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Living spaces come in all sizes, including “snug,” “adorable,” and “I can’t breathe.” If you’ve lived in one of these glorified closets, you know the struggle of the gift season: sometimes there simply isn’t room to store your new presents. Don’t add stress to their holiday and choose something that offers a big impact with a tiny footprint. Read on.

BLACK+DECKER Single Serve Coffeemaker

A grab n’ go cup o’ joe. Amazon

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There are few better ways to start your day than with a fresh cup of coffee. But in an apartment with negligible counter space, who has room for a full-sized pot? Instead, this compact coffee maker (it measures 5.47 x 6.14 x 9.41 inches) can easily fit on the corner of a table and brews straight into a travel mug—saving your bud time during their morning routine.

JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Listen to music anywhere—even in the shower. Amazon

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This portable speaker from JBL can connect to any device that supports Bluetooth, as well as other JBL speakers to create an apartment-wide sound system. Plus, it’s waterproof, just in case you (or a friend) spills after one too many eggnogs.

Nisuns Folding Storage Ottoman Cube

Storage space when you need it, gone when you don’t. Amazon

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Sometimes after a long day, you just want to sit back and put your feet up. Like the BEAM attached to the International Space Station, this cube stores flat until needed, then unfurls. Stick it in a corner until you’ve got something to put away, need extra seating for guests, or slouch in your favorite armchair.

Rustic Wooden Wall Mount Organizer

No room for a table? Consider vertical storage. Amazon

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If your friend has a thing for jewelry, consider giving the gift of vertical storage. Some necklaces can be very long or large, taking up room on the relatively precious flat spaces in a bedroom. Allow your pal to hang and showcase their favorites. No tangling, no overcrowding.

Fire 4K TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

All your streaming services, directly on your TV. Amazon

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The Fire 4K TV Stick can sync with all of your friend’s streaming apps, including Netflix and Hulu. It gives recommendations from each, and lets the user choose what they want to watch when they want to watch it. Also, this takes away the need to shell out a ton of money every month for actual cable.

Kindle E-reader

Books are heavy and take up space. Put them all on an e-reader. Amazon

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Your pal doesn’t have space for a bookcase headboard. They don’t even have room for books. But they do have room for a Kindle. The e-reader is slim and lightweight, making your friend’s new virtual library super portable and easy to store.

Joseph and Joseph Nesting Bowls

So many bowls and spoons, in the space of one bowl. Amazon

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If they’re a recent grad, the least you can do this holiday season is give them an attractive set of mixing bowls, measuring cups, and measuring spoons. This set nests in a satisfying rainbow, so they only need to set aside enough room for one mixing bowl.

Sushi Go!

Tasty and fun. Amazon

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Have a (board) gamer in your life? Sushi Go! is a really fun card-passing game that takes virtually no time to learn. And when you’re done, the whole thing fits into a container the size of a stack of index cards. The game is for two to five players, so your pal can host a (very snug) night of sushi and Sushi Go!.

Poplar Science Subscription

A good read ;). Amazon

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Magazines take up very little room, and this one in particular offers a lot of info and entertainment. Also, come on, it’s less than two slices of pizza for an annual subscription.