In case your girlfriend hasn’t dropped any hints about what she wants for the holidays yet, you’ve come to the right place. As someone who’s job involves researching and testing products on a daily basis (and who happens to be a somewhat difficult-to-shop-for girlfriend herself), Men’s Health has kindly let me put together a definitive list of the best gifts for girlfriends you can’t go wrong with this year. Whether you’re after something sentimental, unique, or romantic, this list covers it all—and for every kind of aesthetic.
From date night gift ideas you can enjoy together to editor-tested tech favorites to fashion-y gifts from brands you’ll get major props for knowing about, the gift ideas ahead are sure to reflect that you really tried this year… Even if you put off holiday shopping until the absolute last minute. Also, whether you’ve been dating for a couple of months or a few years, are shopping on a budget of $30 or have unlimited funds at your disposal (in which case, niiice), fear not. All of these factors have been considered as well.
From cozy gifts to quirky novelties to chic jewelry and beyond, here’s Men’s Health guide to the best gift ideas for girlfriends. A quick pro tip to note: Considering how a bunch of these items are already close to selling out, plus inevitable shipping delays come mid-December, you’d be wise to start your shopping… now.
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IF PARIS IS HER FAVORITE CITY
Living in Style Paris
If she loves interior design, this coffee table fixture is sure to impress. Written by Paris insider Caroline Sarkozy, the book brings readers into some of the most awe-inspiring apartments in Paris with photography that should come with a drool-warning.
OPRAH’S FAVORITE THINGS 2020
bareMinerals Beauty Advent Calendar
Let’s get one thing straight. She’s beautiful just the way she is and probably doesn’t need half these products. But. There’s no such thing as being too old for an advent calendar and these days, we could all use a happy surprise. Full of 24 mini pieces from editor-loved brand bareMinerals, this beauty advent calendar will quickly be the happiest part of her daily routine leading up to the holidays.
PERFECT GIFT FOR EVERYONE
Knix Robe in Sea Salt
Luxe and useful, this waffle knit robe makes for a perfect gift. Even better? If you’re not sure of her size, this comes in 2 one-fits-all variations: There’s one for for S/M/L and another for XL/XXL/XXXL.
MOST ROMANTIC GIFT IDEA
Anthropologie Breakfast In Bed Tray
2020 may have ruined nearly all of our travel plans, but this tray will make it possible to still have a romantic and fancy-feeling breakfast in bed together.
BEST COMPACT COFFEE MAKER GIFT
Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine by De’Longhi
Measuring only 5.5 inches wide, the Vertuo Next is smallest, most versatile Nespresso Vertuo machine ever. If you want to get your girlfriend a coffee-related gift that won’t take up much counter space while delivering a delicious single-serve coffee each time, this is it.
MOST UNIQUE GIFT IDEA FOR HER
Custom Line Art Couple Portrait Drawing
Transform a photo of you two kissing into a minimalist work of art. This Etsy vendor has a two-day turnaround time and will send you your downloadable work of art then. All you have to do is print it and find a nice frame. (If you need a suggestion for the ladder, peep this top-reviewed option on Amazon.)
MOST ORIGINAL GIFT FOR CHOCOLATE LOVERS
More Joy Assorted Chocolate Gift Box, 16-Piece
This gift set from fancy Whole Foods-carried chocolate brand Chuao is a bang for your buck. The set contains 16 different individually wrapped chocolates with fun milk and dark chocolate varieties. Amazon reviewers are obsessed with this fresh, GMO-free set as well, with it earning an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.
MOST IMPORTANT GIFT FOR 2020
Slip Face Mask
Wearing a mask remains hugely important. If you’re after a reusable one for your girlfriend (or quite frankly anyone on your list), Nordstrom reviewers are obsessed with this washable silk option from Slip. As one shopper wrote, “If you’re getting acne from your mask then you need this mask. It’s easy to wash and feels soo smooth on my skin.”
COOLEST SNEAKERS FOR HER
Veja Condor Low-Top Sneakers
Made from rubber instead of plastic, Veja sneakers are a splurge you can feel good about. Whether she’s a workout fanatic or just prefers comfortable sneakers, these running shoes have universal appeal.
