Unique Gift Ideas for Women
Each year the holidays roll around, presenting a particular set of challenges that, though familiar, never seem to get any easier. While menu planning for more than ten people and figuring out where an entire assortment of extended relatives will sleep are certainly toward the top of that list, the clear winner for sheer difficulty always seems to be finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. What makes it so difficult? For one, you can use repeat strategies for all the other tricky tasks that arise. Did that pumpkin pie go down well last year, or did that turkey come out of the oven cooked just right? Repeat the recipe! Did you have to invest in an airbed for the cousins last year? You can reuse it! A gift? Well, you simply can’t rely on an old staple year after year. And it should, ideally, reflect the receiver’s personality. But don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re shopping for your best friend (you know, the one that “has it all”), the aunt you only see once a year, your mother-in-law (never easy), your wife, or your college-aged niece, we are here to lend a helping hand. Our editors have scoured the globe to unearth the best, most unexpected, where did you find that? types of presents. From the amusing to the emotional, from the heartwarming to the hysterical, you’ll find the best suggestions that range from luxurious beauty products to fun (and easy) crafts to irresistible accessories. There’s a pick here that will delight her, whoever she is. (And when Valentine's Day rolls around, check out our 35 Best Valentine's Day Gifts For Your Girlfriend. We'll never leave you staring at a wall of gift cards.)
Boss Lady Pillow
Show your friend (or relative) who’s boss with this quirky needlepoint pillow. The orange and pink cushion is perfect for your most strong-willed, inspiring loved one and will provide just the right touch to that boss lady’s living room, bedroom, or office.
To buy: $98; jonathanadler.com.
An upgraded compact that will reflect her timeless style, this walnut mirror comes complete with a leather sheath to protect the glass.
To buy: From $65; heidemartin.com.
Leather Serving Tray
Serve drinks by the fire or stash remotes and magazines on the coffee table atop this attractive tray. The profits go toward food, education, and job training in Africa.
To buy: $139; love41.com.
VitaJuwel Wellness Gem Water Bottle
For your health-obsessed friend, this water bottle uses vibrations from the gems to create an even better beverage experience. The amethyst, rose quartz and clear quartz blend is designed to stimulate and soothe the mind and emotions, foster tranquility, and support healthy and radiant skin. We’ll drink to that!
To buy: $68; amazon.com.
Sea Change Sandbag Candle
Keep her on island time all year long with the help of this beachy candle that boasts notes of coconut, tropical fruit, tuberose, salt, and white musk. All proceeds go to Water.org, an international non-profit organization focused on providing access to safe water and sanitation to those who need it most.
To buy: $28; mersea.com.
Warm her up with a super soft pima cotton robe in one of textile designer Rebecca Atwood’s signature watercolor patterns. A great gift for women on your list, the brand’s cuddly pajama sets will also please.
To buy: $126; lakepajamas.com.
Farmacy Bee Well Mask and Meditation Gift Set
This Echinacea-infused hydrating mask is rich in antioxidants and will warm her skin as she rubs it in. The tub comes complete with an applicator spoon that magnetizes to the lid and a meditation bracelet.
To buy: $90; farmacybeauty.com.
Little Knotty Scarf
This clever baby alpaca scarf has two buttons in the back for the perfect drape, every time. A great way to upgrade her standard jeans-and-tee-shirt uniform.
To buy: $115; elysemaguire.com.
Metallic Evening Bag
This party-ready clutch has a magnetic closure and removable strap. Also available in silver, pewter, and black leather.
To buy: $108; realsimplestyle.com.
Lucky Charm Candle
Burn this neroli blossom and sandalwood candle to find a talisman hidden within—then wear the 14-carat gold plated charm on a necklace or bracelet.
To buy: $88; arielgordonjewelry.com.
No coat check? No problem. This faux-leather motorcycle jacket converts into a chic drawstring bag.
To buy: $175; shopcovert.com.
H.A.N.D. Coffee Carafe Set
A delicate and gorgeous countertop tool for the coffee aficionado, this pour-over style carafe will help to create the ultimate brewing experience. The double-walled heat resistant glass is made to insulate your fresh brew, while also protecting your hands from the heat. The copper dripper is constructed from stainless steel and is designed to prevent blockage from coffee powder, which results in a more refined and satisfying taste. Engineered to perfection, it’s almost impossible for your recipient not to enjoy their morning cup of joe when it is brewed using this piece. What’s more? It serves as an eye-catching accessory, even when not in use.
