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While all women are unique, there are some commonly popular gifts that many of the women in your life will enjoy receiving because they're stylish, useful, or sentimental.
We tested and researched dozens of popular brands for gifts that are useful, timeless, and pretty wallet-friendly. Etiquette consultant and owner of Mannersmith, Jodi RR Smith gives some advice on where to start: "The tricky part is finding out what the receiver would really like. To do this, you must be a detective. Start to listen to the person. What subjects do they talk of often?" With these thoughts in mind, our list includes a comfy robe from Snowe, a custom puzzle from Minted, a beautiful bouquet from UrbanStems, and so much more.
Here are the best gift for women.
Snowe Classic Bathrobe
What we love the most about this beautiful bathrobe from Snowe is that it stays soft and keeps it shape with simple care instructions. While still fluffy, our tester noted that they never felt too hot or heavy with this robe on, making it perfect for year-round wear. The color options are simple and muted to fit every taste, while looking flattering for every shape and size. All Snowe products are Oeko-Tex certified, which guarantees that there are no hazardous materials in any of their materials—just 100% long-staple luxurious cotton.
HAFLINGER Unisex AT Wool Hard Sole Slippers
Comfort is key during the winter time, and these house slippers provide just that. Editors at The Spruce tested this specific pair for weeks along with a panel of other slippers from various brands. This one received the most points overall, with testers saying that the material was breathable and offered incredible arch support. The functional design makes them suited for prolonged use, both indoors and out, without sacrificing comfort.
Bedsure Sherpa Fleece Blanket
This impressive throw blanket from Bedsure comes at an affordable cost compared to high-end competitors, without sacrificing comfort or style. Our tester deemed this pick extremely comfortable and soft, even after repeated washes. The microfiber polyester construction proves to be anti-pill and anti-static with breathable and quick-drying properties. The dual-sided design allows your recipient to choose between velvety fleece or thick sherpa depending on the mood or the weather, for a blanket suitable for all seasons.
Zyllion Massage Pillow
Bring the luxury of a massage parlor home with this massage pillow from Zyllion. Less expensive than hiring a masseuse, this pillow is portable, multifunctional, and affordable. Even better, it can be used on any part of your body and straps to the back of any chair for comfortable and effective massages anywhere in your home or on the go. Our tester loved the slim design, ideal for taking to the office or even on long roadtrips.
Luna Cooling Bamboo Weighted Blanket
When she just needs a night in or some major relaxation, the weighted blanket from Luna is sure to come in handy. Some weighted blankets can feel less than comfortable and even be quite hot, but this one is made of bamboo, which has a cooling effect, which our tester loved. Gift this to your person who struggles with a good night's rest or just someone who loves a lazy Saturday on the couch.
Minted Heart Puzzle
Regardless if she's your life partner, sister, or BFF, this puzzle from Minted is a cute and interactive way to commemorate your relationship. You can choose from a range of templates, then upload your favorite photo together on the site. Minted will take care of the rest and print your design on premium chipboard, then send it to your recipient in a pretty keepsake box.
Deluxity Lightweight Medium Crossbody Bag with Tassel
For those on a budget, this lightweight crossbody bag is perfect for any woman in your life from a college-aged daughter to an aunt or sister. With over 30 colors available, you will have no trouble finding the perfect fit for your recipient. This bag is the perfect size for a woman on-the-go running errands or going to the office. The zipper and tassel details also allow this bag to be dressed up with a dress and heels for date night or with a pantsuit for a job interview.
MasterClass Annual Membership
If you know she loves a range of topics or has a specific interest, then a subscription to MasterClass is perfect. There's access to more than 150 classes on the arts, finances, food, wellness, and more. What's great is the addition of new classes each month.
Amazon Echo Dot with Clock (4th Gen)
The popular voice-activated gadget allows your loved one to play music, make online orders, dim the lights, or even call that cousin she’s been avoiding, all without lifting a finger. We love the classy white color, but it also comes in an icy blue. If your leading lady needs help keeping track of all those soccer games and vet appointments, Amazon Echo can create calendar reminders in seconds. With improved sound and a new design, there's nothing this device can't do. This newest generation also comes with a clock display with options to set alarms and timers just with your voice.
REVLON One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer and Hot Air Brush
Help the woman in your life achieve her dream blowout right at home with the Revlon hair dryer and volumizing hot brush. The innovative round brush design dries and styles your hair at the same time, delivering volume and shine with every swipe. She'll love experimenting with new styles and saving money on salon visits with this affordable, bestselling hair tool.
