35 Gift Ideas For People Who Happen To Be Women

35 Gift Ideas For People Who Happen To Be Women
The antidote to generic jewelry, lackluster lingerie, and impersonal perfume.

When it comes to gifts, it’s the thought that counts. And the enemy of thoughtfulness is generalization.

Most gift guides will tell you what the women in your life want. But here’s the thing. You probably know your mom, your sister, your friend, your co-worker, your boss, your girlfriend/fiancée/spouse/partner/etc. – much better than some random lifestyle editor.

We think those guides don’t give guys enough credit. They assume that you’re some ’50s man, completely unable to pick out something for a holiday present. So they tell you that most women want perfume, jewelry, makeup, soap, or candles: a Generic Lady Gift.

Now, if there’s a fragrance, necklace, lipstick, etc. that you know one of the women on your list would love, go get her that. But don’t get it just because it’s a Generic Lady Gift. Get it because it speaks to a specific aspect of her preferences and personality, or because it’s her favorite but she hates spending money it.

Think of all the gift guides that are written up for guys–it’s like there’s a competition to round up the most manly (or bro-y) items possible. Beef jerky! Hot sauce that will give your colon second-degree burns! An artisanal hatchet! JUST A VIAL OF TESTOSTERONE WRAPPED IN BACON.

But do you (or your dad, your brother, your best friend since childhood) want those things? You might like a hot sauce that properly balances heat and flavor – If you’re into hot sauce. Your friend Nick lives in a 2BR apartment that definitely doesn’t have a wood-burning fireplace. So…no hatchet.

It’s almost like people are just people with diverse interests and tastes. Gifts that help them pursue those interests and take those tastes into consideration will always, always, always go over better than the random thing that the worldwide secret coalition of gift guide creators has decided everyone on your list needs this year.

If you’re going to get someone a gift, get them something that works well (or at least has lots of good reviews). Something that will last and will delight them and/or make their life easier. It doesn’t even have to be a Completely New Thing–maybe it’s a nicer or upgraded version of something they already have. Ultimately, a great gift is useful and delightful almost every day, not just for the first few moments after unwrapping it.

We took some time, spoke to a bunch of different people, and rounded up quite a few original, thoughtful, non-generic gifts for all the special individuals in your life (who just happen to be women).

Outdoorsy

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Yeti Hopper Sidekick Dry (dry bag)

Amazon, $49.99

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LifeStraw Filtered Water Bottle

Amazon, $36.84

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Portable Hammock

Amazon, $20.10 – $53.01

Fitness

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Icon Luxe Kit Gym Bag

Sweaty Betty, $165

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Theragun Therapy Device

Amazon, $599

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Ginger Float Cream Bubble Bath

Origins, $33

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Dharma Yoga Wheel

Amazon, $26.87

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Apple Airpods with Charging Case

Amazon, $144

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Surface Pocket Legging

Alphalete, $64

Foodie

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Masterclass: Alice Waters

Masterclass.com, $90 (single class)

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 Staub Perfect Pan with Glass Lid

Food 52, $149-$184

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Custom Engraved Global Chef’s Knife

Amazon, $99.96

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Jacques Torres “Wicked” Hot Chocolate

Mr. Chocolate, $22.50

Globetrotter

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Anker Power Core

Amazon, $31.99

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Wonderboom Portable Waterproof Speaker

Amazon, $54

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Landon Carryall

Dagne Dover, $185 (large size)

Activist

Local:

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Donate to a food bank in your area (ex: NYC/NJ)

National:

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National Diaper Bank Network

Global:

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Edna Adan University Hospital (read the NY Times article)

Rescue.org’s Winter Gift List

Support a cause that is close to your recipient’s heart at Global Giving, Care, and Heifer International

Hostess

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Audio Technica Stereo Turntable

Amazon, $149

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Two of a Kind “Ours” decanter

Kate Spade, $100

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What Do You Meme? – Adult party game

Amazon, $19.99

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Compact Swivel Cheese Board with Knives

Uncommon Goods, $42-$64

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HyperChiller Beverage Cooler

Amazon, $29.99

Hibernator

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Sherpa Lined French Terry Hoodie

Gap, $29

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Natori Bathrobe

Amazon, $58.95

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Cable Knit Oversized Throw

Amazon, $69.80

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Customized Leather Journal (and write a nice note inside)

Jenni Bick, $36

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Book of the Month

Book of the Month, $14.99 per month

Photographer

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Peak Design Slide Lite Easily Removable Camera Strap

Amazon, $49.95

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Lightweight Travel Tripod

Amazon, $50.56

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Phlearn Subscription – Where Professionals Learn Retouching with Photoshop and Lightroom

Phlearn, $12.99 per month

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Magnetic Photo and Card Holder

Amazon, $14.48

Social Media Mogul

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Switchpod DSLR Tripod

Amazon, $99

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Pro Lens Set

Moment, $319.95

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Selfie Ring Light

Amazon, $26.21

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iPhone 11 Pro Max Smart Battery Case

Apple, $129

Not done holiday shopping yet? Check out more gift ideas in Primer's other gift guides!

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Ali grew up in New York and currently lives in Philadelphia, where she works as a copywriter. She enjoys cooking, playing the guitar, and powerlifting, and has a brown belt in Krav Maga. You can find her collected articles on health, fitness, and other lifestyle topics at https://alibzagat.contently.com/ Instagram: @alibzagat