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    19 Practical Gifts That Will Actually Be Used

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    1. A magic defrosting tray that's smaller and cheaper than a microwave, and will defrost everything without chemicals or electricity required.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic thing to have. No need to worry if you forget to defrost food or even if you just wait to decide what to eat on the day. Excellent value for money and it is so good I gifted one to a friend as I had been raving about it." – Keencook

    Get it from Amazon, £11.99, or in the US for $16.99.

    2. This useful pack of socks that are the only sock set they'll need next year.

    Get it from Asos, £14, or in the US for $23.

    3. This pair of pliers that also includes a can opener, screw driver, nail file, knives, wire cutters and more, all in one tiny space.

    Promising review: "This has got to be the most useful item I have purchased in the past two years. I can construct and deconstruct anything tbh. It makes everything easier. Just by owning this little thing, you end up giving up a bunch of things. It's so convenient." – Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon, £12.99, or get a similar one in the US for $21.99.

    4. This handy book that will save them money.

    Promising review: "I think the title explains the book very well. It would make a great present for any young person just starting out and giving advice on how to work out a practical budget, whilst learning how not to go mad on spending on needless things because of advertising and peer pressure. Interesting for more mature people who now have more money in their lives and could do with advice on planning how to live a decent life without scrimping and going without at same time as saving. Lots of practical advice for any age group and all in all a good book to have around and read again as needed." – Nan

    Get it from Amazon, £9.51, or in the US for $12.37.

    5. This ultra useful backpack that will hold everything they need it to (and comes in lots of colours).

    Promising review: "Very happy with this backpack! I wanted something lightweight I could chuck my laptop and books in for work and this has been great. Its been useful for travelling, as I found I can fold it up and put in my hold luggage when I go away and use as a daypack. Seems pretty strong, still looks smart after using it most days!" – Toby Thorpe

    Get it from Amazon,£ 29.99, or get a similar one in the US from Asos for $48.

    6. This sewing kit that keeps everything you need to make repairs in one place.

    Promising review: "Very convenient and compact sewing kit for someone who doesn't sew but whose children manage to need everything under the sun mended in many different colors (including stuffed animals). My husband benefits from it as well, even though he gave me the "Did you really need that?" look when it first arrived. Love the thoughtfulness of the kit which includes multiple needles, thread, scissors, measuring tape, safety pins, regular pins, etc...and that thingy-ding that helps you thread the needle. Love it!" – Lisa

    Get it from Amazon, £7, or in the US for $14.95.

    7. This snuggly, unfussy cardigan that's made from silk and cotton but doesn't cost the earth.

    Promising review: "Absolutely gorgeous cardigan lovely feel and perfect fit, I am a size 10 and ordered the small. Very smart and stylish cardigan. Highly recommend :)" – Countrygirl99

    Get it from Amazon, £39, or in the US for $54.

    8. A set of really nice glassware, because everyone drinks. Choose the set that would fit best: champagne glasses, wine glasses, tumblers or cocktail glasses!

    Promising review: "Fabulous, absolutely love using them! Wonderful present" –


    Get them from John Lewis, £20, or in the US for $27.50.

    9. A stainless steel soap for avid cooks that will get rid of garlic smells and last forever.

    Promising review: "It's cheap and it works; what more could you want!?" – Mrs. K. Foster

    Get it at Amazon, £4.99, or get a similar one in the US for $7.50.

    10. This anti-lost key finder, because everyone, and I mean everyone, misplaces their keys, wallet or phone.

    Promising review: "So far this is a fantastic little gadget! All I wanted was something to go beep when I've lost my car key and this does even better than that, it's connected to my phone so I can use the little tag to find my phone and use my phone to find the little tag! Perfect." – Cat

    Get it from Amazon, £16.99, or in the US for $19.99.

    11. This classic watch that's both stylist and functional.

    Get it from ASOS, £18

    12. A headphone stand to keep their headphones on, that also has USB ports for charging.


    Promising review: "Looks amazing with my setup, i love that it has extra USB ports and an AUX port and it is not just a stand made out of metal. Also has a premium feeling in general." – Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon, £38.99, or in the US for $39.99.

    13. A simple rain coat that will keep them dry through winter and spring.

    Get it from ASOS, £45, or in the US for $72.

    14. A plain black pouch made in high quality leather that will store whatever they want and last for absolutely ages.


    Get it from ASOS, £45, or in the US for $46.

    15. A sticky note dispenser and calendar in one that will make it easy to keep their desk and notes organised.

    Promising review: "I am a sucker for organised stationery, and this made me so happy! It comes in a beautiful case and everything is neat and organised, and it's very cheap too! Can't wait to start using the smaller tabs in my textbooks etc and organise my notes for college! (Ive already convinced a few classmates to purchase some also!) Highly recommend for any student/office worker, or just anyone that loves organised stationery! Will defo buy again once i run out of sticky notes!" – Jemma Walters

    Get it from Amazon, £3.70

    16. This cord detangler to keep all their electronics muddle-free.

    Promising review: "My old headphone cables kept breaking so I decided to get this to keep them from tangling and getting damaged. So far it has worked great, I haven't had to replace any cables since, and I no longer have to fuss around with untangling my cables. I personally feel it is slightly bulky but it does the job well and other than that I have no complaints, would definitely buy again if needed." – Brian Chan

    Get it from Amazon, £3.99, or in the US for $6.99.

    17. This phone case that doubles as a wallet for the best in phone functionality.

    Promising review: "Bought for my son, who hates bulky phone cases and doesn't like taking a wallet with him on nights out, he is very pleased. The case is well designed and seems very well made." – Tracey1

    Get it from Amazon, £13.35, or in the US for $10.31.

    18. This charging stand to keep all their devices neat while they recharge.

    Promising review: "The device is well made, with good materials and a neat and sturdy finish. Featured with power ON/OFF switch and two mains AC sockets. I have a range of tech equipment set up at desk. This charging station help me a lot,charge all my various devices and allow for better organisation. Like this charger as it can charge several devices at once and each port 2.4A max including a QC2.0 port, it can fast charge so good value for money" – Anita Dobson

    Get it from Amazon, £25.99, or get a similar one in the US for $15.99.

    19. This tea strainer cup, for tea addicts that want loose leaf goodness but don't want to take up space with a teapot.

    Promising review: "Love this glass mug, not only is it for tea but anything that needs steeping to form a hot drink. The mug is of a heavy glass and comfortable to use and the mesh insert does a very good job of extracting and straining with a cover to speed up the process. Will probably buy another one as it is very good value for money." – The Goddess

    Get it from Amazon, £7.99, or in the US for $9.49.