“Is it weird to give someone a broom for Christmas?” I asked, half rhetorically, as we bought our friends a black hand broom and dustpan at a shop in LA last December. At Remodelista, it isn’t weird. In fact, it’s been the office holiday gift (computer brushes, dish brushes, tall brooms, short brooms) year after year. A glamorous, or glamorously priced, household cleaning tool isn’t something people generally like to spend money on, so it actually makes a great gift. Our friends loved it, and six months later I saw the broom and dustpan hanging prominently on a rail in their hallway. I was satisfied.
Here are eight great gifts—from Scandinavian washing-up bowls to artisan furniture polish—for the friend who loves (or should love) to clean.