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54 thoughtful gifts your girlfriend will love ' at every budget

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 06 Dec 2019


Getting your girlfriend a meaningful gift doesn't require hours of internet research on your part.The reporters and editors on the Insider Picks team spend every day covering the latest, greatest, and altogether best products you can buy, and we put together a list of thoughtful gifts for your girlfriend.Find all of our holiday 2019 gift guides here.For couples, gifting can be especially enjoyable. You know what your partner loves, what small daily annoyances of theirs that you can solve with a thoughtful gift, and how much they'll appreciate knowing the gesture came from you.Odds are you want to give them something wonderfulwhatever your price range is. All you need is a little direction, and a few great options to choose from. Most of these have expedited shipping options too.The top 5 best gifts for your girlfriend:A beautiful candle from Otherland, a cool startupA personalized gourmet coffee subscription from Driftaway CoffeeAn Aquis towel that makes her hair dry fasterA gourmet Cozymeal cooking class with a renown chefA pair of wireless Apple AirPodsCheck out all 54 gifts for your girlfriend:SEE ALSO:17 cool gift ideas for the music lover in your lifeDON'T MISS:25 affordable kitchen gifts under $50 that any home cook or baker will loveA beautiful cashmere sweater in tons of colorsCashmere Crew, available on Everlane, $100Everlane is a cult-favorite startup, and its $100 cashmere sweaters are one of its most popular products ever. Thanks to the company's transparent pricing, you get a really nice cashmere sweater for the price of a not-so-nice oneand this classic crewneck comes in 18 colors.If she's especially environmentally conscious, check out Reformation's cashmere. It's more expensive ($148), but it's made from 70% recycled cashmere. If you're looking for something even less expensive, cashmere startup Naadam has fantastic cashmere sweaters for $75, but they're prone to sell out.The best performance socks she's ever wornWomen's Performance Running Ankle Sock, 6-Pack, available on Bombas, $91.20Bombas makes the best socks we've ever tried, and they're a holiday gift we find ourselves giving every year to loved ones. They're lightweight, moisture-wicking, and built to circumvent annoyances like uncomfortable seams and heel slipping.A weighted blanket for better restYnM Weighted Blanket, available on Amazon, $59.50Weighted blankets help create more restful sleep by "grounding" the body, and YnM makes some of the most popular and affordable weighted blankets on the internet. There are multiple sizes and weights for the ideal fit and width (they recommend picking whichever is about 10% of your body weight), and the segmented design allows you to move around without displacing all the weighted beads inside.Touchscreen-compatible leather glovesCashmere Lined Leather Touchscreen Gloves, available on Nordstrom, $74.25 (originally $99)Something she'll use often is a pair of sleek, cashmere-lined leather touchscreen gloves.Her favorite specialty food straight from the sourceOrder her favorite specialty foods using GoldbellyGoldbelly makes it possible to satisfy their most specific and nostalgic cravings no matter where they live in the USa cheesecake from Junior's, deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati, and more. Browse the iconic gifts section for inspiration.A camera lens kit for her phoneOlloclip Lens Kit, available on Olloclip, from $79.99If she loves taking photos and wishes her phone's camera could do more tricks, pick up an Olloclip lens kit with a fish-eye, wide-angle, and macro lens inside. They work well and they're easy to use. Plus, the company even has a universal mount in the works.Comfy, high-end sheets at the best price on the marketLuxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available on Brooklinen, from $219Brooklinen is one of our favorite companies, point-blank. We think they make the best high-end sheets at the best priceon the market, and most of the Insider Picks team uses Brooklinen on their own beds.The Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle comes in 14 colors and patterns, and you can mix and match them to suit your taste. Grab a gift card if you want to give her more freedom. If you opt for a sheet bundle, she'll receive a core sheet set (fitted, flat, two pillowcases), duvet cover, and two extra pillowcases in soft, smooth 480-thread-count weave.Beautiful candles from a cool startupManor House Weekend Candle, available on Otherland, $36Otherland is a candle company started by Abigail Cook Stone, a former art buyer for Ralph Lauren. If you want to give your girlfriend a candle that burns for 55 hours, looks beautiful, and comes from a startup that she's probably seen (or coveted) before, this is a great option. Find a full review here.A mug that keeps hot drinks hot for up to six hours straightHydro Flask Mug, 12 oz, available on Amazon and Hydro Flask, from $22.46This mug is a common desk companion