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20 gift ideas your girlfriend will actually love

She'll very much thank you

These are the best gifts for girlfriends money can buy. Credit: Reviewed

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Choosing the perfect gift for your girlfriend can be tough—after all, you have to try to show her how much she means to you with just one present. And with all the options out there (hello, Amazon), it can be overwhelming to find that one special thing that will make her holiday the best one yet. 

These gifts will likely be in high demand when winter shows her icy face. That's why we recommend starting your shopping as early as possible. Not sure where to begin? Don't sweat it. To make your holiday shopping easier, we've rounded up 40 of the best gifts for girlfriends, including the trendy Ugg slippers that people are obsessed with, the coziest weighted blanket, and a boozy wine delivery service. She'll be sure to love—and actually use—any of these popular picks.

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1. For the cozy-loving girlfriend: Ugg Slippers

A photo of a person wearing slippers.
Credit: Ugg

She's probably spending more time than ever at home these days. Make her the most comfortable while she's lounging with a pair of cozy slippers from Ugg. The beloved brand is famous for its super soft sherpa and great quality shoes. Some of the best-selling slipper options for women include the Scuffette and the celebrity-approved Fluff Yeah slide.

2. For the girlfriend who spends forever getting ready: Revlon One Step Hair Dryer

A woman drying her hair with a hairdryer.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

Just five more minutes: Famous last words from your girlfriend who is in the bathroom for hours drying, straightening, curling, and spraying her hair to perfection. Make it to your next dinner reservation on time—and help her achieve the silky blowout of her dreams—with this cult-favorite hair dryer. Our beauty editor put it to the test and says it straightened her curly hair in just 30 minutes (!!).

Get the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer from Amazon for $34.97

3. For the girlfriend who likes personalized everything: Kate Spade Initial Pendant Necklace

Golden necklaces and watches.
Credit: Kate Spade

Monograms make any gift feel 100 times more personal—which is why this pretty pendant necklace from Kate Spade is at the top of every girlfriend's gift list. People who have bought it like that the dainty necklace is elegant and timeless that it even has "one in a million" engraved on the back of the pendant to remind her just how special she really is.

Get the Kate Spade New York One In A Million Pendant Necklace from Nordstrom for $58

4. For the girlfriend who throws the best dinner parties: Cheese board

Colorful plates with cheese and fruit.
Credit: Anthropologie

Your girlfriend might as well be a professional party planner—she knows how to arrange a flawless cheese plate, how to keep guests entertained, and how to make the perfect martini. Fuel her entertaining addiction with this stunning serving board. Hand-crafted and even more beautiful in person (according to the reviews), she'll be dying to break it out for her next party.

Get the Composite Agate Cheese Board from Anthropologie for $78

5. For the girlfriend who just wants to relax: Gravity Weighted Blanket

A woman sleeping in bed.
Credit: Gravity

If your girlfriend is always stressed out, she might benefit from a weighted blanket, which are renowned for relieving stress and anxiety and even for helping people fall asleep faster. At Reviewed, we're obsessed with the Gravity Blanket because it provides just the right amount of pressure (not too heavy, not too light) and the velvet fabric is incredibly soft and luxurious. 

Get the Gravity Blanket from Gravity for $195

6. For the girlfriend who always has a book with her: Kindle Paperwhite

A person reading a Kindle.
Credit: Reviewed / Mike Roorda

She loves to read—but hates lugging around heavy books. The solution? An e-reader like the Paperwhite, which is our favorite of all the Amazon Kindles. It has the brightest, crispest screen display and the most storage (she can load up on all the books on her must-read list!). Bonus: It's waterproof and can be used with Audible to listen to audiobooks, too.

Get the Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon for $94.99

7. For the wine-drinking girlfriend: Firstleaf

A person holding wine bottles.
Credit: Firstleaf

You've heard about meal kits and beauty boxes—but what about wine delivery services? They exist, and they're exactly what your vino-loving girlfriend needs to get through yet another long work week. We like Firstleaf because it's both convenient and personalized. Your girlfriend can answer a few questions about her tastes and she'll get shipped a box of six delicious wines chosen just for her each month.

Get Firstleaf starting at $40/month

8. For the girlfriend who's always stealing your clothes: Lululemon Scuba Hoodie

Two women wearing zip-up sweatshirts.
Credit: Lululemon

Get your girlfriend her own sweatshirt to cozy up in so she can stop taking yours. This Lululemon hoodie is one of the brand's best-selling pieces because it's lightweight yet warm so she can wear it all year-round. It also has ribbed side panels and a relaxed fit so it's comfortable to move around in and even has zipper pull that doubles as an emergency hair tie.

Get the Scuba Hoodie from Lululemon for $118

9. For the active girlfriend: Fitbit Charge 4

A person wearing an Apple watch.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

We could all use some extra motivation to get out of our seats and go for a walk, and the Fitbit Charge 4 will do just that. It can encourage your sister with daily goals, hourly step challenges, and tons of data to look back at. It's so good that we crowned it our new favorite fitness tracker, dethroning its predecessor, the Charge 3. It'd make a great gift for anyone who is obsessed with crushing new fitness goals.

