Shopping for other people is admittedly hard. And coming up with a unique gift idea that your recipient will love? Impossible.
The good news is that I’ve done all the work—so you don’t have to!
This list of creative gifts for women is a combination of things I personally own and recommend, as well as the most successful gifts I’ve given to people over the years.
(And if you’re stumped about the men in your life, check out these round-ups: 40 Gifts for Dads Who Want Nothing and 25 Gift Ideas for Guys Who Have Everything.)
From the best set of cozy PJs to a blowdryer that has thousands of five-star reviews, these fool-proof presents are sure to wow even the pickiest lady in your life.
And the best part? Everything on this list is under $150.
Unique Gift Ideas for Women
Clare V. Adam's Card Case
For the minimalist girl who is always on the go, this slim leather card case will surely come in handy.
Weezie Piped Edge Bath Towel
These plush bath towels feel so luxurious and hold up well over time. Purchase a set of two for a useful yet meaningful gift. Add a monogram for a more personal touch.
Calpak Mini Clear Toiletry Case
I asked my mom to buy this for me as a Christmas gift last year after seeing TIBAL post about it, and I've used it on every single trip since. It's the perfect size for a carry-on bag, and I love that it's clear, so you can quickly check to make sure you're not missing anything. I also have the larger size, which I use for long trips when I'm bringing full-sized items.
It seems like towel warmers are having a moment—I keep seeing them mentioned everywhere! I personally don't have room for one in my small apartment-sized bathroom, but I'm thinking about getting one for my mom for the holidays.
HLC Signature Candle
How could I not?! I might be bias, but I truly think they make the perfect gift for absolutely anyone—especially someone bougie, and especially someone who loves to travel. Signature is what I call the "gateway drug" of Hotel Lobby Candles. It's our best-selling scent, and the one that people usually buy first, before trying all of our others! Not to mention, they come in a gift box and a hand-tied bow... which means there's no wrapping required.
Equilibria Starter Kit
The gift of being calm and stress-free might just be the greatest thing you can give someone. I'm a longtime fan of Equilibria, and I swear by their products. The gummies and daily drops are two of my faves, and they're currently available (until 10/30 only) in a "Starter Kit." (If you use my code LINDSAYSILBERMAN, it'll end up coming out to under $50—for $116 worth of product.)
Chappywrap Herringbone Blanket
I got one of these last winter, and it has become my favorite blanket to cuddle up on the couch in. They're SO soft and cozy, and the quality is incredible.
Estelle Colored Glass Stemware Set
I've had my eye on these Estelle glasses FOREVER. This set is top on my list!
Weekend Travel Duffel
I found this bag while searching for a dupe for my pricier Tumi duffel, and didn't realize it had such a cult following. Considering it's the perfect size, insanely functional (the shoe compartment!), and also really cute—the fact that it's under $100 seems like a steal.
The Lily Canvas Tote Bag
I own one of these monogrammed tote bags and constantly get compliments on it. It has the look of a high-end designer bag, for a fraction of the price.
(If you're a fan of the RHOBH, you probably noticed Kathy Hilton carrying hers throughout the most recent season.)
Birdies Starling Shoes
I probably own five (maybe 6?) pairs of Birdies, and when people ask me why I love them so much, I say it's because when you wear them, you feel like you're walking on marshmallows.
For under $100, I think it makes an absolutely perfect gift idea.
La Mer Replenishing Moisture Set
I actually had to do a double take when I saw this La Mer set, because the price didn't even seem possible. La Mer for UNDER $100?! Unheard of.
Buy one for your mom, your sister, your MIL, your daughter—and yourself—but do it quickly because I guarantee it will sell out soon.
Sephora Collection Brush Set
This brush set is legit never in stock so I had to include it when I saw it was available! I absolutely love Sephora Collection brushes and I think they perform better than other pricier brushes I own. This set has all of the essential brushes your beauty-loving giftee would need, but none that they won't.
La Labo Discovery Set
Nothing says "I have really good taste" than someone who smells like Le Labo. But trying to decide on your first Le Labo scent is hard!
I got this set of their best-sellers, and I swear, it lasted me an entire year because the scents are so powerful, all you need is one spritz.
Spanx Faux Leather Leggings
These have been a closet staple of mine for YEARS and I tell everyone I know to buy them. They can be styled so many different ways, and take an otherwise boring black-leggings-look into a chic AF ensemble.
I typically recommend going one size up!
I think we all know how I feel about my Nespresso. I don’t remember life without it. It’s such a luxurious gift at an incredibly affordable price point (and it often goes on sale).
