What to Buy the Woman Who Is Impossible to Shop For
It’s easy to find the perfect present for the woman who’s hard to buy for—as long as you have this list to help you!
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Gifts she’ll love
Whether it’s your mom, wife, sister, or friend, we all have that one woman in our lives who is incredibly hard to shop for. She’s either too busy insisting she doesn’t need anything because she’s taking on the weight of the world or she’s so put together that she already has everything she might need. Because it seems impossible to find the right thing, there’s a good chance you’ll end up frantically searching at the eleventh hour for the perfect last-minute Christmas gifts. To avoid that kind of panic, you’ll want to take a look at these unique gifts for her.
We’ve scoured the Internet high and low to round up 40 items she’ll absolutely adore and actually use, treasure, and thank you for. But you might love our picks even more than she does because all of these gifts can be delivered right to your (or her) door and you’re sure to find something great that fits your budget, no matter what it is. Speaking of which, you’ll also want to check out our enormous list of stocking stuffers under $10.
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For the pearl in your world: LAGOS Sterling Silver Luna Freshwater Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings
When in doubt, jewelry is always the right answer—and these Lagos pearl drop earrings are just the right balance between timeless elegance and current trends. A set of pearl earrings is one of the simple fashion upgrades that will make any outfit look expensive, and they will last for generations. Do you also have a guy on your list who’s impossible to shop for? This list of unique gifts for him should do the trick. You’re welcome!
For the luxe lounger: Sperry Women’s Shearling Clog Slipper
Spoil the luxe lounger in your life with ultra-cozy, five-star slippers from Sperry. The soft suede moccasin slippers are fully padded, with a faux fur lining and a gum sole for traction. One reviewer writes, “As a stay-at-home mom, I am on my feet ALL day. I have worn these slippers every day for 7 months. Seriously, every day.” They’ll keep her feet so warm and comfy, she’ll never want to take them off.
For the ultra-organized: M Design Plastic Cosmetic Drawer Organizer
Here’s a dose of good news: This drawer organizer actually comes as a set of three, and it’s an absolute hero for keeping makeup, skin care, and desk supplies in photo-worthy form. That means each organizer works out to less than $5, which is a holiday miracle considering just how useful they are. For a genius way to find the perfect present, check out our gift guide for every zodiac sign.
For the one who’s always cold: Sackcloth & Ashes Diamond Throw Blanket
This blanket will warm her up on the sofa on movie night, but it’ll also warm her heart when she realizes it’s one of the greatest gifts that give back. Sackcloth & Ashes was founded with one goal: to provide blankets to homeless shelters. With the purchase of this gorgeous Western-inspired throw, another will be donated to a shelter in need. The blankets, which measure five feet wide by six feet long, are made of a blend of cozy wool, acrylic, and polyester for easy machine-washing and optimal warmth.
For the well-heeled: La Canadienne Newport Waterproof Bootie
The sneaker soles on these Newport booties from La Canadienne bring a fun athleisure-inspired update to the brand’s popular Chelsea boots. The waterproof finish, comfortable bottoms, and sleek style pair perfectly with dark denim and a crisp white shirt, creating a polished business casual ensemble that stands up to any weather.
For the young at heart: Sunday Riley Superstars Kit
She’ll ooh and aah over this Sunday Riley Superstars Kit if she’s into trying the latest and greatest skin care. The kit includes four products to help her brighten and nourish her skin, including bottles of the best-selling Good Genes, C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum, Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream, and A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum. On a budget? Try these amazing gifts for her under $50.
For the elegant snacker: Nambé Butterfly Chip and Dip Bowl
This seriously sophisticated chip-and-dip bowl by Nambé is made of rich acacia wood and eye-catching shiny metal alloy that looks sleek, modern, and ready for the next snack attack. It’s an art piece that instantly elevates any simple bag of chips, but it will be elevated to new heights filled with exotic nuts, gourmet crackers, or hand-rolled pretzels. Pair it with one of these holiday food gifts for the ultimate appeal.
