53 Unique Gift Ideas for Women Who Have Everything
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.
Deciding on the best gift ideas for women in your life comes with a lot of anxiety. You want to get your mom the perfect present to say “thank you” for everything she’s done for you, but what sums up a lifetime of thankfulness? You certainly want to impress your sister with a birthday gift that says “sisterhood” more than “friendship,” and you’re probably looking for something special to give your best girlfriend at her wedding shower to make her think of you whenever she looks at or uses it. You definitely want an anniversary idea for your wife so special that she’ll be singing your praises for years to come. But what exactly should that present be?
The best gifts for women—as with the best gifts for most people—are the perfect combination of unique and thoughtful. You want to get the women in your life items that feel personal, but they can’t be original to the point of uselessness (save those for Christmas white elephant parties, of course). A kitschy present is great only if the person will truly appreciate the kitschiness. Otherwise, you should focus on gift ideas for women that they’ll really use. (If you value usefulness over all else, gift card ideas are always an option, too.)
Finding the best present for her doesn’t have to be a struggle: We’ve done all the work for you. We’ve rounded up the best holiday and everyday gifts for women of all kinds—from the amateur hairstylist to the jet-setting traveler and the fashion-forward executive to the playful and young at heart. Whether you’re on a budget or able to spend a little more, whether it’s Mother’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary, retirement, or just a day to do something nice, you will definitely find something just right for your lovely ladies on this list of gift ideas for women.
Here are 2021's best gift ideas for hard-to-shop-for women and unique gifts for women who have everything already.
For the Restless Sleeper: Bearaby Cotton Napper
Weighted blankets are known for decreasing anxiety and improving relaxation by recreating the good feelings you get from a nice big hug. Since we can’t exactly hug the women we love right now, gift yours a filler-free Bearaby blanket. These weighted blankets have the cozy look of a chunky knit throw, with a special extra-heavy material that gives you extra weight without a frustrating filler that bunches up at one end. Available in 15-, 20-, and 25-pound options.
For the Blowout Obsessed: Shhhowercap Cloche Shower Cap
Know someone who can’t live without her weekly (or bi-weekly) blowout, even if it's an at-home one? She’ll appreciate a stylish shower cap (no, that’s not an oxymoron). It’ll stay securely in place to keep her hair looking perfect during every shower until the next salon visit or at-home dry. It’s waterproof and antibacterial, so she can trust that her hair will stay dry and her cap will stay mold-free for months to come.
For the Writer: Rifle Paper Co. Five Year Keepsake Journal Set
A journal is the gift that keeps on giving, with the potential to inspire creativity all year long, so a great gift idea for women is to pick out a beautiful notebook with enough paper for every thought, idea, artwork, or adventure story to come. This crisp set gives her space to record the events, goals, and dreams of the next five years as a keepsake, so in the future, she can look back and recall the happenings of these years.
For the Meditative Woman: Walden Sienna Meditation Cushion Set
Upgrade her meditation practice—or give her the nudge she needs to establish one—with this supremely comfortable set. It includes a plush, supportive cushion and an optional base mat to help carve out a corner where she can practice her awareness and breathing. The cushion itself is designed to be body-adaptive, with a memory foam top layer for added support and a heavy fill for balance.
For the Cozy Worker: Madewell MWL Superbrushed Easygoing Sweatpants
Gift her an alternative to her go-to leggings—she can save those for working out—with these super-soft sweatpants, which have a not-too-loose, not-too-tight silhouette to help her feel put together, and a softer terry material to help keep her comfortable. Available in six colors.
For the Goal-Chaser: Apple iPad 8th Generation
Give her the tool she needs to fulfill her 2021 goals—whether that’s to read more, pack lighter, stay in touch with friends, or tackle her career growth—in one portable package with the new iPad, which does everything you’d expect from the classic tablet but with a better display, Apple Pencil support, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
For the Budget-Savvy: Naadam Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater
She’ll be amazed at this great gift—and she never needs to know it didn’t cost a fortune. Naadam’s responsibly made, high-quality cashmere sweater offers the best bang for your buck in the world of cashmere sweaters today, so you can give her something of amazing quality without busting your budget. The sweater is available in expanded sizes and a wide range of colors—and it’s 100 percent cashmere, of course.
