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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 does she want? What doesn’t she already own? What color would she want it in? Is she allergic to anything? Does she like to read? What is her favorite scent? So many questions, so little time to buy.
To reduce your gift shopping stress this holiday shopping season, we’ve come up with a list of 50 awesome gifts (25 more than last year!) for all the different types of women in your life. From the home chef to the traveler to the one you don’t know that well, we have you covered. Here are Reviewed's picks for the gifts women want in 2019, including some of the best stuff we've tested this year, many top-rated popular items, and things I personally own, love, and recommend.
For the past three years or so, Instant Pots have been all the rage for both advanced home chefs and those who lightly dabble in cooking. What is an Instant Pot, you ask? It’s a multi-cooker! What does that mean? It does all the things. It’s a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a yogurt maker, a cake maker, an egg cooker, the list goes on. Perfect for the person who has limited counter space (they can replace all their other small appliances with this) and the person who has extra counter space (they can fit this gadget, along with the rest), an Instant Pot is a gift you really can’t go wrong with giving this holiday season. The most popular Instant Pot is the Duo, which we have tested and loved. However, the best Instant Pot and multi-cooker we've ever tested is the Instant Pot Ultra, which is more expensive, but totally worth it.
This cardigan has over 2,600 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). Not shopping for a cardigan person? Barefoot Dreams also sells a robe. Just saying...
You've probably seen this trendy luggage on Instagram, as it is 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 nine different colors and looks much different than your average suitcase. My personal favorite is the blush color. If you don’t want to splurge on a suitcase as a gift for the traveler, consider a duffle bag instead. Sole Society’s Faux Leather Weekend Bag is a perfect, inexpensive option for the trendy traveler. I own and love it.
Last year, I caved and bought a Canada Goose jacket. After many northeast winters spent shivering in my decently priced parka, I was ready to invest in warmth. I spent about two months shopping for a new coat—both in store trying stuff on and online reading reviews. Eventually, I went with the jacket that felt the most comfortable and warm and also looked flattering—a Canada Goose jacket. 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 cold days, but my Canada Goose totally changed that. It feels like I am wearing a warm blanket whenever I go outside, blocking the frigid temperatures from touching my skin. If you 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. I recommend any without fur on the hood, my personal choice being the Gabriola in black. Another nice option is the Kinley.
Sure, Airpods may look bizarre when people wear them, but they’re wearing them for a reason. Apple’s cult-favorite headphones are the BEST true wireless earbuds our experts tested this year. If you’re shopping for a lover of all things Apple, they will adore a pair of these. For traveling, commuting, working out, and even listening to podcasts while loading and unloading the dishwasher, Airpods make a great gift.
I swear by both Lululemon and Zella yoga pants. My top favorite yoga pants for everything are Lululemon's Wunder Under pants. Whether I’m lounging on the couch, taking a barre class, or sweating profusely at spin, these high-waisted yoga pants are game-changers. No camel toe. No sweating through the pants. No itching from discomfort. They are definitely worth the price tag. My other favorite yoga pants from Lululemon are the Align Pant. Better for low-impact workouts and lounging, they are pretty much like sweatpants and by far, the most comfortable yoga pants I've ever owned. My third favorite is Nordstrom's fitness brand Zella's less expensive leggings. With over 6,300 nearly perfect reviews, it's not just me who loves them.
I had my eyes on Madewell's classic leather tote bag for a long time, so I did not hesitate to purchase it when they came out with a zip-top version of it last year. After owning the bag for a year, I can safely recommend it as a great gift. The classic tote is big enough to hold all my stuff for work and stylish enough for me to use on weekends when I don't have a lot in it. Plus the zip top makes it perfect for traveling (it's great to use as a carry-on while flying). The bag comes in a few different colors. I have it in English Saddle, which is the option I recommend.
Air fryers have been one of the trendiest kitchen gadgets for a while now. I mean, 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. If you’re not looking to splurge, but like the idea for a gift, consider getting them our best value pick—the Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer.
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 12,000 reviewers on Amazon agree. Now waterproof with two times the storage, this is a perfect gift for anyone who likes to read.
