Gift shopping is hard. No matter if you’re shopping for a sibling, a longtime spouse, or a co-worker, the act of picking out the perfect gift can be overwhelming. What do they want? What do they not already own? What color would they want it in? Are they allergic to anything? Do they like to read? What is their favorite scent? So many questions, so little time to buy.
To reduce your gift shopping stress, we’ve come up with a list of 50 awesome gifts for all the different types of women—or whoever—in your life. From the home chef to the wine lover to the one you don’t know that well, we have you covered. Here are Reviewed’s picks for the gifts women want in 2021, including some of the best stuff we’ve tested, top-rated popular items, and things our editors own, love, and recommend.
For the one you have no idea what to buy: Sephora Favorites Holiday Perfume Sampler
If you ever get stumped on what to give your wife, sister, girlfriend, mom, friend, etc, my go-to gift recommendation is a Sephora perfume sampler. Many years ago, my grandmother bought this for me as a gift. I knew nothing about perfume at the time, but I was able to dabble in a few best-sellers thanks to this kit. When I was done, I picked my favorite and redeemed the coupon in the gift set for a full-sized bottle. Even now that I know about perfume, I would still welcome this gift, as it’s not every day I get to try new fragrances.
For the picky one: Gift cards
Shopping for some people can be hard. I get it. I am a person who is hard to shop for. Being this type of person, I can tell you first hand that gift cards are the way to go when shopping for a gift critic. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves to spend money, I guarantee they will love the gift of spending someone else’s money.
For the one who loves being cozy: Lou & Grey Loungewear
Lou & Grey sweats are crazy popular and crazy comfy. I purchased a matching set back in March and have since ordered two more. While they are fantastic together, both the sweatshirt and sweatpants are great on their own, too. The fleece lining is comfortable and has remained that way after countless times in the wash. If you’re looking for a gift that screams comfort, look no further than a Lou & Grey loungewear set. Perfect for all ages and style preferences, you can’t go wrong here.
For the girl who has everything: La Mer Moisturizing Crème
La Mer is an expensive moisturizer with a cult following—and also a perfect gift if you want to ball out on someone. La Mer moisturizing cream has over 79,000 hearts at Sephora and over 1,900 reviews at Nordstrom with a 5-star rating. That is a lot of love. Why not spread it? (Pun not intended.)
For the one you live with: Peloton (…because then you get to use it, too)
If you’re looking to splurge, a Peloton is truly an amazing gift if you’re shopping for someone who loves spinning. We recently tested exercise bikes and found the newest version of Peloton’s bike, the Bike+, to be the best one on the market. However, the regular bike is still great if you’re not looking to spend that much and want to join the Peloton club. As a proud owner of a Peloton (you can read my review of the original bike here), I think it is a perfect gift if you have the money. An important note: While Peloton bikes are expensive, they can be financed for a monthly price lower than many gym memberships (especially if you’ll be splitting the cost with someone!).
For the one who is always smiling: Sugarfina candy
Sugarfina candies are not like regular candies. They are cool candies. But really. With flavors such as bourbon, rosé, and champagne, it doesn’t get much fancier than this.
For the one who is always dehydrated: Yeti Rambler Water Bottle
Yeti products have a cult following, and this popular water bottle would be a welcomed gift for anyone who is good or bad at staying hydrated (I am bad; I guess I need a Yeti Rambler). When we tested water bottles, the Yeti Rambler was our top pick for the outdoors.
For the one who walks a lot: Birkenstocks
Birkenstocks slowly made a comeback over the last couple of years, and now they are once again a summer footwear staple. I own three pairs of Birkenstocks (see my review of them here), and they are so comfortable that I no longer wear other shoes during summer. I recommend the Arizona sandals, as well as the less expensive Essentials Arizona sandals. Both are fantastic.
For the carb lover: A pasta maker
If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys cooking and loves Italian food, a pasta maker would make for a fun gift. It’s not just a gadget. It’s also an experience! How fun would it be to learn to make your own pasta in the comfort of your own kitchen?! Our favorite pasta maker at Reviewed is the Marcato Atlas 150.
