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Perfect gifts for a small apartment

These products will make your life feel big despite your apartment being small.

Patrick Holland
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Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is a versatile hybrid game console that smoothly pivots between a big-screen TV experience and an on-the-go portable. Its small size and great games are perfect for any apartment.

The Switch embodies that familiar essence that drew many people to the original NES and GameBoy. Its modular Joy-Con controllers are inventive and the entire hardware feels substantial and refined.

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Nest Cam

A webcam for your homestead is a great idea and the Nest Cam offers high-resolution 1080p video, a magnetic base and a pivoting stand.

Features like night vision, two-way talk, sound and motion alerts -- as well as optional Nest Aware cloud services that let you revisit past footage and set activity zones for a fee -- are solid. Budding DIYers searching for a high-res live streaming camera really can't beat Nest Cam.

3 of 22 iRobot

iRobot Roomba 614

Are you going to clean your apartment like some kind of animal? No, of course not. That's where iRobot's Roomba 614 enters the picture.

The moment you turn the 614 on, you'll be convinced that this affordable machine was worth the tiny splurge. It can automatically clean floors and connect smartly to devices like Alexa-powered speakers.

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Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

Eggs are an unforgiving ingredient to master. There's a razor-thin margin between them being raw and horribly overcooked.

Enter the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker. It's an affordable way to poach, boil and steam eggs and definitely worth a look if you want to enjoy breakfast eggs without the effort. 

Vizio E Series
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55-inch Vizio D Series TV

Even a small apartment needs a good-size TV. Vizio makes TVs that have very good image quality and affordable prices.

The 55-inch Vizio D Series is a 4K television with local dimming. It has smart apps to stream the likes of Netflix and YouTube. You'll just need to decide whether or not to wall-mount it.

6 of 22 Ninetendo

SNES Classic

The value-to-size ratio of the SNES Classic is extremely high. It provides a pixel-perfect Super Nintendo experience by packing in 21 games and two authentic SNES gamepads. Games can be paused, rewound and saved.

It includes all-time classics such as Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, EarthBound, Final Fantasy III, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Mega Man X, Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Mario Kart and Super Metroid.

Now you just have to find one.

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Fujifilm X100F

Your apartment is the starting point for your daily adventures. And what better way to document those outings than with the Fujifilm X100F mirrorless camera?

It produces excellent photos and improves upon an already great camera (the X100T) with better autofocus performance and a fine-tuned design.

Bowers & Wilkins PX
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Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones

Give yourself some serenity from noisy neighbors with these wireless noise-cancelling headphones. Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones have a refined, sturdy design.

The PX's drivers are the same angled drivers previously found in the company's high-end P9 headphones.

9 of 22 B&O Play

B&O Play Beolit 17 Bluetooth speaker

This speaker looks like a Scandinavian lunch box and is the key to wirelessly listening to your jams at home or on the go.

The B&O Play Beolit 17 combines good battery life, an attractive design and 240 watts of peak power while delivering up to 24 hours of playback.

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Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale

A bathroom scale is always a good idea, but this is next level. If you're already a Fitbit user, the Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale should be a serious consideration. It records your weight, BMI and even body fat percentage and will then shoot your stats to the cloud for analysis and better motivation.

The Aria's swanky design and ease of use makes it better than the competition. Also, it's just plain accurate -- which is kind of important.

As of this writing, the original Aria has been replaced with the Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale which is available for preorder now.

11 of 22 James Martin/CNET

iPhone X

What better way to maximize space than an iPhone with a screen larger than the 8 Plus in a body just a bit bigger than the 8? That phone is the iPhone X and it's Apple's first major redesign in years.

Not only does the phone look fantastic, it packs the most powerful processor in any phone sold today.

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Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

If Android is more your bag, the new Pixels from Google deserve a look. The Pixel 2 and 2 XL have the best camera on any Android phone. New optical stabilization (OIS) makes your videos shake free and are perfect for grabbing that snap of Junior or Fido.

