Gifts for Girlfriends That Take the Stress Out of Shopping
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.”
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Planters and Vases
Messages like “So thirsty” and “Please don’t die” adorn these color-dipped pots.
To buy: $18 each; easytigerco.com.
The Nomads Candles
These coconut and mineral-wax candles represent historical figures and places across the globe. Choose from five scents.
To buy: $65 each; nomadnoe.com.
Mistaken Lyrics Coasters
What do women like more than wine and cheese? That’s rhetorical because obviously nothing. Show her how in tune you are with her “hobbies” by gifting your girlfriend these cheeky cork coasters featuring famous lyrics gone wrong, including one that reads “sweet dreams are made of cheese.” The coasters are really a gift that keeps giving, too, because the more bubbly she drinks, the funnier they’ll get.
To buy: $25; uncommongoods.com.
Olaplex Holiday Hair Fix Set
Until fairly recently, we were only be able to experience the hair-softening magic of Olaplex at professional salons—and it cost a pretty penny. Now that customers can buy the brand themselves, popularity has been surging and hair damage plunging (probably). A great gift for your girlfriend is Olaplex’s Hair Fix Set so she can experience the nourishing powers of the brand’s products right at home. You’ll be gifting her healthy hair and an excuse to pamper herself.
To buy: $58 ($84 value); sephora.com.
Mark and Graham Cotton Kimono Robe
Mark and Graham Cotton Kimono Robe
Is her everyday robe looking a little ratty? Give her a beautiful, spa-worthy upgrade with this kimono-style robe—complete with a personalized embroidered monogram (choose from 10 available monogram options in 18 different colors). The 100-percent cotton material makes it comfortable for hanging out around the house on a casual weekend day (ideal for a Netflix binge in bed) or for adding a little luxury to weekdays, when chaotic mornings can feel like a mad dash. It’s available in navy, peach, and white.
To buy: $89; markandgraham.com.
Kate Spade Ombré Pom Pom Beanie
Cold weather accessories don’t have to be strictly utilitarian. Kate Spade is known for its witty and whimsical finds, and the brand’s chic winter gear is no different. You can make bundling up a little more enjoyable for her with this fashionable beanie, which comes in three ombré colorways so you can pick one that best complements the rest of her winter wardrobe. Made of rib-knit with a puffy pom pom atop, this hat will keep her warm and looking cute no matter how frigid the temps get.
To buy: $58; katespade.com.
Emma Convertible Belt Bag
If your girlfriend likes to stay on top of the latest trends, gift her a petite belt bag this Christmas. The Emma style from Anthropologie is convertible with a removable chain strap, so she can wear it around her waist, as a cross-body, or over her shoulder, and it comes in five versatile colors. Go for the black one if she needs a new everyday bag, or opt for gold so she can add a pop of sheen to any outfit for a night out.
To buy: $48; anthropologie.com.
Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
Sure, a back massage from you is a loving gesture, but with her very own shiatsu machine, your girlfriend can get that deep-tissue relief any time she wants. With three different speeds, she can customize her back and neck rub to her exact liking, and the built-in heat function will warm up those sore muscles to soothe and comfort. After a long day at work, there might be nothing better than coming home to this (and you, of course).
To buy: $46; amazon.com.
Monogrammed Wine Decanter
This hand-blown, crystalline drink decanter is more than a serving instrument—it makes an elegant table centerpiece or bar cart accent, especially with the spherical glass stopper placed atop. Personalize your girlfriend’s elegant glassware with a laser engraved monogram so her new decanter stands out even more from any other she’s seen before.
To buy: $49; markandgraham.com.
Kendra Scott Reece Gold Hoop Earrings in Bright Mix
Help her retain a bit of summer brightness no matter the season with these colorful gold hoop earrings from Kendra Scott. The jewelry designer makes hit after hit and is a constant favorite of both Real Simple editors and readers alike, so you’re sure to impress your girlfriend with a gift from the brand. Rainbow hues are in style right now, and the golden accent details make these earrings easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion—plus, they’re lightweight enough to be worn as everyday statement pieces.
To buy: $68; kendrascott.com.
