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While all women are unique, there are some commonly popular gifts that the majority of the women in your life will enjoy receiving. From personal care to practicality, gifts that make life just a little bit easier or relaxing will be appreciated by any woman. You just want to make sure you come up with a thoughtful gift that makes sense with her personal interests and usual routines.
Many of these gifts are versatile enough to perfectly fit your wife, sister, mother-in-law, or best friend. Whether the woman your life is into fitness, travel, food, tech, or luxury goods, the perfect gift is out there—and you don't have to break the bank.
Here, inspo for trendy and thoughtful gift ideas for women in 2021.
Knix Cozzzy Lounge Cardigan
What we love the most about this lounge cardigan is that unlike a heavy robe, this one has a lighter feel, making it easier to move around. It's made with Knix's Cozzzy fabric, which is smooth against the skin and keeps you warm. Just take note that it's machine wash cold only, and you should lay it flat to dry.
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.
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.
Purple Folding Seat Cushion
If you own a Purple pillow, you know how soft and supportive their products are. This foldaway seat replicates the same idea for when you sit—no matter where you go. It features easy-grab handles and a foldable design that you can use in your car, on the plane, or on a bench at a sports outing.
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd 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 charcoal fabric because it works well with any home aesthetic, but it also comes in heather gray and sandstone. 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.
Arc'teryx Index 15 Backpack
Arc'teryx is a brand known for making outdoor clothing and climbing gear that'll last for years to come. The Index 15 backpack is ultra lightweight and lean and features easy-grab handles. Its main compartment can easily hold lunch and a rain shell, while the internal stash pocket can support a tablet computer. You can even clip on your wallet or water bottle, thanks to the eight external loops.
Brooklinen Wool Throw Blanket
Handmade in Germany, the impressive throw consists of high-quality lambswool and comes with a 60-day risk-free trial—so if it’s not exactly how you imagined, you can return it. It’s 59" x 83", so it works well on a couch or a bed.
Owners rave about the blanket’s softness and luxurious feel, stating that it keeps you warm without overheating. If you’re looking for a gift for that woman who has it all, the Brooklinen throw is a wonderful choice.
Salts of the 7 Seas, LLC Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler
Ranging from red wine-infused salts to one mined in Sicily, the foodie in your life will love each of these 16 different flavors. Each comes in a 1/4 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 looking 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.
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 seven 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.
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
If your loved one is still carrying around those broken earbuds, it’s time to give her a much-needed upgrade. The Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones are the ultimate in audio quality, providing well-rounded sound for up to 40 hours per charge. The matte gold color is our favorite choice for the woman in your life, but these headphones also come in 13 different styles. The cushioned ear cups are designed with comfort in mind, perfect for long flights or commutes. The headphones also allow your loved one to answer calls and control their music using voice controls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fossil Gen 5 Julianna Stainless Steel Smartwatch
Help the woman in your life stay connected and stylish with this rose gold Fossil Gen 5 Julianna Stainless Steel Smartwatch. Though it looks as fashionable as a standard upscale watch, it can track steps, alert you to new text messages and even control your music. We love the rose gold face and the mesh stainless steel 22mm band, though the strap can even be customized to fit any look. The watch uses Bluetooth technology so it can connect to your iPhone or Android device.
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.
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.
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.
Norpro Decorative Cup Warmer
Keep her drink of choice constantly warm with this mug warmer from Norpro. The stylish warmer fits her favorite mug and includes an extra-long cord to use anywhere in the house. The faux marble design is cute to flaunt when she's on the go. Users say their coffee stayed warm for three hours and that the design is super easy to clean.
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 upstateNew York, five soapstone pencils to write directly on the board for labelling 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.
Saks Fifth Avenue Polished Leather Cashmere Lined Tech Gloves
A sleek pair of leather gloves will suit any woman in your life, despite her tastes or style. This pair from Saks Fifth Avenue are cashmere-lined for keeping warm and are tech-friendly, so you can stay warm and connected to your smartphone during colder months. Pick from eight colors and five sizes for a perfect fit.
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 effectively massages anywhere in your home or on the go.
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 Neoprene 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 insulated and 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.
Lele Sadoughi Pearl Accent Sunglass and Face Mask Chain
The dainty chain is accented with pearls for a timeless and classy accessory that can compliment any outfit. This is a great option for the woman who has everything but loves fashion or looking her best. Face mask chains are also functional for never losing your mask or glasses again, but rather keeping them around your neck when not in use.
Bathing Culture Outer Being Face & Body Oil
Bathing Culture's face and body oil is crafted with powerful plants and vitamins to help repair and moisturize your skin and even out your complexion. Perfect for acne-prone skin or those prone to inflammation, everyone can benefit from adding this step into their routine after the shower. She will feel luxurious and restorative using this oil and feeling its transformative results.
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 lovers, 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.
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.
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.
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 can 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.
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.