When it comes to shopping for girlfriends this holiday season, it’s the thought and intention behind the gift that matters most, not the amount of money you spend. This sentiment is especially true for the friend who is busy planning for her upcoming nuptials in 2024. To get inside her head and figure out what she really wants, start by asking yourself what you would appreciate if in her same position. New home goods such as coasters and luxury sheets, or a wardrobe refresher such as a winter poncho all spark joy in the life of someone who is eye-ball deep in wedding spreadsheets. To help you nail the perfect present for the bride-to-be on your list, we put together this guide outlining the best holiday gift ideas for her in 2023.
Everywhere Belt Bag 1L from Lululemon
Between planning for her wedding, the demands of work, and trying to maintain some semblance of a social life, your friend is on the go from morning until night. With the Everywhere Belt Bag from Lululemon ($39), she’ll have everything that she needs to get out the door for her next engagement, and never have to think twice about it. Featuring a stylish on-the-move design that wraps around the waist or can be worn as a cross-body, it holds a phone, keys, and wallet. We chose to spotlight bridal white with gold details, the bag comes in an array of colors to choose from.
Original Wayfarer Classic Sunglasses from Ray-Ban
Whether commuting to the office or enjoying weekend brunch with friends, sunglasses are an essential everyday accessory. Iconic in form and function, the Original Wayfarer Classic from Ray-Ban ($119.70) are the go-to when it comes to statement shaded eyewear. In addition to signature black popularized by celebrities, musicians, and artists over the years, the Original Wayfarer comes in a selection of frame and lens colors guaranteed to suit your friend’s personal style.
Gilded Agate Coasters from Anthropologie
A unique gift for the hostess on your list, the gilded agate coasters from Anthropologie ($16 each) will add natural sparkle to her next party. Each coaster is one-of-a-kind and cut from raw stones of various types of agate that hold different healing properties and meanings, bringing good vibes to the home.
Luxe Satin Core Sheet Set from Brooklinen
Wedding planning and stress go hand in hand, which means getting a good night’s sleep is essential for both physical and mental health. With Brooklinen’s super soft sheets, your friend will have no problem entering dreamland as soon as her head hits the pillow. The Luxe Satin Core Sheet Set (starting at $159) is an ideal starter package and includes 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet, and 2 pillow cases.
Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette from Urban Decay
If she’s the friend who is always pulling off the latest TikTok makeup trends, then she’ll love Urban Decay’s Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette ($33 at Sephora). With both shimmery and matte finishes, colors range from pearl and neutral pink to rich taupe and burgundy, allowing the creation for beautiful eye looks that go from day to night. It’s no wonder that this eyeshadow palette tops best makeup lists year after year.
Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette – via sephora.com
Bayo Wool Poncho from Banana Republic
Blending style and comfort, the Bayo Wool Poncho from Banana Republic ($160) is just what your fashionable friend needs to upgrade her winter wardrobe this season. The combination of natural tan plaid pattern and envelope shape silhouette is universally flattering and versatile – this must-have piece pulls together a chic professional ensemble just as it elevates a favorite jeans with boots uniform.
Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffee Maker with Wood Handle
For this friend, coffee is like air and she’s always on the hunt for where to get the next perfect cup of Joe. With the Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffee Maker (starting a $39.95 at Williams Sonoma), she won’t have to venture further than her own kitchen. Made of heat-resistant glass with a wood collar and leather tie, it’s incredibly simple to use – just place grounded beans in a cone and pour hot water over to enjoy the freshest, purest brew every morning.
Perfume Cologne from JoMalone London
Scent is deeply tied to emotion and memory. When it comes to perfume, choosing what we spray on ourselves is an intimate experience. This is why your friend will love that you took the time to think about what she would like to wear – even if she’s been married to a brand for years, you can still introduce a new fragrance to her bottle collection. Esteemed for its elegant and clean scents that can be worn alone or layered, JoMalone London offers a wide-range collection (starting at $80) in the citrus, spicy, woody, fruity, and floral families.
Tondo Acacia Round Serving Board from Crate & Barrel
Whether laying out an artisanal cheese spread for guests or savoring a charcuterie dinner while catching up on your favorite show, the Tondo Acacia Round Serving Board from Crate & Barrel ($49.95) is this season’s must-have kitchen extra. Carved from a single block of acacia wood in a smooth, organic design, the board comes in an array of finishes (we love the white-washed) and doubles as an artful decorative piece for the home.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Membership
Her idea of a perfect day is exploring gallery halls in search of celebrated works by the masters while discovering contemporary art’s freshest talent. With a membership to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (starting at $110), your friend will have access to a world-class art collection along with private invitations to exhibition openings and special viewing hours, and dining and store discounts.
Women’s Wicked Plush Robe from L.L. Bean
While it may not be the sexiest compared to silk or chiffon, the Women’s Wicked Plush Robe from L.L. Bean ($99) is the hands-down winner for coziest this holiday season. Incredibly soft and made of plush fleece, it wraps like a warm hug offering comfort on frosty mornings and fireside nights.
Shopping for the favorite ladies in your life shouldn’t feel like a chore. With unique and thoughtful finds in home goods, beauty, and fashion, our holiday gift guide for her has options for everyone. And hopefully you’re inspired to get yourself something along the way – you deserve it!