There’s a long standing platitude about not giving cleaning appliances as gifts, but whoever initially said that did not predict the fun and liberating future of modern cleaning appliances. Honestly, who doesn’t want a home robot (or two, or ten!). Keep your festive holiday sweaters, kitschy snow globes and boxes of chocolates and give us something that’ll mop our floors while we watch another episode of This is Us, thanks.
More than likely at least half the people on your holiday list have varying degrees of loathing (too strong? nahhh) towards getting down and dirty in the kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere else in the house. Luckily, there’s an array of handy products available for purchase that may not completely eliminate your household tasks, but can certainly help make them less of a chore. Or, at the very least, make cleaning more fun.
Read on for 11 genius gift and stocking-stuffer ideas for all the housework-haters in your life.
11 neat gift ideas for people who hate cleaning
A mopping robotRoombas are great, but what if you could gift a cleaning robot that not only sweeps, but also does damp sweeping and mops your floors, too? And all with the push of a button. Meet the iRobot Braava Jet, which is perfect for grime-attracting spaces like kitchens and bathrooms, or any other space that you want to keep clean with minimal effort.
$280 at iRobotiRobot
A gadget to clean your cutleryNot everyone is lucky enough to have a dishwasher—and even those who do own one can attest to the grossness that is food remnants on fork prongs and other awkward cutlery nooks. Eliminate the need for scrubbing such surfaces with this handy gadget, which sticks right to the side of your sink.
$12 at Amazon.caAmazon
This drill brushIf you know someone that hates scrubbing (and who doesn’t hate scrubbing?) then one of these drill brushes is the perfect gift. Compatible with a typical power drill, these nifty gadgets come in three different varieties to cover all of your cleaning needs.
$16.50 each at Lee ValleyLee Valley
Gas range protectorsNothing is worse than oven grime—nothing. Especially if you hate to clean. So we love the idea behind these reusable, heat-resistant, and BPA-free gas range protectors, which help make cleaning stovetop spills a breeze. They’re customizable and wash with just a little soap and water, making them a great gift or stocking stuffer.
$13 for a four-pack at Amazon.caAmazon
A self-cleaning litter boxEven if you’re a cat person, you probably loathe stooping down and sifting through gravel to scoop out all of your lovable fur-baby’s poop turds. Luckily this self-cleaning litter box solves all your problems with its magical litter crystals and convenient setup. One tray lasts up to 30 days in a single-cat household.
$140 at Amazon.caAmazon
A plug that collects all the hairOne of the worst parts of cleaning out the tub is having to lean over and collect all of the sopping wet, wayward hairs that make their way down the drain. Those days are over with this brilliant Tub Shroom, which is guaranteed to collect every last one of ‘em.
$17 at Amazon.ca
A magical glass-cleaning deviceCleaning glass is the actually the worst, because it’s impossible to do so without leaving a smudge. Enter the Cuisipro Magnetic Spot Scrubber, which not only reaches hard-to-clean areas, but is super fun to use, too.
$12 at Amazon.caCuisipro
This smart composting binIt’s a tough balance, trying to be environmentally friendly while also minimizing the amount of cleaning you need to do. That’s why we love this patented design kitchen compost bin from FRANK + Full Circle—it allows air to flow through for less odours and fewer flies, plus it opens with the push of button.
$40 at Canadian TireCanadian Tire
An easy dusterDusting is gross and time consuming… and it often makes us sneeze. So the simpler we can make it the better. Enter this microfibre duster from FRANK + Full Circle, which features a washable duster that traps all the dirt. No more dusting cloth for you.
$18 at Canadian TireCanadian Tire
A gadget that dispenses dish soapThis genius dish soap dispenser from Lee Valley eliminates gunky, soap-scum mess because it only pumps as much soap as you actually need—directly onto your sponge. And if that doesn’t simplify doing never-ending pesky dishes, then we don’t know what does.
$15 at Lee ValleyLee Valley
Next-level, wireless headphonesLet’s face it—unless we’re gifting the gift of a cleaning service, our loved ones are going to have to do some cleaning this holiday season. That makes these Beats wireless headphones the perfect thing. If a person is going to have to get down and dirty, at least they can jam out to some good tunes while doing so.
$400 at StaplesBeats