Thursday, December 14, 2017
Practical Gifts That Are Still, Well, Gifts
Nowhere should a vacuum cleaner be a gift. I'd rather have no gift than someone buying me a vacuum and calling it a gift. Even if I say, " I need a new vacuum," please dear loved ones, don't go there. Often DH and I will reduce, or keep gift giving simple so we can put the money towards a needed item. That I'm perfectly OK with. Anything cleaning related, while definitely will get used, all my insecurities about my horrendous house keeping skills shine through.
Other small appliances though, I have less angst about giving or receiving. In fact, many practical gifts, are wonderful to receive, particularly when they are given with thought to the recipient and the why of the gift.Here are a few of my favorite practical gifts I've received over the years.
My Cuisinart and Keurig Coffee maker. I've been limping along since the Cuisinart sprung a leak, but the Keurig is still going strong. Both were DH gifts. He knows I love my coffee. I need to start my days with a hot cup. For the coffee lover, a coffee maker is a swell practical gift.I'm still on the hunt for the perfect replacement. Elizabeth at, Reviews.Com sent me a link months ago for their review of coffee makers. Check out reviews.com here. This isn't a sponsored post-just passing along for those in the market. Most of the makers reviewed exceeded my budget, but might be a purchase you splurge on.
A good immersion/single serving blender. I just got a new one from my sister-in-law for my birthday. We had been talking earlier in the summer about smoothies and frozen cocktails. I love them them both, but my big ninja is pain for just a one time use. Low and behold, a nice smaller number was gifted to me, very practical and appreciated.
I have a tea kettle just like this, a gift from my niece that drew my name for Christmas one year. She added a box of tea and a coffee mug. Second to my love of coffee is my love of tea. Yes, a tea kettle in the time of microwaves or with the plug in electric models is not a necessity, but is practical if the power goes out as this could be used on my gas grill. Plus, you don't get that endearing whistle from the zapper or the electric model.
Perhaps I'm weird, but I love getting new socks as gifts. I personally am happy with any new socks-we are a family of sock losers and having new, matched, ready in my drawer alone is a treat. My favorites are themed socks, as they remind me of my mom and all her holiday socks. I don't know if my recipients love them like I do, but I've been on a hunt in stores looking at the clearance for the really nice thick boot socks. At full price, these are very expensive, and living in the north, a necessity.
Add to this list are mittens (not gloves), hats, and scarves. If you have the talent to make these, even better loved and appreciated. While not quite as bad as socks, I have a habit of leaving things behind. Sometimes they show up, and sometimes not. New soft, comfy, and warm outer wear accessories feel like a hug from the gift giver.
I keep referencing useful things for cold winters, but it is a reality. At my house, we are fortunate to lose power rarely and it seems to come back on in short order. We have a power company though in Minnesota that will remain nameless (and we don't use) that seems to take hours to restore power whenever an outage occurs. Candles, pretty ones like this, or the battery operated ones, are useful, and gift worthy. The candle at the top is a citronella one, which adds a little light and perhaps a little bug deterrence so we can enjoy the yard and deck a bit longer once the sun goes down.
Deep conditioning hand cream and lip balms. I have my generic go to's, but it is nice to have upgraded, gift quality items. Yes, I can buy my own and I do sometimes, but given in a pretty wrapped package, taking them out and using them feels like a bit of a spa day. Again, a must in the harsh winter climate.
Perhaps not the most inspirational gift guide, but items I know I would like and I think my friends and family would be happy to receive. Shh, don't tell anyone, but most of these are on my giving list this year. What's your favorite, yet practical gift you've ever received?