Stumped on coming up with the best gift ideas for women who have everything? Whether for Christmas or Valentine's Day, we have a few suggestions.
Getting the women in your life a great gift comes with a lot of anxiety. You want to get your mom the perfect present to say “thank you” for everything she’s done for you, but what sums up a lifetime of thankfulness? You certainly want to impress your sister with something that says "sisterhood" more than "friendship," and you're probably looking for a little trinket to give your best girlfriend to make her think of you whenever she looks at or uses it. Of course, you want to get your wife a gift so special that she’ll be singing your gift-giving praises for years to come. But what exactly should that present be?
The best gifts for women–as with the best gifts for most people–are a perfect combination of unique and thoughtful. Of course, you want to get the women in your life items that feel personal but they can't be original to the point of uselessness (save the super quirky gift ideas for your office's white elephant party). A kitschy present is great only if the person will truly appreciate the kitschiness, otherwise you should think up gift ideas for women that they'll really use. Actually, you don't have to do any thinking at all because we already did it for you! We've rounded up the best holiday and Valentine's Day gifts for women of all kinds–from the wannabe baker to the jet-setting adventurer and the fashion-forward boss to the playful and young at heart. Whether you're on a budget or able to spend a little more, whether it's Christmas, Valentine's Day, or just a day to do something nice, you will definitely find something just right for you and your loved ones on this list of gift ideas for women.
Here are the best gift ideas for hard-to-shop-for women, top gift ideas for women who say they'd don't want anything this year, and perfect gift ideas for women who have everything already.
For the Fragrance Lover: Pharmacia Eau De Parfum
Giving the gift of scent is a truly personal affair. After all, every time someone spritzes her new perfume, she'll think of the person who gave it to her. This holiday season, gift the special women in your life a scent meant just for them with Pharmacia Eau De Parfum. Choose from four scents including Fleur D’Oranger, which comes with notes of orange blossom, rose and warm woods, Pivoine Rose, which is a mix of ripe pear, peonies and golden musk, Miel Ambre, a warm mix of peach blossom, honey and sueded amber, and Vanilla Dore, a delicious mix of warm almond and clove.
To buy: $24; anthropologie.com.
Best for the Cold-Weather Lover: Kensie Faux Shearling Coat
Everyone’s got her eye on teddy coats this season, and if you’re able to pull off gifting one to your sister, girlfriend, or mom, you’ll be guaranteed to impress. With this Christmas gift, she'll be as chic as she is cozy while out and about enjoying the crisp winter air.
To buy: $128; nordstrom.com.
For the Decorating Pro: Jonathan Adler Corded Pillow
This holiday season, give a little home style to a woman near and dear to you with the Jonathan Adler Corded Pillow. The pillow packs a seriously trendy punch thanks to its multi-colored design along with jute tassels and brass bases. The pillow is still comfortable enough to actually use and will provide any room with the pop it needs.
To buy: $140 (originally $295); gilt.com.
For the Wear-It-on-Her-Sleeve Dresser: L'amour Sweatshirt
Everyone needs a warm sweatshirt, but why not gift one that adds a little more to the mix? Rebecca Minkoff's L'amour sweatshirt has multi-colored lettering and comes in gray or white. Maybe this could even kill two birds with one stone and count as a Valentine's Day card and gift?
To buy: $88; rebeccaminkoff.com.
For the Commuter: GREATS Pronto Sneaker
A sturdy and fashion-forward black sneaker is a must-have for winter, when her bright white pair just won’t make it through the snow and sleet as she trudges to work. Brooklyn-based shoe brand GREATS makes comfortable and stylish sneakers, mixing high-quality materials like the soft, smooth leather and rubber sole of the Pronto Sneaker. The slightly retro style is combined with a modern sporty element, helping her brave harsh winter elements not only in style but in comfort.
To buy: $299; nordstrom.com.
For the Supportive Friend: You’re My Rock Necklace
For the holidays, send a clear message to your mom, sister, girlfriend, or bestie that they are indeed “your rock” with the You’re My Rock necklace. The pretty little piece is crafted from either 24-karat gold or silver along with a free-form agate druzy pendant. Each pendant is unique, just like all the women you know.
To buy: From $27; etsy.com.
For the Scent Seeker: Rosy Rings Botanical Reed Diffuser
Reed diffusers are long beloved by women everywhere, but Rosy Rings steps up the classic look by adorning the fragrant liquid with matching fruits and flowers. The brand's candles are designed similarly, with things like apples and leaves embedded into the wax, making them a really good present idea for someone who loves fresh scents and pretty things.
