I have to say that shopping for the “Hers” in my life is simultaneously the easiest and the hardest. As a fellow “Her,” I have pretty great insight into what great gifts are for this category…except that I end up wanting everything. It’s true torture. But perhaps that’s a good sign that our gift picks are solid? Silver lining?
We did something a little bit different this year with how we categorized the gift guides, as in, we actually classified them instead of delivering them to you in a big all-over-the-place roundup. For this “Her” guide, we really tried to think about the kinds of women in our lives and came up with nine solid options. By no means does this encompass every beautifully complex “her” in the world, and many items could work within different categories, but these are meant to give you a place to start. Ready to find the ultimate “her” gift? Okay, me too…
“Don’t Buy Me Anything” Mom
DIGITAL Minimalistic Custom Family Portrait, From $10: It can be hard to get the whole family together and take a new photo (I know this sadly from personal experience as we were all together once this year). So why not find a family photo your mom already loves and have it made into cool minimalist art? It’s affordable, thoughtful and looks great. PS: Be sure to allow a little extra time for this one (but it shouldn’t take more than two weeks start to delivery.)
Nespresso by De’Longhi Original Espresso Machine, $168 and Electric Milk Steamer, $34: My guess is if your mom is a selfless, “Oh don’t worry about me” type, then she probably doesn’t spend money or time on herself. So getting her a Nespresso machine (and milk steamer if you want) is a wonderful luxury she can enjoy every day. Plus, it’s so easy to use and far less pricey over time than the coffee shop.
Everyday Photo Book, $59: Thoughtfulness always wins and making her a beautiful book filled with happy memories of love and family will knock her socks off. And when I say a beautiful book, I mean it. I have one and happily display it in my living room and I’m kinda/definitely an aesthetics snob.
Jewelry Case, $75: Again, when you are a “think of everyone else first” person, you rarely spend money on what can seem like a frivolous thing. But having a nice jewelry case (that is easy to travel with) is so nice. It’s pretty, helps to keep things organized and feels thoughtful.
Mama Bear Slide Slippers, $15: A little cheesy? Yes. But so cute, festive and perfect for those cold winter months. Every mom loves to be reminded she’s a mama bear.
You + Me Locket Necklace Set, $128: Okay if you really want to warm your mom’s heart, then this locket will do the trick. Put either a picture of you or a sweet little note and let her know that you will always wear the other half. Always connected, even when apart. I’m not crying, YOU’RE CRYING.
Cook and Happy Hostess
Half Baked Harvest Super Simple Book, $18: You may have seen Em’s Instastory about her love for this book but even if you didn’t, it’s jammed packed full of delicious, easy recipes sure to impress on a casual weeknight or a dinner party. Oh, and the photography is beautiful. EHD approved!
Mason Cash Cream Mixing Bowl, $40 ans Nonstick 6-Piece Essentials Bakeware Set, $100: Ever heard of a little show called The Great British Bake Off? Well, these Mason Cash mixing bowls are the ones they actually use on the show! So whether you have a hardcore GBBO fan on your hands or not, these bowls and bakeware set will have any baking enthusiast PUMPED.
KitchenAid Artisan Steel Blue Stand Mixer, $380 and KitchenAid® 3-Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter Set, $200: Feel like spoiling someone you love?? Well, then a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer is THE kitchen gift. Sara said she happy cried when she got her’s for one Christmas and Arlyn can’t stop gushing about her undying love for hers. Iif you want to kick it up even more (or add to a KitchenAid owner’s collection) then the pasta making attachments are an incredible investment (Arlyn has these and uses them frequently). You might even get some homemade pasta out of it.
Lilypad Marble Round Servers, $25 + $30 and Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion: For the person in your life who loves throwing parties and get-togethers, this wonderful gift combo is perfect for them. The round platters are chic and go with almost any style and this book gives an unreal amount of inspiration and platter how to’s that you may be getting invited over A LOT more.
Five Two Bamboo Cutting Board, $59 and The Knives, $75: Emily has this board and loves it. The design is thoughtful and so functional. Click and see. Now, what is better than a cutting board? A cutting board and beautiful knife. Velinda owns this knife and says that it is not only stunning in person but is awesome to use.
Food52 x GreenPan Nonstick Skillet, $89 and Five Two Airtight Silicone Lids, $40: It probably isn’t a surprise but we love Food52 and their products. This skillet is Sara tested and approved. But wait, there’s more! Not only are these silicone lids stylish and work great but they are incredible space savers. I would LOVE this gift and I don’t even cook that much. To think how excited an actual cook would be!