Now that it’s officially "hide under a blanket and don't come out until spring" weather, what would make for a better gift than… a blanket?! Doubling as decor and something to keep you warm, throw blankets are great for everyone. For a splurge, Barefoot Dreams, the brand that makes the amazing, comfortable CozyChic cardigan, has a CozyChic blanket! It comes in trendy animal prints and has a 5-star rating from over 275 people. Another option is Anthropologie’s Sophie Faux Fur Throw Blanket, which is loved by reviewers, having received a perfect 5-star rating from dozens of owners. For a less expensive blanket, this throw at Nordstrom is a wonderful option with a 5-star rating from over 1,400 reviews.
If she loves listening to music, consider getting her the Editor's Choice award winning JBL Flip 4 speaker. It is the best portable Bluetooth speaker we've tested, and it's waterproof, so she can bring it and use it anywhere. A portable speaker is always great to have. Even if she might already own one, replacing old tech gadgets with new ones is always a welcome idea.
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 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 she'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. Perhaps a fabulous espresso machine or our favorite cold brew coffee maker would be a better choice.
If you’re shopping for someone who's into all sorts of exercise and fitness classes, a gift card to ClassPass is a perfect gift idea. With a ClassPass membership, they can take fitness classes at different studios and gyms that participate with the program (like Pure Barre, Flywheel, CorePower Yoga), instead of belonging to one gym or buying class packs at a single studio. Perfect for anyone who likes to try new things, this gift would be much appreciated.
Uggs have been around for years, and although the boots may have fallen from fashion grace years ago, the slippers never went out of style. After all, Uggs are comfortable. With thousands of four to five star reviews on Nordstrom's Ugg slipper listings, it is clear that the people agree. The Ansley Water Resistant Slippers are perfect for the simple, comfortable one who would wear these shoes anywhere, and the Scuffette II Slippers are great for the one who would probably only wear them at home. Speaking from experience, you can’t go wrong with Ugg slippers as a gift. In the past six years, I have given a different pair of Ugg slippers to my mom, grandmother, grandfather, husband, and brothers—and each time, they were a hit.
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 850 reviews with a 5-star rating, so people clearly love it. Not to mention, necklaces with initials on them are very much on-trend right now.
If she loves home décor and entertaining guests, you can never go wrong with a candle as a gift. My favorite candle by far is Capri Blue’s Volcano scent. Not only do they smell amazing, but they come in chic jars that double as amazing home decor. Anthropologie sells tons of styles for Capri Blue candles (some even holiday themed), but my go-to's are the jar candles in blue and white. I have them all over my home.
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?
This adorable camera is a great gift for people who love not only taking pictures but HAVING pictures. I bought and used the Instax Mini 9 at my wedding last year for guests to take photos of themselves, and since then I've used it on vacations and at parties. Great for adults, college students, and teens, this Fujifilm camera is an excellent gift.
Recommended by one of our tech experts, this camera is perfect for beginners. If she’s 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.
What in the world is a VSCO girl, and how do you know if you’re shopping for one? Let me explain (or try). VSCO is a popular photo-editing app, and "VSCO girl" is a term for teenage girls who dress and act a certain way, and also probably use VSCO. She wears scrunchies. She rotates between Vans and Birkenstocks. She rocks pukka shell necklaces like it’s the early 2000s again. And she loves her Hydro Flask, as well as the environment. We may not be VSCO girls here are Reviewed, but we sure do love our Hydro Flasks too. When we tested water bottles this year, the Hydro Flask came in first place as the best option. Whether you’re shopping for a VSCO girl or not, a Hydro Flask makes a great gift for anyone who, well, drinks water (especially those who need to stop drinking from plastic water bottles, so me).
Another VSCO girl- and Reviewed-approved product: The Fjallravenn backpack! Not only are these backpacks trendy and useful (with hundreds of 5-star reviews on Nordstrom), but they are also functional and great quality. The brand makes our favorite casual backpack out of all the ones we tested, so we can safely say this is a great buy. No matter her age, a backpack is always nice to have, for school, work, traveling, and commuting.
People are obsessed with essential oil diffusers. And why wouldn’t they be? They transform your home with good smells and good vibes. Shopping for someone who is always stressed? Bring peace and happiness into their life with our favorite oil diffuser. We tested the most popular models and found this one by InnoGear to be the best.
