Lauren Phillips

Lauren Phillips

Lauren Phillips is the SEO Editor at Real Simple, covering a range of lifestyle and home topics. Likes include dogs, yoga, and cookies; dislikes include most vegetables.

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We’ve found better entryway storage, a compact solution to hand and wrist tension, and a must-have accessory for your warm-weather activities—plus more clever products to simplify your life this week.
Finding the best gift for your girlfriend can be super daunting. Whether you’ve been together for one month or many years, girlfriends have different expectations depending on how old you both are, how long you’ve been together, what the occasion is—maybe it’s your first Christmas together or a milestone birthday—and many other, sometimes unpredictable, factors. To get a good gift for your girlfriend, you definitely want to strike a balance between thoughtful and unique, but not too unique she won’t use whatever the present is. Make sure you’re thinking more from her viewpoint than your own (maybe let’s skip the football tickets this year), and try to remember details of the relationship or special memories when brainstorming because she’ll definitely appreciate the sentiment. A thoughtful touch or gesture will rarely go unnoticed by girlfriends, who likely are racking their own minds for the perfect gifts for their boyfriends as we speak. To help you get on the fast track toward locating the best present for your special lady, we’ve rounded up 25 great gift ideas for girlfriends, from cute gifts and sentimental tokens to unique gestures and unexpected necessities. Help us help you by reading through our list below of the best gifts for girlfriends in 2019, no matter if you’re shopping for a birthday, life milestone, Christmas gift, stocking stuffers, any another holiday you celebrate, or just to say “I love you.” RELATED: How to Wrap a Present
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While shopping for gifts for your mom or siblings might be a breeze, finding the best gifts for dad can be a struggle. If he’s a bit of a stoic, finding great gift ideas might feel impossible from the start; if he’s the gadget-loving type or has hobbies that lend themselves to gift-giving (golf, cycling, boating, etc.), it might seem easy. But there are so many options out there, the right gift might be hard to find among the noise. One of the greatest struggles when it comes to gifts for dad is striking the right note. You don’t want to go the route of Valentine’s Day gifts, which might feel too personal or romantic, but you also don’t want to gift something as general as a white elephant gift. A gift card might feel like giving up, but it always makes a great back-up, should your other gift ideas for dad fall through. If it’s starting to feel like finding great gift is a lost cause, stop and take a deep breath: You can and will find a great gift for your dad. Even if you’re shopping for a stepdad or father-in-law (heck, even a grandfather), the right gift is out there. We’ve combed through the endless ties, novelty glasses, and sports paraphernalia to find useful, creative gifts that will bring a smile to his face (even if he’s not one for smiling) no matter the occasion. Whether you’re shopping for a birthday gift, a Hanukkah gift, or a just-because present, you’ll find some gifting inspiration here; you (and your dad) can thank us later. RELATED: The Best Christmas Gifts for Dad
These days it seems like everyone is a health nut (or at least trying to be as they sip their $9 smoothie after a $36 bootcamp class). And while it’s been nearly two decades since Elle Woods made it known to the world that exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy, not everyone appreciates the virtues of health and wellness. Whether you’re a seasoned triathlete, golf virtuoso, athleisure addict—or whether the simple thought of a gym makes you cringe—we’ve put together the perfect gift guide to help you shop for all levels of fitness lovers on your list. Like with most gift guides, you’ll probably find more than a few things to add to your own wish list (seriously, even if you hate everything about working out), but it’s also important to remember that the holidays are about celebrating and relaxing. So do your fitness junkie friends a favor and remind them that they should kick back and indulge once in a while. (It might be helpful to point out that the Levain Bakery founders, Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes, created their super dense, melty-yet-crumbly, 6-ounce cookies as a way to fuel their intense workouts while training for an ironman triathlon. Cookies fueling races is an actual thing!) In sum: life is about balance. As such, we’ve highlighted everything from the most adorable athleisure sets to withstand the sweatiest of workouts, to the best non-skin-clogging beauty products, to you-never-knew-you-needed products like a nap pillow and a nut milk blender.
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Stumped on coming up with the best gift ideas for women who have everything? With birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and the holidays, and other celebrations always on the horizon, we’re here to help you find the best gifts for women in 2021.
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