Whether it’s your anniversary, Valentine’s Day, her birthday, or just because, shopping for the best gift for your girlfriend can feel a tad overwhelming. In this case, we promise it’s the thought that counts the most. However, we understand wanting to find a gift that will truly blow her away. From timeless round diamond earrings to a super-cute mixtape idea, we’ve extensively researched and rounded up girlfriend-worthy gifts she’s sure to love–taking thoughtfulness, personalization, and overall quality into consideration.
“A refined jewelry box is always appreciated, with a unique diamond necklace tucked away inside, of course,” says Janie Marshall, creative director and head of brand at Clean Origin. Marshall also recommends a beautiful robe or cashmere socks as they “are cozy, luxurious, and unexpected.”
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Janie Marshall is the Creative Director and Head of Brand at Clean Origin, a 100 percent ethical lab-grown diamond and jewelry retailer.
The top thing to keep in mind when searching for her perfect gift is her specific interests and hobbies. Find something that represents her and the things she’s passionate about, and there’s no doubt that she’ll appreciate the gift even more. The woman who’s dedicated to her self-care routine (or maybe needs more time for relaxation) will genuinely appreciate the Raw Blossom Spa Set, the L.L. Bean Organic Terry Robe, and the Silk Pure Silk Mask. Looking for something totally sentimental? Gift her with something special like the StarryMaps Personalized Star Map.
Read on for the best gift ideas for your girlfriend.
Price at time of publish: $105
If your girlfriend loves vinyl records, this Custom Vinyl Mixtape is such a thoughtful gift—and a nod to the classic love language of making mixtapes. We love this gift because, in addition to curating a selection of songs just for your loved one, you can also customize the vinyl sleeve with a photo, title, track list, and a sweet message.
Price at time of publish: $80
Instead of flowers, give your girlfriend the gift of a stunning houseplant. The Monstera Deliciosa from plant delivery company The Sill is a relatively easy houseplant to care for and lasts far longer than a bouquet of roses. We love The Sill because the plants are always high-quality, come in your choice of a pot (we love the upcycled avocado pot with this plant), and you can choose from cute add-ons, like this “I Dig You” Ceramic Gift Message Pop. You can also select the gift option at checkout, which hides pricing information and gives you the option to add a little note with your botanical gift.
Price at time of publish: $12+
Long-distance relationships can be hard. Whether you’re living apart or travel a lot for work, the Long Distance Touch Bracelet Set is a sweet and thoughtful way to stay connected. These vibrating smart bracelets connect to each other through an app so you can buzz your girlfriend when you’re missing her. While it doesn’t technically allow you to send texts, you can use the bracelets to send secret messages to each other through vibrational codes.
Price at time of publish: $630
A classic pair of diamond stud earrings is always a great gift idea. We love this stud from The Last Line because it features a timeless full-cut round design and comes with the option to mix and match stone types, since each earring is sold separately. On top of that, you can forgo the pricey diamond for something a little more budget-friendly, such as a pair of Moonstone Studs or Pearl Studs.
Price at time of publish: $80+
If your girlfriend loves to get crafty, a Private Virtual Workshop through Maker’s Mess is a fantastic interactive gift idea. These classes require a minimum of eight guests, so it’s a great excuse to plan a fun girl’s night for your loved one, too. From water coloring to embroidery to tie-dye, there are tons of craft classes to choose from—and she’s sure to love whichever one you choose.
Price at time of publish: $32
If baths are your girlfriend’s favorite ritual, a luxurious set of scented accessories is a must. This handmade collection comes with whipped body butter, whipped sugar scrub, handmade coffee soap, and a coffee scrub. Choose from four divine scents.
Price at time of publish: $36+
Forgo the flowers for a floral grow kit. This interactive gift from Uncommon Goods is a sweet and thoughtful way to acknowledge your girlfriend’s interests and makes for a nice add-on to other garden gifts, such as a basket full of tools or a beautiful vase.