To buy: $65, amazon.com.
Exfoliating Body Scrub
She works hard, so why not bring the spa to her? This pleasing grapefruit scrub transforms that elusive quiet time into a real moment of zen. This exfoliate is as gentle on skin as it is on the environment (it’s microbead-free). And soothing plant-based Ingredients, like chamomile and aloe vera, soften tired areas, while crushed apricot seeds and volcanic rock matter gently slough away dead skin cells on spots like elbows, knees, and heels, to leave her feeling silky soft. A follow-up to her favorite body wash, this natural scrubber primes the body for moisturizing to keep skin bright and hydrated.
To buy: $36, kiehls.com.
Marble Cheese Servers
These gorgeous, weighty pieces are as versatile as they are glamorous: They’re ideal for setting out on a counter or bar cart to serve cheeses or small portions of hors d’oeuvres, but work just as easily in any other room in the house, making them a go-to gift for just about anyone. You can place a few in a lineup on your dresser as a chic display tray for earrings and bracelets, set them on a pedestal sink to hold decorative bar soap, or keep them on your coffee table to act as impromptu coasters. Available in three shapes.
To buy: $15 each, cb2.com.
Small Sashiko Pattern in White Leather Change Purse
White leather. Hand sewn. Hand printed. Vegetable dyed. Oh my! This small envelope-shaped change purse, which measures approximately 4.5 inches long and 3 inches wide (other sizes and designs also available), will delight the woman who the appreciates artful construction that makes an item uniquely her own. The hand-applied splash art means the lucky recipient can be absolutely sure no else will have the same design as she does. Instead of a zipper, this tiny catchall features a classy gold-tone button. Because it’s made to order and ships from Portland, allow two to three weeks for processing.
To buy: $28, chloederderiang.etsy.com.
No garden-variety gift, this trio of assorted succulents will add a natural touch to any office or kitchen window and become a daily reminder of the thoughtful gift giver. Even if the recipient doesn’t have much of a green thumb, she’ll know just when and how much to water these hardy plants thanks to the accompanying care kit and water dropper. Best of all, the elegant packaging comes with a holiday-themed sleeve to complete the gift. Rather send a message of love instead? Change the sleeve design to any one of the five options, from “I love you” to nothing at all.
To buy: $35, lulasgarden.com.
Mini Martini Gift Set
Raise a toast to her (and the holiday season) with this individual-sized stainless steel martini shaker. And, if she’s a big fan of chocolate martinis for one, she’ll be pleasantly surprised when she opens the 3.5-ounce mirrored mixer and discovers that it comes pre-stuffed with chocolate-covered martini “olive” almonds. (They’re not real olives but they are real almonds.) At just six inches tall, the shiny shaker is easy to tuck into any drawer—but also looks great on the shelf in her bar or kitchen. And if you want her to feel like the life of party for real, be sure to personalize the product with her name or initials.
To buy: $24, sugarfina.com.
Verloop Stacked Knit Tassel Bag Charm
For the funky friend or fashionista that seems to have it all, this soft charm is a great addition to any accessory collection (no matter how large or small it already is). Have her attach this plush piece to her favorite everyday tote or bucket bag—at 12 inches long it’s sure to stand out and make a statement. This playful knit charm is also available in two other color combinations—yellow ombré and rainbow—so one is sure to fit her personal palette. Make sure she is prepared to get compliments and inquiries from, well, just about everyone.
To buy: $28, verloopknits.com.
Burberry Beauty Festive Lip Velvet Set
With this set, her dreams of having the perfect pucker will become reality. Four lux-looking gold tubes come packaged in this compact collection. The pint-sized tubes make them easy to stash in a small clutch or the side pocket of her everyday tote bag. The shades range from cherry red to deep cabernet and glide on effortlessly. And each one will go the distance—the moisturizing formula and matte finish will stay put no matter how late the dinner or holiday party goes. Pro tip: The recipient can even try mixing two different shades to create a completely custom color for her pout.
To buy: For a similar product, $18, go to sephora.com.