If she doesn’t own it already, an Apple Watch would be a fantastic gift for the one who is always on their iPhone. When we tested smartwatches this year, the Apple Watch Series 4 was crowned the best of the best. Give her the gift of our favorite smartwatch so she can have all of her notifications, music, and texts at her fingertips all the time.
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 a classic 10-inch (not too low-waisted, but not too high, either) in a solid color dark wash, like Hayes Wash. These are my go-to every day jeans. Read more about why I'm obsessed with Madewell jeans here.
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. If you're stuck choosing a color, I recommend the black or cherry red. I own Staub cookware in both these colors and love them.
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, cooking editor and tester of meal kits, 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 make them, give them the gift of easy weeknight dinnerss with a Home Chef gift card.
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. If that’s a bit too much of a splurge, we also love the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute. I got a Dyson vacuum as a wedding gift, and it has been a game-changer. Both because it’s really good at cleaning, and because I feel extremely sophisticated owning a coveted Dyson product.
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 favorite robot vacuum—the iRobot Roomba i7+. No matter what your budget is, a robot vacuum is always a good choice.
If you know someone who is a planner, why not give them the gift of an actual planner? These cute planners from ban.do, Anthropologie, and Rifle Paper Co. are fantastic options. The gold ban.do planner is plain, but also slightly fancy. The Anthropologie planner is art-deco themed for the return of the roaring '20s, making it perfect for those who are artsy and chic. And the Rifle Paper Co. planner is classic for those who love stationery and florals.
Last year, I stole my mom’s cheese board. Well, I didn’t mean to steal it—I borrowed it for a party I was hosting and then I just never gave it back (she got a new one, it’s fine). I have now used this cheese board for multiple gatherings and events and every time, people compliment its rustic vibe. The best part about it is that it’s not JUST a cheese board. Yes, it can function as one, but it is a lazy Susan and a cutting board, too. If you know someone like me who enjoys cheese, hosting, and taking pictures of charcuterie boards to post on Instagram, you can get them the cheese board I have from Wayfair!
If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys cooking and loves Italian food, a pasta maker would make for a unique and 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—and it’s just under $75!
If you’re shopping for someone who is going to have to deal with snow this winter, a new 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 as a great gift for 2019. I even wore them when it was freezing and there was no snow on the ground. They’re warm, comfortable, and easy to put on and take off, and they go with just about every outfit. Other options 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.
Birkenstocks have slowly been making a comeback the last couple of years, along with the rest of the '90s, and they are once again a summer footwear staple. I own two pairs of Birkenstocks and pretty much ignored the rest of my shoes in favor of them all summer long. Yes, they are trendy, but wow they are the most comfortable shoes you will ever own. Birkenstocks would make a great gift for anyone, especially if they have plans to travel somewhere warm this winter. Black and white Birkenstocks are your best bet when it comes to colors (white Birks were sold out everywhere all summer long), and the Copper Leather color is trendy and goes with everything, too. All of them have hundreds of 4- and 5-star reviews.
The one who loves beauty products and having fabulous hair would love the trendy Beachwaver rotating curling iron as a gift this year. When we tested curling irons, the Beachwaver S1 came out on top as our favorite. Our main takeaway? It’s “an awesome rotating wand with a tiny clamp that cuts styling time in half.” Beachwaver also came out with a pro line that we haven’t tested yet, but is loved by Nordstrom reviewers. The Beachwaver Pro Line 1.25-Inch curling iron has 4 stars from over 140 reviewers.
If you’re shopping for someone who's into makeup, it can be hard to get them actual products if you don’t know what they would want and actually use. Something easy to get the makeup lover in your lfie, though, would be an accessory that enhances the experience of putting makeup on: a lighted makeup mirror! The Deweisn Lighted Makeup Mirror is the best one 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.
We tested running watches this year, and the Garmin Forerunner 245 took the top spot as the best one and won our Editor's Choice award. Whether she's training for her 10th marathon or just casually enjoys running, this watch would be welcomed with open arms—I mean wrists.
The Sill is an online shop for live plants and now faux plants, too. 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.
I almost exclusively cook recipes from the Skinnytaste website and cookbooks. As a longtime follower of Gina Homolka's blog, I can confirm the 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.
