"Then Herod secretly called the magi, and ascertained from them the time the star appeared. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly, with great joy. And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh," (Matthew 2:7, 10, 11).
* These gifts from the magi were both beautiful and practical-- beautiful, as they reflected the character of the Child's life, and practical in meeting the little family's needs.
Gold could represent His deity or purity, incense the fragrance of His life, and myrrh (which was used for embalming) His sacrifice and death.
Practically, the gifts were undoubtedly the means by which Joseph took his family to Egypt and sustained them there until Herod's death.
May we also give the Lord Jesus gifts beautiful and practical: the beauty of praise, and the practicality of daily obedience.