It’s hard to know what kind of useful gifts to give to someone you don’t know very well or someone with decidedly practical tastes. Ideally, you want something that doesn’t add clutter and isn’t strictly decorative, and maybe even something they never knew they needed.
There are a few handy mid-size gift ideas that you might be tempted to buy in this category, but let us steer you away from some of the more obvious: Simple socks and chargers are practical choices but not the best gifts or saddlery stockings. . Candles, coffee mugs, and hand soap sets can be so meh they could end up in a donation box or put away in a closet. And gadgets like containers that claim to disinfect your iPhone may seem so sensible (and sterile) that they are hardly worth giving away.
To help steer you away from all that is boring or expected, we’ve scoured retailers like Amazon, Etsy, Uncommon Goods, and Nordstrom to put together some truly useful gifts that always feel unique and surprising enough to give away anytime or anywhere. on special vacations, from time saving to space saving for travel, laundry, home improvement and beauty gadgets and accessories. A word of advice: If you’re shopping for the holidays, we recommend that you start early, as significant delivery delays are already reported this season.
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All products presented on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.