13 Practical Gifts for Women (That Are Actually Useful)

Today’s women lead busy lives, and the last year has doled out even more challenges to contend with. It can all get a little overwhelming, to say the least! Between family life, work life, fitness goals and pandemic problems, sometimes what women want more than anything is less stuff!

Stuff, things, clutter –– whatever you want to call it, sometimes our most thoughtful gifts to one another just miss the mark for various reasons, and don't provide much in the way of functionality. Whether you’re searching for a gift for her birthday, a gift of appreciation, or the perfect gift for the holiday season, we want to open up the wide world of practical gifts for her that are available here on the Cratejoy Marketplace.

With this gift guide, we’ve put the focus squarely on practicality. Each curated gift box delivers items that are useful, including stationery, houseplants, spice mixes for cooking, candles, wine, and more. No waste or excess stuff here, just down-to-earth goodies designed to bring plenty of cheer!

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1. CLOTH & PAPER

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Price: Starts at $16.33/month

About the Box: CLOTH & PAPER is one of the best gifts to keep the women in your life organized and well-stocked with luxe office goodies. Promising to bring high-end style into the daily grind, choose from 3 unique monthly options: Penspiration for a mix of top-quality writing instruments, the Planner Stationery box for paper and office supplies, including stationery, note cards, stickers and more, or the Penspo+Planner option for a winning combo!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. except for select countries between the 19th-24th of the month

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2. Succulents Monthly

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Price: Starts at $17.41/month

About the Box: Gift-giving doesn't have to be a challenge with the highly-rated Succulents Monthly box. A great way for any homebody to brighten rooms or home offices, each box brings easy-care cacti and succulents curated by plant pros. She'll get either 1 large or 2 medium succulents that are healthy and vibrant, including everything from jade to echeveria, all planted in colorful, stylish pots and properly packaged to ensure their safe arrival.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. the week of the 23rd, with renewals shipping around the 25th of each month

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3. FRESHCUTKY

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Price: Starts at $5.91/month

About the Box: Many times, everyday items aren't considered splurge-worthy and people opt for lower quality versions to save a buck or two. This makes the most common items perfect practical Christmas gifts, because they're guaranteed to be useful and enjoyed as a real treat. FRESHCUTKY is a monthly box that delivers beautifully scented, handcrafted soap or wax melts that are 100% vegan and free from nasty GMO ingredients.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. immediately within 1-3 business days of ordering

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4. Spice Madam

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Price: Starts at $18.33/month

About the Box: While it may or may not show up on her wishlist, Spice Madam offers a unique opportunity to whisk her away to a distant country each month. A useful gift that's just right for foodies, exotic eaters, and adventurous home cooks, she can savor the flavors of everything from Provençal French cuisine to spicy Indian snacks with a mix of premium seeds and vegetarian-friendly spices, recipes, and a music compilation from the featured country.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. the 2nd week of the month following your order

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5. The Burlap Bag

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Price: Starts at $6.42/month

About the Box: If your loved ones and best friends prefer useful gift sets to extravagant buys, the Burlap Bag delivers essential home goods, bringing a softly-scented jar candle or soy wax melts with a snarky twist. Depending on your selected option, get limited-edition, hand-poured candles or melts that feature a new monthly fragrance with a clever, witty name that can be anything from Gimme Coffee to Whatever Floats Your Boat!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. around the 25th of every month

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6. My Paper Box

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Price: Starts at $11.67/month

About the Box: My Paper Box is a gifting essential for anyone who loves the personal connection that goes along with snail mail. Keep the postman going strong with a gift that comes available in either a Mini or Grand box, and packs in an assortment of items that are useful in everyday life. Including goodies like stationery, journals, calendars, gift cards and more, many items come inscribed with the recipient's name to add the perfect personalized touch.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on Nov 21st and Dec 4th

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7. greenUP Box

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Price: Starts at $38.33/every 2 months

About the Box: Now she can join in the mass movement to reduce unnecessary waste and reduce the impact of the throwaway culture with the bimonthly greenUP Box. Focused on delivering zero-waste alternatives to everyday products, each box is filled with a mix of eco-friendly items, including everything from shopping totes and reusable sponges to water bottles, tumblers, and silicone straws. It's a unique gift to encourage mindfulness when it comes to waste!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. in early Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct and Dec

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8. Work • Space • Spark

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Price: Starts at $47.99/month

About the Box: From beautiful, themed office decor and tech gadgets to helpful productivity and career tools, Work • Space • Spark is a monthly box that's designed for both the home worker and the office dweller! Each box features a new themed mix of practical goodies, along with access to expert career videos, webinars, and online training sessions that can help any driven woman meet her loftiest career goals.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 5th-10th of each month

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9. The Standard - Wine Club (Monthly) By "He Wines, She Dines"

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Price: Starts at $49.00/month

About the Box: We challenge you to find a day in the year where lounging with a bottle of wine in hand isn't the pinnacle of practicality! For all those days, there's the He Wines, She Dines Standard wine club, a monthly box that delivers a selection of 3 wines, each curated from some of the best vineyards in the world and handpicked to match individual preferences. Backed by a satisfaction guarantee, each bottle is a surefire win, right down to the last sip.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 5 days of ordering, with renewals shipping on the 21st of each month

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10. FaceTory

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Price: Starts at $7.57/month

About the Box: A cult favorite among K-beauty fanatics, the FaceTory monthly subscription box is both budget-friendly and pragmatic. Instead of heading to the spa for an expensive facial, she can DIY it at home with high-quality, expert-selected Korean sheet masks. With fast shipping, this monthly box makes a great last-minute gift idea that's perfect for sheet mask junkies and innovative skincare enthusiasts, or even to use as stocking stuffers!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 1-4 days of ordering

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11. Modern Skyn Apothecary

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Price: Starts at $31.00/month

About the Box: She avoids the sun, uses a silk pillowcase, and practices self-care to protect her skin, and now she can go a step further towards soft, supple skin by joining the tribe of happy subscribers who love the wholesome skincare products from Modern Skyn Apothecary. Getting high marks for high-quality products at a great price, she'll unbox all-natural, organic full-size products, including bath soaks and salts, face masks, mists, toners, and more!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 2-4 days of ordering, with renewals shipping between the 25th-27th of each month

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12. Coloring And Classics

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Price: Starts at $14.00/month

About the Box: Spending just 30 minutes a day on a calming activity can reduce stress and improve mood, so help a special woman in your life quiet the chaos with Coloring And Classics. Each month, she'll unbox a mix of downtime activities with 1 brand-new hardcover book in her preferred genre, an intricate adult coloring book, and a mentally satisfying activity book, then she can pop those earbuds in with her favorite lo-fi tunes, kick back, and relax.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 2 business days, with renewals shipping on the 1st of the month

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13. Habitation Box

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Price: Starts at $57.50/month

About the Box: Transform the home with each changing season with the Habitation Box, a home decor subscription that's curated by experienced interior designers with a great eye for a clean and classic aesthetic. Each box focuses on sending timeless and practical pieces to beautify her house and home, including everything from trendy-patterned pillows and decorative diffusers to countertop accessories, ceramics, candles, picture frames and more!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 1st of every month

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