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50 Of The Best Practical Gifts To Give This Year 2021

In other words, presents that will *actually* be put to use.

Still shopping for Christmas? Heads up that most of the items in this post won't arrive in time for Dec. 25, but check out our last-minute version of this gift guide with more ideas that are more likely to arrive in time!"

1. A breakfast sandwich maker one reviewer described as the "single best appliance they own." This must-have kitchen gadget fixes breakfast (and lunch and dinner) sandwiches in five minutes or less, creating the BEC of their dreams.

2. Nine pairs of soft knit socks they can rock with Chelsea boots and a miniskirt, where they peek through ever so slightly to tell the world, "Yes, I look put together, but I am also incredibly cozy."

Reviewer photo of a person wearing orange socks under their tan boots

3. A leakproof champagne stopper to keep their favorite beverage as fizzy as the day it was popped. This built-in pressure pump preserves bubbles and therefore preserves champagne, meaning the entire bottle need not be finished on the day it was opened. Now without further ado, can I get a mimosa please?

on the left, the stainless-steel and black stopper labeled "seal it" and on the right, a hand pressing down labeled "pump it"

4. Claw clips because it's about time they bid adieu to the damaging hair ties of updo's past and embrace the tool that TikTok has been telling me to buy for the last 13 months. These securely hold back their mane without tugging or pulling, meaning breakage and headaches = no longer an issue.

5. A W&P Porter ceramic mug as gorgeous as it is useful (I mean, this screams Pinterest board). This is reusable, has a protective silicone sleeve, and comes with a secure lid press that makes this the perfect companion for daily morning strolls.

the black mug

6. A multipurpose glass kitchen board that adds a ton of style, but does *not* take up a lot of space. This functions as a trivet for hot pots and plates, makes for the ideal cutting board, and is the perfect way to display fruits, meats, and cheeses. Talk about a gouda gift, eh?

the red and blue cutting board with cheese and figs on it

7. Gold Eye Treatments masks packed with collagen to make evidence of late night Netflix all but go poof. This TLC gift brightens bags and softens fine lines, which means they'll look completely awake even if they were up until the wee hours watching Unsolved Mysteries.

buzzfeed writer with gold eye masks on

8. A purposely oversized blanket that deserves a standing ovation from hot sleepers. Temp-regulating technology and a 100% Muslin cotton means they *won't* wake up drenched in sweat, plus they can wave those 3 a.m. "If I have one leg outside of the comforter..." thoughts goodbye. No more overheating.

9. The Wand, a mini histamine and sulfite filter that they can swirl around in their Ikea wine glass to halt hangovers in just 20 seconds. They can resume their SVU marathon with some red in hand, knowing they won't wake up to a monster headache.

The wand

10. An odorless Bite Away tool for anyone who feels like an all-you-can-eat buffet for bugs ("why me?" —me every summer). This promptly eases itching, redness, and swelling, so they can rest assured they won't spend the night scratching at their legs and cursing the brief time they spent in your backyard.

the bug bite tool

11. A faux-shearling moto jacket that looks like it would cost upward of $7 trillion (*giggles nervously* right on budget) but thankfully, it does not. Consider this the cold weather equivalent of a blazer: They'll look ultra put together when they slip this on over any outfit.

12. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey to take their taste buds on an all-expenses-paid adventure. This all-natural honey, chili pepper, and vinegar mixture add the perfect touch of spicy and sweet to any meal, which means they can say so long to bland and boring boxed dinners.

pizza with the honey on it

13. A heated razor that is to shaving what caviar and champagne are to a party: in other words, fancy. This splurge-worthy device is equipped with adjustable heat, a stainless steel warming bar, five FlexDisc blades, and a wireless magnetic charging base that'll look fab on their bathroom sink.

the heated razor

14. A sleek makeup organizer to keep their slew of creams, lippies, and TJ Maxx checkout line gems in perfect order. So long and farewell, cluttered bathroom sinks of their past.

the makeup organizer

15. A Dash mini waffle maker so user-friendly and fast, it may inspire them to replace that cereal bar with an actual sit-down breakfast. (Life advice: Don't be that TV character who grabs a single grape from a breakfast buffet and goes, "gotta run.") They'll just have to turn this baby on, pour in the batter, and it'll beep when ready.

16. Handmade Heroes 100% Natural Vegan Sleeping Lip Mask repairs their pout whilst they snooze, cc: a mango butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil blend that'll have them humming "Miracles Happen" from that iconic princess movie.

the lip balms

17. A geometric tray with four interchangeable and stackable pieces that look like they were sourced from a modern art museum. Plus, these gorgeous pieces of art (ART, I tell ya) are perfect for everything from jewelry storage to breakfast in bed.

the interchangeable tray with yellow, green, orange, and white pieces

18. Essence Lash Princess Mascara guarantees the most coveted compliment of all time: "Are those your real lashes?" This jet-black lengthening formula won't smudge by lunchtime, plus costs less than $5 which...I'll have about eight tubes for myself and a few for my friends, please.

