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Useful Gifts for All the Practical People On Your List

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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. 

Prices and availability are subject to change.

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Joby GorillaPod 3K Kit
Amazon

Joby GorillaPod 3K Kit

$51 from Amazon
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If you know someone who enjoys taking photos, this mega-functional tripod/clamp combo won't go to waste. The GorillaPod's grippy legs can be manipulated in every which way, letting the user mount a camera nearly anywhere. 

Related: The Best Gifts for Photographers from Newbies to Pros

Monkey Vegetable Peeler
Amazon

Monkey Vegetable Peeler

$18 from Amazon
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Just because something is useful doesn't mean it can't be fun. This monkey vegetable peeler is a perfect example of that and it gets great reviews. 

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Cuisinart Drip Coffee Maker
Amazon

Cuisinart Drip Coffee Maker

$100 from Amazon
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It gets consistently great reviews, is easy to operate, and — with its stainless steel exterior — looks great in any kitchen. This one will definitely be employed in the fight to stay awake and be productive on a daily basis. 

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Waxed Canvas Duffel Bag
Things Remembered

Waxed Canvas Duffel Bag

$90 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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A Hydroflask Water Bottle
Amazon
Apple AirPods Pro
Amazon

Apple AirPods Pro

$219 from Amazon
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With features including transparency mode, noise-cancellation, sweat- and water-resistance, and three sizes of silicone tips for a comfortable fit, this is one gift that we guarantee any music lover or podcast enthusiast will heartily embrace.  

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An Acrylic Watch Hat
Carhartt

Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat

$17 from Carhartt
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With more than 20 colors and styles to choose from and stellar reviews, this cold-weather headgear is sure to become a regularly used favorite.  

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Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer
Amazon
Nintendo Switch
Walmart
Furmax Office and Gaming Chair
Amazon

Furmax Office and Gaming Chair

$65 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: Useability high. 

Lifetime Leather Co. Dopp Kit
Amazon
Embroidered Baseball Hat
Harding Lane

Embroidered Baseball Hat

$35 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. 

Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit
Amazon

Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit

$25 on Amazon
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Got someone will stellar facial hair on your list? This kit includes beard wash, beard oil, and a bristle brush, and it comes with a beard dude-approved 4.3 star rating. 

Leatherman Wave Plus Multitool
Amazon

Leatherman Wave Plus Multitool

$100 from Amazon
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This multitool includes 18 tools in total, including screwdrivers, scissors, a saw, wire cutters, and more. Will it get used? Yes, and probably in a multitude of ways. 

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InvisaWear Jewelry
InvisaWear

InvisaWear Jewelry

$129 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

$158 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. In 2020, we're guessing this is one gift that'll be used on the daily.

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Portable Laptop Stand & Lap Desk
The Grommet

Portable Laptop Stand & Lap Desk

$40 from The Grommet
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Every work-from-homer needs an occasional change of scenery, and this adjustable laptop makes shifting from the desk or dining room table to the sofa that much simpler. 

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Westmark Germany Hermetus Steel 3-in-1 Resealer Beer Bottle Opener
Amazon

Westmark Germany Hermetus Steel 3-in-1 Resealer Beer Bottle Opener

$10 from Amazon
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Bottle openers are useful tools anyway, but this German-made one adds extra functionality because it can also reseal a cap and open a twist-off topper. 

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La Chatelaine Deluxe Hand Cream Collection
Amazon

La Chatelaine Deluxe Hand Cream Collection

$27 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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Glass Bottle Plant Mister
Amazon

Glass Bottle Plant Mister

$15 and up from Amazon
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Plant lovers frequently have multiple misters — one for every room, even — so even if they're well-stocked in the mister department, one more will still get used. This vintage-style mister comes in eight transparent and matte glass color options.   

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Nature Lovers Spiral Notebook Bundle
Amazon

Nature Lovers Spiral Notebook Bundle

$97 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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Blue Light-Blocking Glasses
Amazon

Blue Light-Blocking Glasses

$25 from Amazon
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Nearly everyone is spending more time in front of their computer screens these days. Help reduce their eye strain with a pair of these popular and well-rated Amazon blue light-blocking glasses. They come in a few colors and styles. 

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Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
Amazon

Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker

$79 and up from Amazon
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This handy gadget doesn't take up a ton of space and could mean the difference between having to make the trek from the home office to the kitchen multiple times each day. 

 

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

$35 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. 

Moisture Meter
Amazon
Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
Amazon

Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

$200 from Amazon
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These Jabra earbuds are sweatproof, stay put, sound great, and buyers report they are also easy to use. They deliver more than seven hours on a full charge and are available in a handful of styles.

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Theragun Vibrating Massage Gun
Amazon

Theragun Vibrating Massage Gun

$599 from Amazon
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If 2020 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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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. 

No. 424 Headphone Pouch
Cool Material

No. 424 Headphone Pouch

$42 from Cool Material
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This handy, made-in-the-U.S. little leather pouch will guarantee that they always know where their headphones are and that they won't get wrapped around and tangled with other items in a purse or bag.

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WateLves Memory Foam Slippers
Amazon

WateLves Memory Foam Slippers

$19 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.