Black Friday is that special day when mothers tackle mothers in the Barbie aisle and dads arm wrestle perfect strangers over the last Xbox. Or is it? According to our recent holiday shopping survey, most of you aren’t really wild-eyed frenzied toy hunters; you’re just regular people looking for good deals on practical gifts. In fact, a full 36.45% of women consider themselves practical gift givers as do 39.74% of men. And Black Friday is the piece de resistance for practical gift shoppers because there are tons of great deals to be had on the most practical of purchases. There are some areas for which you might find better deals are other days, such as winter apparel and non-doorbuster toys. But countless great prices can be found on practical purchases like electronics, major appliances, kitchen gear and bedding. There’s so much to choose from, but if you follow this list of Black Friday ideas, you can expect to score bargains and hear a lot of “Hey! I’m going to actually use this!” on Christmas Day. Use this list as an inspirational guide and check your local listings for Black Friday pricing on practical gifts in your neighborhood.


Unbreakable Beer Glasses 

There’s nothing like the sound of breaking glass to bring the festivities to a halt, so buy these for your favorite party host.

unbreakable beer glasses practical gift

iRobot Floor Mopping Robot

Whoever you give this to will love you forever. Seriously.

robot vacuum practical gift idea

Case of Staples Multipurpose Paper 

We’re serious! Show the college students in your life (or the home-office workers) that you really get them. Staples will be selling this $54 case for just $13 (after rebate) on Black Friday.

practical gift case of paper

Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide 

If you’re a true friend, you’ll give this gift and stick around to install it right away.

smoke detector practical gift

Hotel Collection Bath Towels 

New bath towels for yourself can be painful to splurge on, so do the dirty work and splurge on a set for your loved one.

practical gift idea towels

iPad Air 2 

Best Buy has achieved legendary status with its past Black Friday deals, and this year they’re slashing around $100 from the iPad Air 2.

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Samsung 55” Curved Smart HDTV 

According to Consumer Reports (see, we said they were useful!), Walmart’s pricing makes this a notable Black Friday deal.
11.27.15 samsung tv

Boll and Branch Sheet Set 

Three reasons to buy these sheets: their softness is remarkable, purchases help good causes, and last year they had a Black Friday sale that we hope they’ll emulate this year.

11.27.15 sheets

Instant Pot 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

On sitcoms, kitchen appliance gifts often elicit eye rolls, but in real life this multi-purpose pressure cooker might actually garner applause.

pressure cooker practical gift idea

18-Piece Stainless Steel Tool Set 

For barbeque enthusiasts, this organized and comprehensive set is the ultimate in practical gift giving.

18 piece stainless steel tool set practical gift

Consumer Reports 

It’s not the biggest page-turner, but Consumer Reports is one of the most useful magazines out there.

practical gift idea consumer reports magazine

Retro Countertop Microwave Oven

Microwaves top the lists of Black Friday steals, and this retro and compact one is perfect for hip city dwellers.

retro red microwave practical gift idea

Universal Remote Control 

By the end of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this simple tool will be an absolute necessity.

Universal remote practical gift

Smart Meter for Shower

A practical gift for your loved one and for the environment.

water saving shower meter practical gift idea

Smart Monitor Stand and Board

This stand makes it possible to keep workspaces tidy, despite the merging of keyboard, monitor, phone, USB stick, little notepad and, of course, the coffee cup.

smart monitor stand practical gift idea

Spinning Cosmetic Organizer 

You’ve seen her makeup-strewn bathroom counter and you know there must be a better way to live. Buy this for her.

spinning beauty organizer practical gift for woman

Innovative Bread Maker 

Breadmakers are the unsung heroes of perfect mornings, and this one brings style and delicious aroma.

unique bread maker practical gift

French Door Refrigerator 

Admittedly, this is a gift more suited to your spouse than your coworker. We like the French Door look, but the selection is vast and the Black Friday savings are massive – so take your pick.

practical gift fridge

Keurig Elite Brewing System

Many kitchens already have a Keurig, but for those that don’t: Black Friday is the time to buy one.

keurig coffee maker practical gift

Trunk Organizer and Cooler Set 

You know your friend whose car interior resembles the junk drawer in your kitchen? This is for him.

trunk organizer practical gift

Row Boat Serving Bowl with Wood Serving Utensils 

We are confident that if you give this gift Christmas morning, you’ll see it being used by dinnertime.

row boat salad server practical gift

Baby Pajamas 

Okay, so the elf ensemble isn’t the most practical item on this list – but there are other styles to choose from and any parent will agree there’s no such thing as too many PJs. So stock up!

practical gift elf pajamas

Looking for more deals? Check out all of our favorite gifts under $100!