Gift Guide: Women

Fun, out of the box gift guide for women!
Last year around this time, I did a couple of pretty extensive gift guides: one for parents/grandparents and one for men.  But I didn't quite have time to put together one for women.  As a woman, you might think that I would have a pretty good idea of what women want when it comes to gifts, but to be completely honest, I usually have a really hard time telling my husband (or anyone else) what I want for Christmas or my birthday.  Am I the only one with this problem?

So, I turned to my friends and asked them what they wanted and I have to say that I agree with most of these!  My hope with this list is that you'll be able to give a gift that's a little outside the box.  Whether you are buying for you mother, mother-in-law, sister, daughter, friend or spouse, there are some great choices here.  I've divided it up into categories the following categories: beauty, little luxuries, services, experiences and creative.

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Beauty
Manicure/Pedicure: This is an awesome option for almost all ages.  You could turn this into a group thing with friends or family members or even a mother-daughter(s) date.  There are a lot of deals on Groupon and other deal sites.

Bath Bombs: I'll be honest, I've never actually tried a bath bomb before but I hear they are amazing!  If the woman you are giving a gift to loves relaxing in the bath, then this is a good option.

Spa Voucher: Women love to be pampered and spas are a great place to be pampered.  You could even take this gift a step further and schedule it out for them so they don't have to remember to set the appointment themselves.  Check out Groupon for local deals.

All Inclusive Photo Shoot: Women also love to feel pretty.  Consider an all inclusive photo shoot where they get their make up and hair done and then have some nice pictures taken of them.

A Relaxing Night In: This gift will look different to different women, so think about how your giftee likes to relax at home.  This could mean a nice bubble bath (with a bath bomb!) and reading a book.  It might be a girly movie.  For me, I love having a stretch of time where I can work on crafts uninterrupted for a few hours while my husband watches the kids.

Jewelry: This is a great gift because it's so flexible depending on who you're giving it to and their personal taste.  For grandmothers, it might be a necklace, bracelet or keychain with their grandkids names on it.  Same thing for mothers and the names of their children.  You could look into designing a custom piece and getting it specially made.

Little Luxuries
A Nap: When my friend suggested this one, I laughed out loud because it's so true!  Getting time to take a nap is one of the best gifts you can give a mother.  As a husband, maybe you can commit to watching the kids each Sunday so your wife can take a nap.  If you are an older child, you could entertain your younger siblings for an hour while your mom takes an uninterrupted nap.  It might sound a little silly at first, but sleep is a wonderful gift.

Pretty Office Supplies: There is something about having pretty office supplies that just make work a little more enjoyable.  Sometimes women worry so much about being practical that they don't want to spend the extra dollar or two for something basic like a notebook or pen.  Instead of plain manila folders, get ones with a pattern or uplifting words.

Candles: Mmmm...have you ever walked into a room and smelled something that just made you smile?  Candles are another one of those "little luxuries" that are nice to have around.

Fun Planner: For years, I've used a basic planner to keep track of my daily tasks, appointments and activities.  It might have a cute cover but the inside is simple and not much to look at.  When I attended Pinners Conference at the beginning of this month, I attended a class on The Happy Planner.  It is basically a planner that you can use for planning (obviously) but also to commemorate things, almost like a scrapbook.  I love to craft, but don't always have the time do it.  This planner is both pretty and practical, which I love.

Services
Maid Service: Friends, this is seriously one of the best gift ideas ever.  As a stay-at-home mom, I spend a lot of time cleaning and straightening and it feels like I'm never done.  Plus, there are those tasks that I just don't like to do so I avoid them until they absolutely have to be done.  This is where the gift of maid service comes in, because you can just pay someone to do those things for you, while you do something else you'd much rather do.

Babysitting: Almost every year for my birthday, my mom gives me a restaurant gift card and a promise of babysitting.  If you know someone who needs a little break from their beautiful children to go on a date, run errands by themselves or go to an event or conference, then this is a perfect gift.

Experiences
Gift Certificate to Try Something New: I love learning new skills but I don't necessarily want to try and learn them by myself.  Going to a class is a great way to get exposure to something new without having to buy all the supplies or try to find the answers on the internet.  There are a ton of classes in almost every area you can think of.  Is there something your mother, wife, friend or sister has said they want to try out?  See if you can find a class for it.  Some of the classes I thought would be fun are an art class, zumba, glass blowing, ring making, kick boxing and cooking class.  Again, Groupon is a great place to find these types of classes.

A Day/Night Out: This could be a date night where you do something a little more extravagant or a girls weekend in the city.  Experiences and making memories are wonderful and lasting gifts.

Tickets to a Concert or Conference: When I went to Pinners Conference earlier this month, I was cashing in my birthday gift that I'd asked my husband for a couple of months ago.  Gifts don't have to provide instant gratification and some of the best gifts are those where you have to build up the anticipation.