For the bag lover: Dooney & Bourke Pebble Grained Tote
This quintessential tote from Dooney & Bourke is a beautiful marriage of pretty and practical. The iconic style and buttery soft pebble grain leather give it a luxe look, but roomy straps and the fact that it’s surprisingly lightweight make it perfect for everyday use. The tote comes in 12 classy colors but we love the pop of red for holiday.
For pop art fans: Pink & White Electric Love Framed Print
This graffiti-style heart print from Corey Paige Designs says “I love you” to your favorite pop art fan. It’s actually a replica of the designer’s most popular custom painting. Printed with archival, pigment-based inkson satin paper, Pink and White Electric Love comes in chic black or white frame and arrives ready to hang.
For the spa fan: Ultimate MicroCotton 3-Piece Bath Towel Set
She’ll be excited for her next long soak and face mask adventure after receiving this super-soft Ultimate MicroCotton bath towel set designed to celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary. This machine-washable towel set is the same one that popular upscale hotels use, and it will instantly make her feel like she’s on a luxurious vacation. Give it on its own, or pair it with a few other at-home spa essentials for some serious R&R.
For the one you’d toast to: VineBox 12 Nights of Wine
Consider this gift a wine sampler inspired by the seasonal trend of advent calendars. She’ll count down to the holidays with a dozen glasses of world-class wines, sipped with her favorite family members or pod besties, or with her crew by video chat for a socially distanced holiday party.
For the plant lover: Bloomscape ZZ Plant
This relatively large, fuss-free houseplant is a low-maintenance approach to helping your giftee grow a green thumb. It’s hardy, beautiful, and surprisingly graceful for a plant that’s so difficult to kill. It’s the spirit plant for the tough-as-nails gaI who always manages to pull herself together, even when the world seems to be a mess. Here are more inspiring best friend gifts for every type of friend.
For the woman on trend: Teardrop Threader
Trend watchers know that delicate dangle chain earrings officially replaced hoops on fashionable ears across the country this past year. This 18K gold or rhodium-plated Teardrop Threader earring from Studs ups the ante with a tiny luminous opal at the end of the chain. It’s sold singly in case you want to mix it up.
For the beauty sampler: Orly Desert Dreaming Mini Nail Polish Kit
She’ll love getting this adorable collection of desert-inspired mini nail polishes from Orly because the on-trend colors are also certified cruelty-free, vegan, and free of lots of the harmful chemicals other polishes tend to have. The price point and generally appealing color palette makes this a great choice for a Secret Santa gift. For other wallet-friendly gifts, check out these 100 stocking stuffers under $10.
For the one-of-a-kind: Isabelle Grace Personalized Open Circle Necklace
This Isabelle Grace open circle necklace is one of the best personalized gifts, thanks to easy, versatile wearing and timeless sentimental value. It can be stamped with a name, date, or special message to send cheer, blessings, and special reminders. The sterling silver or bronze charm is paired with a 14-karat-gold-filled chain for a multi-tonal effect.
For the remote worker: Soma WKND Cozy Lounge Wrap
This wardrobe staple really lives up to its cozy name, because the long-cut wrap is made of hug-worthy eyelash fabric that’s ideal for layering over her favorite work-from-home pieces. It can also be easily folded, packed, and tucked away for long weekends out of town, and when the time comes, she can simply throw it in the wash. Plus, it has a two percent metallic thread, so it offers just the right amount of holiday flair. Adding a wrap to a woman’s ensemble is one of the fashion tips pro stylists won’t tell you for free.
For the beauty queen: Benefit Cosmetics BYOB Holiday Value Set
She’ll be giddy when she opens this Benefit Cosmetics BYOB: Bring Your Own Beauty holiday value gift set, because it comes loaded with face essentials she’ll really use and probably already loves. A full-size mascara, tinted volumizing eyebrow gel, matte bronzer, and travel-size face primer are all included at more than half off their full retail value.
