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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 during this holiday season.
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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- Best home gifts for women
- Best clothing and jewelry gifts for women
- Best beauty gifts for women
- Best gifts for women seen on TODAY
Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
Best home gifts for women
For the woman that runs on iced coffee (yes, even in the winter!), this gift is game changer. Users can make delicious iced coffee 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.
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.
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 Anthropologie Remi 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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These earrings are bestsellers on Madewell's website. They're simple enough to go with any outfit but add an elegant touch.
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.
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!
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.
There's a good chance she already has this hat with a cult-like following (and more than 17,000 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
This limited-edition gift set includes four travel-sized nail polishes that are perfect for the holidays. Just make sure to follow up with a top coat to ensure your manicure stays fresh for as long as possible!
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.
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.
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.
Get ready for a flawless, airbrushed appearance. This set of four beauty sponges helps makeup go on seamlessly!
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 4.5-star average rating from more than 11,000 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.
If you're going to get any woman wrinkle cream as a gift, it better really work. This popular Neutrogena cream with more than 11,000 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.
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 8,000 reviews — the average rating is 4.8 stars.
Best gifts for women seen on TODAY
Give the gift of comfort and style with this faux fur jacket. The puffer, currently 60% off, will keep your loved one cozy all season long. And unlike other hefty jackets, this one can be thrown in the washing machine.
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.
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.
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. The chunky design makes it perfect for lounging or layering.
Every woman will appreciate having a new mask in her collection. These ones from designer Cynthia Vincent come in a variety of colors and designs. For an additional $5 you can create a custom mask with her name or a fun phrase.
Since face masks are this year's hottest 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. This model with the temperature dial is only available on the company's website and Amazon. But if you're OK with forgoing the dial, the Express Tasti Crisp model is on sale at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list, including:
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- 32 gifts for your mother-in-law that'll make a good impression
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- 24 thoughtful gifts that will make your girlfriend swoon
This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 12, 2017.