Practicality mixed with holiday gifts can conjure up images of very sad colored socks that are unwrapped with an even sadder frown. But, let it be known that the sad sock is a practical-holiday gift anomaly! And we're here to stick up for all the practical presents' actually-useful reputations. For all those friends or family members out there that would rather spend their hard-earned coin on something other than an over-priced set of
loungewear, this one's for you.
There are countless aesthetically fulfilling AND functional gift options to be had, and we've hunted down the most wanted examples of them right here — from
top-rated vacuums to bestselling vibrators and crowd-pleasing weekender bags that will ably support your pragmatic giftee in all of their sensible endeavors. Keep clicking for our full list of useful things, each informed by both Refinery29-reader suggestions and anonymous top-bought shopping data. Don't get it twisted: practical people need love, too, and useful gifts don't have to be sad socks. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. 1 of 23 Maude Vibe Maude's Vibe
continues to sell out — making its way to the top of pretty much every single one of our
. According to one reviewer, it's "soft to touch, easy to use, powerful and effective. Very effective. I’ve never used a personal messager before and now there is no going back to life without the vibe." There's also an unnamed member of the R29 shopping team that's admitted to using hers to gently massage her shoulders (properly cleaned of course). Assuming your socially-distant giftee will be indoors for the rest of 2020, a discreet-yet-effective vibrator is one of the most usable gifts we can think of.
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vibe green, $45.00
Buy 2 of 23 Instant Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cooker
As one reviewer said, "This
your mother's pressure cooker." The
makes the same delicious dishes they probably recall from their childhood-by-Crockpot, only 70% faster and less clunky-on-the-countertop. No more 8-hour waiting periods between lunch and dinner, they can now make their stay-at-home-chef dreams come true in an...instant.
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Instant Pot Multi-Use Pressure Cooker,
$99.95 $79.00 Buy 3 of 23 Our Place Always Pan
For the practical cook who thinks Instant Pots are passe: it doesn't get more useful than this
8-in-one, very chic pan
sustainable-cookware brand favorite
. The magical do-it-all piece is non-toxic, incredibly nonstick, and comes washed in an array of unique kitchen hues your giftee likely won't find elsewhere. Oh, and it's currently on sale for under $100.
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$145.00 $95.00 Buy 4 of 23 Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe
If your giftee looks disappointed when unraveling one of the most top-rated robes on the market that's named after the softest thing we can imagine, then they are not a practical person.
Among 26 bestselling cozy-cloak contenders
Cloud Cotton Robe
(made from two-ply gauze and premium 100% long-staple Turkish cotton) continues to take the top-bought cake for its lighter-than-air composition and variety of soothing hues to choose from. Long story short: they're not going to NOT wear it.
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Cloud Cotton Robe, $99.00
Buy 6 of 23 Erin Condren Fruity Beauty Academic Planner
It's a safe assumption that your practical pals like to plan ahead — and if anyone knows how to plan, it's
functionally and aesthetically designed schedulers
(like this here Fruity Beauty number) are bestselling organization essentials that make A+ gifting material in advance of the new year.
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Fruity Beauty Academic Planner, $37.00
Buy 7 of 23 Hatch Restore Smart Light Alarm Clock
You may have spotted the
Hatch's Restore Smart Light & Alarm Clock
spotlighted in everything from our first-ever
— and for practical reasons: this non-eyesore gadget won't just bring the sunlight into your giftee's bedroom on dark-winter mornings, it will also help them do everything from guided meditations to pre-bedtime wind-downs and snooze-through-the-night customizable sounds. In short, it's a personalized bedtime routine they can keep on their nightstands.
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Buy 8 of 23 Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Weekender
This sustainably-made, durable canvas bag from family-run company Lo & Sons is a consistent top-selling favorite from our
roundup of best weekender bags
. It also just so happens to make very useful gifting material (and is currently 60%-off) — whether it's for a short weekend away,
traveling home for Thanksgiving
, a socially-distant day at the park, or even just lugging a bunch of groceries home, they. will. use. it.
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The Catalina Deluxe,
$215.00 $86.00 Buy 9 of 23 Pipette Healthy Hands Bundle
A very 2020-minded bundle of healthy-hand essentials that also happens to contain an
award-winning sanitizer from R29's very own MVPs Awards
. Treat a sensible giftee (who definitely keeps their hands extremely clean) to this trio of soothing sulfate-free hand wash, lotion, and that cult-favorite sanitizer we were talking about.
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Healthy Hands Bundle, $13.50
Buy 10 of 23 Marshall Emberton Portable Bluetooth Speaker
It's portable, it's aesthetically pleasing, it can survive getting a drink spilled on it, AND it will easily connect to their phone — what more could they want?! The oh-so-classic
-amp silhouette gets a sleekly modern update with this compact design that meets rich audio quality and go-anywhere capabilities.
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Marshall Emberton Portable Bluetoo... , $149.99
Buy 11 of 23 Everlane The ReNew Slipper
The entire shopping team audibly gasped when
The ReNew Slippers
emerged onto the scene (and we're all practical people!). The pair has already made its rounds in more than a few
holiday gift guides
, circulated on social media, and been added to our very own virtual carts just in time for the chilly holiday season. We can express with confidence that any no-nonsense giftee in your life would be glad to pop a pair of these 100%-recycled "duvets for your feet" slippers onto their tootsies.
