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The Ultimate List of Gifts for Roommates

Mark Roemer knows that finding a unique and thoughtful gift will help improve your roommate relationship without breaking the bank, whether you’re celebrating a special event or want to show you care. What if the gift also happens to help you? That is even better! Here are some suggestions for great gifts for roommates that you’ll both enjoy.

Some Necessary Baking Supplies

If you have a roommate who enjoys baking, that is a practice you can get behind. After all, the more your roommate bakes, the more sweet treats you’ll be able to partake in. Giving your roommate something important such as flexible rubber spatulas, will encourage them to keep making treats to share. Give your roommate a set of two spatulas in different colors so they can use them for various tasks. This helps to avoid cross-contamination, so they can start baking brownies long before you finish cleaning up from dinner.

A Cute Set of Coasters

You can easily find a collection of coasters that matches your home decor while still fulfilling the requirements for an excellent roommate gift. If your roommate has a habit of leaving their drink on your favorite furniture, coasters are a great way to protect your tabletop. You’re sure to find a coaster collection that your roommate would enjoy, whether they’re a big sports fan or simply a fan of cute animals. Use them for parties, regular hangouts, and anytime you see your roommate about to place their drink on your expensive wood furniture.

A Key and Mail Holder

Are you looking for a gift for someone who seems to have everything? They most likely don’t have a stylish and sophisticated place to store their keys. Thanks to a practical and attractive key and mail holder, you’ll never lose your keys or mail again. It is, after all, ostensibly a present for your roommate. However, if you can never remember where you put your keys when you’re rushing out the door in the morning, this gift will come in handy.

An Immunity-Boosting Tea Box

If your roommate has a cold or you want to give them something delicious and nutritious to have on hand, they’ll enjoy a gift box filled with immune-boosting tea. Teas made from delectable fruits and herbs can offer a variety of health advantages. When you’re curling up on the sofa for a laid-back movie night and roommate bonding time, nothing beats a warm mug of tea. What are the chances they will share a cup with you as well? I am willing to bet they are surprisingly good!

A (Low-Maintenance) Houseplant

You can’t go wrong with a houseplant as a just-because gift to show your roommate you care while also improving your own living space’s vibes. Plants in the home will make you feel better, increase your concentration and creativity, and reduce stress. A low-maintenance plant, such as a cactus, provides your roommate with the benefits of self-care without the hassle of caring for a finicky plant that will most likely die. You’ll still get to enjoy the beauty and benefits of having a plant in your home, so it’s a win-win scenario. Is your apartment already overflowing with plants? For the most adorable gift-giving surprise, give your roommate a micro-mini cactus.

A Set of Wine Supplies

So, you share an apartment with someone who enjoys a fine glass of wine. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a bottle, you can still give them something appropriate for wine lovers. A wine aerator brings out the full potential of a wine, and it’s something your roommate will keep using even after you’ve finished the one bottle together. Another excellent gift for the wine connoisseur in your life is a bathtub wine glass holder. Make a perfect gift set by combining the two items, or pick one for a quick gift. Of course, getting both items in your unit would be a plus!

A TubShroom

You may be wondering what a TubShroom is. It’s not only a thoughtful present for your roommate, but it’s also the secret to avoiding potential disputes. You’re probably used to removing hairballs the size of small mammals from your drain if you both have long hair. That’s undeniably unappealing, and it’s also a sure-fire way to stir up resentment when it’s your turn to clean the toilet. Even if you have a good roommate chore map, no one enjoys pulling up their hair. The TubShroom is a simple drain cover that fits neatly into your drain. Wipe down the TubShroom, replace it, and you’re good to go. There will be no more liquid drain cleaners. There will be no more high-priced plumber bills. There will be no more quarrels about who needs a haircut to keep the peace.

A Waterproof Notepad

Aid your roommate in keeping track of all the brilliant ideas they’re getting during their hour-long showers (thanks to your TubShroom, they’re not in there as long struggling with hair in the drain). Having a waterproof notepad equipped with suction cups for quick mounting allows your roommate to record their thoughts even while in the shower. This helpful tool is sure to delight the roommate, who spends more time in the shower than anywhere else in the apartment. Waterproof notepads can also be used to jot down joint shopping lists in the shower or to leave each other amusing notes to find when it’s time to clean up. Who can blame you if you use the pad in the shower to develop the right angle for your study paper? You’re paying for that hot water just as much as they are. Setting rules that both of you will abide by isn’t enough to create a positive roommate relationship.


Mark Roemer knows that these one-of-a-kind gifts for roommates are sure to bring a smile to your roommate’s face. Not only are most of them practical, but they are also almost essential. They will help you organize your apartment better, keep it cleaner, or even keep the peace when nothing else has worked. If you are interested in more tips and tricks on spending time with a roommate, make sure you are reading my blogs every week. Thanks for reading, and I will see you again next week!