“I Can Do Everything Myself” DIYer
Aarke Premium Carbonator, $250: “Buy sparkling water?? No way I can do it myself!” If this is something you can hear someone in your life say, then may we present to you the chicest water carbonator on the market. It will knock the socks off of your bubbly water-loving gal.
Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier, $39: Facials are expensive and a lot can be done at home for way less money. This adorable and affordable facial humidifier is the perfect gift for the person in your life who wants to take care of their skin without the hefty spa bills.
Colorblock Payton Pullover Sweater, $85 and Conair Fabric Defuzzer, $22: Don’t ask me why I don’t own a defuzzer because I want one so badly. Fabric pills are the worst. I am sure there is some lady in your life that feels the same. But to make this gift really exciting, add a beautiful sweater like this colorblock cutie. This way you have yourself a fun AND functional gift.
Singer 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine, $173: Nothing says, “I can do it myself” like making/altering your own clothes and textiles. This sewing machine has 100 different types of stitches for your gal to choose and get creative with. Arlyn (EHD cushion and curtain sewer) highly recommends this guy for the price point.
The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals, $14: Hiring a professional organizer is a dream most of us have thought of. But this lady you are buying for needs no such person…just a little guidance. The Home Edit’s new book is the perfect gift for the person who wants to get their home together…themselves.
The Treat Yourself Box, $100: Spa manicures and pedicures are luxuries that aren’t always the most cost-effective activities. The famous Olive and June nail spa understands. So to fix this issue, they created the most wonderful (everything you need) at-home kit so the special gal in your life can always have O&J approved nails.
Netflix and (Actually) Chill Aficionado
Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask, $12: What’s better than watching your favorite show on Netflix? The answer is pampering your skin while watching your favorite show on Netflix. Tatcha is my personal favorite skincare brand and these masks are no exception. Everything they make is magic.
Memory Foam Slippers Comfort House Shoes, $20: Are you allowed to be called a “chill aficionado” if you don’t have comfortable slippers? These memory foam slippers were one of our top-selling items last year and for good reason…they are heavenly clouds for your feet.
Long Sleeve Turtleneck Pullover, Target, $28, Mid-Rise Knit Sweater Jogger Pants, $23 and 2-Pack Butter Crew Socks, $15: If you really want to treat your comfort-loving gal right then this ensemble will do the trick. It’s stylish, SO soft and perfect for laying around.
Brumate Winesulator 25oz Triple-Walled Wine Canteen, $30 and Glass Stemless White Wine Glasses, Target, $20: Help your relaxation savvy friend keep the good times rolling with this wine canteen and glasses so the only time they need to get up off the sofa is for bottle #2. You will be celebrated.
Cuisinart Hot Air Popcorn Maker, $40 and Gourmet Popcorn Seasonings, $38: This is NEXT LEVEL Netflix watching luxury. This popcorn machine can literally sit on a side or coffee table and continuously pour out fresh popcorn throughout a movie or show. What is better?! Oh I know…an assortment of popcorn seasonings to put on said fresh popcorn. I don’t know one person who wouldn’t love this gift.
Texture Faux Fur Throw Blanket, $25: This is one of Emily’s current favorite throws because it is cozy heaven. It’s so soft, has the perfect modern patterned texture and is affordable.
Outdoor Enthusiast and Traveler
Coleman Gas Stove, $89: Both Velinda and Julie (our resident outdoor experts) say everyone who camps has this stove. So if you have a camping enthusiast on your hand that doesn’t have this magically little stove, then you are about to make them very happy!
Classic Tent, $380: Julie owns the 1-person version of this tent and would buy it again in an instant in the 2-person version. The opening of the tent is along the sides which for a backpacking tent (read: so much lower than a regular tent) makes it 10x easier to get in and out and the 2-person version has an opening on both sides, so you don’t have to crawl over one another in the middle of the night.
Osprey Packs Mira 22 Women’s Hiking Hydration Backpack, $160: This is a great size pack (made for a woman’s frame for a long day hike and the mesh suspension is optimal to keep your back dry on hot summer days. A GREAT gift for a hiker.
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket, $103: This is THE outdoor jacket to buy, it is very lightweight and so durable in rainy or windy weather.
Ambeur 22-Inch Rolling Spinner Carry-On, $165: Maybe your gal isn’t the camper type but she loves to travel. This beautiful and chic carry-on suitcase is the perfect gift. It may sound silly but having a really nice suitcase just makes you feel more put together and cool when you’re traveling. Isn’t that all we want when we are traipsing across the oceans??
Animalia Passport Holder, $28: If you want to add-on to the suitcase (or buy separately if she already has a great bag) then this super cute passport holder is the way to go. You will undoubtedly have a VERY happy camper…I mean traveler. (If you throw in a plane ticket, they may like that, too.)
