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We researched hundreds of options—and polled our product testers—to find the best birthday gifts for a girlfriend, mother, sister, or friend, considering factors like practicality, price, and sentimentality. Our top choice is the luxurious Parachute Classic Bathrobe; it's plush, easy to size, and made of 100 percent Turkish cotton.
Here are the best birthday gifts for her.
Parachute Classic Bathrobe
You can't go wrong with a cozy robe, and this plush wrap from Parachute looks and feels like something you'd find in the bathroom of a luxury hotel. Made from 100 percent Turkish cotton, it has a classic shawl collar, deep pockets, and a cloud-like texture that earned it a perfect five-star review from our tester.
Unlike other robes, this Parachute pick stays soft even after multiple washes, and the care instructions are simple. The cotton fabric has a nice heft, so the robe will hug her body whether she's relaxing into a self-care session or doing chores around the house.
Our tester noted that some wearers who run hot might find it too warm, especially during the summer months. Still, if you're looking for a gift that provides extreme comfort and style, this bathrobe is perfect for a wife, mother, or grandmother.
Pottery Barn Quinn Medium Leather Jewelry Box
Precious jewelry should absolutely be cared for and Pottery Barn’s Quinn Collection has the perfect box that’s fashionable and functional. The exterior is pebbled leather and the soft material inside helps prevent jewels from tarnishing. Choose between a variety of colors and even opt to monogram the top of the box.
Gourmet Gift Baskets Happy Birthday Rosé Gift Crate
If her motto is “all day Rosé, then this basket is the perfect gift. The crate comes with a bottle of Rosé by Biagio Cru and all the finishing touches that compliment it so well, including a few selections of cheese, crackers, chocolate, and more. Toast to another year of health, wealth, and success.
Chic Geeks Python MacBook Case
For the woman who has a flair for fashion but also needs to protect and keep her expensive laptop clean, 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.
Lux & Nyx Origami Large Tote
Every woman needs that tote bag that's large enough for the essentials, but still functional enough for everyday use. Lux & Nyx's origami tote bag comes in three sizes, but the large option is perfect for work, the gym, or travel. The interior features a padded laptop compartment, removable water bottle sleeve, and a zip top to keep items secure. The exterior pockets make it easy to access items, but they're deep enough to keep everything safe.
Book of the Month Club Book of the Month
Every bookworm, or just anyone who wants to read more, will appreciate this monthly subscription. Whether you opt for a three, six, or 12 month subscription, she can choose which book or books she’ll receive from a choice of five titles. Sometimes this can even include early releases.
Godiva Gold Gift Box
This divine box of chocolates includes 36 different types of dark, milk, and white chocolate with unique fillings. The fillings range from caramel and crunchy nuts to raspberry puree. The sweet surprise comes in a decorative gold box wrapped with gold ribbon. Anyone with a sweet tooth is sure to enjoy this decadent gift box!
Uncommon Goods Birthstone Wishing Balls
This is a small gift (just four inches high!), but it's sure to make an impact and be sentimental. The colorful wishing ball is handblown glass and it comes with 52 slips of paper so the recipient can write down any hopes, wishes, or whatever they desire. The glass ball comes in 12 colors, to correspond with the recipient's birth month.
Ullo Wine Purifier & Decanter
This handy gadget takes the wine drinking experience up a notch. The purifier and decanter combo works to remove sulfites, which can cause headaches for some people, and there's even the option to aerate the wine. Also, another fun, useful feature is the ability to chill a room temperature bottle. The wide base of the decanter, which is made of lead-free crystal glass, allows the true flavor of the wine to really shine.
Good Days Start With Gratitude: Cultivate An Attitude Of 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.
Vifa Helsinki Hi-Resolution Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Portable 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.
Argento Vivo Personalized Sterling Silver Ring
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 costume jewelry with endless ways to personalize it.
Etsy Personalized Dog Lover Mom Mug
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.
Vahdam Weekend in Singapore - 8 Tin Caddy Set
If she's more of a tea drinker instead of coffee, this set from Vahdam is sure to be appreciated. Besides coming packaged in a beautifully colored box, the individual tins keep the loose leaf teas sealed properly. She can mix it up with the selection of green, herbal, and chai options. Also, the box is so pretty, she can even use it long after the teas have been consumed.
CB2 Muse Red Wine Glasses, Set of 8
The perfect glasses can elevate any drinking or dining experience. This set of eight red wine glasses is handmade and great for special occasions or just everyday use. The slightly tapered design makes these glasses stand out from the usual wine glasses.
What to Look for in a Gift
Are you looking for a gift that's practical and will be something she can use every day, or are you eyeing a more novelty type of item that will provide entertainment but is less functional? You will want to consider your recipient and her personality and needs before weighing which route to go here.
Birthday gifts come at a wide range of prices. Depending on how well you know the recipient, the amount that you wish to spend may vary. Additionally, consider whether you would rather gift her with multiple, smaller gifts versus one large present.
Make your recipient feel special by catering your gift to her hobbies and interests. Whether she loves luxurious bubble baths, travel, or animals, take such characteristics into account when shopping, and you will most definitely make a winning selection.
What kind of gifts do women like?
Women will appreciate anything that is thoughtful and sincere. Gifts don't need to cost an extraordinary amount to be meaningful or play to her interests.
What do you get for the woman who has everything?
The woman who has everything will love something sentimental. It's the thought behind the gift that counts the most.
Does a gift need to be wrapped?
Yes, wrapping a gift conveys that prep time went into selecting the item and that you wish to make the presentation special.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. She loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City.