Don’t be confused about what women really want. We love practicality when it’s laced with a little bit of charm. We enjoy an inside joke as well as something that inspires. Get it right, and we’ll love you forever. Get it wrong, and we’re not likely to let you forget. Check out these perfectly acceptable gifts for the woman in your life, and know that you can’t really go wrong with any of them.
Let’s face it – buying a gift for a lady can be hard. Whether she’s your mom, your sister, your girlfriend or your maiden aunt, your gift has to convey a meaning and a significance about how you see her.
Sometimes a gift can say something you didn’t mean it to say. I once gave a coworker I didn’t particularly like a regifted necklace that I’d won at a Christmas party the year before. It had sat in a closet for months before I’d passed it on, and I hadn’t realized that it was real gold inlaid with actual sapphires. She was so touched that she took me aside later and told me she’d been in a very dark place, and my gift had given her hope again!
But often gifts can be thoughtless and boring – especially where women are involved. So many times husbands think themselves heroic for buying their wives new pots and pans or even a vacuum. And while practicality has its place, it’s important to think about how to mix it up a bit.
One of the best practical gifts I ever got was a set of hot pink tools! It had a hammer, screwdriver and ratchet set with fuzzy pink handles! It solved a practical problem I had in a truly fun way!
The following items all fall into one of three categories: they make life safer, they make life happier, or they make life healthier. Any lady in your life is sure to love at least a few of these, so take your pick and grab your favorites.
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The Best Gifts for Any Grown-Ass Woman In Your Life
Don't be confused about what women really want. We love practicality when it's laced with a little bit of charm. We enjoy an inside joke as well as something that inspires. Get it right, and we'll love you forever. Get it wrong, and we're not likely to let you forget. Check out these perfectly acceptable gifts for the woman in your life, and know that you can't really go wrong with any of them.
So what if she's a grown-ass woman? She will still appreciate the cuteness overload that are these CATagorically precious pens! Every woman I know has at least seven pens on the go at one time, so these are sure to make her smile and think of you whenever she uses them.
Okay, maybe it will just make her FEEL like she's saving the world, one bottle, can or newspaper at a time. Who wouldn't love a handy dandy sorting bag for their recycling? It looks so much better than those plastic blue boxes after all. And it has convenient carry handles!
Whether she's planning for herself or her family, staying on top of what's for dinner can be difficult. Having a planning pad (especially one this stylish) can help! Even better, offer to help out with the meal planning and hold yourself accountable. That's the best gift of all!
This power hub can let her charge her phone, tablet, computer, lighted mirror, and anything else she might need to keep plugged in. Buy her more than one so she can keep them in all her favorite spots, and she'll never worry about losing power again!
Let's face it. Every grown-ass lady I know has cleaned up her share of messes at the stove. When you're making a batch of soup or chili or spaghetti sauce, your stirring spoon ends up making a huge mess all over your stove and counter. But with this fun lobster-like claw, you can keep that shiz contained! This is actually one of my favorite stocking-stuffers, and I highly recommend it for all my girlfriends. And now I'm recommending it to you, too!
I'll admit, none of my lady friends have this problem. They maybe can't finish their third bottle, so this is a handy vacuum sealer to help keep the rest of that vino fresh! Can't ask for much more than that.
I absolutely love Knock Knock products, and this To-Do List Mousepad is no exception. How often do we need to write something down when we're next to our computers? All the dang time! Or how many times do we need to remember something for the next time we're ON our computers? That's right - all the dang time. This is such a perfect blend of digital and analogue thinking that I can't imagine a better gift for any grown-ass woman.
In this day of hacking and digital security, it's easy to forget that identity theft can be as easy as digging through your neighborhood trash on garbage day. Give your lady the extra protection of this fun to use stamp so she can mask all her important info before she relegates it to the recycling bin.
We're all just little girls inside, and we all want to pretty up our spaces. Let us do it with this adorable wall organizer featuring all the colors of the rainbow. The truth is she'll probably never use it for anything but decor, but she'll appreciate it anyway.
Umbrellas by nature deflect water away from you, but this one has the added bonus of actually repelling water with its awesome teflon coating! That means it won't drench you when you go to fold it and put it away! In theory, anyway.
Every woman's secret wish is to have a more organized entryway. Ask her. She'll tell you. Give her this simple, yet meaningful gift and you'll find her putty in your hands. But seriously, it's great to have somewhere to put your mail and your keys when you walk in the door so you don't lose them.
I'm not sure about the other ladies in the world, but if nowhere else in my house gets cleaned for guests, my bathroom definitely does. At least the one that guests get to use. That sucker gets scrubbed with a toothbrush. So I find the idea of a bathroom guest book particularly hilarious, and I would totally have one if I could. A+. Would recommend.
I feel like you could make this from a few pieces of old wood as a craft project during a way too expensive Joann's craft seminar, but hey - if there's one thing I want you to take away from this post, it's that ladies LOVE organization. This one is nice enough, and it allows her to put up some cute decor if she likes, so give it a go and maybe throw in a succulent or two.
I'm pretty sure bamboo is a type of wood, so I'm not sure how sleeping on splinters is nice, but I'm assured that these are bomb. No one's ever bought me any, though, so take that with a grain of salt. They come in lots of colors, and apparently there are very few allergens, if that is important to you.
