Found: 7 useful gifts that are a practical person's dream

These useful gifts are not a want but a need.

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Shopping for useful gifts is difficult, but after the past two years, we've had? It's more justified than ever. With so many of us spending more time than usual at home, we unpractical people have noticed just how unpractical so many items are in homes. 

And, now more than ever, we're emphasizing things like the best mattress or best mattress topper. 

Though, when it comes to the holiday season, we can't help but want to make our useful gifts "special." Leading us to wonder: how can you be "practical" or "sensible" without being boring? The answer: find elevated items that are practical. 

Yes, it's a fine line, and the Real Homes team is here to help you balance it. 

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From instant pots to kindles, here are the sensible items that make the perfect useful gifts. 

1. An instant pot 

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Instant Pot 8qt Duo Pressure Cooker for $99.99, at Target

One-pot that whips on creative meals on repeat? We're serious, and this eight-quart instant pot proves it. It's one of the most practical gifts that sensible people will appreciate — and use on repeat. 

2. A smart watch to keep track of every fitness goal

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Fitbit Versa Smart Watch for $238.89, at Amazon

The one sacrifice we're making as we turn on yet another Netflix show? Moving our body — and this Fitbit is an excellent way (and painful reminder) that we need to put down the remote and pick up the pace! Plus, it's a great addition to anyone amping up the best home gym equipment. 

3. A versatile indoor bike (that folds up!)

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ATIVAFIT Indoor Cycling Bike Folding Magnetic Upright Bike l Was $169.99, Now $118.98, at Amazon

Are you short on space but ambitious when it comes to working out at home? Keep your fitness goals in check, and turn to this foldable exercise bike. Not only is it one of the best exercise bikes on the market, but it's also an Amazon best-seller that's currently on sale. 

4. A five-star cookbook

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From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen by Snoop Dogg for $12.74, at Amazon

Say what you will about our next choice, but this cookbook not only has 20,000 positive reviews on Amazon but a perfect five-star rating. It seems that not only has Snoop Dogg earned Martha Stewart's stamp of approval, but Amazon's too. 

5. This mini fridge 

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Frigidaire Mini Refrigerator for $129, at Walmart

Yes, there are a handful of the best refrigerators on the market. But when it comes to the best mini fridge, this one reigns supreme. Large enough to fit up to 88 cans or 25 wine bottles, and small enough to fit into tiny space? Consider us sold. 

6. Reese Witherspoon's go-to mug

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Ember Temperature Control 14oz Smart Mug for $129.99, at Best Buys

The one thing Reese Witherspoon and Oprah have in common? This 14-ounce mug — and is perfect when paired with the best coffee maker or best kettle. We're confident it will keep your drink hot, even when you're cold. 

7. Monogrammable stationary to add a *personal* touch

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Personalized Two Letter Monogram Stationery  for $21.95, at Amazon

Everything old is new again, and what better way to give your own personal touch in your home office than with this old-school-inspired stationery. All you have to do is decide whether to monogram the recipient's initials or full name (or both) and ta-da! It's one of the most personalized practical gifts everyone will love. 

Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano is a Shopping Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building a highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins.