The best time to get your girlfriend a gift is all the time. But with the holiday season just around the corner, we know that the question of the best gifts for her is on top of mind. And, man, can it be stressful to find an ace present. But you don’t have to do it alone.
In case your girlfriend hasn’t dropped any hints about what she wants for the holidays, you’ve come to the right place. Maybe you need some gifts for a long-distance relationship. In. which case, send over a Homesick Candle that will make you feel closer than a phone call can. Or, if you’re dating an active, fitness-loving gal, there’s no doubt she’ll appreciate the new Yeti Camino Carryall tote bag. Without a doubt, these are gifts that your girlfriend will not just love but actually use. Plus, if you wanna go the distance, we have a few jewelry pieces and splurges for you to indulge on (she deserves it!).
From cheap but uber-useful gifts like a dermatologist-recommended sunscreen (if she’s a skincare lover, this may be the best gift for your girlfriend yet) to a waist pack that helps her carry all the essentials in style, we’re taking thoughtfulness to the next level here.
Below, check out the unique and practical gifts to get your girlfriend this year. Whether you’re after something sentimental, unique, or romantic, this list is sure to satisfy all the girlfriends out there.
Gucci Heart Bracelet with Gucci Trademark
Heart-shaped jewelry has come a long way since Pam Beasley implied a woman would never want to buy it herself in Season 6 of The Office. Here, a silver option that just so happens to be a label nobody’s ever been upset about being gifted.
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Simon Miller Mini Retro Bag
Don’t ask yourself why your girlfriend needs a bag that will only fit her phone and lip gloss. Just know that she does. This mini leather bag has a couple of colors on sale and is designed to be an easy grab on the way out. Cute and practical, baby.
Custom Line Art Couple Portrait Drawing
Transform a photo of you two kissing into a minimalist work of art. This Etsy vendor has a two-day turnaround time and will send you your downloadable work of art then. All you have to do is print it and find a nice frame. (If you need a suggestion for the ladder, peep this top-reviewed option on Amazon.)
Apple Airpods 3rd Generation
If she’s never tried the most suave-looking wireless headphones out there, give her a pair of these.
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MakeMeChic Lace Satin Sleepwear Set
If, and literally only if, you think she’ll like a short and lacy PJ set, this inexpensive gift idea boasts over 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon.
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Marvelous Pets Custom Pet iPhone Case
If half her camera roll is pictures of her dog (which, fair), surprise her with a new, unique customized phone case featuring the apple of her eye. Cases can be made for pretty much any iPhone or Samsung model, and the turnaround time for this top-rated Etsy seller is about two weeks.
Snuggie Wearable Blanket
Whether she lives in sun-drenched Miami where ACs are set below 69 degrees, LA—where winters are laughable but nights are brutal—or resides in chilly, snowy NYC, Snuggies are a lovely companion for your girlfriend no matter her location. Their warmth comes second only to the human hug, making this gift the perfect extension and reflection of your love. Keep it cute and cozy as we head into the coldest season of them all.
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Homesick Los Angeles Candle
These candles carry the faint smell and feel of home, serving as a reminder of the places you and your girlfriend consider home. Whether you get the Los Angeles candle in New York or the Grandma’s Kitchen candle for her first solo home, this will be both a thoughtful and aesthetically pleasing gift.
Kiehl’s Brighten Up & Glow Skincare Set
This will be the best Christmas gift that keeps on giving. With year-round essentials—from a holy-grail face wash to a dark spot-correcting serum—these are staples from the popular skincare brand that she either already has and will be delighted to get a refill on, or will love trying.
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Yeti Camino Carryall 35
This new Yeti tote is the oversized tote of your girlfriend’s picnic dreams. This bag provides pockets for her wines and water bottles, keeping her hiking and adventure-ready gear weather-proof at the same time.
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Maison Margiela Replica Perfume
Maison Margiela scents attempt to capture the smell of a moment and location in time. Two standouts in our book are “Sailing Day” and “Beach Walk,” both reminiscent of refreshing hugs under the summer sun. A bonus perk of these is that they’re unisex, so if you’re girlfriend’s away, spray a whiff of the perfume on yourself to carry a reminder of her throughout the day.
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Stussy Waist Pack
Don’t be fooled by the name: Waist packs are indeed fanny packs, and they are indeed still in style. Help facilitate your girlfriend’s life with this effortlessly cool accessory that forces her to take only the essentials.
Farmacy Beauty Honeymoon Glow Serum
Give the gift of a honeymoon glow, no commitment necessary. This night serum will quickly become your gal’s best friend. It’ll have your girlfriend’s skin feeling and looking like a woman who’s happily in love.
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EltaMD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 41
Prioritize the woman in your life by looking out for her largest organ. We all should be protecting our skin from the sun’s powerful rays year-round—and this sunscreen is one of the best in the game. The chemical-free mineral sunscreen goes on nicely, has the slightest hint of color, and holds its own under makeup.
