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37 best gift ideas for women 2021: Unique gifts for her

Shopping inspo for all the ladies in your life, from moms to sisters, best friends and significant others.
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Gift shopping for women can be a challenge, especially since the lucky lady in your life obviously deserves the best.

If you need to shop for your entire Zoom happy hour group or you're just looking for something your grandma or sister didn't know they needed, we compiled a few ideas to keep in mind while shopping for the right present.

With some help from style expert Melissa Chataigne, lifestyle expert Sydney Sadick and food expert Alejandra Ramos, these gift recommendations all get a stamp of approval from some pretty noteworthy professionals. So whether the woman in your life is looking for a reusable water bottle, a cooking utensil or a cashmere sweater, we've got you covered!

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Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!

Best home gifts for women

1. Mr. Coffee Iced Coffee Maker

For the woman that runs on iced coffee, this gift is game changer. Users can make a delicious brew in just four minutes while in the comfort of their own home. Simply add water and coffee grounds to the machine, add ice to the tumbler and start brewing.

2. Mumi Packing Cubes

Whether she travels a lot or simply loves Marie Kondo, she'll find total peace of mind with these high quality organizers. They make packing a little less daunting and finding things a lot easier.

3. Williams Sonoma Pressed Flower Spatula

This colorful printed spatula is perfect for any home chef or the lady who likes having pretty things in the kitchen. That's right — there's no way, she'll hide the Williams Sonoma Spatula in a drawer. It's so beautiful it needs to be hung, or at the very least, stored in a container on the counter.

4. Purist Mover Vacuum Water Bottle

Regardless of her beverage of choice, she'll want to bring it with her in the Rolls-Royce of canteens. The Purist Reusable Canteen is made of surgical-grade stainless steel and keeps hot liquids hot for up to 12 hours and cold liquids cold for up to 24 hours. And unlike other canteens on the market that are made of aluminum or glass, this one doesn't carry an aftertaste.

5. Hydro Flask

Of course, you can never go wrong with a Hydro Flask. This bestselling water bottle is also stainless steel and vacuum insulated. It comes in more than a dozen colors and makes for a great eco-friendly accessory she'll use on a daily basis.

6. Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Trio

Pair these with a bottle of her favorite bubbly and she'll be prepared to host brunch (or at least the beverage portion) on the fly. Choose from the citrus trio if she's a mimosa girl or the peaches and berries trio if Bellinis are more her speed. These also have a neat backstory: They're the brainchild of Allison DeVane, a female entrepreneur who used to sell tea from a bicycle cart in Phoenix.

7. Cusa Tea Premium Instant Tea

These premium instant tea packets were made for women who love quality tea but are always on the go. Unlike other instant teas, these actually taste good and they make a perfect cup — hot or cold — every time. Oh, and they're sugar, filler and preservative-free.

Best clothing and jewelry gifts for women

1. Minted Wildflower Scatter Snap Tote

This item was selected independently by our editorial team because we like it. Minted has paid Shop TODAY to promote this item in our gift guides.

A roomy tote bag is a must-have item for every woman — trust us. This one by Minted boasts a beautiful floral print and can be personalized with your giftee's name on a foil-pressed leather tag. Each tote bag can hold a large volume of contents and is made from 100% cotton. Plus, a copper snap closure is also included to ensure all of her daily essentials remain securely inside.

2. Mama Bear Necklace

Everyone knows a mama bear. For that passionate mother, consider this cute necklace with a perfect five-star rating. And because the lives of mama bears can be messy, she'll appreciate knowing it won't tarnish, rust or fade.

3. HappyHead Tees Social Distancing Shirt

For the pro social distancer, this tee is a cute way to let everyone know they're following precautions. It comes in a variety of colors, from mint to peach.

4. Softies Marshmallow Hooded Scarf

The Softies brand is a regular on Oprah's lists of favorite things. The fabric is said to be "velvety soft" and "like wearing a cloud." It's also available in five different colors and has pockets. A scarf with a hood and pockets? Pure genius.

5. Fjällräven Kånken Water-Resistant Backpack

Easily the most iconic backpack in fashion, Fjallraven's Kanken is something she'll pass on to her daughter or niece. It fits most laptops and is water-resistant so she'll use it more than she'd use a Birkin bag. The Kånken is available in 22 different colors.

6. Madewell Medium Hoop Earrings

These earrings are bestsellers on Madewell's website. They're simple enough to go with any outfit but add an elegant touch.

7. Pura Vida Charity Bracelet

Maybe she's a breast cancer survivor or maybe she lost someone to the disease. Regardless, this simple bracelet is a thoughtful reminder of an important stage in her life. There's also a green Save the Elephants bracelet and a blue For the Oceans bracelet. The best part? Ten percent of net sales goes to charities.

8. Sorel Out 'N' About Slide

Happy feet, happy friend (or family member). If that's your motto, get her these super soft yet durable slippers from Sorel. Yes, they can be worn outside!

9. Naadam Cashmere Sweater

Not all sweaters, even 100% cashmere, are created equally. One of the most affordable cashmere sweaters out there, Naadam's most popular sweater is made with hand-brushed cashmere sourced from goats in Mongolia. It's available in 18 colors and in unisex sizes XXS-XL so there really is a sweater for every woman.

10. C.C Trendy Warm Chunky Soft Stretch Cable Knit Beanie Skully

There's a good chance she already has this hat with a cult-like following (and more than 33,000 reviews). It's one of the go-to beanies celebrities love wearing to look cool and keep their ears warm. But even if she does, it comes in more colors than there are in a Crayola factory, so just get her another to match a different jacket.

