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A Gift for Every Type of Girlfriend

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I like to think of myself as a professional girlfriend. I held the title for nine years before becoming a fiancée, and to this day, I believe that my excellent gift-giving abilities had something to do with keeping us happy and in love all those years. My strategy is simple: Pay attention and be specific. Did she recently decide to join a cookbook club? Easy, another cookbook or cooking-adjacent accessory like a sheet pan. Does she go on about how much she loathes the “big light” in her office? Amazing, get her a nice-looking lamp. The key here is to customize things to her taste and listen for the little things. But I get that that can be easier said than done, so I’ve compiled gifts based on what girlfriends (yours included) could like, broken down into very specific things she might be into like Ultrafragola mirrors or traveling or gold grills.

To make your search even easier, all the gifts on this list are available on Amazon (though we’ve included links to other retailers when a gift is available elsewhere, for those who like to shop around). We’ve also organized everything by price, so you can find a great gift that won’t bust your budget. (If you still can’t find something that’ll make your girlfriend smile, check out our exhaustive list of over 60 gift guides, too.)

Gifts under $25

For the girlfriend who’s always losing her earrings

An affordable but still nice pair of chunky hoops.

For the girlfriend who has a sweet tooth

These packs of medjool dates make for a sweet but not too sugary snack.

For the girlfriend who started a new retinol

This mineral sunscreen is a favorite of dermatologists, who like that it uses physical blockers and also moisturizes skin.

For the girlfriend who longs for the Ultrafragola

For the girlfriend using a Ziploc as a makeup bag

EACHY Travel Makeup Bag
$24
$24

This stylish makeup bag comes in lots of colors (30!) and opens flat, so she can see all of her products at once.

For the girlfriend who loves a late night

For the morning after, a set of eye patches that will keep her under-eye moisturized and de-puffed. They’re also Instagrammable: My feed is currently lousy with people wearing them outside.

For the girlfriend who’s obsessed with caring for her cast iron

She’s right, it does make everything taste better. To make cleanup easier, this chain-mail scrubber is designed specifically for cleaning cast-iron skillets and makes quick work of even the most burnt-on bits.

For the girlfriend who doesn’t believe in unscented candles

This candle really fills up a room and burns super-evenly thanks to a soy-wax blend.

For the girlfriend who’s more of an incense girl

Papier d’Arménie has been selling burning papers for over a hundred years, and they remain a cheap, yet effective, way to scent a room. It works similarly to an incense but burns much faster and feels a bit more interactive because you have to create these tight accordion folds before using it.

For the girlfriend who says she’ll read more this year

I’d recommend gifting her something with a tight plot that’s pace-y and well-written. That leads me to S.A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland, a novel about a former getaway driver trying to live life on the straight and narrow when he’s asked to participate in the biggest heist of his career.

For the girlfriend who’s also a bibliophile

This book light is a hit among Strategist staffers and bookworms alike. Its bendy neck, amber lighting, and long battery life (you can go about a month between charges) makes it a perennial favorite.

For the girlfriend getting into hiking

Every avid hiker’s favorite socks brand, made from cozy (and odor-defying) merino wool in Vermont.

For the always-snacking girlfriend

Stasher bags aren’t cheap, so she might not buy them for herself. But they are long-lasting and dishwasher safe, making them a gift she’ll actually use over and over again.

Gifts under $50

For the girlfriend who always has a cracked screen

A surprisingly stylish and cheerful laptop sleeve that will keep her devices protected.

For the girlfriend who wears sneakers with every outfit

The perfect white sneaker that feels like slippers but still pulls together her looks.

For the girlfriend who has gotten into bullet journaling

This design-forward notebook is a favorite of stationery enthusiasts and has blank, unlined pages she can design however she wishes.

For the girlfriend who drinks iced coffee in winter

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Constructed from glass and steel, this easy-to-use infuser makes for an elegant kitchen-counter piece.

For the girlfriend who leaves the house with 10 percent battery

She’ll really appreciate it when she’s down to 5 percent with no plans of going home any time soon.

Gifts under $100

For the girlfriend who loves her everything shower

Our favorite fluffy bathrobe that, according to our fashion writer Ambar Pardilla, is a true bathrobe. “I go straight from wearing it to lotioning up without needing a towel to wipe away leftover water.”

For the girlfriend who has a hard time falling asleep

A light-blocking face sleep mask that wraps all the way around to completely block out light.

For the girlfriend who lives for a moment

Polaroid Go Instant Camera
$80
$80

Small enough to take anywhere, the Polaroid Go takes surprisingly great pictures. And yes, there’s a timer for taking selfies.

For the girlfriend who’s an adult LEGO fan

This box shaped like a giant LEGO brings a hypebeast-meets-kindercore vibe to her space and holds a ton of bricks.

Gifts under $200

For the girlfriend who’s sick of Sambas

These Keen sneakers are a Strategist staffer favorite and are comfortable and stylish in a gorpcore kind of way.

For the girlfriend who loves a lazy Sunday morning

We’ve been recommending Eberjey’s buttery-soft pajamas since 2017. They’ll look elegant and beautiful, even after she rolls straight out of bed — because the modal-jersey fabric never wrinkles.

For the girlfriend who has everything

You can’t go wrong with a nice pair of sheets. This interior-designer-approved sateen-cotton set from Brooklinen has a study, luxurious feel and holds up in the wash.

For the girlfriend who just got a new apartment

Riedel Veritas Glasses
$100

A set of dishwasher-safe wineglasses from Strategist-approved Riedel, perfect for full-bodied reds.

For the girlfriend who burns the midnight oil

This lamp is apparently the inspiration for the iconic Pixar logo, and according to architecture critic Alexandra Lange’s husband (who’s an architect), it’s the “black T-shirt of architect desk lamps.”

For the girlfriend who has been wearing the same pair of slippers since you met

These UGG slippers are a longtime Strategist favorite and will keep her feet toasty. Their thick rubber sole provides a good amount of foot support, and they’re even sturdy enough to wear outside the house.

Over $200

For the girlfriend who’s cutting down on screen time

A sunrise alarm clock that can be programmed phone-free.

For the baker girlfriend

You can’t go wrong with a classic Kitchenaid stand mixer, which we’ve written about and recommended many, many times. It comes in lots of different colors and has nifty attachments to help her out in the kitchen.

For the girlfriend who only shoots film

When I asked musician 6LACK about the things he can’t live without, he put me on to this Contax camera, which, while admittedly expensive, he says is worth the splurge. It’s well-designed and with point-and-shoot functionality, easy to use.

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A Gift for Every Type of Girlfriend