Buying the perfect present is a task of mythical proportions, especially when your friend is someone who prefers practical items that are useful in everyday life.
So, you enter a mall or a store selling gifts and you are inundated with an endless selection of gifts to choose from. Let me help you out with some options that will put a smile on the face of your practical pal.
1. Cookware Sets
In every home there are eager mouths to feed, so why not give your friend the best cookware set on the market? Cooking essentials like good quality pots and pans never go out of style and will be an item of need almost daily.
You can step this gift idea up a notch with specialty cookware. While a cast iron crepe pan or a fondue set may not be a daily necessity, it can still be a highly practical gift for a cheese lover or someone with a sweet tooth.
The great thing about cookware is that it’s not a gender-specific gift. As long as your friend enjoys cooking or baking they’ll appreciate this practical present.
2. A Subscription Service
The subscription service industry is exploding right now. There’s one for everything, from lingerie and makeup to soaps and fishing gear. Because there are so many options to choose from, it’s easy to find specific subscriptions based on someone’s preferences.
If your friend is a coffee lover with her own coffee maker, for example, you can spoil her with a coffee pod subscription. Or, you could opt for a magazine subscription that favors a particular genre that your friend is into.
Certain subscription services even come with extra free gifts and value-added offers that anyone would be thrilled to receive.
3. Measuring Cups, Spoons, and Bowls
This is another gift idea that takes you back into the kitchen and it’s definitely a necessity in every household. Have you ever needed to mix a liquid medication with 7ml of water? How about that time you wanted to try a specialty dish that called for a ¼ cup ingredient measurement?
Almost every recipe requires you to perform a measurement of some sort. Every friend who has received this considerate gift will say a soft prayer of thanks when the need for a complex measurement arises.
4. A Foldable Laundry Bag
From time to time, we all need to carry our laundry somewhere or other. For friends who live on the top floor of an apartment building, there can be no better gift than a laundry bag. It’ll ease the burden of carrying the laundry up and down the stairs.
This gift is also valuable to anyone who goes to a laundromat to get their clothes washed. The foldable laundry bag, in particular, is much easier to store away when not in use. While washing baskets are generally considered practical items, storing a big laundry basket can be problematic. So, the foldable version takes the practicality up a notch!
5. Scent Diffusers With Refills
You never realize the wonder of having a good scent diffuser in your home until that dreadful day when a bad smell hits. Have you ever invited someone over and worried about how they’d feel about the smell of your home after a sushi-making experiment? If you have, then chances are your friend has had the same thoughts too.
A scent diffuser is as practical as it gets, and everyone loves a home that smacks of vanilla, cinnamon, or orange extract. A scent diffuser for the bathroom does wonders too!
Your practical friend may not be a fan of traditional presents like gift hampers, roses, and bottles of wine, but if you go with one of the options above, you’re sure to at least win a smile.
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