gifts for germaphobes

We all know someone who carries hand sanitizer everywhere, considers Marie Kondo their personal hero and doesn’t wait for spring to tidy their home. If your friend knows how to stay organized in even the most chaotic situations, they’ll love these gifts. From a touch-free soap pump to a cleaning robot, here are the top five gifts for germaphobes and those friends who’d rather spend Friday night cleaning their closet than hitting the bar.

1. Touch-Free Soap Pump


Get it on Tophatter for around $8

Soap dispensers can be havens for bacteria due to all the dirty hands that touch them. Your clean freak friend will love this touch-free soap pump from simplehuman, which ensures no germs get passed around. Perfect for the kitchen or bathroom, it features a sleek, modern design to resist smudges as well as bacteria. Using a precise sensor, the pump dispenses soap in just 0.2 seconds and features a removable caddy for storing sponges or other cleaning items.

2. Dusting Slippers


Get it on Tophatter for around $7

If your friend is a homebody, they’ll love sliding around the house in these comfy dusting slippers. Available in a variety of colors, the slippers take the work out of keeping floors clean. Picking up dirt, dust, hair and lint like a magnet, the slippers fit shoe sizes 6 to 9 and are extra thoughtful for those friends with pets and hardwood floors.

3. Bamboo Coasters


Get it on Tophatter for around $4

Help your neat freak friend keep their tabletops free from ring stains and heat stains with a fresh set of coasters. These bamboo coasters feature fun animal designs and are safe and non-toxic for daily use. This gift is ideal for the friend who loves to entertain but hates watching their tables deteriorate before their eyes.

4. Wire Organizer


Get it on Tophatter for around $7

Perfect for the neat freak who loves tech as much as tidying, this weighted wire organizer keeps cables organized in one place for easy access without tangling. The four-slot organizer can hold up to 12 cords, and its high-quality soft silicone material ensures there’s no risk of damage to the wires. This gift is ideal for a friend with a home office or your super-organized colleague. You may also want to bundle it with other tech organizing gifts, such as this travel storage case or this remote storage rack.

5. Cleaning Robot


Get it on Tophatter for around $20

Just because your germaphobe friend loves a clean home doesn’t mean they always love to clean. This rechargeable robot vacuum cleaner offers the best of both worlds: a clean home, and no effort needed. With vacuuming and mopping functions, this cleaning robot works on a range of surfaces and comes with bonus mopping pads. Designed for the clean freak with a busy life, the robot vacuum makes its way around your friend’s home and then recharges on its own charging base, without making anyone lift a finger. The best thing about this gift is it keeps your germaphobe friend’s home clean and their schedule open so the two of you can still hang out.

Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and VICE.

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