The 9 Best Birthday Gifts to Buy Her in 2018

Celebrate another year with the perfect present for the woman in your life

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Even if you’ve known someone for your whole life, gift shopping never seems to get any easier. You have to take into account her hobbies, what she already owns, what she absolutely hates and what your budget is. So, if your mom, bestie, wife or girlfriend has a birthday coming up soon, don’t wait until the last minute to find the perfect birthday gift for her (she’ll know).

To help you find something special without months of searching, we’ve rounded up options that will fit the different personalities in your life — from the beauty addict to the food obsessed.

  • 01 of 09

    Best for Home Cooks: Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes

    When you gift someone a cookbook, it can seem like you’re just adding to the clutter on their bookshelf, but Dining In has recipes someone would actually want to make. And, more importantly, they’re recipes amateur cooks can make. The recipes rely on honest ingredients that novice cooks can recognize. And there are foolproof techniques for adding bold flavors that anyone should add to their cooking repertoire. (Have you ever thought to slather a chicken in anchovy butter? You will now.) Give this book to someone that likes to tinker in the kitchen and needs to spice up a boring weeknight dinner routine.

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    Best Personalized: Personalized Script Ring

    Personalized Script Ring ARGENTO VIVO
    Courtesy of Nordstrom

    It’s not often that you get an 18k gold-plated ring custom made for you for less than $100. This ring features a thin gold band with a word of your choice — anything with four to 12 letters — written in script. Pick a word that inspires her or choose something from an inside joke between the two of you. And if she’s a mom — or has a fur baby — put their name on the ring to give her a smile every time she looks down at her hand. It’s a beautiful piece of jewelry with endless ways to personalize it.

  • 03 of 09

    Best Food: Godiva Happy Birthday Cake Chocolate Truffle Flight

    Unless the woman in your life hates chocolate, she’ll be thrilled to get this Godiva truffle flight. The box includes six truffles that are cleverly arranged to guide her tasting experience. As she moves through the box, the truffles will build in flavor and intensity. She can start with the sprinkle-topped Birthday Cake Truffle and end with the tangy Lemon Chiffon Cake Truffle. In between, she’ll find flavors like tropical fruit cheesecake with a hint of walnuts, milk chocolate cheesecake, red velvet cake and chocolate lava cake. If you’re lucky, maybe she’ll even give you a bite.

  • 04 of 09

    Best Tech: Helsinki High Resolution Bluetooth Speaker

    This minimalistic, portable speaker looks more like a chic accessory than something that produces high-quality sound — but it's both. The distinctively Nordic design includes simple features like disguised buttons, a removable leather strap and stylish woven fabric. The speaker connects to a smartphone and other devices via Bluetooth to play music anywhere. Give it to your favorite music lover so she can take it on the go to the park or to a friend’s house. The fabric is water repellant, which helps this light speaker transition seamlessly from indoors to outside. Plus, its crystal-clear sound means this speaker is more than just looks.

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  • 05 of 09

    Best for Animal Lovers: Golden Cat Jewelry Rack and Tray

    Cat ladies can still have style. Give this feline-focused jewelry tray to the cat-obsessed woman in your life. The ceramic dish is the perfect spot for her to store her rings, necklaces and bracelets when she’s not using them. The gold cat in the center does more than look cute, it serves as a rack (especially the tail) that she can slip her rings and chains onto. The dish looks great on a vanity or next to the sink in the bathroom.

  • 06 of 09

    Best Book: Good Days Start with Gratitude

    Before your friend thinks that you’re implying she’s a grump by getting her this gratitude journal, emphasize that everyone can benefit from appreciating the small things in life. In the journal, there’s an inspirational quote for each week, three spots to write what she’s thankful for each day and a weekly checkpoint that helps her review the past seven days. It might sound a bit cheesy, but she’ll feel great each morning if she starts by writing in this journal rather than focusing on how she doesn’t want to go to work.

  • 07 of 09

    Best for the Chronically Cold: Mermaid Tail Blanket

    You’re guaranteed to know someone who’s always cold, even in the summer. Instead of gifting her a boring sweater (you’re not her grandma) or a plain throw, get her this cool mermaid tail blanket. It has two benefits: Her legs will stay close together so she’ll always be warm and she’ll get to play out her childhood fantasies of becoming a mermaid. The blanket is crocheted in a tight stitch to keep the warmth in and it comes in eight different colors. Bonus: this kit also includes a silver mermaid necklace and a travel bag so she can take the blanket with her on a plane or a trip.

  • 08 of 09

    Best Beauty: The Honey Hutch Gift Set

    The Honey Hutch Gift Set
    Courtesy of Anthropologie

    Honey is more than just a quick sweetener, it’s also good for your health. Its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties make it great for your skin and its antioxidants and nutrients help protect your body from the inside out. This honey gift set allows you to give someone all the benefits of honey and more. There’s a jar of raw wildflower honey; a container of honey-lavender lip balm; a bar of soap made from honey, beeswax, natural oils and cocoa butter; and a candle crafted from a blend of beeswax and soy. If you know someone into natural beauty products or clean eating, then this is the best birthday gift.

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  • 09 of 09

    Best Accessory: Gotham Compact Leather Wallet

    Marc Jacobs
    Courtesy of Nordstrom

    This sleek leather wallet packs a lot of carrying power into a small space. It has five slots for bank and credit cards, a secure zippered pocket to hold keys and a convenient exterior pocket that allows her to grab her most-used card or cash quickly. Choose from two beautiful colors — bright blue or stone grey — to match her everyday style. Get this birthday gift for a woman who needs more organization in her life and loves quality products.