For the makeup aficionado: A lighted makeup mirror
If you’re shopping for someone who’s into makeup, it can be hard to get them actual products if you have no idea what they use and love. Something easy to get the makeup lover in your life, though, is an accessory that enhances the experience of putting makeup on: a lighted makeup mirror! The Deweisn Lighted Makeup Mirror is the best value makeup mirror we tested, as it provides perfect views and lighting for optimal makeup application. For under $25, you can help her look flawless every day with this unique gift idea.
For the one who is always on-the-go: Fjällräven Backpack
The Fjallravenn backpack is not only trendy and useful (with hundreds of 5-star reviews on Nordstrom), but they are also functional and of great quality. The brand makes our favorite casual use backpack out of all the ones we tested, so we can safely say this is a great gift. No matter their age, a backpack is always nice to have, for school, work, traveling, and commuting.
For the runner: Garmin Forerunner 245 Running Watch
After testing running watches, the Garmin Forerunner 245 took the top spot as the best one. Whether the person you’re shopping for Is training for their 10th marathon or just casually enjoys running, this watch would be welcomed with open arms—I mean wrists.
For the one who hates jeans: Madewell Jeans
I thought I hated jeans until I discovered Madewell jeans. They’re comfortable, they’re slimming, they never rip, and they’re a great price. Madewell also has sizes for all—petite, tall, curvy, etc. If you’re not sure what kind to get, I recommend the perfect vintage jeans or a classic 10-inch (not too low-waisted, but not too high, either) in a solid color dark wash, like Hayes Wash. Read more about why I’m obsessed with Madewell jeans here.
For the one who wants to upgrade from iPhone photography to actual photography: Panasonic Lumix LX100
Recommended by one of our tech experts, this camera is perfect for beginners. If you’re shopping for someone who is pretty good at taking smartphone photos, consider giving the gift of real photography this year. Though there is an updated model, the LX100 is still a great choice given the price.
For the artsy one: Jiggy for Anthropologie Puzzle and Glue Set
Not only have puzzles become a trendy activity, but so have the options of puzzles to buy. Jiggy’s puzzles are works of art—literally. After your complete them, they become pieces of wall art you can proudly display in your home. For anyone who has been occupying time spent at home with puzzles, a Jiggy puzzle would be a perfect gift.
For the wine lover: Corkcicle Insulated Stemless Glass
Corkcicle’s stylish stemless wine thermos is a perfect gift for wine drinkers. With over 1,500 reviews and a 4.5 star rating, this cute little thermos will keep their drink cold during socially distant outdoor gatherings and anti-social outdoor gatherings, in which a person spends time alone outdoors. It comes in a variety of colors, including one called “Unicorn Magic.”
For the health nut: Skinnytaste cookbooks
As a WW (Weight Watchers) member, I almost exclusively cook recipes from the Skinnytaste website and cookbooks. As a longtime follower of Gina Homolka’s blog, I can confirm her recipes are both healthy and amazing. Any of her cookbooks would make for a great gift alone, together, or with a kitchen gadget or small appliance that can be used with the cookbook.
For the one who is always cold: Canada Goose Jacket
If you’re looking to splurge on someone who lives in a place where temperatures plummet to below freezing, a Canada Goose jacket is a great choice. Yes, they are expensive, but I can confirm that they are worth the price. I used to refuse to go outside unless I absolutely had to on extremely cold days, but my Canada Goose totally changed that. I purchased the Gabriola parka two winters ago and not only is it the warmest jacket I’ve owned, but it fits well and is comfortable to move around in. While my coat is low in stock, two popular options at different price points are the Shelburne parka and the Ellison jacket.
For the one with fabulous hair: The best curling iron
The one who loves beauty products and having fabulous hair would love the GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand. When we tested curling irons, it came out on top as our favorite. Our beauty expert Jessica Kasparian says “it’s intuitive, heats up quickly, and makes the sometimes painstaking process of styling my hair all-around easier.”
For the neat freak: Dyson Vacuum
If you want to splurge, look no further than a Dyson stick vacuum. Best for people who keep a clean home, or at least try to (whether they like doing it or not), our favorite vacuum—the Dyson V11 Torque—would make for the ultimate gift. I got a Dyson vacuum as a wedding gift and owning one has been a game-changer.