19. A third-generation Echo Dot that can do everything from play music and make calls to read the news and set alarms — all at the sound of their voice! Having the ability to send texts and shuffle playlists (all hands-free!) is about to completely change their life for the better.

the echo dot

20. A color-changing LED string for extra lighting if their room is best described as dungeon vampire chic. This has six levels of brightness ranging from warm to light, takes minutes to install, is 32 feet long, and adds a bit of oomph to any WFH corner.

Reviewer using the light string in purple to line a corner of the room

21. Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Base genuinely keeps their smoky eye and cat-inspired liner in tact all 👏 day 👏 long 👏. That's right, folks! No creasing, smudging, fallout, or crying under the watch of this cruelty-free stocking stuffer.

22. A toucan pitcher that makes something as boring as, oh, milk seem exciting. For everything from water and OJ to fresh-squeezed lemonade, this is the perfect functional-but-fun item to keep in their fridge at all times. *pours milk from toucan pitcher over bowl of sugary cereal with similar toucan ties*

the yellow and blue toucan-inspired pitcher

23. A silicone popcorn maker capable of making 15 cups of popcorn in under four minutes. They'll just have to add in some kernels, ~pop~ it in the microwave, and their movie marathon feast is now ready to be devoured.

24. A USB-powered cooling pad for anyone with a computer that overheats so often, their lap feels permanently warm. This can easily remedy that problem: It's equipped with three fans and is so lightweight, it feels like it's not even there.

reviewer photo of the cooling pad emitting blue light

25. A foldover leather tote because it's about time they retire that $12 purse they purchased in college and somehow still wear. There are lipstick stains in the inner pocket. The strap is starting to unravel at the seams. It had a good run, but it's time to move on.

26. A utility jacket lined with Sherpa for ultimate warmth, 100% ring-spun washed cotton for durability, and storm cuffs to keep the cold [Shrek voice here] far, far away.

model wearing the jacket

27. Jumbo silicone ice molds that guarantee a better cocktails-at-home experience. Fancy looks aside, these perfectly shaped chunks of ice take forever to melt — aka, so long, diluted negronis, and hello, beverages that look like something out of a mixologist's handbook.

28. A portable Marshall Bluetooth speaker with such a stylish design, the fantastic sound quality feels like an additional perk. This bad boy offers 20+ hours of playback on a single charge, connects to their phone from 30 feet away, plus comes equipped with a trendy carrying strap for ultimate portability.

The black speaker on a table outdoors

29. A FlexiSpot standing desk converter for folks who spend their days in a less-than-ideal hunched over position (it's the damn labtobs, as my grandfather calls them). This game-changing gift holds a laptop or desktop, keyboard, and mouse, plus is super durable *and* easy to install.

the desk converter

30. A Wilton cooling rack for the pal who either a) has a food Insta or b) has come very close to creating one. This tiered tool is collapsible and can fit up to three dozen cookies (aka the exact amount I'd like to eat in one sitting).

the cookies on a cooling rack

31. A 6-quart Vortex air fryer for making all of their favorite comfort foods — we're talking everything from wings and glazed donuts to charred Brussels sprouts and sesame chicken — *without* having to use hot oil. It's even great for crisping up leftovers!

32. An ergonomic footrest that basically *forces* them to improve their posture. Not only will this prevent slouching over their laptop, but it also helps alleviate the back and foot pain they'd experience as a result of said slouching.

reviewer using black foot rest under desk

33. Reusable twist ties that will let them put all "this charging cord is tangled beyond help" situations to rest. These simple pieces of rubber are an easy (but genius) stocking stuffer that keep everything from chargers to USB cables in check.

34. A Wilton color swirl piping kit because they may have mastered the recipe they saw on Pinterest, but frosting that cupcake they just spent a painstaking amount of time on? Put the butter knife down. It's not going to work. Please tell them to try this instead.

35. A Joseph Joseph kitchen tool set complete with a magnetic stand (!!!!) for easy, convenient storage and the following five tools: a slotted spatula, spaghetti server, slotted spoon, solid spoon, and a ladle. Phew.

the magnetic storage stand and five utensils

36. A crew sweatshirt crafted from 100% organic cotton, aka *the* wardrobe staple they'll be hibernating in all chilly season long.

model wearing the green sweater

37. A bundle from Chirp if they've probably emerged from eight-hour laptop typing and thought wow, this back pain is quite terrible. This comes with three different wheels (gentle, firm, and deep-tissue relief) to ease tension in a pinch, plus even comes with a carrying case *and* upper back posture corrector.

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