One downside is that the "panda" color scheme is only available on the larger model.

13 of 22 Belkin

Belkin WeMo Dimmer

If you're into the idea of having a connected or "smart" apartment, the Belkin WeMo Dimmer light switch needs to join your arsenal. It uses Wi-Fi to connect directly with your home network, which means you won't need to plug a special hub into your router.

The WeMo has a premium look and feel and more features than you'd ever expect from a light switch: lightbar, night mode, fade timers, away mode and long press controls.

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DJI Spark drone

What better way to escape the confines of a small abode than soaring over the world? The DJI Spark is your getaway vehicle. The brightly colored phone-sized drone lowers the intimidation factor for new pilots: Its controls are simple and easily learned.

The Spark takes photos and shoots 1080p HD video. You can even control it using hand gestures. All this adds up to a fun experience, which isn't something you always hear when flying more complicated drones.

15 of 22 Josh Miller/CNET

Google Home Mini

If you want something from the internet, you google it. The Google Home Mini is a donut-sized smart speaker powered by Google Assistant, which takes the typing out of googling. It can do things like: answer questions, do internet searches, schedule reminders, make calls and play music, among other things. Just say, "OK, Google..."

This smaller version of the Google Home comes with a smaller, must-try price.

Apple Macbook 12-inch 2017
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12-inch Apple MacBook

In a small space, you need a small computer. That's exactly what Apple offers with its petite 12-inch MacBook. It's slim, lightweight and has a sleek design. Oh, and the display is gorgeous.

The keyboard and internals have been improved over the first two iterations, making the mid-2017 MacBook the best version yet.

Google Pixelbook
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Google Pixelbook

The Pixelbook is a lightweight 12.3-inch convertible (meaning it can be used as a tablet) and fully supports the Google Play app store. It's the first Chromebook laptop with Google Assistant built in and takes its stylish exterior design from the Pixel phones.

The $99 Pixelbook Pen works with the Pixelbook just like a stylus. A button on the Pen can be used to circle a photo or text on the screen, triggering Google Assistant to search for more information. 

18 of 22 BuzzFeed

Tasty One Top

If you're no master chef, BuzzFeed has your back. Its Tasty One Top is a Bluetooth-enabled induction countertop burner designed to help you cook the recipes you see from the site's Tasty cooking videos.

It connects via your phone using the Tasty One Top app.

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Pop Up Hot Dog Toaster

If you like hot dogs and novelty toaster appliances, boy, has Nostalgic Electric got something for you: The Pop Up Hot Dog Toaster.

It can toast a couple dogs and buns at the same time. Toaster hot dogs might not be the next avocado toast, but the pure joy of hot dogs being cooked in a toaster is hard to describe -- though definitely fun to watch.

20 of 22 Bonavita

Bonavita BV1900TS coffee maker

There will be times when a delicious cup of pour-over coffee from your neighborhood barista just isn't convenient. That's why you should consider a Bonavita BV1900TS coffee maker to brew a cup at home.

The utilitarian Bonavita makes excellent coffee on par with much more expensive drip machines. And it will pair well with Sunday mornings.

ZTE Axon M phone
ZTE Axon M phone
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ZTE Axon M phone

While most 2017 phones have dual rear cameras, the ZTE Axon M has dual screens. This 5.2-inch Android phone can transform into a 6.8-inch tablet.

It has a variety of screen modes, letting you use both screens for one app or multitasking with separate apps running on each screen.

There's a definite Nintendo 3DS vibe about it -- that's a good thing.

2018 BMW i8
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2018 BMW i8

With all the money you're saving living in a small apartment, maybe you should consider a car -- and a really nice one at that.

The 2017 BMW i8 is a hybrid, but it works a bit different than a Toyota Prius. The electric motors make all the midrange torque you could possibly want. And its incredible design will make you the envy of all Uber and Lyft drivers.

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