A word of warning about this one, guys. Only buy this if your girl is super confident. If she's at all self-critical, get her a painting of a gorgeous girl and tell her you had her painted. Because seriously, this kind of mirror will exacerbate any perceived flaw. And no one deserves that. But I am including it on this list because much as I'm loathe to admit it, it's an excellent mirror for plucking hairs from your eyebrows, chin and any other place you don't want them, and it helps with makeup application, too!
Women love a good massage, and it's even better when we can massage ourselves without help from an outside source. She can just lay on these balls and roll back and forth for a super relaxing good time.... That sounded way dirtier than anticipated.
We all want to feel naturally beautiful, and this pink clay soap is one way to help get there. It looks pretty and smells nice, and it helps get rid of impurities in the skin. It's great for beauty enthusiasts or women who just want to feel a bit special.
When I was a kid, my mom had this cool hard-case travel bag that seemed to be perfect for whatever we needed. Sometimes it was for makeup (I was a childhood beauty queen - for realz), and sometimes it was a lunchbox. Once or twice it was even for art supplies! Having a good travel case is awesome, and this one can fit a LOT.
You hear bath salts, you might think of those zombie people who somehow became out of control and wrought destruction on society, but these are really just something nice you can add to your bath and detox for a bit. They smell nice and make you feel good. Just don't like... eat them.
I've used my share of kitchen tongs, whether at the stove, on the BBQ or while tossing salad, and lemme tell ya, these silicone tips make all the difference. They help grip your food so much better, and they add a little style and flair to your kitchen at the same time. You may laugh, but cooking is often a thankless task, and these can sometimes make standing in a hot kitchen a little nicer.
Unlike 90% of this list, these socks are something I have actually used. I own at least 20 pairs of them and have used them for years because they work. I have extremely dry heels that crack and bleed, and these have been miracles. I hate socks for the most part because my feet get hot, but these keep my heels super happy without making me sweat. They have silicone inside to keep moisture in, and you can even put lotion on before you slip them on so you get that extra boost. Buy them in bulk friends!
Unlike the teflon umbrella mentioned earlier, this one simply closes upward so your water never gets a chance to splash back at you. It's a little bit of genius that only a woman could have thought of. At least that's what I'm guessing.
Once again, this is a product I use and love myself. They are thinner than normal hangers, and they look absolutely lovely. They work really well for some of my items that normally fall easily off regular hangers. The only minor issue is that they are a little less sturdy and prone to breaking more easily. But be gentle, and they will serve you VERY well. Any woman would be lucky to have them!
The number of women who thinks she will look super adorable in a fur pom-pom-topped beanie hat this winter numbers in the millions. The number of women who will actually look good in a fur pom-pom-topped beanie hat this winter is like three. Buy it for her anyway and lie your ass off telling her she is cute because she needs this win.
If women the world over have one thing in common, it's an overabundance of tank tops and leggings and a collective lack of knowledge about how to store them. Do they go in a dresser? Which drawer? Do we hang them? HOW? Well, now we know! This hanger set allows you to hang them up en masse with little trouble at all. Every woman's biggest dilemma solved! Be the hero we need you to be. Buy them now. Get one for every woman in your life.
If your girl is into Marie Kondo (and we're ALL into Marie Kondo), she will be so grateful for this drawer divider set that lets her organizer her delicates in such an esthetically pleasing way. You've got to love a well-organized underwear drawer.
From the time I was a little girl in the 80s asking Santa for some Wonder Woman underoos, I've been obsessed with all things Wonder Woman. These bags are so cute, and they make traveling so easy. Great for makeup, toiletries like shampoo and lotion, jewelry or even traveler's checks and other paperwork, they make a great gift for a lady who loves to travel.
These are great for those with shorter bed legs or desks who need an outlet nearby. It's a clever bit of tech that's so simple, it's not overwhelming. This is the kind of gift that brings a grandma into the 21st century.
Get the fast food look with a homemade price. This is a cute lunch bag that is so fun! If nothing else, it's a great conversation starter when her colleagues start asking how she can afford to eat out every single day!
Another great closet hanger to give her closet an upgrade. Use it for extra handbags, scarves, belts or other things she doesn't have a place for. It's all about finding room for things that don't have a dedicated spot.
There's nothing worse than traveling and ruining an underwire bra! So many times I ruin a new bra as it gets jostled around in my suitcase, and one of the wires just gets bent or pops through the side. It's a frustration many women know. But this bra and underwear bag lets you keep your delicates safe while you travel so you don't have to worry. Plus, it makes it that much easier to find them so you don't have to dig through everything you own to find them!
These wash bags are made specifically to prevent damage to delicate items like bras or lingerie. Any woman knows that a washing machine can wreak havoc on her unmentionables, so using something like this can really keep them protected so they last a good long time. This comes in a set of three, which is great value.
These look pretty simple and unassuming, but they're a very clever and useful gadget. They attach to the back of the headrest in your car, and you can use them to hang stuff on the back of your seat. I use them to hang my purse, which I never used to have a place for! I also hang a garbage bag from it. Sometimes I hang my kids tablets so they can watch tv. The uses are endless!
Want to maximize cupboard space? Try this handy gadget. Just slip it on a shelf, and you can hang any number of things from it. I use it for hanging coffee mugs, as it lets me get them off the shelf and use the coveted space for other things! Once again, organization is key to my life, and I'd wager your lady would feel just the same!
Katie Reed is a 39 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 10, Daniel is 8, Chester is 6 and Wilder is 3. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood.
Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts.
She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.
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