IF SHE LOVES MID-CENTURY DESIGN
This modern architecture-inspired kamasutra skews niche in more ways than one. A fun gift if your girlfriend loves architecture and a potentially adventurous date night gift idea as well.
LUXE GIFT IDEA UNDER $200
Heart-shaped jewelry has come a long way since Pam Beasley implied a woman would never want to buy it herself in season 6 of The Office. Here, a silver option that just so happens to be a label nobody’s ever been upset about being gifted.
BEST UNDER $50 PERSONALIZED GIFT IDEA
Personalized Nameplate Necklace
A personalized gift goes a long way in expressing your love. Here, an affordable personalized necklace from an Etsy seller that has hundreds of thousands of sales. (At the time of publication, I’m talking over 217k.) Rose gold and silver options are also available.
MOST CREATIVE DATE NIGHT GIFT IDEA
Nappa Dori DIY Candle Making Kit
If she loves a bougie candle, gift her a kit that’ll give her the opportunity to create one of Delhi-based leather goods and homeware line Nappa Dori’s most popular scents. (If you’re not familiar with the brand, they’re huge in India and London.) Certain to make for a fun date night idea.
MOST CREATIVE GIFT IDEA
Marvelous Pets Custom Pet iPhone Case
If half her camera roll is pictures of her dog (which, fair), surprise her with a new, unique customized phone case featuring the apple of her eye. Cases can be made for pretty much any iPhone or Samsung model, and the turnaround time for this top-rated Etsy seller is about 2 weeks.
UNDER $30 GIFT IDEA
Lace Satin Sleepwear Set
If, and literally only if, you think she’ll like a short and lacy PJ set, this inexpensive gift idea boasts over 1k ratings on Amazon. I recommend reading the reviews for these (some are less than glowing) to be sure you’re getting her the right size.
Eberjey Organic Cotton Pajama Set
The expression “soft as butter” gets thrown around way too much, but in the case of female-founded lingerie and loungewear brand Eberjey, it’s completely apt. Because these best-selling PJs are made from top quality organic cotton, she’ll be able to enjoy these for years to come. It’s a thoughtful gift that any girlfriend will appreciate.
MOST UNEXPECTED BUT APPRECIATED GIFT IDEA
Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow
If she prefers a firmer pillow, treat her to this Tempur-Pedic creation that, as far as I’m concerned, puts all other pillows to shame. This beauty features layers of TEMPUR-Breeze® Gel on both sides, which helps keep sleepers stay cool at night and enjoy adaptive support. Because it comes wrapped in a removable and washable 100% premium cotton knit cover, she’ll be able to use this for at least the next 7 years. It’s a thoughtful gift your girlfriend will most certainly appreciate.
MOST LUXE TECH GIFT IDEA FOR HER
Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones
If you’re working from home together, a noise-cancelling pair of headphones is a gift she’s certain to appreciate. Beats’ Solo Pro Wireless headphones are some of the best in class when it comes to sound quality, battery life and, of course, style. When fully charged, these have 22 hours of listening time. When charged for only 10 minutes, these have 3 hours of playback time.
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Poolside Notes Small Notebook
Gifting someone you love a notebook is inherently sentimental. This leather bound option from British brand Sloane Stationary is chic without being cheesy.
BEST SENTIMENTAL JEWELRY GIFT
Aurate New York Gold Connection Bracelet
If you’re after a romantic girlfriend gift that isn’t cheesy, meet this dainty 14k gold bracelet from New York-based, women-founded brand Aurate. Called the connection bracelet, there’s something inherently romantic about this everyday, wear-with-anything piece.
IF SHE LOVES A LITTLE SHIMMER
Mejuri Diamond Earrings
There’s just something about being gifted diamonds that hits different. Here, a pair of everyday diamond hoop earrings that are nothing short of drool-worthy.
IF SHE HEARTS COOKING
Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron Heart Cocotte
If she loves to cook, gift your girlfriend the gold standard of cookware in heart-shaped form. This enameled cast iron cocotte can be used on the stove or in the oven for countless dishes and it’s big enough to store enough food for 2.
