Tis’ the season for shopping! It’s a joyful time of year, but can also be stressful if you aren’t sure what to buy someone on your list.

As the growing popularity of tiny houses has taken over, so has the idea of becoming a minimalist.

Military families are always on the move, so it’s a necessity for us to try to minimize material things as much as possible.

I don’t know about you, but it’s quite hurtful to spend a lot of time searching for the perfect gift, only to find out that it is sitting somewhere collecting dust after the holidays.  This is why I have developed a practical gift giving guide to help you out this Christmas.

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5 Practical Gifts that Keep Giving


1-Gift cards-They are the perfect size, the perfect fit, and guarantee the recipient can pick out what they like best.  Although this is the most impersonal, it’s very practical and guaranteed to be utilized. Many places even allow you to send gift cards through email, so you don’t even have to leave home to buy them.

My favorites:

  • Amazon
  • Movie Theaters
  • Restaurants
  • Spas & Massages
  • Walmart
  • Nail Salons


2-Music-Everyone loves music and Amazon makes it super easy to purchase MP3’s and even download the app onto your phone so you can listen on the go.  You can send someone a gift card without even leaving your couch. Click here to send someone an Amazon e-card.


3-Beauty products-Find out what people on your list use and create a gift basket of their favorite toiletries such as; shampoo, soap, face wash, deodorant, shave gel, and lotion. This will not only be utilized, but also cut back on the many expenses of toiletries throughout the new year.


4-Car Wash Coupons-As the seasons change and warmer weather fades, washing your car can become a dreaded and frigid chore.  Why not buy someone a car wash card?  This could be super helpful, especially during the colder months. Try this national chain to see if there is a location near you! They even offer e-certificates that you can send to someone through email.  

5-Experiences-These have become a popular gift in most recent years.  Giving someone a gift that allows them to have a fun experience instead of another material object can be quite powerful.  When was the last time you went to a zoo, played putt putt, rode go karts, went on a winery or brewery tour, or visited a museum?  These are low-cost gifts that promote getting out and about and having fun.

Gift giving does not have to be stressful nor cost a ton of money.  Try giving a gift that is certain to be utilized. It can save you time, money, and hurt feelings. Practical gifts will surely be a hit to those on your list this year.

© Wendi and Strength 4 Spouses, 2017.

Do you have a practical gift recommendation that is not on my list?  Please feel free to share it in the comments.