Bonsenkitchen Handheld Milk Frother
Speaking of saving money, this handheld milk frother lets her create her favorite caffeine concoctions right at home. The small kitchen gadget froths liquids almost instantly for the perfect topping to lattes, cappuccinos, and more. Add this affordable pick into a gift basket with her favorite coffee and a new mug for the perfect gift for coffee lovers.
Pink Moon Facial Gua Sha Essentials
AAPI-owned brand Pink Moon has the perfect gift for your skincare obsessed bestie looking for the right way to use a gua sha. This set comes with facial oil designed to use with the pink marble gua sha in a massage technique that originated in China. Use the included spa headband to keep your hair out of your face during your daily practice. The site also offers tips and tricks for using the product, along with a Q&A with licensed traditional Chinese medicine practitioner and acupuncturist.
BOLOSTA Weekender Bag
Perfect for weekend getaways, this spacious duffel from BOLOSTA features a detachable shoulder strap and zippered pouch for storing your phone and other valuables. There are two main compartments so you can separate shoes or dirty clothes from your other items. Choose from seven different patterns from classic tan or gray to cheetah or zebra print and start planning your next trip.
Salts of the 7 Seas, LLC Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler
Ranging from red wine-infused salts to salts harvested on the Island of Cyprus, the foodie in your life will love each of these 12 different flavors. Each comes in a 1/2 ounce container, which is enough for a handful of servings and tastings. These salts also make a lovely hostess gift for a friend or family member. Each salt has a distinctive flavor and texture, according to owners, and can transform a blah dish into a foodie’s dream.
Urban Stems Juliet Bouquet
Roses, asters, delphinium, and lisianthus are the components to making this arrangement look extra lovely. UrbanStems always delivers fresh and lets you pick your desired date of arrival. They also give you the option to include a vase in your order, with an added fee. If you want to give your loved one flowers year round, you can even gift her a special Urban Stems subscription.
Society6 Geometry Shape Mid-century Coaster
Next time you're looking to change up your home decor, check out Society6 for anything from serving trays to wall art made from independent artists. You can browse from pop culture-themed picks to stylish and abstract items like these coasters. They come in a pack of four and also make a great housewarming gift.
Kendra Scott Lindsay Gold Huggie Earrings In White Pearl
No matter her style, these huggie hoop earrings from Kendra Scott are a fun way to dress up any outfit. They're simple enough to be worn everyday, but the little white pearl accent adds a subtle elegant touch. Note that the earrings are 14k gold plated over brass.
Ostrich Pillow Heatbag
Send a warm hug to a friend who lives far away with the Ostrich Pillow Heatbag. Featuring a recycled memory foam cover with a soft fabric lining, this small pillow can be heated up as a cuddling companion to stay warm at night, or frozen to relieve tired and painful muscles. The smart heat technology ensures that heat or coolness releases slowly, so you do not get burned or frozen while using the pillow.
Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Candle, Eucalyptus Spearmint
Show how much you appreciate her by reminding her to unwind and destress. This Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Stress Candle is the perfect gift for every occasion and every woman in your life. The soy-based wax candle is 14.5 oz and burns for about 25-45 hours. We also love the spearmint kick that gives this candle a sense of freshness and cleanliness.
L.L.Bean Sweater Fleece Pullover
Give her something that will keep her warm on chilly winter nights: a nice toasty fleece. What we love about this is it looks like a sweater on the outside but has the warm fuzzy texture of a fleece on the inside, so it can be worn as activewear or a bit more formal. It comes in eight different hues and is slightly fitted so it is figure-flattering. She can throw it on under her ski jacket when she hits the slopes or wear it on its own when walking the dog.
Peter Thomas Roth Full-Size Hydration Celebration
The holidays can get busy and stressful, but this kit from Peter Thomas Roth can help keep your complexion in check. It includes two pieces: their full-sized best-selling moisturizer and a tub of 60 eye patches (30 pairs). It'd be a nice way to help her relax without having to leave the house for a spa treatment.
Allbirds Women's Wool Runners
Allbirds claims their products as "the world's most comfortable shoe," and we can't really disagree with this sentiment. Editors who have tried the shoes have reported little to no break-in period and swear that they're the perfect shoes for running errands. They're made with merino wool, plus they're moisture wicking for those with sweaty feet.
