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.
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.
7 useful gifts to invest in this holiday season
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From instant pots to kindles, here are the sensible items that make the perfect useful gifts.
1. An instant pot(opens in new tab)
2. A smart watch to keep track of every fitness goal(opens in new tab)
Fitbit Versa Smart Watch (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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!)(opens in new tab)
ATIVAFIT Indoor Cycling Bike Folding Magnetic Upright Bike (opens in new tab) 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. (opens in new tab) 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(opens in new tab)
From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen by Snoop Dogg (opens in new tab) for $12.74, at Amazon
Say what you will about our next choice, but this cookbook (opens in new tab) 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(opens in new tab)
Frigidaire Mini Refrigerator (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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(opens in new tab)
Ember Temperature Control 14oz Smart Mug (opens in new tab) for $129.99, at Best Buys
The one thing Reese Witherspoon and Oprah have in common? This 14-ounce mug (opens in new tab) — 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(opens in new tab)
Personalized Two Letter Monogram Stationery (opens in new tab) 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 stationer (opens in new tab)y. 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.