20 Practical Products That Make Great Gifts

This holiday season, make life a little easier for the ones you love. Instead of guessing, skim our list of 20 practical gifts for family, friends, and coworkers. These presents won’t only be appreciated, they’ll get plenty of use after unwrapping. We promise big smiles and rave reviews.

Practical Presents

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practical gift ideas

If you’re racking your brain to find the perfect gift, look no further. We’ve scoured our sources and uncovered quality, affordable items that are beautifully designed with practical solutions in mind. From eyestrain to misplaced phones, discover the gifts that solve daily woes and add a little cheer to the new year.

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Eye Strain Reducing Lamp

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Eye Strain Reducing Lamp

Give a gift to your eyes—and your coworker’s. OttLite’s energy-efficient LED desk lamp reduces eye strain by up to 50 percent. Elegant and adjustable, this black desk lamp has brass accents and three light color and brightness modes, for work and leisure. We especially love the built-in USB port. Available on Amazon; $59.99.

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Tile Sticker

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Tile Sticker

Know someone who can't keep track of their belongings? The makers behind the Tile tracker now offer Tile Sticker. Simply press the adhesive Tile sticker to a phone, camera, remote control, or whatever else gets lost frequently and pair it with your smart device—never misplace anything again! With a three-year battery life and the ability to make your phone ring—even when it’s silenced—Tile Stickers may be the best stocking stuffer of all. Available on Amazon; $39.99 for a two pack.

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Handbag Light

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Handbag Light

Purses and backpacks can be black holes where your keys and wallet go in and then seem to disappear. This smart handbag light will be a game changer for those who are always rummaging. The light turns on when it senses your hand and illuminates even the deepest recesses. Available on Amazon; $19.95.

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Noise-Canceling Earbuds

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Noise-Canceling Earbuds

These low-profile earbuds make an excellent gift for anyone who's busy working from home. The wireless buds can be used continuously for up to five hours and then recharged in its accompanying case. Best of all, two microphones in each bud detect interference noises and human speech, and then eliminates the interference while enhancing the speech—ideal for anyone who takes work calls with busy surroundings. Available on Amazon; $36.99.

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Safety Lights for Running Shoes

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Safety Lights for Running Shoes

A perfect gift for the runner in your life: enjoy safe, nighttime jogs with these clip-on lights. Designed to easily attach to your running gear, these waterproof lights make you more visible to passing cars with its three modes: steady, strobe, and fast flash. It also comes with backup batteries, two short straps, and one elastic strap. Available on Amazon; $16.97.

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Handy Hammer Tool

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Handy Hammer Tool

Pretty and handy, the Hammer Multi Tool is five tools in one—though you’d never know it. Made of nickel and brass, it is strong enough for most household tasks, yet won’t require a whole tool box to store. Twist the handle to reveal a screwdriver and screw bits (two flat head and two Phillips head tips). Available on Amazon; $10.

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TSA Fingerprint Padlock

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TSA Fingerprint Padlock

Busy travelers will appreciate the convenience of the BenjiLock Travel Lock. With its 33mm lock body, chrome-plated steel shackle, and fingerprint touch panel, this heavy-duty lock uses advanced fingerprint technology for maximum security. Plus the fingerprint touch means no longer having to fumble with keys or worrying about cut locks. Available at The Home Depot; $33.89.

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Moleskine Classic 12 Month 2020 Daily Planner

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12 Month Daily Planner

Nearly everyone on your list can benefit from being organized in the new year. The iconic Moleskine planners have simple pages that can be used for elaborate bullet journals or just jotting down your to-do list. Choose from daily, weekly, and monthly editions, in bold shades of black, sapphire blue, and scarlet red. Available on Amazon; $15.82.

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Pocket Blanket

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Pocket Blanket

Great things come in small packages, which is true of Matador’s Pocket Blanket 2.0. The ultra-lightweight fabric is water-resistant and covers a 63-inch by 44-inch area. Ideal for picnics, camping, and plane travel, the Pocket Blanket is a useful gift for any travel our outdoor enthusiast. Available on Amazon; $34.99.

