8 perfectly practical gifts your significant other will love

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Buying your significant other a gift that's both perfect and a total surprise is tough. We've all been the shopper who's taken the easy route at one point or another. But as much use as our loved ones may get from socks or pajamas, deep down we know they represent the lowest threshold of effort.

This year, why not try something different and get your significant other a gift that's both practical and delightfully unexpected. Think bartending tools for mixing that perfect cocktail, solar-powered flashlights or exercise belts that double as travel pouches. In partnership with Verizon Wireless, we bring you a slew of ideas for festive gifts that will continue to be useful long after the holidays are over.

ElectroLight Backpack

Frequent travelers know just how much difference a backpack can make on a busy trip. Consider gifting your favorite adventurer a collapsible ElectroLight. This versatile day pack folds and stows easily when not in use, saving travelers the trouble of lugging around both a carry-on and a backpack.

Mophie Powerstation Plus 6000

Running out of juice while on the go is the worst, which is why having a backup battery is so important. A great gift for just about anyone, the Mophie Powerstation Plus 6000 features a long-lasting 6000 mAh battery, guaranteeing that your partner will be able to keep his or her batteries charged for a long time.

All-in-one Bartending Tool

The holiday season is a perfect time for your significant other to brush up on cocktail recipes (and for you to serve as recipe tester). But stirring, straining and cutting garnishes requires a number of different utensils that are easily misplaced. That's where the surprisingly sleek BAR10DER all-in-one bartending tool, with its 10 essential, and secured attached, tools comes in handy.

Solar-Powered and Hand-Cranking Flashlight

Winter weather is unpredictable. That's why the ThorFire LED flashlight is a must-have for anyone who lives in an area that is prone to power outages. The solar panels on the flashlight charge the device by day. If you happen to run out of juice at night or when it's cloudy, you can use the hand crank to power it.


Runners hate to be encumbered with superfluous gear. So the passionate jogger in your life needs a FlipBelt, a soft fabric running belt that doubles as a tubular pocket, great for holding a smartphone, keys, and wallet.

Digital Luggage Scale

Considering the charges air travelers face for checking an overweight bag (often $50 or more), a digital luggage scale is a must-have for every household and will pay for itself over the course of its lifetime.

Rok Presso Manual Espresso Maker

As nice as drip-brewed coffee in the morning can be, nothing beats the delicious taste of a fresh espresso. This ROK Presso manual espresso maker is great for the coffee aficionado in your life, and the included stainless-steel frother lets you recreate coffeehouse favorites like cappuccinos and lattes in the comfort of your kitchen.

Beats Solo 3 Wireless On-Ear Headphone

Few things are as cumbersome as trying to untangle earbuds on the go. With 40-hour battery life, the Beats Solo 3 wireless headset is a perfect gift for anyone who likes to listen to music or podcasts while commuting. Bluetooth connectivity and voice commands let you listen to your favorite tracks and take phone calls without a mess of cables getting in the way.

Whether for mixologists or mountaineers, it's always a great gift if it's on Verizon. See all the ways to give the gift of the best network here.

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