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September 18, 2022

Best gifts for girlfriends

By Angela Garretson

When shopping for your girlfriend, your goal is to find a gift that will touch her heart and make her smile. However, it can be challenging to find a perfect present. In addition to thinking about what she might like or find useful, you’ll also want to consider the occasion. 

 

To help you find a memorable gift, this comprehensive guide includes gifts that are fitting for holidays and birthdays as well as cute, all-occasion gifts that she’ll treasure for years to come. 

Birthday gifts for girlfriends

Tech gifts

Wacom Cintiq 16 Drawing Tablet

 

If your girlfriend enjoys drawing, this drawing tablet lets her sketch directly on the screen for a seamless drawing experience. It also has a compact display that makes it easy to take on the go. The included pen features programmable buttons that allow for quick access to shortcuts, too.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Beats by Dre Beats Solo Pro Wireless On-Ear Headphones

 

These wireless headphones make an excellent gift for a girlfriend who enjoys listening to music, podcasts, and audiobooks. The ergonomic design makes them comfortable to wear, and the battery can run for up to 22 hours.

 

Sold by Amazon and Kohl’s

 

Apple Watch Series 7

 

This smartwatch makes it easy to keep track of fitness and health data and even provides ECG readings. It can do much more than that, so your girlfriend can also send texts, make calls, listen to audio, and more. It’s swim-proof, crack-resistant, and dust-resistant, too.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

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Beauty gifts

Silk’n Infinity At Home Permanent Hair Removal System

 

This convenient laser hair removal device provides professional results at home. It works quickly and is nearly painless because it uses high-speed pulses of light to target hair at the root. It helps with long-term hair reduction, too.

 

Sold by Amazon and Macy’s

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Nouveau Eyeshadow Palette

 

This eyeshadow palette contains 12 shades with matte and metallic finishes. It features a mix of neutral shadows perfect for every day and deeper, richer shades that work well for an evening out. It even has a mirror for touch-ups. 

 

Sold by Sephora and Ulta Beauty

 

Slip Beauty Slip To Go! Set

 

With a travel-size pillow and matching sleep mask, this set ensures your girlfriend can get a good night’s sleep no matter where she is. The pillow and mask are made of high-quality silk that helps protect the hair and skin and are available in pink or black.

 

Sold by Sephora

 

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Health and wellness gifts

Manduka PRO Yoga and Pilates Mat

 

This professional-quality mat is a perfect gift for a girlfriend who enjoys yoga, Pilates, barre, or other floor exercises. It offers extra-thick cushioning and provides excellent grip even for sweaty hands. It’s available in seven colors, too.

 

Sold by Amazon and Dick’s Sporting Goods

 

Theragun Mini

 

Help your girlfriend treat sore, stiff muscles with this compact massage gun that’s perfect for taking on the go. Despite its size, it still offers up to 2400 percussions per minute and three speed options. Best of all, it can run for up to 150 minutes.

 

Sold by Therabody and Amazon

 

Hatch Restore 

 

This smart sleep assistant can help your girlfriend fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up in the morning. It offers soothing sounds to create a relaxing mood and gently provides soft light to mimic natural sunrise when it’s time to wake. The touch controls allow for easy operation.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

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Foodie gifts

Breville Joule Sous Vide Device

 

This sleek, lightweight tool makes it easy to create restaurant-quality meals at home. It can work with any pot or pan and heats the water quickly. The connected app also makes it easy to track the progress of the food.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Pellas Nature Organic Herbs Infused Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil Set

 

This set of finishing oils can elevate a simple meal into a gourmet feast. It includes four oils infused with rosemary, basil, garlic, and red hot pepper. The oils make perfect toppings for pasta, pizza, soup, roasted vegetables, and more.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Foodie Dice No. 1 Seasonal Dinners Set

 

Help inspire your girlfriend to get more creative in this kitchen with this set of foodie dice. It includes five dice, so there’s one for proteins, grains or carbs, herbs, cooking methods, and a bonus ingredient. It also comes with four dice for seasonal veggies. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

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Apparel and bags

American Tourister Moonlight Hardside Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels

 

If your girlfriend enjoys traveling, this hardside suitcase makes an excellent gift for her next trip. It’s made of durable ABS and PC and features single spinner wheels that allow for pushing or pulling the bag. It expands for extra packing capacity, too.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

Coach Women’s City Tote

 

This versatile, well-sized tote features a combination of leather and canvas. It has a snap closure and an inside zippered pocket to keep the contents secure. It also comes in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can choose your girlfriend’s favorite combination. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

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Jewelry gifts

The Pearl Source Japanese Akoya Cultured Pearl Necklace

 

This beautiful pearl necklace features high-quality Akoya pearls and silk threading with double knots for more secure construction. It has a 14K gold clasp and measures 18 inches long.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

 

This convenient jewelry cleaner uses ultrasonic sound waves to deep clean jewelry without damaging it. It offers five preset cleaning cycles and an easy-to-read digital display. It can also clean eyeglasses, watches, and utensils. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Larimar Heart Necklace

 

A symbol of the waters of Hawaii, this handcrafted necklace features a blue larimar heart charm that will remind her of her favorite beach paradise. A stylish piece that's perfect for everyday wear, this necklace is finished in rhodium to alleviate tarnishing. A solid piece she's sure to love!

