Everyone’s knows someone who, every year around the holidays, insists that you don’t get them any gifts. “I have everything I need already!” they say. “Don’t waste your money on stuff I won’t use!”
Well, we say that not giving gifts is simply no fun. So we found presents that are sure to be a hit with even the most practical people. Hey, it’s not a waste of money if they use it, right?
1. AirPods (3rd Generation)
Apple AirPods, $179
The latest AirPods make the perfect present.
OK, so definitely check that your practical person doesn’t already own some, because AirPods are one of the most practical gifts out there. But if they haven’t made the wireless earbud jump yet, or have been rocking a super-old pair in desperate need of an update, check out Apple’s latest AirPods.
The third-generation buds pack longer battery life, spatial audio for a truly enveloping sound experience, force sensors with more precise gesture controls, and more into a new design — and they cost less than the AirPods Pro.
They’re the perfect gift for anyone who takes a lot of work calls, loves music, or is always listening to podcasts.
2. A cute new keyboard
Azio IZO Wireless Keyboard, $139.99
Look at that adorable work from home setup!
Many of us are still working from home these days, but some of us never took the time deck out our home desk setups. The IZO Wireless Keyboard from Azio gives users a beautiful keyboard with a super functional layout for all their working (or gaming!) needs.
The keys are satisfyingly clicky, and the keyboard comes in three colors (Blue Iris, Baroque Rose, and White Blossom) with gold accents. You can toss in a wireless mouse and calculator from the IZO collection too if you want to gift a complete set.
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Bonus! A powerful smartphone [Sponsored]
OnePlus 9 5G, starting at $599.99
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The OnePlus 9 5G offers a beautiful color-accurate display, excellent camera, and fast-charging battery that gives you a day’s charge in 15 minutes. The powerful Android 11 OS gets a boost from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor — but if that’s Greek to you, know it means this phone can easily power through games, apps, and just about anything else you’ll throw at it.
3. A protective phone case
Otter + Pop Symmetry Series, $49.95-$59.95
A great phone case AND a phone grip? Yes, please.
If your practical person tends to go for the lowest price rather than the best quality when buying a phone case, take this holiday season as a chance to upgrade their gear.
OtterBox, which is known for making super sturdy products, has partnered with PopSocket to make cases with a built-in customizable phone grip. Having a phone grips helps minimize the chances of dropping your phone and makes holding a bigger phone more comfortable.
We recommend checking out the Symmetry series, which is available for the iPhone 8 and newer and the Galaxy S20 and up, for a perfect combo of durable and decorative.
4. An air fryer
Ninja AF100, $89
This gadget churns out some of the yummiest crispy foods.
For the cooking fanatic who may not have time to babysit an oven recipe, an air fryer solves a lot of problems. Not only are air fryer recipes all the rage on TikTok these days, but popping your food into an air fryer almost guarantees a tasty and quick meal that takes very little effort.
For an air fryer that takes up the least counter space, check out the Ninja AF100. If you’re willing to sacrifice a little square footage for more features, we also love the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer.
5. A smart speaker
Amazon Echo, $99
A smart speaker makes controlling your music that much easier.
While not entirely necessary, a smart speaker like an Amazon Echo just makes life more seamless.
If the person you’re gifting likes to jam out to a playlist while doing chores or add products to their Amazon cart throughout the day, the speaker’s Alexa voice assistant makes all of it easier.
Of course, if your practical person is all in on the Apple or Google ecosystems, definitely go the route of a HomePod mini or Google Nest. Either way, their home DJing skills are about to level up.