Gifts

Birthdays and major holidays are the obvious times for gifting, but there are so many occasions throughout the year when a present is the appropriate gesture. But finding something just right for your friend or family member can feel like the hardest shopping task you’ve ever faced—which is why we’ve created so many carefully curated gift guides. Whether you need gift ideas for your mother-in-law (now that’s a hard one), the perfect Christmas present for your temperamental teen, or a fun token to cheer up your wine-loving best friend, you’ll find something that’ll leave your loved one thinking: How did she know that’s what I wanted? But don’t forget the card—every good gift deserves an equally thoughtful card to match. From the sentimental to the silly, the cards our editors have sourced for you are far superior to any last-minute drugstore finds. We’ll let you accept all the credit.

DIY Cake Toppers for Every Celebration

In celebration of Real Simple’s 15th anniversary, we assembled an assortment of impressive do-it-yourself cake (and cupcake) toppers. These crafty embellishments will make any dessert look so special that party guests will probably ask where you bought them.

American Girl Just Released Its First Boy Doll

The company is also unveiling new diverse dolls—and bringing back an old favorite.

Gifts for Any Level Gardener

Do you know someone who finds endless satisfaction cultivating her garden or digging his arms elbow deep in dirt? Support those outdoor activities, think outside the box, and consider giving that person a gift to assist them with their hobby. 

16 Gifts You Can Still Get in Time for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Yes, it’s just three short days away. But don’t panic yet: Procrastinators can take comfort in knowing you can still get something special before February 14. And, no, you don’t have to dash out to the mall. Our editors have put together a list of great gifts—for women, men, and kids—that will show up on your doorstep just in the nick of time.

Valentine’s Day Photo Gifts

Easy crafts to showcase your most precious photos.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

They’re hanging from the chimney with care, it’s time to fill them with these festive and inexpensive treats. See more great gifts for everyone on your list. 

Valentine’s Day Gifts to Treat Yourself

Go ahead, give yourself a little something. These fun finds are all under $50.

6 Gourmet Valentine’s Day Boxed Chocolates

Twice as nice as anything you can buy at the drugstore.

43 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Boyfriend or Husband

From stepped-up sweets to personalized mementos, take the stress out of Valentine’s Day shopping with these unique finds.

13 Unique Valentine’s Day Subscription Boxes

Valentine’s Day provides a fun excuse to celebrate the ones that we love, whether that person is a friend, a family member, or a romantic partner. But we think it’s just as important—if not more important—to show those same people some love every day throughout the year. These fun boxes not only serve as an ongoing reminder of your kindness, but they also take the stress out of looking for the perfect gift. And we consider that a serious win-win. Here, you’ll find a carefully curated list of the best subscription boxes out there, for both men and women. We found clothing and even jewelry rental services for the most stylish people in your life and beauty boxes for those who could use a little extra pampering. There’s also a coffee subscription, a wine club, or a box with snacks and other food from all around the world for those who spend less time thinking about what they're going to wear and more time thinking about their next meal. And, finally, for the craftiest people you know: A DIY subscription service that provides all of the tools and materials (and instructions, of course) to complete a fun at-home project every month.