39 Holiday Gifts She Won't See Coming
From your best friend to your fashion-forward daughter, we found gorgeous gifts for all the ladies on your list.
Here's the thing about shopping for the women in your life: No single gift truly fits them all. That's why we took a nuanced approach to curating a textured, dynamic present list for your mom, sister, daughter, significant other, and best friend. Ahead, you'll find several options for each, whatever her style—options that feel polished and inspired, as opposed to same-old, same-old.
While your mom might light up while unwrapping a luxurious silk scarf, emblazoned with 18th- and 19th-century botanical prints, your childhood best friend might appreciate an at-home manicure kit, a fancy nail polish, or a high-tech blowdryer, instead. The point? Your leading ladies have different interests—in fact, they might even have a few more, if they spent the last tumultuous few months trying on new hobbies. If she took up painting, put the ahead watercolor set on her radar; and if she expanded her skill set in the kitchen, a bottle of olive oil is sure to please. Whatever her interests, we've thoroughly nodded to them all with the following must-have holiday gifts for her. From nourishing body oils and selfie touch-up mirrors to sleek wallets and the coolest cuffs, there's a present here for absolutely every woman on your list.
Of course, there are gifts out there that feel more universal, if that's what you're looking for—bookmark the pajama set (the flannel top and bottom get softer with every wear) or waterproof tote, which she'll use to transport just about everything, including groceries. Ahead, more holiday gifts she'll rave about until the following year.
Gloves are a winter staple, of course, but she won't expect these—woven in Italy, they're a luxurious upgrade to an otherwise utilitarian essential.
Shop Now: Loro Piana Cashmere Gloves, $325, saksfifthavenue.com.
Red Nail Polish
Perfect for whipping up casseroles, browning meats, or slow-cooking her favorite dishes, this kitchen staple transitions seamlessly from oven to table, thanks to a broad selection of colors.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Enameled Cast Iron Round Six-Quart Dutch Oven, $179.99, macys.com.
Our founder's vast personal collection inspired these Martha Stewart jadeite bowls, which happily marry the pretty with the practical.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Jadeite Bowls, from $20 each, available in Kroger stores.
She's one of a kind, so purchase her a piece of jewelry that is, too. Monitor Black Pepper Paperie's shop for product drops and scoop up a pair or two of wearable ceramic art before they are gone.
Shop Now: Black Pepper Paperie Jewelry, price dependent on piece, blackpepperpaperie.com.
Lightweight, attractive on a counter, and lined for easy cleaning, this waterproof nylon is clutch.
Shop Now: Caraa Nimbus Cosmetic Pouch, $45, caraasport.com.
The bottle of this limited-edition Jo Malone London spritz is just as special as what's inside of it. She'll love the warm, amber scent featuring notes of juniper and mandarin.
Shop Now: Jo Malone London "Midnight Musk & Amber" Cologne, $144, macys.com.
Decanted into a beautiful, Old-World-inspired bottle, this luxurious body oil was crafted with ancient medicinal uses of plants in mind. Best of all? You can add a hand-calligraphed monogram to the label—the ultimate personal touch.
Shop Now: Buly 1803 Officine Orange Blossom Body Oil, $39, buly1803.com.
Kiss of Color
Put a smile on someone's lips with the super-hydrating, universally flattering shades of the RMS Beauty Kiss of Color gift set.
Shop Now: RMS Beauty Kiss of Color Gift Set, $25, credobeauty.com.
Style is all on the wrist when you stack a few of these beaded, one-of-a-kind cuffs, made by Navajo artisans.
Shop Now: Beyond Buckskin Navajo Cuffs, from $45, shop.beyondbuckskin.com.
For the woman who lives to read the latest page-turner in bed, these cotton pajamas, designed to soften with each wash, will make nights even dreamier.
Shop Now: PrintFresh Unicorn's Garden Long Sleep Set, $132, printfresh.com.
These barrettes by Sofie Albertsen are modern jewelry for your hair.
Shop Now: Mast Traditional Danish Barrettes, $95, ilovemast.com.
Supersonic Hair Dryer
Protect her locks from heat damage and help her go from wet to dry in under 10 minutes (for most hair types). This might be the ultimate hairdryer.
