Useful Gifts For Practical People
Practical Gifts Don't Have To Be Boring!
Everyone has someone in their life who appreciates a good practical gift. But when the pressure is on and we really want to choose something nice, we often shy away from giving a strictly useful gift in case our chosen present seems a little boring. Even practical gifts can be thoughtful, and they certainly don't have to be boring! The challenge is finding something that is both meaningful and also useful so that you know they will love it.
What is a practical gift?
Sometimes, the most well loved presents are those practical gifts they will use everyday. Ideally, a practical gift is something that doesn’t add clutter and is more than just decorative. Gift ideas that make life easier or something to make their day go more smoothly is the best sort of practical gift. It's always nice to know that a present we give is something they will actually use. So, whether it's for work, leisure, or around the house, something that will serve a purpose in their daily or weekend activities is perfect if you want to give a useful gift.
Steer away from gadgets and instead look for things that are helpful, and that they may not think to buy for themselves. Useful homewares gifts are often the easiest, but we have lots of other ideas, too.
Is it better to give practical gifts?
Giving a gift that is practical is almost always a great idea. People love receiving useful gifts! If you've chosen something you know they will use, their first reaction will be excitement as they imagine all the ways they will benefit from using it. But there are a few exceptions to every rule...
Not all gifting occasions are the same and neither are all recipients. Practical people will love a useful gift, especially one chosen to suit their interests. But there are some situations where they will expect you to choose something more thoughtful and less practical. Those intimate gifting occasions like an anniversary or Valentine's Day are times when more romance and less practicality is called for. These are gift giving situations where people like to brag a little to friends and family about the intention behind a gift and they may read a little too much into a practical gift. Even if your significant other is totally into cycling, and you've just found the best newfangled bike pump, it might not be a good idea for an anniversary gift. Save it for their birthday, which is one occasion when it's definitely better to give a useful gift they'll use.
What makes a good practical gift?
Everyone is different, so what makes a good practical gift for one person might not be as useful for someone else. The best practical gift ideas for your mum will need a whole different list of choices compared to useful gifts for a boyfriend! But, when it comes to gifts they will actually want, we have some great suggestions for gift ideas every practical person will love.
Our Favourite Useful Gift Ideas Anyone Would Love
Wooden Desk Organiser
A handy wooden desk organiser with lots of slots and compartments for essential office and study gear is a practical gift for students and anyone who works at a desk (whether that desk is at home or the office). Useful office gifts to declutter their work space and make it easier to focus will always be appreciated!
Coffee Machine Stand With Capsule Drawer
Declutter the kitchen, make it easier to find the right coffee pod flavour, and see at a glance how many pods are left until you need to re-order. Tea and coffee gifts and anything related to their favourite brew makes a super useful gift for a coffee lover.
Rechargeable Book Light
A rechargeable clip-on book light is a great practical gift, even for people who might not consider themselves big readers. A clip on light is just as handy in the garage, or to hang from the roof of the tent when camping, as it is for reading under the covers.
Felt Couch Pocket
A handy lounge room organiser for a convenient place to stash the remote makes a practical gift for couples. They can store all their bits and bobs that usually clutter up the coffee table plus the handy cord hole at the bottom means devices can be charged while they are stored out of the way.
The Plant Lover's Essentials Kit
A plant lovers grow kit is one of those useful and thoughtful gifts that are ideal when you want to give something practical but also make it personal. If they love their garden, they will love products to support, protect, and help their garden grow.
Multi-function Avo Shark
The 6-in-1 multi-purpose Avo Shark knife is the very definition of a practical gift they didn't know they needed but that will make life easier! It cuts, de-pips, scoops, slices, mashes, and can be used as a spoon. A super useful gift for anyone who loves avocados.
Amber Water Carafe & Tumbler Set
This carafe comes with a tumbler that doubles as a lid for gorgeous and practical glassware they'll use every day. Perfect for their office for staying hydrated while at work, for the bedside table, and super stylish as a water carafe to use on the dinner table when entertaining.
What do you buy for a practical girl?
Useful gifts for practical women are actually really easy. If you need useful gift ideas for a woman who prefers to avoid clutter lying around the house, or who enjoys those little things that help to make life easier, then give her a useful gift that can be used and appreciated everyday. Choose gifts for her like a travel mug, cooler lunch bag, reusable face wipes, USB cord keyring, personalised card holder.
Dock & Bay Hair Wrap
A super absorbent, quick-drying, and easy to use hair wrap speeds up any "getting ready" routine. She'll love how quickly her hair dries with a hair wrap, and how much easier it is to apply makeup when long hair is out of the way.
Insulated Cooler Lunch Bag
A handy sized insulated bag is a practical gift that she will use for all sorts of workday and leisure situations. This cooler bag is a good size to use to keep her lunch fresh through the day at work, for a picnic, or as a cooler bag on long car trips.
Flinders Pizza Board & Wheel Set
Sure, you can cut pizza with a knife... but this grooved pizza board and pizza wheel set makes perfect pizza slices every time. Plus, it makes it easier to serve. Sometimes, having the right tools for the job makes life easier, so kitchen and dining gifts are great ideas when you want to give something practical.
What do you buy for a practical guy?
If you're shopping for a no-nonsense sort of man who knows what he wants and doesn't have time for frills and fancies, he'll appreciate a practical gift. Instead of fancy gadgets, give him useful things that will be used often and can be considered money well spent. Our top suggestions for practical gifts for men are things like a personalised wallet, quality BBQ utensils, desk organiser, or personal care products.
Anti Fog Shaving Mirror
A magnifying, anti-fog, portable shaving mirror is definitely a handy gift he'll use every day. Strong suction caps means he can stick it on the bathroom wall even if he's renting, it's great for a quick shower and shave in the bathroom cubicle at the gym, to take travelling, or for uni dorm rooms.
Maverick Barbecue Tool Set
Quality BBQ tools for every style of cooking is a practical gift for any home chef. A set that comes in a storage case with the full range of different knives, tongs, carving tools, and cleaning brushes is super useful. This is another case when having the right tools for the job just makes life easier.
Leather Wallet & Keyring Set
A quality leather men's wallet and keyring is a great practical gift for anyone, but is especially great as a useful gift idea for teen guys. Adding in personalised monogramming makes your practical gift extra thoughtful.
You will love the range of different gift ideas we have for everyone and every occasion. If you're not sure where to start, then we suggest you browse from the very beginning and use our handy gift filters to search by recipient, occasion, brand, price, and even colour. We know you'll find the best ideas for even the most practical of people.