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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10 Valentine's Day Presents Every Girl Would Love

And most of them are easy on your wallet, too!

Valentine's Day. A day full of love and appreciation for the people who are most important to us. Some people love it, and some people absolutely dread it. This day of love can be a dream come true, or a true nightmare. And if you're a boyfriend looking for the perfect last minute gift, then it's more likely to be the latter. But have no fear, your safety net is here! Girls may seem complicated, but the simplest thing can actually be the best. Here are 10 Valentine's Day presents every girl would love!

1. Gift cards are your friend

They may seem like a cop-out, but trust me when I say gift cards are your friend. Girls are notoriously indecisive, so shopping for them can definitely be tricky. But giving her the opportunity to shop for herself is definitely not. Most girls always have their eye on the perfect outfit, but they don't have the money to spend on themselves. Treating her to a gift card is like letting her treat herself. And I promise every girl loves that.

2. Lots and lots of chocolate

Or really any food for that matter! Girls love to eat. They may try to hide it and look like a lady. But at the end of the day, there are few things girls love more than chowing down on their favorite meal. And giving her a night off from cooking dinner is definitely one easy way to make her happy. Just make sure you throw in some chocolate or other dessert, too. If you forget this important part, then you'll be back in the nightmare before you realize it.

3. A clean apartment

And if you're going to make her dinner, then you should definitely do the cleaning, too. I think we can all agree that no one likes cleaning. The worst part about homemade meals is having to deal with the dirty dishes after. Clean the kitchen and maybe even tidy up the rest of the apartment, too. A clean apartment can make you feel better than you would ever think. Surprise your girlfriend with that feeling, and I think you'll be surprised by how appreciative she is.

4. Go all in on traditional and cheesy gifts

I'm talking a giant bear, a huge heart shaped box of chocolates, and a dozen roses. Make it as old-fashioned and cliche as you possible can! These gifts earned this reputation for a reason. They're classic! They're funny, lovable, and she'll always remember who got them for her. Give her a box full of valentine's like the kind you used to hand out in middle school. Write cute little notes on each one to remind her how much you love her. It may seem cheesy to you, but I guarantee she'll melt over it.

5. Something homemade

Don't freak out, I'm not talking about anything crafty. Unless that's something you actually enjoy, then you should totally go for it! But it can even be something simple like a homemade dinner. You could have a picnic in your living room, or even build a blanket fort. You could also go really poetic and write her a bunch of handwritten letters. It doesn't have to actually be a poem, but just a few "open when" letters that she could read through whenever you aren't around. You could also make a happiness jar, including notes of your favorite memories, quotes, song lyrics, and reasons why you love her. Homemade can be simple, but it can also be very special.

6. Some time to relax

Girls are always busy and always stressing out. And although we know our boyfriends are just as busy, we still like to think our lives are so much harder. Does that sound a little dramatic? Yeah, it sure does. But that's one of the reasons why you love us! So take over some of her responsibilities for a few days. Offer to get her gas, her groceries, or any other small errands that tend to stress her out. Give her a chance to catch up on her favorite show, or read some of her favorite book.

7. Doing something she enjoys

If you really want to win boyfriend of the year, then you could even watch her favorite show with her! Or ask about her favorite girly things and actually pay attention when she talks about them. You could also have a movie marathon, but let her pick every movie. Yep, she gets to pick every single one. She'll love that you're showing interest in the things she cares about. And you get to give her a present that doesn't cost anything but your time. It's a win-win for everyone!

8. Teaching her something you enjoy

Girlfriends may tease you for your guys nights and your obsessive video game habits. But in reality, we want to be a part of them. We love when you try to learn about us, so of course we want to learn about you, too. Teach your girlfriend how to play your favorite video game, so then you guys can play it together. Or you could take her through all of your favorite things, like your favorite movie, favorite food, favorite candy, etc. You get to spend time together, and you just gave her plenty of ideas for the next time she needs to buy a present for you!

9. Going on a spontaneous trip

Fill up on gas and hit the road together! It doesn't have to be somewhere far, and it doesn't even have to be over night. You could make it a day trip to a town near by that you've never been to. Or you could book a hotel room and make it feel like a vacation, even if you're not far from home. And if you really want to go big and have the budget for it, then you could make it a weekend trip and go somewhere even further. Either way, you'll get to spend time together in the car and make memories the whole way.

10. Or having a simple staycation

But if you don't have the budget to afford any of those things, then you could make it a good old staycation. Turn off your phone, computer, and leave all your work at the office. Spend an entire day laying in bed and watching tv together. Make sure all your friends know you can't be bothered. Because this staycation is about the two of you doing absolutely nothing together. And I promise, it'll absolutely be the best Valentine's Day you've ever shared.

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To The Loveless, You Are So Loved

To the one no longer in love with the world.

This is written for the one who was heartbroken this Valentine's Day, who longed for a valentine, to the hurting, the abused, the disillusioned, the disgusted. To the one no longer in love with the world. To the one feeling unworthy of love.

Did you know?

You are loved.

And nothing and nobody can take this away from you. Nothing you do can affect or define this love. It defines you.

There is One who has written and is writing us a love letter every day of our lives. The perfect lover. He loves us perfectly and unconditionally like no human can, and only His love can fulfill our aching, our longing to be loved.

His name is Jesus.

So if you watched friends and strangers carry flowers and rant about how in love they are and felt your heart crack a little inside your chest.

If you are tempted to thoughts that you'll never love or be loved,

if your childhood fairytales are wilting more and more each moment,

if you've given up on Prince Charming,

if you've grown cynical and bitter and hopeless,

know this!

This Jesus loves us more than any person ever could. The most beautiful human relationship on this planet is only a grimy reflection of God's love for us, a love that echoes down the universe, through our relationships, and into our stories.

This love is written across the pages of His word. In His sacrifice and humility. It colors His entire life on earth. Jesus loves the sick woman in the crowd, Peter who denied Him, Paul who persecuted Him, Judas who betrayed Him, selfish tax collectors and dirty fishermen, prostitutes and beggars, lepers and the demon-possessed. He loves us all.

It is scrawled across the pages of our lives, this giant love letter. Not one can take it away from you or declare you unworthy, turn you away or rescind the love. It waits for us, if we will accept it, this Love that proclaims that we are "beautifully and wonderfully made." This Love that died for us.

This letter is not confined to the pages of a book. It springs out and sings through our days. He shows His love in.. the bird singing outside the window, hot water running, car starting, family still living, coffee brewing, friends laughing, stranger smiling, moon shining, mountains rising, snow falling...

Gifts, gifts, and more gifts!!!

Candy, cards, balloons, lovers, these pale into shadows against the ancient music, the fresh spring song, the magical melody that is the Love of the Almighty God.

He sings His love song to us in sunrises and sunsets, in stars and campfires, in family and friends.

If only we who have ears will let them hear.

You are the beloved.

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