Practical gifts that people will love

Practical gifts that people will love

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Published Nov 3, 2022 5: 00 PM

Indulgent presents are exciting, but there’s something about a gift that you didn’t know was important that makes your life so much easier. These practical gifts are not all glamorous, but they solve problems for everyone on your gift list. Many of them are designed to make your gift recipient proud to display them. These are some of our favorite options right now:

Best for travelers: Gravel Explorer PLUS & Explorer SLIM Combo Pack

Whether your frequent traveler is going on a week-long adventure around the world or just for a weekend, they will need to have a toothbrush and other toiletries. The Explorer PLUS & Explorer SLIM Combo Pack is a solution to any kind of trip–all in one package. The Explorer PLUS has eight pockets and three liters of storage. This allows you to keep everything you need, from a razor to beard oil, organized. The bag also includes a TSA-compliant zip out bag that allows you to quickly get through airport security. The Explorer Mini allows people to travel light by fitting two 3-ounce bottles into its 1.5-liter capacity. Both are waterproof, so you can avoid any spills.

Best for outdoors enthusiasts: YETI Rambler 14-ounce Mug

When you go camping, the last thing that you want to do is get fussy about your dishes. That’s why the YETI Rambler Mug is a great gift for any outdoors enthusiast. The stainless-steel Rambler doubles up as a bowl so you can enjoy both coffee and chili. The mug comes with a sliding lid for reliable access, an easy-grip handle, and is available in a range of fun colors and sizes (10-ounce, 14-ounce, and 24 ounces). You can order mugs for your school, company, or to be engraved.

Best for new photographers: Qubii Photo Storage Drive

The relative who has never bothered to save their family photos on an external hard drive or the cloud. Save them from oblivion by giving them the Qubii Photo Storage Drive. The Qubii is compatible with Apple devices. It automatically backs up all your photos, videos and contacts while charging your phone. They only need a USB port. It comes in versions with SanDisk microSD cards (128GB and 256GB) and solo (just add your own microSD).

Best for new homeowners: Le Creuset Dutch Oven

It may not be the most comforting thought when considering a gift, but the Le Creuset Dutch Oven will likely outlive your gift recipient. This classic line is a popular choice for many gift registry lists. Cast iron and enamel are available in a variety of rich colors and sizes. 25 quarts, and 8 quarts) the Le Creuset Dutch Oven can serve up everything from seafood stew to short ribs. This durable piece will withstand heat and remain beautiful for many decades.

Best for fitness buffs: lululemon Studio Mirror

A fitness mirror may not seem like a practical gift. But lululemon’s Studio Mirror is worth the splurge–and it’s almost half off if you use the code “LLSTUDIO700”. This mirror is elegant and blends well with any decor, unlike other home-fitness equipment. The corresponding fitness platform (sold separately by subscription) provides a portal to more than 10,000 workouts from some of the top fitness instructors around without having to leave your home. The 5-megapixel camera and high-fidelity surround sound audio make it a truly immersive experience. It’s practical and can be used as a mirror to view the results of your cardio, yoga, and other activities.

Best for cleaning: Eufy Handheld Vac

Little mess can materialize: dust on bookshelves, crumbs in a car seat, sugar spilled on a kitchen countertop. These little messes don’t always warrant a large vacuum. The Eufy Handheld Vac makes cleanup easy. The handheld device weighs just 1.2 pounds, but it comes with an impressive 5500pa of suction power, a crevice attachment for those difficult-to-reach places, and a washable filter. All you need is a USB port to charge it and it will last for 20 minutes–plenty of time to make quick work of a little mess.

Best for foodies: Disco Hot Sauce

People have strong opinions about hot sauce, but a pick like this medium-hot offering by Disco can help bridge the divide. Made with all-natural ingredients–including jalapeno and habanero peppers; pineapple; cider vinegar; orange and lemon juice; brown sugar; garlic; and salt–this hot sauce is light and sweet. It goes well with everything, from eggs to wings to stir-fry and cocktails to stir-fry to cocktails. You can stock up at this price.

