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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Household Gifts

My mom has always said that if you want to give her a practical gift, it better be addressed to the house, but I actually like practical gifts!

From scanners to candles to holiday decor, thoughtful practical gifts can be a blessing that is much appreciated. Just be sure you know your recipient’s stance on practical gifts ahead of time!

The NeatReceipts Mobile Scanner and Digital Filing System isn’t exactly glamorous, but as far as practical gift goes, it’s one of my favorites. For anyone who wants to simplify their paper clutter and organize their files, this scanner is a winner!

Whether you’re looking for personalized Christmas cards or photo gifts such as mugs, coasters and calendars, promises high-quality, low-cost customized products for all of your needs. Start with a basic design, and you choose the level of customization…a little or a lot!

SureFit has a large line of easily-installed furniture covers, slipcovers and decorative accessories. Their furniture slipcover product line includes slipcovers for sofas, loveseats, chairs, oversized chairs, wing chairs, dining room chairs, recliners, ottomans and folding chairs as well as furniture and pet throws and coordinating decorative pillows, perfect for upgrading your decor!

Yankee Candle has become the #1 most-recognized name in the candle business and the country’s best selling candle brand by sharing their customers’ “passion for fragrance” in every product they bring to market. Today, with over 150 fragrances, Yankee Candle offers the world’s largest and most compelling selection of candle and home fragrance scents, and these make a lovely hostess gift or addition to a gift basket!

Sleep Innovations Memory Foam Bath Mats add a touch of luxury to your bathroom with their premium memory foam. These also make a great addition to your laundry room to cushion your feet as you stand and fold laundry!

Red Envelope has a beautiful selection of Christmas decor, including this gorgeous Holiday Door Mat from Red Envelope. What I love most is that they offer so many creative products and gift ideas — from the sentimental to the inspiring — and so many of their gifts celebrate life, love and family!

Rubbermaid Bento Boxes are beautiful fabric-covered boxes with built-in Flex Dividers that allow you to customize the inside of each box, creating smaller compartments that perfectly organize the contents. Each box also includes a Bento Topper, which can be used as a lid for your box or flipped upside down to serve as a tray. They offer a beautiful way to organize and containerize the things you use regularly!

The Lionel Trains Polar Express Train Set has the potential to become a family tradition and family heirloom all in one. Add additional cars and tracks over the years and set it up around the tree for a whimsical, classic addition to your decor!

O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas carol by far, and I adore this O Holy Night Cafe Mount Print from Red Letter Words. Hang it on the wall or lean it on your mantle for a reminder of what Christmas is all about!

See the full 2011 Holiday Gift Guide here.