Don’t get caught up in the line of thinking that there are specific gifts for women you can and can’t buy. Thinking up gift ideas can be tough—whether it’s for Mother’s Day, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or a birthday gift for your best friend—but the world is vast and the opportunities are endless! From versatile home decor and gadgets to skin care gift sets and cooking projects that will get them working with some new ingredients, there’s something that fits every quirky friend, partner, sister, or loved one—no matter how elusive their wish list may be. A great gift is something they’ll like, but a perfect gift is something you’ve put a lot of thought into—so lean into the special occasion that is celebrating a loved one.
If you’re on the search for a thoughtful gift that’s going to make them feel extra special, you’re in the right place. Skip the gift card this year and stop googling for more gift guides. All you need to do now is find the perfect gift box.
Ahead, you’ll find our favorite gift-giving picks, from a linen pajama set they’ll never want to take off to an especially thoughtful camping essential for your favorite hiker. Read on, and start shopping.
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These earrings will quickly become their favorite pair of hoops. A luxe take on a classic silhouette, it’s the perfect gift for someone who is always showing up with the best jewelry.
New pajamas are always appreciated. Your favorite homebody will think of you every time they slip into this loungewear and dig underneath a cozy throw blanket.
Socks are a classic holiday stocking stuffer, but who says you can only give the gift of warm, cozy toes in December? This set is full of fun colors—perfect for the runner in your life.
A new work bag is a very thoughtful present if her current pack has seen better days. Cuyana’s splurge-worthy leather design comes in four colors and is versatile enough to go from the workplace to weekend outings—plus, it can be worn as a cross-body bag.
Though, if leather’s not her taste, Graf Lantz’s high-quality merino wool designs are another great option.
Losing AirPods may be the easiest thing to do in the world, so help them out a bit and gift this fun home for their favorite headphones.
Even novice DIY’ers can enjoy this tote bag embroidery kit that comes with an organic cotton tote bag, DMC threads, a color instruction guide, a wooden embroidery hoop, and an embroidery needle.
Neoprene is a highly moldable material, making it an ideal candidate for a travel bag. This carry-on-size duffel comes in two rich colors and will look just as natural in an overhead bin as it will at the gym
Some may call it a fanny pack, but we’ll call it a modern crossbody in an absolutely delicious color. This bag is perfect for running errands and looking really good while doing so.
If her ironic Boat and Tote collection is what she loves most, snagging one custom embroidered with an inside joke or nickname will be a very thoughtful and unique gift.
Engrave this 100% recycled solid 14k gold pendant from Catbird with meaningful initials or numbers for your giftee to treasure indefinitely.
Cardigans are the sleeper hits of the closet—there’s no other piece of clothing that’s easier to pop on when the temperatures drop. A supersoft cashmere cardigan is not something someone would often splurge on for themselves, so do it for them.
A solid pair of leggings can be hard to come by. Lululemon is loved by athletes and loungers around the world for its comfort, durability, and wide variety of colors. These leggings are great for long flights, weekends on the couch, and sweaty Pilates classes.
A good house shoe is warm, welcoming, and cute. These breathable woolly slippers check all of the boxes.
A silk robe is an undeniably luxe thing to slip into at the end of the day. Available in three colors, this is the ultimate loungewear essential.
When it comes to loungewear, you can’t get much more comfortable than a buttery-soft bodysuit. This particular design was made for lounging. Plus, it’s a great workout essential, particularly because the wearer won’t have to worry one bit about sagging leggings or uncomfortable compression.
This geometric scarf is the perfect accessory to add interest to any outfit. It’s even large enough to use as a shawl on chilly nights when you don’t want to bring a jacket or sweater.
Hair claws are an accessory that’s always welcome—plus, this one is a gorgeous color with a swirly pattern, the kind of clip they’ll be reaching for all the time.
This versatile bangle throws a serious pop of color into any outfit. Australian-based brand Dinosaur Designs is all about resin jewelry; you could even find a matching necklace or earrings if you’re really looking to treat someone.
Beauty & wellness
Sometimes the gift of self-care comes in a chic tube of moisturizing hand cream. All of Aesop’s scents are heavenly, but this balm will wiggle its way right into their regular skin care routine.