Home decor is never an easy thing to buy for someone else. However, if you’re familiar with the decor the person is into and the colors in their home, you are probably safe to try. I recommend going with throw pillows that are comfortable, come in neutral colors, and are not something the person could easily buy for themselves at Home Goods or Target. A great place to find quality throw pillows that make great gifts is Anthropologie. I splurged on two throw pillows from Anthropologie last year and I absolutely love the way they look and feel.
This one is a two-fer. 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 straws at Reviewed are Hummingbird straws. Not only did the tester love drinking from them, she also said they are gorgeous and perfect for Instagram. They are also just under $20 for a set of four. It’s a no-brainer.
The Roku Ultra (2019 edition) is our favorite streaming device of 2019. If you know someone who is addicted to binging television shows, enhance their Netflix viewing experience for the holidays. Cold weather is coming. What more could they want?!
This is a perfect gift for the wine drinker on-the-go. I’m just kidding. This is actually great for ALL wine drinkers—not just busy ones. Keep her glass full AND cold this season with Corkcicle’s stylish stemless wine thermos (that is a mouthful—no pun intended). It comes in many colors, including one called “Unicorn Magic.” Now please excuse me while I purchase this in advance of the holidays, so I can attend all of my upcoming parties with it. Meet my new plus one: The Corkcicle wine glass.
Pajamas are always a great gift because people rarely ever buy them for themselves. However, if they own them, they will absolutely wear them all the time, as long as they’re comfortable. Nordstrom sells pajamas that people seem to swear by. They are the Lingerie Moonlight Pajamas, and they have just about 5 stars from over 1,300 reviews. If you know her size, these would make a great gift for any lady on your list.
Rent the Runway's Unlimited service is a great gift for a number of reasons. First, it's perfect for fashionistas who love wearing new clothes but don't have unlimited funds to buy new clothes all the time. Second, it's great if you have a lot of events or weddings coming up, because you can rent an outfit for the occasion, rather than buy. And third, it helps if you have to look nice every day for work. If you know someone who would love a designer closet without the price tag or commitment, give them the gift of Rent the Runway. I've been an Unlimited member for almost three years now, and it has truly been a game-changer for me.
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 60,000 hearts at Sephora and over 1,800 reviews at Nordstrom with a 5-star rating. That is a lot of love. Why not spread it? (Pun not intended.)
Last year, I got the Peloton bike to test, and it was life changing. So much so that my husband and I bought it, leaving it to sit proudly in our living room and up a gigantic area of our small apartment, but we don’t care. We love it that much. The Peloton is a cycling bike with a tablet screen that displays live and on-demand classes. As a former Soul Cycle addict, I can tell you that after taking Peloton classes, I no longer consider Soul Cycle a legit workout. It’s a fun party compared to every single Peloton class I've ever taken. If you’re shopping for a fitness studio enthusiast, this is a perfect gift. You feel like you’re in a studio surrounded by others, but you’re AT HOME. And the whole family can use it. Working out does not get more luxurious than this.
Nothing says "thoughtful gift" more than printed pictures. Now, put those photos in a frame, in a book, or on a calendar and you will have taken that thoughtful gift to the next level. Whether you’re putting one photo of you and the person in a frame or you’re creating an album of a sentimental event or time period, you absolutely cannot go wrong with an in-real-life photo-themed gift. Shutterfly is our favorite online photo printing service at Reviewed. We love their high-quality prints and the wide variety of photo-themed gift options they have available. For high-end wedding and baby albums, modern custom calendars, and frames, Artifact Uprising is also incredible. Last year, my husband and I made our parents their own layflat albums of our wedding as holiday gifts and they absolutely loved them.
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. Last year, I gave my bridesmaids these candy cubes as a gift and everyone loved them (including me). They are an adorable, inexpensive gift.
If you ever get stumped on what to give your wife, sister, girlfriend, mom, friend, etc, my go-to gift recommendation for all women is a Sephora perfume sampler. Ten years ago or so, my grandmother bought me this as a gift and it honestly changed my life. I knew nothing about perfume, 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 of it. 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.
Shopping for some people can be hard. I get it. I am that person who is hard to shop for. I expect people to read my mind and know what I want without me having to tell them. 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. I love a good gift card. Spending money is my favorite hobby, and if you know someone like me, I guarantee they will love the gift of spending someone else's money. Here are some great gift card options (take notes, people who get me gifts. I'm just kidding, no one buys me gifts, but in a perfect world this is what I would want).
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