32 Thoughtful and Useful Christmas Gifts for 2022

We love practical gifts – after all, we spend a lot of time thinking about what would be the perfect example of any given product. So when we find the best travel pillow ever or the absolutely perfect cooler, we want everyone we know to own one.

Giving a practical gift, no matter how intentional or thoughtful it is, has the potential to disappoint the recipient – or worse, outright offend them! When it comes to giving practical gifts, our general advice is to find the sweet spot for items that are useful, yet feel like a genuine gift for your friends and family. Ahead, we’ve rounded up our favorite gifts. Need more ideas? Check out our gifts for him, gifts for her, Nordstrom gifts, favorite Amazon gifts, and gifts for everyone else on your list.

Amazon $15

Sticky Notes Printed Notes Gift Box

We live in an increasingly paperless world, which is great, but sometimes you just need to write something by hand. This Post-it gift set includes a round notepad, a to-do list notepad, a prenumbered notepad, and five felt-tip pens, all in a festive red and pink colorway.

$6.95 on Etsy

ThreeBlueBirds3 Winter Cardinals Swedish Wipes

Swedish dishcloths are versatile reusable cleaning cloths that can replace sponges, cotton rags and paper towels. They also come in tons of colors and patterns, like this winter Cardinals pattern, which makes them more festive and modern than a bunch of flour sack dish towels.

$25 Amazon $12.99

SameTech Pineapple Core Slicer

As an organization expert, I generally avoid disposable kitchen tools like the plague. But I bought this pineapple corer slicer after seeing it on The Real Housewives of Orange County and quickly fell madly in love with it. It can quickly hollow out the flesh of a pineapple into a ring, and according to my rough calculations, three pineapples can pay for themselves. (Pre-cut pineapples are expensive!) As a bonus, this tool leaves the outside of the pineapple intact so you can hold drinks in it, I’ve done this a few times and it’s by far the most impressive party trick I’ve ever had!

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$49.99 Amazon $39.99

Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

The Pure Enrichment MistAire is our pick for the best bedroom humidifier because it’s so quiet. A good humidifier can improve your skin, your sinuses, and your sleep, making it a very practical gift for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list.

$19.99 $18.99 on Amazon

Tundras Long Lasting Hand Warmers, 40-Pack

If the person on your gift list lives in a cold climate, or is a fan of cold weather activities, a set of hand and foot warmers is a very welcome gift indeed.

Amazon $11.95

Oxo Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

Everything you need to prepare avocados—from slicing to pitting—in one compact, dishwasher-safe tool. This is a favorite of Underscored readers.

Amazon $12

W&P Peak Silicone Jug Ice Tray with Protective Lid

Everywhere items like mugs or water bottles don’t make great gifts because most people have enough of them. But items related to these things can make useful and thoughtful gifts, like this silicone tray that molds ice cubes perfectly for water bottles.

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$129 $99 at Tushy

Classic 3.0

A gift for someone you really, really know well…to say the least. Our pick for the best bidet attachment, the Tushy 3.0 is super easy to install on all kinds of toilets, and even easier to enjoy. It’s a total bathroom game changer and we can’t recommend it enough.

$18.95 Amazon $15.95

Drill Brush Power Scrubber

If there’s a good chance the person you’re buying from owns a power drill, this set can turn that device into a cleaning machine. If they’re a neat person and yearn to have the grout and those baseboards look new then this is the gift for them. This is a true Underscored reader favorite.

$99.95 $82.99 on Amazon

AeroGarden Sprout with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit

The Indoor LED Grow Light Garden is the perfect gift for the budding home chef, providing fresh herbs when you need them. The easy-to-use gardening system comes with a gourmet seed kit containing six herbs—Genoa basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint.

Pula $44

Pura Smart Fragrance Diffuser

I received a Pura smart diffuser a few months ago, but I put it aside because I already have a traditional plug-in diffuser, and I don’t think there is much difference. I was wrong! When I finally installed Pura, I was completely blown away by it. I love the scents, I love that you can program it to go on at a certain time, I love that it allows you to adjust the potency of the scent, and I especially love the customizable night light feature. This thing is so cool, I’m giving everyone I know one of these this year.

$35 at Flourish

Flourish All Purpose Plant Food Kit

If plant-based parents are on your holiday gift list, look no further than this organic plant food kit. The set includes Flourish’s organic plant food and limited-edition dilution containers to make feeding your plants feel like an official affair.

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Amazon $39.99

Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow

In our tests of travel pillows, the Cabeau Evolution S3 stood out from the competition: Our reviewer called it the “Goldilocks of travel pillows.” They praised the design, which is firm enough to support the head and neck but soft enough to sleep on, noting that it’s extremely portable thanks to the fact that it’s made of resilient memory foam that can be compressed in half size.

Liberty’s $16

Liberty Margaret Annie Print Square Measuring Tape

A small measuring tape is one such handy item, and something as pretty as this Liberty print makes a great little gift idea. Toss it in your bag or junk drawer and be amazed how many times you reach for it!

