The 55 best gift ideas for women in 2021 for every moment

It’s that time of year again. A birthday. An anniversary. A holiday. Occasions, in general, that come with the caveat of gift shopping.

Whether the box with a big, glitter bow is for your girlfriend, your mom or even for you (treat yourself, am I right?), it can sometimes be difficult to know what to add to your cart. Especially, if you or the woman in your life simply has everything.

Well, this isn’t your typical gift guide. Filled with practical, everyday items that they’ll come to love or one of the most-shopped items we’ve seen this year, you’ll find great comfort in knowing we’ve cut out all the work for you.

Bookmark this page — seriously. We’ve tested, researched and sought out the best gifts for women you can buy, as most of our recommendations have standalone reviews and testing notes alongside them. Essentially, we curated a one-stop shop so you can shop to impress.

Below, find the 55 best gift ideas for women, from luxe bedsheets to boho-chic plant subscriptions. And, be sure to check out our roundup on the best anniversary gifts and the best luxury gifts for women for even more.

Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set, $157.50 (originally $175)

Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set
  • Color options: Solid White, Cream, Graphite, Window Pane, Graphite and Steel Oxford Stripe, Fresh Greens, Fern in Ink Blue, Banana Stripe, Fern in Rainbow
  • Size options: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Luxe and dreamy bedsheets can be pricey, which means that the woman in your life likely won’t purchase them for herself. The Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set is one of our favorites and they’ve truly changed the sleeping game ever since I started using them.

Read our review here.

Bearaby Cotton Napper
  • Color options: Evening Rose, Moonstone Grey, Asteroid Grey, Cloud White, Evening Eggplant, Butternut Bliss
  • Weight options: 15 lbs, 20 lbs, 25 lbs

With hotel-like sheets comes another sleep essential — a comfy blanket. I’ve recently started using my Bearaby Cotton Napper and, after using other weighted blankets, this is by far the most breathable. And, its chunky knit texture looks stunning as an end-of-the-bed throw.

Brightland The Duo Olive Oil Set

If your gift recipient loves to cook (or, is simply fascinated by quality, restaurant-like ingredients), Brightland should be on your radar. I’ve been enjoying The Essentials Capsule, which is currently sold out, but you can purchase The Duo olive oil set and The Pair vinegar collection.

As a California-based brand that’s all over Instagram, they have delicious flavor combinations and recipes to pair with each of its products. I use the olive oil for cooking and dipping bread into, along with each vinegar as a salad dressing or part of a marinade.

The Five Minute Journal

Not everyone has a robust morning routine, but the Five-Minute Journal makes the perfect gift for someone who does. I write in mine every morning and what’s great about it is how it’s undated; if you miss a day, you don’t have to worry about wasting or skipping over pages.

Plus, there are three sections to fill out in the morning: gratitude, what would make the day great and a daily affirmation. In the evening, there’s a section for filling out three amazing things that happened today and how the day could have been better.

Natasha Denona Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Sure, Urban Decay’s Naked palettes have been one of Sephora’s bestsellers for years, but the Natasha Denona Glam Eyeshadow Palette is a step above many others. With 15 gorgeous shades — shimmer and matte — it’s an unmatched palette.

I’ve been using this palette for weeks and it’s creamy, pigmented and always provides various eyeshadow looks — for day and night — that don’t smudge. Plus, Melissa Gorga told the Post it’s one of her favorite makeup products. See our roundup of the best eyeshadow palettes for other mini-reviews.

Caudalie Vinopure Natural Clean Pores Routine

This four-piece skincare set seems like your typical gift set you’d find at Macy’s around the holidays. But it’s not. It’s one of the most nourishing lines I’ve ever used on my skin.

Caudalie’s Vinopure collection comes with a toner, serum, cleanser and perfecting fluid that cools and hydrates at once. It’s a great gift for any skincare buff who’s seeking a new regimen to add to their routine.

