If you’re not sure what to get for someone who already has everything, get them some tools they can use to keep it all organised. Whether they like to travel, cook or just keep a tidy home, these gifts are perfect.
Packing Cubes for an Organised Suitcase
When you’re packing up for a trip, a well organised suitcase can give you more space for things you need, and save you some frustration. Packing cubes (like these or these) make suitcase organisation a piece of cake, keeping everything separated and packed tight in their own mini compartment. One cube can be for socks, another for underwear, a larger one for pants and so on. They can also make packing electronics easier.
Sure, you can still pack efficiently without them, but when it’s time to pack up for the trip home, packing strategies have a higher chance of falling apart. Plus, if your bag happens to get searched by border security, they won’t make a mess of all your hard work.
Bedside Caddy for Gadgets
Nobody wants a nightstand crowded with gadgets and books. A bedside caddy can store everything you need in reach, all while keeping your bedside table clear for a glass of water or alarm clock. There are plenty of options out there, but if you can afford to wait we recommend the Fancii 10 Pocket Bedside Caddy ($23 on ebay).
Wall-Mounted Broom and Mop Organiser
Even if you tuck away your brooms and mops, you can still keep them nice and organised. The WINOMO Wall Mounted Broom Mop Organiser ($27 on ebay) can go up in your kitchen, garage, basement, laundry room, shed or closet, and can hold up to four heavy brooms or mops. Its friction-grips automatically adjust to a broom or mops handle thickness, hold onto heavier items tighter and still release instantly when you lift the tool from the clamp. It also comes equipped with five hooks that you can use to hang rags, brushes, buckets and other tools from. If you don’t want to wait for it to ship, you can find broom organisers in hardware stores like Bunnings.
Wall-Mounted Garage or Workshop Organiser
If you know someone who needs a more rugged storage solution for hanging their heavy tools, extension cables and other gear, the Rubbermaid FastTrack system is a great gift. You can purchase a mounted rail and a variety of different hook types for storing different kinds of tools and other items, and they can expand it themselves if they need more storage.
IKEA GRUNDTAL Magnetic Spice Rack
Know a cook that never has enough room in their kitchen cupboards? This SPONTAN magnetic spice rack from IKEA ($20) and its matching set of GRUNDTAL magnetic jars ($10 for three) make a cheap, yet attractive kitchen modification. Plus every spice will be within reach no matter what they’re cooking.
Rechargeable Label Maker
True organisation means properly labelling your storage. If you know someone who never can remember what’s inside of all their storage containers, a label maker will quickly solve their problems. The Dymo LabelManager 280 ($105) works with 6cm, 1cm and 1.3cm D1 Labels. It also features a full QWERTY keyboard, and can use six different font styles and seven different text styles. It also has a built-in library of 220 symbols and clip-art, and can save up to nine of your most frequently used labels. Best of all, it comes with a rechargeable battery.
Custom Closet Shelving
Tired of your significant other complaining about how disorganised your closet is? Save the day with this custom wire-frame shelving kit from Rubbermaid. It fits in walk-in or reach-in closets from 1.2m to 2.4m wide, doesn’t require any cutting or special tools to install (all hardware included) and it adds 6m of shelving space and 3.5m of hanging space. It’s sturdy, but also easy to disassemble if you need to reconfigure your layout. You can order a set for $243.
We’ve been a fan of the Grid-It organiser from Cocoon for a long while now. Grid-It organisers feature a durable, woven grid of elastic bands that keeps all of your stuff in place wherever you choose to store it. The Grid-It’s design makes packing your go bag super simple, and you can find customisable grids of all sizes and colours to fit your needs, including ones with built-in sleeves for your tablet or laptop.
With Grid-It, you can keep all of your gadget cables from tangling up, organise all of your artistic tools in one place, and even keep your laptop or tablet secure in your go bag. Most of the basic Grid-Its start around $15-25, but can vary depending on what size and style you need.
Hanging Toiletry Bag
Travelling with toiletries can get messy if you’re not careful. This hanging toiletry bag from Lewis N Clark ($14 on ebay) is made of lightweight nylon, and features plenty of compartments that will keep your toiletries organised and secure. It’s capable of hanging on a hook or towel bar, and it’s unfolding design gives you quick and easy access to each compartment without making you dig through anything.
Mini Surge Protector Power Strip
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who always travels with an arsenal of power-hungry gadgets, this mini travel surge protector from Belkin ($68) won’t disappoint. It features two standard outlets, and two USB outlets. You could safely charge your laptop, tablet, phone and digital camera all at once — or you can be everyone else’s hero at the airport. It’s small design easily fits into a carry-on bag, and it’s built to resist impact, rust and anything else that could potentially damage the circuits inside.
IKEA SKUBB Dresser Drawer Dividers
Because they’re hidden from sight, dresser drawers have the potential to become a tornado of disorganised clothes and other junk. The SKUBB dresser drawer dividers from IKEA ($10) let you grid out each drawer to give every type of clothing its own place. No longer will your drawer be a mess of socks and underwear you constantly have to dig through.
Velcro Cable Ties
Cord clutter is one of the first things we like to see go here at Lifehacker. Velcro straps (such as this $6 pack from Bunnings) make it easy to manage and organise cables anywhere in your home, and they make great stocking-stuffers for the gadget geek in your life.
Cable Management Sleeves
If your buddy’s cables are beyond the help of a few Velcro straps, these zip-up cable management sleeves from HomeyHomes can get the job done. All you have to do is bundle your cords together, wrap them with the sleeve and zip it up. Each sleeve has a diameter of about 3cm, so you can squeeze in about 12 wires in a single sleeve. They also come with cord labels so you can bundle cords by device. You can get four 51cm sleeves for $US33 ($44 plus shipping).