I love giving gifts to help women in my life find meaning, be inspired, or just stay on top of life! These thoughtful gifts for women will delight, inspire, and keep them motivated to do all the things we do for our families.
Creating a Meaningful Life Gifts
Books to Inspire and Encourage
I post a lot about books making great gifts. Because it’s TRUE! I love giving books that I’ve enjoyed reading, and including a note about what I loved in the book. And, I also invite the person to chat with me about the book after they’ve read it. The “gift” of a book gift is that it can bring connection and build friendships too!
Eight Dates: Essential Conversations For a Lifetime of Love is a wonderful book to give women who want to deepen their relationships. I love the opening line: “Every great love story is a never-ending conversation.” This book shares how to have those never-ending, relationship-building conversations. And, it teaches the art of intimate conversation. By giving open-ended questions and eight topical date-night focuses, it aims to help couples create the most important discussions of their lives! Why am I putting this in a gift guide? Because I think most women I know long for deeper intimacy in their marriages, and their friendships.
I enjoyed reading through the ideas for date nights, and ideas for ways to cherish my husband. Sometimes I only come up with cliched ideas, and this book offers 99 ideas to try! The open-ended questions encourage you to share experiences, feelings, and your family history that influences how you relate to your spouse. As I read through the topics and sample questions, I thought about how many of the questions would work for other relationships too! It’s truly a book about listening and connecting.
Find Eight Dates on Amazon.
Staying organized gifts for women
Planners keep day-to-day life going
Everyone loves a good planner, right? And with all the bullet-list, sticker-sheet planners out there, we have no excuse for staying on top of life. There’s a certain sense of satisfaction, I think, in getting things on paper where you can see the flow of life. Plus, planning visually on a calendar also helps us busy moms avoid overloading, because you can see at a glance when life is going to start bottlenecking, and avoid possible burnout!
The Pipsticks planner line from Workman Publishing has nostalgic, retro graphics in several styles (cassette tapes, anyone?), and a simple, “analog” appeal. This hardbound planner comes with sticker sheets to keep your life well-managed with little fuss. Weekly spreads and monthly grids let you plan ahead, and then stay on track day-to-day. Plus, 500 stickers can’t be wrong! This is a bright and fun planner to carry with you as you go about life.
Full-year wall calendars
Am I the only one who swoons over an awesome calendar? Join my love of organization and NeuYear wall calendars! These BIG calendars – nearly two posters big – give you the entire year at a glance with a minimalist layout. Chart goals for the year, set deadlines. Fill in all the little squares. Plan away!
Plus, the calendars have no spaces between months, giving you 52 weeks rather than 12 months. It’s how we tend to think about our days anyways, and helps you more accurately judge time between two dates. This is two calendars in one – horizontal on one side, vertical on the other to fit walls or doors. And you can order calendars with weeks that start on Sunday OR Monday. Plus, opt for a paper version or a dry-erase calendar.
Reusable Grocery Backpack
Ever wish you had hands-free at the grocery store? Especially when you have to return your own cart, then haul the kids AND groceries to the car? Now there’s a solution for packing up your groceries with kids in tow: Packbasket from ADKPackWorks.
Use it for shopping the farmer’s market, taking a picnic on a hike, a day at the beach… it’s about as big as a large reusable grocery bag, so it holds quite a bit! Designed like the 150-year-old Adirondack pack baskets, an internal frame provides support and keeps everything upright. Adjustable straps are very easy to manage, and comfortable too; carry two-handled, over the shoulder, or backpack style (my favorite!).
Accessories include a toggle-close top, and insulated zippered cooler insert. The Packbasket will outlast any reusable grocery bag, and its versatility makes it worth the cost. Find many styles and colors of Packbasket on Amazon!
Self-care gifts for women
Comforting Neck Wraps
Most women I know could use a little relaxation after a long day. Get them Huggaroo’s luxurious Neck Wrap. A therapeutic hot/cold neck wrap decreases tension and soothes tired, achy muscles. Their neck and shoulders will thank you for the deep pressure therapy. For moms like me who can’t get out to the spa, a quick microwave of the Huggaroo Neck Wrap and it’s like I have a spa at home! This wrap can be chilled for cool, refreshing relief! The relaxing aromatherapy lavender and chamomile allows women to unwind.
Non-slip grip socks for athletic women
Whether you take martial arts, pilates or yoga classes or workout at home, you may have tried to workout in socks at some point. That’s a no-go because of the danger of slipping. Tucketts makes high-performance grip socks for barefoot-style workouts. You get the benefits of bare feet (connection, balance, sensation), and the comfort of a sock – all with the stability of grips! The toeless design allows you to make small adjustments for your particular workout.
Fresh, handmade cosmetics
I can’t find anything NOT to love about Lush Cosmetics. Their soaps, lotions, lipsticks… everything is made with the freshest WHOLE ingredients where possible. All ingredients are fully disclosed on their site and packages, with color coding to show which are natural and which are safe synthetics. Their packaging includes a sticker that tells you the date the batch was made and it’s “use by” date.
Whether you stop by a store to inhale the delicious odors, or shop online to avoid the crowds, you can find individual items and pre-package gift sets (often wrapped in handmade papers!). The holiday gift boxes are a lovely wrapped box including a variety of luxurious body wash, conditioner, lotion, facial cream and massage bar.
Purchase the Charity Pot and 100% of the proceeds is donated to grassroots charities around the world. Shop Lush Cosmetics on Amazon!
On the Go Gifts for Women
Trendy shoes, boots, and accessories!
Shoebuy.com could be your one-stop shopping place (from the comfort of home!) because they have the biggest online collection of shoes, clothing, bags, and accessories I’ve ever seen!
Their customer service is superb: I received a pair of Merrell MaryJanes that ran a bit big. With their Free Shipping, Free Returns policy, I simply shipped my pair back and received a different size – and fast! So, you don’t have to worry about what to do if the shoe doesn’t fit. It will!
There’s always a sale or discount on shipping or certain brands going on. And, thousands of customer reviews help you pick the right gifts for women on your list! Visit Shoebuy‘s Holiday Shopping section to get ideas for gifts for women (men and children, too!).
Eye-catching Mom and Baby accessories
Being a mom gave me another excuse for getting more bags: Diaper bags! One mom didn’t want to resign her heels to the dustbin. So she founded House of Botori and created chic and expressive bags and forward-thinking accessories specifically to give moms the ability to show their individuality! Her African-inspired prints are bold, bright, and eye-catching, not to mention conversation-starters!
House of Botori bags (like the Ginka Tote!) keep a busy mom organized because they are well-designed. The interior pockets have pen/pencil holders, and large pockets perfect for cell phones and sunglasses. There’s even a Paci pouch, bottle insulator, changing pad, and wetbag included! You’ll feel organized and efficient without small items slipping into the bottom of the diaper bag.
A classy winter coat
Lands’ End knows how to do gifts – whether a sparkly sweater or a cozy coat… hats, gloves, scarves and more. Their coat collection ranges from heavyweight wool dress coats to packable down jackets and makes for a lovely gift! Plus, every item comes backed by a full satisfaction guarantee! The polished wool toggle coat I’m wearing is rated for 0-25 degree weather, so that’s a win-win for me (style + comfort!). Lands’ End is FULL of clothing options that can play dual roles like that!
Find Lands’ End outerwear here.
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Thanks to the brands mentioned for providing samples to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
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