Christmas for Her

Gift-giving is hard, right? Gift-giving is even harder when you’re trying to make it personal. But if you’re like me, it’s so satisfying to watch someone open a present followed by a spark of “wow, this person really thought about what would make me happy.” Yeah, a list isn’t necessarily going to solve that problem, but hopefully it’ll give you some ideas and put you in the right mindset. Below are my picks for this year’s best gifts for a woman. 


Home Stuff // Voluspa Suede Blanc Candle

Volupsa Suede Blanc candleI buy this candle for everyone. I’M TALKIN’ EVERYONE. It’s strong, but not overwhelming and if you’re a “candle buff”, I’ll say it has good “throw”. It fills the house with the smell of a sexy man and every person that walks into my house asks about it. Not to mention, it’s pretty in all of its sizes and forms. Plus, the coconut oil just makes me feel like inhaling the fumes are healthier while it burns ever so smoothly.

12 oz. jar candle – $27. Buy Here.


Jewelry // Mantrabands

MantrabandsThese bangles have really exploded over the last two years. They’re on trend and continually add fun mantras/sayings to the mix. If your gal is spiritual, a positive-thinker, or could use some reminders of how great life is—these are for her. They offer silver, gold, or rose gold in each mantra. My recommendation? Rose gold.

Rose gold Mantraband – $35. Buy Here.


Kitchen // Yonanas

yonanasTread lightly here. Women are picky about their kitchen gadgets. Also, buying a woman a kitchen item may imply that they should “get in the kitchen and cook.” You have to use your judgement here. But, I do have a fun option for the chick that loves yogurt, sorbet, or other fruity desserts. It’s called Yonanas but don’t let that stupid name deter you. You stuff frozen bananas and other fruit into it and it magically pumps out a yogurt texture dessert made entirely of fruit – no added sugar, milk, or anything terrible. Admittedly, it’s a bit of a pain to clean, but nothing a rinse and run through the dishwasher can’t cover. If you think she’d like a fun dessert machine and won’t take it the wrong way, I can’t recommend this enough.

Yonanas healthy dessert maker – $35. Buy Here. (or use a Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupon.)


Books // Jenny Lawson – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

Let's Pretend This Never Happened bookI don’t say this lightly—this is the funniest book I’ve ever read. My abs hurt from laughing repeatedly. Jenny is a blogger (The Bloggess) turned author and her writing style is super casual. It’s an easy read and once she flies through this, you can buy her Jenny’s second book. Here, I’ll let the description do all the talking. It says it perfectly:

In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives. “

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – $9-$10. Buy Here.


Tech // Sonos

sonos-play1These are on the pricey side, but if you’re willing to spend a little dough, they really do pack a big punch. I keep one in my dining room and although my house isn’t super large, it keeps the jams pumping throughout an entire party. They’re wifi, so you can connect as many as you want to build a really effective system of sound. Sonos has their own app and it integrates with the biggest music services, allowing you to utilize all the party playlists you’ve already created. Bonus? You’ll get to witness some booty shakin’ in the mirror while she’s getting ready. Or is that just me?

Sonos Play:1 speaker – $199. Buy Here.


Hippie Life // Car Aromatherapy Diffuser & Monq

monqI can’t decide between two options because they’re so solid. But stick with me, they’re both in the aromatherapy category.

First, I suggest Monq personal essential oil diffuser. They look a little like eCigarettes, but they don’t contain any of the yuckies. There are eight options based on how you want to feel—zen, vibrant, sleepy, happy, active, healthy, or sexy (kind of like the eight dwarves, but cooler). Each contains a blend of different essential oils paired to deliver on the effect you’re wanting. They’re not made to be inhaled into the lungs, just in the mouth and out the nose, so nothing too invasive. And, yeah, they’re kinda cute.

car diffuserIf she’s not into “vaping”, maybe she’ll prefer a car diffuser. These are powered by the car’s lighter outlet and mist the air with whichever oil you fill it with. Driving while inhaling the healing properties of nature’s best, what’s not to love?

Monq personal diffuser – $8. Buy Here.

Car diffuser – $16.99. Buy Here.


Accessories // “Boy Bye” everything

boy bye hatI can’t even give you a specific link for this one because they’re popping up in tons of Etsy stores. If you’ve been living under a rock, this saying is in reference to a Beyonce song—the same one that brought about all the buzz of “Becky with the good hair”. It’s snarky, on trend, and funny. Trust me, she’ll like it.

Boy Bye accessories. Price varies. (hat pictured can be purchased here.)


Every Day // The original little bkr water bottle

bkrOk, this thing is as cute as it is functional. It’s glass, so it’s dishwasher safe and obviously BPA-free. You can pick from many colors for the silicone cover and it comes in two different sizes—250mL and 500mL. It’s trendy, customizable, and for some reason water just tastes better in a glass bottle. Replace her shabby Nalgene (not that there is anything wrong with those) with this adult version that she can feel comfortable using at the office or in the yoga studio.

250mL bkr bottle – $28. Buy Here.


Relaxation // Manicure with nail art

5C486756-56BD-45E8-A32F-C263203BD342Nail art is all the rage. Whether she’s into subtle, geometric shapes or a Snoop Dogg decal, they can do just about anything these days. Massages are cliche (although wonderful), so opt for this form of relaxation instead. I think you’ll be hard-pressed to find a gal that doesn’t enjoy a manicure. If you’re in Columbus, Ohio, check out your local girl gang at Lacquer Gallery. If you’re not, I highly suggest a solid Google search of “Nail Art in (your city name here)” and check out some photos. Don’t choose a mall nail place or some strip mall where your Aunt Mabel goes. Look at the photos of the salon and pick a place that matches her level of trendiness.

Manicure + Nail Art – typically $25-$40 dollars.


Want another perspective on great gifts for women? I approve this list.

Still aren’t sure? Search to see if she has an Amazon Wish List. I typically park things I like there as a reminder for later. Same goes for Pinterest. With a little sleuthing, you can find the perfect gift.

Sam works in advertising/marketing by day and moonlights with startup consulting, dating profile overhauls, and event planning. She lives in Columbus with her two dogs and spends her free time writing, drinking coffee and local beers, getting zen with yoga, catching a good concert, and laughing with friends. She doesn't give a shit if you're offended by lewd language, so #dealwithit.

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