Price at time of publish: $21+
Etsy is a great place to find custom art gifts for your girlfriend. If you want to get her something she’ll cherish, this minimalist portrait is the way to go. Choose between a range of sizes and frame styles and submit a photo from one of your favorite memories to be turned into an actual work of art.
Price at time of publish: $365
Similar to diamond earrings, a diamond necklace is a classic gift your girlfriend will love and cherish. We love the Soho Emerald Pendant from Clean Origin because it’s a gorgeous and timeless gift with a more modern design. On top of that, the necklace is designed with a lab-grown diamond, making it more sustainable and affordable (compared to natural diamonds).
Price at time of publish: $50
If your girlfriend travels a lot and you’re looking for something to surprise her with before her next trip, we recommend a silky eye mask for the plane. We are long-time Slip fans and obsessed with their classic Rose Gold Sleep Mask. Constructed from the finest mulberry silk, this mask not only keeps the sunlight out, but it also reduces friction around the eye area and doesn’t absorb eye creams or other skincare formulas.
Price at time of publish: $48+
This bracelet is technically made for intention-setting, but we love the idea of gifting it to your girlfriend with your own little love note stashed away inside. The beaded bracelet comes in a variety of stones—including rose quartz (the stone of love), jade, amethyst, and agate—and features a hidden tube at the clasp where you can tuck a note into.
Price at time of publish: $89+
Give the gift of cozy with this luxe robe. Constructed from organic cotton French terry and featuring the perfect-sized hood and pockets, the belted robe is ideal for lazy Sunday mornings together. Since the material is lightweight, it’s a good year-round robe—it’s cozy enough for winter, yet breathable enough for summer.
Price at time of publish: $12
If you’re looking for a small yet thoughtful “just because” gift, we recommend the Rose Merlot Bath Salts from House of Intuition. Made from a blend of Epsom sea salt, Himalayan salt, salt of Merlot, and rose essential oil, the mineral soak helps create an indulgent and relaxing bath. Gift it on its own or with the Hotel Collection Deluxe 24K Magic Candle and the Garnet Hill Cozy Sweatshirt Robe for a night of relaxation.
Price at time of publish: $149
A pair of luxe pajamas is a gift she’ll certainly love. These ones from KYHA are constructed from ultra-soft satin with an elevated spin on a timeless design. We love them because, while they are made for at-home lounging, the top is the perfect pajama shirt for wearing outside the house with a pair of jeans and heels.
Price at time of publish: $214
If you plan to gift your girlfriend a piece of jewelry, we recommend pairing it with a gorgeous jewelry box for safe-keeping. This one from West Elm has a trendy, mid-century style with a glistening champagne lacquer finish. It includes two drawers, a removable tray, and a top shelf with plenty of space for rings, bracelets, and earrings.
Price at time of publish: $150
You can’t go wrong with a nice candle, and this option is one of our favorites. Formulated with notes of bergamot, lemongrass, jasmine, wood, and musk, the 55-ounce candle smells absolutely divine. The deluxe size also lasts for up to 300 hours, so she’ll get tons of time to enjoy its invigorating aroma.
Price at time of publish: $268
A watch is another gift idea your girlfriend is sure to love. Our top pick for the best watch is this stainless steel one from Kendra Scott, designed with a breathtaking black mother-of-pearl face. Designed for everyday wear, the watch features an anti-scratch sapphire glass case with a diamond detail for a hint of sparkle.
Price at time of publish: $159
If you and your girlfriend love to travel together, a personalized leather photo album with memories from your favorite trips together makes for a lovely gift. This classic leather album comes in six different leather finishes with the option to add personalization. What we love about this album is that each photo page has a smaller companion divider, allowing you to write about the memory or trip.
Price at time of publish: $995
The Brilliant Earth Zodiac Diamond Pendant makes for the best birthday gift for your astrology-loving girlfriend. Created from your choice of 14K yellow gold or 14K white gold, the necklace pendant features an embossed zodiac symbol surrounded by three white diamonds for a dose of sparkle.
Price at time of publish: $60
Cashmere socks are a beautiful, cozy gift. We love these ones from KIP because they are super-soft, have an excellent texture with the ribbed design, and are the perfect length. She can wear them while lounging at home or under her favorite pair of loafers or boots for keeping warm.