HAY Bits & Bobs Bowls
She’ll want to dot her dresser and nightstand with these colorful glass trinket trays. Available in four different sizes and five colors ways, the mix-and-match possibilities are essentially endless. Knickknacks, baubles, and charms can be kept hidden, yet are easily accessible when needed. Consider scattering a few of these throughout your home to add dimension to a space that lacks some color. Waited until the last minute and don’t have tons of time to spare? These sleek, lidded containers can be delivered to your door in just two days.
To buy: $9 (mini), $10 (x-small), $15 (medium), $19 (large), momastore.org.
Neon Mini Bowls
For the woman who loves a punch of color, a set of three vibrant bowls for her spices, keys, or rings. With so many uses, the hand-dipped neon bowls are not only practical, but also feed her decorating style in multiple rooms across her house. Made of solid beech wood, with a soft rubbery plastic bottom that makes each one slip-resistant and extra durable. The set comes in three colors (pink, orange, and yellow) and, at only 2.5 inches in diameter (each bowl holds about two tablespoons), they’re small enough to hold only what you really need, but big enough to make a lasting impression.
To buy: $22, domino.com.
A sophisticated accessory for the hardworking woman in your life. This vegan leather, 13-inch portfolio is roomy enough to tote her tablet, notebook, cellphone, pens, and more around the office or about town. Need to ensure sensitive documents stay put? Use the metallic hardware on the bottom two corners to secure the top flap in place. The neutral blush color is a no-brainer for everyday use, but consider other options that might suit her even better: navy, metallic pewter, and olive. Also available in large or extra large sizes that will fit her work laptop as well.
To buy: $48 (medium), poketo.com.
Glossier Black Tie Gift Set
This beauty gift set includes a universally flattering eyeliner, a lustrous lip gloss, a tube of cheek glow, and a pastel pink nail polish that will produce a subtly elegant look, no matter who is wearing it. Whether you give one to the college co-ed, the young professional, or the established corporate phenom on your list, each piece of this set will come in handy individually or used all at once. Bonus: All of the goodies are pre-packaged in a pretty box and topped off with a black satin bow, so extra wrapping is not required.
To buy: $50, glossier.com.
It’s a looming trend—literally. Wall hangings and woven art are all the rage these days. Take it down to a wearable level with this pure cotton fringe necklace made by a Chattanooga, Tennessee-based artist on a miniature loom and stitched to a stoneware pottery base. It’s an artful pick for a graphic design grad student, your pottery-loving mom, or a fashion-forward friend or coworker. The 35-inch pendant not only elevates your usual jeans and a T-shirt combo, but also looks great when paired with a little black dress. Wear it on its own or layered with other metal jewelry pieces.
To buy: $48, shoptwentytwowest.com.
Film Noir Nights Makeup Kit
It’s hard to decide what’s prettier—the art deco exterior of this makeup kit, the eye-popping light-up interior, or the actual products themselves. Meant to be reusable, the lid of this set flips open to reveal an LED-lit mirror, evoking the vanity tables of starlets of film and stage. Tucked neatly inside of the kit are two of Charlotte Tilbury’s greatest hits—Matte Revolution Lipstick in Opium Noir (a deeply rich burgundy hue, new for this holiday season), and her Rock’n’Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black (just right for creating that cat eye flick).
To buy: $49, charlottetilbury.com.
Fox Warming Neck Pillow
For the perpetually busy den mother who tends to carry the weight of the world (or at least her family’s whirlwind schedules) on her shoulders, this soft, soothing neck pillow is the perfect pampering present. It’s made of plush fleece, with an organic wheat insert that keeps this unique pillow snugly in place even if she’s moving around. At the end of a long day—or any time she has a spare moment—she can heat it in the microwave or the oven, and then wrap it around her neck. It stays warm for 45 minutes to melt away all her tension.
To buy: $30, mcachicagostore.org.
A new twist on a classic favorite, this handmade game is crafted in solid maple, sanded to a pleasingly smooth feel, and oiled with an eco-friendly finish that protects the wood and allows it to wear well for years to come (a good thing, as this set is sure to get a lot of use). Packed in their own coordinating storage bag, the tiles are laser etched with a hexagonal pattern, which replaces the standard dots with a cooler, more graphic design—each hexagon represents one dot on a traditional domino. Since this set is handcrafted (and ships from Canada), allow one to two weeks for production and shipping.
