Not to brag, but I moved into my first solo NYC apartment this spring. It was about time; I’ve grown too set in my ways to accept the criticism of a roommate who might not “like” the framed Icelandic Doritos bag I’ve hung above the sink in the kitchen. To celebrate, my mom sent me her new “favorite thing,” which turned out to be a doTerra “Petal Diffuser” — a mister meets incense burner, or a way to “permeate an ultra-fine, yet substantial mist output into the air, releasing the aromatic and therapeutic benefits of … essential oils,” writes the doTerra website. I dismissed it as a trend at first, essential oils felt like another useless multilevel marketing-scheme fad, but after I started burning the midnight oil (and the midafternoon oil and the occasional midmorning oil), I realized that this diffuser was the perfect lazy person’s solution to making your home smell like a spa. (It’s also part humidifier, too.) I can’t get enough.
Now, I buy an oil diffuser every time a friend moves into a new place. I’ve realized it’s the perfect gift — the look is simple, and often easy to hide — something you can buy even the pickiest of people whose tastes run the gamut. An oil diffuser is something they’d never ever buy for themselves, but feels like a little luxury. (When it comes to oils, if you’re looking for a good set, I like this starter pack.) They can mix and match the oils for an ideal scent, filling their new place with frankincense-lavender or, my preference, orange-peppermint. Below, my favorite oil diffusers that make the best housewarming presents (and hostess gifts).
For the friend … who is me (if you are my mother)
For the friend who once owned a lava lamp
For the friend who already rocks gorgeous glassware
For the friend whose apartment resembles a romantic Italian restaurant
For the minimalist friend
For the friend who dreams of living in a spa
For the friend whose motto is “set it and forget it” when it comes to design
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