The Sill The Editor's Pick Bundle

An LA influencer raved about The Sill’s plant subscription and I knew I had to try them out. As someone who recently started becoming a ‘plant mom,’ The Editor’s Pick Bundle, in particular, makes a great gift for any plant lover or someone who appreciates home items.

Once ordered, the plants will come directly to your door (in pots, too). Mine have been flourishing and they are truly wonderful additions to any space. Not to mention, they save you the time and the hassle of going to a greenhouse to pin down the perfect plant.

Nespresso Vertuo Plus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother

My Nespresso Vertuo Plus is, by far, one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. Ideal for any coffee lover or new homeowner, this set comes with the Aeroccino Milk Frother which makes your homemade brews even more ravishing.

Plus, it’s a great idea to pair the Nespresso with some glass mugs and extra pods.

Sol de Janeiro Braziliam Bum Bum Body Cream

It may sound ridiculous to gift someone a product with ‘Bum Bum’ cream in its title, but it’s just so good. I picked up this product a year or two ago at Sephora and it’ll last you for months. It smells like a tropical island and is perfect for a beach lover or self-care pamperer.

Brooklinen Waffle Robe
  • Color options: Popcorn, White, Grey, Graphite, Green
  • Size options: XS/S, M/L, XL/XXL

Robes are a typical gift, but the Brooklinen Waffle Robe is far from average. The waffle texture makes it feel spa-like, regal and breathable. I’ve been wearing mine for weeks and it’s the perfect throw-on for after my showers and for getting ready at my vanity.

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

I’ve worn my Spanx Faux Leather Leggings for years and they’re one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe. They can be dressed up or down and are perfect for the girl that wears leggings all the time.

Plus, Spanx released a new collection of its bestselling faux leather leggings, if interested in exploring fun, new colors and patterns.

Vitamix 5200 Blender

I can talk for hours about how much I adore the Vitamix 5200 Blender — it’s just that good. Not only can you put in whole fruits and vegetables inside its container, but its blades are so swift that they can heat up soup. It’s a great, splurge-worthy gift for a new homeowner or someone who’s always in the kitchen.

Read our review here.

Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger

Looking for a sentimental gift for the woman in your life? Look no further than the Lovebox, the trendy, TikTok-famous spinning heart messenger that connects with a paired smartphone app. Whenever a message is sent, the heart will spin and you’ll have a morning pick-me-up or sweet thinking-of-you inside the box.

Read our review here.

Glossier Ultralip Lipstick

Glossier’s Ultralip Lipstick is one of my favorite lip products and one that truly complements a natural, everyday look. It’s a perfect, affordable gift for any girly girl or makeup lover.

A tip on shades? ‘Lucite‘ (a soft peony pink), ‘Fete‘ (a watermelon red) and ‘Trench‘ (a toffee brown) are my top three favorites.

Sur La Table Virtual Cooking Classes
Victoria Giardina

As you can see by the smile on my face, I absolutely loved Sur La Table’s online cooking class. If you’re looking for a do-together gift you can enjoy with your mom, girlfriend or loved one, it’s a lovely ‘something different’ idea that has plenty of yummy recipes to choose from.

T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand Set: Tapered, 1", 1.5"

I’ve been using my T3 Whirl Trio for weeks and, after years of swearing a wand never creates the natural, choppy-looking waves I see all over Pinterest, I was proved wrong.

The Trio comes with three unique sizes you can switch depending on the look you’re going for. It’s a great, quality gift if you’re on the hunt for a good splurge. Plus, the brand’s Twirl Trio is fabulous, too, if a traditional curling iron is preferred — my hair has never looked bouncier!

L'ange Le Gloss Flat Iron in Blush

Going along with heat tools, L’ange’s Le Gloss Flat Iron is one of my favorites. Not only for its smooth, blush exterior but also because of its wide plates that don’t tug on your hair. After using it for weeks, I’ve noticed it creates pin-straight strands that always garner compliments.

