26 Gifts for Girlfriends That Take the Stress Out of Shopping
Finding the best gift for your girlfriend can be daunting. Depending on how long you’ve been together and what the occasion is—maybe it’s your first holiday together or a milestone birthday—she may have different expectations.
As with all gifts for women—you definitely want to strike a balance between thoughtful and unique, while keeping her personality and interests in mind. Make sure you’re thinking more from her viewpoint than your own, and try to remember details of the relationship or special memories when brainstorming.
A great place to start is with our roundup of the best gifts for girlfriends in 2021, no matter if you’re shopping for a birthday, life milestone, Christmas gift, stocking stuffers, Hanukkah present, or just to say “I love you.” The finishing touch: Once you’ve picked out a memorable gift for your girlfriend, learn how to wrap that present like a pro.
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Raw Gemstone Necklace
A stylish take on the classic birthstone necklace—these feature unique rough stones for a more natural look. Just be sure to double-check her birth month and the coordinated birthstone for a personalized present she'll adore.
Hey, it's been a rough year. We could all use a little something that soothes. This therapy dough comes embedded with soothing essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus, so playing with it can give you a relaxing sensory experience.
Olika Hydrating Hand Sanitizer Spray with Clip-On
Help her keep her hands clean and hydrated with this set of convenient hand sanitizer sprays, which clip easily onto her purse or backpack and have about 300 sprays per bottle. With 65 percent ethyl alcohol and simple ingredients that hydrate while they clean, this will be her constant companion (other than you).
Hedley & Bennett Smock
Whether she’s cooking, crafting, gardening, or simply on a cleaning spree, this lightweight (and chic) smock will be a sanity- (and clothing-) saver. The cross-back style is supremely comfortable, the pockets are roomy, and the color options are beautiful. She’ll love this gift so much that she’ll be looking for fresh reasons to wear it, promise.
Coach Alie Camera Bag With Quilting
For the girlfriend who’s always dropping her phone, get her a gift that’s equal parts pretty and practical: a leather phone case with a crossbody chain. From Coach, this bag also comes with slots for credit cards, keys, and other necessities, so she’ll have everything she needs without having to carry a heavy purse—and she can carry this cute bag by its top handle or an included crossbody strap.
Phenomenal Woman Pro Science Pro Dolly Crewneck Sweatshirt
Celebrate her passion for science, sanity, and Dolly Parton with this cozy sweatshirt, which is made to be oversized and roomy for maximum comfort.
Gardenuity Culinary Herb Garden Kit With Plants
Kickstart her home-grown herb efforts with this convenient kit, which has everything she needs to start growing herb plants (curated to suit her location and climate) on a fire escape, balcony, or terrace.
Rituals + Ceremony Art Trays
Dishwasher-safe, food-contact approved, and completely gorgeous, these birch trays will quickly become a hosting must-have, a pretty organizer, or a piece of decor (or all three). Four colorful designs are available, so you can pick the tray that best suits her style.
Baublebar Liza Earring Kit
Hint: you can never go wrong with getting her some adorable jewelry. Take note of what type of jewelry she typically wears—necklaces, earrings, rings?—as well as the style she gravitates towards—chunky hoops or dainty studs? No matter her signature look, you'll find options to match at Baublebar, like this Liza 18K Huggie Hoop Earring Kit. (Shh...she never has to know they were affordable, too.)
Everlane Cashmere Sweater Tee
For the girlfriend who lives for sweatpants, socks, and snuggly slippers, this cozy cashmere sweater from Everlane is a foolproof present. In T-shirt form, the classic cashmere sweater suddenly feels modern and casual enough to wear every single day. It's the ideal blend of low-key and luxury. You just found her new winter wardrobe.
Once Upon a Book Club Box
If your girlfriend is an avid reader, get her a subscription to a book club unlike any other. Each month, she'll receive a newly released fiction novel, plus three to five small wrapped gifts marked with page numbers. When she gets to that page in the book, she can unwrap each gift to help bring the story to life. There are also dates for live virtual discussions with other readers for her to join the digital book club.
Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Bundle
Silk pillowcases are known to be beneficial for hair and skin—plus they feel undeniably luxurious. This set from Brooklinen comes with both a silk pillowcase and eye mask, guaranteeing she'll get her best night's sleep ever.
Maybe she's always wanted to learn how to play tennis, or perhaps she's working on her first novel—whatever her goals, there's likely a MasterClass to help her get to the next level. These online courses taught by well-known pros in various fields (from Alice Waters to Margaret Atwood to Natalie Portman) will inform and inspire. Get her one class you know she'll love, or sign her up for the $180 annual subscription for a full year of learning.
Bathtime Essentials Wine Holder
Help her keep her Chardonnay close at hand as she soaks in the tub with a wine glass holder. It's a gift that's sure to make her chuckle, but it's no joke she'll use it frequently. Crafted from wood and beach stones, the design is minimal and stylish.
Bolé Road Textiles Pouches
No matter if your girlfriend uses this handwoven pouch to stash colored pencils or cosmetics, this clutch will make it easy for her to grab what she needs and toss it into her purse or backpack. This is a gift that will help her stay organized in style.
Mark & 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.
Rothy’s Point 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.
Mistaken Lyrics Coasters
Show your GF how in-tune you are with her by gifting her 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 you drink, the funnier they’ll get.
Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
Sure, a back massage from you is a loving gesture, but with her very own shiatsu machine from Naipo, 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, there might be nothing better than coming home to this (and you, of course).
Terrain Pressed Botanicals Candle
Candles are a classic gift for girlfriends, but what makes Terrain’s pressed botanicals candle so special is the unique floral design that counts as a candle and bouquet all in one. 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 any room.
Sonos Move Speaker
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.
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 device will add a chic decor element when sitting on a bedroom shelf or placed out on the living room coffee table. Choose from three easy-to-match colors.
Buffalo Games Chronology
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.
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. As one of the best-selling espresso makers on Amazon, reviewers love how easy the DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine 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.”
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.
TonyMoly Mask Sheet 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. 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.