To buy: $58, aterlierdmontreal.com.
Living With Pattern
Textile designer Rebecca Atwood demonstrates how to effortlessly mix patterns and incorporate them into all areas of the home using examples from well-styled residences throughout the country (including a few formerly featured in Real Simple!). A visually stunning and informative coffee table book, it’s broken down into three parts: an explanation, room-by-room examples, and project suggestions. Atwood shares insights on how to let your personality shine through the patterns you bring into your home, and even shares some of her favorite resources for finding the best ones. Send this guide to your fresh-out-of-college niece or your motif-appreciating mother-in-law.
To buy: $33, rebeccaatwood.com.com.
Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil
Everyone loves a luxurious gift like perfume, so take it one step further and give her one that’s truly special. This fresh pick is packed with unexpected health and beauty benefits, too. Crafted in small batches in New York out of all-natural oils, it’s scented with sakura, or cherry blossom, for a sweet fragrance reminiscent of apple and citrus. Full of antioxidants said to prevent early aging and great for stimulating the mind and spirit, apply it to pressure points like wrists and temples. The conscientious-minded will appreciate that it’s vegan and not tested on animals, while those who prioritize practicality will love its airline regulation size (1 ounce) and travel-friendly rollerball design.
To buy: $36, soapandpaperfactory.com.
Listography: The Game
Make family game-night fun for even for your most Type-A friend. Based on the popular Listography books, an interactive journaling series that invites readers and users to create personally meaningful lists based on thought-provoking topics (Literary Listography, for example, includes an entry for a list of favorite book characters, while Food Listography invites the culinary-inclined to list foods associated with specific friends or family members), the board game version takes this idea and twists it into friendly competition. Players score points based on the number of similar or unique answers in their lists—the first one around the board wins.
To buy: $20, chroniclebooks.com.
Allen Wrench Set
High style where you’d least expect it—in the hardware aisle—this Allen wrench set combines form and function in a way that is (dare we say?) elegant. Not just a pretty design, each wrench is a different hue in a pleasingly coordinating color palette, making it easy to identify specific sizes, not to mention spot even the tiniest tool (which happens to be bright red) in a sea of black and stainless steel implements. Made from a special alloy, this set is the hardest and longest wearing in the industry, up to 20 percent stronger than other hex wrench sets.
To buy: $36, momastore.org.
Spoon Carving Kit
If you’ve got someone crafty on your list, this low-commitment, beginner-friendly project (you can finish it in one afternoon), will hit the spot. Everything you need is included, from the hardwood base of your choice—the options are bass, poplar, cherry, and walnut—to the traditional Japanese tools, to the (hopefully unnecessary) Band-Aid. Whether it sparks a newly found passion for wood carving (in which case California residents may want to check out the designer’s ongoing workshops) or just provides a few hours of creative fun, anyone with an eye for craftsmanship will appreciate this unique and thoughtful gift.
To buy: $89, melanieabrantes.com.
Metallic Wine Bag
A nice bottle of her favorite vintage is a go-to, if expected, gift for hostesses and wine-loving friends alike. Forego the in-store foil wrapping this year and kick your gift-giving prowess up a notch or two by packaging her favorite bottle in a gorgeous, reusable bag handmade in Tuscany. Crafted from a specialty paper that can get wet without being damaged, these wine carriers look and feel like leather, but are easily hand-washable, so she’ll be able to use—and reuse—it over and over again. Available in four different colors, but the metallic silver and gold feel especially festive.
To buy: $59, uashmama.com.
Egg Cream Mask
Innovative Korean beauty products are having a big moment, partially because they utilize the latest technology, and partially because the packaging is so darn fun. This particular mask uses natural extracts like camu camu—which is rich in vitamin C—to brighten skin’s appearance and egg extract to hydrate and nourish dry skin. Super easy to use: All she has to do is remove one from the packaging, smooth the microfiber cloth over her face (there are strategically placed cut-outs for eyes, nose, and mouth), and use it as an excuse to relax for 20 minutes—in the name of skin health, of course. Tuck these in your best friend’s stocking or wrap them up for a Sephora-obsessed teen as an in-home spa treat.
To buy: $24 for five, sephora.com.
