It’s hard to know what to buy as a gift for the person you don’t know terribly well, or the person with unswervingly practical tastes. You ideally want something that doesn’t add clutter, and isn’t strictly decorative, and is maybe even something they never knew they needed.
There are some middle-of-the road choices you may be tempted to buy in this category, but let me steer you away from some of the more obvious ones: Socks are a practical choice, but rarely special. Candles and hand soap sets can be so meh they might end up in a donation box or stuffed in a cupboard, and things like phone chargers can feel so practical they’re almost not worth giving. To help you deviate from anything boring or expected, we rounded up some actually useful—but still surprising!—things that still feel special enough to give as gifts, from time-savers to space-savers to travel and laundry accessories.
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