Best beauty gifts for women

1. Olive and June Sheer Nail Polish Set

This limited-edition gift set includes four travel-sized nail polishes that are perfect for almost any occasion. Just make sure to follow up with a top coat to ensure your manicure stays fresh for as long as possible!

2. Mac Throwbacks Lipstick

Another great gift for women who like getting glammed up is this bestselling lipstick from Mac. It has more than 4,000 reviews and comes in six throwback shades she'll remember from the '90s.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil

Brows are an essential part of her makeup routine, and if she doesn't already have this bestselling tool it's probably on her wishlist. The ultra-thin pencil creates hairlike strokes to fill in any bare areas. It comes in a range of shades that will match anyone's brows.

4. Olehenriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask

This detoxifying mask is inspired by the cold plunge part of the Scandinavian sauna ritual. The cooling clay mask detoxifies and controls oil, which makes it perfect for when they want to give their skin some extra TLC.

5. Mini MC Beauty Sponges

Get ready for a flawless, airbrushed appearance. This set of four beauty sponges helps makeup go on seamlessly!

6. NanoSteamer 3-in-1 Nano Ionic Facial Steamer

If you can't afford to treat her to a spa day, consider getting her the no. 1 item on Amazon's list of bestselling facial steamers. It has a 4.6-star average rating from more than 20,000 reviews and comes with a stainless steel instrument kit, which she might appreciate if she's a fan of Dr. Pimple Popper. Perhaps the best part is that it's multifunctional. She can also use it as a room humidifier or to warm towels.

7. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

If you're going to get any woman wrinkle cream as a gift, it better really work. This popular Neutrogena cream with almost 17,000 reviews not only shows results within a week, but it's also within most budgets. In other words, she can probably afford to keep using it long after your gift runs out.

8. BioSilk Silk Therapy Leave-In Treatment

In a group of women there's always at least one who suffers from damaged hair. If she's on your list this year, gift her this leave-in treatment that leaves behind silky hair. If BioSilk Therapy sounds too good to be true, just read the 11,000 reviews — the average rating is 4.8 stars.

Best gifts for women seen on TODAY

1. Missguided Ultimate Faux Fur Puffer

Give the gift of comfort and style with this faux fur jacket. Unlike other hefty jackets, this one can be thrown in the washing machine.

2. Dr. Scholl's Fireside Waterproof Block Heel Bootie

Dr. Scholl's is known for their ultra-comfortable shoes, and these heeled booties are definitely on-brand. The boots are cushioned on the inside and waterproof on the out, so she'll be ready for whatever the day throws at her. Not to mention, she'll love the sustainability aspect: The boots are made with recycled materials and the company donates one tree to Trees for the Future with each purchase.

3. Wildfox At Brunch Blanket Scarf

You can never go wrong with gifting a scarf. This knit option can be styled in a bunch of different ways, wrapped in a simple loop or worn like a cozy shawl.

4. Missguided Stone Cable Knit Cardigan

Everyone needs a few good pieces of knitwear in their closet, and this one is sure to be a staple in her wardrobe for years to come.

5. Baacal Cloth Face Mask

Every woman will appreciate having a new mask in her collection. These ones come in a variety of colors and designs.

6. Fullgren Eyeglass and Mask Chain

Since face masks are still a hot accessory, everyone is looking for ways to turn theirs into a fashion statement. Adding a chain is an easy way to do it. This colorful addition, which easily attaches to glasses or masks is both fashionable and functional. It allows you to keep your mask around your neck when you're eating or drinking, so you won't have to worry about taking it off and placing it on a potentially contaminated surface.

7. Endurax Selfie Ring Light

Whether they're on Zoom meetings or recreating TikTok dances, good lighting is key. This affordable ring light comes with a phone stand so they can prop up their device. It also has three lighting modes, each with an adjustable level of brightness, so they can look their best on camera no matter the time of day.

8. Vie Oli UVC Phone Sanitizer And Wireless Charging Hub

Do you have a friend who is always on her phone? She's sure to appreciate this two-in-one gift. It uses UV-C LED light technology to disinfect her phone as it charges.

9. Letter To Mom Personalized Tie Blanket

Customized gifts are a great way to show how much you care. This one is perfect for gifting to mom or grandma. It'll keep them cozy while giving them a constant reminder of your love. You'll assemble the blanket yourself, by cutting, tying and knotting the blanket, so it'll feel extra special and personal.

10. Table22 Local Restaurant Subscriptions

For the foodie, this new platform allows anyone to support their favorite local restaurants. Choose from various offerings like virtual cooking classes, meal kits, subscription boxes filled with baked goods or bottled cocktail and wine selections. Sign your loved one up for a membership in their hometown — there are more than 20 U.S. cities to choose from right now. Ramos suggests trying The Home Bundle from Huertas that includes Spanish wine, vermouth, and cheeses or the caviar kits from Saltie Girl. Both ship nationally.

11. Colsen Tabletop Indoor Fireplace

Bring summer bonfires indoors with this small tabletop fireplace. It runs on isopropyl rubbing alcohol (the same kind in your first aid kit!), so there’s no need to spend money on hard-to-find fancy fuels or fillers, Ramos says. It's easy to transport and the minimalist design will look great anywhere in the house. Place it on your dinner table for an eye-catching centerpiece or on the coffee table as you cuddle up with a book and a glass of wine.

12. Dash Tasti-Crisp Air Fryer

Does your friend live off microwavable meals? Upgrade her dinners with this easy-to-use tool. It will bake, roast and air-fry all her favorite foods, with minimal effort required on her part.

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This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 12, 2017.