Sometimes the perfect accessory isn’t a necklace, a scarf, or even a pair of statement earrings. Help her dress up her desk, her kitchen, or her dorm room in old school glamour with this copper phone. The gleaming metallic shine works surprisingly well with nearly any décor, from modern minimalism to a carefully recreated retro 1960’s vibe. Fully functional (including a few mod upgrades like a 911 emergency button and a redial key) and land line ready, this phone’s rotary style face maintains it’s vintage visual appeal, but has been upgraded to a more convenient push-button functionality.
To buy: $90, blueribbongeneralstore.com.
For the woman who doesn’t miss a beat, but wouldn’t be caught running on a treadmill (let alone to the store) wearing a bulky, unattractive activity tracker, Michael Kors has a sleek alternative for her. The “Access Crosby,” with its rose gold case, mother-of-pearl face, and adjustable leather strap, tracks how many steps she takes, how many calories she burns, and how far she’s traveled using LED notifications. To give her another edge that would make even James Bond envious, the tracker allows her to take photos and ring her phone, all from her wrist. And because the battery doesn’t require a charger (the replaceable battery lasts up to four months), she can move stylishly through life with one less thing to think about.
To buy: $95, michaelkors.com.
Guarantee her a holiday full of cheer—and cheers. This ladylike flask holds up to 3 ounces of the good stuff (if you want to be a really good friend, we suggest filling it with her tipple of choice before wrapping it up). The sleek oval shape and polished gold sheen make it feel festive and somehow, well, appropriate, even (or maybe especially) at family gatherings. On a slightly technical note, it’s worth mentioning that this canteen is crafted from stainless steel (electro plated on the outside to create that gorgeous metallic finish), so it won’t corrode or taint whatever you choose to fill it with.
To buy: $40, odeme.co.
Basically synonymous with luxury, beloved Italian fashion and fragrance brand Tocca (that’s Italian for “touch”) has released a few of its most coveted signature scents in hair fragrance form. These lightweight mists deliver a serious dose of her favorite scent (without being overpowering), with the added bonuses of lasting longer than traditional perfume and freshening locks that may have picked up unwanted odors from the gym or a smoky room. Made with a lower alcohol content than traditional perfumes, they won’t dry out your strands either. This pick, Florence, is a gentle floral blend of bergamot and violet.
To buy: $28, sephora.com.
If one is good, then twelve is way, way better. This limited edition lipstick palette from the cult-favorite makeup brand Urban Decay is filled with a dozen different hues to suit every mood (and skin tone), in six different finishes, ranging from high gloss to matte. An ideal gift for the beauty junkie, this travel-sized palette will let her try out tons of new shades—she can even layer and mix, so the options are essentially endless. A protective cover flips closed between the makeup wells and the mirror, so the compact will stay mess-free while stashed in a bag, while an included retractable lipstick brush makes for easy touch-ups on the go.
To buy: $20, nordstromrack.com.
Yoga by Numbers Yoga Mat
Ease a teen, fitness-resistant best pal, or you mother-in-law into the low-impact, beneficial practice of yoga with this teaching mat. Accompanied by an app that features yoga classes in a range of styles (they’re also available on YouTube), this numbered mat guides beginners through each movement by helping them figure out where to place hands and feet for each position, in the privacy of their own home, at their own pace, and 100 percent free of judgment. Even pros will appreciate the mat’s size (it’s 72 inches long and 30 inches wide—that’s about 25 percent larger than standard mats), which allows for a greater range of movement.
To buy: $120, thegrommet.com.
Master Palette by Mario
This collaboration between top makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, and cult-favorite brow line Anastasia Beverly Hills is essentially the Holy Grail for the beauty-obsessed. Filled with a dozen richly pigmented earth tones for shading, shadowing, contouring, and highlighting, the entire palette was designed to work universally, on any skin tone. And talk about versatile—despite delivering great color, each shade is also slightly sheer, so she can mix, match, layer, and custom build the color she wants (or use them directly out of the set). Each hue can also be used wet or dry to achieve different finishes.
To buy: For a similar product, $55, go to sephora.com.