MOST FAILSAFE BEAUTY GIFT
Glossier Holiday Set
If there’s such thing as a universally failsafe beauty gift, it’s this limited-edition holiday set from Glossier. Contents include three balm lip balms (for the uninitiated, Glossier’s balm dotcoms have a cult-loved lip balm) and a gorgeously packaged deck of cards that’ll be fun on an old school date night.
FOR THE ECO-FRIENDLY FASHION LOVER
66 North Puffer Coat
This luxe puffer coat from Icelandic brand 66 North is undoubtedly a splurge, but what separates it apart from cheaper alternatives is its high quality that’ll last her, quite frankly, forever. Also impressive is the fact that this puffer is made primarily from a recycled polyester which gives a second life to non-biodegradable materials, per 66 North. 4 other colorways are available as well.
TIMELESS UNDER $200 GIFT IDEA
M.M La Fleur Cashmere Scarf
A gorgeous cashmere scarf is always a good idea. If she’s able to work remotely for her job, this will also come in handy when she wants to look put together on Zoom calls, but discretely still have on her pajamas.
IF SHE LOVES THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Cole Haan Boots
If you spend a lot of time in nature together, gift her the holy grail of hiking boots: Cole Haan’s Zerøgrand boot. Not only will these keep her toes from freezing next time you’re out hiking together, these will be easy Instagram bait.
CHICEST LIQUOR ORGANIZATION GIFT IDEA
Laurence Mid-Century Bar Cart
If your girlfriend has a preferred liquor for special occasions, this apartment-friendly bar cart will be a useful surprise. It’s a sophisticated storage piece for displaying her collection and is suitable for outdoors as well.
IF SHE LOVES FLORAL FRAGRANCES
Chanel N°5 L’eau Eau de Toilette Spray
A modern, fresh rendition of Chanel’s legendary Chanel Nº5 , Nº5 L’Eau is a gift befitting sophisticated types. The scent is lighthearted with crisp top notes of lemon, mandarin, and orange.
EDITOR’S FAVORITE BEAUTY GIFT IDEA
Hyper Skin Hyper Clear Brightening Clearing Vitamin C Serum
If you’re after a self-care gift, do not miss your chance to win the holidays by snagging Hyper’s Brightening Serum while it’s actually in stock. (Reader, I cannot emphasize enough how fast this stuff sells out.)
Beyond this serum, Thirteen Lune is a new site that’s home to so many BIPOC-owned brands any luxe beauty lover would be wise to aquaint themselves with.
IF SHE LOVES A SPA DAY
Wander Beauty Eye Masks
Dermstore reviewers swear by Wander’s gold eye masks, which work to brighten and hydrate the undereye area. A thoughtful gift for your girlfriend for an at-home spa day.
IF SHE PREFERS WORKOUT CLOTHES TO REGULAR CLOTHES
NB Athletics Terrain Reverse 1/4 Zip
This performance quarter zip is stylish enough to double as all-day loungewear. Whether she’s a fitness enthusiast or not, this will be appreciated.
IF SHE LIKES LEGGINGS MORE THAN PANTS
Outdoor Voices Flex 7/8 Legging
If she’s been living in leggings these last few months, surprise her with a new pair. This best-selling pair from Outdoor Voices is beloved by reviewers for their comfiness and flexibility. As one reviewer put it: “bIg FaN. They make your butt look phenomenal and they feel great.”
BEST GIFT FOR YOGIS
Lululemon Arise Mat Made with FSC-Certified Rubber
If her yoga mat is looking a bit worse for wear, this vibrant Lululemon option is a splurge you can feel good about. The mat is Forest Stewardship Council-certified, which, per Lululemon, supports the protection of forest ecosystems and the people, plants, and animals that inhabit them.
PRACTICAL BUT SWEET GIFT IDEA
Brooklinen Super-Plush Bath Sheet Bundle
The gift of being able to step out of the shower and into a soft, plush towel is an extremely underrated one. This plush set includes 2 hand towels, 2 plush bath towels, and a bathmat as well.
GIFT THAT GIVES BACK
Nordstrom Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw
This best-selling plush blanket (1.8k ratings and counting) will make Netflix nights all the more snuggly. Plus, for every purchase this season, Nordstrom is donating a portion of proceeds to Operation Warm, an organization that provides winter coats to children.