Danielle Creations Bluetooth L.E.D. Lighted Vanity Mirror
Beauty guru or not, your makeup loving gal will appreciate this bluetooth mirror from Danielle Creations. It comes with a smartphone wireless charger that also acts as a stand in case she wants to film a video. The mirror also has built-in speakers so she can blast music straight from her Spotify account, plus three light levels so she can see clearly while getting ready.
La Maison du Chocolat Coffret Maison Dark Chocolate Box
You're missing out if you haven't tried any chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat. They're known for their luxury chocolates, like gourmet ganache. This set features their dark chocolate collection, where you can choose from 24 to 84 ganaches and pralines covered in delicious dark chocolate.
BlendJet 2 Portable Blender
Keep the health nut in your life going strong on the go with this portable blender. Blend delicious smoothies or protein shakes with the touch of a button and drink straight from the jar. The Blendjet charges quickly with a USB and can blend 15 drinks on one charge. Once you're done drinking, add some water and soap for quick cleaning before you're ready to use it again.
Bokksu Classic Bokksu Seasons of Japan Box
If she's a foodie that's curious about delicacies other countries have to offer, Bokksu is a snack subscription service that delivers an assortment of premium Japanese snacks to your door. Also included is a pamphlet that describes the yummy flavors and textures of each snack, including Japanese candy, cakes, chips, tea, mochi, and more.
Artifact Uprising Instagram Friendly Books
This softcover book is a modern way to capture memories—and all it takes is connecting your Instagram account when making your order (no manual uploading required). When editing your gift, you can pick among eight unique cover designs, plus two book sizes. Gift wrap is also available if you wanted to make the present extra special.
Apple Watch Series 7
Help the woman in your life stay connected and stylish with a brand new Apple Watch. With plenty of fashionable band options, it can track steps, alert you to new text messages, and even control your music. This newest model features health innovations like blood oxygen level with a larger display for easy viewing. She can stay fit by tracking her workouts or stay connected to friends and family through texting or calling.
Brooklyn Candle Studio Candle of the Month Candle Subscription
Sure, one candle is great, but how about a subscription? Brooklyn Candle Studio's subscription includes a new candle every one, two, or three months. The scents vary based on the season and include a matchbook for easy burning. All candles are made in Brooklyn, New York from 100% soy wax for an eco-friendly and clean burn for up to 70 hours.
Daily Harvest Gift Box
Daily Harvest's offerings are delicious and nutritious, which isn't always easy to find. While you can gift your loved one a subscription, the brand also offers special gift boxes, including a totally custom one where your recipient chooses her food items or a Box of Scoops, where you can pick six of their yummy ice cream flavors.
Flora Peony LifePlanner
Stickers, bright markers, and fun writing and calendar templates make organizing an entire hobby. Erin Condren makes the whole planning very enjoyable, thanks to their beautiful designs and cute accessories. Each planner features a monthly calendar, sturdy laminate cover, plated aluminum coil, and tons of sticker sheets.
Cartier Les Collections de Parfum Discovery Set
While perfume is always a great gift for the special woman in your life, it can be difficult to know which scent matches her tastes best. Luckily, Cartier has a discovery set with 15 different scents so your recipient can explore all the luxury brand has to offer. Fragrances are perfect for a romantic and sentimental gift, but this sample set could transfer perfectly to a gift for a mother or grandmother.
Theragun Mini Percussive Therapy Device
Working moms and avid athletes alike can benefit from the bestselling Theragun. The handheld massager targets tired and overworked muscles to provide quick relief and relaxation. The mini version travels easily so you can bring it on roadtrips or weekend getaways. What's more, it barely makes any noise, making for a quick and effective massage anytime you need.
Uncommon Goods Handmade Birthstone Wine Glass
Celebrate her birthday with a unique take on a birthstone gift. These wine glasses from Uncommon Goods are handmade and inspired by the colors of her birthstone, making them personal yet functional. She will love clinking these one-of-a-kind glasses each year on her special day, making for a long-lasting and practical present.
Mark & Graham Petite Travel Jewelry Case
Keep all of her beautiful jewelry safe and organized when traveling with this small jewelry case from Mark & Graham. Available in four stylish colors, the small case zips closed and easy fits in a purse or carry-on. There are intentional sections for earrings and rings, as well as enough space for necklaces and bracelets. The best part is you can monogram it with her initial for a personalized touch.
Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Leggings
Whether the woman in your life loves lounging or working out, she will love these functional and extremely comfortable leggings from Lululemon. The highly breathable fabric makes these ideal for going on jogs or wearing to pilates, but the soft material and included pockets easily transfer these leggings for running errands or doing chores around the house. While they have a high price tag, these leggings are meant to last for years.