for the Insider Picks team. The 12-ounce coffee mug has the company's proprietary TempShield insulation that made its water bottles famous. This mug will keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. Read a full review of ithere.The internet's favorite olive oilAwake Olive Oil, available for pre-order on Brightland, $37Brightland's olive oils make great gifts for cooks and anyone who loves to entertain. The white bottles protect the EVOO from light damage and look nice displayed on a countertop. Find a full review here.The convenience of Apple AirPodsApple AirPods, available on Amazon and Best Buy, $145 (originally $159)When it comes to convenience, trulywireless earbuds are the best. And Apple's AirPods are very popular with iPhone and Android users alike. They look subtle compared to other bigger options, and they're incredibly easy to use. For the latest option, you can pick up AirPods Pro for $234.98 on Amazon too.A gift card to a popular wine subscription clubGift Card, available on Winc, from $60Winc is a personalized wine cluband we think the best one you can belong to overall. Members take a wine palate profile quiz and then choose from the personalized wine suggestions. Each bottle has extensive tasting notes and serving recommendations online, and makes it easy to discover similar bottles.Gift her a Wincgift card, and she can take a wine palate profile quiz and get started with her own customized suggestions.A high-tech towel that keeps her from slipping around during yoga classesManduka Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel, available on Amazon, from $43Manduka is known for making the best yoga products, and their Yogitoes towel is one of the most loved. It has tiny 100% silicone nubs on one side that grab yoga mats and keep yogis from slipping around during the exercise. Having a good towel can make a big difference.It also comes in 19 great colors and gets eco-friendly points. Each Yogitoes towel is made from eight recycled plastic water bottles, and made with dyes free of azo, lead, or heavy metal.The "world's most comfortable shoes"Women's Wool Runners, available on Allbirds, $95Allbirds' newest collection is a line of water-resistant shoes, but for the uninitiated (or anyone looking for comfortable sneakers for casual wear), the classic Wool Runners make a great gift.A nice gold vermeil and sapphire zodiac sign necklaceZodiac Necklace, available on Mejuri, $80Mejuriis a Canadian startup created in 2015 tomake fine jewelry affordable to buy and it has racked up wait lists with more than 40,000 people on them before. Their popular Zodiac Necklace is cool, minimalist, and something she can wear every day. It's made in gold vermeil with AAA quality white sapphires. Mejuri's affordable pricing means the estimated traditional retail price of the same necklace elsewhere would be closer to $235.A popular fitness trackerFitbit Charge 3, available on Amazon, $127The Fitbit Charge 3 isn't the newest model the company has released, but it is perhaps the best and most popular. It has a lot of useful activity tracking features without a big, clunky screen or an exorbitant price. It has a built-in heart rate monitor, in-depth sleep tracking, advanced workout features, and real-time workout tracking on the screen. The battery life lasts around six days.A monogrammed jewelry case from a minimalist fashion startupLeather Jewelry Case, available on Cuyana, $115 (+ $15 for monogram)Keeping track of tiny and delicate jewelry is difficultbut jewelry cases are a pretty and useful solution. Especially if you've gotten her jewelry in the past, or plan to in the future, this is a thoughtful and personalized gift. It's made from premium leather, comes in six colors, and can be monogrammed with her initials. Cuyana is also a cool leather bag startup she may have already heard of.A surprisingly elegant headbandLele Sadoughi Velvet Pearl Padded Headband, available at Shopbop, $185Sleek velvet is studded with faux-pearl accents for a headband that'll add a feminine touch to every outfit she pairs it with.A customized map of her favorite placeCustom Map Poster, available on Grafomap, from $49Grafomap lets you design custom maps of anywhere in the worldlike the first place you met, the best trip you ever took together, or the hometown she couldn't wait to show you. It's unique, thoughtful, and pretty inexpensive.You can find the full Insider Picks review here.Plan a trip for the two of you to take together ' and maybe use this online travel concierge to helpJourny Gift Card, available on Journy, from $50Airbnb Gift Card, available on Airbnb, from $25If you want to gift an experience for the two of you to enjoy together, grab a card, a gift card to Journy or Airbnb, and come with a few location ideas in mind.If you haven't heard of Journy, it's a startup that matches you with an expert travel planner to design the ideal trip for $25 per daycomplete with booking hotels, making restaurant reservations, and keeping landmarks and local haunts in mind. If you want to surprise her with a trip already planned, go through Journy yourself and present her