Vuori Performance Joggers
I had seen people extol the virtues of Vuori joggers and truthfully thought they looked like nothing special, until I was gifted a pair. And MY GOD was I wrong. I'm now a big fan of the brand.
The fabric is a nice weight, they’re incredibly soft, they have pockets and they somehow make your legs look longer.
Electric Picks Necklace
The necklaces I wear every day are from this brand. I love that they sell pre-made layering sets.
My mom liked mine so much, she asked my dad to buy it for her as a birthday gift.
I recently looked into buying myself one of these, and I was shocked about how affordable they've become over the years!
Cloud Cotton Robe
As the proud owner of Parachute sheets, I can vouch: The brand knows how to make quality, cozy pieces.
I've had my eye on this robe for a while and think it would make a great gift.
SKIMS Cozy Knit Robe
As the proud owner of a LOT of SKIMS clothing, I can vouch: Kim K knows how to do comfy loungewear.
I've had my eye on this cozy robe for a while and think it would make a great gift.
LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
I was gifted this by a brand, and it's one of my favorite things. As a self-admitted lazy person, the idea that I don't have to clean my water bottle—EVER—is basically a dream come true.
Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style
If you're shopping for someone who recently moved into a new home, or someone who's trying to up their home decor game, this gorgeous coffee table book is an ideal gift.
You'll notice that every single interior designer uses it to style coffee tables in their work!
Le Specs Sunglasses
I first discovered these sunnies through Rent the Runway and loved them so much, that I ended up finding them on Amazon to purchase.
They look insanely expensive and seem to fit everyone’s face shape. They’re oversized without feeling too dramatic!
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
I have an entire article dedicated to how much I love this miracle balm. The perfect indulgent gift for the beauty lover in your life (and it comes with a washcloth!)
Riki Pocket Mirror
I keep this in my bag at all times and will be gifting one to my mom for the holidays. It lights up!
Our Place Always Pan
I know, I know. You’ve seen it everywhere & you’re wondering “is this thing worth the hype?” As someone who has personally purchased FIVE of them (two for myself, the others for gifts) I can tell you that unequivocally yes - it’s a great pan.
The "Everything" Knife
I'm all about having fewer, nicer things—and this knife is the definition of that ethos. I got one about a year ago and it is LITERALLY the only knife I use now.
It's a Japanese steel pairing knife that does EVERYTHING: I use it to cut veggies, proteins, fruit (even tomatoes).
At $50, it's a perfect price point, and you can add a $15 sharpener or $75 wood stand if you're looking to spend a little more.
Mason Pearson Pocket Brush
Yes, $120 is a ridiculous amount to spend on a hair brush, but Mason Pearson brushes are simply a different breed.
Not only are they ridiculously soft on hair, they also last a lifetime (truly, I still have one gifted to me as a child).
Chanel No. 5 L'Eau Spray
Chanel No. 5 is an absolute classic in any fragrance arsenal. Plus, it looks so chic on a vanity.
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush
There’s a reason why this blowdryer has amassed a cult-like following and nearly 12,000 five star reviews on Amazon: not only is it cheap AF, but it also gives you that sleek, salon-quality blowout—even if you’re completely incapable of blowing out your own hair.
The brush attachment is literally idiot-proof.
An awesome gift for anyone who’s into fitness. I absolutely love mine.
Super easy to throw on for walks, workout classes, or even just wandering around your house.
Shopping for men? Check out this post on the best gifts for guys who have everything and this post on gifts for dads who hate gifts.
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LisaNovember 18, 2018 at 1:38 am
Omg lady! You saved me! I never k ow what to buy my son in law and son!!
This is awesome!!! Great ideas!!
Lindsay SilbermanNovember 18, 2018 at 10:15 pm
yay so glad you found it helpful!
CAROLINE MASSEYNovember 26, 2018 at 7:48 pm
Best gift guide ever. About to buy the packing cubes for myself right now!
Lindsay SilbermanNovember 26, 2018 at 7:52 pm
THEYRE SO GOOD. lifechanging.
MeaghanNovember 27, 2018 at 4:02 am
I need a few more gifts around 75 dollars for secretaries, paralegals etc for my husbands employees, all female!
Lindsay SilbermanNovember 30, 2018 at 12:52 am
I’ll be adding more to the gift guide in the coming week(s) so check back soon!!
Bifty AlexJanuary 2, 2019 at 1:31 pm
It’s a great help thanks for posting these amazing gift ideas.
Lindsay SilbermanJanuary 4, 2019 at 6:33 pm