 

Sold by Amazon

 

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Holiday gift ideas for girlfriends

Sweets and treats   

Bubble Tea Kit

 

Can you often find your girlfriend with bubble tea in hand? If so, she might enjoy this kit to let her make her own. It contains premium varieties of loose-leaf tea — matcha, earl grey lavender, jasmine and more— plus tapioca pearls and recipe cards. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Booja Booja Award-Winning Truffle Selection

 

You can't go too far wrong buying someone luxurious chocolates. These award-winning truffles have the benefit of being dairy-free and vegan, though they taste so rich you'd never guess. You get five flavors in the collection, including hazelnut and salted caramel. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Bean Box Gourmet Coffee Sampler

 

This sampler of high-end coffee beans is perfect for a woman who doesn't do anything before getting her caffeine fix. You can choose from whole or ground beans and either order a single box or a three- or six-month subscription. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

For her creative side  

Leuchtturm 1917 Hardcover Ruled Pages Notebook

 

Does your girlfriend write lyrics or poetry, draw or keep a journal? If so, she may be pleased to receive a high-quality notebook. You can buy it in ruled, plain, squared, and dotted versions, depending on her needs. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Winsor and Newton Cotman Watercolor Studio Set

 

Whether you're buying for a keen watercolor painter or someone who wants to expand their artistic interests, this watercolor paint set is a great gift. It contains 45 half-pans of top-quality pigment that satisfy serious artists and beginners alike. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Thumb Piano

 

Handmade from natural air-dried wood, this gorgeous thumb harp is an unusual gift that's sure to be appreciated by a music-lover. Includes tune hammer, instruction book and more.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Ibanez Artwood Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

 

This solid top Ibanez acoustic guitar is ideal for someone who has always wanted to learn or who needs an upgrade from a cheap starter guitar. It has a classic dreadnought shape and plays nicely despite its reasonable lower mid-range price tag. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

For her kitchen

Capresso Froth Max Milk Frother

 

Specialty drinks, such as cappuccinos and lattes, are easy to make at home with the help of this milk frother. It gives perfectly smooth results every time, at the press of a button, and works equally well with dairy and nondairy milks. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Lodge Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven

 

If your girlfriend is into cooking, she'll love this heavy-duty enameled cast iron Dutch oven. Not only is it great for dishes like soups and stews, but it's also the perfect vessel for baking crispy loaves of bread. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Breville Juice Fountain Cold Plus Juicer

 

This cold juicer is a perfect splurge-worthy juice for a woman in your life who's serious about healthy eating — or simply making the most delicious juices. It has a cold extraction system to retain more nutrients and give the best possible flavor. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

For going out

Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones

 

If you're buying for a girlfriend who loves listening to music, you'll seriously impress her with these noise-canceling headphones. Made by one of the big names in headphones and speakers, the audio quality is of suitably high quality. Plus, they're extremely comfortable to wear.  

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Cyclists Road and Mountain Bike Maintenance Tool Kit

 

If your girlfriend is crazy about cycling, she'll be pleased to receive this 23-piece bike tool kit. It contains everything she'll need to repair and tune up her bicycle, all contained in a convenient hard case for storage.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Santa Cruz Screaming Hand Complete Skateboard

 

Skateboarding is rapidly gaining popularity with women, many of whom found the sport unwelcoming or inaccessible when they were younger. If your girlfriend has always wanted to skate, she'll be thrilled by this complete skateboard from a popular skate brand.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Fjallraven Kanken Rainbow Black Backpack

 

The Fjallraven Kanken backpack is extremely popular right now and makes a stylish and practical gift. This one has a black body with rainbow straps, so it stands out among solid-colored versions. It has a convenient front zipper pocket for easy access. 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Mixed Metals Circle Necklace

 

You're sure to impress with this stunning metal necklace, featuring different hues of metal. Formed from Argentium sterling silver, the circle pendant is hugged in 14K gold-filled wire making it an interesting statement piece.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

For lounging at home 

Kim Krans — The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook

 

If you're buying for someone who's into the spiritual or esoteric, this tarot deck with a companion guidebook will go down well. The artwork is unique, rendered mostly in black and white with pops of color. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Lulu Candles Highly Scented Premium Candle

 

Crafted from a soy wax blend with a cotton wick and scented with premium essential oils, these candles burn cleanly and smell amazing. You can choose from a wide range of scents, including fresh linen, lemon biscotti, and blueberry cobbler.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

CHR Leisure Winter Warm Fleece-Lined Leggings

 

These fleece-lined leggings are super cozy and keep wearers warm on long winter walks or simply while lounging around on cold days. They're available in a range of colors, including black, gray, and navy blue. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Newlighture 3 pcs Rainbow Soy Wax Candles

 

These soy rainbow candles are perfect as a small gift for the special someone in your life. The adorable design means they look almost too good to burn. Made primarily from soy wax and eco-friendly.  

