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Gifts to give your roommate that you can actually keep for yourself

Your apartment is only so big. Um, small.

If you're exchanging gifts with a roommate this year, why not make it something you can both benefit from?

With these great gift options, they'll never suspect a thing.

Sheepskin Rug

Oh so cozy for cold feet, napping and
Photo Credit: Pottery Barn

Oh so cozy for cold feet, napping and pretty much everyday use, this plush gift matches all types of decor, especially in communal areas. If your roomie isn't into Pottery Barn, just say you picked it up at a holiday flea market! $99, potterybarn.com

Set of 2 Egg Nog Mugs

Nothing says best buds like matching egg nog
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Nothing says best buds like matching egg nog mugs! Gift with a carton of egg nog, or better yet, make it from scratch -- it's impossible to not share this gift. $12.95, cocktailkingdom.com

Giant Knit Grande Punto Blanket

This super cozy blanket is perfect for cuddling.
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This super cozy blanket is perfect for cuddling. Alone. Make sure it matches your living room décor so you can take advantage of its fluffiness all season long. $400, etsy.com

Coolamari Ice Tray

Keep things cool at home with this calamari-inspired
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Keep things cool at home with this calamari-inspired ice tray. Just refill the tentacles every time you pop out an icy frozen squid and your roommate won't even know this gift was really for you the whole time. $9.50, fredandfriends.com

The New Yorker Subscription

Perhaps the most shareable gift of all is
Photo Credit: New Yorker

Perhaps the most shareable gift of all is one that comes straight to your mailbox each week! If your roommate is a current subscriber, you can renew the subscription for your own reading pleasure. Subscribers can also access the digital edition, $70/year, newyorker.com

LUSH Shower Gel

If you share a shower, this gift is
Photo Credit: LUSH

If you share a shower, this gift is an obvious choice. Available in both feminine and masculine scents, LUSH's entire store is designed for gifting, but you know you really want to use it for yourself. And who will ever know! $30, lushusa.com

Riki Wooden Alarm Clock

Whether you're sick of hearing Radar (default) every
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Whether you're sick of hearing Radar (default) every morning or are just looking for a new piece of décor, this mod alarm clock offers a super chic way to know you and your roommate are running late. Note: Snooze is an option on this piece, so if you share a wall, maybe skip this gift. $100, dwell.com

Henri Bendel Suite 712 Scented Candle

Unless you live in a massive loft (why
Photo Credit: Henri Bendel

Unless you live in a massive loft (why do you even have a roommate?) there's no way you can't benefit from the burning of this luxe scented candle. Treat your roommate's senses, and your own, with the decorative and delicious-smelling gift. $50, henribendel.com

The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide

An attractive book that's also full of great
Photo Credit: Kaufmann Mercantile

An attractive book that's also full of great DIY tips for decorating, crafting, building and more? You're basically training your roomie to be a better cohabiter with this gift, plus there will be something new and shiny to adorn your coffee table. $25, kaufmann-mercantile.com

Crayola Color Escapes Adult Coloring Kit

A calm roommate is a good roommate! And
Photo Credit: Crayola

A calm roommate is a good roommate! And an even better one is a roommate who shares her new toys. Plan a Netflix and coloring night with this fun coloring kit -- for adults, we promise! $24.95, crayola.com

Jonathan Adler Studded Frame

Give a glam gift to spruce up your
Photo Credit: Jonathan Adler

Give a glam gift to spruce up your apartment and show off your best roommate selfie in this artistic hand-carved porcelain frame. $68, jonathanadler.com

Home Sweet Home Mug Toppers

What's a mug topper you ask? Well, it's
Photo Credit: Anthropologie

What's a mug topper you ask? Well, it's a gift to give when you've run out of ideas, but at least it's cute. Unlike a marshmallow, it can be reused for endless hot chocolates. $10 for two, anthropologie.com

The gift of a clean apartment

Handy is offering two-hour home cleaning sessions to
Photo Credit: Handy.com

Handy is offering two-hour home cleaning sessions to give as gifts this season! Your roommate couldn't ask for a better gift! $49, handy.com

An adorable pet

If your roommate has hinted at wanting more
Photo Credit: ASPCA

If your roommate has hinted at wanting more furry friends around, this is the time to gift her a new best friend! The beauty of a roommate's pet is that she is primarily responsible while you help out and enjoy all the cuteness. The ASPCA currently has 100 pets for adoption, find a cute one at ASPCA.org .

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