Help your friend maximize their space in the new year with these innovative and whimsical gift ideas.
A happy desk is one that can start the new year neat and tidy. Eliminating clutter helps you organize your thoughts and bring fresh solutions to the nagging questions of the previous year. Our guide to space-saving gifts is here to help you give your friends the gift of clear thinking and clean space.
Anyone who keeps a bike in a small apartment knows that even the most compact models can take up almost as much room as another person. Bike helmets also are difficult to fit into small spaces with their round shape and inflexibility. Fortunately, Hövding’s bicycle helmet provides an innovative approach to the idea of protecting one’s head in a collision. The Swedish design is inflatable, similar to a car airbag, and when it’s not in use it can be worn deflated and worn around your neck like a scarf. The ThinBike, meanwhile, has pedals and handlebars that can be folded flat against its sides, making it possible to tuck it into the narrowest of spaces.
We’ve also found shelving that goes beyond its typical utilitarian uses to be both aesthetically pleasing and unusually flexible. For the friend who’s always getting books as gifts but never seems to get around to reading them, the Balance Bookshelf can compare the weight of books already devoured to those that haven’t yet been read. The Fusillo modular wall shelf, in addition to looking great, also has hundreds of different configurations for any conceivable use. It’s a terrific open-ended gift.