To buy: $58; amazon.com.
For the Constant Listener: LETSCOM Bluetooth Headphones
Realistically, the Apple AirPods everyone’s wearing are very expensive and very easy to lose (coming from someone who lost a friend’s charging case and had to spend a lot to replace it). Much easier to keep track of, the LETSCOM bluetooth headphones have a nearly five-star average on Amazon and tons of rave reviews. The waterproof, wireless headphones not only have great sound quality, they also easily sync up with your devices, come in six color combinations, have solid battery life, and–best of all–are attached so she can easily find them at the bottom of her bag.
To buy: From $20; amazon.com.
For the Restless Sleeper: Slip Silk Pillowcase
There’s perhaps no better gift you can give than a good night’s sleep–and the best way to do that is with a super soft silk pillowcase. The hypoallergenic pillowcase is not only comfy, but it will also protect the sleeper’s skin from creasing, which means it can help prevent wrinkles down the road. It can even prevent split ends and broken hair follicles, which all adds up to the best beauty rest of someone’s life.
To buy: $85; anthropologie.com.
For the Stylish Homebody: Thermal Pajama Set
Gift a bit of adorable warmth this season with the Thermal Henley and Legging Set by Splendid. The coordinating set is a fitting gift for cold winter mornings or lounging by the fire all day long. The lace-up top and legging cuffs give this classic style an updated and stylish look, making it a good enough gift to rock at the bar apres-ski.
To buy: $69; splendid.com.
For the Accessory Obsessed: Leather Jewelry Box
Give the gift of organization this holiday with the Wolf Chloe Large Leather Jewelry Box. The large box comes in a gorgeous deep brown leather with tan leather accents. Inside, owners will find plenty of storage areas for various pieces and a mirror to see how the look all comes together. (As a bonus, hide one of the above You’re My Rock necklaces inside.)
To buy: $375; saksfifthavenue.com.
For the Poetry Lover:Milk and Honey Gift Edition
The best-selling collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur is already an excellent gift for just about anyone in your life, but the clothbound gift edition takes it over the top. The upgraded edition comes with a woven ribbon marker and a foreword written by the author. Add a bit more to this gift by writing a personal note inside and bookmarking a favorite poem for your gift recipient to read.
To buy: $20; urbanoutfitters.com.
For the Perpetually Cold: Sheepskin Slippers
The weather outside gets frightful during the holidays, which makes these sheepskin slippers the ideal gift for women. The handmade slippers are 100% natural leather and are finished with sheep wool for a soft, warm and trendy look. Because each pair is handmade, they are all unique. Choose from different styles and colors that will best fit your giftee.
To buy: $30; etsy.com.
For the Exercise-Chic Dresser: Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf
Wrap your loved ones in super soft comfort this winter with Lululemon's Vinyasa scarf. Not only is it soft, but it's sweat-wicking and breathable for that quick transition from bitterly-cold outdoors to blasting-heat indoors. The scarf comes in six patterns and colors, and is versatile enough to style as a wrap scarf, a triangle scarf, or an over-the-shoulders shawl.
To buy: $48; lululemon.com.
For the Trend-Setter: Handmade Fine Jewelry
Combining classic Manhattan sensibility and the offbeat style of Brooklyn, Golde New York rings are heirloom quality without the estate sale vibe. Each piece of jewelry is handmade, making this one of the best gifts for women who have everything because every ring will really be one of a kind. Each unique piece is made to order, so make sure you place yours by January 30 to guarantee delivery by Valentine's Day. (By the way, here's a guide for how to measure your ring size at home).
To buy: From $160; goldnewyork.com.
For the Skincare Buff: SK-II Facial Essence Treatment
You may not know this, but the women in your life definitely do: SK-II is all the rage in the beauty world right now. The innovative Japanese brand has some of the most coveted skincare products out there, perhaps none of which is more coveted than the Facial Treatment Essence, which is credited with targeting every skin-care concern from diminishing wrinkles to increasing radiance and skin firmness. As a bit of a pricier beauty brand, SK-II makes a special gift and shows you've been paying attention to her exhaustive nightly skin-care routine.
To buy: From $99; nordstrom.com.
For the Writer: Leather Journal
A leather journal is the gift that keeps on giving as it can inspire creativity all year long. This Valentine's Day, pick out a personalized leather journal filled with enough parchment paper for every thought, idea, artwork, or adventure story to come. Choose from three color options, all of which come with a beautifully exposed binding, along with a feminine leather bow closure.