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System, $50: This is one of the best water filtration systems, says Julie. The Sawyer uses a squeeze filtration instead of one that you have to manually pump and trying to balance on a cold wet log at 6 in the morning hoping that you won’t fall in before getting enough water to make your coffee, sounds much better to us. Hot Tip: Replace the cap with a Smart Water Bottle sport cap (it has a cap protector that flips up instead of removing completely, which everyone will lose eventually).
Travel Buddy Packable Puffer, Madewell, $128: Madewell maybe just made the most perfect jacket. It’s a puffer that turns into a travel neck pillow. Yes, you read that right! No more carrying around a stupid pillow you only need for a flight because after your flight, it will be your travel jacket. Plus, it’s super cute. Duh, it’s Madewell.
Fashion and Beauty Guru
Custom Letter Necklace, $42: Everyone loves a custom piece of jewelry. When done right, it’s undeniably cool/fun. This one is simple, modern and the perfect amount of statement. If I were to get a custom necklace, you bet I would pick this one.
Beauty Tea Duo, $38 and Futuredew, $24: I love this duo because it tends to both inner and outer beauty. Okay, not real inner emotional beauty but this beauty tea from Olive and June helps to promote beautiful skin, hair and nails. But in the meantime, while the tea is working its magic, give the gift of immediate glowing skin with Glossier’s Futuredew. My friend could. not. stop. raving. about Futuredew saying it tighten/lifted her skin, was a great makeup base and made her glow (no highlighters needed). Basically, your beauty-loving friend will LOVE you.
Earring with Stones, $15 and Gold Paper Clip Necklace, $28: What gal doesn’t love a little accessory glamour? These earrings and necklace are VERY on trend, are affordable and will add just the right amount of luxury to any outfit.
All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask, $5 and Balm Dotcom Trio, $30: Lipcare is important, people. Especially in the cold months when sad chapped lips are more common than the constant search for the “other” glove. This little gift duo is so cute and fun for almost any age. I have been dying to try a lip mask and am in love with almost everything from Glossier. It’s a great and easy gift.
Wool Fringed Blanket Scarf, $59: Never underestimate the power of a beautiful scarf. I know when I lived on the east coast, I never wanted to spend money on a new one but always wished I had a cuter scarf to mix up my “wonderful” puffer coat look. This one is awesome and comes in a ton of colors.
Freck Foreclay Mask, $22 and Freck Lil Prick Serum, $40: If you want to give a luxurious gift for your skin-obsessed lady, then this pair is the way to go. This little duo will leave your gal’s skin feeling fresh and super moisturized. A few of the girls in the office tried it and LOVED it. Plus, Freck is a cruelty-free and vegan company, and their products are free of phthalates, parabens, gluten and alcohol. A million thumbs up. (Oh, and our friends at Freck were kind enough to offer code 10% off your order with code EHD).
Caviar Anti-Aging® Restructuring Bond Repair Duo, $57 and One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush, $39: While we are always fans of the Olaplex brand, Alterna’s Anti-Aging Bond Repair duo is so good. It makes your hair feel incredible and don’t you want to give that feeling to someone else? Then if you want to really knock the haircare out of the park, pairing the duo with this dryer brush that Arlyn swears by (and SO MANY people bought when she recommended it last year) will make you the favorite.
The Small Richmond Saddle Bag, $128: I am IN LOVE with this bag. It’s so chic, small enough to be an evening bag and comes in the most delicious dark brown color. If anyone were to get it for me, I would be the most appreciative.
Home Tinkerer & Decorator
Avant Candelabra, Eur 79: The moment I saw this candelabra, I physically had to restrain myself from purchasing it immediately. It’s incredible and if you have a woman in your life who loves modern design then here is your gift. Done.
Gleaming Primrose Mirror, from $448: This has been the “It” mirror of 2019 and it is still going strong. It’s definitely a splurge but boy I bet you would see some design-loving tears once this beauty is opened.
Metropolitan Vase, $98: An elegant jug vase is always a good gift. It’s like the little black dress of vases. Every girl needs one. This beauty is just one of our favorites. It will look great in every gal’s home. 🙂
Match Cloche, $32 and Elemental Ceramic Candle, $42: A candle may feel like a simple gift but I personally LOVE a beautiful candle (like this one) and rarely buy them for myself. Plus, if you add that beautiful match cloche, you will by far win the chicest gift award. My favorite and most coveted award.
Two-Tone Cotton Throw, $120: My WORD is this a beautiful throw and has the perfect balance of neutral and graphic. 1,000,000% EHD approved.
