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12/10/2013 07:43 pm ET Updated Dec 11, 2013

7 Practical Gift Ideas That Would Actually Be Very Welcome

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.)

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