FaceTory Lux PLUS Subscription
The skincare lover in your life will flip for this subscription box from Facetory. This box arrives every three months and features a variety of skincare products that she will love testing and trying. Choose your subscription timeline and cancel anytime for a unique gift that keeps gifting.
Ember Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
Keep her drink of choice constantly warm with this smart mug from Ember. The stylish mug keeps her favorite beverage hot for up to 90 minutes on a single charge or all day on the heated coaster. She can even control the smart mug from the companion app, choosing her ideal temperature to the degree. What's more, the app will remember her preferences for quick calibrating next time. For safe use, the mug enters sleep mode when empty or after two hours without movement.
Monica Vinader Deco Paper Clip Chain Bracelet
This simple bracelet comes at a reasonable price point and will quickly become a staple in her jewelry collection. Available in silver, gold, or rose gold, the paper clip design remains effortless and timeless. This pick easily layers with other bracelets and adds the perfect shiny touch to any outfit, whether casual or dressy.
LAKE Pajamas Pima Long-Short Set
These striped pajamas are just as stylish as they are comfortable. Made from 100 percent Pima cotton, they offer soft-to-the-touch comfort that's perfect for all year long. This set features a 3/4-length sleeve scoop neck shirt with elastic waist band shorts, so they effortlessly transition from summer to winter. With seven sizes and eight colors, there's something for everyone.
Birthdate Co The Birthdate Book
You cannot get any more personalized than a book all about her birthdate and astrological chart. This made-to-order book will be different for every recipient and maps the stars and planets the moment she was born. Each page offers insights into who she is and even hints at what the future holds.
Brooklyn Slate Natural Slate Cheese Board Set
Gift the woman in your life who loves entertaining a cheese board set that makes creating charcuterie boards a breeze. This kit from Brooklyn Slate comes with a hand-cut slab of black slate sourced from upstate New York, five soapstone pencils to write directly on the board for labeling your cheeses, a spreader for soft cheeses, mineral oil, and a "survival guide" with tips and tricks for the perfect cheese plate. She will love putting together her own creations and impressing guests with this stylish set.
BestSelf Co. Self Journal
For an introspective gift for any person in your life, a guided journal makes a great pick. This one from BestSelf Co. is designed to help her meet her goals, increase productivity, and express gratitude. The journal is divided into three sections—daily, weekly, and monthly—and it isn't dated, so she can start this process any day of the year. Perfect for students, moms, or any hardworking woman you know, this journal is small and portable for journaling and planning from anywhere in the world.
Dagne Dover Large Hunter Toiletry Bag
Keep all of her cosmetics organized for traveling with a functional makeup case. This option from Dagne Dover fits everything she could possibly need for a weekend away or cross-country trip with removable pouches and elastic loops to keep toiletries compact and in place. The case is also waterproof to protect against unexpected circumstances and keep her must-have products safe.
Sculpd Pottery Kit
Art lovers of all ages or those looking for a new hobby will love creating their own pottery with this all-encompassing kit from Sculpd. She will receive clay, cutting, and shaping tools, and a how-to guide for sculpting various projects. This is a great gift to enjoy together and create something they can savor forever.
FLIKR Fire Personal Concrete Fireplace
Create an ambience in any room with a personal concrete fireplace. Just pour rubbing alcohol into this one from FLIKR and light a match. Then you can enjoy 50 minutes of burn time for reading, playing board games with the family, making smores, or just warming up during the winter. Ideal for spaces not large enough for a full fireplace, this portable option only creates soot where the flame touches, so no need to worry about breathing in harmful smoke.
Le Creuset Classic Whistling Kettle
Perfect for any tea or Le Creuset lover, this stunning enamel tea kettle will add a fun pop to any kitchen and is a gift she will use everyday. Choose from eight fun colors to match her style for an investment piece she will have for years. Our testers loved that the knob and whistle are heat resistant and that the overall design is super sturdy for longtime use.
Shoott Photo Session
Whether she's launching a brand or just appreciates amazing photos, a session with Shoott will prove useful. Gift a photo shoot and she can connect with a photographer in her area and select her favorite pics. The sessions are just half an hour in beautiful areas of the city and after the shoot, she'll be left with amazing photos.