White by Elissa Barber, $295: For the art lover in your life, this is a stunning piece they will almost undoubtedly love. It’s neutral but has movement. While definitely not inexpensive, for an original piece of art this is a decent price and will be something they keep forever.
Signed Copy of Rebecca Atwood’s Living with Color, $35: To say we love Rebecca Atwood is an understatement. But once we got our hands on her amazing new book, we fell head over heels for her all over again. Rebecca uses her expertise to teach this beige world how to use color in our homes and it’s brilliant. This particular book link is special because it takes you to signed copies which makes it a truly wonderful gift.
Vayu Ceramic Tabletop Planter, from $80: For the modern design lover in your home, this planter will take their breath away. It’s subtle on color and bold in shape. A perfect mix if you ask me.
Apple AirPods with Charging Case, $144 and Tortoise AirPods Case, $15: When I got these last Christmas as a gift, I was grateful but didn’t understand what all the hype was about. NOW I DO. They are a true game-changer. I love them so so much and if I had more money, I would buy them for all my loved ones that don’t already own them. Caitlin is also a die-hard AirPod fan and aside from her cat would be the one thing she would save in a fire. I’m not kidding. But DON’T FORGET about protection! This little case is the perfect stylish cover to keep those precious pods safe.
Polaroid Originals Photo Printer Lab, $130: This is honestly so cool and I really want one. It gives you the best of both worlds! Editing a great photo on your phone and then getting a cool hardcopy on a polaroid.
Apple Watch Series 4 GPS 40mm, $350: I have multiple friends that can’t get enough of their Apple watch. And I have to admit it is pretty cool. This gift is great for a tech lovin’ gal. It is especially great for a tech lovin’ gal who likes to get outside and work out because it has a GPS, electrical and optical heart sensors and is swim-proof. Talk about fancy and useful!
Terrace Bluetooth Speaker and Portable Light, $89: I love it when tech and design meet in a beautiful way. This table lamp is a perfect example of that. It’s super chic and is ALSO a Bluetooth speaker. I would happily put this on my side table.
Vintage Retro Bluetooth Speaker, $138: While tech is great, sometimes you want to remember the old “vintage” days before tech took over our lives. This Bluetooth speaker is beautiful and looks completely retro. Perfect for the lady who loves vintage but also wants to use Spotify.
Wi-Fi Pet Camera with Treat Dispenser, $249: We have a bunch of pet lovers in our office and they all agreed that they would LOVE to get this as a gift. This machine not only lets you make sure your little munchkin is safe but it also will dispense treats upon your command. What better way to show your love for your “her” by giving back to their fur baby.
“Desperately Needs A Break”
Vitruvi Stone Diffuser, $111: This is the prettiest diffuser on the market. Arlyn has one and can vouch for its beauty and perfect functionality. It’s worth the money so your gal can have a beautifully scented home without any kind of an eyesore.
Paloma Sports Bra, $38 and High Waist 7/8 Legging, $68: Self-care sometimes is as simple as getting your butt to a workout class. What makes that muuuch easier is feeling good in what you are wearing to said class. This set is my ALL TIME favorite. It’s incredibly comfortable, soft, earth-conscious and comes in beautiful colors. I have my eye on the Moss color next.
Pink Petal Roses, $38 and Roll Bath Pillow, $18: Every time I take a bath, I wish I had a bath pillow. I then, of course, forget until my next bath comes around. Bath pillows are not always very attractive (so many shell shapes) but this one is simple and chic. What I am saying is that help out your lady and get her this great pillow and luxurious salts. She will be over the moon.
Well Done Crystal Eye Massager Set, $38 and Pure Silk Sleep Mask, $50: Yes, jade rollers have been all the rage but these rose quartz crystals are specifically for your eyes to help ease into a relaxed state. Man, that sounds nice. But in true EHD fashion, if you want to add in something extra, this silk eye mask will help those beautiful eyes fight against wrinkles and get a better night’s rest.
Kikkerland Tea Stick, $15 and Small Round Reactive Glaze Mug, $4: I always love the idea of loose leaf tea but never have had the tool to easily undertake this endeavor. This tea stick is not only cool but super user-friendly. Then to really top off this killer tea-loving gift, throw in a beautiful mug. Done and done.
How to Not Always Be Working, $12: Too many of us need this book! But there is probably someone in your life that needs a little help in learning how to take care of their personal life. This book will help. 🙂
Alright well, that’s it for today! Stay tuned the rest of this week and next for the full roll-out of our 2019 gift guide, including Emily’s Ultimate Gift Guide. The holidays are upon us so hopefully, you are going to find everything you need.
Love you, mean it xx
***photography by Veronica Crawford, styling by Jess Bunge and Arlyn Hernandez