To buy: From $30; etsy.com.
For the Flower Child: Flower Arrangements That Last a Year
Flowers are a classic gift for women, but they're not typically considered as an option for Christmas because it's a little risky to wrap up flowers, leave them under a tree, and expect them not to wilt. Saaya Rose changes the game when it comes to giving flowers as Christmas gifts, though, with its boxes of real roses and hydrangeas preserved to last for one to two years. You can customize your arrangement and box size on the brand's site.
To buy: From $30; saayarose.com.
For the Beach Babe: Mirth Cover-Up
Valentine's Day is a day to enjoy love–and what better way to show you partner you love her than with a beach cover-up that reminds her of all the amazing trips you've had and suggests all the tropical getaways you want to plan. Better yet–pair Mirth's airy and light, handwoven caftan with airline tickets to a warm island so the two of you can escape the cold weather and enjoy sun-kissed serenity. It's kind of a gift for both of you if you think about it.
To buy: $230; mirthcaftans.com.
For the Young at Heart: Suede Roller Skates
Just because someone grows up doesn’t mean she has to grow old. Give back someone’s childhood with this unique gift for women. These colorful suede roller skates come in nine different colors that will suit just about everyone–so pick one and get skating. Each pair also comes with soft brushed interior and Moxi’s signature MDI outdoor wheels and Kwik Abec 3 bearings.
To buy: $299; urbanoutfitters.com.
For the Jewelry Buff: Stacking Ring Set
A little sparkle goes a long way during the holidays. This year, wrap up a bit of fancy in a box with a stacking ring set. Each set comes with three silver triple stone rings, including turquoise, opal, and amethyst. But, buyers can also further personalize the gift by including stones from the giftee's birth month. Each ring is handmade, making them all as unique as the person you’re giving the set to.
To buy: From $235; etsy.com.
For the Fitness Fanatic: Trendy Leggings
If the special woman in your life is a fitness fanatic, there’s no better gift than a pair of Sweaty Betty leggings. This year, spoil her inner athlete with a pair of the brand’s Thermodynamic Run Leggings, which are insulated for just the right amount of warmth and feature a velvet stripe along the leg. The temperature-regulating fabric, built-in pockets, and trendy design will have her easily transitioning from her morning run to brunch.
To buy: $135; sweatybetty.com.
For the Resourceful Decorator: Gibson & Dehn Norway Spruce Candle
This unique gift idea for women isn't just a candle–the company encourages you to upcycle the glass. Once you’ve burned the candle, you can use the pretty glass to serve cocktails or enjoy a drink yourself.
To buy: $38; gibsonanddehn.com.
For the Tea Drinker: Fortified Honey
Deliver a bit of sweetness this year with a bottle of fortified honey by Naturopathica. Each bottle comes infused with passionflower, chamomile, lavender, and rose blossom, and is the perfect addition to a cup of tea all winter long. The honey is crafted in the USA and comes free of both parabens and animal testing, making it the perfect and sustainable way to find a little calm in the hectic season.
To buy: $22; shopterrain.com.
For the Meal Planner: Modern Picnic the Luncher
This insulated vegan-leather lunch box is so chic, she'll actually want to bring her lunch to work. It comes complete with a removable strap, a magnetic closure, and an interior utensil slot.
To buy: $149; modernpicnic.com.
For the Traveler: Skechers Ultra Flex First Take
These lightweight and breathable shoes feature a cushiony sole, making them a great gift for a frequent traveler or woman on the move.
To buy: $65; amazon.com.
For Her Sweet Tooth: Nathan Miller's Buttermilk Collection
Real Simple's food team loves Nathan Miller's chocolate, and the Buttermilk Collection is a delicious way to acquaint the women in your life with a variety of flavors. If you're looking for a sweet gift this holiday season, you can't go wrong with this five-bar box.
To buy: $45; nathanmillerchocolate.com.
For the Snuggler: Vera Bradley Travel Gift Set
This is a gift idea that can be put straight to use if your giftee is traveling in the near future. She'll be so cozy engulfed in this blanket, pillow, and eye mask that she'll forget she's even in transit.
To buy: $49 (originally $98); verabradley.com.
For the Self-Groomer: Champagne Shimmer Gift Set
Stainless-steel slant tweezers make plucking easy while the curler gives lashes an extra-wide curve. It's an essential beauty set in an upgraded hue–the perfect small gift for women.
To buy: $36; tweezerman.com.