35 gifts that women actually want
No need to play guessing games this year
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Gift shopping is hard. Whether 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 colour would they want it in? Are they allergic to anything? Do they like to read? What is their favourite scent? So many questions, so little time to buy.
To reduce your gift shopping stress, we’ve come up with a list of 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.
Please note that many of these items could be in high demand as we head into the winter months. We recommend starting your holiday shopping early this year to make sure your items are still available—and to ensure that they'll arrive on time, as shipping could be delayed.
1. For the one who needs some self-care: Bath bombs
If she's always complaining about how hectic her week has been, she'll love our favourite set of bath bombs to have a long soak with. The top-rated LifeAround2Angels set, which comes with 12 fizzy, colourful and moisturizing bombs has more than 33,000 Amazon reviews with many claiming they're just good as the more expensive Lush bath bombs. We even loved their pleasant scents and how they didn't stain our bathtubs as most other bath bombs do.
Get the LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs from Amazon for $59.25
2. For the one who loves getting their hair done: Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer
The Revlon hair dryer brush is arguably the most popular product of the year. With 90,000 rave reviews on Amazon (yes, 90,000), it has achieved cult status in the world of beauty products—and it's approved by our own experts. Reviewed's beauty writer, Jessica Kasparian, tested the hairdryer and found that it absolutely does live up to the hype. As for gifting it, I purchased one for my mom as a gift earlier this year, and she is obsessed.
Get the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer on Amazon for $54.96
3. For the home chef: The Always Pan
You heard it from Reviewed's cooking writer, Valerie Li Stack, first: The Always Pan may be the hottest gift of the 2020 holiday season. 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 this year.
Get the Always Pan from Our Place for $125
4. 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.
5. For the one who loves their couch: A cozy throw blanket
Doubling as home decor and personal comfort, throw blankets are truly a great gift for everyone. For a splurge, Barefoot Dreams, the brand that makes the cult-favourite, comfortable CozyChic cardigan, sells a CozyChic blanket. Chrissy Teigen recommended these blankets as the gift to buy last year in a tweet (she owns one and claims to use it '365'). The blankets come in trendy animal prints and solid colours.
For a less expensive blanket, this throw at Nordstrom is a wonderful option with a 5-star rating from over 1,800 reviews.
6. For the one still using wired headphones: Apple AirPods Pro
Apple’s AirPods Pro are the BEST true wireless earbuds our experts tested this year. 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 make a great gift in 2020.
Get the Apple AirPods Pro at Amazon for $329
7. For the fitness fanatic: Yoga pants
At a time where one's work uniform may have transitioned from jeans to yoga pants, there has never been a better time to give the gift of leggings. We love Lululemon's Align leggings at Reviewed. They are the most comfortable leggings I've ever owned. Even after numerous washes and years of ownership, they are still my favourite to wear for both workouts and lounging. In fact, I refuse to wear any leggings except Align leggings now. Pay attention to sizing, as you want to get the right pair for your giftee. For example, I am 5"2 and wear the crop 21" and 23" leggings as pants.
8. 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 favourite portable Bluetooth speaker, the JBL Flip 5 speaker. It's the best portable Bluetooth speaker we've tested, and it's waterproof, so it can be used anywhere, rain or shine. A portable speaker is always great to have, whether to bring on hikes, use at home, or use outside (it's especially great for outdoor socially distant gatherings!). Even if they might already own a Bluetooth speaker, replacing old tech gadgets with new ones is always a welcome idea (especially when it's something approved by Reviewed).
Get the JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker on Amazon for $159.95
9. 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 65,000 reviewers on Amazon agree. It has tons of storage space, is glare-free, and is waterproof. Since it really is a perfect gift for anyone who likes to read, it's already on backorder for a few weeks. Be sure to grab one now to ensure you can give one (or more!) as a gift this holiday season.
Get the Kindle Paperwhite on Amazon for $149.99
10. For the one who likes being comfortable: Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Cardigan
This cardigan has over 1,500 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).
Get the Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan from Nordstrom for $155
11. 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 favourite 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. If you're stuck choosing a colour, I recommend the black or cherry red. I own Staub cookware in both these colours and love them.
Get the Staub Cast Iron 5.5 Quart Round Cocotte at Amazon from $521.81
12. For the one who loves being cozy: Free People Onesie
Whether they're spending the day inside or just need something to slip on before running to the grocery store, they'll love this Free People Just Because onesie. Available in 10 different colours including Aphrodite and Blue Flame, this wardrobe favourite has a 4.7-star rating from more than 310 Free People shoppers. Customers loved the comfy, slouchy fit and some even dressed it up with some wedges or boots to wear out on the town! If your giftee is looking for some stylish loungewear, this is the gift she needs.
Get the Free People Just Because Onesie from Free People for $148.68
13. 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 7 and it is the best smartwatch we've ever tried. Give the gift of our favourite smartwatch so they can have all of their notifications, music, and texts at their fingertips all the time.
Get the Apple Watch Series 7 from Amazon from $604.18
14. For the simple one: Kate Spade pendant necklace
If the person you’re shopping for is simple and timeless, this Kate Spade pendant necklace could be perfect. 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 880 great reviews, so people clearly love it. Not to mention, necklaces with initials on them are very much on-trend right now.
