49 Useful Gifts to Buy for Practical, Hard-to-Shop-for People in 2021

Don’t try to deny it. You and your besties talk about bowel movements and pooping all of the time as it stands, so why not let those inform your gift-giving decisions as well? The Tushy Classic 3.0 is a bidet attachment that soothes their bum, minimizes the need for wasteful toilet paper, and doesn’t require any complicated electricity or plumbing needs during installation. (You might even want to buy one yourself.)

Riding high on an uptick in refillable products (because, about time) are Glossier‘s Monochromes, a refillable tin eye shadow palette that easily fits in one’s palms, pockets, and purses. Each compact comes with a curated trio of colors (like terracotta Clay and lilac Mist pictured above) in three matte, metallic, and satin finishes that complement each other to a T. Once they’ve satisfyingly hit pan, they can pop the palette out and buy a refill for $18 (versus $22 for the original, all-inclusive product). 

Glow Recipe is also debuting its first refillable product, the pillowy-soft Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream spiked with five molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, polyglutamic acid, and three types of juicy plums to drench skin with all-day moisture. The 50-milliliter refill pods easily slip in and out of the glass jar and retail for $33 a pop (saving you $6 when you re-up). Reduce, reuse, and glow.

For the party host:

iRobot Braava Jet 240 Superior Robot Mop

For the friend who loves to host dinner parties — or even the person who always makes it their New Year’s resolution to cook more (and ease up on the takeout habit) and doesn’t succeed — we recommend gifting the Instagram-famous Our Place Always Pan. This unassuming pan assumes the roles of a frying pan, sauté pan, steamer (à la a steel basket insert), skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest — and in nine gorgeous colorways, we might add. (Plus, it’s often on sale, especially around Cyber Monday.) 

After all of the guests have left, the iRobot Braava Jet 240 Superior Robot Mop handles the floor cleanup and catches every last bit of food crumbs and whatever else made its way down below, but does not belong.

In terms of reining in and minimizing less-than-tasteful scents in the bathroom and throughout the home, the Poo-Pourri Toilet Spray — in festive scents, such as Berry Bum Bum pictured above — and Nest New York Pura Smart Home Fragrance Diffuser Set have your friends covered in both manual and automated senses.

You’ve made it to the end. Congrats, and thanks for sticking with us. The lesson here is that no matter who is on your shopping list this holiday season, remember that it’s the thought that counts the most. And, well, sometimes it pays off not to overthink and end up spending hours sweating over a gift that may very well have a short shelf life before it’s relegated to storage. We hope you’ve found a useful candidate for that hard-to-please person in your life — or honestly, for yourself.

Now check out more gift ideas to consider and shop this holiday season:

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