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Nike Air Max Koko Sandals
This chunky and comfy sandal is one of Nike’s best-kept secrets—with these, she won’t have to worry about foot pain all day. The Koko sandal comes in several colors, including a classic all-black and several fun neon options (which will look funky as hell with a pair of cute ankle socks during the colder months, too). They sell out quickly, so catch ‘em while you can.
Hyperice Hypervolt GO
We’ve all done an awful lot of sitting over the last year. Not only that, but the combination of working from home and dealing with the world’s demise has built up a lot of tension. Enter this easy-to-carry and simple-to-use relief machine. Portable and travel-friendly, she can take this on the plane—or just to the living room.
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Everlane The Relaxed Linen Shirt
Every wardrobe needs a classic white linen shirt. It’s perfect for summer (especially as a bathing suit cover-up), delightful for fall (styled under an oversized leather jacket), and for winter (as a cozy buttoned-up layer). This relaxed fit from Everlane will have you reaching for it year-round.
Heaven by Marc Jacobs Laser Floral Tote
They say the perfect bag doesn’t exist, but we beg to differ. Heaven by Marc Jacobs came into the fashion scene recently like a whirlwind of a teenage dream. Among the array of eccentric pieces is a perfect tote, sized to fit your laptop, water bottle, and a slew of other random things needed day and night.
Yeti Rambler 26 oz. Bottle
If you know Yeti, you know this is the Ducati of water bottles. Durable and available in an array of colors, this bottle will be as much a staple in her routine as the water that will fill it. Humans are 60 percent water and hydration is a key part of our every day, so why not make it as resistant and reliable as its owner?
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Ceremonia Guava Rescue & Repair Kit
Ceremonia is a vegan hair product line made from natural ingredients derived from Latin America. Aside from being kind on all hair textures, the brand’s products—which include ingredients like guava and aceite de moska—smell amazing.
Knix Waffle Robe
Luxe and useful, this waffle-knit robe makes for a perfect gift for any girlfriend. Even better? If you’re not sure of her size, this comes in two one-fits-all variations: There’s one for S/M/L and another for XL/XXL/XXXL.
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Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine
$167.20 (20% off)
Measuring only 5.5 inches wide, the Vertuo Next is the smallest, most versatile Nespresso Vertuo machine ever. If you want to get your girlfriend a coffee-related gift that won’t take up much counter space while delivering a delicious single-serve coffee each time, this is it.
Slip Face Mask
Wearing a mask remains hugely important. If you’re after a reusable one for your girlfriend (or quite frankly anyone on your list), Nordstrom reviewers are obsessed with this washable silk option from Slip. As one shopper wrote, “If you’re getting acne from your mask then you need this mask. It’s easy to wash and feels soo smooth on my skin.”
This modern architecture-inspired kamasutra skews niche in more ways than one. A fun birthday gift if your girlfriend loves architecture and a potentially adventurous date night gift idea as well.
Eberjey Organic Cotton Pajama Set
Otherwise, consider a PJ set. The expression “soft as butter” gets thrown around way too much, but in the case of women-owned lingerie and loungewear brand Eberjey, it’s completely apt. These best-selling PJs are made from top-quality organic cotton, meaning she’ll be able to enjoy these for years to come. It’s a thoughtful gift that any girlfriend will appreciate.
Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow
If she prefers a firmer pillow, treat her to this Tempur-Pedic creation that puts all other pillows to shame. This beauty features layers of TEMPUR-Breeze Gel on both sides, which helps keep sleepers cool at night and enjoy adaptive support. Because it comes wrapped in a removable and washable 100% premium cotton knit cover, she’ll be able to use this for at least the next seven years. It’s a thoughtful gift your girlfriend will most certainly appreciate.
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Sloane Stationary Poolside Notes Small Notebook
Gifting someone you love a notebook is inherently sentimental. This leather-bound option from British brand Sloane Stationary is chic without being cheesy.
Aurate New York Gold Connection Bracelet
If you’re after a romantic girlfriend gift that isn’t cheesy, meet this dainty 14K gold bracelet from New York-based, women-founded brand Aurate. Called the connection bracelet, there’s something inherently romantic about this wear-with-anything piece.
Mejuri Diamond Earrings
There’s just something about being gifted diamonds that hits different. This pair of everyday diamond hoop earrings are nothing short of drool-worthy.
Le Creuset Cerise Enameled Cast Iron Heart Cocotte, 2 qt
If she loves to cook, gift your girlfriend the gold standard of cookware in heart-shaped form. This enameled cast iron cocotte can be used on the stove or in the oven for countless dishes—and it’s big enough to store enough food for two.
M.M La Fleur Cashmere Scarf
A gorgeous cashmere scarf is always a good idea. If she’s able to work remotely for her job, this will also come in handy when she wants to look put together on Zoom calls, but discretely still have on her pajamas.
Urban Outfitters Selene Bar Cart
If your girlfriend has a preferred liquor for special occasions, this apartment-friendly bar cart will be a useful surprise. It’s a sophisticated storage piece for displaying her collection.
