Don’t get caught up in the line of thinking that there are specific gifts for women you can and can’t buy. Thinking up gift ideas can be tough, but the world is vast and the opportunities are endless! From versatile home decor and gadgets to skin care gift sets and cooking projects that will get them working with some new ingredients, there’s something that fits every quirky friend, partner, sister, or loved one—no matter how elusive their wish list may be. A great gift is something they’ll like, but a perfect gift is something you’ve put a lot of thought into.
If you’re on the search for a thoughtful gift that’s going to make them feel extra special, you’re in the right place. Skip the gift card this year and stop googling for more gift guides. All you need to do now is find the perfect gift box.
Ahead, you’ll find our favorite picks, from a linen pajama set they’ll never want to take off to an especially thoughtful camping essential for your favorite hiker.
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These earrings will quickly become their favorite pair of hoops. A luxe take on a classic silhouette, it’s the perfect gift for someone who is always showing up with the best jewelry.
New pajamas are always appreciated. Your favorite homebody will think of you every time they slip into this loungewear and dig underneath a cozy throw blanket.
Apple Watch bands often take a step too far into the tech universe, vibe-wise. This band is made of Italian acetate, giving it an elevated look that’s sure to catch some eyes.
Airpods are way too easy to lose—there’s no getting around that. But when they’re nestled into this sleek rubberized case…it’s admittedly a little harder to lose sight of them.
Skincare is so personal to each person, but a gift set of sheet masks is a safe bet for most. Plus, the best beauty gifts are ones that can be shared. Maybe your best friend (or whoever is lucky enough to receive this arsenal of face masks) will invite you over for a night of self-care.
There are a lot of suitcases out there, but this one has a beautifully designed secret weapon: A zippered expandable design that means you can carry it on and buy your fair share of souvenirs to check on the way home. Plus, it comes in some pretty chic colors.
A cashmere scarf is a great option for the person you enjoy, but don’t know entirely well—say, a coworker or a partner’s parent.
Know someone who never stops singing? This is the gift for them. This waterproof, Bluetooth speaker will liven up any shower.
Believe it or not, a design-forward water bottle is surprisingly hard to come by. This design from beloved Denmark-based brand Hay comes in rich colors and will keep drinks cold long after they’ve been stored.
Neoprene is a highly moldable material, making it an ideal candidate for a travel bag. This carry-on-size duffel comes in two rich colors and will look just as natural in an overhead bin as it will at the gym.
This is the definition of “the thing they won’t buy for themselves but want to.” The bold blue color will brighten up any nightstand or desk, and the knobbed design is simply fun to look at.
Some may call it a fanny pack, but we’ll call it a modern crossbody in an absolutely delicious color. This bag is perfect for running errands and looking really good while doing so.
For the friend who is always focused on all things eco-friendly, introduce a way for them to spruce up worn or stained clothing. Shibori is a stunning method of tie-dyeing—each kit comes with two cotton bandanas and two tea towels to practice on.
Sturdy lunchboxes make great gifts for women, men—really whoever. Celebrate the coworker who brings lunch to work (every single day).
Encourage your dreamiest friend’s foraging habit with a tote that will (carefully) store all of the beautiful things they find.
Much like taking a break from screens, providing the tools for a proper doodle session can turn a bad day right around. These watercolor brushes are simple to use and don’t require an art school degree to wield them.
This journal is full of prompts aimed at tapping into the journaler’s imagination. It’s a bit like being back in grade school, with a dialed-in aesthetic.
Socks are a classic holiday stocking stuffer, but who says you can only give the gift of warm, cozy toes in December?
A silk robe is an undeniably luxe thing to slip into at the end of the day. Available in three colors, this is the ultimate loungewear essential.
When it comes to loungewear, you can’t get much more comfortable than a buttery-soft bodysuit. This particular design was made for lounging. Plus, it’s a great workout essential, particularly because the wearer won’t have to worry one bit about sagging leggings or uncomfortable compression.
