Gifts For the Holidays That Are Practical and Fun!

Gifts For the Holidays That Are Practical and Fun!

All of the items we sell at ILA are practical, but many of them are fun as well! When you can find that balance in a holiday present, you’ve hit the jackpot. Gag gifts may be entertaining for a moment, but at the end of the day, they usually end up pushed to the back of a shelf or thrown in the trash. Totally practical items may be necessary and appreciated, but they lack that spirit of fun and surprise that you want to experience on the holidays.

Here are a few suggestions for products that combine the best of both worlds. They are practical, yet add an element of fun to gift giving.

Book Readers

Book readers are one of the most practical items you can buy. Reading is fundamental. Whether you’re a student who has to study for your classes, or you are an individual who wants to keep up with the latest news or novel. But they can also be a lot of fun!

Different book readers come with features that appeal to their target market. So while a student may want to get one that has the capability to also record lectures, someone else may just want the simplest thing they can find that still plays audiobooks. You’ll want to keep that in mind while making a selection.

The Milestone 312 has so many features that half the fun is just discovering everything it can do. This reader offers a voice recorder, music player, superior text to speech voices, NLS-Audio book player, clock, and alarm. It can play and National Library of Congress books as well. Even more features can be bought separately. All this in a device the size of a credit card case!

Book readers, while practical, can bring a lot of entertainment  to someone’s life. (Or at least reduce frustration for a student.)


Asking someone for the time is a universal conversation starter. Watches are one of the most practical things we own. Staying on schedule for jobs, appointments, meal times, and medications is essential for functioning in society.

That said, watches don’t have to be boring and bland. With all the different functions there are to choose from, you can find a watch that is fun, and that makes telling the time easy and convenient. And different band choices can help you express your personality.

For example, our Ladies one-button (choice of voice) talking watch now comes with bling. This popular watch now comes with an expansion band of intricately decorated beads. The hands automatically synchronize once the time is set in speech mode. This ensures that the analog face display and the voice function remain synchronized.


It’s not hard to imagine how games can be fun. But are they practical, too? Absolutely. Playing games is a great way to bond with your friends and family. A good classic game creates memories and traditions. And when you purchase something that is good quality, it can be passed down through the years.

One family favorite that has stood the test of time is Dominoes. That’s why our Raised Dot Dominoes are fun for all! These are standard, double dot dominoes that can be used for any regular domino game. The 1”x2” dominoes have raised tactile dots. They also come with a black carrying case.

If you’re still stuck on gift ideas, give us a call! We’d be happy to help you select the best presents for your loved one. (Or yourself!)