Get the Kate Spade one in a million initial pendant necklace at Hudson’s Bay for $68
15. For the one who loves fall: Bee & WillowLED Glass Pumpkin
If she loves fall, help her spruce up her home décor with something from Bed Bath & Beyond. Like this light-up pumpkin for example, which features 30 LED lights and weighs only about two pounds. She can place it on her dining table or in her bedroom to add an early holiday feel to her living space.
Get the Bee & Willow 16-Inch LED Glass Pumpkin from Bed Bath & Beyond for $30
16. 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.
Get the Michael Kors Tri-Fold Leather Wallet from Michael Kors for $178
17. 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, but its mid-century, retro design also looks fantastic on countertops. Not sure they'll love the Moccamaster or looking for something a little more affordable? Check out our list of the best coffee makers we've tested this year.
Get the Technivorm Moccamaster KBG Coffee Brewer on Nordstrom for $463
18. 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.
19. 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 favourite. 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."
Get the GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand at Amazon for $249
20. For the one who deserves peace and comfort: Moonlight 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 just about 5 stars from over 1,300 reviews. I own the shorts/t-shirt version of these, as well as the nightshirt version, and they are comfortable and of great quality for the price.
Get the Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Pajamas at Nordstrom for $84
21. For the lazy neat freak: Robot vacuum
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 and 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 (a $300 discount), you can give the gift of our favourite robot vacuum—the iRobot Roomba i7+. No matter what your budget is, a robot vacuum is always a good choice.
22. For the one who has a lot going on all the time: Gravity Blanket
Literally everyone is talking about weighted blankets right now. The people love them, and the people want to be under them for the entirety of winter and beyond. Not just because they’re warm, but because they can help you relax. The best-weighted blanket we tested was the ultra-popular Gravity Blanket. Gravity claims their blanket is like wearing a hug, and what better gift than a giant, welcomed hug for the holidays?
Get the Gravity Blanket from Gravity for $257.04
23. 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 a 4.5-star rating from more than 1,800 reviewers on Amazon’s website. Another great option is, of course, the cult-favourite Bean Boots from L.L.Bean.
24. 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 and 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 which we loved for its versatility.
Get the Instant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Pressure Cooker from Amazon for $163.89
25. 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), and they are so comfortable that I no longer wear other shoes during summer.
Get the Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandal at Nordstrom from $170
26. 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 favourite pasta maker at Reviewed is the Marcato Atlas 150 which was both easy to use and aced all our tests.
Get the Marcato Atlas 150 on Amazon for $111.99
27. For the makeup aficionado: A lighted makeup mirror
If you’re shopping for someone who's into makeup consider getting them 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.
Get the Deweisn Tri-Fold Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror from Amazon from $49.99
28. 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 high quality. The brand makes our favourite 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, travelling and commuting.
Get the FJÄLLRÄVEN Kånken Water Resistant Backpack from Nordstrom for $100
29. For the runner: Garmin Forerunner 245 Running Watch
After testing running watches, the Garmin Forerunner 245 took the top spot as the best one as it was both comfortable for all-day wear and offered a robust set of fitness tracking features. 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.
Get the Garmin Forerunner 245 Running Watch on Amazon for $349
30. For the one who wants more than a digital memory: Fujifilm Instax 9 Mini
Polaroid photos never go out of style, especially if she loves to decorate her scrapbook, diary or even bedroom wall with her favorite memories. Consider getting her the popular Fujifilm Instax 9 Mini which Amazon shoppers say is easy to use and produces high-quality prints. You'll even be able to pick between multiple colors and gift her one that matches her style.
Get the Fujifilm Instax 11 Mini Instant Camera from Amazon from $89
31. 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. From frozen fries to hamburgers to Nashville hot chicken, this gadget could handle it all.
Get the Philips Airfryer XXL on Amazon for $349.95
32. For the health nut: Fitbit Charge 5
Hailed as our top pick for Fitbit devices, the Fitbit Charge 5 is a serious game-changer. We loved its comprehensive fitness tracking, sleep tracking as well as built-in GPS. It's also super comfortable to wear so she can wear it on her wrist all day long. Plus, she'll receive her calls and texts straight on her watch, making it easy to keep track of her social life even when she's on a run.
Get the Fitbit Charge 5 from Amazon from $229.98
33. 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 nearly 34,000 hearts at Sephora and more than 5,900 reviews at Nordstrom with a 5-star rating. Nordstrom customers loved how refreshing and lightweight it was and how radiant it made their skin feel.
Get the La Mer Créme de la Mer at Nordstrom from $125.00
34. 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 favourite. The brand is also one of our favourites at Reviewed. When we tested checked luggage, Away ranked as one of our favourites. In addition to that, we also love the Away carry-on. This pick comes in a variety of cute colours, features an ejectable battery and an innovative compression system so your giftee can easily carry that extra dress she needs.
Get Away's The Carry-On from Away for $295
35. For the homebody: Ugg Slippers
You can't go wrong with the gift of slippers—especially a cozy pair like these. 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. We loved these cult-favourite slippers for their open-toe, breathable design and the elastic strap, which kept these slippers firmly on our feet.
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