For the Neat Freak: Weezie Makeup Towels
Make her nightly routine a little easier (and less unsightly) with dark towels that hide makeup stains. Even better, these have a cute icon (of course), hanging loops, and an organic make.
For the Shoe-Obsessed: Margaux Penny Loafer
She’ll be able to dress up her at-home look—and start restocking her office wardrobe—with these comfort-focused loafers. With a classic penny loafer look, a soft suede exterior, and an unlined construction for a close fit, this will be her new (supportive) WFH footwear of choice.
For the Active Rester: Lululemon Fast and Free High-Rise Crop II
After being worn nearly every day for months, her favorite leggings might be looking a little faded. This pair will rejuvenate her at-home look and hold up for her favorite workout, whether she’s running, getting her om on, or taking long walks. It even has deep pockets on either hip and a flattering high-rise.
For the Woman With Good Taste: Wine Access e-Gift Card
Give her the gift of better wine nights with a gift card to Wine Access, which expertly curates bottles for all tastes and budgets. She can order a collection made for harried parents or pick a high-end bottle to splurge on—either way, she’ll have a great glass of wine (or several) and a grateful thank you note to write to you.
For the Energetic Gamer: Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure
This addition to your Nintendo Switch game collection will help her enjoy the latest gaming system more than ever. Fans of the Wii Fit will love this fresh take on active gaming: Ring Fit Adventure uses an exercise ring (in collaboration with the Switch Joy-Cons) to keep her moving while she explores a colorful, creative world. Gym rats and couch potatoes alike will love this fun way of fitting a little extra movement into their day from the comfort of their own home.
For the Meticulous Hand-Washer: Havly Mini Classic Hand Towel Set
She’ll never complain about damp, dingy, or dropped towels again with this smart gift. Havly towels are made to last up to 1,000 washes, so it’ll be a while before these towels start to age—plus the hand towels have one quick-drying side for hands and a plush side for faces. Built-in loops give her a way to hang them securely, too. Give her this affordable set now, and she’ll be begging for a full set of towels before you know it. (Consider it an idea for the next gift-giving occasion.)
For the Year-Round Robe-Wearer: Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe
This fan-favorite robe—one sold every 60 seconds during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale period—will be her go-to for lounging around the house. The light, fluffy make means she can wear it year-round (yes, even if she runs hot), and it even has pockets, so she can stash her phone, snacks, or whatever else she needs so she can maximize her relaxation time.
For the Goal-Setter: Apple Watch SE
Maybe she wants to boost her activity levels after months of quarantine sluggishness; maybe she’s trying to get her life back in order after a tough year. No matter her goals, the Apple Watch can help. Activity goals can help her get moving again, and smart apps and features can help her keep track of schedules, to-do lists, and other details more easily than ever. If she’s dying for a gadget to make her life more than a little bit easier, this is it.
For the Plant Lover: Bloomscape Parlor Palm
Whether she’s looking for something to pour her excess energy into or you want to help her brighten up her space, she’s bound to love this poofy, playful plant. It’s no-fuss, pet-friendly, and capable of removing formaldehyde from the air. (The colorful pot is even made from recycled plastic.) Consider this gift the fresher, longer-lasting alternative to a flower arrangement.
For the Wannabe Hair Stylist: THE Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer
Show the women you love you’ve been listening to them and gift them the hair styling tool everyone was talking about in 2019. She’ll silently thank you every time she blow dries her hair to perfection in under 10 minutes, no matter how thick a head of hair she has. More than 8,000 Amazon shoppers of different hair types agree, giving this multi-tasking, time-saving styling tool five stars.