with the full, detailed plan.You can also book a hotel in your city onBooking.comorExpediafor a sweet staycation.A new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for reading anywhereKindle Paperwhite, available on Amazon, $129.99Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite is its thinnest and lightest yet, with double the storage. Perhaps the best features are that it's waterproof and has built-in adjustable light for the perfect reading environment indoors or outdoors, day and night. If she loves a nice, relaxing bath, pair this with a caddy, bath bombs, and a glass of wine for a relaxing night in that you've already taken care of.A cult-favorite hair towel that reduces damage and cuts drying time by 50%Aquis Rapid Dry Hair Towel, available on Amazon, from $16 and Sephora, from $30Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in halfa claim we're happy to report holds up. The proprietary fabric also means there's less damage to wet hair while it dries.A funny and unique handmade cardYou've Stolen a Pizza My Heart Handmade Card, available on Etsy, $4.25You can pick up a card from Walgreens on your way to exchange gifts, but it'll mean more if you think just a few days ahead. Etsy has great options for cheap, unique, handmade gifts that are cool and thoughtful. This one is handmade watercolor print, and it's lovably funny and sweet.A fun, unique local dateAirbnb Experiences, available on Airbnb, from $25Local pasta-making classes, wine tours, pottery workshops, secret concerts, nature outingsyou can book from thousands of fun classes and experiences on Airbnb Experiences to make wherever you live feel new, exciting, and full of possibilities. It's also an under-utilized part of Airbnb, making it a thoughtful and unusual giftand one you may keep using yourselves for out-of-the-box date nights in the future. Find out more here.A 100% silk pillowcase that reduces frizz and keeps skin hydrated overnightCelestial Silk Pillowcase, available on Amazon, from $35.99Silk pillowcases reduce frizz and damage to hair and make it look shiny and healthy. It also reduces the likelihood of wrinkles and keeps skin hydrated overnight by absorbing less of the moisturizer in her skin as she sleeps.This particular Celestial Silk pillowcase is one of the internet's hidden gems. It's $40 on Amazon (lesser quality options go for $85), but we rated it the best silk pillowcase you can buy in the Insider Picks buying guide.It's the one I personally own, and itmakes a big difference for frizzy hair.A houseplant that arrives already potted and is easy to care forSilver Evergreen, available on Leon & George, $109Leon & George is a San Francisco startup that will send beautiful plantspotted in stylish, minimalist potsto her door. All she has to do is to occasionally add water. Flowers are wonderful, but houseplants have a much longer shelf life, and most of Leon & George's options are very easy to care for.Beautiful earrings she'll own foreverTriple Threat White Topaz Huggies, $150Stone and Strand is a one-stop shop for affordable fine jewelry. According to the site, the Triple Threat White Topaz Huggies are limited edition and 100% ethically mined, and no two pieces are exactly alike.A membership to a popular skin-care and makeup subscription that sends new, cool, and best-selling products once per monthBirchbox 3-Month Gift Subscription, available on Birchbox, $45Birchbox is a skincare and makeup subscription that sends tons of samples of new and cult-favorite products to subscribers so they can find products they love without much commitment or cost upfront. Makeup and skin-care products can be expensive, so this is a particularly helpful service.A stylish leather makeup pouch that's thoughtful and easy to travel withLola Toiletries Pouch, available on Dagne Dover, $75Dagne Dover is quickly becoming one of the best women's handbag companies to know, and their Lola Toiletries Pouches are a great and relatively affordable gift. The small size ($75) is perfect for everyday makeup essentials, and the large ($105) can be used for toiletries, makeup, or as a small purse. It's made from beautiful pebbled leather, and you can pick from seven foolproof color choices.The new Sonos Move portable speakerSonos Move, $399The Sonos Move is one of the best speakers on the market. It's powerful, can be controlled by your voice or an app, and has Amazon Alexa built in so on WiFi you can play music, check the news, set alarms, get your questions answered, and more, without much effort.A small skin-care tool that removes 99.5% of dirt, oil, and makeup residueForeo Luna Facial Cleansing Brush, available on Amazon, $99Our team swears by thesegentle yet effective cleaning brushes. They have hygienic silicone bristles and come in five different models for different skin types. The Luna is small enough to bring on the go, so they can maintain their skin-care routine while traveling.A leather wallet from the same manufacturer as Prada for a fraction of the priceBrynn Zip Around Wallet, available on Italic, $100Italic is a startup that makes unbranded luxury goods from the same