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Growing up, I always had some fruit at the bottom of my stocking, nuts you had to crack open with a nutcracker, then things like a toothbrush, deodorant, hair brush … or any hygiene item I needed, some candy, gum, socks, underwear, gloves or a scarf, and then a small special present. And I thought it was magical! Underwear and deodorant!
Then, after my family finished opening presents, I would take my stash of gifts and make a list of every single thing I received. Making this list was one of my favorite parts of Christmas. The practical items, like toothbrush and pack of gum, were just as important to include.
I love practical gifts! Not that I don’t want something shiny every once in a while, but a nice vacuum is good for me! One of my favorite birthday gifts from my family was a nice stainless steel trash can I wanted. (I still love that thing.) People tell me that I should feel offended with gifts that are “for the house” and not “just for me”, but I don’t. I don’t feel offended at all. I feel happy to get these things for the house that I really wanted.
If you like practical gifts, these might work for you too.
I’m going to send my husband this link and tell him he can get me anything off this list. (Hi, Matt!)
Practical Stocking Stuffers
Stainless steel measuring cups and measuring spoons: In my mind this has the makings of a perfect gift because it is something I really want (can’t fully explain why), but won’t buy myself since I have perfectly good plastic stuff.
Chalk labels and chalk markers: I’m always running out of these and I like keeping more on hand for when I get the urge to organize a closet and NEED labels. I go through a ton of these, so this is like getting a bottle of toothpaste when I was a kid: I want and need it!
Zippered bags to organize my purse: I’m a little weird, because I think pencil cases are very practical for purse organizing. They are just the size for little hygiene items or makeup. And I can have more than one in different colors for different things: monthly bag, first aid kit, make-up on the go, charging kit, etc.
More Staedtler pens: I can never have enough. These are my favorite, but I lose them all the time. I will carry them in my purse, then my 3-year-old will “borrow” it or I’ll leave it at the dentist’s office when I fill out the paperwork. These pens are my favorite!
Little Cord Keepers: A lot of these got messed up in the move and I need some new ones. It is bugging me how my computer charging cord keeps falling behind my desk! And my charging cords at my night stand fall behind – so annoying. I need black and white to match different places.
Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner: This is how I clean my microwave anyway (well, I’ve used lemon juice instead of vinegar in the steaming water, but I’m willing to try it this way), and I think it would be convenient to have something like this instead of dirtying one of my Pyrex measuring glasses that gets really hot while I’m steaming it in the microwave. This is just the sort of practical novelty that is perfect for a gift!
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