Drunk Elephant The Littles 4.0 Kit

How cute is this kit? Perfect for any traveler or skincare lover (or both!), Drunk Elephant’s The Littles 4.0 Kit has most of its bestselling products in miniatures to treat the woman in your life to a beautifully packaged, well-formulated line.

For another option, see our review on the brand’s C-Firma Fresh Day Serum.

Cozy Earth Women's Rib-Knit Bamboo Lounge Short

I’ve been living in Cozy Earth’s Lounge Shorts for months. It’s probably one of the most practical and cherished options on this list, especially when paired with the matching Lounge Tank and Pullover Crew — both of which I’ve also been wearing non-stop.

Half Baked Harvest Super Simple Cookbook

As seen on Pinterest, Tieghan Gerard, the name behind the popular Half Baked Harvest blog, has a cookbook. Ever since I was gifted this, I’ve been making countless of her recipes, including homemade pancakes and penne vodka.

For anyone who loves cooking and baking (or, is simply a self-declared foodie who loves looking at beautiful food photography), this is the absolute perfect gift.

Little Words Project 'Love' Beaded Stretch Bracelet

For a budget-friendly gift that is cute and charming (no pun intended), Little Words Projects’ bracelets are a must. I have three of them and love stacking them for an everyday, simple look. With so many personalization options, it’s the sentimental and dainty gift that is sure to be adored.

Tory Burch Robinson Leather Tote

When I graduated college, my sister gifted me a Tory Burch Leather Tote and it’s a gift I was instantly excited over. A splurge, for sure, it’s a durable bag with beautiful straps that’ll last for years of commuting, traveling and sporting to brunches.

Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Nail Polish

Ideal for anyone who’s obsessed with painting their nails, Essie’s Expressie line is the best on the market. I have upwards of 10 shades on my nail polish rack and it’s the only non-gel collection that’ll actually remain chip-free on my nails for up to two weeks.

Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. Crossbody

As my devout going-out bag in high school. and college, Rebecca Minkoff’s Mini M.A.C. Crossbody is still my favorite bag almost a decade later. I have the bag in black and saddle brown and rotate both of them the most out of all the crossbody and mini totes in my collection (which is quite a lot).

What makes this bag incredible is not only its affordable price compared to other designers and styles, but also the high-quality chain and accents that haven’t faded or came apart after years of use. Trust me, it’s a better-than-best gift.

Hunter Women's Original Tall Back Adjustable Rain Boots

Great for commuters or anyone who loves tall boots, Hunter’s Rain Boots are likely something your gift recipient wouldn’t purchase for herself. I’ve had my gray pair for nearly five years and they’re great to pair with dresses and jeans alike.

Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Sunglasses

You can never have too many pairs of sunglasses, and with Ray-Bans’ classic Aviators, you won’t need more than one pair. I’ve had mine for years and they’re super delicate and match any outfit. Plus, they’re great to gift all year round.

Dyson Airwrap Styler

As a product on my to-test-soon list, the Dyson Airwrap Styler is adored by many influencers we’ve spoken with, and for a good reason — it’s the top product that truly creates a salon-like blowout. For any lover of hair products and what’s trending now, it’s a suitable option.

Tocess Claw Clips (4-Pack)

For less than $15 on Amazon, I immediately purchased this four-pack of claw clips and it’s one of my most-recommended items, for sure. Not only are they super trendy but they’re great for sweeping your hair out of your face.

If the woman in your life is obsessed with all things TikTok, this is the gift for her.

Agua Bendita x Revolve Lucile Bikini Top

I’ve heard of Agua Bendita’s swimwear from social media and they’re soon to be tested and reviewed. Known for its fun, beach-minded prints, quality design and flattering fit, any woman would appreciate high-end swimwear to add to her collection.

