With economies bouncing back and lives going back to some semblance of normality, gift-giving will likely take on a particularly practical edge this year. Whether it’s something to save you time, space, or any more mental anguish than 2020 has already provoked, what should be at the top of a stocking should make one’s life just a little bit easier. Given that it’s unlikely that all-expenses-paid vacations won’t truly be crossed off your loved ones’ wishlists until 2021, you can rest easy in December by redirecting a fraction of that would-be cost to something they can use to make the most of life at home in the meantime.
Candles and bars of scented soap are typically featured on lists like these, but when gifted rarely make for a reaction beyond a paltry attempt at a smile. Presents can be sensible without being boring or lacking in imagination. We’ve found just a few of them. They’re tasteful and sensible without being overly decorative, and they won’t simply gather dust in some lonely corner. And don’t worry—naturally, there are no socks on this list.