I feel your pain, because I'm that person. I know how hard it is for my friends and family. I don't ask for much and I hate it when anybody "wastes" money, even if it's on a nice gesture like buying me flowers (hello, they just die!)
But there are certain gifts that are just so darn useful that I have absolutely loved them. If you know someone who's as practical to a fault as I am, you should definitely give them one of these 6 perfectly practical gifts. And then maybe get them some professional help.
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Practical people hate waste, and buying silly paper liners to throw away always killed me. Now the muffins pop right out of the silicone cups once they've cooled (my kids love doing that part.) As a perfectionist it always bothered me when my recipe didn't make a perfect dozen and left empty cups in the muffin pan, but now I can put the exact number of cups I need on a baking sheet.
There couldn't be anything more efficient or perfect, really. Silicone cups are also easier to wash and take up less space in the cupboard than the big metal pan.
You know how some people swear by coconut oil and use it in place of toothpaste, deodorant, and gasoline? That's me with Fels Naptha, almost. I grate it up and use it to make my own laundry detergent, but I also keep a bar by the washing machine to pre-treat stains.
It can take out almost any stain, even set-in ones. If my family has to listen to me regale them with the story of how I used Fels Naptha to remove a pitcher of red Crystal Light from our beige rug one more time, they're probably going to scream.
Two, you are simple and therefore easy to fix. I don't need every type of feature, attachment, and indicator light known to man; I just want to be able to suck up dirt and the occasional Lego. My friends' huge, clunky deluxe machines need replacing every few years, but if you stop working I know that the bag is full or a belt is broken, and that's about all that can go wrong.
As a result, the Oreck vacuum we bought 12 years ago (I'll let that sink in a little) is still going strong.
Getting a mattress pad warmer is skipping the middle man. Now instead of lying on a cold mattress with a warm blanket on top of us, we get a warm mattress AND a warm blanket. How could I not love this model of efficiency?
Also, you control the temperature separately for each side, which is great because I like to blast it up to inferno and then turn it to low once I get in bed and Phillip likes to keep it at medium all night.
I've tried a lot of different solutions. Space heaters don't directly warm my hands, but these plug right into my computer and warm up a heated pad inside each glove itself. The fingerless-ness is awesome because it doesn't interfere with my typing, and I don't know what the material is (Amazon just says "soft plush") but it feels like the downy fuzz of the softest baby chinchilla in all the world.
This thing is as sturdy as a tank but so pretty you can just leave it out on your counter 24/7. It mixes flawlessly and enables my incorrigible multitasking in the kitchen since I can let it do its thing while I prep another part of the meal.
Kitchen Aid makes this thing in a bazillion colors, and even get me started on the number of attachments you can buy.
Every time I use one of these practical gifts, even after years and years, I can't help but think to myself, "I love this thing." And that, for a practical person, really does make the best holiday gift of all.