Creative
Silhouette machine, Designer Edition or any one of the kits: I've mentioned this many times before, but I LOVE my Silhouette Cameo machine.  I use it all the time and it's been a great investment for me.  This is a little pricier of a gift so it would be a good group gift to give.  If the woman you're gifting already has one, you can buy a gift card to upgrade to the Designer Edition or Designer Edition PLUS, a gift card to the Silhouette online store or even one of the many kits they have (heat transfer vinyl, vinyl, rhinestone, fabric ink, glass etching).

Journal: Having a journal to write down thoughts or feelings or lists is something I always have nearby.  You can make your own (check out my tutorial for mod podge notebooks) or buy one with a fun print or cute quote on it.  Pair it with some fun pens.

Adult Coloring Book and Markers or Pencils: I have a couple of these myself and they are so fun to be able to pull out when I just need a break or when my kids want me to color with them.  There are so many awesome ones to choose from: Harry Potter, Disney, Mandalas and the list goes on.  A nicer set of markers or colored pencils would go great with this gift.

Handlettering Workbook: Another class I attended at Pinners Conference was an introduction to handlettering.  It came with an awesome workbook that I could take home and practice my writing.  I've always admired pretty handwriting and so this is a really fun one.  I bought this workbook HERE and this is the marker I use HERE.

I hope you got some inspiration from this gift guide for the women in your life.  What are you favorite gifts to give and receive?

32 comments

  1. I love the idea for experiences! I'm really trying to get away from just buying STUFF for people and make more memories with experiences and time together!

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    1. I like giving experiences as gifts as well. The memories created last so much longer.

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  2. what a great list! I love getting new ideas

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! I'm glad you found some new ideas.

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  3. There are some great ideas on this list! Definitely helped me with ideas for the ladies in my life. Thanks!

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    1. Oh good, I'm so glad to hear that Jackie!

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  4. Such a great roundup. I didn't even think about maid services - what an awesome idea!

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    1. Thanks Kelly. Seriously, maid service is one of my favorite things on this list!

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  5. What a great gift guide, I think my favorites are the candle and the bath bombs. Even though the maid service sounds pretty cool as swell!!

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    1. I really need to try out a bath bomb! Everyone raves about them.

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  6. I am all about a spa gift card! It has been a couple of year since I have been to a spa. I had the best time and it is definitely worth every penny! Great list!

    Elizabeth Ann // www.lovedoinglife.com

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! Taking time to relax and rejuvenate is so important! Why not do it at a spa? :)

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  7. Sharing this with my hubby in hopes of getting a spa voucher :)

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    1. Awesome! Just point to it and say, "Wouldn't this be a great gift for your wife?" ;)

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  8. Love those ideas - especially the hand lettering workbook! And a trusty (and pretty) planner - can't go wrong there!

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    1. The workbook makes learning so much easier! I've been finding myself writing on everything lately. And yes! I love my planner. :)

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  9. I really hope someone gives me a nap for Christmas... Everything on your list is spot on!

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    1. Naps are one of the best gifts on the list for sure!

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  10. Such great ideas! Love the little gifts you can give- they're always loved!

    Alix | www.apintsizedlife.com

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    1. I agree Alix. I think any gift when given from the heart is meaningful.

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  11. Shani, this is such a wonderful gift guide with tons of practical ideas! Oh the gift of a nap or a maid... why did you have to go there? Yes!! Love these. Pinning... Maybe I should let the hubby read this post...ha ha!! They really do sound like fun!

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    1. Thanks Zan! I hope you get the nap or maid service this year! ;)

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  12. This a great list of gift ideas! Sometimes you get so wrapped up in trying to find something personal.. But there are some great gifts that anyone would enjoy!
    Love the maid service ida!

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    1. Thank you Vanessa! I totally agree that sometimes giving a practical gift is just as meaningful as something really personal.

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  13. These are all great ideas! I would love to have someone come and clean my house ;)

    xx,
    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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    1. I know, right?! Having someone show up at your house and cleaning it instead of making more messes sounds like a win to me!

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  14. Great list, Shani! I love the experiences that you suggested!

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    1. Thanks Lora! Experiences are one of my favorite gifts to give and receive.

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  15. These are great ideas! I'll take one of everything! :) My favorite candle is the capri blue from Anthropologie! So yummy and would make a great gift.

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    1. Ooo, that just sounds like it smells yummy! We don't have an Anthropolgie near by (probably a good thing) but next time I'm near one, I'll go find that candle and smell it!

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  16. So many cool ideas in this list! I especially love the planner idea and the photo shoot idea. Those are definitely things I always love!

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    1. Thanks so much Amanda! I agree that either one of those would be a great gift.

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