For the Bruncher: Chefman Anti-Overflow Belgian Waffle Maker
Thanks to the wrap-around channel, this waffle maker is practically guaranteed to be mess-free, so she can make world-class waffles at home any time without dreading clean-up. Beyond the mess-free moat, this clever waffle maker also offers seven different shade settings, so waffles can be as dark and crispy (or soft and fluffy) as she prefers.
For the Active Listener: Jaybird Vista True Wireless Bluetooth and Waterproof Headphones
This great gift for women is a little on the pricy side, but it’s still less than the price of AirPods, but with similar perks: These subtle earbuds have hours of battery life and are water-, crush-, drop-, and sweat-proof, so she can wear them to the gym, on walks, while doing chores, and more without worrying about them breaking. Best of all, it comes with ear gels in three sizes so she can find the best size for her (and avoid them falling out at the worst possible moment).
For the Latte Lover: SMEG Milk Frother
She can enjoy the highest quality lattes at home—plus a gorgeous, eye-grabbing kitchen appliance she’ll actually want to leave out on display—with this retro-style milk frother from SMEG, the company behind the ’50s-inspired appliance line featured in nearly every kitchen on Instagram. The frother’s induction system warms milk to her preferred temperature quickly and then froths it into a light or a thick foam, depending on her taste. (It also works with cold milk, so iced drinks get the same treatment.)
For the Always Down to Party: Beach Wine Tote
On the outside, this striped carryall looks like just a cute beach bag—but there’s a surprise. Under the side flap, there’s a built-in spigot attached to an insulated compartment with a pouch that can fit the contents of up to two bottles of wine. With her beverage of choice tucked neatly into a zippered section, she’ll still have tons of room for other on-the-go essentials, like a change of clothes, pair of shoes, towel, and toiletry bag. If you’re wondering, you can definitely pour any liquid, hot or cold, into the insulated pouch—but our guess is she’ll be using the stylish tote more on lively girl trips than PG family get-togethers. Shop now to see all four color combinations.
For the Small-Space S’Mores Fan: Flîkr Fire Personal Concrete Fireplace
She may lack a traditional hearth, but you can help her bring the flames home with this mini fireplace, built from sturdy concrete and perfect for a balcony table or dining room. Lighting it is easy, and it creates the same ambiance—and marshmallow-browning power—as a full-size fireplace.
For the Scent Aficionado: Formulary 55 Botanical Bath & Body Gift Set in Aloe Leaf & Mint
Skip cloying seasonal scents in favor of something light and invigorating: The aloe leaf and mint aroma of this set will soothe her spirit with a single whiff, and with a bath bar, hand and body cream, and a bath tablet included, she can use it
For the Monogram Maven: Tiary Letter Ring
Whether it’s a birthday present or for the holidays, gift something personalized and completely unique to her with this subtle ring, available in any letter and multiple metals. She’ll love having something special to her, and this ring has all the charm of a custom gift without the wait time. To make it even more special, pair with a more toned-down ring so she can try the stacked ring look.
For the I Scream for Ice Cream Girl: Big Love Ice Cream Spoon Set
If she loves digging into a fresh pint, she’ll feel understood with this set of four stainless steel ice cream spoons, which reflect her love for this frozen treat (and are ready to be the stars of any Instagram shoot).
For the Woman Who Gets Homesick: Honey+Hank Square Pillow
Everyone gets a little homesick sometimes, but consider this great gift for women if she’s particularly passionate about her home state: Honey + Hank uses symbols and icons (and even state outlines) to craft state-specific pillows, towels, and more that both subtly celebrate a particular state and serve as eye-catching (and conversation-starting) decor. Pick a pillow in her home state (or a state she loves) and prepare for an ecstatic thank you.
For the Puzzler: Jiggy Reyna puzzle
Consider this great gift for women: It’s a gorgeous jigsaw puzzle that, once completed, is designed to be glued together and hung as wall art. (If desired, she can break it up and do it again later, too.) The imagery, by an Afro Latina author, educator, and visual artist, has gorgeous colors and shapes, and the recipient will love piecing it together.