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Sinkside Accessory Set

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kitchen sink set

Bring a smile to daily chores with Full Circle's Ceramic Sink Caddy. Beautiful and useful, this caddy is modular, able to adapt to your sink-side storage needs. And the ceramic design is easy to clean. Available at Grove Collaborative; $21.10.

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Cut Resistant Gloves

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Cut Resistant Gloves

Safety is a gift with no price. So $12 seems very reasonable for these cut-resistant gloves, woven from food safe polyethylene, glass fiber, and Spandex. Sized to fit snugly and without additional bulk, these gloves prevent injury in the kitchen, workshop, garage, and outdoors. Available on Amazon; $11.49.

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Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Tune in and zone out. Bose’s Soundlink Micro Speaker lasts up to six hours and pairs seamlessly with any Bluetooth device. This waterproof model has a 30-foot range and a built-in speakerphone, if you absolutely must pause the music to take a call. Available on Amazon; $99.

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Pillow Furniture Cover For Pets

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Pillow Furniture Cover For Pets

While you’re probably giving this to a human, the pets will see it as a present too. Any cat or dog will enjoy plopping onto these bolster cushions, while their owners will be happy that the furniture isn’t getting covered in fur. Available at Plow & Hearth; starting at $39.95.

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Universal Pot Lid with Glass

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Universal Pot Lid

The right product can make life simpler. Made of silicone and glass, ONELID stays cool to the touch, doubles as a strainer, and disperses steam evenly, preventing liquids from boiling over. Oh yes, and it also fits most pots (up to 8.75 inches in diameter). Give it to the friend who's cooking in a tiny kitchen. Available at The Grommet; $39.95.

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Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System

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hot and cold brew coffee maker

Sip, savor, and give (or keep) Ninja’s Cold and Hot Brewing System. This versatile machine lets you brew multiple sizes, hot or iced beverages, and turns milk into froth in seconds. Easy to use, Ninja will keep you caffeinated or relaxed, whatever your pleasure. Available on Amazon; $179.99.

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Handheld Steamer

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Handheld Steamer

Give someone an ironing-free new year—and no, we don’t mean a dry cleaner’s gift certificate. Magic Pro’s portable steamer heats up in 25 seconds, removes wrinkles, and sanitizes everything from clothes to curtains and upholstery. It’s easy to store at home and compact enough to fit in a suitcase. Available on Amazon; $16.95.

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Work Gloves

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Work Gloves

Durable, sleek, and breathable, Milwaukee’s high-performance work gloves will make winter yard work so much more enjoyable. Designed with technology in mind, these gloves can operate touch screens, and are flexible enough for detail work and picking up small objects. Available at The Home Depot; $14.97.

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Label Maker

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Label Maker

Whether you need a gift for your boss, kid’s teacher, or a Marie Kondo superfan, look no further than DYMO’s 21st century label maker. Tasks are made easier and faster thanks to a computer-style keyboard. Customize your labels with a range of colors, symbols, and styles. Automatic switch-off means batteries last longer. Available on Amazon; $26.12.

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Bike Phone Holder

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Bike Phone Holder

The X-Mount Smart Phone Holder is made for biking—and staying connected. The silicon straps are designed for maximum functionality, so you can stay safe and keep your phone in view. Available at Target; $9.49.

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RFID Blocking Travel Passport Wallet

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RFID Blocking Travel Passport Wallet

Chic and secure, this travel wallet blocks radio frequency identification (RFID) from gaining access to sensitive data, credit cards, and electronics that are stored inside. This beautifully-designed leather wallet comes in dozens of colors and is super affordable. Novice and expert travelers will appreciate that it keeps a passport, tickets, credit cards, money, and cell phone safe and organized. Available on Amazon; $13.99.

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Perfect Presents

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useful gift ideas

Holiday shopping has never been easier! Find a present for everyone on your list that they will get plenty of use out of.

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