Practical gifts get a bad rap. While kids and teens probably don't want to find a package of socks in their stocking, a few of us grown-ups would certainly appreciate having a few fresh pairs...especially if they could materialize before laundry day, please. We think the key to giving a useful gift is to make it a slightly-more-luxurious version of something practical, and to pair it with something a little fun. Like wine. (Which could be considered a practical thing, depending on the kind of day you had.)
One of the best gifts a New Yorker can get. A free commute is just a lot more tolerable.
Whether they're for boots or sneakers, you can never have too many socks. And most women feel the same way about black tights.
Merona Women's 6-Pack Socks
, $8.10, from Target
Yeah, you can't have enough of these, either. But...you might want to think hard about your relationship to the recipient before you make this purchase.
Lace-Waist Hiphugger Panty
, $10.50 or 5/$26, Victoria's Secret.
Every year, Starbucks sells a tumbler that gives you free coffee for the month of January. Sounds good to us.
Coffee Refill Tumbler
, $30, from Starbucks.
An extra charger is like a gift from heaven when you're stuck at work with an empty battery and no backup. This version is a combo case and charger in one.
Pocketplug Case & Charger
, $70, from GoProng.