For the athleisure fan: Sportiqe Dundee Sweatpants
Add these classic French terry sweatpants to this year’s gifts and she’ll wear them for years to come. The athletic drawstrings, bunched elastic bottoms, and slim-fit design are a welcome vintage throwback she’ll want to live in, whether she’s working out in her home gym or working out tonight’s movie pick. Looking for gifts for mom? We’ve got you covered!
For spilling (and sipping) tea together: Jaf Tea Sampler Gift Set Box
If you’re prone to spilling lots of tea together, replenish her supply of high-quality sippable teas with this Jaf Tea sampler that comes with 80 tea bags. She’ll get 10 bags of each flavor, including black, green, Earl Grey, peppermint, and fruit-flavored herbal blends. While you’re shopping at your favorite online retailer, check out Amazon’s top sellers of the season.
For the positive thinker: MantraBand Enjoy the Journey Bracelet
She may need a dose of positivity and loving affirmations to make it through the rest of the year, which is why this MantraBand bracelet with a helpful dose of wisdom is the perfect gift choice. It’s an adjustable accessory available in silver, gold, and rose-gold finishes that goes the extra mile by offering doses of sparkle and uplifting charm.
For chilly climates: Lasko Ceramic Portable Space Heater
This portable Lasko space heater is made with a safe ceramic coating and comes in a silver color that matches perfectly with current home decor trends. It brings 1500 watts of warmth to her favorite too-chilly living space, basement workshop, or office, and has built-in features like an adjustable thermostat for personalized comfort. Don’t miss these 70 great Amazon Prime gifts for everyone on your list.
For the one with great hair: Tidal Hair Sticks
If she’s always trying the newest hair products and looking for the next big trend, she’ll be obsessed with these Tidal Hair Sticks. They’re made of simple black wood and adorned with real Czech glass to add a dose of sophisticated flair. She’ll throw her hair into magazine-worthy up-dos in a matter of seconds and get loads of compliments along the way.
For the one tethered to her phone: EyeJust Blue Light Blocking Screen Protector
Blue-light-blocking devices and protectors are some of the most practical tech gifts this year, given how many people are in front of screens more than ever before. Blue light can affect and damage delicate retinas, interrupt the production of melatonin (which means lower-quality sleep), and accelerate fine lines and photoaging of the skin. This screen protector is a cinch to apply and requires no additional thought, making it a low-maintenance yet life-changing gift she’ll truly appreciate.
For your bubbly bestie: Mionetto Prosecco Brut
Pour her a glass of this bubbly Mionetto Prosecco Brut or stuff a bottle in an oversized stocking and watch her face light up with excitement. It’s a top-rated value wine that impresses all types of palettes with its clean, dry finish. It pairs just as well with meals as it does with cocktail ingredients or Sunday-afternoon mimosas by the fire.
For skin that glows: Eve Lom Radiance Face Oil
This Eve Lom Radiance Face Oil packs a beautiful punch of vitamin C, antioxidants, and natural avocado oil that nourishes, hydrates, and brightens facial skin. It absorbs quickly without a trace of any greasy finish, and it’s clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around lips and eyes after four weeks of consistent use. Meghan Markle is one of those people who always has glowing skin, and believe it or not, this $10 cream is reportedly her skin-care secret.
For the one who really needs a massage: Sharper Image Powerboost Percussion Deep Tissue Massage Gun
She can keep her social distance, and you can give her endless massages from afar for the price of one hour at a spa with this Sharper Image Powerboost Percussion Deep Tissue Massage Gun. She’ll be able to fully personalize her massage settings, recover from post-workout soreness, and focus on any area comfortably with the ergonomic handle. It’s also high on the list of gifts for grandma this year.