Best for the absent-minded: Tile Mate Tracker

The person who is always looking for their keys, phone or purse? You will greatly cut down on the wasted time spent searching with the gift of the Tile Mate Tracker. Simply have them attach the Bluetooth-enabled tracker on their keychain and then set up the app. The app will allow them to create a tile ring and locate their device. The Mate is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. It reaches a radius of about 200 feet, but if you want more reach, you can opt for the Tile Pro for a few more dollars and up to 400 feet of range.

Best for grillers: Lekue Microwave Grill, Sandwich Maker, Panini Press

If you have a dedicated griller, you can make it easier to enjoy the months when your Weber is covered in snow. Place the Lekue Microwave Grill in the microwave, and its slats heats up just like a grill’s. The grill is great for grilling fish, chicken, meat, and other foods. This clever device can also be used to make paninis. When they’re done? It’s easy to clean the nonstick surface: Simply throw it in the dishwasher.

Best for concertgoers: Vibes High-Fidelity Earplugs

Surprise concert tickets can be tricky to buy for someone you love. Even if they are a fan, it can be difficult to know if their schedule is and will remain open until they receive the gift. Or that they won’t just buy tickets for themselves. You can improve your concert experience by using reusable earplugs. Low-profile, with a carrying case and multiple sizes of eartips (just like your favorite wireless earbuds), the Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs use an attenuating filter in the central sound tube to reduce harmful sound levels by 22dB without muffling what is heard. This can improve everything, from performance to strange conversations in the bathroom. These earplugs may only cost $30 (stash an extra pair in the car for yourself or a forgetful friend), but someone preserving their hearing is a priceless gift that keeps on giving.

Best for cinephiles: ViewSonic M1 Mini Projector

The friend who knows the best series to stream? They will love you if you make it possible for them create a cinematic experience from anywhere they are. The ViewSonic M1 Mini Projector packs plenty into its .6 pounds. It features a USB port, which allows users to plug in any device or dongle. It has vivid colors and JBL speakers that provide high quality sound. Although the battery life is only 1.5 hours, it will last viewers for a good while. However, you can’t beat its portability. (Know someone who is really into gaming? There’s a projector just for that. )

Honest question: How much gunk are you seeing on your smartphone or computer screen right now? It’s quite a lot. It’s okay. We are not here to judge. We can help. These extra-large microfiber cloths are about the size of a hand towel and can clean the crud off just about anything with a screen or lens. It may seem like a lame gift until your recipient sees their screen in brilliant, soy-sauce-speckle-free clarity. — Stan Horaczek

Best for sustainability: Lifx LED Light Bulb

There are lots of smart light bulbs on the market, but the Lifx bulb simplifies the process of upgrading. They don’t require a hub like most of the other Wi-Fi bulbs, they throw out the equivalent light of a 75-watt bulb, and best of all, they work natively with all of the different smart assistants, like Google Assistant, Alexa, and Apple HomeKit. — Stan Horaczek

Best for the business travelers: Polardo Travel Clothes Steamer

No matter how careful you pack clothes, they always look a little creased when you take them out. But the Polardo Travel Clothes Steamer will keep the business traveler in your life from looking like a hot mess. It can be used with tap water. The electronic pump system and steam channeling allow you to steam at any angle. With 120 volts of power, the steamer heats up in less than 25 seconds and is safe on a range of fabrics, from wool and cotton to satin and embroidery and sequins. It measures 3.4 inches in length by 7.7 inches high and weighs just over a pound.

Best for handy people: Yala Life GeeKey Pocket Tool

Do you know of someone you can turn to for help? You might do it yourself. Either way, the GeeKey Pocket Tool incorporates the functionality a handy person needs in a durable, stainless steel unit that’s designed to be attached to a keychain. The protractor ensures that you do the right thing every time. The can and bottle opener are always handy.

Best for home office: Anker 10-Port USB Data Hub

Computers get slimmer, but they are also becoming more restrictive with their USB ports. This 10-port dock has seven high-speed USB-3 data and charging ports, as well as three high-power 2.1 Amp charging-specific ports for faster top-offs. This is a small device, about the size of a candy bar. Notable: While candy bars make great gifts, they are not practical. — Stan Horaczek

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