For the lazy neat freak: Robot vacuums
We love robot vacuums at Reviewed and so do our readers. In fact, one of the things our readers continue to buy over and over is robot vacuums. The Eufy RoboVac 11s is the best affordable robot vacuum we’ve ever tested and would make a great gift for anyone, whether they enjoy cleaning or not. While the Eufy is definitely more of a splurge at over $200 in price, the best robot vacuum we’ve ever tested is a splurge multiplied by 10. For $799, you can give the gift of our favorite robot vacuum—the iRobot Roomba i7+. No matter what your budget is, a robot vacuum is always a good choice.
For the one who uses too much plastic: The FinalStraw
Give the person you’re shopping for the gift of a reusable straw—and give the environment the gift of one less person using plastic straws. Look at you, doing good things for humanity! Our favorite reusable straw at Reviewed is the FinalStraw. It’s easy to use, carry, and clean, and would make a perfect gift for the person who is still asking for a straw at Starbucks even though they have literally banned them (this is me; I am this person).
For the one looking forward to future travel plans: Away’s The Carry-On
You’ve probably seen this trendy luggage on Instagram, as it’s a travel blogger favorite. The brand is also one of our favorites at Reviewed. When we tested checked luggage, Away won as our best hard-sided suitcase. In addition to that, one of our writers swears by her Away carry-on. It comes in multiple and looks much different than your average suitcase.
For the binge-watcher: Roku Ultra
The Roku Ultra is our favorite streaming device. If you know someone who is addicted to binging television shows, give them the gift of an enhanced Netflix viewing experience.
For the one who lives where it snows: Winter boots
If you’re shopping for someone who lives where it snows, a new, warm pair of winter boots would make for a smart gift. Ugg sells a fantastic pair of boots named Adirondack III that I own, love, and recommend. They’re warm, comfortable, easy to put on and take off, and they go with just about every outfit. I’m not the only person who loves them, either. They have nearly a 5-star rating from over 870 reviewers on Nordstrom’s website. Other great options for winter boots include the extremely popular Sorel Joan of Arctic snow boots that have a 4.5-star rating from over 775 reviews and of course the cult-favorite Bean Boots from L.L.Bean.
For the bag lady: Madewell Leather Transport Tote
I have owned Madewell’s zip-top leather tote for a few years now and recommend it as a gift for any woman who is ever on-the-go. The classic tote is big enough to hold belongings for work and long weekends, and it’s stylish enough to use even when there’s not a lot in it. It’s especially great for traveling because of the zip-top—and the fact it fits way more than you would think. The bag comes in a few different colors, but the English Saddle color is the most popular.
For the one who still doesn’t have an Instant Pot: Instant Pot
For the past couple of years, Instant Pots have been all the rage for both advanced home chefs and beginners. What is an Instant Pot, you ask? It’s a multi-cooker, meaning it does all the things. It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg cooker, the list goes on. If they don’t yet have an Instant Pot (or they have an older model), consider giving them the best multi-cooker we’ve ever tested, the Instant Pot Ultra.
For the plant parent: A plant from The Sill
The Sill is an online shop for both live plants and faux plants. If you’re shopping for someone who loves greenery, a plant from The Sill would make a great gift, whether they have a green thumb or not. Our editor, Meghan Kavanaugh, reviewed the service and loved it.
For the sentimental one: Printed pictures or a photo book
Nothing says “thoughtful gift” more than a book of meaningful photographs. Shutterfly is our favorite online photo printing service at Reviewed. We love its high-quality prints and the wide variety of photo-themed gift options that are available, including photo books. For high-end wedding and baby albums, modern custom calendars, and frames, Artifact Uprising is also incredible. After our wedding, my husband and I made our parents their own layflat wedding albums as gifts on Artifact Uprising, and they were stunning.
For the one working out at home: Lululemon Yoga Mat
The pandemic has led many people to exercise at home rather than at the gym or in fitness studios. If you’d like to give the gift of a home gym upgrade, consider a yoga mat. Perfect for virtual fitness classes, ab work, stretching, and of course yoga, a yoga mat is a must. Even if they already own one, our top tested pick from Lululemon would be a welcomed enhancement. The mat also travels well for those who are heading into gyms and fitness studios—or those who plan to again one day soon.
