Gift Guide: Practical Gift Ideas (aka sh*t they’ll actually use)

Useful gifts that keep on giving — under $25, $50 and $100!
Looking for the perfect practical gift idea? This list of useful gifts is perfect for your holiday gift shopping list. Including gifts under $25, under $50 and under $100

I’m personally a big fan of gifts that are useful. To me, practical gifts are the gifts that keep on giving. Plus, a lot of my favorite things could fall into this category, so I felt like it was time to curate a gift guide of practical gift ideas! They may not be the most glamorous, but the usefulness is there!

Gift Guide: Practical Gift Ideas That Keep On Giving

Looking for the perfect practical gift idea? This list of useful gifts is perfect for your holiday gift shopping list. Including gifts under $25, under $50 and under $100

Gifts under $25

Handy Paint Pail

You know those friends who just bought a fixer upper? They are gonna need this and will thank you when they’re cutting in along the ceiling and don’t spill paint everywhere.

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Cast Iron Skillet

Everyone (and I do mean everyone) needs a cast iron pan. You could source a vintage one and restore it for your gift’s recipient or, if you’re on a time crunch, this one comes pre-seasoned and is on major sale right now!

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Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller

If you’ve followed me for any period of time, you know how obsessed with the Thermacell I am. It’s the only thing that really, truly keeps the mosquitos away and I absolutely LOVE it.

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Looking for the perfect practical gift idea? This list of useful gifts is perfect for your holiday gift shopping list. Including gifts under $25, under $50 and under $100

Gifts under $50

Fiskars X7 Hatchet

I cannot even tell you how great this hatchet is! We use it for splitting kindling, but also take it camping with us. Fiskars makes such quality tools, making this one of my favorite practical gift ideas of all time!

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Battery Storage

I feel like this is the ultimate dad gift. Imagine him spending Christmas day organizing batteries and getting this all set up. So good.

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Crock-Pot Electric Lunch Box

Does your partner pack a lunch every day like Sean? If so, this is an awesome gift because it means lunch can actually be hot without using the gross communal microwave.

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Looking for the perfect practical gift idea? This list of useful gifts is perfect for your holiday gift shopping list. Including gifts under $25, under $50 and under $100

Gifts under $100

Car Battery Jumper

Now this is a practical gift idea! If your gift’s recipient spends lots of time off the grid or is new to driving, this makes an awesome gift in a pinch. It’s not the sexiest gift, but if they ever need a jump and no one is around, they will be so grateful to have it!

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Hedgehog Shoe Brush

Besides being ridiculously cute, this useful gift idea is perfect for new homeowners or anyone who lives in a wintry climate.

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Waxed-Canvas Log Carrier

I’m a huge fan of useful gifts that upgrade the overall aesthetic and functionality of an everyday item. This log carrier is awesome for those friends who always invite you over to hang around the fire pit.

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Stay tuned as I share more gift ideas for the holidays this year! Also, made a list of every gift guide for 2023 to make it even easier for you to find the gift guides I’ve shared.

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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