For the one with the most sense: Tineco Moda One Smart Hair Dryer
If she’s been drooling over one of those very cool ionic hair dryers beauty influencers are using but can’t bring herself to spend a mortgage payment on one, she sounds like she’s loaded with good sense. Good thing Tineco just launched the way more affordable Moda One Smart Ionic Hair Dryer, a 1400W wonder tool with more to offer at a significantly lower price. It cuts drying speed, protects delicate tresses, and comes with a diffuser and concentrator so she can pick her styling preference. The advanced iLoop Smart Sensor Technology measures hair moisture levels and air temperature more than 20 times per second and automatically adjusts heat and airflow in real-time to prevent damage to hair. How’s that for some cool science? If your gifting goal is to make someone’s life easier, you can’t go wrong with these smart home devices that are worth every penny.
For the influencer: Culpos x INC Embellished Hoodie
This holiday-perfect embellished hoodie from the new Culpos x INC line is a Macy’s exclusive she’ll wear till it’s warm out again. It comes in red, black, and ivory and is stitched with a subtle dose of glamorous metallic piping that elevates the athleisure look just enough for her Instagram, TikTok, and other must-share selfie spots.
For when everything is coming up rosés: Usual Wines Rosé
These neatly packaged individual large pours of rosé from Usual Wines are the ideal way to let her sip a preportioned amount without worrying about finishing a whole bottle. Order in increments of six bottles, each filled with crisp notes of strawberry, rose petal, and rhubarb. If she lives in a warm climate, these are a year-round staple or a perfect special-occasion drink with friends and family anywhere else. When life is back to normal, you two might want to visit some of the most gorgeous wineries in the world together.
For the always stylish: Gabriel & Co. Multi Row 925 Sterling Silver Anklet
This sterling silver anklet with white sapphire marquise stations by Gabriel & Co. is the very current fashion accessory she’s already pining after, and it updates any old outfit into a modern one. It comes with a certificate of authenticity with a unique serial number, a year of coverage on damages for normal wear and tear, and complimentary cleaning twice a year at a local retail partner. That means she’ll wear this style flawlessly for seasons to come, and you’ll look like a hero for choosing it!
For a one-and-done look: Ilia Organic Multi-Stick
Pop this genius makeup product in her stocking and she’ll manage to look camera-ready for all her important FaceTime sessions with a single product. The Ilia Multi-Stick is an organic, cruelty-free, clean-beauty semi-solid that comes in a chubby stick. A variety of flattering shades are available to perk up lips and cheeks, as well as offer subtle contour without having to reach for a brush or additional products. A totally natural makeup look is easier than ever with this nifty little tube.
For the budding chef: Buydeem 3-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
She’ll make delicious dishes for years to come in this classic three-quart Buydeem Dutch oven made of enameled cast iron with a stylish pastel-green finish. It’s great for baking bread, slow-braising meats, simmering stews, and everything else she loves whipping up. Our juicy Dutch oven whole chicken recipe is a must-try with this pot.
For the eco-conscious: Valani Lita Classic Scrunchie
Valani’s ethical, eco-aware mission is reflected in all of its products and fabrics, and this Lita Classic Scrunchie is no exception. It’s got feel-good ’90s fashion styling with up-to-date design features like extra sturdy interior elastic that can stand up to the thickest, heaviest ponytails in town. She’ll wear it every day with just about everything in her closet, while also feeling great about its positive impact on the planet since every scrunchie purchased equals one tree planted.
For curly girls: Moroccan Gold Series Curl Cream
She’ll scrunch without the crunch, because this hydrating Moroccan Gold Series Curl Cream offers ultra-soft hydration and curl definition without any of the crunchy aftermath other curl-defining products typically offer. It minimizes frizz, seals in moisture, and creates beautiful shape with real Moroccan argan oil and added keratin, whether she’s got loose waves or the tightest coils. For another great stocking stuffer, consider this $8 frizzy hair product that has near-perfect reviews on Amazon.
For the walker: Naturalizer Yarina Sneaker
With concealed one-and-three-quarter-inch heels, these lace-up leather sneakers are a petite girl’s best friend. They have a stylish back pull tab and smooth, breathable lining that makes zippy walks around the neighborhood more comfortable than ever.