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The ReNew Slipper, $50.00
Buy 12 of 23 Baby Foot Original Exfoliation Foot Peel Baby Foot
is a mainstay for R29 readers AND R29's Shopping team. The cult-status exfoliating foot peel circulates often in everything from
roundups, and it also boasts over 20,000 popular reviews on Amazon — aka people love to USE it. We're going to confidently assume that will translate to a crowd-pleasing gift for any practical person you know (aka someone who could really use a pedicure but won't go to a salon).
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Original Exfoliation Foot Peel - L... ,
$25.00 $20.00 Buy 13 of 23 Uniqlo AIRism Face Mask
Face masks have become an everyday essential for running errands, jogging, or even begrudgingly taking the dog out to do its business late-night — hence why it's made our most practical-gifts-to-receive list. The
boasts some of the
highest praise on the internet
(including our Beauty & Wellness writer's) and, per CDC guidelines, it checks all the proper safety boxes. It's breathable, multi-layered, and will correctly cover your giftee's nose and mouth without looking like an eyesore on their "I'm a practical person" face.
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AIRism Face Mask (PACK OF 3), $14.90
Buy 14 of 23 Open Spaces Shelf Risers Set
Crafted from white-washed wood and cream-colored steel, this set of risers is one sharp and useful dual-purpose home surprise. Whether your giftee wants to use the duo for kitchen organization or as a WFH-laptop stand (or both!), this duo will get the job done and look damn good doing it.
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Shelf Risers - Set of 2, $54.00
Buy 15 of 23 Click & Grow Indoor Herb Garden
Click & Grow
first made top-shopped waves in a
roundup of indoor garden kits
— and then it crushed the cart-numbers again during Amazon Prime Day. Why? We're guessing it's because this green-gadget is a very useful buy. With it, your giftee can open up a whole new world of over 50 pre-seeded plant pods (like cilantro, basil, wild strawberries, thyme, peppers, etc.) that will thrive before their eyes right on the countertop.
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Indoor Herb Garden, $99.95
Buy 16 of 23 Tushy Classic Bidet
Listen, everybody poops. Allow this aesthetically pleasing bidet, crafted by the new millennial-friendly bathroom brand Tushy, to send that supportive message in one decidedly useful gift form. Our very own
Beauty & Wellness writer uses it — and swears by it
for saving her money on TP along with keeping her underwear skidmark free. Now that's practical, people.
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$109.00 $89.00 Buy 17 of 23 Tushy Ottoman Toilet Stool
Or, if you want to ease into number-two territory, may we suggest Tushy's minimalist-chic version of the
? This "ottoman" (aka toilet stool) will blend seamlessly into your giftee's bathroom decor AND help them achieve the perfect leg positioning for taking their "
most elegant dump
" to date.
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Ottoman Toilet Stool, $69.00
Buy 18 of 23 Reusable Stainless Steel Pour-Over Coffee Filter
Reasonable people also tend to err on the side of eco-friendly — throw in a love of coffee and we've got the perfect present: this reusable, stainless-steel pour-over filter. It's sustainable by nature yet it still looks stylish enough in the kitchen aesthetic department to deem gift-worthy.
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Reusable Stainless Steel Pour-Over... , $21.99
Buy 19 of 23 Reusable Keurig Single K Cup
Perhaps they aren't the pour-over type of reasonably sustainable person — in which case, allow these
to take the useful-holiday-gifting cake.
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8 Reusable Keurig Single K Cup 2.0, $14.95
Buy 20 of 23 Lourdes Velvet Task Chair
Your practical giftee is probably clacking away from the discomfort of their couch while cursing that dull-aching lumbar pain like the rest of us! Enter: the stylish home office chair present — aka a useful replacement for whatever you would have bought them in a year that isn't 2020.
The Lourdes chair
has remained at the
top of the list in our WFH roundups
due to its customer-approved support, style, and affordable price point.
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Lourdes Velvet Task Chair,
$229.00 $154.99 Buy 21 of 23 Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips
Everyone appreciates a set of pearly whites. This consistently top-carted deal from
Amazon Prime Day
and beyond is sure to do the teeth-whitening trick for your holiday honey. What better time for your practical person to whiten their smiles than while they have the security of a mask concealing the lower half of their faces?
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3D White Professional Effects Whit... ,
$44.99 $27.96 Buy 22 of 23 by Humankind Dental Routine Set
Speaking of teeth, this colorful set of dental-routine essentials is about as useful a present as they come. Sustainably crafted with zero single-use plastic and a carbon-neutral footprint, each refillable kit contains 100% natural mouthwash tablets, toothpaste tablets, and biodegradable floss.
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Dental Routine Set,
$45.00 $34.00 Buy 23 of 23 Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle
There were plenty of
bestselling products on sale last month
, but Brooklinen's sheet bundle just keeps on ranking (and ranking). Even the most serious giftees need to sleep, so sheets are by definition a practical gift to bestow upon them! Especially with value-priced
boasting hard-to-argue-with reviews numbering 63,655.
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Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle,
$159.00 $107.32 Buy