Gifts for Disorganized People
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Gifts for Disorganized People
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Haphazard Holidays

Do you have someone in your life who is forever losing their keys, misplacing their phone, can't ever find the remote control, is late all the time, and never seems to be prepared for any event or activity? Perhaps this year it's time to give them the gift that keeps on giving: the gift of organization. While you don't want to be too over the top and just hand them storage containers, you can dress up some organizational pieces to appear as a gift — but one that will also help them live a more organized life in 2020. The following are our neat freak suggestions. (And make sure you don't waste your dollars on these 22 Home Organization Products That Are a Complete Waste of Money.)

'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up'
Target

'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up'

Price: $10 from Target
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It can't hurt to start with a little education on how to declutter and neaten things up. The bestselling decluttering guide that took the world by storm, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," written by Maria Kondo, might be just what your disorganized friend needs to jumpstart his or her own journey into organization. Many say its companion book, "Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up," has a good amount of practical advice for the disorganized, as well.

Related: 11 Storage Ideas Inspired by Marie Kondo to Simplify Your Life

2020 Planner
Rifle Paper Co.

2020 Planner

Price: $34 from Rifle Paper Co.
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Sure, these days most people have a calendar on their phone, but it is still so gratifying and motivating to write things down and be able to physically check them off your list. A planner is the perfect gift for someone struggling to be in the right place at the right time. These Rifle Paper Co. planners provide 17 months of planning, come in several different themes, and include fun stickers to make planning more fun.

Related: 20 Tips to Declutter Your Phone Using the Marie Kondo Method

2020 Mom's Manager Planning Wall Calendar
Amazon

2020 Mom's Manager Planning Wall Calendar

Price: $13 from Amazon
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Help that busy mom in your life tackle all the schedules she needs to keep track of with this calendar. It has room to plan seven family members' schedules, is wall-hanging so it can't be misplaced, and it comes with fun stickers that make important events and notes even easier to spot.

Weekly Meal Planner
Barnes & Noble

Weekly Meal Planner

Price: $6 from Barnes & Noble
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Help your disorganized friend take the guesswork out of meals with a colorful meal and menu planner. This one from Barnes & Noble provides 52 weeks of planning, a space for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, plus a spot to jot down the grocery list. This is a great gift for anyone struggling to organize weekly meals who just ends up reaching for the takeout menu instead.

Multiple Device Charging Station
Amazon

Multiple Device Charging Station

Price: $40 from Amazon
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This affordable charging station will be welcomed by anyone with more than one device to charge. It comes in several different color options and has places for a tablet, a laptop, and three other devices to sit and charge while concealing the cords.

Expandable Dish Rack
Kohl's

Expandable Dish Rack

Price: $37 from Amazon
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Piled up dishes happen to the best of us. This expandable dish rack adjusts to suit all dish drying needs without taking up too much counter space. Plus you don't have to wipe it down after it's done its job because it has a spigot that drains right into the sink. Time-saving and space-saving — that's a great gift.

Related: 25 Gifts Under $25 for Food Lovers

Wall Wine Bar
Wayfair

Wall Wine Bar

Price: $100 from Wayfair
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Win over your wine-loving loved one with this Orla wall-mounted wine rack. It has a minimalist, rustic vibe and holds nine bottles of wine and six glasses. And, since it mounts on the wall, it gets the wine collection up off the counter to save space for other items.

Related: 50 Great-Tasting Red Wines Under $20

Locking Jewelry Box
Costco

Locking Jewelry Box

Price: $90 from Costco
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Your friend that's always missing her favorite ring or new bracelet will delight in an elegant place to keep it all safe and sound. The Mele & Co. Locking Wooden Jewelry Box has a low profile that takes up little space but includes three organizing trays and a drawer with a ring roll. And it locks to keep everything safe.

Coffee Table Tray
Wayfair

Coffee Table Tray

Price: $26 from Wayfair
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Are remotes always lost, books covering the couch, and general chaos on the coffee table? Help your disorganized buddy get organized while watching TV in peace with a coffee table tray like this one that has a modern farmhouse vibe. This is the perfect place to keep remotes and stack books, coasters, and more. You can also throw in a nice candle to add a decorative piece to the tray.

