26 "Boring" Home Essentials You Need to Shop to Impress Your Holiday Guests

Updated 12/11/18
home essentials
Viviana Duron

There are some things in life that we just have to spend our money on. They're not always the coolest or aesthetically pleasing, but they're a necessary part of our daily lives. Yes, we're talking about home essentials also known as the laundry bag, dish rack, pot brush, and toilet brush holder. How many times have you handed over your hard-earned cash to purchase a cheap plastic dustpan and brush or trash can that inevitably doesn't last very long because it's lacking in quality and it doesn't look very nice either?

 

We've all been there, but I'm here to tell you that it doesn't have to be that way. I'll even go as far to say that you can enjoy parting with your money when shopping these "boring" home essentials. Yes, really. Sure, these chic options cost a little more than the 99-cent store, but you'll be proud to have them on display, and it'll actually make those necessary activities like cleaning fun. Read on to see our top 26 home essentials you can shop now to impress your holiday guests.

Toilet Brush Holder

CB2 Nexus Black Marble Toilet Brush Holder
CB2 Nexus Black Marble Toilet Brush Holder $30
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This does not look like a toilet brush holder. That black marble is something I'd be proud for guests to see. 

Laundry Basket

West Elm Round Weave Laundry Basket
West Elm Round Weave Laundry Basket $59
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Laundry isn't fun, but that doesn't mean the basket that holds them has to be boring. This one looks impossibly chic.

Wall Hooks/Hangers

Menu Afteroom Coat Hanger
Menu Afteroom Coat Hanger $130
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Don't let your clutter destroy your holidays. Impress guests with this chic wall hanger that will hang their coats, bags, hats, and knickknacks without a fuss.

Bedding

Parachute Sateen Venice Set
Parachute Sateen Venice Set $279
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There really is nothing quite like having new sheets on a freshly made bed. This sateen set is a must-have, especially in this chic gray silver hue.

Dustpan and Brush

Design Within Reach Magnetic Dustpan and Brush Set, Silver by Design Within Reach
Design Within Reach Magnetic Dustpan and Brush Set, Silver by Design Within Reach $100
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This one is an investment, but you'll never have to buy an ugly dustpan and broom every again. 

Green Cleaning Products

Supernatural Starter Set, 4 Bottles
Supernatural Starter Set, 4 Bottles $75
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Cleaning products can be chic, safe for your family, and the environment. These also smell incredible thanks to a blend of essential oils.

Soap Dish

Jonathan Adler Canaan Marble Soap Dish
Jonathan Adler Canaan Marble Soap Dish $32
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Soap gets messy and gluggy the more it's used, but if you ensure it has a chic surface underneath, it'll look more like abstract art.

Dish Rack

Tosca Dish Drainer Rack
Tosca Dish Drainer Rack $65
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There are so many dish racks out there but most are really not thinking about aesthetics, and if they do, they don't have a lot of function. This one has both. It's pretty and practical. Yay.

Paper Towel Stand

Crate & Barrel French Kitchen Marble Paper Towel Holder - Crate and Barrel
Crate & Barrel French Kitchen Marble Paper Towel Holder - Crate and Barrel $20
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This paper towel holder makes us smile. When we run out of a roll, we get to see that pretty marble again.

Minimal Hangers

Stavros Minimal Hanger, 2 Piece
Stavros Minimal Hanger, 2 Piece $23
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Who said hangers needed to be boring? These minimal designs are so pretty and aren't as bulky as the wooden ones that have been popular.

Tooth Brush Holder

Project 62 Solid Toothbrush Holder Gold Wire
Project 62 Solid Toothbrush Holder Gold Wire $10
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This is such a chic toothbrush holder and won't take up as much room as the round marble canisters (although we love those too if you have the space). 

Log Holder

Project 62 Fireplace Log Holder
Project 62 Fireplace Log Holder $50
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Make freshly cut wood look elevated with this striking midcentury log holder design. 

Utensil Holder

Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Stoneware Utensil Holder
Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Stoneware Utensil Holder $15
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Cooking can get messy and disorganized over the holidays when you have a lot to do, so keep all of your utensils in one place with this stoneware holder. It looks great when it's not being used too.

Waste Paper Basket

CB2 Nexus Black Marble Wastebasket
CB2 Nexus Black Marble Wastebasket $50
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This is the wastepaper basket of my dreams. You can never own too much marble. Right?

Table Brush

CB2 Table Brush Set
CB2 Table Brush Set $40
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It's the home essential you never knew you needed until you see this stunning version, and suddenly you remember how much table crumbs are better brushed off than wiped off with a cloth.

Toilet Paper Holder

CB2 Rough Cast Brass Standing Toilet Paper Holder
CB2 Rough Cast Brass Standing Toilet Paper Holder $50
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Hanging toilet from a wall holder is so 2018. We're moving on next year and exclusively using a standing version in cast brass. So chic. 

Tissue Holder

CB2 White Marble Tissue Square
CB2 White Marble Tissue Square $10
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Keep those sniffles at bay over the holidays with this tissue square. It also comes in black marble.

Cable Management Box

IKEA Romma Cable Management Box
IKEA Romma Cable Management Box $12
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It's likely there will be a lot of little ones around when guests come over for the holidays, so cables will need to be put away. This management box will keep them compact and safe. No one likes messy cables anyway.

Storage Basket

Cost Plus World Market Large Banana Delilah Tote Basket by World Market
Cost Plus World Market Large Banana Delilah Tote Basket by World Market $40
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You can never have enough storage options, especially over the holidays. This one is a great option near the front door for shoes, scarfs, and hats.

Toilet Plunger

Simplehuman Toilet Plunger and Caddy, Stainless Steel, White
Simplehuman Toilet Plunger and Caddy, Stainless Steel, White $30
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Who said plungers needed to be ugly? Simplehuman has crafted a version that is stylish, but it doesn't just sit pretty. It really works. Bonus.

Pot Brush

Redecker Natural Fiber Bristle Pot Brush, Set of 2
Redecker Natural Fiber Bristle Pot Brush, Set of 2 $13
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Even if you have a dishwasher, there are always extra pots to clean during the holidays with extra guests. These look great when not in use too.

Trash Can

Simplehuman Slim Open Top Rose Gold Trash Can
Simplehuman Slim Open Top Rose Gold Trash Can $130
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Trash doesn't need to look like, well, trash. This Simplehuman rose gold version is impossibly chic.

All-Purpose Cleaning Cloth

Umbra Flex Rubber Multipurpose Squeegee
Umbra Flex Rubber Multipurpose Squeegee $7
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If your New Year's resolution is to live greener, then you'll love this multipurpose squeegee. It cleans a variety of surfaces, and the gray color helps it to blend in on the counter or sink top too. 

Salt and Pepper Shaker

Sagaform Nature Collection Glass Salt & Pepper Shakers With Oak Stopper
Sagaform Nature Collection Glass Salt & Pepper Shakers With Oak Stopper $18
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Are you still using the salt and pepper shakers from the grocery store? Yes, me too, but I'm ready to elevate the experience and ensure my condiments look tablescape ready for the holidays. 

Dish Brush

Magnolia Home Wooden Handle Dish Brush
Magnolia Home Wooden Handle Dish Brush $6
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This dish brush looks like a chic body brush. We love the wooden handle design. Joanna Gaines really has her finger on the pulse.

First Aid Kit

Best Made Co. The Small Metal First Aid Kit
Best Made Co. The Small Metal First Aid Kit $60
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This is definitely a home essential we don't often think about, but it's especially important over the holidays with more guests in the house. This one from Best Made Co. looks really cool too. 

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