BuDhaGirl All Weather Serenity Prayer Bangles
Every woman needs a staple set of bangles, and these chunky rose gold bracelets are more than just a style embellishment—they’re a little nudge toward mindfulness. As your girlfriend places each of the nine bangles on in the morning, she can set her daily intentions. At night, each serves as a reminder to be grateful. If your girlfriend is the spiritual type or enjoys a rejuvenating yoga session, she’ll love having a set of these meaningful bangles.
To buy: $135; ahalife.com.
Rothy’s The Point Everyday Flats
Meghan Markle swears by Rothy’s flats, so we can pretty much guarantee your girlfriend will feel like a royal walking around in her own pair—or if not a Duchess exactly, she’ll at least feel comfortable and look good. The Point is a particularly chic design, and the style looks great in understated solids as well as the bolder, multi-colored patterns, like the leopard Big Cat and Python prints.
To buy: $145; rothys.com.
While the latest battery-powered speaker from Sonos is on the pricier side, you’ll be gifting your girlfriend the flexibility and luxury of being able to transport her personal entertainment anywhere. The compact device is waterproof and drop-resistant, and she can control it with voice commands or via the Sonos app. When WiFi isn’t available, she can still stream music with Bluetooth, making it possible to keep up with her favorite podcast or listen to her playlists no matter where she goes with the durable little speaker.
To buy: $399; sonos.com.
Vitruvi Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser
Give the gift of a spa-like atmosphere in her home with Vitruvi’s beautiful essential oil diffuser. Not only will the aromatic essential oil-infused steam help create a soothing and warm environment, the ceramic vase-shaped devices add a chic décor element when sitting on a bedroom shelf or placed out on the living room coffee table. Choose from three easy-to-match colors depending what suits her taste best.
To buy: $119; nordstrom.com.
Outdoor Voices Tech Kit
Surprise your girlfriend with a trendy and functional workout outfit from a brand she never would expect you to have heard of (even though it’s one of her favorites): Outdoor Voices. While there are plenty of comfortable and cute separates to choose from, the cohesive Tech Kit sets will make dressing for the gym easy and ensure she feels good when she hits the gym in high-performance materials built to withstand tough workouts. If monochrome solids aren’t her thing, the Tech Kit, which features TechSweat fabric, also comes in a bold and subtle patterns.
To buy: $95; outdoorvoices.com.
Baublebar Aphia Pearl Y-Chain Necklace
With the unique Y-chain style of Baublebar’s Aphia keshi pearl necklace, your girlfriend’s jewelry game will be the centerpiece of any outfit. While the delicate drop-style is perfect for layering with her other pendants and chains over casual sweaters and tees, the necklace also looks elegant as a stand-alone piece with plunging necklines or clean-cut crew necks.
To buy: $38; baublebar.com.
Chronology: The Game Where You Make History
We may live in a tech-obsessed society, but nothing beats the classic fun of a good ol’ fashioned game. Chronology will bring out the history buff in your girlfriend, challenging her and her friends to place quirky and thought-provoking trivia facts in the right timeline. (Do you know which came first between the invention of mayonnaise and decaffeinated coffee?) It’s a great game to pack for family reunions, girl trips, or work events, but can even be played with just two players for an epic date night showdown.
To buy: $18 (was $20); amazon.com.
Easy Handheld Frozen Cocktail Maker
If your girlfriend likes to host her own happy hours or enjoys a tasty frozen drink whether she’s somewhere tropical or right at home, this at-home drink maker couldn’t be easier to use. All she’ll have to do is mix her drink in the silicone carafe, leave it in the freezer overnight, then squeeze the cocktail maker the next day until the desired slush level is reached. Add on a cocktail serving tray (like this) to complete the gift so she can play up the vacation theme when guests come over.
To buy: $45; uncommongoods.com.
Madewell Variegated Stripe Poncho
Keep her warm and properly accessorized for the colder months ahead with a cozy oversized scarf like this. The plaid piece can be worn draped over her shoulders as more of a poncho or wrapped around her neck as a traditional scarf depending on how thick her jacket is and how cold it gets where you live. The drapey overlay features fringe accents, and the vintage pattern is easy to match with a variety of jacket styles and colors.
