Practical doesn’t have to mean boring or basic. A beautiful, useful item is often a luxury, like the case of a perfectly made Le Creuset pot or black Gucci loafers you can wear for the next ten years. Our Practical Gift Guide is full of thoughtful items that will make everyday life better, and look good while doing it. And if you ask us – that’s the best kind of gift, anyways.
Any and all Dyson products are the perfect practical gift. They’re the ultimate blend of form and function. Take their insanely good-looking navy-and-gold Hair Dryer, which will give you the smooth, shiny finish of all the best blow-drys without the heat damage to your hair. Or their V10 Animal Vacuum Cleaner, which is the gift for your friends who love their carpets and hardwood floors as much as their pets. Continuing on the ‘tech that improves your home’ theme, Molekule’s mini Air Purifier helps you give the gift of clean air.
The kitchen is an easy place to give practical gifts, because everyone is using their kitchen a lot more these days. A Le Creuset dutch oven is one of the best gifts you can give a home cook. It’s beautiful, will last a lifetime, and can be used for anything from roasts and stews to bread-making. A great knife falls into this category too! Have you ever tried chopping and cutting with a dull knife? It’s awful. This Shun Chef’s Knife has a super-sharp blade, which turns prepping into a pleasure instead of a chore.
How about a Moccamaster Coffee machine, which is the preferred automatic coffee machine for coffee snobs everywhere? Or this sleek, sexy Aarke Carbonator to cut down on the La Croix bulk buys? A Coravin Wine Preserver means the wine aficionados in your life can enjoy a glass of their favorite wines now, without having to down the whole bottle.
When it comes to your closet, certain items will always be practical – no matter how luxurious. A classic pair of black leather Gucci loafers, a cashmere sweater, and real gold hoops are everyday basics you’ll wear so often that the cost per wear will plummet.
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