Drinking enough water is key to any skin care or wellness routine, so help them get it done with a chic water bottle. This one comes in five colors and is small enough to pop into a purse or workout bag.
Skip the diffusers and other fancy scent-dispersing devices—sometimes a room spray is all they need. This one has notes of jasmine and Japanese cypress, and five spritzes will change the vibe of any space.
This four-piece set tackles skin care from head to toe with an exfoliating bar, body oil wash, a moisturizing cream, and a dry oil mist.
The best beauty gifts work while they sleep, and this best-selling eye mask can be seen on most long-haul flights—and for good reason. The ultra-soft material is great for refreshing your eyes while you snooze and the rose gold color will match just about any travel outfit.
Sunscreen is the most important part of a skin care routine. Opt for the best and give your closest friend or partner some of the best sun protection out there. Weightless and invisible, it’s exactly what they want a sunscreen to be.
If you’re looking to go all out, why not gift the gold standard of hair dryers? Dyson’s Supersonic is designed to protect hair from extreme heat damage and frizz while leaving locks extra smooth and shinier.
This is the ultimate set for the person who loves trying out new sheet masks. The gift set includes two bestsellers and four Cryo Rubber Face Masks, plus a headband. You’re basically gifting six nights of self-care.
If she’s any kind of skin care aficionado, we think she’ll appreciate this bundle from Lancer that’s designed to revitalize skin.
It’ll be easy to think she’s just run through fresh flower beds with this very luxe gardenia fragrance from Gucci.
But for anyone who likes a more wood-centric scent, here’s a lovely apricot-coconut wax candle that’s infused with rich musk, bristlecone pine, and sandalwood.
Home & Garden
You can’t go wrong with flowers. And while there are lots of elaborate floral arrangements to choose from at Urbanstems, there’s something about the quiet elegance of this tulip bouquet that speaks to us.
Next up on our list of gift ideas for women is a new duvet cover. Currently discounted at Nordstrom Rack, we’d snag this one from one of our fave brands, Parachute, while it’s still available.
If you’re struggling to figure out what to gift your loved one who’s had a tough year, consider the coziest present of all: a weighted blanket that feels like a hug.
Some people just can’t keep plants alive—and that’s okay! It’s extra okay when there are stained glass pieces like this to make up for a lack of (living) greenery.
This blanket is made with an extra large knit, meaning whoever you gift it to will feel like they fell right into a massive yarn pile (in a good way).
With notes of peach, plum, and vanilla, this scented candle from everyone’s favorite brand is inspired by the nostalgic scent of an afternoon spent in a library. It’s a woody vibe that’s all-to-perfect for cool, fall months.
Tools are a lot like hair ties. At one point, you have a full set and everyone is happy. And then a few months later…the hammer is nowhere to be found, and your screwdriver has sprouted legs and run off. This color-coordinated set from Character comes with 12 hand tools—everything they’ll need to tackle house projects and beyond.
Bluetooth speakers aren’t often the sexiest gifts—but we found a beautiful one. Available in five rich colors, they may even want to display this one front and center instead of hiding it in the corner somewhere.
We’re all for relatable home decor over here. Choose from three faces to find the one that best fits your loved one (but tread carefully).
We all have the buddy whose home is overflowing with vines, plants, and flowers. And even if they already have their fair share of planters, they won’t turn their head on another one—especially when it’s this curvy, ribbed, hand-made planter.
A set of playful candle holders is a safe bet for any kind of design aficionado, but especially for a friend who just set up a new workspace or studio.
If you’re really stumped on what to give, you cannot go wrong with the ever-inoffensive candle. Sure, scents can be hit or miss, but Shinola offers four subtle fragrance mixes, from lemon, fig, and olive to black pepper, cinnamon, and cedar.
Inspire never-ending wanderlust for your favorite traveler with this book, which features photos and stories centered around this beyond-special island in the Mediterranean.
Whether you’re looking for an anniversary gift or a housewarming gift, the stitching on this vase adds a playful touch to a classic silhouette.
