It’s always nice to know that a gift you buy is being put to good use, but how do you make sure you’re giving them something useful instead of a one hit wonder? We pondered the same, and came up with this collection of incredibly practical gifts that they’ll use over and over again. There are gifts for gardeners, travelers, and those who love adventures, as well as a few surprises for man’s best friend, as well.
The 20 second washing rule doesn’t apply to phones for obvious reasons, and yet they harbor so many germs and bacteria. The Smartphone UV Sanitizer uses UVC technology to kill germs and viruses that may be lurking on your device, and it can all be done while the phone is charging.
Carrying a pen around is always a good idea, but this one will be useful in all kinds of situations. With a glass breaker to smash windows in an emergency, this tactical pen also functions as a writing implement, and can be used as a defensive tool should a dangerous situation arise.
Even those who love physical books can benefit from the Kindle Paperwhite. Waterproof, lightweight, and easy to carry, this E-reader has adjustable lighting and a glare-free display with a paper-like finish, and can hold up to 32GB of books, magazines, and comics without having to carry all that extra weight.
Bombfell is a new way to dress well without having to traipse around the stores. This monthly subscription service uses stylists who will hand pick a selection of clothes based on the initial style questionnaire. These can then be reviewed and accepted or rejected before they’re even shipped.
Sending photos on phones is convenient, but they’re usually too small to see properly. Send new photos to someone special instantly with an Aura digital frame. Even from the other side of the world, photos will appear straightaway on the frame’s screen, which has the capacity to store thousands of pics.
The Quip Smart toothbrush will revolutionize the way teeth are cleaned. With no bulky chargers or annoying cords, the Quip uses timed sonic vibrations and can be paired with the optional app that keeps track of their dental habits to encourage better oral hygiene and health.
Even those with perfect eyesight will benefit from a pair of blue light blocking glasses. Known to cause eye damage and affect sleep, blue light is everywhere but is most prevalent on computer screens. These specs offer protection from the harmful light while looking incredibly stylish and sleek.
This practical gift will save any gardener loads of time. Beautifully made from pine wood and mesh, this basket will hold fruit, vegetables, and herbs from the garden while it’s hosed down outside. The water and dirt will run through the mesh, leaving only clean produce to come into the house.
The Transformer coffee table is the perfect solution for those who have varying amounts of people to entertain at any one time. Neat and compact, the table contains extra panels that fit inside and can be pulled out to extend the length to accommodate larger groups when needed.
Boob Tape is the clothing solution every woman has been waiting for. With no unsightly straps or dents in shoulders, these sticky panels will lift boobs into a natural, flattering shape no matter what size, and are just perfect for wearing under backless dresses, low cut tops, and even swimsuits.
Give a busy parent a helping hand with the HaloVa Diaper Bag. With 16 colors to choose from, this backpack looks nothing like a standard diaper bag, and can also be carried by the handles. With multiple bottle and diaper pockets, there’s even one for the inevitable wet clothes.
Metal bristles can be effective at removing burnt0on food from the grill, but small pieces can fall off and contaminate food. Prevent that happening, as well as being cut on the pesky sharp edges, with this clever bristle-free grill brush that uses 2 continuous springs that won’t disintegrate when using.
Perfect for camping and equally useful to have at home, this PackLite Titan 2-in-1 Phone Charger will provide up to 100 hours of ample light on one charge, while also being capable of charging phones and devices. Folding flat when not in use, it comes with its own integrated solar panel.
Give them a totally customized suitcase that’s made just for them with ROAM luggage. Choose the size, shell color (front and back), and trim shade, and then add a monogram to make it theirs. With a rainbow of colors available, you can be as subtle or as vibrant as you like.
Sports players or those with physically demanding jobs will know the pain of muscle strains and sprains. With Theragun, they can have relief at their fingertips whenever they need it. Delivering a deep tissue percussive massage that reaches 60% deeper than other devices, it’s as quiet as an electric toothbrush.
Pollutants are everywhere and there’s not really any way to avoid them, but with Molekule Mini Air Purifier, you won’t have to. This small 360 degree air intake device not only traps allergens, mold spores, and even viruses, but it destroys them too, meaning they can’t be recirculated into the environment.
