40 Gift Ideas for Women You Probably Haven't Thought Of
These thoughtful, top-rated and editor-approved ideas are sure to impress no matter the occasion.
Shopping for women isn't as simple as retailers would have you think. Not every woman wants beauty products as gifts. And as Saturday Night Live so perfectly illustrated in 2020, moms shouldn't be reduced to robes. Every year. So. Many. Robes. (Iff she actually wants or needs a robe, at least make it a good one like one from our editor-approved robe roundup and not a last-minute one from the nearest big-box store.) Whether you're holiday shopping, looking for the perfect birthday present or need inspiration for an upcoming shower, we've created a mega gift guide with the best gifts for women. Some items are editor favorites. Some are from women-owned companies. And some are just personalized gifts that anyone would love. Take a look at our top picks below and knock out your gift list.
If She’s a Homebody
Full stop: There's nothing wrong with loving to be home. We do, too! If you're shopping for a woman who's nesting in a new home or just loves anything and everything cozy, gifting a Pluto Pillow is both practical, personalized and not another fleece blanket! Your giftee will answer a thorough questionnaire, and Pluto builds a pillow designed just for their sleep positions and comfort. It's like a concierge for bedding. For the at-home chef, Caraway's Sauté Pan (or the new Mini Fry Pan) is perfect for showers, registries or a holiday gift that wows.
If She’s a Breath of Fresh Air
From gardeners to avid hikers to the woman who just likes to be outside as much as possible, these pretty, packable picnic blankets from Food52 are a sure bet. We also love Corkcicle's chic backpack purse cooler. It holds up to 12 cans or eight cans and two bottles of wine. And for a big milestone or group-chip-in gift, the Solo Stove Ranger and Bonfire will always be at the top of our list.
If She Likes the Finer Things
For luxury gifts, there's nothing more classic than a set of linen sheets, and Parachute's linen comes in so many great neutrals beyond white. In this writer's opinion, Lunya's washable silk PJs are one of the best, most sustainable luxury items on the market. I have these PJs in four colors, and I'll keep asking for more — they're that good. Then there's Dyson's hair dryer. It's tech meets luxury meets wellness, and it really does work incredibly fast. If you're looking for a big-ticket gift item, this is it.
If She’s Always Prepared
Have you ever noticed how women who love to travel are always prepared? Like they always have a Tide pen or emergency safety pin in their bag. Instead of map-themed decor to inspire travel, give them nifty items to actually travel smarter. These Cadence capsules are a game-changer, and if I had it my way, I'd give everyone Cadence jars. Engaged? Birthday? Having a baby? Everyone needs a set of these miracle, magnet-powered travel canisters. The tops can be customized, too, so you could do a friend's monogram or stick to popular toiletries for the labels.
If She’s an Old Soul
For the vintage-obsessed who love making a good cuppa and would much rather read a book than follow social media trends, you can't go wrong with a linen-bound journal or personalized stationery. These note cards from Rifle Paper Co. even include a customized illustration for letterhead complete with tons of outfits and accessories to choose from — such a thoughtful and personalized gift!
If She Loves Trends
For the woman who always knows what core is new and cool (Personally, I stan cottagecore forever; though, goblincore was fun, too.) and loves keeping up with new beauty and wellness trends, you can't go wrong with a jade eye mask — because she probably already has a jade roller and gua sha tool. Another solid gift: Anything from Chelsea King but especially her new handmade hair claws. The checkerboard inlay clip is absolutely stunning and right on trend.
If She’s Always Up to Something
For the movers and shakers and women who are always posting about some cool event they went to last night, these Loop earplugs are both stylish and practical for concerts and loud events. For the fitness crowd, the Beast Blender is as pretty as it is powerful.
If She Loves Astrology
You know the woman. She's already done full star charts for the group chat, and she knew you were a Libra rising before you even told her. Honor her unique placement with a gift inspired by her sun sign (the day of the month she was born). Lele Sadoughi, the iconic jewelry designer known for her grand headbands, has a new collection of crystal-adorned headbands with a signature design and color for each sign. If you really want to impress her, give her a personalized book or a candle from Birthdate Candle Co. created for each specific day of the year!
If She’s a Pet Mom
If you know she’s a proud #dogmom or #catlady, then you can't go wrong with a pet-inspired gift. This treat pouch from Wild One is both stylish and practical. It has a pocket for everything, even poop bags. These personalized pet stickers from Pet Portfolio are incredibly thoughtful and pretty budget-friendly.
There's nothing quite like the unconditional love of a pet. Shop our favorite personalized gift ideas for pets and pet lovers — including yourself!
If You’re on a Budget
On a budget? You can still wow her with these top picks under $25. Quince is shaking up the luxury market by offering textiles such as linen, cashmere and silk directly to consumers for about half the price as chain retailers. You can snag a mulberry silk sleep mask in tons of colors for just $19! And The Shop by shopbop on Amazon always has a great gift guide section with budget picks. We spotted these Kenneth Jay earrings for just $18.
Whether you're shopping for someone you don't know very well or someone you think already has everything, we've rounded up the ultimate list of perfectly priced presents to make gift giving easy.