Join AT’s Live Shopping Series, Shop Talk, to Discover the Most Practical Holiday Gifts They’ll Actually Use

published Nov 17, 2021
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The holidays are upon us, which means your online shopping cart is about to be very full. If you’re anything like me, you strive to gift your loved ones items that will not only wow them, but that they’ll actually use (because how many knit sweaters can one possibly get excited about?). We have some suggestions for practical gifts that you can guarantee won’t be sitting around collecting dust. Now, these may not be the sexiest gifts, but they’re items that will make life easier for your friends, family, and coworkers in one way or another. What could be better? Tune in to Apartment Therapy’s new shopping series, Shop Talk, on Instagram and TikTok at 12pm ET to hear more about these useful gifts for the holidays. But first, get a sneak peek below, and consider your holiday shopping well on its way.

1 / 5
was $499.99

Dyson does the impossible: makes cleaning fun. With the Dyson V8 Absolute, cleaning up around the house might actually become your new favorite thing. This model is surprisingly lightweight and easy to use for a full-sized vacuum. The design may be slim and sleek, but the incredibly powerful suction picks up everything from hairballs and extra-large dust bunnies to tiny specks of dirt and food crumbs. It’s so slim that it can clean hard-to-reach areas like those tricky corners under cabinets and the tight quarters between the wall and refrigerator. Best of all, Dyson is currently giving $50 off plus throwing in free tools worth up to $75.

2 / 5
was $109.99

The Ready America Deluxe Emergency Backpack isn’t exactly the sexiest gift, but it offers one of the most thoughtful things you could ever give: peace of mind. This kit comes equipped with everything one would need in the event of an emergency. Inside of the durable, backpack, there's a four-function power station (it’s a crank-powered flashlight, AM/FM radio, siren, and cell phone charger in one), a multi-function pocket tool, a three-day supply of food and water with a five-year shelf life, water purification tablets, a first-aid kit, survival blankets, dust masks, hygiene kits, and more. AT contributor Amy loves this kit so much, she's purchased it as a gift for several friends and it never disappoints.

3 / 5
Williams Sonoma
was $149.95

Few things in life are more annoying than when your morning cup of coffee goes cold before you can finish it off. Well, Ember is here to solve that problem for you with this genius, temperature-controlled mug. It’ll keep your coffee, tea, or hot beverage of choice (yes, hot toddies included) at your ideal temperature for up to 90 minutes. Just adjust the temperature within the app, and sip as slowly as you'd like. Once your drink is finished, the heat shuts off so you don't have to worry about accidentally leaving it on. Even better? It's available in sleek colors like black, copper, gold, and stainless steel.

4 / 5

Truly a next-level planner, this device allows you to save digital versions of the pages to cloud services — including Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, OneNote, Slack, iCloud, and email — all with the free app. There are five sections to help you boost productivity, from daily tasks and a monthly overview to quarterly and annual goals. Check out AT assistant shopping editor Britt's review.

5 / 5
Joseph Joseph

Beauty lovers will asbolutely love this sleek makeup organizer by Joseph Joseph. With a combination of deep and shallow compartments, it has slots for everything from lipsticks and mascaras to brushes and lash curlers. There’s even a removable magnifying mirror, as well as a magnetic-closure drawer for cotton pads and makeup sponges.