Finding the perfect gifts for her can be difficult. We all know that. Whether you’re struggling to choose the ideal gift for someone who deserves the world, hoping to make a good impression on a new friend, or even if you’re just giving something out of obligation, deciding what to give is a big responsibility. How do you balance fun, attractive, practical, personal, and value? Of course, that will depend on the recipient, to an extent. But if you don’t know the person well enough to know whether they like red or white wine, the Yankees or the Red Sox, or their favorite color, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when picking a gift.
We compiled a list of items, as well as advice on how to gift them, to help take off some of the stress of gift-giving.
1Oversized Weekender Tote Bags
You can basically never go wrong with a tote bag, especially one as gorgeous and useful as this one. The gray canvas and brown faux leather complement each other perfectly without overwhelming you with colors and patterns.
If you think the bag on its own isn’t enough, it can double as the gift bag – just stuff it full of her favorite snacks and drinks, socks and scarves, a good book or two, coffee beans, or anything else she’d love!
Add a monogram or embroidered name and you have a personalized gift she’ll love and use for years. If you choose to not do a monogram, get a little adventurous with the pattern!
How to gift: fill with short-term travel-related items, such as flip flops and sunglasses, a bottle of wine, gift cards or coupons for local restaurants and attractions, a list of your favorite things to do in the area, and a portable cell phone charger – keep the gifts for her balanced between personal, fun, and useful.
2Vegan Leather Weekender Bag
Love the idea of gifting an awesome bag, but she’s into saving the environment? Here’s your bag. This vegan leather bag comes in four neutral colors and is the perfect size for a weekend getaway. The classy look of this bag will please anyone, and it has four small feet on the bottom to protect the bag from the ground.
Just like with the weekender tote bag, this gift is just right on its own – and it only gets more perfect when filled with goodies.
How to gift: stick with travel necessities again, but think longer trips. Eye masks or neck pillows, handheld massagers, books or gift cards for ebooks, a list of your favorite podcasts, a pocket-sized travel guide, and plenty of snacks.
3Vegan Leather Cosmetic Travel Case
For the girl who takes week-long vacations rather than weekend getaways, consider a cosmetic bag. This bag is stunning and elegant, with the white, gray, or pink vegan leather and gold zippers. It has multiple pouches and pockets to help her stay as organized as possible. You can get this bag monogrammed, too, and ensure she never loses it!
How to gift: fill it to the brim with her favorite makeup, lotion, perfume, and more practical gifts for her like soap and toothpaste. Keep everything travel-sized so she won’t even have to think about packing for her next trip – she can just grab your gift and go, knowing you’ve got her covered.
4Wine Trough Gifts for Her
This gorgeous wine trough is the perfect gift for the perfect hostess. She can alternate between using it for wine or beer, floral arrangements, magazines, or plants. The wood trough has a metal insert to protect the wood – which also makes it easy to clean, so it’s a piece of cake to exchange the dirt and bulbs for ice and bottles.
The best thing about this gift is how unique it is. It’s unlikely she has anything like this trough already, and you can personalize it to make it even more special. With all the different possible uses, anyone is sure to love it.
How to gift: Show her the options she has with this trough. Include a bottle of wine or two, a potted plant or bag of seeds, and a photo album or scrapbook.
5Buffalo Check Blanket
I firmly believe you can never have too many blankets. And a blanket with your name on it? Even better – you’ll always have first dibs on it, because it’s undoubtedly yours! These buffalo plaid blankets are soft and warm, and make thoughtful gifts for her. The recipient can stow it in her car so it’s always on hand for an impromptu picnic, nap in the grass, or bonfire!
How to gift: add the blanket to a gift basket with wine, cheese, and crackers or s’mores ingredients and hot cocoa.
6Tipsy Whiskey Kit
Here’s another one for the girl who’s always hosting guests, or the whiskey enthusiast. These super cute glasses are more than just fun to look at. The bottom is designed to allow the glass to spin, so the whiskey can properly oxygenate.
And, you know, watching your monogrammed glasses spinning without spilling your drink is a great party trick!
How to gift: you can’t give whiskey glasses without any whiskey! Pick up a bottle of her favorite kind so she can test out the glasses with you as soon as she opens them. For a more memorable experience, take her to a tasting at a new distillery, buy her favorite bottle, and then surprise her with the glasses as gifts for her.
Terrariums are becoming more and more popular, and it’s easy to see why. Each succulent is so different and gorgeous, and you barely even have to take care of them! That’s why terrariums are loved by even those of us who have less of a green thumb and more of a black thumb.
But if she has two black thumbs, you can personalize the rubber cap with her name or monogram and turn it into her own personal fairy garden to watch over.
How to gift: include all of the components she needs to make the best terrarium (succulents, moss, soil, rocks) or fairy garden (fairy, large succulents, fake mushrooms, glitter) and help her assemble it. She’ll remember the time you spent together making it every time she looks at it.