I've had beaus who gave me lovely presents.
And I've had gentleman friends who were not at all good gift-givers. The ones who knew me well got that I didn't need something big and flashy and expensive, but I do love a token of affection. Once that gift is purchased (and should be at this point, right?), and a significant other is wracking his brain for another gift for the holiday, I propose that he make a practical choice. I like gifts that serve me well -- at my desk, in my office, as I prep lunches every day. I appreciate when someone I love notices that I'm missing a convenient gadget or that my toaster really needs to be replaced. I've compiled a list of my very favorite practical gifts that you can run out right now and pick up, no problem. But before you do -- HEED THIS WARNING: Do not EVER give a woman a practical gift as her sole gift. Get her something loving, sentimental, high-tech, or shiny. THEN and only then can you consider adding on something that clips, cleans, carries, or sucks. Check out my top picks! -- By Jessica Ashley
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