Get the Fitbit Charge 4 from Amazon for $99.95

10. For the sentimental girlfriend: Artifact Uprising Photo Book

A picture frame with a couple in it.
Credit: Artifact Uprising

Your girlfriend is a sucker for anything sentimental, so skip the gift cards and make a custom photo album instead. At Artifact Uprising, you can choose from a variety of beautiful styles from hand-stamped, embossed hardcover books to the signature layflat album. Reviewers love how thick and high-quality the printed pages are, how quick it is to upload your pictures (you can even do it directly from Instagram) and how the drag-and-drop layouts and designs make the whole process super simple.

Get the Layflat Photo Album from Artifact Uprising for $152

11. For the girlfriend who can't live without coffee: Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

Starbucks is basically her second home and her blood is more coffee than water. A.k.a she's addicted to her daily cup of joe, which means she'll love this cold brew coffee maker. We chose it as the best cold brew machine of the year because not only was it the easiest to use, but it also made the best-tasting coffee.

Get the Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker from Amazon for $22.20

12. For the girlfriend who listens to music 24/7: Apple AirPods Pro

A woman wearing iPods.
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

Wired headphones are so 2020. Instead, get your music-obsessed girlfriend a pair of Apple AirPods Pro, which our experts ranked as the top wireless earbuds. When we tested some of the most popular options, the iconic white buds performed the best in all categories, including sound quality, battery life, and range.

Get Apple AirPods Pro from Amazon for $179.99

13. For the girlfriend who wants to look trendy at home: Loungewear and pajamas

A woman with a bag slung over her shoulder.
Credit: Lou & Grey

Loungewear has become a hot commodity in 2021 now that many of us are adjusting to the "new normal" (a.k.a. working from home and living in sweatpants). Some of the most sought-after pieces that your girlfriend will love include the super soft sets from Lou & Grey or the silky soft Moonlight pajamas from Nordstrom (which have thousands of glowing reviews).

14. For the homebody girlfriend: Homesick or Anthropologie candles

Credit: Nordstrom

Candles might seem like a cliche gift but if you get the right ones, your girlfriend will definitely thank you. Some of the most popular options are the Capri Blue candle (which has thousands of reviews thanks to it's long-lasting wick and delicious fragrances) and the Homesick candles, which people love because they're made with nostalgic scents from different states, cities, and even memories.

15. For the girlfriend who likes stylish footwear: Nisolo Chelsea Boots

A pair of black boots.
Credit: Nisolo

Nothing's chicer than a trendy pair of durable and supportive black boots to elevate your wife's wardrobe during the fall and winter months. Reviewed's shopping editor raves about these boots because they are comfortable to wear all day long (even with the three-inch block heel) and she receives compliments every time she wears them. Even if you think your wife already has too many shoes, these are worth the investment and she'll love that you picked them out for her.

Get the Nisolo Heeled Chelsea Boot Black from Nisolo for $230

16. For the girlfriend who likes to treat herself: Parachute Bathrobe

Women's bathrobes.
Credit: Parachute

Your girlfriend works hard, so she definitely deserves a little R&R every now and again. While you could give her a spa gift card (another good idea!), if you want to give a gift she can use over and over again, consider this ridiculously comfortable robe. Made out of 100 percent Turkish cotton, reviewers claim it's roomy and plush and that it feels like being wrapped up in a fluffy cloud

Get the Classic Bathrobe from Parachute for $99

17. For the girlfriend who could use a little help: Amazon Echo Show 5

An alarm clock.
Credit: Amazon

Hey Alexa, what's the best gift to give a girlfriend this year? Ah yes, an Amazon Echo of course. The Echo Show 5 provides a compact design with the bonus of a screen. It's basically a smaller, more affordable affordable version of the full Show and the next level up from the Dot. The small screen makes it easy to see timers, get news updates, and make video calls.

Get the Amazon Echo Show 5 from Amazon for $44.99

18. For the girlfriend who likes to sleep in: Slip Silk Pillowcase

A woman wearing silky pajamas.
Credit: Slip

If it's good enough for celebrities like Kim Kardashian, the Slip silk pillowcase is good enough for your girlfriend. Silk pillowcases like this one are popular right now because they're very luxurious and will prevent damage to your girlfriend's hair while she sleeps. The Slip pillowcase in particular is very trendy, with hundreds of rave reviews at Nordstrom.

Get the Slip Silk Pillowcase from Nordstrom for $89

19. For the girlfriend who wants to learn something new: Masterclass

The front page of Masterclass.
Credit: MasterClass

Whether she wants to learn cooking skills from Gordon Ramsay or photography from Annie Leibowitz, she can do it all with a subscription to MasterClass. Our editor-in-chief tried it out for himself to see if it was worth the money. His verdict? Yes—he found the classes to be very inspiring and informative and likes that you can take them at your own pace. 

Get an All-Access Pass from Masterclass for $15/month

20. For the girlfriend who loves to travel: Away Luggage

A gold-colored rolling suitcase.
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

Whenever your girlfriend isn't heading off on some amazing trip, she's busy planning her next one. She has a serious case of wanderlust—and so she needs luggage that will fit her jet-setting lifestyle. Like the Away suitcase that has been blowing up on social media. We tried it and found that it's as fashionable as it is functional and that it holds up surprisingly well during travel.

Get the Bigger Carry On from Away for $245

See USA TODAY for our complete guide to the best gifts for girlfriends of 2021

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