Shopping for your significant other can be tough. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or a holiday, you want to get them something that they’ll actually like and use more than once. If your girlfriend is a makeup guru, skincare maven, or has a closet overflowing with clothing, there’s definitely something she’ll love in this roundup.
Please note: You will find no candles or perfumes on this list because people should pick out their own candles and perfumes. Don’t spend $25 on a scent they might hate.
If you know your girlfriend is really into makeup, but you don’t know shit about what brands are good, you can always go with a cult favorite. Even if she’s never tried it (or has five tubes of this at home), there’s a reason everyone loves Cloud Paint from Glossier. It is a cream blush that’s on the more natural side, and is easy to use for both experts and makeup novices.
In a similar vein to the Glossier blush, Stila’s eyeliner is a crowd favorite. It is a great eyeliner that is very pigmented and lasts way beyond just a few hours. Stila’s All Day Waterproof Eyeliner is perfect for crafting an easy and flawless cat eye every single time. Plus, your girlfriend will be impressed that you actually got her makeup that doesn’t suck.
Look, if you don’t know anything about blush or eyeliner, we sure as hell don’t expect you to know how people put makeup on their eyebrows. All we can say is a perfectly sculpted brow is a very iconic makeup look. Benefit Cosmetics is known for their eyebrow products, and the Gimme Brow, a holding gel that features a tint, is top of the list. This stuff really does make such a difference, and it isn’t too extreme when it comes to doing eyebrow makeup. You might not understand it, but your girlfriend will.
If you know nothing about your girlfriend’s skincare routine other than that she does more than wash her face, you might think you have to tread carefully. But you can never go wrong with Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. In a skincare routine, it can be used before applying moisturizer. But it can also be used on a hot day as a way to refresh your skin. Or it can be used after applying makeup. In all of the aforementioned situations, the spray feels soothing and refreshing, thanks to the combination of aloe and cucumber. It’s a can’t-miss gift, basically.
Now, giving your girlfriend face wash may not go over well. Would she think you’re implying her skin is dirty? Maybe. Maybe not. But if you know that your girlfriend spends 15-20 minutes every morning and night taking optimal care of her skin, then you can rest assured that she’s going to want to add a Clarisonic to her skincare routine. Not only does it help remove dirt and oil from skin, but it can also make skin firmer, reduce puffiness, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
If your girlfriend complains about acne, hyperpigmentation, or wrinkles, this is the product she’ll want. Don’t think she’ll take offense to you buying her something like this, because every skincare lover wants to have a product from Drunk Elephant in their collection. Their retinol cream is one of the most raved about in the industry.
There’s a reason so many people buy Alex & Ani bracelets. Yeah, they’re cute and all, but each bracelet has a meaning that resonates with the person wearing it. If you want to do your best to be romantic, you can get an Alex & Ani bracelet that expresses how you feel about your girlfriend, and you don’t even have to do the talking. Plus, every purchase of this bracelet also helps provide clean water to those in need. So, not only is it pretty, it’s for a good cause.
Buying jewelry for another person is always a gamble. If you’re not sure about your girlfriend’s taste in jewelry, err on the side of caution and go for a simple necklace that can be worn with any outfit. You can get her a constellation necklace because it isn’t too big of a statement piece, yet it is still personal to her. Bonus: She’ll be impressed that you knew her zodiac sign, even if she “doesn’t care about that stuff.”
If you’re stuck on finding the right type of earrings to get your girlfriend, try to remember if you’ve ever seen her wear hoop earrings. If you have, you can get this fun take on hoops that aren’t actually hoops at all. Inventory editor Chelsea Stone highly recommends the brand Catbird and has a few pieces of her own. The brand sells most of their earrings as singles (so buy two), which is great if you have more holes in one ear than the other.
If your girlfriend has watched Fleabag, then she has likely also spent hours online trying to find *the* jumpsuit. Sadly, the company that sells it is in the U.K., and shipping to the U.S. alone costs $20. And that’s if they even have the right size in stock, which they almost never do. Instead, you can get a knock-off Fleabag jumpsuit from Lulus, which is a very easy company to order from. This backless jumpsuit will make her feel sexy as hell, but not totally exposed. It comes in black, white, royal blue, red, magenta, hunter green, plum purple, and navy blue.
If you’re tired of your girlfriend stealing all of your comfortable hoodies, get her a nice sweater of her own. Everlane’s cotton sweater is ultra-soft and comes in six shades, from black, bone, pale pink, Spanish clay, and more. This is just soft enough, you might actually get to wear your favorite sweatshirt again.
When it comes to gift-giving, you want to buy something the giftee wants or needs, but necessarily wouldn’t have bought for themselves, maybe because of the cost. Our readers love Greats sneakers, but at their price tag, not everyone is going to run out and grab a pair for themselves. The famous Greats Royales are top-rated and come in bolder shades link pink and sky blue, as well as neutral tones like black and white.
If you’re looking to get a purse for your girlfriend, don’t fall victim to brands like Coach and Michael Kors. You’re just paying for the name and not necessarily a bag that is functional. Dagne Dover has a wide assortment of bags, backpacks, totes, and more. The Allyn Tote is stylish, yet practical. The number of pockets inside this purse is downright impressive—there’s even a pocket that perfectly fits a water bottle! There are also smaller pockets that are meant for lipstick or chapstick, so she won’t need to dig around in her bag to find it. It can comfortably fit a smaller laptop or tablet as well.
If your girlfriend loves wine, help her expand her palette. This wine subscription from First Leaf will let her taste new wines each month. She’ll need to take a quiz to refine the results to her own preferences, whether she likes sweet white wine or an oaky red. After getting her introductory box, she can rate the wines she receives to refine her profile even further to get the best wines for her.
For the self-proclaimed dessert addict, a monthly cookie subscription is a perfect gift. They don’t need to bake their own cookies, instead, they can get 12 fresh cookies each month. Subscriptions to David’s Cookies start at three months and go up to an entire year, which would be the heroic option to sign up for.
Pop culture lovers will instantly love Loot Crate, which has been described as the “Comic-Con of subscriptions.” You can choose the type of crate you want, from a regular Loot Crate, to themed boxes built for fans of Anime, Marvel, Hello Kitty, Harry Potter, and more.