Holiday Gifts for Women

Yes, I know, we women are mysterious creatures.  But one thing most of us have in common is we like receiving gifts.  Just remember, there is a caveat when it comes to giving gifts to women. We don’t want blenders, self-help books, or vacuums.  In simple terms, we like gifts that make us feel good.

If you want to make the ladies in your life happy, you need to follow a few simple rules.

No Joint Use Gifts

If you’re in a relationship, never buy “joint use” gifts unless previously agreed upon.  For example, buying your sweetheart a 60″ LED TV when you live together may send the message that the gift is really for you.

No Appliances

Do not, and I repeat, do not buy your significant other an appliance for Christmas. Believe me, if she wants a new blender, she will by one herself.

Buy the Right Size

If you buy a women on your list an article of clothing, which is generally inadvisable, make sure you know her size.  You don’t want to buy something too big or too small.  And if you buy her lingerie, give it to her in private.  You don’t want to explain to her nieces and nephews what a lace negligee is!

Know When to Avoid Lavish Gifts

When buying for colleagues, bosses, and acquaintances, don’t buy too lavish a gift.  Buying an expensive gift can send the wrong message or make the gift recipient uncomfortable because her gift to you was moderate in comparison.

Avoid Embarrassment

Think about how the recipient will interpret your gift choice.  For example, would your sister appreciate the sentiment behind your choice of anti-cellulite cream or a book on how to lose weight?  Or, do you want the girl you’ve gone on two dates with to read more into your relationship by giving her expensive diamond earrings?

In general, try to find out something about the recipient, so that you can purchase a thoughtful gift that she’ll love.

In the event that you’re completely clueless, pick something from this list and you’ll avoid the bad gift blacklist for another year.

Top Gifts Suggestions for Her:

Designer Handbag

You can never go wrong with a designer handbag or wallet.  Most major department stores have a variety of designer bags to choose from.  Rely on the sales staff to help you make the perfect choice.

Theater or Show Tickets

Whether it is for a concert, a play or other type of performance, buy her a pair of tickets.  Make it clear that these tickets are for her and a friend and are for a performance that she has a particular interest in. You wouldn’t want to her to think that these tickets are really for you!


When buying cosmetics, stay away from items like foundation, powder, and blush.  These things are extremely individual and women like to pick the beauty staples out themselves.  Eye shadow, lip gloss and nail polish palettes that include a wide variety of colors make wonderful gifts for women.  There is always a color she will like.

Pretty Makeup Bags

Most women like make up products and pretty makeup bags to keep their make up in.  There is a wide variety of styles to choose from and are easy to find in most drug, fashion boutiques or department stores.

Jewelry Storage

If the lady on your list already has a solid collection of jewelry, get her a stylish way to organize her jewelry.  For the woman on-the-go, give her the gift of tangle-free jewelry.  A jewelry roll lets her travel in style.  These are easy to find on-line.


Many women love receiving jewelry.  Just use good judgment when selecting jewelry items to be sure the cost of the jewelry is appropriate for the woman you are buying for. A watch always makes a great gift.  To some women, a watch is more than a useful item rather it is used for fashion.  And today bangle bracelet watches are quite popular, fashionable and inexpensive.

Music Boxes

Music boxes make a very nice gift for women of all ages from teens to grandmothers.  They are available in a variety of themes, colors, finishes, inlays, sizes and songs.  And music boxes range in price  so you will be able to find something appropriate.

Personalized Gifts

Personalized gifts are much appreciated and there are so many selections to choose from.  Picture frames, wall art, mugs, key chains, book marks and jewelry are just a few suggestions.  Visit an online website that specializes in personalized gifts and your choices are almost endless.

Scented Candles

Many women love candles, and it is an appropriate gift for virtually every women on your list.  Yankee Candles offers a wide variety to candles and candle holder gifts to choose from.

Reed Diffusers

The hottest trend in home fragrance is reed diffusers, and the women on your list will appreciate your foresight.  You can find these online or in most department stores.  Pier One Imports always has a nice selection of reed diffusers.

Bath Gift Sets

Show her you know a thing or two about luxury.  Bath & Body Works has a tremendous selection of bath gift sets with many aromas to choose from. The store staff will be happy to help you make the appropriate selection.  Drug and department stores also carry a good selection of bath gift sets.  Include a super soft over-sized towel, too.  It’s such a wonderful feeling emerging from the shower and enveloping yourself in a luxurious, oversized bath towel.  Surprisingly, many women don’t buy these for themselves.  So step up to the plate and dazzle her.


Show her you care about her feelings with a journal or luxury notebook for jotting notes or even shopping lists.  This makes a perfect gift for sisters, nieces, co-workers and acquaintances. Book stores usually have a good variety of journals and luxury journals.

Scarves or Shawls

Whether it is a luxurious cashmere scarf or shawl, they make great gifts and are well received by most women of all ages.  Infinity scarves are especially popular today.  You can easily find these items in department stores, women’s apparel shops and online.  Choose from a variety of colors, fabrics, and sizes, so she can wrap up in style and luxury any time she chooses.

Comfy Throw

Picture her curled up on the couch with a good book, hot chocolate and a soft blanket on a cold winter night.  If she’s your girlfriend or wife, maybe she’ll even share.

Tea, Coffee or Hot Chocolate Lovers

Does the woman on your list love tea, coffee, or hot chocolate?  If so, then she’ll love a gift set or gift basket of her favorite hot beverage. You can get a little creative and package a variety of teas in a pretty tea pot some tea cookies.  Or you can find gift baskets online or at a coffee shop store like Starbucks.

Say It with Chocolate

Sure, you can always buy her Godiva, but why not fill her stocking with more exotic chocolates?  The Grand Collection from Chocolate Celeste features heavenly flavors like amaretto, key lime, chili pepper, coconut, Dulce de leche, golden cinnamon, red raspberry, champagne, Chai, milk chocolate parfait, need I say more?


Perfume is a tricky gift.  Unless you know the women really well, I suggest a different gift.  However, if she’s asked for perfume or you know she’s open to trying new things then by all means go for it.

Gifts for Her Pets

If the women on your list has a pooch, chances are the little fur ball is like a child to her.  Giving her a gift for the dog will show how sensitive and thoughtful you are.

Gift Certificate to a Spa

This is one gift certificate that’s far from impersonal.  Go to Google, type in “day spas” along with your city name, and most of the time you can order a gift certificate online.

Gift Certificate to Department Stores

When you’re buying for women you don’t know well, like a second cousin or your 14 year old niece who lives in Idaho, a gift certificate to a large department store is great because she can shop for whatever she wants.  Women and girls like clothes and since they are so hard to buy for someone else, a gift certificate covers your bases.  It also gives her something to look forward to after all of the other presents are opened.

Hope this article gives you some good ideas for shopping for all those women in your life. I also invite you to visit my gift websites listed below, where you can find many of the items I suggested above or just give you some more ideas!

Happy Shopping!

The Art of Thoughtful Gift Giving
Debra’s Gifts

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