tools for reducing your daily waste, and fit easily into your bag or your kitchen cabinet."

UO Ari Counter Table, $199

"Need more shelf or counter space? A slim counter table or a compact rolling cart can round out your kitchen. When paired with crates or baskets, they can corral items with an uncluttered look."

Chemex Coffee Maker, $45.50

"Why decorate with tchotchkes when you can decorate with beautiful, functional homewares? A coffee maker is simple and compact and when paired with a reusable filter, it creates a low waste coffee routine."

Big Future Toys Magnetic Wooden Blocks, $59

"My 3-year-old is wildly into trucks and building. These Wooden Magnet Tiles are made of sustainably sourced wood (instead of petroleum-based plastic.) A set or two can fit inside this clever child's step stool, plus a versatile and beautifully constructed Fagus Truck can fit on top. This minimal, durable toy can be outfitted with various accessories to transform it from one type of vehicle to another."

Lulu and Georgia Moroccan Flatweave Pillow, $128

"This throw pillow by my exceptionally talented friend Sarah Sherman Samuel is one of our newest additions to our tiny cottage and I love it. The resilient fabric is great at masking stray pet hair, and the design and color pop beautifully against multiple backdrops."

Lulu and Georgia Emmit Rug, $1,358

"I used this area rug when decorating the lobby for Amy Adams' production offices, and it was one of my favorite pieces — I didn't want to let it go! Despite its lovely light tone and delicate appearance, it's surprisingly steadfast in medium traffic zones."

UO Over-the-Cabinet Hair Tool Organizer Basket, $24

"A hidden over-the-door organizer for your eco-friendlier goods (such as these reusable ear cleaning swabs and your washable cotton rounds) can be helpful in the bathroom, or even under the kitchen sink."

Parachute Wool Dryer Balls, $19

"Wool dryer balls (which you can stash in flexible, handmade hanging wall baskets) are a natural, low waste alternative to dryer sheets. Plus, they can potentially reduce machine-drying time by up to 50%, saving energy and the associated costs."

Ballard Designs Pet Food Canisters, $69

"Stylish pet food canisters are a good way to free up concealed storage space in a small home or apartment, as you can keep them out in the open thanks to their clean design."

Williams Sonoma Concord Woven Leather Log Holder, $295

"A striking log rack is yet another way of adding character and style to your home with functional decor."

Iris Hantverk Birch Clothes Horse, $95

"We have this Folding Birch Clothes Horse in our tiny home and we use it constantly. Whether we're drying clothes, beeswax wraps, linen produce bags, or washable/reusable cloths of all sorts, it comes in handy without requiring much space or effort."


Katie is the Commerce Editor at Hunker. She has previously been on staff at Shape Magazine, Well+Good, and PureWow, and has spent her life perfecting the art of online shopping.

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