Style & Shopping

These 12 Products Are at the Top of Our Editors’ Holiday Wish Lists

published Nov 30, 2023
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Vintage Inspired Strawberry Vase, De'Longhi La Specialista Arte, BergHOFF Forest Stainless Steel 6Pc Knife Block Set
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‘Tis the season to be shopping — and whether you’re looking for the perfect present for your roommate or just trying to think of something your mom can buy for you (that you’ll actually use), you really can’t go wrong with a home-related gift. I can’t think of a single college student who doesn’t need or want something for their dorm room, apartment, or house, be it a practical item like a storage unit or cleaning gadget, or something aesthetic like artwork.  

When it comes to college home products, the gifting possibilities are virtually endless. But if they’re feeling a little too endless and you need help narrowing down your options, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we asked Dorm Therapy’s Student Contributing Editors — who are decor- and design-obsessed college students — to share the items topping their holiday wish lists this year.

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A major part of having a “big girl” apartment is having a “big girl” kitchen set, and this one includes everything I need to cook homemade meals. (Plus, it fits my neutral apartment aesthetic.) —Makenna Underwood, Howard University ‘24

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This cactus humidifier is the perfect way to bring some greenery into your room during the cold post-holiday months. Not only is it great decor on its own, but it also helps combat dry winter air! —Sofia Andrade, Harvard University ‘24

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I love making my own coffee in the morning and I love when it’s in a decorative mug or cup. This one would be perfect for an extra dose of serotonin when I don’t want to wake up in the morning. —Isabel Petrou, University of Vermont ‘26

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I want this organizing cube shelf because my closet is a mess and I feel like this will help me declutter and actually enjoy finding things to wear. —Madison Harrison, Southern Illinois University of Carbondale ‘24

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Jellycat’s website describes Bartholomew as "the best-dressed sleepyhead," and I fully agree! I absolutely love this festive little guy, who looks like he brings so much comfort and joy to any room. He has a youthful energy, but his dapper PJs also have a sophisticated Ralph Lauren vibe. —Maegan Bellassai, Ithaca College ‘25

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One home decor item on my wish list this year is this mirror from Amazon, because I need a nice long mirror to take mirror selfies of my ‘fits every day for Instagram! —Raniya Fatteh, Las Positas College ‘26

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I have an extensive funky earring collection, and I want to create a fun little earring display. This jewelry stand is perfect — so silly and (at least kind of) practical! —Madison Renee, The Savannah College of Art and Design ‘24

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West Elm

Part of adulting comes with the realization that your kitchen knives actually affect your cooking, and growing up means looking at the kitchen knife department more than you'd think. This set has the perfect amount of knives for me, it goes well with my decor, and there's a sharpening blade in the holding block, making it both stylish and functional. —Benedetto Rebecca, University of Miami ‘24

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I would love to get an air purifier for my bedroom. There are many proven benefits to air purifiers and I would like to improve the air quality in my living space — especially because I have pets. —Lauren Fant, Merced College ‘25

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An item on my wish list is this set of clear desk drawer containers to organize all my beauty products and school supplies. —Camille Penick, University of South Florida ‘24

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Crate & Barrel
was $699.95

My wish list item is an espresso machine to make DIY lattes at home. —Haley Karinja, Fordham University ‘25

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[Editor’s note: This product is so nice, our editors recommended it twice!]

For me, regular-shaped vases are out, as this strawberry-shaped vase is making it to the top of my wish list with its vibrant color and unique shape. Morgann Rhule, Florida Atlantic University ‘25

2023 has been the year of strawberry decor, and I have fallen in love with the trend. I’ve seen this strawberry flower vase go viral so many times on TikTok and it’s my ultimate dream. Aza Akins, Delaware County Community College '23

Responses were edited for length and clarity.

Lexi Williams


Lexi Williams is a Brooklyn-based freelance editor, writer, and strategist. Her bylines have appeared in Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, and Betches, among others. After graduating from the University of Miami in 2016, she moved to New York, where she spends her days scouting out the best new pizza spots, perpetually redecorating her apartment, and taking too many photos of her dog, Benji.

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