25 Practical Gifts For the Practical Person In Your Life

25 Practical Gifts For the Practical Person In Your Life

For under 30$!

We always have that one friend or family member who is just too practical to shop for. They have everything they could want and they seem to only keep things around that are useful. How do you shop for someone who has their life that put together? Don't sweat it, here are some ideas that might help you out.

1. Portable Phone Charger.

This one needs no real introduction. Anyone with a phone understands that these are a must. This one is under 30$ and works well with both iPhone and Samsung.

2. Burt's Bee.

These are perfect for guys or girls, everyone's lips get chapped. Especially around the holidays, gotta protect those lips from the cold air. Burt's Bees also has so many different gift sets and gift guides browse around and see what you find. Chapstick and hand cream and everything in between.

3. Ceramic Soup and Cracker Mugs.

This Amazon vendor will give you two for 25, so it's a steal for fifteen bucks. It's cute and useful, what more could you want?

4. Hand Crank Flashlight.

This might seem like an odd gift, but when you're flashlight it's probably an emergency (power just went out or car troubles at night) and if the batteries are low there's not much you can do. These are always a good thing to have in the car or around the house... just in case. It's 15$ and no batteries needed.

5. A Tea-Strainer Cup.

If you know someone who likes tea, this is the perfect gift. Especially if they like loose tea, which can be more difficult to brew without making a mess. It's under 25$ and too perfect to pass up.

6. Tool Kit.

If you know a younger person who's moving to a dorm or maybe just moved into a new apartment or house a small tool kit might not go amiss. That Ikea furniture isn't about to put itself together. This one is only $16.99 and just has most of the essentials.

7. FixAFlat repair kit.

While we're talking about toolkits this is another good gift for someone. These may not be the most glamorous of gifts but when they come in handy you'll be sure they'll be grateful you go this for them. This one generally retails for about $30 and in an emergency will be priceless.

8. Cheeseboard.

If the person you're shopping for is a cheese connoisseur. This one is just under $30 and comes with everything pictured. Besides the cheese.

9. Life Hack Day to Day Calendar for 2018.

It's the gift that will keep on giving throughout the year. It's under $15 and they can use it all year.

10. Self Watering Globe.

Know anyone with houseplants? This is perfect and under $15.

11. Tile Tracker.

Perfect for anyone who loses their keys and, let's be honest, experience real life. It's $24.99, and you'll never have to wait outside your friends car while they dump their bag out looking for thier keys.

12. Credit Card Pocket Tool

This one is under $15. It's got everything you might want and then some. Just remember to take it out before you try to get on a plane.

13. An Herb Chop Block.

It's 12 by 9-inches and it's the perfect thing for someone who lives in a small space, or who just likes to save space, but also enjoys cooking with fresh herbs. This one is under $40.

14. Titanium Cup

For $21.99! This is perfect for anyone who loves outdoors and camping. This mug is designed to stay cold or hot, depending on what they're drinking and where they're drinking it. It's dishwasher safe and eco-friendly. Even if they aren't an outdoors lover it's perfect for travel or just an on the go cup in the car. It can collapse down and is very durable.

15. Waxed Lunch Bag.

Know anyone who brings there lunch to work or school, or wants to break the habit of buying lunch every day. These are waxed canvas bad that won't leave your hands feeling gross but looks adult and cute and more importantly holds lunch for less than $30.

16. Recipe Book

This is one that's perfect if you want to put your own personal twist on. You could fill the pages with some of your own favorite recipes and give a gift of your favorite meals and secret recipes. If that's the way you want to go (which is legit and adorable) you don't have to buy a recipe binder finding a cute empty tin around your house or even a nice ribbon and keeping it cheap are good alternatives. But here's a nice blank recipe book just in case, for $19.50. You could also give them a blank recipe book for them to fill with their own recipes.

17. Socks

Socks don't have to be boring and everyone needs them. This site, Happy Socks, is a great place to find some socks. They have gift box sets of Halloween socks, Beatles socks, superhero socks and some with funky patterns. Some of their box sets might be a little pricey for some but giving socks as gifts is a great idea, no matter where they're from.

18. Infinity scarf with a zipper pocket

This is a great gift for anyone who travels or lives in a city or just someone who likes to be a little bit more secure. It's an infinity scarf with a zipper pocket. It's perfect if you need to keep your money or passport safe. It's only $11.99 on Amazon here. It comes in several different patterns and could work for either men or women.