3 Piece Rose Gold Love Story Gift Set
She doesn’t have to be obsessed with cosmetics to appreciate the simple, practical beauty of these tools. This gift set comes from the most trusted brow brand out there—Tweezerman—and contains two essentials: hand filed, precision tip tweezers and the company’s award winning eyelash curler, both made from long-lasting stainless steel in a gorgeous shade of rose gold. The trendy teen on your list will adore the color (currently the hottest hue for everything from home dÃ©cor, to jewelry, to eye shadow), and even your makeup-averse sister will love the upgrade to her basic beauty cabinet implements.
To buy: $42, macys.com.
Dolly Darling Holiday Set
There’s always one on the list every year—the in-the-know best friend who already has it all, that oddball aunt, the off-beat college pal—that person that’s just impossible to shop for. This year, there’s a solution. Beloved by nearly everyone for creating beauty basics (think mascara, primer, etc) that work better than most others on the market, Benefit is releasing a few of it’s best products in a gift set, with delightfully quirky packaging to boot. The set includes their Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara, POREfessional Face Primer, Hoola Bronzer, and Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, all wrapped up in a box that will bring a smile to her face (and at a price that will bring one to yours).
To buy: For a similar product, $26, go to benefitcosmetics.com.
Jeweled Cat-Eye Sunglasses
If actual diamonds are way out of budget, go for the next best thing. These bejeweled, oversized cat-eye sunglasses, from the up-and-coming Los Angeles-based brand Perverse, come in four shimmering hues (pink, clear, purple, and black) that will really make her eyes sparkle. Whether she pairs them with a little black dress, or with her favorite jeans and T-shirt combo, they’ll instantly elevate any outfit. They’re crafted from a sturdy polycarbonate and partially handmade, so no two are exactly alike. Bonus? You can feel good about giving this gift: Perverse donates a percentage of the company’s sales, time, and inventory to charitable causes.
To buy: $45, perversesunglasses.com.
Winter White Large Radiant Metal Candle
A wonderful mash-up of art deco packaging and a woodsy aroma ensures that this fragrant candle will earn a permanent spot on her vanity. The delicious soy blend of winter cypress, pink peppercorn, cardamom, and citrus sits in an asymmetrical wide-mouthed metal jar (the bowl measures 5 inches wide and almost 4 inches tall) that makes relighting easy. Each candle burns for up to 30 hours. Another reason this may be a gift that keeps giving: She can reuse the bowl as a stand-alone accent piece on a bookshelf or as a catchall for keys and coins on a table in the foyer.
To buy: $30, illumecandles.com.
Beautiful Lady Two-in-One Travel Bag
Whether she’s the jet-setting type who’s always on the go, the athletic type who always makes time for the gym, or just someone who needs everything neatly organized, this travel cosmetic set will become a favorite. Smaller tools and products, like cotton swabs and tweezers, stay secure in the smaller pouch, while the bigger bag is an ideal size for larger brushes and palettes. In case of spills, the clear PVC sides clean easily with just a damp cloth, and there’s no need to worry about separation anxiety—color-coordinated Velcro holds the two pouches securely together.
To buy: $25, emmalomax.com.
Glass Water Bottle
She will stay hydrated and healthy all day long with this environmentally friendly (BPA-free, phthalate-free) and dishwasher safe glass water bottle. Its soft, silicone exterior makes it easy to grip, even after a sweaty workout, and the top handle offers another way to tote the bottle around town. Its compact size (7 inches high and 3 inches in diameter) won’t take up a lot of space, and it’s small spout means she won’t have to worry about spills. With 19 different colors to choose from, sipping on the go can be a vibrant activity. What else makes this a thirst-quenching deal? Free shipping and free returns.
To buy: $38, nordstrom.com.
Should I Check Email Right Now? Art Print
Know someone with serious procrastination issues? Or maybe someone who’s a little too plugged in? This cute flowchart illustrates a daily dilemma we’re all familiar with. Whether she’s the #girlboss at home, the head honcho at her job, or powering through her finals at school, this frame worthy art print from illustrator Becky Simpson serves as helpful reminder, restraint exercise, and cute desk décor, all at the same time. Available in black on either white or blue paper, the eight-by-ten-inch size feels just right for any workspace, be it a dorm room, a corner office, or an artist’s studio.
To buy: $20, chipperthings.com.