Wander Beauty Rose Gold Under Eye Patches, 6 Pairs
Beauty lovers swear by Wander Beauty’s gold eye masks, which work to brighten and hydrate the undereye area. A thoughtful gift for your girlfriend for an at-home spa day.
Outdoor Voices FrostKnit 7/8 Legging
If she lives in leggings, surprise her with a new pair. These winter-ready leggings from Outdoor Voices are made of a supportive, sweat-wicking fabric and include an internal drawstring, reflective details, and a peachy-soft, second-skin feel.
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Lululemon Arise Yoga Mat
If her yoga mat is looking a bit worse for wear, this vibrant Lululemon option is a splurge you can feel good about. The mat is Forest Stewardship Council-certified, which, per Lululemon, supports the protection of forest ecosystems and the people, plants, and animals that inhabit them.
Nordstrom Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw
This best-selling plush blanket (2K ratings and counting) will make Netflix nights all the more snuggly. Plus, for every purchase this season, Nordstrom is donating a portion of proceeds to Operation Warm, an organization that provides winter coats to children.
Bob Ross Heat Changing Mug
This Bob Ross mug (Amazon’s best-selling Bob Ross mug, incidentally) changes color whenever tea or coffee is poured in. A happy little gift that will melt even the grumpiest morning person, if she sometimes falls into that category.
Glossier Mask Duo
If you’re after any kind of spa day gift, Glossier’s mask set is as fail-safe as they come. To give you a sense of how beloved these best-sellers are, browse through the headlines in the review section. For example, one reads: “Not to be dramatic, but I would die for these masks.”
Saint Laurent Black & Silver Fragment Card Holder
FWIW: Nobody I’ve ever met would be upset about being gifted something from Saint Laurent. Featuring five cardholder slots in the back, this timeless leather beauty will store all of her cards, cash, and business cards.
Apple Watch SE
Surprise your girlfriend with the Apple Watch she’s long wanted. This GPS model boasts over 60K reviews on Amazon and it’s not hard to see why with features that include measuring fitness activity for all workouts, taking calls, answering texts from your wrist, and boasting a swim-proof design.
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Drinking Animals Coloring Book (Includes Cocktail Recipes)
Each page in this delightful coloring book opens up to a different animal and new cocktail recipe. It’s a unique and fun gift idea for any type of girlfriend.
Bose SoundLink Revolve Speaker
Bose’s SoundLink Revolve speaker is a gift that’s thoughtful and impressive in equal measure. Delivering crisp, clear surround sound with up to 12 hours of play time, these speakers will enhance the experience of listening to music and podcasts.
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Malin + Goetz’s Otto Scented Candle
It’s next to impossible to pick a favorite scent from New York-based skincare and fragrance brand Malin + Goetz, but Otto is definitely up there. If you’re after a chic designer candle that smells just as good as it looks, she’ll love this one. The scent is a dreamy mix of grapefruit, cardamom, rose, and geranium.
State Cashmere Cable Knit 100% Pure Cashmere Beanie
State Cashmere arguably makes some of the most luxe-feeling, affordable cashmere around. Aside from being fashionable, this hat will keep her ears and head warm now that temps are beginning to skew on the colder side.
Emu Australia Sheepskin Slippers
There are slippers, and then there are glamorous slippers. These fun plush sheepskin beauties fall into the ladder category.
Enya Concert Ukulele Nova
Love is gifting someone who’s always wanted ukulele the object of their folk-y desires—even when you live with them. This model is beloved on Amazon and includes online lessons, a case, strap, capo, and strings. If you’re looking for a unique gift idea for your girlfriend, look no further.
Bryan Anthonys Grit Necklace
For the girlfriend who personifies the honorable trait of grit, this dainty pearl necklace is a piece of jewelry with meaning. The easily layered piece comes packaged with a card explaining what it means to personify grit, which makes for a beautiful gift.
Mejuri Personalized Travel Jewelry Box
Ask any jewelry lover: Accessory organization is a beast of its own. This compact leather option from Mejuri not only makes a great gift because it can be personalized with her initials, but also because it’s been thoughtfully designed to house bracelets, earrings, and rings tangle-free.
Cassina Rossa Truffle Trio Gift Box
If she’s a truffle lover, this gift trio makes for an unexpected and unique gift. Made in Abruzzo, Italy by small, family-owned Casina Rossa, the set contains three varieties: Truffle Carpaccio, Truffle & Salt, and Truffle Honey.
Aritzia Packable Vest
This packable vest version of Aritzia’s cult-loved puffer coat squeezes into a small bag, which makes it a useful thing to have on hand for outdoor adventures together.
Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
This cool-to-the-touch silk pillowcase helps eliminate hair frizz and reduce crease lines. A luxe self-care gift that your girlfriend—and quite frankly anyone on your shopping list—will enjoy.
AllSaints Dalby Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints remains the cat’s meow of leather jackets even after all these years. If you’re after a luxe gift that will be a surprise, this timeless wardrobe staple is it.
Reformation Cashmere Crew
The perfect women’s cashmere sweater doesn’t ex—. This Reformation best-seller is flawless. It’s universal, soft, and timeless.
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