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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.
"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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"A striking log rack is yet another way of adding character and style to your home with functional decor."
"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 a Los Angeles-based writer who covers shopping trends, deals, and product reviews for Hunker. She's written for PureWow, Food Network, and Well+Good. When not online shopping, you can find her collecting vintage glassware or rewatching Nancy Meyers' movies for design inspo.