factories that produce designs for brands like Givenchy or scents for Le Labominus the markup. The Zip-Around Wallet is made from soft, calfskin leather and comes in four classic colors. It comes from the same manufacturer as Celine and Prada, and Italic estimates it would cost $295-$300 in traditional retail. It's also good to note that the company plants one tree for every order. You can find a full review of the company's leather goods here, and of their candles here.A subscription to a coffee service that sends coffees specifically for her taste preferences3-Month Subscription, available on Driftaway Coffee, from $44If she loves coffee, she'll probably love to try Driftaway. It's a gourmet coffee subscription that gets smarter the longer you use it, remembering your preferences and steering you towards increasingly accurate brews for your specific tastes. The first shipment will be a tasting kit with four coffee profiles, which she'll rate online or in the app to start getting personalized options.A book of love letters written by history's great menLove Letters of Great Men, available on Amazon, $13.54It can be hard to do yourself justice in wordswhether they're spoken or written in a card. This compilation of love letters written by great men can help you say it without actually technically saying it. Bonus points if you write your own, or mark the ones in the book that most closely resemble your own feelings.A beautiful diamond necklace she'll have foreverDiamond Bezel Necklace, available on AUrate, $320A diamond necklace doesn't have to be thousands of dollars, as fine jewelry startups like AUrate are proving. This necklace is something she can keep and wear forever, and both the solid gold and conflict-free diamonds are of the highest quality.Cozy fuzzy socks and the tools for a great night inUGG Australia Chenille Crew Socks, available at Bloomingdale's, $20Pair these with her favorite comfy products for an ideal "night in": bath bombs, sheet masks, candles, wine, and maybe a gift card to her favorite place to order take-out from.A cooking class from one of the nation's top chefsGift Card, available on Cozymeal, from $50With a Cozymeal class, they'll learn how to make anything from fresh pasta to Argentinian staple dishes from the nation's top chefs. In addition to cooking classes, Cozymeal offers food tours in various cities.You can also book a cooking class through Sur La Table depending on your location.A pair of leggings from an eco-conscious startupSeamless LITE High-Rise Legging, available on Girlfriend Collective, $78Girlfriend Collective is an affordable, unique fitness startup that makes stylish workout gearwhich also happens to be made out of eco-friendly materials likerecycled fishing nets and plastic water bottlesin ethical factories.The best bathrobe that money can buyBathrobe, available on Snowe, $98Snowe's $98 unisex bathrobehas been called the best and most absorbent terry robe on the market, and I'm just one more fervent believer. The cotton fiber traps air for extra absorbency, is soft and plush, and the unisex sizing means it will feel like a blanket-turned-robe. Perfect functionality, and extra points for coziness.a personalized passport cover and luggage tag setPassport Cover and Luggage Tag Set, available on Leatherology, $65Beautiful passport sets are a great gift for plenty of reasons. They're useful, likely something she won't have already bought herself, and are often associated with the joy and excitement of travel. Sometimes, you want to own one thing for a long timeand luggage tags and the memories that accompany them are one of those items.You can get this monogrammed starting from $20 for a bit more personalization, too.A gift set of a dozen decadent bath bombsBath Bomb Gift Set, available on Amazon, $26.80This bath bomb gift set comes with 12 handcrafted bath bombs that range from mango-papaya to lavender in scent, and some of which include flower petals. They're a great addition to a long bath, as is a bamboo bathtub tray.A plug-in that adds voice-control to outletsWemo Mini Smart Plug, available on Amazon and Best Buy, from $27.97These plug-ins will turn a "dumb" outlet into a smart outlet. Plug in the WeMo Mini Smart Plug, download the free app, and that's ityou control your lights and appliances from your phone anywhere and your voice through Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Home Kit. It only needs WiFino expensive hub.A subscription to a famous book club that sends her great hardcovers once per month3-Month Subscription, available on Book of the Month, $49.99If she loves books, Book of the Month is an especially thoughtful and unique giftit's a book club that has been around since 1926, and it's credited with discovering some of the most beloved books of all time ("Gone with the Wind" and "Catcher in the Rye" to name a couple).If you gift her a subscription, she'll receive a hardcover book delivered to her door once a month. Books are selected by a team ofexperts and celebrity guest judges. If she's really more into audiobooks or e-reading now rather than hardcovers,check out a gift subscription