For the one who loves their couch: A cozy throw blanket
Doubling as home decor and personal comfort, throw blankets are a great gift for everyone. For a splurge, Barefoot Dreams sells a CozyChic blanket that Chrissy Teigen once recommended as the gift to buy in a tweet (she owns one and claims to use it ‘365’). Another great option is Anthropologie’s Sophie Faux Fur Throw Blanket, which has a 4.9-star rating from over 380 reviewers. For a less expensive blanket, this throw at Nordstrom is a wonderful option with a 5-star rating from over 2,000 reviews.
For the one still using wired headphones: Apple AirPods Pro
Apple’s AirPods Pro are the best true wireless earbuds our experts have ever tested. If you’re shopping for a lover of all things Apple, they would adore a pair of these—even if they already own the original AirPods. Who wouldn’t love an upgrade? For Zoom meetings, working out, and even listening to podcasts while loading and unloading the dishwasher, AirPods are a great gift for anyone.
For the fitness fanatic: Yoga pants
There has never been a better time to give the gift of leggings now that most people are wearing them 24/7. We love Lululemon’s Align leggings at Reviewed. They are the most comfortable leggings a couple of us have ever owned. When buying these as a gift, pay attention to sizing, as you want to get the right pair for your giftee. For example, I am 5″2 and wear the 25″ leggings as pants. The 28″ pants would be better suited for someone who is taller.
Another one of our favorites? Athleta’s Ultra High Rise Elation Tight, which come in a wide range of sizes and performed super well thanks to their soft, breathable fabric. Not to mention, they have a 4.75-star rating from over 2,000 reviews, which shows just how much people love them.
For the jewelry lover: Kate Spade pendant necklace
If the person you’re shopping for enjoys simple and timeless jewelry, this Kate Spade pendant necklace is a perfect gift. It can be dressed up or down and is personalized with the initial of their first name displayed in the pendant. This necklace has over 890 rave reviews and our readers can’t stop buying it. Not to mention, necklaces with initials on them are very much on-trend right now.
For the book lover: The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
The book lover in your life may already have a Kindle, but who doesn’t enjoy the latest and greatest technology the world has to offer? This is the best Kindle we’ve tested and over 94,000 reviewers on Amazon agree. It has tons of storage space, is glare-free, and is waterproof.
For the one who likes being comfortable: Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Cardigan
This cardigan has over 3,500 reviews on Nordstrom and a 5-star rating. I own this myself and can confirm it is actually a comfortable blanket disguised as clothing. When it comes to cardigans and sweaters, the limit does not exist for the amount one can own. They make great gifts—especially when they’re this cozy (and chic).
For the one who loves to cook: Staub Dutch Oven
You’ve probably heard of, seen, or owned a Le Creuset dutch oven. They are one of the most popular wedding gifts for newlyweds and, like KitchenAid stand mixers, a kitchen staple for adults everywhere. However, when we tested dutch ovens at Reviewed, our favorite overall was not Le Creuset—it was Staub! We’re not the only ones loving this brand, either. Their cookware is all over food blogs and Instagram. Clearly, these dutch ovens are hot right now, so get one for the person in your life who loves cooking.
For the one who should cook more: Home Chef gift card
For those who have busy schedules and order more takeout than they probably should, a meal kit delivery service would be an excellent gift idea. Our favorite meal kit delivery service at Reviewed is Home Chef. Cassidy Olsen, who tested meal kits for Reviewed, summed up the service perfectly: “High-quality ingredients, well-written recipes, and fantastic flavors make the Home Chef experience one you’ll want to integrate into your weeknights.” If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys home-cooked meals, but lacks time in their week to prep and cook, give them the gift of easy weeknight dinners with a Home Chef gift card.
For the home entertainer: Capri Blue Volcano Jar Candle
If you’re shopping for someone who loves home décor, you can never go wrong with a trendy candle as a gift. We love Capri Blue’s Volcano scent at Reviewed. Not only does the scent smell amazing, but the chic jars double as pretty home decor. Anthropologie sells tons of styles for Capri Blue candles, but my go-to’s are the jar candles in blue and white. I have them all over my home.
For the one who has a lot going on all the time: Gravity Blanket
Weighted blankets are great—and not just because they’re warm, but because they can help you relax. The best weighted blanket we tested is the ultra-popular Gravity Blanket. Gravity claims their blanket is like wearing a hug. If you’re shopping for someone who could use a hug or another blanket to lounge on the couch with, consider getting them a gravity blanket. It’s great to sleep with at night, too.
