29 thoughtful gifts your girlfriend will love

Looking for a special gift that guarantees a million watt smile?

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The top 5 best gifts for your girlfriend:

  1. A beautiful silk sarong by Sophie Robertson.

A silk chiffon sarong in vibrant coastal colors

Red Grouper Silk Chiffon Sarong by Sophie Robertson $175.00

During her many dives on the Great Barrier Reef, Sophie Robertson photographed its richness and diversity. The resulting photographs became the inspiration for this collection from which she created abstract and other-worldly designs based on the patterns and colours of the Reef.

This gorgeous, silk satin sarong measures 138 x 197 cm, features hand-rolled edges and is perfectly packaged as a gift in a presentation box wrapped with blue ribbon.

Sophie is also happy to announce that $10 will be donated to The Great Barrier Reef Foundation for every purchase of one of scarves, sarongs or yoga mats.

A beautiful silk chiffon sarong in vibrant coastal colors

Red Grouper Silk Chiffon Sarong by Sophie Robertson $175.00

During her many dives on the Great Barrier Reef, Sophie Robertson photographed its richness and diversity. The resulting photographs became the inspiration for this collection from which she created abstract and other-worldly designs based on the patterns and colours of the Reef.

This gorgeous, silk satin sarong measures 138 x 197 cm, features hand-rolled edges and is perfectly packaged as a gift in a presentation box wrapped with blue ribbon.

Sophie is also happy to announce that $10 will be donated to The Great Barrier Reef Foundation for every purchase of one of scarves, sarongs or yoga mats.

A gorgeous clutch for summer soirees

Drawing inspiration from those amazing pastel sunsets off the coast of the Caribbean islands, live an endless summer with this new modern print combination.

It’s ‘traditional meets modern’ with pastel purples, pinks & corals over contrasting animal prints & floral arrangements set off against unique geometrical patterns.

Featuring an Aztec inspired neckline with a smattering of crystals & beadwork on the front & back of the garment for dramatic effect.

3. Comfy work-outs tights for those yoga moments


Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available on Brooklinen, from $219

Brooklinen is one of our favorite companies, point-blank. We think they make the best high-end sheets at the best price on the market, and most of the Insider Picks team uses Brooklinen on their own beds.

The Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle comes in 14 colors and patterns, and you can mix and match them to suit your taste. Grab a gift card if you want to give her more freedom. If you opt for a sheet bundle, she’ll receive a core sheet set (fitted, flat, two pillowcases), duvet cover, and two extra pillowcases in soft, smooth 480-thread-count weave.

4. A beautiful silk kaftan with an exotic touch


Manor House Weekend Candle, available on Otherland, $36

Otherland is a candle company started by Abigail Cook Stone, a former art buyer for Ralph Lauren. If you want to give your girlfriend a candle that burns for 55 hours, looks beautiful, and comes from a startup that she’s probably seen (or coveted) before, this is a great option. Find a full review here.

5. A facemask that celebrates the simplicity of nature

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Hydro Flask Mug, 12 oz, available on Amazon, $29.95

This mug is a common desk companion for the Insider Picks team. The 12-ounce coffee mug has the company’s proprietary TempShield insulation that made its water bottles famous. This mug will keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. Read a full review of it here.

 

6. Some luxury she can take with her

Awake Olive Oil, available for pre-order on Brightland, $37

Brightland’s olive oils make great gifts for cooks and anyone who loves to entertain. The white bottles protect the EVOO from light damage and look nice displayed on a countertop. Find a full review here.

7. The convenience of Apple AirPods

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Leoni Vonk rose gold silver initial pearl heart necklace


Apple AirPods, available on Amazon, $144 (originally $159)

When it comes to convenience, truly wireless earbuds are the best. And Apple’s AirPods are very popular with iPhone and Android users alike. They look subtle compared to other bigger options, and they’re incredibly easy to use. For the latest option, you can pick up AirPods Pro for $234.98 on Amazon too.

9. A high-tech towel that keeps her from slipping around during yoga classes

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Manduka Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel, available on Amazon, from $25.99

Manduka is known for making the best yoga products, and their Yogitoes towel is one of the most loved. It has tiny 100% silicone nubs on one side that grab yoga mats and keep yogis from slipping around during the exercise. Having a good towel can make a big difference.

It also comes in 19 great colors and gets eco-friendly points. Each Yogitoes towel is made from eight recycled plastic water bottles, and made with dyes free of azo, lead, or heavy metal.

10. The “world’s most comfortable shoes”

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Universal Wine Glass x4 The Standard Drink Co

Women’s Wool Runners, available on Allbirds, $95

Allbirds’ newest collection is a line of water-resistant shoes, but for the uninitiated (or anyone looking for comfortable sneakers for casual wear), the classic Wool Runners make a great gift.

11. A nice gold vermeil and sapphire zodiac sign necklace

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Zodiac Necklace, available on Mejuri, $80

Mejuri is a Canadian startup created in 2015 to make fine jewelry affordable to buy — and it has racked up wait lists with more than 40,000 people on them before. Their popular Zodiac Necklace is cool, minimalist, and something she can wear every day. It’s made in gold vermeil with AAA quality white sapphires. Mejuri’s affordable pricing means the estimated traditional retail price of the same necklace elsewhere would be closer to $235.

13. A monogrammed jewelry case from a minimalist fashion startup

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Leather Jewelry Case, available on Cuyana, $115 (+ $15 for monogram)

Keeping track of tiny and delicate jewelry is difficult — but jewelry cases are a pretty and useful solution. Especially if you’ve gotten her jewelry in the past, or plan to in the future, this is a thoughtful and personalized gift. It’s made from premium leather, comes in six colors, and can be monogrammed with her initials. Cuyana is also a cool leather bag startup she may have already heard of.