Rainbow Catch-All Tray
An eye-catching tray in a literal rainbow of hues for the artfully organized woman in your life. Whether she places it on her desk to hold pens and business cards, on her dresser to ensure earrings remain safely in pairs and tiny delicate rings don’t go missing, or on a table in the entryway to create a landing spot for keys, mail, loose change, and everything else, this pretty, iridescent tray is an eye-catching way to keep everything in it’s place. It’s made from sturdy stainless steel, so it will stand up to everyday wear and tear.
To buy: $19, amara.com.
Fictions Eau De Parfum
Whether your best friend is well known for her bibliophile tendencies or your mother is notorious for her highly developed sense of smell, either woman will fall for the sweet packaging (and equally sweet scents) from this fragrance collection. Developed by artists from around the world (Istanbul, Sydney, Los Angeles, London, and Paris), each perfume captures a different facet of the complicated experience of falling in love. Pick the one that suits her best, whether you base it on her favorite city, fragrance—they range from fresh to floral to spicy—or the title that most closely describes her personal love story.
To buy: $48, anthropologie.com.
Ravid Drop Earrings
Help your favorite fashionista tackle the biggest (and we mean biggest) jewelry trend of the season—the statement earring—in style. This particular pair is crafted from pink metallic sequins and sparingly used (but extra sparkly) rhinestone gems, for maximum impact with minimum weight (she—and her earlobes—will be forever grateful). Not just for formal occasions, although they are certainly in their element there, these lightweight sparklers go a long way to dress up simple ensembles, like jeans and a tee or a solid blouse and a black blazer. The baubles may look (and feel) like high-end designer pieces, but they ring in at a wallet-friendly price you’ll love as much as she will.
To buy: $38, baublebar.com.
DIY Dye Kit
The phrase “just add water” has never yielded such chic results. Dubbed the “magic jar” for a reason, this all-in-one kit contains not only the dyes and supplies you need for this project (don’t worry, they’re all non-toxic), but also the gorgeous silk crepe de chine scarf she’ll use to create her own one of a kind fashion find. It couldn’t be easier: Simply add water to the handmade glass jar (and, yes, it’s reusable for future art projects or storage needs), give the dyes one hour to do their thing, and—voila!—a unique, wearable masterpiece.
To buy: $75, blueribbongeneralstore.com.
Give a lady on the move something worthy of her style with a go-to accessory that defies the status quo. If she’s ever said gray is the new black, then show you’ve paid attention with this pebbled faux-leather, crossbody bag. Unbelievably simple and versatile, the sleek gold chain and gold turn lock closure will help her make whatever fashion statement she wants. Measuring approximately 8 inches wide, 7 inches high, and 2.5 inches deep, it’s roomy enough—not to mention attractive enough—to carry her most important necessities (think a phone, wallet, and keys) all day long, from the morning client meeting to happy hour and beyond.
To buy: $28, express.com.
Compact Mirror + USB Battery Pack
One of those frustratingly obvious why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moments is easy to get over when you realize this is the answer to just about every gifting conundrum. From your boss to your son’s girlfriend, every woman will want this ingenious little gadget stashed in her bag. One part lifesaver for the tech-obsessed, one part indispensible beauty tool, the built-in battery pack charges any device with a USB port (including iPhones, iPads, and Androids), while the flip-top compact uses the same power source to illuminate the mirror. She’ll wonder what she ever did without it. Available in five colors.
To buy: $30, amazon.com.
Jet Set Candle
If a full-on getaway doesn’t quite suit your holiday budget (we couldn’t swing that either!), the next best thing might just be one of these candles. Each one is created with subtle scents meant to evoke the fragrances of a different destination. Think of it as a mental vacation to an exotic location. Though available in nine scents (or should we say, locales), Big Sur is a particular standout for its surprisingly holiday-appropriate smell (you’ll get notes of cedar wood, vetiver, musk, and bergamot). If she prefers a tropical vacation, tailor this gift to her style and pick Acapulco or Waikiki.
To buy: $28, jonathanadler.com.
Lauren Beanie by Lizette
Baby, it’s cold outside. Keep her warm on a blustery, snowy winter afternoon with this seriously soft and oh-so-adorable beanie. It’s as on-trend (hello, matching pom-pom topper!) as it practical. Plus, it’s stretchy enough to comfortably fit most crowns (whether her head skews small, large, or somewhere in between). She’ll wear it on her way to work, on the ski slopes, or while running errands on the weekends. Because the beanie is available in three neutral colors (cream tweed, light grey, and black tweed) that complement most outerwear, don’t be surprised if this knitted topper becomes her winter go-to year after year.