LUXE GIFT IDEA
Peruvian Connection Knit Coat
Peruvian Connection knits are as high quality as they come, and this cozy-chic cardigan coat is no exception. Made in Peru and modeled after traditional Welsh patterns, it’s a special piece she’ll be able to enjoy year-round.
LUXE GIFT IDEA
Tamara Mellon Cowboy Boots
If she’s a cowboy boot lover (and it’s within your budget), treat her to Tamara Mellon’s forever stylish Rodeo boots.
IF SHE PREFERS SELTZER OVER WATER
SodaStream Jet Sparkling Water Maker Bundle
Kiss wasteful plastic bottles of seltzer from the grocery store goodbye. Set in a sleek monochromatic design, this SodaStream kit includes everything you need to make seltzer at home, including a carbonator.
IF SHE LOVES A FUNNY MUG
Bob Ross Heat Changing Mug
This Bob Ross mug (Amazon’s best-selling Bob Ross mug, incidentally) changes color whenever tea or coffee is poured in. A happy gift that will melt even the grumpiest morning person, in case she sometimes falls into that category.
IF SHE LOVES A SPA DAY
Glossier Mask Duo
If you’re after any kind of spa day gift, Glossier’s mask set is as failsafe as they come. To give you a sense of how beloved these best-sellers are, I recommend a browse through the headlines in the review section. For example, one reads: “Not to be dramatic, but I would die for these masks.”
EDITOR’S FAVORITE FASHION GIFT IDEA
If you’re looking for a bag that’s luxe without feeling flashy, Parisian brand Elleme is a mid-range brand that’s becoming more and more popular every time I turn around. Beyoncé and Bella Hadid each have paparazzi photos carrying other styles by the brand as well. I personally love this size for being able to hold a wallet, mini umbrella, and phone.
IF SHE HAS CAVIAR TASTE
Saint Laurent Black & Silver Fragment Card Holder
FWIW: Nobody I’ve ever met would be upset about being gifted something Saint Laurent. Featuring 5 cardholder slots in the back, this timeless leather beauty will store all of her cards, cash and business cards exchanged at networking events when we’re finally in a post-COVID world.
BEST SURPRISE BEAUTY GIFT
Slip Pure Silk Skinny Hair Ties
Does she wear her hair in a bun often? If so, here’s a thoughtful, surprising gift idea your girlfriend won’t be expecting, but will freak out over all the same. SLIP’s holiday bauble contains 4 pure silk hair scrunchies that are super gentle on hair and suitable for all hair-types.
BEST SUBSCRIPTION BOX IDEA
Birchbox Beauty Gift Card Bundle 6-Month Subscription
A subscription box makes for a thoughtful gift, as it’ll give your girlfriend something to look forward to each month. (And who couldn’t use that kind of joy these days?). When it comes to companies that nail it in curating luxe, customer-loved products, Birchbox reigns supreme. Their shockingly affordable 6-month plan allows you to pay everything in advance, too.
MOST TIMELY CANDLE
Island Vibes Soy Candle
UNDER $300 TECH GIFT FOR HER
Apple Watch SE (GPS, 40mm)
Surprise her with the Apple Watch she’s long wanted, but has yet to treat herself with. This GPS model boasts over 60k reviews on Amazon and it’s not hard to see why with features that include: Measuring fitness activity for all workouts, taking calls, and answering texts from your wrist and boasting a swim proof design.
FOR THE GIRLFRIEND WHO HAS EVERYTHING
Jonathan Adler Coasters
There’s no such thing as too many coasters; however, there is such thing as extremely tacky coasters. (Trust me, I searched far and wide.) Here, a porcelain set so chic she’ll want to leave them on display even when she’s not drinking anything.
IF SHE LOVES SEX AND THE CITY RERUNS
Invivo X by Sarah Jessica Parker Wine Tasting Set Duo
If she loves Sex and The City and rosé, then wine not (I’m sorry, I really am) treat her to a tasting duo of Sarah Jessica Parker’s award-winning label? Bonus points if you get chocolate or cheese to pair this with.
