The Best Gifts for Girlfriends, from Stylish Smartwatches to Jeans that Fit All Sizes
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No matter the reason or the season, there’s always a demographic that’s deemed difficult to shop for. But finding the best gifts for girlfriends — whether she’s your romantic partner, a platonic pal, or a colleague — doesn’t need to be an exhaustive scavenger hunt, and there are plenty of thoughtful presents that will appeal to everyone.
So stop trying to pick your (or her) brain to pinpoint exactly what she’s into: we’re doing the heavy lifting for you and rounding up some of the top gift ideas for girlfriends. There’s something for every type and aesthetic: think treats for tech-savvy fitness enthusiasts, finds for your luxury fashion lovers, and goodies for the pop music-obsessed gourmand, to name just a few. Ahead, check out our favorite picks for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and just-because days for the ladies in your life — no return receipt necessary.
Frame Le One Skinny Jeans
Don’t know your beloved denim devotee’s size? No need to have their number, thanks to Frame’s Le One jeans. The high-rise skinny silhouette is made of sustainable organic stretch cotton that allows one pair to fit up to six sizes: 23 to 28, and 29 to 34. They’ll be much appreciated by anyone (ahem, everyone) whose waist size fluctuates, like new moms. Purchase: $218 at Frame
Ziip Nano Current Device
When they can’t make it to their regular high-end facial appointment, get your girlfriend the next best thing with Ziip’s nano current device. With regular usage, the high-tech tool uses tiny electrical currents to stimulate the skin’s production of collagen and elastin, increase circulation, and boost lymphatic drainage.
All of that means that users can choose from a range of treatments on Ziip’s iOS and Android app to zap away acne, brighten the skin, lift the visage, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. It comes with the brand’s best-selling Golden Conductive Gel, a USB cable and wall charger, a cleaning cloth, and padded storage bag. Purchase: $495 at Violet Grey
Got a crafty one on your hands? Cricut’s Maker machine can cut over 300 materials (including fabric, posterboard, leather, balsa wood, matboard, and more) with lightning-fast speed, as well as create iron-ons, vinyl decals, and more. The versatile device offers hundreds of projects for all skill levels, and its design app comes loaded with free templates and ideas for your DIY-minded recipient’s next creation. Multiple colors available. Purchase: $330+ at Amazon
Béis The Backpack
Whether you’re gifting a seasoned remote worker or a travel enthusiast, this trip-ready backpack by Béis (the brand founded by actor Shay Mitchell) has their day’s worth of gear covered. We’re fans of the main compartment’s full-zip closure, security straps, and zippered pockets (a clear one that’s great for toiletries and a mesh one for other items), and the back trolley pocket that lets wearers slip the bag onto their luggage handle.
Other handy features include the water-resistant lining, a padded laptop sleeve, two side pockets, and an exterior zippered compartment that keeps pens and other belongings organized. Purchase: $78 at Nordstrom
Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch
If your perennially plugged-in pal is more of an Android type, she’ll love Fossil’s Gen 5 and 5 LTE smartwatches, which are powered by Google’s Wear OS and boast interchangeable watch straps. The latest versions are equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 (no longer the newest on the market, but nonetheless still impressive performance), 1GB RAM, and 8GB of storage.
It’s great for anyone who wants to keep tabs on their workouts and health stats, thanks to the built-in GPS and trackers for heart rate, activity, cardio, and sleep. Other handy features include a mic and speaker for taking handset-free calls via Bluetooth, Google Assistant and Pay, and water resistance of up to three meters.
Also available is the Fossil Gen 5E, a lite option that forgoes the GPS and some of the tracking sensors, and has half the storage capacity. It’s still a worthy pick for anyone who wants the conveniences of a smartwatch but doesn’t care for the fitness tracking, and it comes in two case sizes to fit those with small wrists. (We’re also fans of its predecessor, the Fossil Gen 4, which happens to be on sale.) Purchase: $349 at Fossil
Alleyoop Beauty Trio
Multi-tasking beauty buffs will appreciate Alleyoop’s space-saving trio of makeup essentials. The kit includes a four-in-one brush, a smudge-proof cream eyeshadow/eyeliner, a three-shade blendable face palette (blush, contour/bronzer, and highlighter) that leaves the skin with a natural glow, and a clear case for stowing it all in one compact place. Purchase: $81 at Alleyoop
Adelante Shoes The Granada Women’s Boots
Ethical footwear brand Adelante’s custom leather boots are made for walking, traveling, and generally taking life’s knocks. The company’s made-to-order model means that the Guatemalan craftspeople who make each pair are paid more than the living wage — something that your socially-conscious giftee will no doubt appreciate.
