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The Clean Person Holiday Gift Guide

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All illustrations by Ariella Elovic for Racked
All illustrations by Ariella Elovic for Racked

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In what's become an annual tradition of mine, I've compiled a Clean Person Holiday Gift Guide, and this year I get to share it with Racked. There's something here for everyone (and every budget!), from your jet-setting BFF to that cousin who will find a new iPhone under the tree.

And sure, home care products may not wow your friends and family the way something diamond-encrusted might, but on the other hand, giving the gift of clean is no worse than giving the gift of socks. Happy holidays await!


Stocking Stuffers (Under $25)

Caldrea Linen and Room Spray, $10
Linen sprays feel a little decadent, though they're generally not terribly expensive, and those two qualities combined make a bottle of the stuff a great little present. Caldrea offers its linen spray in seven scents, including Basil Blue Sage and Rosewater Driftwood.

Casabella Sparkle Scrub Sponges, $5.99 for set of 8
Look, if one has to scrub a baking dish, why not S P A R K L E while doing so? These sponges can be cleaned in the top rack of the dishwasher, so you won't even feel bad about gunking them up.

Monster iClean iPhone and iPod Screen Cleaner, $20.49
Fancy electronics cleaning products aren't really necessary—plain old rubbing alcohol is a cheap and easy way to keep screens free of smudges and germs—but these kinds of kits are a nice add-on for someone who's getting a new phone, tablet, or laptop.

The Honest Company Suds Up Dish Brush, $12.95
The holidays bring along with them a lot of extra dish washing; this darling little brush and soap dish set will add a dash of style to an otherwise tedious chore.

Blue No. 7 Deodorant Remover, $7.95
No one is immune to those frustrating deodorant streaks on dark clothing (except, well, for those who eschew the stink balm altogether), which makes these sponges such a perfect small gift item.

Vermont Country Store Right To Dry Clothespins, $9.95
Line drying is no longer as common a laundering practice as it used to be, what with the prevalence and convenience of electric driers, but there are still holdouts (and good for them!) who should be rewarded for their loyalty to olde timey ways with a set of these punny clothespins.


Season's Scrubbings ($25-$75)

Clean/Not So Clean Travel Bags, $39
Got a friend or family member who's taking a big trip in the new year? Isn't this a thoughtful gift to give them, in addition to being a subtle reminder that they should bring a souvenir back home for you?

Andy Warhol Brillo Laptop Case, $59.95
The perfect laptop case for the Andy Warhol fanatic and/or Clean Person in your life.

Tyler Glamorous Gift Set, $28.50
This set includes three travel-sized bottles of detergent in the marvelously named scents High Maintenance, Kathina, and Diva, as well as three votive candles and holders in the same scents, which makes it perfect for the lady who likes to wash her dainties by candlelight.

Christophe Pourny Shoe Care Kit, $55
We all know that one shoe-obsessed person, and for them, no gift could be more perfect than a high-end shoe care kit. This one comes with shoe tonic, leather cream, and leather serum, packaged in an attractive crate that will appeal to both men and women.

Scout Hang-Ten Bin, $33
Bins are a great place for stashing items that tend to drift all around the house, like shoes, accessories, toys, cords, etc. Buy this stylish storage bin for someone who's resolving to make 2015 the year in which he or she finally gets organized.




Special Snowflakes ($75 & Way, Way Up)

O2 Hurricane Canless Air System, $79.95

Canned air is a great way to clean keyboards, vents, blinds, and all sorts of other dust-prone objects, but it has a lot of drawbacks, including the fact that it can cause frostbite (seriously). The O2 Hurricane offers an alternative to canned air for the obsessive keyboard cleaner.

Hangers Handheld Garment Steamer, $114

A good handheld steamer is a godsend for people who travel often, and it has so many uses beyond the closet. Use it to quickly de-wrinkle curtains and bedlinens, deodorize smelly furniture, and even clean a super gunky grill.

Diptyque Holiday Coffret, $90

No one needs a $90 candle to scent their home. Still, who among us wouldn't love to receive this gorgeous (and gorgeous-smelling!) candle from Diptyque?!

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Vacuum, $549.99
Look, a vacuum isn't the sexiest gift. Except, well, look at that thing. [WOLF WHISTLE] Also this vacuum is—no joke—life-changing. I have an older version that I love more than I love my husband (he knows this, and is okay with it). If pink isn't your thing, Dyson offers other cordless models in purple, blue and white.