IF SHE FANCIES A BOOZY BRUNCH
Uncommon Goods Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Trio
If her beverage of choice is a mimosa, this cocktail-making set contains sugar cubes that when dropped into bubbly make a tasty mimosa or bellini in just a minute’s time.
MOST ORIGINAL UNDER $10 GIFT IDEA
Drinking Animals Coloring Book (Includes Cocktail Recipes)
Each page in this delightful coloring book opens up to a different animal and new cocktail recipe. It’s a unique and fun gift idea for any type of girlfriend.
FOR THE GIRLFRIEND WHO ALREADY HAS EVERYTHING
4-in-1 Fast Wireless Charger Dock Station (Updated for 2020)
If she already has an iPhone, Apple Watch, Airpods and Apple pencil, this top-rated 4-in-1 docking station (compatible with almost every version of these products) will help declutter her nightstand and make charging a breeze.
MOST USEFUL TECH GIFT UNDER $200
The Bose SoundLink Revolve Speaker
Considering how everyone has been more keen on upgrading their homes than ever before these last few months, Bose’s SoundLink Revolve speaker is a gift that’s thoughtful and impressive in equal measure. Delivering crisp, clear surround sound with up to 12 hours of play time from a lithium battery, these speakers will enhance the experience of listening to music and podcasts.
Malin + Goetz’s Otto Scented Candle
It’s next to impossible to pick a favorite scent from New York-based skincare and fragrance brand Malin + Goetz, but Otto is definitely up there. If you’re after a chic design candle that smells just as good as it looks, this is one of my favorites. The scent is a dreamy mix of grapefruit, cardamom, rose, and geranium.
UNIVERSALLY USEFUL GIFT IDEA
AllSaintsTraveling Rib Scarf
This stylish, non-itchy scarf is an especially thoughtful gift for 2020 as she’ll be able to throw this over pajama tops on Zoom calls.
IF SHE ALWAYS STEALS YOUR BEANIES
State Cashmere Cable Knit 100% Pure Cashmere Beanie
State Cashmere arguably makes some of the most luxe-feeling, affordable cashmere around. Aside from being fashionable, this hat will keep her ear and head warm now that temps are beginning to skew on the frigid side.
CHICEST LOUNGEWEAR GIFT
Comfy enough to wear while working from home and chic enough to style up when life goes back to normal, there isn’t a single person I know who wouldn’t be excited about this cashmere hoodie. It’s also on sale right now too.
EDITOR’S FAVORITE SWEATPANTS FOR HER
Alo Yoga Micro Waffle Fireside Sweatpants
If your girlfriend loves athleisure, I can’t recommend these sweats enough. These have a universally flattering fit and also look sleek enough to wear while running errands, too.
IF HER FEET ARE ALWAYS FREEZING
Women’s Sheepskin Slippers
There are slippers, and then there are glamorous slippers. These fun plush sheepskin beauties fall into the ladder category.
BEST GIFT FOR ORGANIZED TYPES
Rifle Paper Co. Strawberry Fields 2021 Planner
Whether she’s the super organized type or not, this planner will be helpful for balancing her many pursuits.
IF SHE’S AN ASPIRING SINGER/SONGWRITER
Enya Concert Ukulele Nova
Love is gifting someone who’s always wanted ukulele the object of their folk-y desires—even when you live with them. This model is beloved on Amazon (it has a rating of 4.9 stars, which is practically unheard of), and includes online lessons, a case, strap, capo, and strings. If you’re looking for a unique gift idea for your girlfriend, look no further.
BEST TECH GIFT FOR HER
Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Wired)
$128.98 (19% off)
If she’s never tried the most suave looking wireless headphones of all time, now’s a good time to treat her (and maybe yourself, too) to a pair while they’re on sale for a limited time only. To give you a sense of how beloved their sound quality is, these have 169k ratings and counting on Amazon.
BEST UNDER $50 JEWELRY GIFT
Bryan Anthonys Grit Necklace
For the girlfriend who personifies the honorable trait of grit, this dainty pearl necklace is a piece of jewelry with meaning. The easily layered piece comes packaged with a card explaining what it means to personify grit, which makes for a beautiful gift.
