You’ve started holiday gift shopping and now it’s time to think about what to get the most important women in your life. And if you are reading this post, chances are one of these special ladies is getting married in the upcoming months. Shopping for the perfect gift for the bride-to-be can be a challenge. While this is an exciting time for her, wedding planning also comes with an unavoidable amount of stress. Thus, a present that gives her a break from getting ready for her upcoming nuptials is what she really needs right now.
To point you in the right direction while shopping, begin by thinking about what her interests and passions are. Is her happy place in the kitchen? Does she love art gallery hopping on the weekend? Or is supporting social causes important to her? From fitness tech accessories to designer makeup to chic travel gear, we’ve rounded up thoughtful gift ideas that are just as unique as the woman you call your best friend. What’s so great about this holiday gift guide for her is that it’s not limited to friends and brides-to-be. Any of these fabulous finds could be an ideal match for the sister, mother, mentor, and trusted colleague on your list too.
The Gracious Host
She’s the friend who sees any occasion as an excuse to host a party. You can’t go wrong with a gift that caters to her passion for entertaining, which is why we think she’ll love the octavia marble serving board with cheese knives ($69.95 at Crate & Barrel). Elegant yet practical, it’s sure to be the crown jewel on her hors d’oeuvres table this year.
The Beauty Guru
The Holiday Lip Set ($45 at Sephora) is a great gift for the friend who is always trying out the latest makeup trends. This curated collection of favorites has it all, and includes lips sticks and balms from Charlotte Tilbury, Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez, Pat McGrath Labs, and more. It will make a pretty addition to her beauty product arsenal as she works on perfecting her New Year’s Eve party look.
The Fitness Enthusiast
Expand the at-home gym of your fitness-obsessed friend with the Smart Jump Rope Rookie ($39 at Amazon). It connects via bluetooth to the SmartRope mobile app (IOS, Android, Apple Watch) – she’ll be able to monitor her workout data (jump count, calories burned, time spent jumping) while tracking progress through interval training and cardio challenges. Added Bonus: With the Smart Jump Rope Rookie, she’ll be too busy for your Saturday morning buddy sweat sessions (the ones you always forget about until seeing her reminder text after getting home from the bar the night before).
The Fashion Maven
No matter how out-there a fashion trend is, she pulls it off effortlessly. She’ll have no problem sporting the Maeve Plush V-Neck Sweater ($138 from Anthropologie) in gold – the bold color looks more neon yellow to us – during the cold days ahead. It makes a statement while being cozy, everything a fashionista looks for in a winter staple.
The Constant Traveler
Actress Shay Mitchell wanted to make stylish, affordable, and high-quality luggage available for others who, like her, travel the world to seek new experiences and meet people. Her answer came in Beis, a modern luggage brand offering a collection of travel gear and accessories made to accompany your international getaway or routine trip to the gym. With its sleek design, hard shell, and 360° wheels, the Carry-On Roller ($198 at Beis) is the perfect present for the jet-setter friend.
The Social Advocate
By providing a safe workplace community, Purpose Jewelry helps young girls and women escaping human trafficking gain economic freedom, access to healthcare and education, and a loving place to belong. Through the program, these brave girls and women make beautiful jewelry and accessories, which can be purchased on the organization’s website. A gift that gives back, the Celebrate Pearl Toggle Necklace ($52 at Purpose Jewelry) was handmade with love in the Uganda Sanctuary with 100% of proceeds going to provide each artisan working there with fair wages, education, and holistic care.
The Artisanal Baker
She’s the friend who has watched every episode of ‘The Great British Baking Show’ and can recite the ingredients to the winning dishes by heart. Indulge her culinary obsession with ‘Life Is What You Bake It’ ($15.59 at Amazon) by Vallery Lomas, a lawyer turned popular baking personality. A cookbook as much as it is a love letter to baking, ‘Life Is What You Bake It’ shares delicious recipes alongside Vallery’s inspiration and personal stories behind each creation.
Ask her, “What’s better than an epic night out on the town?” And she’ll quickly answer, “A chill night at home on the couch.” For her comfort, relaxation, and knowing when to reset after a long work week are key. The only thing that could improve this friend’s idea of a perfect evening is a soft and cozy flannel long-sleeve pajama set ($110 from J.Crew).
The Art Lover
Now for the friend whose idea of a perfect afternoon is wandering gallery halls looking at masterpiece paintings. With a museum membership ($110/year at Met Museum), she’ll receive rare access to art, culture, and histories that span place and time. In addition to free admission, members of the MET enjoy benefits that include a free guest pass with every visit, special entry to new exhibitions and events, and 10% off at restaurants, The MET Store (plus a seasonal 20% off), and parking.
We all have that one friend in the group who loves taste testing the latest food trends and checking out the restaurants garnering the most buzz. She takes her interest in fine dining home with her and knows the way around the kitchen. With the Periodic Table of Flavor Rub Set ($65 from Uncommon Goods), she will be able to recreate her favorite savory dishes while coming up with new and original recipes.
Curating this holiday gift guide, we set out to find special items for every type of woman in your close knit circle (whether she is getting married or not). Any of these gifts can be bookmarked for future special occasions such as a birthday, anniversary, or graduation. And if you see something here that you must to have, don’t forget that a major perk of holiday shopping is rewarding yourself with a present along the way.