Shop Now: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399.99, ulta.com.
Inspired by men's shirting, these ultra-cozy flannel pajamas are made from eco-friendly cotton and get softer with every wear.
Shop Now: Serena & Lily "Dalton" Flannel Pajamas, $148, serenaandlily.com.
We love the blush-and-burgundy tones of these drop earrings, which will surely become her go-to special occasion pair.
Shop Now: Lizzie Fortunato "Capalbio" Earrings, $320, shop.lizziefortunato.com.
Boots for the Explorer
Zodiac Coin Necklace
If you're planning on going big, splurge on this zodiac necklace, composed of a 14-karat gold coin encircled by a ring of diamonds.
Shop Now: Mateo New York Zodiac Coin Necklace, $1,650, mateonewyork.com.
At-Home Manicure Kit
With comfortable soles and a sleek silhouette, these velvet slip-ons are sublime, and a welcome, festive addition to her bright winter wardrobe.
Shop Now: Birdies "The Heron" Slip-Ons in Olive Velvet, $95, birdies.com.
Keep her cozy and warm all winter long with this pretty faux fur-lined throw, knit to resemble a sweater.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Sweater Knit Fur Throw, $160, macys.com.
She can spread this hand-stitched quilt—in the prettiest peach floral pattern—across her bed, her lawn, or her favorite beach's sand.
Shop Now: Mille Hand-Stitched Quilt, $348, shopmille.com.
Hair accessories are back in a big way. This simple headband comes in a myriad of colorways and is the perfect option for someone new to the trend.
Shop Now: Jennifer Behr Attica Headband, $128, jenniferbehr.com.
New York City Decal
Treat to her to a view of New York City's skyline, wherever she is in the world—especially if it's a place she is missing right now.
Shop Now: Chasing Paper x Darcy Miller New York City View Decal, $110, chasingpaper.com.
Selfie snappers can tuck this chic pocket mirror into a desk drawer or purse to always be camera-ready.
Shop Now: Poketo Pocket Mirror in Pink Tortoiseshell, $18, poketo.com.
Picture Book Scarf
CBD Bath Salts
Make her baths that much better with these soothing CBD-infused bath salts.
Shop Now: Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts, $65, lordjones.com.
Every Wonder Woman needs her magic cuffs; bestow yours with FSA's hand-stitched leather-and-brass designs.
Shop Now: FSA Cuffs, from $112 each, fsashops.com.
We've landed on the ultimate wallet-meets-clutch. This buttery leather catch-all hold every little thing in its pockets: cash, cards, her phone, and even a lipstick or two.
Shop Now: OAD Calf Dia Continental Mirror Wallet, $245, oadnewyork.com.
Take Everywhere Tote
This ripstop nylon tote rolls up tightly until needed and is also reliably water-resistant.
Shop Now: 8.6.4. 2-Way Nylon Bag in Olive/Coyote, $49, 864design.com.
These 20-by-20-inch cashmere bandannas are featherweight, but fantastically warm.
Shop Now: Goldfinch Modern Textile Craft Racer Scarf, $68, goldfinchmoderntextilecraft.com.
We love stacking rings—and this set lets her pile them on with an initial of someone she loves.
Shop Now: ByChari Initial and Lily Ring Set, $295, bychari.com.
Treat your selfless best friend to these self-care goodies. The rose quartz roller will energize her heart chakra and help de-stress her facial muscles, while the 100% silk mask ensures a relaxing night of rest.
Shop Now: Maggie Wu "Celebrate You" Self-Care Set, $86, maggiewustudio.com.
With these sleek wireless headphones, she can tune out the rest of the world—in style.
Shop Now: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9 Bluetooth Headphones, $500, bang-olufsen.com.
She'll ring in the new year with all her (wardrobe) basics covered thanks to this eco-friendly, closed-loop, subscription-based clothing line. She'll select her favorite tees, tanks, and sweats—all 100% organic and made in America—then mail them back once she's ready to trade styles or get a fresh set altogether. Any worn out or unwanted items are recycled into new pieces.
Shop Now: For Days Subscription, from $46, fordays.com.