Yes, it’s nice to get the latest iPhone or electronic gadget for Christmas—but it’s often nicer to receive something timeless and thoughtful that will last for decades, like a trusty spade or cast-iron pan. And as the gift giver, it’s nice to know you’ve invested in something sturdy and useful that your loved-one will cherish for years to come.
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Here we’ve put together a list of practical gifts that never go out of style. Your great-grandparents probably used many of the things on this list, but they’re just as handy today as they were 50 or 100 years ago—and we’re betting they won’t be obsolete anytime soon, like that pricey new smartphone will be.