For the Brown-Bagger: Modern Picnic Luncher
Upgrade her old, stained lunch box—or worse, single-use brown paper bag—with this sleek vegan leather option. It looks like an on-trend purse, so she won’t feel like an elementary schooler as she schleps it to work, and the interior is insulated and has a utensil slot so she can carry all the work-meal essentials.
For the Too-Cool-for-Loungewear: Spanx Faux Leather Leggings
Every woman could use a pair of Spanx Faux Leather Leggings, whether for running errands or dressing up for dinner. As the name Spanx promises, these leggings feature a smoothing high-rise waistband, butt-lifting fabric, and no center seam for a more flattering fit. And even though these leggings sound super luxe, they’re machine washable for easy wardrobe maintenance.
For the Hot Sleeper: Cooling Bed Sheets
Temperatures are getting hotter, and if you’re a hot sleeper, that doesn’t bode well for your nightly rest. Parachute’s Percale Sheet Set is made of 100 percent premium, certified long-staple Egyptian cotton that’s lightweight and crisp. Reviewers love this bedding so much, they report it’s actually hard to get out of bed and that the sheets are “worth every penny.” Choose from five colors to best match your loved one’s bedroom decor.
For the Home Chef: Brightland Olive Oil
If you're shopping for an experienced home chef, she likely already has the kitchen basics, and then some. Shop unique gifts for her instead, like an amazing olive oil. You'll be enhancing her recipes without contributing more clutter to her countertops and cabinets, and the pretty bottle can even be upcycled when it's empty for a fun flower vase or another small piece of home decor.
For the Beginner Home Chef: Staub Cast Iron Cocotte
A cast iron cocotte, or Dutch oven, is a kitchen staple, and if you have an aspiring home chef in your life, she's going to want one of these trusty cookware pieces from Staub. The kitchen essential is available in seven colors, so you can pick one to match her home's aesthetic (or aspiring aesthetic). (P.S. She might want to read our guide on cleaning and seasoning cast iron.)
For the Eco-Conscious Consumer: Insulated Water Bottle
Single-use water bottles are so 2019. Upgrade her to-go beverage options by gifting her a stainless steel Hydro Flask. The durable and high-quality bottles can hold up to 24 ounces of hot or cold liquid and will keep her drink at the optimal temperature using TempShield insulation. With more than 10 colors to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect one. She'll love keeping one of these by her side throughout each day, both as a reminder to drink more water and as a reminder of you!
For the Athleisure Dresser: Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf Rulu
Wrap your loved ones in super soft comfort with Lululemon's versatile Vinyasa Rulu scarf. Not only is it soft, but the sweat-wicking and breathable Luan fabric is perfect for that quick transition between cold and warm temperatures, like during a commute. The piece comes in three colors and can be styled as a cover-up or scarf. Bonus: It's light and easy to pack, so it's great to bring on an airplane.
For the Fragrance Lover: Pharmacia Eau De Parfum
Giving the gift of scent is a truly personal affair. After all, every time someone spritzes her new perfume, she'll think of the person who gave it to her. It can also be a romantic gesture to gift the special women in your life a scent meant just for them with Pharmacia Eau De Parfum. Choose from four scents including Fleur D’Oranger, which comes with notes of orange blossom, rose, and warm woods, Pivoine Rose, which is a mix of ripe pear, peonies, and golden musk, Miel Ambre, a warm mix of peach blossom, honey, and sueded amber, and Vanilla Dore, a delicious mix of warm almond and clove.
For the Commuter: Cariuma IBI Knit Sneaker
A sturdy and fashion-forward sneaker is a must-have, and Cariuma is especially loved for its lightweight and sustainable materials made from bamboo and recycled materials. The beloved sneakers are extremely comfortable and have nearly 600 five-star reviews on the site to back up that claim. The brand's styles are known to sell out, so you'll want to pick up a pair in one of the nine color options ASAP.
