It’s that time of year, when we’re making lists of gift ideas for loved ones. If you have a condominium-owner on your list, or someone who will be moving into a condo in the near future, give some careful thought to what that person might appreciate in the new surroundings. The key is flexibility. Modern condominiums are designed to maximize space, yet are often compact. Think multi-functional, especially for the condo kitchen. Gone are the days when people have space to store numerous small appliances such as rice cookers, slow cookers, yogurt makers, pressure cookers and the like. The great news is that nowadays, manufacturers have come up with innovative small appliances that do the job of several of these. A small gift of stacking coffee mugs or kitchen towels that will add a pop of colour are other possibilities, depending on your budget. If you want to go a little larger and know the condo-owner’s décor tastes, consider an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table, seating and/or storage unit.

If you are looking for stocking stuffer ideas, consider a decorative wall hook or a USB drive your loved one can use for digital media storage. Let your fingers do some shopping on your computer keyboard for more ideas, such as edible gifts, a cozy blanket beautiful enough to use on the bed or as a throw, a fabric laundry bag that can hang on the back of a closet door, or serving trays that can double as dining surfaces. Even better, tickets take up very little space in a wallet.  A new or recent condominium purchaser may be on a tight budget for a while, so think about an experience gift in the form of tickets to a play, concert or sporting event. A magazine subscription is another great idea.

Bed linens, placemats, a multi-tool gadget, a handheld vacuum … the possibilities are beautiful and exciting. Just remember that your family and friends who live in condos likely do not have space for a lot of “things.” Then go with your heart and your budget, and you will find the perfect gift.