For the cleaning-obsessed: Casabella Infuse Multi-Surface Spray Mop Kit
This aromatherapeutic departure from the ordinary, artificial-smelling cleaning products out there will make her a lot happier in an era where cleanliness is king. The Casabella Infuse floor mop system can be used on ceramic, porcelain, and glazed floor tiles, laminate, and vinyl. It deep-cleans dirt and grime without leaving streaks, has a refillable bottle and microfiber pad to reduce unnecessary waste, and is non-toxic when used as directed. It’s also biodegradable and pet-safe, and the battery-free spray pump works like a charm. Here are more gifts for people who can’t stop cleaning their houses.
For the always-in-jeans type: Ética Finn Ethically Made Jeans
If jeans are her signature laid-back look, she’ll go wild for a new pair of Ética Finn straight-leg jeans. They’re the ethically made answer to her favorite classic style, offering a slim cut with a high rise that hugs the body through the hips and then shoots straight down the leg for a nearly vintage style with more soul. They’re made of BCI cotton blended with Tencel, a cellulose fiber made from a renewable source requiring very little water, no pesticides, and no harmful irrigation.
For the one who loves hosting: Corelle 18-Piece Dinnerware Set in Terrazzo Rosa
This flashy, youthful chip-resistant dinnerware set is enough to serve six for a seated meal. The sturdy Corelle line is made of non-porous glass that’s ultra-hygienic, easy to clean, and lightweight. The pieces are also easy to stack, thanks to a smart, compact design, and they make wonderful hostess gifts, especially when bought separately.
For the brightest smile: Spotlight Oral Care Sonic Toothbrush
This highly rated sonic toothbrush by Spotlight Oral Care has three cleaning modes, a gentle feel that actually delivers high-frequency brush movements, an auto timer, and battery life that lasts up to 70 days. The brush comes with three heads, and it can reach frequencies as high as 48,000 reps per minute for intense surface-stain removal.
For the dog mom: Holiday Tails Winter Vacation Pet & Pet Parent Beanie Set
Whether she’s got one of the cutest small dog breeds that sits in her lap or a big, fluffy canine-bear, she’ll get a kick out of this matchy-matchy Holiday Tails beanie set for her and Fido. These matching beanies will provide some mega-cute moments for social media, the family photo album, and the door of Grandma’s fridge. Here are more spot-on gifts for dog lovers.
For the candle collector: Pink Moon Clair de Lune Candle
It’s a candle, fragrance, and body oil all in one—and she’ll love the pretty-in-pink packaging, too. The scent itself offers comforting notes of jasmine, bergamot, and dreamy pink peppercorns that are handcrafted in small batches, made in America, and blended with ethically sourced coconut and apricot waxes. It burns cleaner than soy, too.
For the most flexible personality: Yogi Bare Teddy Lightweight Travel Yoga Mat
The stars are aligning right now to send you this sign: The lady on your list has been more flexible than ever this year, and she deserves a few extra moments of zenned-out bliss in return. She’ll love this Yogi Care Teddy travel yoga mat for its cosmic print, lightweight, and easy-to-clean surface. You’ll nama-stay on her good side with this one.
For the one who changes her hair color all the time: Mydentity MyConfidant Color Securing Shampoo
If she changes her hair color as often as her mood, this Mydentity shampoo will be the stocking stuffer she’s been waiting for. It’s formulated without sulfates, parabens, or sodium chloride, so it’s safe for most treated hair types, and it removes gunk like oil and dirt without stripping color or moisture. It works like a charm on bright colors, light hues, and rich chocolate shades.
For the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow: Lotte 321 Gold Rainbow Huggies
This charitable brand is focused on making the world a better place by supporting children with Down Syndrome and Type 1 diabetes. Its affordable, on-trend jewelry is as easy to love as its mission, making these rainbow lever-back earrings a no-brainer. They’re also nickel-free for safe and easy wearing. Now that you have the woman who’s impossible to shop for taken care of, check out these cool gifts for boys they’ll brag about to their friends.
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