For the New Yogi: Aurorae Synergy 2-in-1 Yoga Mat
Amazon shoppers can’t seem to get enough of this “impressive” mat. Unlike other mats that leave you slipping and sliding once you break a sweat, one reviewer and yoga teacher actually said this yoga mat has such great absorption, “the grip gets better with more sweat.” What sets it apart from others is the non-slip microfiber towel that’s bonded to the surface—since it’s already built into the design, this mat doesn’t require bringing along a separate yoga towel. When your aspiring yogi is done with her practice, she can toss her new mat right into the washing machine for easy clean up.
For the Supportive Friend: You’re My Rock Necklace
Send a clear message to your mom, sister, girlfriend, or bestie that she is indeed “your rock” with the beat-selling You’re My Rock necklace. The pretty little piece is crafted from either 24-karat yellow or rose gold or silver along with a free-form agate druzy pendant. Each handmade pendant is unique, just like all the women you know, and over 13,000 shoppers have loved their delicate piece of jewelry so much, they've given it five stars.
For the Traveler: Cozy Neck Pillow
Whether or not the woman you’re shopping for has any holiday travel planned, a comfortable neck pillow should always be on hand for last-minute car journeys, lengthy train rides, and cramped flights. Ostrich Pillow has made quite a name for itself in the travel gear world for the brand’s comfortable, unique pillow designs that help people power nap anywhere. Featuring memory foam and a Velcro closure, the travel accessory makes neck support a non-issue no matter what mode of transportation is taking her from A to B. Choose between midnight gray, deep blue, and blue reef.
For the Hard to Surprise: Silicone Reusable Food Bags
There are certain things people hate to spend a lot of money on themselves, which makes them especially great gift ideas. Reusable food bags are one of those household upgrades that will both surprise and delight a giftee who wants to keep food as fresh as possible but for some reason hasn’t made the switch from the cheap plastic sandwich baggies yet. Stasher bags come in five sizes and shapes in a variety of colors, and the 100-percent silicone makeup is safe to toss into a microwave, oven, freezer, pot of boiling water, and dishwasher. A unique gift like this not only improves your giftee’s daily life, it helps reduce the amount of plastic waste we throw back into the earth. In the spirit of giving, that’s a win win!
For the Coffee or Tea Drinker: Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
With Ember’s heated coffee mug, your giftee can sip her hot beverages for as long as she’d like. When kept on the charging coaster, this mug will keep drinks hot all day, or for 1.5 hours on a single charge. She can control the device from her phone, and the smart mug can even sense when to enter sleep mode (if it’s empty) and when to wake up and start heating (if it senses movement or liquid).
For the Lounger: Kimono Robe
Changes are, your giftee’s bathrobe game isn’t as strong as she’d like. A great Valentine’s Day or birthday gift for her would be a cute and cozy kimono robe—especially one that over 1,000 people have already vetted. Happy shoppers say this robe from Hotouch is “very soft,” “well made,” a “great fit,” and “comfortable as heck.” One enthusiastic customer explained, “I received this robe yesterday, when I got home from work, threw it in the dryer, put it on, and have not taken it off since. I've never really been one for robes, as I feel like they look homely, but this one SO does not feel that way.” You can choose between 14 colorways, from classic solids to pretty florals and seasonal plaid.
For the Celebrity-Inspired: Missoma Lucy Williams Gold Entwine Front Facing Hoops
Countless A-listers are rocking front-facing takes on chunky gold hoop earrings. Plus, stars like Bella and Gigi Hadid and royals Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are frequent wearers of this London-based jewelry brand. While jewelry may not be the newest gift idea for women, she’ll definitely be surprised by your trend prowess if you pick her out a chic Missoma piece like these earrings.
For the Skincare-Obsessed: Foreo Luna 3
Chrissy Teigen partnered with Foreo for the launch of its Luna 3 cleaning device, and the model and personality says both she and hubby John Legend swear by the Foreo tools in their daily routines. The pulsating device will get deep into your giftee’s pores to clean them thoroughly so she can have a fresh, prepped canvas for the rest of her regimen. This is one of the most ideal gifts for women who care a lot about their skin and are up to speed on the latest and greatest in the skincare world.
