Sometimes I like giving Christmas presents that are practical but luxurious. My grandmother-in-law was kind of weirded out at first when we got her a bath mat for Christmas one year early in our marriage, but it was a really nice really expensive bath mat that just felt like stepping on a little slice of Heaven’s carpet after getting out of the shower or bath. She remembered that purchase and was appreciative years later, even if it seemed an odd choice at first. Sure she already had bath-mats, but she didn’t have luxury bath mats.
And it’s amazing how these little luxuries can change one’s quality of life. Sometimes in ways that you don’t even realize are possible until you’ve experienced them. I think that makes for the best kind of Christmas present for the person who has everything– something they didn’t know they wanted.
The following things are expensive for what they are, but cheap given the happiness they bring.
Maped metal pencil sharpeners. Sharpening a pencil has never been so pleasurable. Pencils perfectly pointed. After dozens of crappy plastic sharpeners that just gave out after a few sharpens, this little hand-held product is a dream. Amazon no longer carries the two-pack we got that had the huge number of 5-star ratings, but it carries a two holed version and a one-pack.
furminator— accept no substitutions! Big Kitty and Garage Cat were both long-hairs. We’d tried various brushes with Big Kitty and they mostly ended up with all parties being upset. Then a friend with a long-hair recommended the furminator. It was expensive so I put it on my Christmas list and got it as a present. This just works. It combs through hair without catching. The cat in question generally enjoys it, and you end up with enough extra fur to build another cat.
tweezerman tweezers — These just work. You find the hair (or splinter, or what have you), pull, and it’s out. No wasting tens of minutes trying to get purchase. You get purchase. There is a small learning curve where you learn not to take off skin too, but once you realize how good the tweezers are, you figure out you don’t need to grasp at skin like you would with normal tweezers.
We have differing opinions on pens and there are a lot of good pens out there. One of us is addicted to Pilot G2, especially for grading.
Leifheit jar opener— If you don’t live with the incredible hulk, sometimes you need to open a jar by yourself, and sometimes you’d like to do it in a way that doesn’t damage the lid of the jar. This expensive jar opener imported from Germany is a wonder. I feel like I can open anything! It is true that there are other highly rated jar openers on the market, also expensive and also from Europe, but we haven’t tried them. This one definitely works. We love it.
We have a perfect metal spatula, but unfortunately it is unbranded and we’ve been unable to find a second exactly like it. Maybe you have a metal spatula to recommend? Good rubber spatulas are also a great thing to have, but they are legion.
This Logitech ipad keyboard is amazing. Sure, it’s not so little, but it is so nice. One of my RAs had one and after she showed me all its features I had to have it. It’s made responding to emails while traveling SO MUCH EASIER. Note that the different colors have different prices– you can get a discount if you’re willing to go with say, red.
What little things have made your life better? When has spending extra for quality on some everyday item been worth it?