10 Practical Gifts for Women (That Are Actually Useful)

Today’s women lead very busy lives and it can all get a little overwhelming to manage. Between work life, fitness goals and family life, 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.

No need to worry about the fit of clothing or purchasing a duplicate of something she already has, 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!

1. CLOTH & PAPER

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Price: Starts at $16.33

About the Box: CLOTH & PAPER is one of the best gifts to help keep her punctual, organized and well stocked with luxe office goodies. Promising to bring high-end style into the daily grind and available in 3 unique monthly subscriptions, choose Penspiration for a mix of 4-6 top-quality writing instruments, the Planner Stationery box for 6-8 useful paper and office supplies, including planner stationery, note cards, stickers and more, or the Penspo+Planner option for a combination of the two!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 19th-23rd of the month

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2. Succulents Monthly

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Price: Starts at $12.25

About the Box: Gift-giving doesn't have to be a challenge with the highly rated Succulents Monthly box. Brighten any living or work space with easy-care cacti and succulents that arrive right to the home or office. Curated by plant experts, each month's box brings either 1 large or 2 medium succulents that are healthy and vibrant, including everything from jade to echeveria. All come properly packaged in colorful, stylish planters that are practical for any decor.

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

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3. FRESHCUTKY

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Price: Starts at $5.91

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 those common items perfect practical gifts, because it's 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 nasties and non-GMO ingredients.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. by the 21st of each month

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4. Spice Madam

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Price: Starts at $18.33

About the Box: Whisk her away to a distant country each month with Spice Madam, a useful gift that's just right for exotic eaters and adventurous home cooks. A perfect way to savor the unique flavors of everything from Provencal French cuisine to spicy Indian snacks, each box packs in 10-15 items including premium seeds and vegetarian-friendly spices, 5-6 recipes that showcase the supplied ingredients, and a music compilation from the featured country.

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

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5. The Burlap Bag

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Price: Starts at $6.41

About the Box: A practical gift for both loved ones and best friends, The Burlap Bag delivers essential home goods with a monthly box that brings a softly-scented jar candle or soy wax melts, all with a snarky twist. Depending on your selected option, get limited-edition, hand-poured candles or melts that feature a new monthly fragrance, and sport a clever, witty name, that could be anything from Cupid Toots to Whatever Floats Your Boat!

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

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6. Free Your Tea

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Price: Starts at $16.00

About the Box: Free Your Tea is an affordable, practical and fun gift set that aims to create perfect brews that are customized for every tea lover. After subscribing, 6 samples are sent out to provide a taste of what the future holds. Enjoy the personalized tea taste test, then rate individual favorites and preferences, and a team of in-the-know tea enthusiasts will choose 1 large bag of fresh, premium loose-leaf tea every month, bringing enough to savor a daily cup of tea, hot or cold.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 1st week of the month

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7. My Paper Box

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Price: Starts at $9.16

About the Box: My Paper Box makes a great gift for snail mail lovers who like to keep in touch the old fashioned way. Opt for the Mini or Grand box as either a monthly or bi-monthly subscription to send 3 or 6+ 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.

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8. greenUP Box

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Price: Starts at $42.95

About the Box: Help her join in the mass movement to reduce unnecessary waste and reduce the impact of the throw-away culture with the bi-monthly greenUP Box. Focused on delivering plenty of zero-waste alternatives to everyday products, each box is filled with 4-6 eco-friendly items, including everything from cutlery and washable sponges, to reusable straws and old-school shave soap. Not only does it help to decrease dependence on plastics, but it also encourages mindfulness when it comes to waste.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S.

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9. Work Home Happy

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Price: Starts at $30.99

About the Box: Working from home can be a blessing or a curse, depending on the moment. Some days can be filled with distractions that lead to decreased motivation. Work Home Happy is a monthly subscription box that hopes to send products that are all about creating a productive and motivating work-from-home environment. Bringing 5-6 items, like stylish office supplies, energy-loaded snacks, productivity printables and fun surprises, her home office space will be instantly more inviting!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 4th of every month

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10. 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 good-tasting wine 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 collection of 3 different wines, each hand-selected from some of the best vineyards around the world and curated to match individual tastes and 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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