23 Best Practical Gifts 2022 That Are as Chic as They Are Functional: Glossier, Therabody, Touchalnd

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The season of gift-giving is officially upon us, which means it’s time to start the age-old, head-scratching tradition of picking out the perfect gift for everyone on your list. As experienced gift-givers ourselves, we know that holiday shopping can become overwhelming very quickly — so we have some advice for you. When in doubt, go with a practical present that’ll make their lives easier and always get put to good use.

But just because they don’t necessarily come with bells and whistles, that doesn’t mean practical gifts do not have to be boring. After all, there’s nothing mundane about a luxurious weighted blanket that’ll keep your loved ones cozy and warm while easing their anxiety at the same time. Perhaps it’s time to convert your loved ones to the bidet life, because no one likes an irritated bum or running to the store at a moment’s notice to restock toilet paper. 

To help you ease into the holiday season — whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or just feel like indulging your loved ones, we’ve curated the best practical gift ideas that anyone on your list would appreciate. (And they’ll think of you every time — perhaps even every day — they make use of said useful gifts.) 

P.S. Check out the rest of our gift guides if you’re still stuck after reading through this roundup. We promise you’ll find a thoughtful gift that meets all of your requirements — and maybe even find an item or two on your own wishlist.

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  • Glossier The Cross Country Kit

    Here’s an unexpected collaboration that your jet-setting friends will find useful. Glossier partnered with Marvis to create The Cross Country Kit, a set of five mini essentials packaged in a reusable, chic Scandi-inspired tin. A minty duo of Marvis’s Toothpaste and Toothbrush ensures their pearly white stay intact and their breath says fresh. On the skin-care front, Glossier provides them with a hydrating trio of minis for their face and lips: Milky Jelly Cleanser to wash away dirt and oil while leaving skin feeling soft, After Baume for long-lasting moisture sans irritation, and Balm Dotcom (also in Mint) to soothe dry, cracked lips all day long.

  • Amika Hair Blow Dryer Brush 2.0

    Blow-dryer brushes are a game-changer when it comes to shaving off both time and effort, and the Amika Hair Blow Dryer Brush 2.0 is the tool to do it. This multitasking round brush and blow-dryer adds shine and smoothness, lifts your roots, and detangles hair, all while drying your hair. (Just be sure to add some heat protectant prior.) Say hello to flawless blowouts.

  • Kahi Wrinkle Bounce Multi Balm

    Stocking stuffers have come a long way — long gone are the days of dollar-store finds masquerading as gifts. Now, beauty aisles are stocked with petite versions of their bestsellers. In the case of the Kahi Wrinkle Bounce Multi Balm (which is spiked with a plethora of oils, including shea butter, apple seed, and moringa), they went the opposite route and created a multipurpose balm to use all over your face, neck, cuticles, or wherever else you need a hit of moisture — without the need for fingers. These more hygienic and portable sticks have skyrocketed in popularity in Korea, even making their way into many dramas, so your friend will definitely want to get in on the action before they become “mainstream” here in the States.

  • R+Co Bleu Holiday Bleu Essentials Set

    We may never get over how stylish this R+Co Bleu tote is but the high-quality hair-care products that come with it are pretty snazzy themselves. Meet the Holiday Bleu Essentials Set, which contains travel-friendly bottles of the Essential Shampoo, Essential Conditioner, and Smooth & Seal Blow-Dry Mist to all but guarantee your hair looks fabulously soft and healthy during your travels.

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