PERSONALIZED GIFT IDEA
Mejuri Personalized Jewelry Box (Travel-Friendly Size)
Ask any jewelry lover (raises hand), organization is a beast of its own. This compact leather option from Mejuri not only makes a great gift because it can be personalized with her initials, but because it’s been thoughtfully arranged to house bracelets, earrings, and rings tangle-free.
UNDER $100 LUXE GIFT IDEA
Soko Mini Mezi Boxed Hoop Earrings
If your loves minimalist jewelry, this boxed adaptation of classic huggie earrings will make for a fun addition to her jewelry collection that doesn’t stray too far outside her comfort zone. Just in case my boyfriend is reading this… look how cute these are!!
IF SHE LOVES TRUFFLE
Cassina Rossa Truffle Trio Gift Box
If she’s a truffle lover, this gift trio makes for an unexpected and unique gift. Made in Abruzzo, Italy by small, family-owned Casina Rossa, the set contains three varieties: Truffle Carpaccio, Truffle & Salt, and Truffle Honey.
BEST HOLIDAY-THEMED SELF-CARE GIFT
Origins Body Souffle Trio to Smooth, Soften & Hydrate Gift Set
Presented in a nifty limited-edition Nutcracker gift box, this spa set ($51 value) contains a trio of super lush, skin-nourishing body creams. Here, a gift for your girlfriend that’s cheerful and useful for dry skin season.
BEST FOR SWEETENED COFFEE LOVERS
Uncommon Goods Flavored Coffee Duo
If she’s a bitter coffee-hater, this fun gift set featuring flavors such as chocolate blueberry and coconut creme will start her mornings off on a colorful, tasty note.
IF SHE LIKES TO KEEP IT COZY
No such thing as too many good knits. Here, a sleek option that feels like a CLOUD.
IF SHE LOVES THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Aritzia Packable Vest
This packable vest version of Aritzia’s cult-loved puffer coat coat squeeze into a small bag, which makes it a useful thing to have on hand for outdoor adventures together.
MOST USEFUL GIFT IDEA
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set
Everybody loves new hotel-like sheets and this set happens to be from what’s arguably the most beloved bedding brand on the internet. (This set alone has over 14k ratings.) The 480-count set includes a top sheet, fitted sheet, and 2 pillowcases.
LUXE GIFT IDEA UNDER $100
Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
This cool to the touch silk pillowcase helps eliminate frizz and reduce crease lines as well. A luxe self-care gift that your girlfriend and quite frankly anyone on your shopping list will enjoy.
MOST CUSTOMIZABLE GIFT FOR HER
Roam Luggage The Jaunt XL Carry-On Suitcase
If she has an eye for design, surprise her with a gift card to editor-loved luggage brand Roam, where she can completely customize her own carry-on. (To my left, a screenshot of a design I mocked up.) I personally recommend the Jaunt XL Carry-On option as this size is large enough to pack 3-6 days of outfits and is allowed on almost all domestic flights. Even though most of us might not be traveling right now, this will make for a thoughtful gift as it’ll express your excitement for future adventures together.
TIMELESS FASHION GIFT
AllSaints Dalby Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints remains the cat’s meow of leather jackets even after all these years. If you’re after a luxe gift that will be a surprise, this timeless wardrobe staple is it. Editor’s note: I personally own this model and can attest to it working with everything in my closet.
TIMELESS FASHION STAPLE
Reformation Cashmere Crew
The perfect women’s cashmere sweater doesn’t ex—. Here, a Reformation best seller that’s flattering, soft and timeless.
SPA DAY GIFT IDEA
Percy and Reed Eau My Goodness Collection
If one of her favorite things in the world is getting her hair done, this set from London-based (but internationally known) salon Percy & Reed will make for a thoughtful surprise. Containing styling must-haves such as dry shampoo and volumizing hairspray in gorgeous packaging, their products not only work wonders, but smell like an idyllic English countryside retreat as well.
IF SHE LOVES STATEMENT JEWELRY
Mounser Gold White Cap Earrings
LA-based jewelry brand Mounser’s pieces aren’t the faint of heart. Befitting glamorous types, these drop earrings from their latest collection make for a gift that’s certain to dazzle.
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