The 13 Best Christmas Gifts for Her in 2021

Fun and thoughtful presents for the lady in your life

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No matter who you're shopping for this season—wife, mother-in-law, best friend, sister—finding the perfect Christmas present can be tough. There are tons of options, and you'll want to gift her something useful and thoughtful. To help with your search, we've rounded up some of our favorite options that will help her unwind or add to her everyday essentials.

Below, the best Christmas gifts for her.

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Bring the plush, spa-like feel to your home with this long, textured robe that's great for all seasons.
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The Echo Dot takes up minimal space but performs a ton of functions to make life a bit easier and more seamless.
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Game night just went glam with this rainbow-colored lucite board that folds flat when not in use.
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This sleek diffuser is sure to help her create a zen environment within her own home.
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Besides the colorful design, the multipurpose tote bag also has a velcro closure, so items are always secure.
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Who needs a daily trip to the coffee shop when they have this compact yet powerful machine at home?
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Kick entertaining up a notch with a fun charcuterie board featuring hot cocoa essentials.
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For slippers that stand out from the rest, try this pair that's made from sheepskin and has a durable rubber sole.
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Reality television fans will get a kick out of this 16-page coloring book that's full of memorable quotes.
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Some fitness trackers are big and bulky, but this one is stylish and monitors a variety of functions.
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Parachute Waffle Robe

Waffle Robe

Whether it's a cold winter night or just a lazy Saturday afternoon, there's something inherently relaxing about lounging around in a cozy robe. Parachute's waffle robe is 100 percent Turkish cotton to keep her warm on cold nights but not overly heated on warmer days. This style is available in neutral colors and has a slightly oversized, spa-like fit.

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Amazon's Echo Dot is the definition of small (less than four inches tall and wide) but mighty. The speaker is easy to connect and has crisp audio quality. Play music, listen to the news, or even set reminders. Plus, it can control other smart home devices like the thermostat or lights.

Anthropologie Sunnylife Lucite Four-In-A-Row Game

Sunnylife Lucite Four-In-A-Row Game

Here's how to take a nostalgic game but turn it glam. Instead of the hard plastic first-to-score-four game, this board is made of lucite. It includes 42 chips, and the board folds flat to hold all the pieces securely.

VITRUVI Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser

Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser VITRUVI

As useful as diffusers can be, some of them aren't the prettiest. But Vitruvi's porcelain diffuser doesn't fall into that category. It has a sleek design that won't take up valuable space on her nightstand or dresser, and It's available in up to eight modern colors. Just a few drops of her favorite essential oil, and she'll feel relaxed in no time.

Vitruvi Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser

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K. Ligg Always Growing Tote

K. Ligg Always Growing Tote

Tote bags can be used for various reasons, including runs to the post office, grocery store, and gym, and K Ligg Co.'s Always Growing tote is a great option. The colorful design stands out from a sea of neutral tote bags, and there's a velcro closure to keep items secure. The durable canvas material measures 23 x 17 x 6 inches and can hold quite a bit.

Nespresso by Breville Vertuo Next, Matte Black

Nespresso by Breville Vertuo Next

Heading to a coffee shop every single day can rack up some serious cash, so this Nespresso machine is a gift that will get a lot of use from caffeine lovers. This specific Vertuo Next machine is compact, making it great for small spaces, and the touch of a single button brews a quick cup of coffee or espresso. The machine comes with 12 recyclable coffee capsules to get the brewing started.

Simply Chocolate Hot Cocoa Charcuterie Board

Simply Chocolate Hot Cocoa Charcuterie Board

Most people have probably seen a meat and cheese charcuterie board, but this one is all about the seasonally-appropriate hot cocoa. The set features a board where you can display the included hot chocolate bomb, peppermint sticks, white chocolate marshmallow stirrer, and more. It's such a fun treat for anyone who loves hot cocoa and entertaining.

