The 30+ Best Practical Gifts

We've put together the perfect shopping list for your favorite down-to-earth people who love gifts with a purpose.

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October 27, 2022

The season of gift giving can be a little stressful. Checking everyone off your list, making sure you get exactly what you want, staying within your budget, etc. And then to add to all of that, you probably have someone on your list that's hard to buy for or someone who doesn’t love when you spend money on superfluous gifts.

Enter practical gifts. They're not just for fun (though some of them are that, too), but they're gifts that are actually useful. From kitchen basics and gardening essentials to pet and travel must-haves, we've gathered the best gifts for your favorite sensible people.

The Best Practical Kitchen Gifts

Whether your giftees are pros or beginners in the kitchen, these gifts are guaranteed to make every meal and snack prep a little bit easier. My fave is The Original Vidalia Chop Wizard. Seriously, it makes chopping veggies and fruits so much easier. Other smart ideas are a gorgeous cookbook stand, a handy set of pans or an acacia-wood cutting board that's both functional and stylish.

The Best Practical Travel Gifts

Keep your friends and family in full comfort while traveling with these gifts: a twisty pillow that forms to any position they need, small bags to corral all their toiletry needs, everything they need to keep electronics charged and ready, and a luggage scale to make sure they don't acquire extra charges at the airport.

The Best Practical Home Gifts

Make their home life a little simpler with gifts that help around the house. Allow them to quickly pick up dirt and debris with a lightweight, hand-held and cordless vacuum cleaner, or make sure all their devices stay charged with an all-in-one wireless charging station. For the ultimate practical home gift, treat them to an Ember Smart Mug that will keep their coffee at the exact temperature they want, so that it's never too hot or too cold.

The Best Practical Gardening Gifts

Encourage your recipient to start digging in the dirt with a practical gardening gift. A seeding square helps your favorite gardener plant with ease, and then they can pick and gather with chic second-skin gardening gloves and a tough canvas bag. Another top gift is a grow-light pendant, which allows your recipient to bring their love of gardening indoors.

The Best Practical Purse Gifts

While beautiful bags may be one of our favorite gifts to give and receive, we don't often think about the necessities we need inside our purses every day. Your giftee is going to be obsessed with The Clean Ball. It’s a tiny ball that picks up all the crumbs and lint inside your purse, and then you simply wash it every now and then. Genius.

The Best Practical Pet Gifts

Doting on their fur babies is a lovely way to show your friends and family how much you love them. The MudBuster is a quick and easy way to keep paws clean, while the FURminator keeps hairballs at bay. For the hot summer months, treat their fur babies to a self-cooling pad to keep them from overheating.

The Best Practical Pampering Gifts

Just because your giftee loves efficiency and sensibility doesn't mean they don't like a little bit of pampering. Just pick items that are also useful: cozy slippers and a lush blanket to stay warm, a chiller to keep wine and champagne perfectly cold, and a beautiful leather case to protect their laptop.

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