Footwear can be customized by color, size, and foot width. If your recipient isn’t into boots, the brand also offers flats, sandals, mules, and other silhouettes. Orders arrive within two weeks, and we love that each pair comes with a note about its Central American creator (recipients can also send a thank you postcard for Adelante to pass along to the shoemaker). Purchase: $260 at Adelante Shoes
Serendipity x Selena Gomez Cookies & Cream Remix
Charm the hearts (and tastebuds) of your favorite sweet-toothed pop superfans with Serendipity‘s exclusive pink vanilla ice cream concocted by Selena Gomez, who became part-owner of the New York gourmet dessert brand last year. Inspired by the singer/songwriter’s song, “Ice Cream,” with K-pop group BLACKPINK, the frozen treat is swirled with gooey fudge and finished with bits of cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies. Purchase: $83 for an eight-pack on Amazon
Courant Catch3 Charging Pad and Tray
Organized design lovers will appreciate Courant’s sleek Catch3 wireless charging pad and tray, which manages to make any jumble of car keys, coins, jewelry, and other miscellaneous items look ‘grammable. It’s wrapped in luxe pebbled leather and measures 11 inches by eight inches by 3/5 inches, so it’s an ideal size for keeping belongings orderly on bedside and entryway tables. Multiple colors available. Purchase: $175 at Verishop
Girlfriend High-Rise Pocket Leggings
These high-rise leggings — yes, by the aptly-named sustainable label, Girlfriend — are made of recycled water bottles, so 25 of them are rescued from ending up in a landfill. We’re fans of this comfortable silhouette and the fact that it has pockets on both sides, so your girlfriend can go hands-free on her next run. Multiple colors and inseams available. Purchase: $78 at Girlfriend
Breville Duo Tempo Pro Espresso Machine
Got a coffee connoisseur? Breville’s Duo Tempo Pro will upgrade her at-home barista setup and is ready to start brewing in just three seconds. Encased in sleek stainless steel, this machine is equipped with a proprietary Thermojet heating system that delivers rich flavor from her favorite third-wave coffee beans. The steam wand whips up the right amount foam for masters of latte art, too. Purchase: $438 at Amazon
Bala One-Pound Bangles
These one-pound wrist and ankle bangles by Bala make it a cinch for even the most time-pressed fitness fiends to get more exercise, whether it’s during a workout or working from home. The photogenic accessory is made of recycled stainless steel wrapped in smooth silicone, and comes with a handy storage case. Multiple colors available. Purchase: $50 at Shopbop
Lunya Washable Silk Robe
You know what’s annoying? Getting gifted ridiculously nice loungewear that can’t be thrown in the washing machine. This chic washable silk robe by Los Angeles-based Lunya is cozy enough to fall asleep in (the thermoregulating fabric keeps a comfy body temperature) and not too pajama-like for wearing outside of the house. Multiple colors available. Purchase: $248 at Lunya
Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier
Hey Dewy’s cute and compact humidifier is a winter best-seller for a reason. The USB-powered device spouts up to 10 continuous hours of cool mist that keeps dry skin and hydrated. We like that the soft LED light also doubles as a night light. Purchase: $39 at Urban Outfitters
J. Hannah 14-Karat Gold Arc 1 Hoops
Here’s a no-pressure way to put a ring on it: opt for these sleek 14-karat gold sustainable gold earrings. This luxurious crescent-shaped pair boasts an artful-yet-classic design that looks great on all earlobes and skin tones. Purchase: $580 at J. Hannah
Oura Biometric Ring
If your tech-savvy sweetie prefers multi-tasking jewelry, Oura’s sleek biometric ring keeps track of their sleep quality, heart rate, body temperature, and fitness. The wearable’s app crunches all of the numbers into “scores” so users can get optimize their lifestyle (think the best time to go to bed and when to meditate) for better overall health. Multiple colors available. Purchase: $299+ at Oura
The Container Store x KonMari 2-Drawer Linen Jewelry Box
If nothing sparks joy like keeping her accoutrements tidy, then she’ll dig this two-drawer jewelry box from Japanese organization pro Marie Kondo’s new line for The Container Store. This roomy storage solution is 14 inches wide by 10 inches deep by about seven inches high, and it’s got a total of 41 compartments in a range of sizes for tucking away rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and other treasures.
The lower drawer houses a removable sliding tray, and the box is finished with stylish linen that adds a modern touch wherever it’s placed. Purchase: $130 at KonMari
Fleur Du Mal Black Satin Ponte Paneled Bodysuit
Sometimes a girl wants to feel sexy in her high-end sleepwear without fussing over delicate lace underpinnings or complicated corsets — and for her, we suggest reaching for Fleur Du Mal’s vintage-inspired satin bodysuit. It features strategical seams for shaping, we love that it can be paired with chic pants and worn as an everyday top. Purchase: $225 at Fleur Du Mal
Cuyana Classic Zip-Around Wallet
The best gifts are the ones made to last (even if it’s well beyond your relationship), like this zip-around wallet by Cuyana. We like the brand’s “buy fewer, better things” ethos, and this classic piece is made of responsibly-tanned and sustainably-sourced leather that maintains its shape over time.
It measures 7.75 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall and one inch deep, and has eight card slots, two bill slots, and a zippered coin pocket. You can also add a cool gold monogram for an extra fee. Multiple colors available. Purchase: $175 at Cuyana
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