to Scribd(full reviewhere).A gift bundle of the best hair dryer ever invented and popular hair products from a celebrity hair stylist's lineDyson Blown-A-OUAI Set, available at Amazon, $399This gift may seem inexplicably expensive, but it's actually considered a steal to those with either product on their wish lists (retail value: $466). The award-winning Dyson blow dryer is covetable, and lauded as the best one ever invented; It prevents hair damage by measuring air temperature 20 times per second, has a specially designed Dyson motor for fast drying, and reduces static, breakage, and makes hair look smooth and shiny.The Ouai products are from celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin's personal line. She's best known for stylish the Kardashians, Jessica Alba, and Sofia Vergara.A gift card to ClassPass so she can go to tons of boutique fitness classes without the expenseGift Card, available on ClassPass, from $1Boutique fitness classes are expensive. ClassPass makes them less so. With ClassPass, she can drop into diverse exercise classes at tons of different specialized studios for $15 or less per class (about half their traditional cost). If she likes to be kept active, is looking for a newfound favorite class, or likes yoga as much as barre classes, this is a great gift she'll actually use.Lush, subtly scented body washThe Body Wash, available on Necessaire, $25New startup Necessaire formulates its body care products with nourishing vitamins and clean ingredients. The subtly scented Body Wash will leave their skin feeling clean, soft, and nourished.A stylish, savvy carry-on with an external battery packCarry-On, available on Away, $225Away's hyper-popular suitcases deserve their hype. Their hard shell is lightweight but durable, their 360 spinner wheels make for seamless traveling, and the external (and ejectable and TSA-compliant) battery pack included can charge a smartphone five times over so she never has to sit behind a trash can at the airport for access to an outlet again. It's also guaranteed for life by Away. Find our full review here.A stylish weekender to keep her organized on the goCaraa Sport Studio Tote Large, $250Caraa Sport makes some of the most functional and best-looking gym bags on the market. This one can transition from tote to backpack by adding straps, has a hidden shoe compartment, and has a waterproof and antimicrobial lining.An award-winning but pricey at-home facialDrunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, available on Sephora, $80This is an award-winning mask with a big following in the beauty and skin-care community. It's $80, but it's an at-home pro-quality facial she can use anytimewhich is a fraction of the price required for regular facials.A framed keepsake of a favorite memoryFramed photo, available on Framebridge, from $39Gift Card, available on Framebridge, from $25Framebridge makes custom framing for not-custom-framing prices. You can print or paint something on your own and have it framed, or have them print and frame it, andyou can take advantage of the team of designersfor help deciding what frame to get.A gift card for delicious healthy meals she can make in about 30 secondsGift Card, available on Daily Harvest, from $25Daily Harvest is a food startup that makes it possible to eat healthy, delicious meals for less than $10 each even if you only have 30 seconds to spare for prep time. Meals are pre-portioned, delicious, and designed by both a chef and a nutritionist to make sure they're tasty and good for you. It addressed all my healthy eating roadblocks.Fancy popcorn and a movie nightPopcorn Seasoning Set, available on UncommonGoods, $30Fandango Gift Card, from $15Grab these handmade popcorn seasonings (white cheddar, salt & vinegar, buttery garlic, and smokey BBQ) from Uncommon Goods and make some fancy popcorn for a movie night. Or, make a reservation at a nice restaurant, stock up on her favorite movie candy and some fun drinks ahead of time (wrap them for an extra wow-factor), get a Fandango gift card, and take her out for a dressed-up version of the classic movie date.Kitchen towels that rate wines by how well they pair with certain foodsWine Pairing Towel Set, available on Uncommon Goods, $28If she loves having a nice glass of wine and/or cooking, she'll appreciate the thought behind these unique wine pairing towels. Grab a bottle and some corresponding ingredients for a fun night in for the two of you.16 highly-rated sheet masksSheet Mask Set, available on Amazon, from $9.90Grab her 16 sheet masks to make it easier for her to have a frequent and well-deserved "treat yourself" day. These 16 are highly-rated and have both vitamin E and collagen included for healthy, happy skin. Looking for more gift ideas' We've got you covered.Our master list of every gift guide you'll ever need50 creative gift ideas under $2550 thoughtful gift ideas under $5076 clever gift ideas under $10044 cool stocking stuffers on Amazon26 affordable tech gifts under $2551 thoughtful gifts for her, all under $5065 cool gifts for him on Amazon
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