25 amazing gifts that women actually want
No need to play guessing games this year
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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 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 this holiday shopping season, we’ve come up with a list of gifts 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 2020, including some of the best stuff we've tested this year, many top-rated popular items, and things our editors (myself included!) personally own, love, and recommend.
1. 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 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.
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 2020. 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.
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.
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-favorite, 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 colors.
Another great option is Anthropologie’s Sophie Faux Fur Throw Blanket, which has a 4.9 star rating from over 280 reviewers. For a less expensive blanket, this throw at Nordstrom is a wonderful option with a 5-star rating from over 1,800 reviews.
- Get the Sophie Faux Fur Throw Blanket at Anthropologie for $98
- Get the Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw at Nordstrom for $39.50
- Get the Barefoot Dreams CozyChic In the Wild Throw Blanket at Nordstrom for $180
6. For the one still using wired headphones: Apple AirPods Pro
Sure, AirPods may look bizarre when people wear them, but they’re wearing them for a reason. 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.
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 favorite 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.
For a less pricey option, Nordstrom's fitness brand, Zella, carries leggings that we love for the value. Since I cannot afford to only own Lululemon's Align leggings, I own a few pairs of Zella leggings. While they are not as comfortable as the Aligns, they are great for the price. Not to mention, they have a 4.5-star rating from over 7,000 reviews, so people love them.
- Get the Align Crop 21" from Lululemon for $88
- Get the Align Pant II 25" from Lululemon for $98
- Get the Zella Live In High Waist Leggings from Nordstrom for $59
8. 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.
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.
10. 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). Not shopping for a cardigan person? Barefoot Dreams also sells a robe.
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 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.
12. 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 make them, give them the gift of easy weeknight dinners with a Home Chef gift card.
13. 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. My favorite candle 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, but my go-to's are the jar candles in blue and white. I have them all over my home.
14. 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?
15. 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 smart watch 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.
16. For the homebody: UGG Slippers
2020 has been the year of the homebody. Whether they've always been a homebody or they've been home more than usual this year, you can't go wrong with the gift of slippers—especially Ugg slippers, many of which are extremely trendy right now. That's right. Ugg shoes are cool once again. No matter where you look, almost every Ugg slipper has thousands of great reviews, and there is one for every type of person. The options are a bit overwhelming though, so here are my picks for this year.
For the trendy one, the Fluff Yeah Sandal slippers are your best best. These slippers have a nearly perfect 5-star rating from just about 5,000 reviews, and they are celebrity-approved. For more traditional Ugg slippers, the Genuine Shearling Slipper is a great backless option, and the Ansley Water Resistant Slipper is a great full-coverage option they can wear both inside and outside. The last option is the Ugg Scuffette II Slipper. With over 1,800 great reviews, these are perfect for everyone. They're well-liked, not as bulky, and are a great in-between of being wild fluffy slippers and traditional slippers.
- Get the Ugg Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slingback Sandal from Nordstrom for $99.95–$109.95
- Get the Ugg Genuine Shearling Slipper from Nordstrom. for $119.95–$129.95
- Get the Ansley Water Resistant Slippers from Nordstrom for $99.95
- Get the Ugg Scuffette II Slippers from Nordstrom for $89.95–$99.95
17. 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, 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).
18. 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. If you’re not looking to splurge, consider getting them our best value pick—the Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer.
- Get the Philips Airfryer XXL on Amazon for $349.95
- Get the Cuisinart AFR-25 Air Fryer on Amazon for $99.95
19. For the one who is always stressed: Our favorite essential oil diffuser
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 Airomé Serenity to be the best.
20. For the one who Instagrams pictures of food: A cheese board
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 never gave it back (she got a new one, it’s fine). I have now used this cheese board for multiple gatherings 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's also a lazy Susan and a cutting board. If you know someone like me who enjoys cheese, hosting, and taking pictures of charcuterie boards to show off on social media, you can get them the cheese board I have from Wayfair!
21. 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.
22. For the one who is always cold: Canada Goose Jacket
Two years ago, I caved and bought this 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 and online. 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 extremely 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'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. I own the Gabriola in black. Other top-rated options include the Shelburne parka and the Lorette parka.
- Get the Canada Goose Gabriola Water Resistant Arctic Tech 625 Fill Power Down Parka at Nordstrom for $825
- Get the Shelburne Genuine Coyote Fur Trim Down Parka at Nordstrom for $995
- Get the Lorette Hooded Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim at Nordstrom for $995
23. 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."
24. For the neat freak: Dyson Vacuums
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. Both because it’s really good at cleaning, and because I feel extremely sophisticated owning a coveted Dyson product.
25. 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 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.
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