 

Sold by Amazon

 

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Cute gifts for girlfriends 

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandals

 

Versatile and attractive, these popular sandals look great with numerous casual fashions. The combination of cork footbeds and cushioned insoles make them as comfortable as they are stylish. The uppers are made of soft suede and have adjustable straps for a customizable fit. 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Corkcicle Insulated Stemless Wineglass

 

Girlfriends who are wine connoisseurs enjoy interesting gifts that compliment wine drinking time, like this insulated wineglass. Because it keeps drinks chilled for hours, it’s the perfect wineglass for sipping wine during outdoor get-togethers. 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Michael Kors Signature Jet Set East-West Crossbody

 

Crossbody bags are always in fashion because they look great and are easy to carry thanks to the long strap that fits over the shoulder. The Signature Jet Set crossbody by Michael Kors is available in several colors with the designer’s classic MK logo. 

 

Sold by Macy’s

 

Hendson Lucky to Be in Love Frame

 

A sweet sentiment and handmade design give this picture frame gift-worthy appeal. When you present it with a favorite photo of the two of you together, it’s even more meaningful. The frame has a stylish appearance that compliments any room’s decor. 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

VOLUSPA Mini Candle Trio

 

These candles smell awesome, plus they look great too thanks to the stylish printed tins. The set of three includes French cade, goji, and lychee scents. They are made of coconut wax that doesn’t produce a lot of smoke or debris when burned. 

 

Sold by Sephora

 

Cotopaxi Del Dia Bataan 3L Fanny Pack

 

Not only does this fanny pack look great, but it’s original, too. That’s because the employees that produce the products use their creativity to make one-of-a-kind pieces. It’s a good choice for a girlfriend who loves unique gifts with a fun backstory. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Whim by Martha Stewart Collection Makeup Printed Plush Throw

 

This adorable throw blanket is made of soft material with a fun makeup print. At 50 inches by 60 inches in size, it’s perfect for snuggling up on the sofa to watch movies together on chilly evenings. 

 

Sold by Macy’s

 

Earnest Living Essential Oil Diffuser

 

Your girlfriend will enjoy trying different delightful scents in this diffuser that doubles as a nightlight. It’s made of ceramic with an eye-catching design, so it’s easy to mistake it for a piece of art when displayed on a mantle, bookshelf, or desk. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Ozazuco Bento Box 

 

A bento box is a fun way for your girlfriend to tote her lunch to school or work. This one is packed with features, including a soup cup, baking cups, animal-themed food picks, and a back to stash it in and go. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

East Urban Home Hearts Wrapped Canvas by Ana Victoria Calderon

 

A piece of artwork with a heart design is a wonderful gift for any occasion, especially if your girlfriend is the artsy type. This painting is done on a wrapped canvas and features numerous colorful hearts that send a clear message about your feelings toward her. 

 

Sold by Wayfair

 

SNOWOLF Soft Cat Pillow

 

If your girlfriend loves cats, she’ll adore this cute cat pillow that’s soft and cuddly. It’s available in a choice of three colors and six different sizes. 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots

 

While it can be challenging to look fashionable in rainy weather, Hunter rain boots are always on trend. Choose your significant other’s favorite color so her personality and fashion sense will shine throughout the stormy weather. 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Sterling Silver One-quarter Carat Diamond Heart Toggle Bracelet

 

With a dangling heart and sparkling diamonds, this bracelet will be a token of your feelings for your girlfriend while appealing to her love of jewelry. It’s crafted of sterling silver in a choice of silver, gold, or rose gold tones. 

 

Sold by Kohl’s 

 

Genuine Fred Wine Lives Kitty Drink Markers

 

Pair these wineglass charms with a bottle of your girlfriend’s wine for a fun and memorable gift. She’ll get a set of six charms, each with a cute cat design. They are flexible and easy to put on wine stemware. 

 

Sold by Amazon 

 

Megsooul Coffee Bar

 

Any avid coffee drinker will appreciate this coffee bar that’s made to hold numerous accessories. It looks great on a table or countertop filled with sugar, creamer, K-Cups, and more. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

Vermont Teddy Bear Giant Teddy Bear

 

When all else fails, a Teddy bear is always an awesome gift for that special someone in your life. The Vermont Teddy Bear company is known for making quality stuffed bears that are soft, huggable, and huge. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

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Contributing authors: Jennifer Manfrin, Lauren Corona and Jennifer Blair

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