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    Posted on Dec 13, 2017

    19 Practical Gifts For People Who Are Hard To Shop For

    If you know someone who just kind of shrugs when you ask them what they want for Christmas or their birthday, and who just doesn't love STUFF, this list is for you.

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    Because God has a sense of humor, I — a person who just loves stuff, and whose love language is gifts — am surrounded by a lot of practical people who just don't, like, care about presents. (?????) I used to find this frustrating, but over time I've found ways to give them gifts that surprise and delight them.

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    Here are some of my faves:

    1. A nice lunch box.,,

    Get them all on Amazon — the Mier (comes in three colors) for $16.55, the Mango for $20.99 (for a set of two sizes), and the Baloray (comes in two colors) for $8.99.

    2. A neck, back, and shoulder massager.

    This one has great reviews and an A on Fakespot, and my BFF swears by it.

    Get it on Amazon for $44.95.

    3. An electric kettle.,

    I didn't grow up in an electric kettle family, so for a long time I didn't really get them. But now I know that there are so many situations in which quick access to hot water is incredibly useful.

    Get it on Amazon for $24.16. And if you're up for spending more for one that's higher quality/will last them longer, go for the Cuisinart — $81.45 on Amazon.

    4. An umbrella that won't fail on them.

    More than 4,000 Amazon customers approve of this lil' one. (So do my friends and I!)

    Get it on Amazon for $23.95.

    5. A squatty potty.


    Get them on Amazon — white plastic for $24.99, bamboo for $79.99, or a travel one for $29.99.

    6. And while we're on the topic of butt stuff, a bidet isn't a bad idea.

    I mean, know your audience, but...I'm just saying.

    Get this one (a bestseller!) on Amazon for $34.99.

    7. Just a bunch of batteries.

    I know it doesn't sound sexy, but after seeing the look of joy and appreciation on my uncle's face every year when he opened a new box of batteries from my mom, I firmly believe that this might be the greatest gift ever.

    Get them all on Amazon — a 48-pack of AA for $11.87, a 36-pack of AAA for $8.54, a 12-pack of D for $11.39, and an 8-pack of 9-volt for $9.49.

    8. A grocery bag organizer.

    Get it on Amazon for $14.97.

    9. A new pillow.

    Because sometimes practical people forget to treat themselves to nice new things!

    Get this one on Amazon for $49.99.

    10. Reusable bags for shopping for and/or storing produce.,

    Get them all on Amazon — a set of five produce bags for $9.97, or a set of nine (in varying sizes) for $11.97. And get a set of four silicone storage bags for $20.99.

    11. A clothing steamer.

    Everyone I know who owns a handheld steamer says it's a game changer!

    Get it on Amazon for $23.99.

    12. A versatile pushcart.

    This one has a cover (in case you don't want the items in it to be seen/get wet/get swiped) and folds down for easy storage.

    Get it on Amazon for $64.95.

    13. A lil' butter saver or a big-ass butter dish.,

    Raise your hand if your mom has a cut-off stick of butter in the door of her fridge! Get this little cap for it on Amazon for $6.99.

    And the butter dish is simple but elegant and can hold Kerrygold butter, which is all that matters. Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    14. A hot water bottle.

    It's a classic for a reason!

    Get it on Amazon in five colors for $25+.

    15. A pair of cushy knee pads., Rachel Miller / BuzzFeed

    Read more about why knee pads are so useful for anyone who gardens, does chores, or does any sort of DIY here, and then grab these for $24.99.

    16. A pack of razor blades.

    As anyone who removes any sort of body hair knows, these things are hella expensive.

    Get a pack of 12 on Amazon for $29.95.

    17. A new shower cap.


    It's not cheap but as someone who wears a shower cap for most showers, I can tell you that it's incredibly practical and worth every penny.

    Available in six colors/patterns; get it for $43 on Sephora or Bloomingdale's.

    18. An incredibly practical book.

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    I *told* you this book would be on every gift guide I write this year! Read why I love it so much here.

    Get it on Amazon for $19.16, Barnes & Noble for $16.99, or from your favorite local bookseller on IndieBound.

    19. And a roll of quarters.

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    Put one in every stocking you stuff, my friends.

    Do your holiday shopping with BuzzFeed. Check out all of our gift guides here!

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