Beauty & wellness
This best-selling eye mask can be seen on most long-haul flights, and for good reason. The ultra-soft material is great for refreshing your eyes while you snooze and the rose gold color will match just about any travel outfit.
Everything about this bath soak is luxe. It’s made of seaweed hand-harvested from the Jurassic chalk reef, right off the coast of Margate in the UK. Plus, they can use the seaweed as a plant fertilizer once bath time is over.
Sunscreen is the most important part of a skin care routine. Opt for the best and give your closest friend or partner some of the best sun protection out there. Weightless and invisible, it’s exactly what they want a sunscreen to be.
From the iconic scent to luxurious formulas, this Aesop set is fresh and rich.
Home & garden
We all have a favorite tote. But there’s something about this design that makes us long for warm afternoons at the park, filled with snacks and dodging frisbees.
If you’re struggling to figure out what to gift your loved one who’s had a tough year, consider the coziest present of all: a weighted blanket that feels like a hug.
Some people just can’t keep plants alive—and that’s okay! It’s extra okay when there are stained glass pieces like this to make up for a lack of (living) greenery.
This blanket is made with an extra large knit, meaning whoever you gift it to will feel like they fell right into a massive yarn pile (in a good way).
Warm and spicy, this scented candle from everyone’s favorite brand has notes of hinoki, cypress, and oakmoss. It’s a woody vibe that’s all-to-perfect for cool, fall months.
If candles aren’t their thing, opt for a diffuser that works with essential oils. This design is sleek enough to work into any room’s design.
Available in three colors, this bookend doubles as a vase. It’s a great present for anyone moving into a new space.
You’ll get a laugh out of any art school graduate with these silly air plant holders.
For the friend who appreciates the smallest of details, you can’t go wrong with something small that packs a thoughtful punch. These candlesticks are hand painted with florals inspired by the very blooms at the Salter family UK home.
Tools are a lot like hair ties. At one point, you have a full set and everyone is happy. And then a few months later…the hammer is nowhere to be found, and your screwdriver has sprouted legs and run off. This color-coordinated set from Character comes with 12 hand tools—everything they’ll need to tackle house projects and beyond.
Yes, the physical gift is a zen garden. But the real gift is giving your loved one a break from the computer screen—and we could all use more of those.
Call it a high-design white elephant gift, but these coasters will earn a permanent place on the coffee table of anyone who receives them.
This hand-painted bowl looks just as beautiful holding a bundle of fruit as it does sitting solo. Food-safe and made with a lead-free glaze, it’s a piece you can get lost in for a bit.
Building a simple fire is one thing, but any seasoned hiker or camper will appreciate this portable fireplace. The lightweight design itself is a gift: The entire thing folds flat into a nifty little carry case.
Houseplant is a peek into Seth Rogen’s brain—and it’s a beautiful place to be. This ashtray really looks nothing like an ashtray (in the best possible way). The gloopy design is on-trend but will bring smiles for years to come.
We’re all for relatable home decor over here. Choose from three faces to find the one that best fits your loved one (but tread carefully).
This slow-growing succulent doesn’t need a ton of water or light, making it the perfect token of appreciation for your favorite office desk mate.
We all have the buddy whose home is overflowing with vines, plants, and flowers. And even if they already have their fair share of planters, they won’t turn their head on another one—especially when it’s this curvy, ribbed, hand-made planter.
A set of playful candle holders is a safe bet for any kind of design aficionado, but especially for a friend who just set up a new workspace or studio.
Bonus points if you present this full of blooms.
If you’re really stumped on what to give, you cannot go wrong with the ever-inoffensive candle. Sure, scents can be hit or miss, but Shinola offers four subtle fragrance mixes, from lemon, fig, and olive to black pepper, cinnamon, and cedar.
Inspire never-ending wanderlust for your favorite traveler with this book, which features photos and stories centered around this beyond-special island in the Mediterranean.
Whether you’re looking for an anniversary gift or a housewarming gift, the stitching on this vase adds a playful touch to a classic silhouette.