19. Magnetic organizer thingies

I'm not sure what to call these because they could be used for almost anything it seems. You can use them to organize headphones or bookmarks. They are also magnetic, so if you need to out anything on your fridge or whiteboard or anything magnetic, you can also use them for that. You can get eight of them from Amazon for less then $10.

20. Silicone Toiletry Bag

Toiletry bags are great gifts because everyone needs them, whether they travel a lot or just need somewhere to put their toiletries. Here is one for under $20. I chose a silicone one just because the material makes it easier to clean and is durable but there are many different ones to choose from that are made of different materials and come in different patterns. You could even personalize this gift by adding a few of your own favorite soaps or lotions to the bag.

21. Car Mount

This one is useful for everyone. This should not be used to text and drive but you shouldn't be looking down while using Google Maps while driving. This one is great because it is adjustable, so it's not made for a specific phone, it can be stuck to the windshield or dashboard, it's a suction cup so it can be moved easily, and it's under $20.

22. Essential Oil Diffuser

If you know someone who lives in an old house or has pets or have children or who smokes or who just wants to be surrounded by a nice smell at the end of the day this is a great gift. This one operates quietly and shuts off immediately when the water runs out. You can also give them an essential oil gift set with various scents to get them started. Together this essential oil diffuser and the essential oil gift set is under $30.

23. Water Proof Bluetooth Speaker

Durable waterproof Bluetooth speakers can be really expensive. This one from Amazon basics is only $15 and is shockproof as well. So if you know anybody who could use a durable Bluetooth speaker look no further then this one.

24. Headphone Splitter

This is something everyone has needed at some point or another. You can get headphone splitters that have up to five headphones ports that are under $8 here. I can personally recommend this one it's sturdy and reliable and under 10 dollars.

For anyone who has an iPhone 7 or above. I got you covered. This one is $13.

25. Bag of Charcoal

No, you read that correctly. This bag of charcol can be hung in bathrooms, dorm rooms, garages, or basement or wherever they want it to go. It's dehumidifying and deodorizing. It's 24 dollars at Amazon eight of them. You can even put them in your shoes.

So there you go. 25 practical Christmas gifts. Just remember that whatever you get them they'll probably like. Wheather it's a book, hat, gloves, or a gift card, it's the thought that counts.

Happy Holidays!

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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.

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27 Ultimate Songs Of Summer

Blast these songs in your car or on the beach to make this the best summer day yet.

Now that the semester has ended and beach days are upon us, it seems to be time to get into the spirit of summer.

For me, nothing compares to that hour drive to the shore with speakers blaring, windows down and the warm breeze hitting my our cheeks as my best friend and I make our way to our favorite summer spot. We walk down the boardwalk shamelessly singing, smiling and looking out for eligible young bachelors. Once we take to the warm and set our home base for the day, we add one final touch... our speaker playing songs that SCREAM summer.

For some real beach vibes, press play on my 27 ultimate songs of summer.

1. "Island in the Sun" — Weezer

2. "Ride" — Twenty One Pilots

3. "Girls." — Ballyhoo!

4. "Santeria" — Sublime

5. "Send Me On My Way" — Rusted Root

6. "A-Punk" — Vampire Weekend

7. "I Want Crazy" — Hunter Hayes

8. "Keep Me In Mind" — Zac Brown Band

9. "Compass" — Lady Antebellum

10. "DONE." — The Band Perry

11. "Move" — Little Mix

12. "Made In The USA" — Demi Lovato

13. "That's What You Get" — Paramore

14. "Me Love" — Sean Kingston

15. "Barbara Ann" — The Beach Boys

16. "Hold On" — Wilson Phillips

17. "Danza Kuduro" — Don Omar and Lucenzo

18. "Pom Poms" — Jonas Brothers

19. "Feel So Close" — Calvin Harris

20. "Body Like A Back Road" — Sam Hunt

21. "Stuck In The Middle With You" — Stealers Wheel

22. "Dani California" — Red Hot Chili Peppers

23. "Riptide" — Vance Joy

24. "Miami" — Will Smith

25. "Swalla" ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign

26. "Darte Un Beso" — Prince Royce

27. "One Dance/Hasta El Amanaecer" — Alex Aiono

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