To buy: $42, athleta.com.
Help her dress up the sofa, the bed, or her chilly shoulders with this warm acrylic throw. Featuring an arrow jacquard print and fun white tassels, it’s large enough (44 inches in length and 56 inches in width!) to wrap fully around her body and ward off any chill. With a choice of five different colors (cordovan, black, citrus yellow, royal blue, soot), you can even have the throw personalized with her monogram or name for an extra $10. But don’t forget to double-check your spelling—returns will not be accepted if the item has been monogrammed or personalized.
To buy: $39, westelm.com.
Ebru Marble Ceramic Serving Board
Why give her any old serving board when she can get one that matches that marble counter top she finally had installed? Made of ceramic and inspired by traditional Turkish paper marbling, this board, which is a blend of natural clays and made by local artists from Istanbul, is as strong as it is stunning. Because the board is true marble (no paint here!), each piece is one-of-a-kind and may feature irregularities in color or pattern. Choose from blue, stone, or light blue—and order early: The item ships about eight weeks after an order is placed.
To buy: $75, simplelifeistanbul.com.
White Minimalist Lavender Sachets
Filled with 100 percent organic dried lavender buds, these three-by-five-inch polka dot treasures are a visual and olfactory delight. As a set of two, she’ll be able to put one in her lingerie drawer to keep underpinnings fresh, and one under her pillow for some much needed relaxation (lavender is said to be a natural sleep aid). Pro tip: Give each sachet a squeeze every once in a while, to ensure the scent stays strong. Perfect for the woman who recently moved into a new home—or the lady who can’t stand to see anything out of place.
To buy: $24 for two, gardenmis.etsy.com.
A subtly sophisticated iPhone accessory in some of the trendiest shades out there is the ideal gift for the stylesetter who doesn’t go for plain anything. Available in braided white leather with a rose gold top, sassy gray snakeskin with a black top, and even black mesh with a chrome top, there’s a style for every day of the week. Each charger, complete with a three-foot cable, comes with both a USB port and an Apple-certified lightning pin connector, to keep all of your favorite devices powered up on the go. Compatible with iPhone 6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5, iPad/Air/Mini, and iPod.
To buy: $30 each, gotriplec.com.
Wood-Topped Candy Jar
For the friend who favors neutrals and natural materials, a gorgeous four-inch glass vessel she’ll hold onto forever. The glass bowl features a solid Bubinga wood top and base. Reminiscent of a more upscale gumball machine (though the seller does, in fact, offer a fully functional wooden gumball machine too!), this practical object serves to welcome guests with sweets on an entryway table. (It fits approximately 16 ounces of goodies with the lid on.) The one-of-a-kind container also looks impressive when filled with peanuts and placed atop a bar. Though handmade, it’s ready to ship in as little as three days.
To buy: For a similar product, $40, go to erniesworkshop.etsy.com.
22k Gold Soy Candle
What might first catch your eye when it comes to these candles is the gorgeous gold art deco-inspired packaging—each one is adorned with a different (but equally appealing) design. For the minimalist, choose a more understated jar that features just a small logo and the name of the scent. In both versions, the wood wick within these soy candles makes a soothing crackle as it burns (for up to 72 hours!). Each vessel has a second life as a 12-ounce rocks glass once the wax has been used up, too. In six heady fragrances, like guava fig, oakmoss and leather, and coconut shea.
To buy: $48 each, simplycurated.com.
Liquid Lab Shot Glass
That liquid gold (you know what we’re talking about) deserves a vessel to match. With this glitzy shot glass that’s made to look like a laboratory beaker, she’ll feel extra luxurious while perfecting—and later serving—her signature cocktail. Or, buy her another version and let her use the duo as bud vases. She can “experiment” with mini arrangements, in varying heights, or display sprigs of evergreen and other hearty winter blooms to create a quirky focal point amongst her favorite books or atop her vanity. The ceramic piece measures just over two inches high and almost two inches wide.
To buy: $22.50, domino.com.