The 12 Best Birthday Gifts for Her in 2021

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

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Our Top Picks

Best for Entertaining: Spinning Spirits Set at Uncommon Goods

"Pouring up a drink just became more entertaining with this decanter set."

Best Robe: Classic Bathrobe at Parachute Home

"From top to bottom, this robe is vision of supreme coziness."

Best for Home Cooks: Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes at Amazon

"The ingredients and techniques make this cook book accessible for all skill levels."

Best Personalized: Argento Vivo Personalized Script Ring at Nordstrom

"This gorgeous ring is surprisingly affordable and can be customized."

Best Food: Godiva Happy Birthday Cake Chocolate Truffle Flight at Amazon

"The perfectly arranged box of truffles is a true tasting experience."

Best for Pet Lovers: Custom Dog Mom Mug at Etsy

"Every dog mom will cherish this personalized mug."

Best Tech: Helsinki High Resolution Bluetooth Speaker at Amazon

"This minimalist portable speaker has crystal clear sound quality and looks like a chic accessory."

Best Book: Good Days Start with Gratitude at Amazon

"The journal's quotes and writing prompts are sure to encourage a deeper sense of gratitude."

Best for the Chronically Cold: Mermaid Tail Blanket at Amazon

"This mermaid blanket is sure to keep the chill away, but it's also just really cute."

Birthdays happen once a year and every single year you probably struggle to find the perfect present. You want to find a gift that's useful, fun, maybe even funny, but more importantly, it shows you put in some effort.

To help you get started, here are the best birthday gifts for her.

Best for Entertaining: Spinning Spirits Set

Spinning Spirits Set

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

For the woman who enjoys entertaining or a great drink at the end of the day, this unique glassware set is sure to be her new favorite piece. The decanter (safely) twirls when placed on the wood stand. This naturally aerates the wine or cocktail. The glasses are handblown and the base is made of reclaimed barn wood. For a few extra dollars, you can even add her name or a short phrase on the wood.

Best Robe: Parachute Classic Bathrobe

Parachute Classic Bathrobe

Courtesy of Parachute 

Everyone enjoys feeling snug and cozy, so gifting a solid pair of slippers or a robe will always be greeted with appreciation. Parachute's robe has the plush look you'd associate with a posh hotel. The pockets are deep, there's the classic shawl collar, and the 100 percent Turkish cotton feels like a cloud. Though the material is warm, this is a robe that's also lightweight enough to be worn year round.

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 ingredients that novice cooks can recognize. Give this book to someone that likes to tinker in the kitchen and needs to spice up a boring weeknight dinner routine. Have they ever thought to slather a chicken in anchovy butter? They'll give it a try after reading this book.

Best Personalized: Argento Vivo Personalized Script Ring

Argento Vivo Personalized Script Ring
Courtesy of Nordstrom

It’s not often you'll come across an 18k gold-plated ring custom made for less than $100. This ring features a 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.

Best Food: Godiva Birthday Wishes Chocolate Gift Set

Birthday Wishes Chocolate Gift Set

Unless the woman in your life hates chocolate, she’ll be thrilled to get this Godiva set. The box includes nine chocolates in three different flavors; red velvet milk chocolate, lava cake dark chocolate, and birthday cake bliss white chocolate. While that's tasty enough, the set also includes not one, but two, bags of the birthday cake truffles. These are individually wrapped, so they're perfect for sharing or just throwing a few in her handbag for a random sweet treat.

Best for Pet Lovers: Custom Dog Mom Mug

Etsy Personalized Dog Mug

Courtesy of Etsy 

If she's a dog mom, there's a chance she's absolutely obsessed with her fur baby. This present is one way for her to show that love, but also a cute mug to sip her morning tea or coffee. The mug is available in 11 or 15 ounces, but it's the customization where you can have fun. Choose the artwork based on the breed of dog (there's even the option to feature two dogs) and the skin tone and hairstyle of the woman on the mug.

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 blast her music while at home. The fabric is water repellant, which helps this light speaker transition seamlessly from indoors to outside.

Best Book: Good Days Start with Gratitude

Everyone can benefit from appreciating the small things in life. In the journal, Good Days Start with Gratitude, there’s an inspirational quote for each week, three spots to write what she’s thankful for each day, and a weekly checkpoint to reflect on the past seven days. This is such a simple, but powerful way to practice gratitude and starting the day off right.

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 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 trip.\

Python MacBook Case

Chic Geeks Python MacBook Case

Courtesy of Chic Geeks 

For the woman who has a flair for fashion but also needs to protect her expensive laptop, a cover from Chic Geeks will surely be appreciated. The faux python print MacBook cover is a stylish way to guard a laptop from the occasional bumps but also daily wear. The case snaps on and off without damaging the laptop and all ports are accessible.

Birthday Milestones Bucket List

Birthday Milestones Bucket List

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Each decade of life can feel like the start of a new adventure, so why not bless your favorite 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, or 70 year old with this bucket list? Select the kit for the decade that corresponds to her age. The cardboard container includes 25 prompts that can inspire her to do something new throughout the decade. Examples can include go on a spiritual retreat, get a daring haircut, or volunteer for a cause. When she's completed a task, she can use the included pencil to write down the date or any notes about the experience.

Personalized Photo Gift

Personalized Photo Gift Message in a Bottle

Courtesy of Etsy 

For a small gift that's big on thoughtfulness, this message in a bottle photo is a fun option. It really is small, measuring less than three inches high, but you can include a photo that has special meaning to her. On the back of the pic you can opt for the standard Happy Birthday or choose a short, personalized message or even a date. There's even the option to purchase a bottle that has a hook attached, making it perfect for a tree ornament.

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