Emu Australia Mayberry Womens Sheepskin Slipper

Emu Australia Mayberry Sheepskin Slipper

Slippers might seem like a traditional gift, but don't overlook how useful they can be. This is especially true when gifting a pair of Emu Australia's Mayberry super-soft slippers. The sheepskin lining will keep her feet warm in the winter, but the criss-cross design still lets her toes breathe. Plus, she can wear them outside as well as inside, thanks to the durable sole.

AlwaysFits The New York Housewives Coloring Book

The New York Housewives Coloring Book

Some gifts are functional and practical, while others are just downright funny. This coloring book falls into both categories. Coloring can be a fun, relaxing activity for adults, and "The Real Housewives of New York" themed coloring book is an absolute joy. It has 16-pages of illustrations that depict some of the reality show's best scenes and iconic quotes.

Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness Tracker

For anyone who has getting, or staying, fit on their list of resolutions, this Fitbit is a wearable device that's sure to come in handy. It tracks functions like sleep, heart rate, various activities, and there are goal-based exercise modes. The battery can last up to seven days, and it's even waterproof up to 50 meters.

L.L.Bean Women's Cozy PJ Set

Cozy PJ Set

You can’t go wrong with this cozy pajama set from L.L. Bean. Perfect for lounging in front of a fire or working from home, she’s going to want to wear these pajamas all winter long. Made of 100 percent cotton, they're soft and warm but not overly thick. They come in various colors, patterns, and sizes, including women's regular, petite, plus, and tall. 

TheLeatherExpert Personalized Laptop Folio


This gorgeous laptop sleeve is the perfect gift for the professional woman in your life. Constructed of full-grain leather with suede lining, this durable envelope case will protect her laptop and keep her business cards or credit cards secure (there's a built-in card slot on the front). Add her initials for a personalized present that she's sure to cherish.

Hydracy Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

Hydracy Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

If she always forgets to drink water throughout the day, maybe this bright water bottle will help. Hydracy's 32-ounce water bottle includes an infuser so she can mix in her favorite fruit (or even veggies) to add flavor to water. The bottle even has time markers so she can gauge her intake throughout the day. The flip-top lid snaps securely, and the bottle fits in most standard cup holders.

What To Look for in Christmas Gifts for Her

Interests and Hobbies

What types of interests does she have? Does she have something she's passionate about or has spoken about wanting to pursue? What she enjoys and invests time doing can indicate what kind of gift you should purchase. Whether it's a long-held interest or something she's been excited to try, getting her a gift based on her interests is a great direction to take.

Price vs. Value

Price can play a significant factor here—keeping in mind your budget will likely determine what kind of gift you will purchase. However, a gift's price doesn't necessarily dictate its value—the amount of enjoyment and use your mom will get out of the gift. Consider both factors before making a final decision.

Useful and Thoughtful

Plenty of gifts can be practical yet not hold much sentimental value or show much knowledge of what a person wants. Even if a gift reflects what the recipient likes, it could end up getting tucked away without being used. It's best to strike a balance, selecting a thoughtful item and something they'll use regularly. 

  • What is Christmas?

    Christmas is a religious and cultural holiday associated with the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • When is Christmas?

    December 25

  • What should you request for Christmas?

    Christmas gifts can cover a wide range of wants and needs. Asking for gifts like household items, clothing, and gift cards can help add to essential items you may need but don't always buy for yourself. You can also ask for things like music items, books, candy, or anything else you really want but never seem to justify buying for yourself.

Why Trust The Spruce

This round-up was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. 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. Additional reporting was done by Lacey Ramburger, a personality assessments expert and writer whose work has appeared on Thought Catalog.

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Lacey Ramburger

Lacey Ramburger is a personality assessment expert based in Kansas City, Missouri, with more than five years of experience. Her areas of expertise include Zodiac, Myers-Briggs, and the Enneagram. She is the author of the book "Being Whole" and dozens of articles on personality assessments and relationships.

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