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Useful Gifts for All the Practical People On Your List

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Hands-On Gifts

Sure, people like getting gifts. But there are people out there — and probably one or two on your list — who would rather not receive a gift at all than receive something that will end up in the dark recesses of a cabinet or closet collecting dust. For those folks, we present this gift guide of practical products and empirical items that can be put to good use.


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Waxed Canvas Duffel Bag
Things Remembered

Waxed Canvas Duffel Bag

$85 from Things Remembered
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Available in three colors, this weekender-style bag is made of thick, waxed canvas cotton and has a roomy design that will ensure that not only will it get used, but it will likely accompany your loved one's travels for many years to come.


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Blue Light-Blocking Glasses
Amazon
Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer
Amazon
Personal Ceramic Heater
The Grommet

Personal Ceramic Heater

$26 from The Grommet
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If you live with someone who's constantly fighting off a chill, this tiny, portable gadget will help them in their quest to stay warm.

Portable Lap Desk
Amazon
Furmax Office and Gaming Chair
Amazon

Furmax Office and Gaming Chair

$54 from Amazon
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Is there any more functional gift than a chair? In this case, it's one for gamers that’s comfortable enough to settle in for long playing sessions and it's Amazon’s top seller. Translation: Usability high.

Glass Bottle Plant Mister
Amazon
Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit
Amazon
Moisture Meter
Amazon
Joby GorillaPod 3K Kit
Amazon
WateLves Memory Foam Slippers
Amazon

WateLves Memory Foam Slippers

$21 and up from Amazon
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If 2020 has been the year of anything other than the pandemic and crazy news cycles, it's been the year of comfort. Let your loved one embrace this silver lining with a pair of these well-reviewed slip-on house shoes, which are lined with fleece but have rubber soles for good traction.

Monkey Vegetable Peeler
Amazon
Cuisinart Drip Coffee Maker
Amazon
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Amazon
Apple AirPods Pro
Amazon
Nintendo Switch
Walmart
Embroidered Baseball Hat
Harding Lane

Embroidered Baseball Hat

$38 from Harding Lane
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Baseball hats get used, especially when they're high quality, have a cool design, and will last a long time. These needlepoint-logo hats are all that and more, and they're available in nearly five dozen designs, including athletic and nature themes and the U.S. flag.

Leatherman Wave Plus Multitool
Amazon
InvisaWear Jewelry
InvisaWear

InvisaWear Jewelry

$150 and up from InvisaWear
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Jewelry, when loved, will always get used, but a piece of jewelry or an accessory with life-saving technology? Now that's functionality. InvisaWear's bracelets, scrunchies, necklaces, keychains, and other pieces can share a location, broadcast an emergency-contacts alert, call 911, and more.

Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet
Amazon

Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet

$65-$79 from Amazon
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These slim, attractive, long-lasting bifold wallets are made of top-grain leather, are available in seven colors, and come with a three-year guarantee.


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The Medium Transport Tote
Madewell

The Medium Transport Tote

$168 from Madewell
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An attractive and roomy tote in sumptuous leather with the option for a classic monogram in 10 colors? Yep, this one will be used and used proudly.

Cozy Sleeping Blanket & Salve
The Grommet

Cozy Sleeping Blanket & Salve

$295 from The Grommet
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Made from hemp, this luxe blanket is "infused with micro-encapsulated beads that slowly release broad-spectrum CBD to help reduce stress or boost relaxation." The gift also comes with a "Soothing Salve" that includes lavender, shea butter, CBD, and more.


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Westmark Germany Hermetus Steel 3-in-1 Resealer Beer Bottle Opener
Amazon
La Chatelaine Deluxe Hand Cream Collection
Amazon

La Chatelaine Deluxe Hand Cream Collection

$25 and up from Amazon
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Winter weather means dry skin, so a gift of these French-made, well-reviewed hand creams — available in seven options — will be a welcome gift.

Yeti Hopper Flip Portable Cooler
Amazon

Yeti Hopper Flip Portable Cooler

$250 from Amazon
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If the loved one you're shopping for loves the outdoors, this Yeti cooler, which holds up to a dozen cans and 15 pound of ice, can be used for camping, fishing, picnics, and more. It’s available in more than a dozen colors.


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Nature Lovers Spiral Notebook Bundle
Decomposition

Nature Lovers Spiral Notebook Bundle

$108 from Decomposition
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With everyone working and schooling from home these days, unclaimed notebooks can be hard to come by. But a dozen of these — in colorful, cool, and interesting nature-themed designs — guarantee that your recipients will be armed with note-taking resources for quite some time.


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Compact Swivel Cheese & Tapas Board
Uncommon Goods

Compact Swivel Cheese & Tapas Board

$85 from Uncommon Goods
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We have a tough time believing this bamboo bowl and cutting board set won't get used on the regular, especially if the recipient in question entertains often. On the plus side, when not in use, it folds into quite a small footprint, meaning it won't take up a lot of space in the kitchen cabinets.


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Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillows
Amazon

Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillows

$40 and up from Amazon
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Comfortable pillows are always going to get plenty of use. These are hypoallergenic and loved by Amazon buyers — more than 37,000 reviewers have given them 4+ stars.


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Snowfox Stainless Steel Cocktail Glasses
Amazon

Snowfox Stainless Steel Cocktail Glasses

$33 from Amazon
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Just because we're doing more of our cocktail hours at home doesn't mean we can't do them in style. Buy these for your favorite Covid-bubble peeps, then invite yourself over to help them get used. Available in tumbler and martini styles.


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Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
Amazon
Theragun Vibrating Massage Gun
Amazon

Theragun Vibrating Massage Gun

$599 from Amazon
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If the pandemic has proved anything, it's shown that we could all use a little (err, OK, a lot) more stress relief in our life. If you're looking to splurge on a useful gift for a loved one, this pricey massage gun certainly won't collect dust in the back of some closet corner.


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The Grommet
The Grommet

AutoDogMug Dog Bowl Water Bottle

$20 from The Grommet
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Know someone who hikes with their dog regularly? They'll love this all-in-one water bottle and bowl that'll guarantee their pup stays hydrated on hot and sunny treks. Available in four colors.


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OXO Good Grips Adjustable Measuring Cup
Amazon

OXO Good Grips Adjustable Measuring Cup

$13 from Amazon
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Finally, a measuring cup that gets everything out, without the need to reach for a spatula or spoon. To use, simply twist the bottom of the cup and dispense your ingredient into the bowl. The magic is a silicone disk that acts like a plunger. The gadget is fully adjustable, can hold up to 2 cups, and can be cleaned in your dishwasher.


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