For the photo lover: Heart Custom Photo Art from Minted
For the person who loves memories, consider creating an adorable piece of custom photo art that they can hang up on the wall for all to see. Whether it’s pictures of a newborn, snapshots of grandkids, or photos from college for a recent graduate, this heart-shaped photo collage wall art is a sweet and sentimental gift they will truly appreciate.
For the one obsessed with all things Apple: Apple Watch
If they don’t own one already, an Apple Watch would be a fantastic gift for the one who is always on their iPhone. We tested the brand new Apple Watch Series 6 and it is the best smartwatch we’ve ever tried. Give the gift of our favorite smartwatch so they can have all of their notifications, music, and texts at their fingertips all the time.
For the homebody: Ugg Slippers
You can’t go wrong with the gift of slippers—especially during a time where many people are spending the majority of time at home. Not only are Ugg slippers and boots trendy again, but the popular Ugg Scuffette II Slippers are the best slippers we tested at Reviewed. It’s worth noting that these slippers are backless, so if you’re shopping for someone who might prefer something they can wear inside and outside, our best full-coverage slipper is the Ugg Ansley Water Resistant Slipper. For the trendy one, the Ugg Fluff Yeah Sandal slippers are perfect. These cult-favorite slippers have a nearly perfect 5-star rating from just about 5,000 reviews, are celebrity-approved, and our tester loved them too.
For the music lover: The best portable Bluetooth speaker
If you’re shopping for someone who loves listening to music or podcasts, consider giving the gift of our favorite portable bluetooth speaker, the JBL Flip 5 speaker. It’s the best portable Bluetooth speaker we’ve tested, and it’s waterproof, meaning it can be used anywhere, rain or shine. A portable speaker is always great to have to bring on hikes, use at home, or listen to outside. They’re especially great for outdoor socially distant gatherings.
For the one who keeps asking about air fryers: Air fryers
Air fryers have been one of the trendiest kitchen gadgets for a while now, as they offer a way to make home-cooked fried food that’s healthier than regular fried food. The Phillips Airfryer XXL is the best air fryer we tested and would make a great gift for anyone who likes to cook and eat semi-healthy, and of course, has extra kitchen counter space.
For the one with a few too many credit cards: Michael Kors Tri-Fold Leather Wallet
A new wallet is a no-brainer gift for men and women alike—and this one has a designer label to boot. This slim trifold envelope wallet from Michael by Michael Kors comes in sleek back leather with classic gold accents, including the “Michael Kors” logo printed across its front. The back has a zipper pocket for additional storage, and the interior has room for all her cards, cash, and change. Close to 500 shoppers claim it’s a must-have for any gal.
For the coffee lover: The Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer
Here at Reviewed, we’ve tested all sorts of coffee makers. Drip, pour-over, cold brew, espresso machines, the list goes on. Because of this, we can safely say that if you’re looking to splurge on someone who loves their coffee, look no further than the best drip coffee maker, the Moccamaster. Not only does it make a great cup of coffee, its mid-century, retro design looks fantastic on countertops. Not sure if they’ll love the Moccamaster or looking for something a little more affordable? Check out our list of the best coffee makers we’ve ever tested.
For the one who deserves peace and comfort: Pajamas
Pajamas are always a great gift because people rarely ever buy them for themselves. Nordstrom sells pajamas that people—myself included—swear by. They are the Lingerie Moonlight Pajamas, and they have a 4.5-star rating from over 1,600 reviews. A few Reviewed editors own these, and we can confirm that they are comfortable and of great quality for the price.
For the one who loves getting their hair done: Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer
The Revlon hair dryer brush was arguably the most popular product people bought in 2020, aside from toilet paper. With over 167,000 rave reviews on Amazon (yes, 167,000), it has achieved cult status in the world of beauty products—and it’s approved by our beauty editor, Jessica Kasparian. She tested the hairdryer and found that it absolutely does live up to the hype.
For the home chef: The Always Pan
You heard it from Reviewed’s cooking writer, Valerie Li Stack, first: The Always Pan is a perfect gift. The influencer-approved kitchen item is not only stylish, but it does the job of eight pieces of cookware. It’s a fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. Perfect for those who live in small spaces and those who love cookware and kitchen tools, the Always Pan is an ideal gift for anyone who loves to cook.