Every holiday season means that you get – and often give — lots of pointless stuff.
You treat your aunt to yet another sweater while adding to the mountain of Legos and action figures in your family room. Your spouse buys more jewelry or tech gadgets to add to the collection you hardly ever wear or use.
This year, vow to break the cycle of gift clutter by giving (and asking for) something more practical.
Don’t worry, this isn’t where we start explaining that everyone needs socks and underwear.
The trick to choosing a winning practical gift that doesn’t come across as cold or even insulting (seriously, no one wants a bathroom scale with a bow on it), is to really think about the person’s interests or what might make their life a little easier or more enjoyable.
On the flipside, if you want to be on the receiving end of gifts you can actually use, start dropping hints or create wish lists that provide your loved ones with some ideas.
Yes, it’s the thought that counts and all that, but if you can shape those thoughts just a little, it’s a better gift for you, and an easier shopping experience for your gift giver — win-win!
Here are some practical ideas to help with your holiday shopping.
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