Related: 15 Gifts for Your Favorite Couch Potato

Large Basket
Amazon

Large Basket

Price: $66 from Amazon
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Large, sturdy wicker baskets are great for helping someone get organized. They can go by the entryway to catch shoes, umbrellas, coats, and bags, help store pillows and blankets in the family room, or be used to hold pet or kid toys. A nice big basket would be a welcome gift, and you can even stuff it with something fun like holiday pillows or a nice throw blanket.

Magnetic Strip
Amazon

Magnetic Strip

Price: $17 from Amazon
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A magnetic strip is perfect to hold knives and other metal kitchen utensils and get them out of that jumbled drawer. It can also work wonders to hold and organize tools on a workbench. Likewise, it can also help organize art supplies. It's also unique enough to pass for a gift and not just an organizational tool, plus this one is shiny and pretty.

Rolling Storage Cart
Michaels

Rolling Storage Cart

Price: $30 from Michaels
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While a storage cart isn't exactly a fun gift to get, you can get a pretty one and disguise it for what it really is: an organizational unit. This one from Michaels will add a fun pop of color to any room. This would be adorable and functional in a laundry room, an office, or even a bathroom.

Desktop Organizer
Shutterfly

Desktop Organizer

Price: $29 from Shutterfly
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Personalizing something always makes it feel more like a gift than a boring piece of organization, which is why we like Shutterfly's Rustic Farmhouse Desk Caddy. It has three spots to print photos on, and you can also add the recipient's name. Shutterfly also has several different configurations to choose from under "related products."

Related: 30 Essentials You Need to Buy to Keep Your House Organized

Purse Organizer
Amazon

Purse Organizer

Price: $8-$11 from Amazon
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For that friend constantly digging through her bag for lost items, a purse organizer is the perfect gift. This one comes in three sizes and 27 colors so it can accommodate many different purses, and each organizer has 13 compartments including two big zip pockets. For the price, you might even consider gifting all three sizes, which your friend can use for different handbags or even to organize some drawers.

Overdoor Hanging Organizer
Wayfair

Overdoor Hanging Organizer

Price: $80 from Wayfair
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Over-the-door organizers are handy in any room in the house: entryway closet to hold gloves, hats, and scarves; playroom to hold small toys or art supplies; bathroom for extra toilet paper, towels, and washcloths; and bedroom for shoes and accessories, etc. Gifting one may not seem all that exciting, but it certainly is useful to those disorganized people in your life, and this one, made of woven rattan, will complement just about any decor.

Basket and Hook Wall Organizer
Overstock

Basket and Hook Wall Organizer

Price: $78 from Overstock
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Wall organizers can make quite a statement in the home, and they go a long way toward helping with organization. For example, used in an entryway, this organizer becomes a place to keep keys, sort mail, and keep track of important things grabbed before walking out the door. And, if you splurge for a higher-end one, your disorganized friend won't be ashamed to hang it.

Fun File Folders, 9-Count
Amazon

Fun File Folders, 9-Count

Price: $15 from Amazon
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A fun way to get organized is with pretty file folders. If your friend has a wall organizer already, or you're gifting her one, decorative file folders are the perfect accompaniment. Even without a wall organizer, these are a fun way to jump-start organization. The sky's the limit here — there are tons of patterns and color combinations to choose from at multiple retailers like Staples, Walmart, Target, Amazon, and even places like T.J. Maxx.

Cosmetic Organizer
PB Teen

Cosmetic Organizer

Price: $79 from PB Teen
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Like with desktop organizers, a little personalization makes a cosmetic organizer feel more like a gift and less like a hint to a disorganized friend. Look for one that is both elegant and has multiple compartments. There are more options in this PB Teen line, with different features and various price points to choose from.

Bluetooth Tracker
Best Buy

Bluetooth Tracker

Price: $46 from Amazon 
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Lost keys, missing wallet, hidden remote — now you can help that friend who is constantly looking for stuff to keep track of it all. This four-pack of Bluetooth trackers works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa and has a phone app to help ping and track missing items. A welcome gift for anyone that is constantly misplacing important things.

Wire Stacking Baskets
Wayfair

Wire Stacking Baskets

Price: $15 from Wayfair
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An excellent choice for counter or pantry organization in the kitchen, these stacking baskets are also cute and therefore look perfectly gift-worthy. They come in two different sizes and finishes and, while bought as singles, for the low price you can gift more than one for extra organizational help.