The Roadie 24 Hard Cooler makes a great practical gift for campers, hikers, or those who enjoy long road trips. Designed to accommodate wine bottles, this cooler is also slim enough to fit behind the driver’s or passenger’s seat so it will keep drinks cool without taking up too much space.
Shipped out within 24 hours of roasting, Blue Bottle Coffee makes a great gift for anyone who appreciates a perfect cup of Joe. With a choice of blends, single origin, espresso, and even decaf beans, this service will see fresh coffee being delivered to the door every 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks.
When they’d love a home bar but space won’t allow, this hanging cocktail shelf makes an attractive solution. Neat and discreet when closed, the wooden shelf folds down to provide a space for serving or mixing, while the top makes the perfect spot for mixers or botanicals to add to the drinks.
Tushy is the easy way to turn any toilet into a bidet without the need for plumbers or electricians. Simply fitted underneath the seat, Tushy will provide a stream of water with variable heat settings, as well as pressure and direction, via the discreet control panel at the side.
Blenders take up a lot of space in the kitchen and they can be devilishly hard to clean. This homemade sauce press takes up next to no space but will make light work of delicious tomato and apple sauces, dispensing them into the mason jar while keeping the skins from falling in.
Up to 50% more effective than flossing, this machine will keep teeth clean and healthy. Compatible with braces and implants, it will comfortably remove up to 99.99% of plaque from teeth, and also offers a massage mode. With multiple tips included, it can be used by all the family.
Smoothies are a delicious way to ensure that they’re getting their 5-a-day, but a lot of smoothie makers just can’t cope with frozen fruit or ice. The Ninja Professional Blender can produce perfect frozen smoothies and crushed ice in seconds, and is big enough to make several servings in one.
Rinsing berries in a colander can be a messy business as the water drips out onto worktops and tables. This rustic berry buddy is made from attractive stoneware and features a built-in drip catcher and spout to allow for easy rinsing without the need for mopping up afterwards.
Their four legged friends will be super safe when travelling with the G1 small dog kennel. Awarded a dual 5 star crash test rating from the Center for Pet Safety, this robust double-walled crate offers twice the impact protection of a single-wall, and offers a host of unrivalled safety features.
Practical gifts can also look pretty, as this hair care holder shows. Crafted from powder coated mild steel, this holder looks like an attractive floral artwork, but will hold hairdryers, straighteners, and curling irons neatly and more importantly safely on the wall with no more knotted cords.
Cleancult was started out of a need for natural cleaning products that didn’t use single use plastic packaging. The ideal practical gift for eco-conscious people, a subscription to Cleancult will see a selection of coconut based, eco-friendly products for body, laundry, or dishes, delivered straight to their door on a monthly basis.
Even better than hiring a cleaner, the Roomba will vacuum the house while they just sit back and relax. Available with a range of fabulous features such as automatic emptying into a disposable bag, personalized suggestions, and Smart Mapping technology, it’s the effortless way to keep the house sparkling.
Al fresco dining can be ruined by the lack of table space to put down a glass or plate. That problem will be solved with this outdoor wine table. Made from Baltic birch plywood, the table is ‘planted’ into the ground and can hold a bottle, two glasses, and a platter of food.
Their knees and back will thank you when they have this Gardener’s Tool Seat. Strong and durable, this nylon seat saves gardeners the strain of kneeling down while weeding and planting, and can also be used as a place to rest. The detachable bag has 21 pockets for all their necessary tools.
A happy dog means a happy owner, and both will be ecstatic with Bark Box. Delivered monthly to Fido’s door, this subscription service makes the perfect practical gift for dog lovers, and will include a themed collection of exclusive toys, and natural treats and chews that can be customized to suit.
Warm beer is no joke, and this caddy makes sure that’s never a thing. Insulated to keep drinks icy cold, this canvas bag comes with a removable six-bottle divider to ensure bottles stay intact, and a handy bottle opener attached to the side so they don’t have to use their teeth.