Give Something Practical

If you’re stumped by those last few names on your Christmas list, try something super practical. A thoughtfully considered gift can be both useful and beautiful and these items are things they’ll use, but would probably never buy for themselves.

You’ve still got time! Many stores are open late now through Christmas Eve and overnight shipping will get your gifts here by Christmas if you shop by December 23.

Here are some of my favorite practical gifts for the impossible-to-shop-for ones on your list, sourced from some of my favorite local shops in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Pinch Provisions Emergency Kit, available online and locally at Urban Girl in Bismarck
This adorable little kit contains everything she’ll need in a pinch (17 items total!) including hairspray, nail polish remover, earring backs, hair ties, a mending kit, stain remover, deodorant, breath freshener and more. Genius.

Funny Lunch Bag
Available at Unglued in Fargo
Sure, they can brown bag it, but this clever lunch bag is so much cooler. And better for the environment too!

Available at M.I.S.S. Boutique in Moorhead
Upgrade her wallet with a pretty version that can double as a clutch for travel or a night out.

Grooming Kit
The Decent Man’s Grooming Kit available at Fowlers Heritage Company Fargo, ND
These cheeky guys’ grooming kits are perfect for the guy who has everything, because wardrobe malfunctions can happen to anybody. Choose from lint mitts, deodorant wipes and other tools to help him look his best.

Olive Oil
Available at Pinch & Pour in Fargo
Foodies and at-home chefs will love a good bottle of olive oil or balsamic vinegar. Pinch & Pour in Fargo stocks a variety of artisanal options that are delicious enough to sample straight from the bottle.

Happy Socks
Happy Socks available online and locally at Fowlers Heritage Company in Fargo
Socks are a must in most climates at this time of year, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be a snooze. Infuse a little fun into a wardrobe staple with a whimsical print or a wild color.

My Other Bag totes, available online at locally at LA Rie Boutique in Grand Forks
Photo provided by Greater Grand Forks
Make a fashionista smile with a status bag cleverly re-imagined as a reusable tote. Just don’t tell her you got her this year’s it bag — this doesn’t count, guys!

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