Estelle Glass Hand Blown Cocktail Coupes
Estelle Colored Glass has some of the most beautiful, vintage-inspired glassware. The set of six coupe glasses comes in black, mint green, rose, and more. The hand blown glasses are sophisticated and sure to add a stylish flair to any table or bar cart.
AlwaysFits Pep Talk Postcard Book
Everyone can use a good pep talk and even if you're miles away, this gift can give her some much needed encouragement. Pep Talk postcards book includes 20 cards that have encouraging messages. The cards are so pretty and colorful, they can easily double as wall decor or fridge magnets. Ship the entire booklet to her or just mail cards individually on special occasions.
Venus Et Fleur Large Square Classic Roses
A bouquet of roses is great, but they have a pretty limited shelf life. For the beauty of roses, plus some major longevity, Venus ET Fleur has the perfect arrangement that actually lasts a year. The roses are treated with a special formula which allows them to stay beautiful and vibrant for about a year. They come in a chic box and in colors like green, burgundy, hot pink, and even rainbow.
Uncommon Goods Memory Keepsake Dish
For something that's useful but also quite sentimental, this Uncommon Goods tray is a great gift. Upload a favorite photo of hers, or even a note, and it's glazed on a keepsake dish. The gold-rim dish comes in two different sizes and is sufficient to hold odds and ends like keys, earbuds, and more. The customized aspect is sure to make her feel special.
What to Look for When Buying a Gift for Her
Gifts don't have to be practical, but it's always nice to gift something that someone will use all the time (and think of you when they do). Quality and accessibility are two important things to consider when you are choosing a gift for someone in your life, but also consider the usefulness of the gift and if you see her incorporating it into her usual routine.
While practicality often adds value to a present, be sure it still aligns with her interests. "Understand that a gift that would be perfect for one woman, would be a complete insult to another. (For example, someone who loves to cook would be thrilled with private lessons from a locally famous chef. But someone that hates to cook would be hurt and upset," Smith says.
One way to narrow down your gift choices is to think about the season you are giving the gift in. If it's summer time, gifts to enjoy warmer weather are likely to be enjoyed more immediately as opposed to a warm blanket, hot cocoa gift set, or peppermint scented candles. Some gifts are great no matter the time of year, but some can seem odd, not useful, and even thoughtless if given out of season.
If you gift something that is too expensive, the recipient may not want to use it often because it's too nice for everyday use. Make sure it is a quality gift, but stay reasonable on how much you spend. According to experts, if you spend too much money on someone who isn't your significant other, family member, or close friend, it could make her feel uncomfortable or that she needs to get you a gift of equal value.
What are the most romantic gifts I could give?
Romantic gifts can be different for each woman, but if the gift is sentimental and reflects something meaningful between the two of you, it can be perceived as romantic. Traditionally romantic gifts include flowers, chocolates, jewelry, handwritten notes, candles, massage oils, and other items that say "I love you." Also, anything customized with your names on it or includes a photo is always a great way to go.
Smith reminds us that romance looks different for everyone. "Most givers will default to the romantic gift tropes such as trips to Paris, a weekend away at a nearby B&B, jewelry, candlelit dinners, a night out dancing, or sexy lingerie. Honestly, these do work for many women. But really listen to your partner. Think about what would make their heart sing," she says.
What are some affordable gift options?
If you are on a tight budget or unable to buy something, writing a heartfelt note to her is priceless. Even if you simply appreciate her friendship, a meaningful letter is appreciated by many women. Otherwise, making something, purchasing a simple candle in her favorite scent, or giving her coupons for tasks you will complete are all great options. If you know there is a specific item she really wants, you can also wait for it to go on sale and buy it to give to her when the time is right.
Smith recommends choosing a more affordable option to someone they really want. "You may not be able to hop on a plane to Paris, but you can dine at a French restaurant. You may not be able to tour the Louvre, but you can visit a local museum," she shares.
Is perfume a good gift for a woman?
Gifting someone perfume or any fragrance can be tricky. But if you know the person loves certain notes (fruity, floral, musk, etc.), then perfume can be a great gift. This is especially true if you know she's a fan of a particular brand. For a safer bet, a fragrance sampler is also a good option. The smaller bottles give her a chance to test out a few options.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Editors at The Spruce perform extensive research and testing on each and every product recommendation. The article was written by Julia Fields and Shanon Maglente, lifestyle writers who cover everything gift and holiday at The Spruce. We also constantly consult experts in the gifting field to get tips on what to consider when finding the perfect gift.
Expert advice was provided by etiquette consultant and owner of Mannersmith, Jodi RR Smith.