To buy: $65; nordstrom.com.
DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine
Coffee lovers will appreciate the ability to brew their own fine blends of espresso right from their own kitchens rather than spending money every morning or settling for the watered-down office sludge. As one of the best-selling espresso makers on Amazon, reviewers love how easy the DeLonghi kitchen device is to use and clean and how tasty the drinks come out. One happy shopper even says, “it makes, I think, some of the best tasting espresso and coffee that I've ever had.”
To buy: $120 (was $199); amazon.com.
Ahava Softening Butter Dead Sea Salt Scrub
Made with salt from the Dead Sea in Israel, this body scrub uses powerful ingredients to smooth and soften skin. Your girlfriend will get to exfoliate with rich minerals from the Middle East without hopping on a plane, and the essential oils-infused formula even acts as a moisturizer so she can step right out of her luxurious bath into her robe without worrying about any additional skincare steps. In the winter months, she’ll definitely thank you for this skin savior when her skin is flake-free.
To buy: $48; ahava.com.
Anker PowerCore Portable Charger
Give the gift of a never-dying phone this Christmas with one of the best-selling portable chargers on Amazon. With over 16,000 reviews, customers rave about how quickly Anker’s PowerCore charges their phones, tablets, and Bluetooth speakers back to full battery, as well as the little device’s ability to juice up multiple devices before it needs to be recharged itself. Happy shoppers also praise Anker’s customer service for being super accommodating and responding quickly to problems or questions. No matter where in the world your giftee travels, her devices will be charged up when she needs them.
To buy: $50; amazon.com.
Pressed Botanicals Candle
Candles are a classic gift for girlfriends, but what makes Shop Terrain’s pressed botanicals candle so special is the unique floral design that makes it more dually a bouquet verses a candle alone. The coconut-wax blend will warm her home with scents of apricot, plum, pink rose, and almond blossoms while adding a beautiful decorative touch to whatever room she decides to place it.
To buy: $58; shopterrtain.com.
TonyMoly I’m Real Hydrating Sheet Mask Set
From beloved Korean beauty brand TonyMoly, this set of 10 hydrating sheet masks will help her keep her face moisturized and soft this winter, repairing the damage of irritating wind and low temperatures. You can cozy up for a night of Netflix with your girlfriend, and she’ll be happy to slap on one of these sheet masks to make the binging seem more productive. Whether she’s looking to kick her skincare routine up a notch or already a products connoisseur, this K-beauty set will be the hydrating boost her skin needs.
To buy: $26; amazon.com.
Yeti Hopper Flip Portable Cooler
Whether your lady is the camping type, someone who enjoys a chilled drink on the beach, or the picnic lover, Yeti coolers are the “it” coolers for their trendy looks and durable designs. The Hopper is one of the most portable choices from the brand but can still hold up to 12 cans at a time with ice—so maybe you can surprise her with a pack of her favorite canned wine inside already. The the leak-proof, insulated soft-shell cooler comes in 10 colorways so you can pick the one that will most excite the giftee for her next outdoor adventure.
To buy: $250; amazon.com.
Rebecca Minkoff Croc Embossed Leather Card Case
When your girlfriend swaps her everyday tote for her going out purse, she likely needs to downsize her wallet to better fit. Get her ready for date night with this chic, crocodile-embossed leather card case from Rebecca Minkoff. The deep red wine piece is a classy way for her to keep up to four cards and a bit of cash secure even if she’s using a clutch, minaudiere, belt bag, or would rather use her jacket pockets and hit the town without any bag at all. After years of haphazardly throwing an ID, some money, and credit cards into her bags, she’ll be thankful to have a more sophisticated and reliable system.
To buy: $98; nordstrom.com.
Ray-Ban Erika Sunglasses
You can’t go wrong gifting your girlfriend some classic shades. Ray-Ban itself is a constant top pick among celebrities and fashionistas, and the Erika style is a flattering shape for every face—plus, what could be more timeless than brown tortoise shell frames? With a sunglass style this versatile, she can wear them through snowstorms in her puffer coat to lounging on the beach in her swimsuit.
To buy: $143; revolve.com.