Natori Exotic Poppy Mandarin 2-Piece Pajama Set

I’ve slept in Natori’s dreamy pajamas for weeks now and I immediately feel like I’m at the Hamptons or the Italian Riviera. The material is something you have to experience for yourself and the brand has so many vivid, stunning colors.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer is a great gift idea that’s been seen all over Amazon. For one, it makes styling hair super easy, and we’ve seen it populate all over the place, especially during Prime Day.

Our Place Always Pan
  • Color options: Spice, Steam, Sage, Blue Salt, Char, Lavender, Terracotta, Heat, Zest

Get the Our Place Always Pan. It’s absolutely gorgeous, will replace eight traditional pieces of cookware in your kitchen and will make anyone inspired to cook more.

Plus, Our Place recently came out with a new pot that everyone’s talking about. Both make lovely items to gift for newlyweds or to include in a wedding registry, too.

lululemon Align High-Rise Pant 25"
  • Color options: Black Granite and 19 other colors and patterns
  • Size options: 0 to 20
  • Length options: 25″, 28″, 31″

Does the woman in your life live in leggings? If so, she’ll appreciate the much-talked-about pair of lululemon Align High-Rise Pants. They are the brand’s most popular selection, alongside dozens of other styles we rounded up.

JFIT Dumbbell Hand Weight Set

I’ve been using my set of weighted dumbbells far before quarantine hit and they’re a must-have for anyone who swears by at-home workouts. A set including 3 lbs, 5 lbs and 8 lbs of weights is recommended by Anna Kaiser, Shakira’s personal trainer, who dished out the best dumbbell sets to buy.

Adina's Jewels Tiny Pavé Lowercase Initial Necklace

I absolutely adore my Adina’s Jewels Initial Necklace as it’s one of the daintiest pieces in my collection. I have my boyfriend’s ‘m’ initial on a chain and it’s great for mothers to feature their child’s initial, too!

Mejuri Honey Ring

Mejuri is one of the best retailers for dainty, gold jewelry that’s affordable and akin to fine quality. I haven’t been taking my gold rings and earrings off since I received them and there are so many options to choose from. The Honey Ring is a well-priced option that looks exquisite when paired with gold earrings and other accessories.

Read our review of Mejuri here.

HelloFresh Meal Kit

If you’re a devout follower of NYPost Shopping, you know meal kits are one of our most favorite things ever, with HelloFresh being a top brand. We’ve tried HelloFresh for months and can’t get enough. It’s one of those ‘I’ve-always-wanted-to-try’ bundles that make a scrumptious gift.

Nike Renew In-Season Training Shoes
  • Color options: Mauve, White, Sky Blue, All Black, Black
  • Size options: 5 to 12

As one of the most worn sneakers on my shoe rack, Nike’s Training Shoes are worth every penny. They have a slimming look on the feet, look great with leggings of all styles and cuts and are super comfortable to trek around in.

Kate Spade Bradley Pebbled Leather Wallet
  • Color options: Heirloom Tomato, Raw Pecan, Black

I was recently gifted a Kate Spade pink wallet and haven’t used anything else to hold my cash, credit cards and other miscellaneous items. It’s a perfect size, fits in virtually and bag and will last you for months on end.

Dyson Omni-Glide Vacuum

As a product soon to be tested and reviewed, the all-new Dyson Omni-Glide Vacuum is a space-saving superstar that will seamlessly touch on hard-to-reach places. No more lugging heavy vacuums around. It’s a wonderful gift for anyone who finds joy in Sunday reset cleaning.

23andMe Ancestry + Traits Service

Yes, even the best gifts have to do with sending a spit sample in the mail. I recently shipped mine and am currently awaiting my 23andMe results. It’s a great gift for anyone who’s interested in familial ties and ancestral history. You’ll have access to a whole network of people, too!

CO. by Colgate SuperNova Rechargeable At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit

Some people are perfectionists with the brightness of their smile, and CO. by Colgate is a new, effective option that comes with a pen to literally paint on which teeth you’d like to focus on. No more wasting whitening gel. No more uneven brightening.

Read our review here.

Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum For Her

I first tried Gucci’s Bloom perfume from a Sephora sample and my mom immediately added it to her wishlist. That said, it’s a heavenly floral perfume that smells fresh, clean and feminine. It’s a gift option if the person you’re shopping for needs a new scent.

L.L. Bean 8-Inch Bean Boot

I can’t stop wearing my L.L Bean Boots in the fall and winter and, even though I’m not a serious hiker by any means, they’re great to throw on if I have the urge to find a local trail. They were my go-to pair for walking miles on my college campus in the rain, slush and sleet, too.

The Body Source Himalayan Salt Lamp

I find great solace in turning on my salt lamp that sits on my bedside table. Whether I’m about to crack open a new book or just want to create a zen environment in the evening, it’s what I turn to. It’s great for anyone who loves revitalizing their space.

Everlane The Modern Trench Coat

Everyone needs a good trench coat. This one from Everlane is a classic take on dressier options and is suitable for family holiday parties or business casual workplaces.

I’ll admit it — I’m one of those girls who uses an ice roller every morning to depuff. If your gift recipient uses them as much as I, The Skinny Confidential Hot Mess Ice Roller is an elevated gift option, thanks to its extra-large size and grip.

And yes, the ice roller is curated after the top-rated ‘The Skinny Confidential Him & Her‘ podcast.

Kendra Scott Elle Gold Drop Earrings
  • Color options: Black, White Mother of Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ivory Mother of Pearl, Abalone Shell, Bronze Veined Turquoise, Dichroic Glass, Teal Tie-Dye Illusion

Whenever I wear a black romper or bodysuit, Kendra Scott’s Elle Gold Drop Earrings always complete the look. They’re a perfect size, have a traditional vibe and accentuate your look to the nines.

Tiled Margot Monogram Mug

After brewing a fresh cup of Donut Shop’s blend in my Keurig, I always take my ‘V’ monogrammed mug out of my cabinet. It’s one of the most practical and personalized gifts I’ve been given. Not to mention, it’s one of Anthropologie’s merchandise manager’s top 30 gifts from the company.

Michael Kors Gen 5 Lexington Smartwatch

I’ve sported my Michael Kors Smartwatch for years. Not only does it match the gold jewelry I love to wear daily but its top selling point is its capability to buzz when I receive a new text. Seriously, it’s a great gift.

The Jane Austen Collection: 6-Volume Box Set

As a self-proclaimed bookworm who loves the classics (thanks, Rory Gilmore!), this six-volume set from Jane Austen is a sweet, thoughtful option that she’ll adore — and store on her bookshelf. Personally, ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and ‘Emma’ can’t be topped.

Imperial 9.0-9.5mm Cultured Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings in 14K Gold

My mom gifted me these freshwater pearl earrings from Zales a few Christmases ago and I always reach for them when I want a match-with-everything accessory. They are of fine quality and look preppy, chic and minimal.

Funboy Pink Retro Phone Pool Float

What’s not to love about fun pool floats? This retro phone pool float from Funboy is the perfect Instagrammable option for anyone who finds peace in swimming in the summer.

And, they’re great quality. I’ve been lounging on mine the entire summer and they add so much spice and flair to your poolscape.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

I’ve had the Kindle Paperwhite for more than a decade and it’s a no-frills, classic option that’ll get you reading more. Plus, Kindle Originals are too good to skip out on.

Sure, you may enjoy holding a physical copy of a book, but you can adjust the light settings (and wear blue light glasses) to make your reading strain- and glare-free.

Baked By Melissa Latest & Greatest Cupcakes (25-Pack)

Baked by Melissa’s cupcakes are surely a sweet treat. It’s a unique gift option that’s trendy, fun and delicious. Plus, they have a birthday cupcake box to celebrate with, which is one of the company’s bestsellers.

I’ve only had the urbanite-famous treats in NYC, so gifting a box of these, especially for suburban gals, is a sweeter-than-sweet surprise.

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