There’s something about choosing gifts for people — especially if those people are women — that can provoke anxiety in even the savviest, most self-assured guys. So if you’re drawing a blank when it comes to buying holiday presents for the women on your list, take heart. Great gift-givers are made, not born.
At its core, a great gift isn’t the newest, shiniest, or most expensive thing. It’s something that makes the recipient think, “hey, they really get me.” Making someone feel noticed and appreciated doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does require a bit of thought.
It’s usually a safe bet to buy something that will help your recipient pursue her interests, but just getting your girlfriend new sneakers because she’s a runner isn’t necessarily the best move…unless you know her shoe size and favorite brand, and whether she under or overpronates.
A great gift also doesn’t have to be something that she doesn’t already own. Maybe it’s a nicer or upgraded version of something she already has and likes.
A carefully chosen gift that lets friends and loved ones know that you’re thinking of them — especially if you can’t see them in person — will be appreciated long after the initial thrill of unwrapping a gift has faded.
We crowdsourced a variety of gifts that will delight the women on your gift list and/or make their lives easier. Rather than categorize gifts by relationship (e.g., for sister, mom, friend, girlfriend, co-worker, etc.) we organized gifts by interest. So think about what makes the special women you’re shopping for so special, and go from there.
Wise Owl Camping Hammock
Smartwool 150 Base Top Layer
Wild Woman Subscription Box
Subscription box of outdoor gears, snacks, inspiration
Yeti Crossroads Tote Bag
White Truffle Hot Sauce, 6 oz.
Winc Wine Subscription Box
Winc, $150/3 month subscription (4 bottles per month)
Buy a bottle of wine and include a note about the subscription.
Swissmar Raclette with Grill Plate
Williams Sonoma, $140 / Amazon, $115
Milk Bar Peppermint Bark Cake
Magnolia Table, Volume 2: A Collection Of Recipes For Gathering
Global 8″ Chef Knife
Just For Fun
Personalized video from favorite actors, reality stars, and athletes.
Living Room Date Night Dancing
The perfect at-home date night, made specifically for people who don't dance.
Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket
Barefoot Dream Robe
The Kissing Mugs
Pacifica Lavender Pillow Mist
Oversized Alpaca Sweater
Weighted Blanket with Removable Duvet
Stainless Steel Wine Tumblers
Work From Home
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones
Fluid Stance Balance Board for Standing Desks
The Monstera Duo
Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Dyson Super Sonic Hair Dryer
The Bentley of hair dryers
Tea Forte Fleur Gift Set
Bowflex Adjustable Kettlebell
Foam Roller Water Bottle with Straw
Free People Packable Jacket
Daily Harvest Gift Box
Lululemon Reversible Yoga Mat
Customized Leather Journal (and write a nice note inside)
Homesick Soy Candles
Urban Map Rocks Glass
Homebody: A Guide To Creating Spaces You Never Want To Leave
Edna Adan University Hospital (read the NY Times article)
Rescue.org’s Winter Gift List