We’ve all got that buddy who has pops of color hiding across the nooks and crannies of their home. This is the perfect gift for that person.
These hand-painted candles from New York–based Abbode would make a very nice addition to any hostess’ collection. You won’t go wrong with the ditzy floral or pastel sky blue designs, but we’d opt for these charming double cherries.
Not everyone drinks coffee. Whether or not you’re looking for a gift for someone who recently gave up their morning brew or a friend who just wants a bit of variety in their morning, this set will help them learn something new—and deliver delicious matcha tea.
An adorable hand towel can do wonders for a kitchen—and this joyful print from designer Marianna Fierro is the cutest we’ve ever seen. From citrus to stone fruit, you’ve got options.
Every single kitchen needs at least one oven mitt. We love the classic silhouette of these padded designs paired with fresh color combinations. They’ll just want to wear them around the house, you know, for funsies.
Opening one of BonBon’s candy mixes is always a treat. If she’s got a penchant for sweets (and ABBA), we recommend this assortment of sugar that comes in Wes Anderson-esque pink packaging.
The tea drinker in your life will take a trip around the world with this set, from Asia to Africa.
The best thing about this eye-catching coffee pot is its size. This can easily be tossed in a carry-on, making it a great option for the friend who loves traveling (and can’t wake up without at least one shot of espresso).
It may be easy for a tea drinker to feel slighted when it comes to all of the gadgets for coffee lovers. But they won’t feel like an afterthought when using this modern, porcelain teapot.
They’re a bit quirky, a bit silly, and a whole lot of fun. These napkins from NYC-based design brand Steak Diane are the definition of conversation pieces.
What started as a small chocolate-making effort in an old Icelandic gas station is now a full-force chocolate empire with some of the more imaginative ingredients out there.
This pan is always selling out, thanks to its unexpected color options and the fact that it’ll replace a bunch of other tools to help save space. It’s the perfect pick for a friend or sibling who just moved into a new place.
If you know a home cook who doesn’t have a rice cooker, prepare to be the hero. This machine from Zojirushi has a number of settings (so you can use it for things that aren’t rice) and tracks how your food is cooking so it always comes out perfectly.
This ribbed coffee maker by Alessi has a playful little secret: It’s designed to look like a baby chicken’s beak. This all makes more sense after realizing that “pulcina” is the Italian word for “chick.”
If a personalized gift is what you’re after, this workhorse of an apron will fit the bill. Each design can fit 10 characters of text or a monogram, making it a gift they will cherish for years (and kitchen mishaps) to come.
Great for a coworker, dinner party host, or neighbor, these serving utensils recall bright sunny thoughts, no matter what they’re serving up.
The mixologist in your life will appreciate this thoughtfully designed, minimalist martini mixer. You’re also gifting a bit of history: Arne Jacobsen is the original designer behind this piece, which was recognized by The Danish Society of Industrial Design and The American Institute of Interior Designers.
This kit will have your favorite dinner party host scheming all of the fun tasting events they can build around this gift. Hey, maybe you’ll score an invite.
For common wine glasses, these wavy little things are downright delightful. Made of an extra-resilient tempered glass, you can even house your morning coffee (or tea) in these cups. Talk about versatile.
If a home cook is on your gift list, consider upgrading their kitchen toolkit with a chef-loved knife. This beautiful eight-inch blade is a great go-to chef’s knife, capable of tackling any task a recipe throws out there.
Sometimes the best gifts are luxe upgrades on helpful kitchen accessories. If you looked for the exact definition of that in the dictionary, this sleek stainless steel and wood cheese grater would be photographed next to it.
Our Pantry is a new name in the foodie space that’s collaborating with chefs to create fresh kitchen staples, like a Cherry Tomato Arrabbiata sauce and Roasted Tomato Onion Salsa. We’d gift your favorite home cook the brand’s sampler pack, which includes all four of the brand’s delicious offerings.
Chocolates are nice but we think a box of ice cream mochi is just a little nicer. With Mochidoki’s best sellers collection, she can sample a refreshing assortment of vanilla chip, strawberry, cake batter, matcha, salted caramel, purple sweet potato, mango, and chocolate flavored mochi.