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The 37 Best Practical Gifts to Give 2023

Jul 10, 2023Jul 10, 2023

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From smart-tracking devices to multi-purpose cookware and one-and-done skincare saviors, there's something for everyone on your list.

When the holiday season rolls around, it can sometimes feel like there's a never-ending list of people to shop for. Between the special woman in your life, the sister you grew up with, the loved one who's tech-obsessed, and the golf-loving man, it's understandable if you've hit a wall in the gift-giving department. What does one get the person who has it all? Or the person who is impossible to shop for? We'll let you in on a little pro tip: When in doubt, shop practical gifts. And by that we mean, a multi-purpose Le Creuset dutch oven that can cook everything from roasts to stews to bread; a smart-tracker that lets them keep tabs on their precious belongings straight from their phone; or a one-and-done complexion-saving product. All of that and more below on our curated roundup of sleek and unique presents they'll actually make use of.

Sometimes the best kind of gifts come in small packages, like the Apple AirTag which is super convenient if they misplace a belonging—or even worse, lose their luggage on a European jaunt. (But if you read T&C religiously, you'll know we're #TeamCarry-On.) Nonetheless, it's item that will come in handy when they least expect it.

More: The Best Airtag Wallets to Keep Your Valuables Safe

Ladies, this one's for you... There's nothing more ugh-worthy than not having a place to put your purse while dining out or driving, amiright? Enter: This convenient as heck hook that grips to edges, ledges, rails, and openings for holding your bag. Genius.

A trinket dish that not only keeps your bedside clutter-free but also charges your phone at the same time. What more can you ask for?

Forget about splurging on that 10-piece cookware set. The beloved enameled cast-iron dutch oven from Le Creuset does it all, from braising meats to sautéing veggies to creating your favorite soups.

Simplify their laundry routine with the T&C-loved Nori Press, which is a handheld, portable device that irons, steams, and keeps your clothes wrinkle-free. Two words: Total game-changer.

Everyone knows the struggle is real when keeping warm beverages from going cold. This heated smart mug reaches up to 145 degrees F and will keep their favorite cup of coffee or tea at the perfect sipping temperature.

Is there anything the Amazon-loved Instant Pot can't cook? Featured functions include a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and yogurt maker, and settings for sautéing and keeping food deliciously warm. And the fact that it's less than $100 is merely just a bonus.

Help them kickstart an organized year with one of Smythson's lavish planners. This mini version comes with a matching pen and this poppy red hue will be easy to spot in their totes.

Cuyana is the master of creating minimalist leather goods that are equal parts useful and stylish. T&C's Roxanne Adamiyatt loves the brand's cosmetic case set since they've "really helped me keep my self-care belongs in order." She likes using the bigger one for her makeup essentials (though it's perfectly ideal for travel-sized beauty!) and the smaller case for daily necessities.

Gone are the days of tangled wires thanks to this handsome leather tech case that has all sorts of compartments for cords, chargers, and smart devices, as well as pockets for business cards, notepads, pens, and credit cards.

For the person who's always on the go, a compact portable charger ensures their phone never runs out of juice.

If they travel often, LeanTravel compression cubes makes packing a breeze. "They are no joke," writes T&C's Roxanne Adamiyatt. "Not only did I get my bag to close easily, the double zip compression saved me so much space... Color me impressed."

Chores. We all have them. But this powerful robot vacuum connects to your device and does the work for you by sucking up debris, dirt, and dust and keeping your floors clean as can be. Oh, and it also self empties! It's the kind of gift that gives peace of mind.

There's so much to love about this electric lighter. For starters, do you see how sleek the design is? We can't get over it. Beyond that, it can stand up on its own, has a flashlight, and perhaps most importantly, provides up to 1,000 lights per charge. Yes, as in it's a lighter you'll never have to throw away.

If you're going to splurge on something luxe for the special lady in your life, consider a crossbody bag. Senreve's version isn't just any ole crossbody either; it can be converted into a belt bag, shoulder bag, sling, or clutch. In other words, it's a wardrobe workhouse!

Behold, a one-stop smart assistant that allows you to listen to your favorite songs and catch up on shows, and doubles as a morning alarm clock, calendar, and doorbell is the gift that keeps on giving.

A multi-purpose kitchen essential is the move for the loved one who enjoys cooking. Not only can this perfectly-sized blender mix up the tastiest of smoothies, but it does a bang up job at making salad dressings, soups, and nut butters.

They can stream all their favorite Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Max, and Amazon Prime shows and movies straight from this device that connects to the TV. What's more, it delivers 4K video resolution and some of the highest quality sound around.

Whether they know their way around a kitchen or just moved into a new place and are starting fresh, they're going to need the basics. And by that, we mean essential tools for cooking their favorite meals. Material Kitchen's Iconics set has it all, including knives, spoons, tongs, a spatula, and whisk.

More: The Best Kitchen Gifts for Every Type of Cook

An insulated water bottle with a hidden compartment for your daily belongings? It doesn't get more practical than that.

Sophie Dweck is the associate shopping editor for Town & Country, where she covers beauty, fashion, home and décor, and more.

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