Hyperice $799

Nomatec 3 legs

A practical way to give gifts is to give a big gift! Our reviewers love the Normatec 3 Legs Compression System, which provides a customizable massage experience to help improve athletic training and recovery.

Hex $12.99

Hex Performance Double Action Gear Cleaning Kit

Maintenance of protective pads, equipment bags, fitness gloves and other sports equipment. Often overlooked, causing gear to smell bad. Hex’s Gear Wash Kit is designed for deep cleaning of all kinds of gear and clothing, making it a great gift for the activewear on your holiday shopping list.

$18 at Clevr

Perfectly Prepared Clevr Frother

A milk frother is a simple tool that elevates a cup of morning coffee into a work of art. Our associate beauty editor Sophie Shaw is a big fan of the Clevr frother, which she praises is super easy to clean, store, and recharge.

$12.50 on Etsy

TheNorthBeeShop Wax Bag

Sachets are small scented deodorants designed to fit in a drawer or closet to keep the contents smelling fresh. Typically, they’re made from bags filled with botanicals like lavender, but these pressed wax bags are a more modern approach that make for surprising and lovely gifts.

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Patagonia $149

Patagonia Women's Torrentshell 3L Jacket

In our tests of raincoats, the Patagonia Torrentshell outperformed all other jackets in key areas. Our reviewer called it “surprisingly waterproof” and praised it as “extremely breathable, durable, and backed by Patagonia’s lifetime Ironclad Guarantee.”

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Parachute from $189

Parachute Sheet Set

Really nice sheets like the Parachute Linen Sheets, our pick of the best linen sheets, make a great gift. For more advice and gift ideas, check out our guides to the best luxury linens and best cooling sheets.

$199 Therabody $179

Gunslinger Mini

A popular post-workout recovery tool, the massage gun makes a great gift for the runner, weightlifter, or Pilates enthusiast in your life. While many massage guns are big, loud, and expensive, the Theragun Mini gets high marks for being quiet, small, and comfortable to use, and its sub-$200 price tag makes it a reasonable choice for gifting.

$138 Buffy $117.30

Buffy Wiggle Throw Pillow and Pillowcase

Buffy, makers of those cloudy duvets, has reimagined the maternity pillow for the masses. The Wiggle Pillow is a fluffy yet supportive knottable pillow that provides full body support for sleeping or lounging. The removable, machine-washable cover comes in three colors: Cream, Powder Puff, and Toast.

Uncommon Goods $289

Sarah Burrows and Nick Behr Growlight shelf

For the indoor gardener, this framed shelf with grow lights is a practical display. The frame also comes with a timer, which is the perfect way to keep houseplants and herbs growing happily in low-light environments.

$45.99 Amazon $35.09

Asakuki Essential Oil Diffuser

An essential oil diffuser serves two functions: It fills your home with the aroma of essential oils — considered major mood boosters. This diffuser features multiple spray patterns, seven different LED colors and an auto shut off safety feature. It comes with six bottles of essential oils of lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, tea tree, sweet orange and peppermint.

Amazon $12.99

AWinjoy Gold Kitchen Scissors

Kitchen shears are a useful item, but they’re a bit utilitarian as a gift—unless you elevate form by opting for a style that looks luxurious. These gold handle kitchen shears fit the bill perfectly.

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$28 Frontgate From $26.60

Frontgate Resort Cotton Bath Towel

In our tests of bath towels, Frontgate’s Resort Cotton bath towels were one of the most luxurious-feeling bath towels and our pick for the best. “Thick, soft, and comfortable,” says our reviewer, “this product really feels like an upscale hotel bath experience,” elevating towels from a household basic to a luxury gift.

Magic Linen for $125

Magic Linen Linen Bathrobe

When asked about our own favorite robe, Senior Lifestyle Editor Rachel Lubitz had this to say about the linen fabric, “The sleeves are the perfect length and hang gracefully from my shoulders. If you’re looking for a linen robe , and here’s what you’re getting.” The robes come in three colors: light grey, gray blue or wood rose and dusty pink.

Target price $11.99

Aquaphor Ointment Body Mist and Dry Skin Relief

Here’s my personal recommendation: I’ve never met a salve I didn’t like, and when I learned that Aquaphor offered their beloved salve in spray form, I lifted the lid on mine.this thing is amazingI honestly think you should buy a case and put a can in the stocking of everyone you know.

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Lululemon $88

Lululemon Reversible Cushion

Exercise mats have a lifespan; when they lose their loft or start showing signs of wear such as scratches, chipping or curling, it’s time for a new loft. Our pick for the best overall yoga mat, the Lululemon Mat makes a great gift for the home workout enthusiast or the yogi who’s very happy to be back in studio classes.

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Amazon $29.99

Emart 10

The Emart Ring Light is our pick for the best ring light. It comes with a fully adjustable tripod to give the user a lot of flexibility, and it has three light modes and 11 brightness levels. Think how good you’ll look in your everyday Zoom.

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