There are a couple of ways to win here: You can gift your best friend a set of the coziest sheets after a big move—they’re going to be tired, and they’re going to be thanking the universe for your friendship. Winning scenario number two: You are moving into a new place with your partner and you want to give them something nice…that you will also get to enjoy.
When it comes to the best subscription box, this one takes the cake (cone?). Your loved one will thank you every month when a fresh flavor arrives on their doorstep.
The tea drinker in your life will take a trip around the world with this set, from Asia to Africa.
The best thing about this eye-catching coffee pot is its size. This can easily be tossed in a carry-on, making it a great option for the friend who loves traveling (and can’t wake up without at least one shot of espresso).
Consider this the ultimate host gift. It’s a small ingredient that can go a long way—plus, it’s exactly the kind of thing a home cook would love to experiment with.
It may be easy for a tea drinker to feel slighted when it comes to all of the gadgets required for making a cup of joe. But they won’t feel like an afterthought when using this modern, porcelain teapot.
They’re a bit quirky, a bit silly, and a whole lot of fun. These napkins from NYC-based design brand Steak Diane are the definition of conversation pieces.
What started as a small chocolate-making effort in an old Icelandic gas station is now a full-force chocolate empire with some of the more imaginative ingredients out there.
This pan is always selling out, thanks to its unexpected color options and the fact that it’ll replace a bunch of other tools to help save space. It’s the perfect pick for a friend or sibling who just moved into a new place.
If you know a home cook who doesn’t have a rice cooker, prepare to be the hero. This machine from Zojirushi has a number of settings (so you can use it for things that aren’t rice) and tracks how your food is cooking so it always comes out perfectly.
This ribbed coffee maker by Alessi has a playful little secret: It’s designed to look like a baby chicken’s beak. This all makes more sense after realizing that “pulcina” is the Italian word for “chick.”
If you happen to know someone who is a prop stylist—or fancies themselves one in their own space—they’ll love this patterned tray. The rattan handles speak to a current trend without going overboard.
If a personalized gift is what you’re after, this workhorse of an apron will fit the bill. Each design can fit 10 characters of text or a monogram, making it a gift they will cherish for years (and kitchen mishaps) to come.
It’s a mug, it’s an art piece; the wooden sleeve gives these cups a major dose of personality. Plus, they’re stackable, and there’s something wildly satisfying about that.
The pop of rainbow-inspired color on the inside of this pitcher’s handle is as close to a smile as a color palette can get.
There’s nothing better than a blender your favorite smoothie maker won’t want to hide away when it’s not in use.
Great for a coworker, dinner party host, or neighbor, these serving utensils recall bright sunny thoughts, no matter what they’re serving up.
The mixologist in your life will appreciate this thoughtfully designed, minimalist martini mixer. You’re also gifting a bit of history: Arne Jacobsen is the original designer behind this piece, which was recognized by The Danish Society of Industrial Design and The American Institute of Interior Designers.
Gone are the shot glasses boasting vacation destinations (though those have a time and a place, as well). These modern shot glasses are designed to bring forth thoughts of marbles and childhood nostalgia with their colorful palette and shape.
This kit will have your favorite dinner party host scheming all of the fun tasting events they can build around this gift. Hey, maybe you’ll score an invite.
These three balsamic vinegars are crafted in Modena, Italy, featuring a mix of Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes. Who knew vinegar could cover so many flavor profiles. I mean, we all did—but you can really taste it with this set.
Classic glasses with just enough pizzazz, these are great to pull out for any happy hour or dinner gathering. The host in your life will appreciate this addition to their likely-versatile glass collection.
For common wine glasses, these wavy little things are downright delightful. Made of an extra-resilient tempered glass, you can even house your morning coffee (or tea) in these cups. Talk about versatile.
If a home cook is on your gift list, consider upgrading their kitchen toolkit with a chef-loved knife. This beautiful eight-inch blade is a great go-to chef’s knife, capable of tackling any task a recipe throws out there.
It’s likely that cheese boards will never (ever) go out of style. The same goes for this board, which has the coolest hidden storage for your tools.