As a recent college grad who moved back home to New York City, I’ve been to countless apartment warming parties of friends who trickled into the Big Apple after graduation. When thinking (read: overthinking) about the right gift to bring over to their cozy (read: tiny) spaces, naturally, I came across the ubiquitous bottle of just-expensive-enough wine, a small houseplant with a questionable life expectancy, or A very-likely-to-become-a-fire-hazard candle. Well, here’s where the silly kitchen sponge comes in—it sounds a little wacky, but just hear me out.

They have all the qualities the aforementioned gifts lack, but with added practicality, personality, near indestructibility, and an undeniable sense of humor. Silly, fun, and irreverent, these sponges are the perfect mix of form and function.

Whether you’re in the market for a little apartment-warming gift, or you’re just shopping for yourself, you’ll love these adorable, yet incredibly useful kitchen sponges.

1. Sloth Sponges, $9.50

These slow-moving fellas will help make quick work of dirty dishes. Hang them on the side of your sink for easy access.

2. Coming Soon Kitchen Sponge, $10

Bring some sparkle into your scrubbing with stunning handmade sponges crocheted out of sparkly yarn.

3. Washabi Sushi Sponge Set, $12.95

A punny name for a fun sponge—what’s not to love about these sushi scrubbers?

4. Hawkins New York’s Lurex Sponges, $6

These shimmery scrubbers are as fun as they are functional.

5. Scrub Daddy Sponges, $15.19

The sponge that smiles back.

6. Cartoon Fruit Sponges, $8.02

Though technically for children, I’d argue that these fruit sponges speak to the child in all of us.

7. Clean House Sponges, $10.33

For once, the deck is stacked in your favor, helping you easily clean up after a full house.

What’s your favorite sponge? Let us know in the comments!

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