For the Walker: Everlane Glove Boot
Made of 88 percent recycled material, Everlane’s first boot in the brand’s ReNew collection is as comfortable as it is stylish. The shoes make one of the best gifts for women who need to be on their feet a lot but don’t want to sacrifice their outfit’s integrity by donning a pair of flats or sneakers. The material’s ribbed texture mimics the feeling of a sock while providing just the right amount of stretch to hold your feet in place without being overly constrictive. You can shop the boot in seven colors, from a statement-making tomato red to neutrals like bone white, black, and different shades of brown.
For the Nomad: Dagne Dover Landon Carryall
There are weekender bags, tote bags, and suitcases, but what does she carry when she’s just going away for one night or needs to carry a particularly heavy load to work? Enter Dagne Dover’s Landon Carryall. The luxe brand’s staple bag comes in five sizes, so you can choose the right one based on her needs. The medium is a great option for quick trips and overnight jaunts, like a birthday getaway. Choose from colors Dark Moss, Onyx, Storm, Ash Blue, Heather Grey, Dune, Siren, and Moon Mist.
For the Mood Setter: Nest Fragrances Candle in Rose Nour & Oud
Fragrances can immediately change the atmosphere of a home, and Nest candles evoke the perfect mix of cozy, zen luxury. This sultry, floral fragrance comes encased in a beautiful glass cup with subtle striped etching that will enhance both the look and feel of any room it’s in. Great for a romantic gift for your significant other or a treat-yourself prompt for a friend or family member, Nest candles won’t disappoint on your next gift-giving occasion.
For the Restless Sleeper: Slip Silk Pillowcase
There’s perhaps no better gift you can give than a good night’s sleep–and the best way to do that is with a super soft silk pillowcase. The hypoallergenic pillowcase is not only comfy, but it will also protect the sleeper’s skin from creasing, which means it can help prevent wrinkles down the road. It can even prevent split ends and broken hair follicles, which all adds up to the best beauty rest of someone’s life.
For the Poetry Lover: 'Milk and Honey' Gift Edition
The best-selling collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur is already an great gift for just about anyone in your life, but the clothbound gift edition takes it over the top. The upgraded version comes with a woven ribbon marker and a foreword written by the author. Add a bit more to this gift by writing a personal note inside and bookmarking a favorite poem for your gift recipient to read.
For the Perpetually Cold: Cozy Slippers
No matter the weather, a lot of people’s feet always get cold walking around home barefoot, making these fuzzy sheepskin slippers the ideal gift for women. The slippers feature cushioning and rubber outsoles for a comfortable and flexible fit, and with over four million pairs sold over the past five years, it's safe to say they're a hit with shoppers. Tell her to leave her shoes at the door (for comfort and hygiene) and slip into a pair of these, instead.
For the Baker: Oggi Canister Set With Airtight Lids and Acrylic Spoons
Aside from the adorable decorative touch these translucent canisters will add to a foodie or homemaker's countertops, the dishwasher-safe containers provide much-needed function in the kitchen. With these, your giftee can easily store cooking and baking essentials like sugar, flour, and spices without any concerns of spills or spoils thanks to the airtight lids supported by silicone gaskets and chrome-plated clamp closures. For anyone who enjoys whipping up home-cooked treats, having ingredients easy to spot in crowded pantries will be a blessing.
For the Homebody: Stegmann Women’s Wool-Flex Clog
Toes get cold and feet can ache, especially if she’s spending a lot of time cooking, cleaning, or chasing little ones or pets around the house. If she’s always running around barefoot, give her these sturdy slippers, which can withstand any spill or mess and even go outdoors to walk the dog or pick up a kid from the bus stop: She’ll be used to warm toes and happy feet in no time.
For the Impossible to Shop for: Amazon Gift Card
Sometimes, the most thoughtful gift for women is to let them choose for themselves and get something they’ve always wanted. Amazon does gift cards well, dressing them up in themed boxes and wrapping so they feel like an actual present rather than just a transfer of money—or you could go the super convenient route and send one of Amazon’s egift cards. This customizable egift card comes in increments of $25.