14. A customized map of her favorite place

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Custom Map Poster, available on Grafomap, from $49

Grafomap lets you design custom maps of anywhere in the world — like the first place you met, the best trip you ever took together, or the hometown she couldn’t wait to show you. It’s unique, thoughtful, and pretty inexpensive.  You can find the full Insider Picks review here

 

15. A new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for reading anywhere

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Kindle Paperwhite, available on Amazon, $129.99

Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite is its thinnest and lightest yet, with double the storage. Perhaps the best features are that it’s waterproof and has built-in adjustable light for the perfect reading environment indoors or outdoors, day and night. If she loves a nice, relaxing bath, pair this with a caddy, bath bombs, and a glass of wine for a relaxing night in that you’ve already taken care of.

16. A cult-favorite hair towel that reduces damage and cuts drying time by 50%

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Aquis Rapid Dry Hair Towel, available on Amazon and Sephora, from $20.99

Aquis’ cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in half — a claim we’re happy to report holds up. The proprietary fabric also means there’s less damage to wet hair while it dries.

17. A funny and unique handmade card

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You’ve Stolen a Pizza My Heart Handmade Card, available on Etsy, $4.25

You can pick up a card from Walgreens on your way to exchange gifts, but it’ll mean more if you think just a few days ahead. Etsy has great options for cheap, unique, handmade gifts that are cool and thoughtful. This one is handmade watercolor print, and it’s lovably funny and sweet.

18. A fun, unique local date

 

Celestial Silk Pillowcase, available on Amazon, from $35.99

Silk pillowcases reduce frizz and damage to hair and make it look shiny and healthy. It also reduces the likelihood of wrinkles and keeps skin hydrated overnight by absorbing less of the moisturizer in her skin as she sleeps.

This particular Celestial Silk pillowcase is one of the internet’s hidden gems. It’s $40 on Amazon (lesser quality options go for $85), but we rated it the best silk pillowcase you can buy in the Insider Picks buying guide. It’s the one I personally own, and it makes a big difference for frizzy hair.

19. A houseplant that arrives already potted and is easy to care for

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Leon & George

Silver Evergreen, available on Leon & George, $109

Leon & George is a San Francisco startup that will send beautiful plants — potted in stylish, minimalist pots — to her door. All she has to do is to occasionally add water. Flowers are wonderful, but houseplants have a much longer shelf life, and most of Leon & George’s options are very easy to care for.

20. Beautiful earrings she’ll own forever


Triple Threat White Topaz Huggies, $150

Stone and Strand is a one-stop shop for affordable fine jewelry. According to the site, the Triple Threat White Topaz Huggies are limited edition and 100% ethically mined, and no two pieces are exactly alike.

22. A stylish leather makeup pouch that’s thoughtful and easy to travel with

Lola Toiletries Pouch, available on Dagne Dover, $75

Dagne Dover is quickly becoming one of the best women’s handbag companies to know, and their Lola Toiletries Pouches are a great and relatively affordable gift. The small size ($75) is perfect for everyday makeup essentials, and the large ($105) can be used for toiletries, makeup, or as a small purse. It’s made from beautiful pebbled leather, and you can pick from seven foolproof color choices.

23.  The new Sonos Move portable speaker

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Sonos Move, $399

The Sonos Move is one of the best speakers on the market. It’s powerful, can be controlled by your voice or an app, and has Amazon Alexa built in so on WiFi you can play music, check the news, set alarms, get your questions answered, and more, without much effort.

24. A small skin-care tool that removes 99.5% of dirt, oil, and makeup residue

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Foreo Luna Facial Cleansing Brush, available on Amazon, $99

Our team swears by these gentle yet effective cleaning brushes. They have hygienic silicone bristles and come in five different models for different skin types. The Luna is small enough to bring on the go, so they can maintain their skin-care routine while traveling.

25. A leather wallet from the same manufacturer as Prada for a fraction of the price

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A subscription to a coffee service that sends coffees specifically for her taste preferences

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3-Month Subscription, available on Driftaway Coffee, from $44

If she loves coffee, she’ll probably love to try Driftaway. It’s a gourmet coffee subscription that gets smarter the longer you use it, remembering your preferences and steering you towards increasingly accurate brews for your specific tastes. The first shipment will be a tasting kit with four coffee profiles, which she’ll rate online or in the app to start getting personalized options.

26. A book of love letters written by history’s great men

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Love Letters of Great Men, available on Amazon, $12.56

It can be hard to do yourself justice in words — whether they’re spoken or written in a card. This compilation of love letters written by great men can help you say it without actually technically saying it. Bonus points if you write your own, or mark the ones in the book that most closely resemble your own feelings.

27. A beautiful diamond necklace she’ll have forever

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Diamond Bezel Necklace, available on AUrate, $320

A diamond necklace doesn’t have to be thousands of dollars, as fine jewelry startups like AUrate are proving. This necklace is something she can keep and wear forever, and both the solid gold and conflict-free diamonds are of the highest quality.

28. Cozy fuzzy socks and the tools for a great night in

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UGG Australia Chenille Crew Socks, available at Bloomingdale’s, $20

Pair these with her favorite comfy products for an ideal “night in”: bath bombs, sheet masks, candles, wine, and maybe a gift card to her favorite place to order take-out from.

29. A pair of leggings from an eco-conscious startup

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Seamless LITE High-Rise Legging, available on Girlfriend Collective, $78

Girlfriend Collective is an affordable, unique fitness startup that makes stylish workout gear — which also happens to be made out of eco-friendly materials like recycled fishing nets and plastic water bottles — in ethical factories.

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