Price at time of publish: $458
A luxury throw blanket is another must-have gift idea for your girlfriend. The Sferra Colorato Throw is crafted from alpaca and wool colored yarns, making it one of the warmest and coziest blankets ever. We love it because it has a lightweight feel, yet it’s warm enough to withstand cold fall and winter nights.
Price at time of publish: $48
Catbird is one of our go-to jewelers for sparkly gifts. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly jewelry gift, we love the Threadcare Rings, which are under $50 and look great on their own or stacked. This ring is made from 100 percent recycled 14K gold, making it a more sustainable option, too.
Price at time of publish: $120
UGG is home to some of our favorite cozy shoes. If you’re looking for a pair of slippers your girlfriend can also wear outside, we love the Fuzz Sugar Clog. These shoes feature a trendy clog silhouette covered in that ultra-soft and cushy fur we often associate with the inside of a UGG boot. What’s so great about these is, in addition to being stylish, the clogs are also eco-friendly. They’re made from recycled fibers and rubber, making them la ow-impact and sustainable slipper.
Price at time of publish: $175
Rothy’s gets a lot of hype for their shoes—which we also love—but their Lightweight Tote is one of their best offerings. It also just so happens to make a great gift. Just like Rothy’s shoes, this tote is making the world a little less plastic, as it’s constructed from recycled plastic water bottles and marine plastic. It’s also machine-washable, making it all the more functional as an everyday bag.
Price at time of publish: $163
Pearls are one of this year’s most popular accessory trends, but they’re also a classic gift. We love these Pearl Drop Earrings from Linjer because they boast a simple design, yet have a statement-making appeal. The gold vermeil used to create them is also sourced from recycled gold and silver and is five-times longer-lasting than typical gold-plated jewelry.
Price at time of publish: $145
A nameplate necklace is another classic jewelry item that makes for a super-sweet gift. This gorgeous option comes in three different necklace lengths—including a chic choker size—and your choice of either 14K yellow gold, rose gold, or white gold, depending on your girlfriend’s style. You can customize it to say your girlfriend’s name, the nickname you have for her, or another word (so long as it’s no more than 10 characters) that means a lot to the two of you.
Price at time of publish: $65
For the girlfriend who loves her fur babies, a custom pet portrait would truly wow her. For custom pet portraits, we turn to West & Willow, as they take a photo and turn it into an illustrated modern masterpiece. In addition to portraits, you can also order mugs and phone cases that put her favorite fur baby on display.
Price at time of publish: $390
We first discovered Canadian jewelry brand MYEL while on vacation in Montreal and have since fallen in love with all of their unique designs. Our favorite is the Confetti Pearl Necklace, which is a staple in our jewelry wardrobe—and one we know your girlfriend will love, too. The necklace is an elevated spin on a classic freshwater pearl necklace with the addition of blue apatite, green jade, and red agate to create a confetti look.
Price at time of publish: $133
Saje is another Canadian company we love, and the place we always turn to when shopping for gifts for our loved ones. Whether your girlfriend loves essential oils or some R&R at home, the Starter KIt makes for an excellent gift. The kit features a chic, textured ceramic diffuser, along with four of their most popular essential oil formulas.
Price at time of publish: $148
If nameplate necklaces aren’t your girlfriend’s style, a nameplate ring is a fantastic alternative. The BaubleBar 14K Gold Custom Ring is a good under-$150 jewelry gift that feels as unique and special as your love. With up to eight characters to choose from, you can customize the ring with her name, nickname, or a loving word.
Price at time of publish: $95
If you have an under-$100 budget and want to get your girlfriend something nice, we recommend a pair of Phoebe Hoops from Leeada. The chunky hoops are made from 14K gold plated brass with a geometric retro silhouette and cubic zirconia accented sparkle.
Price at time of publish: $131
Sunglasses are always a great gift idea. We saw these sunglasses on Kathy Hilton in an episode of Paris in Love and have been obsessed ever since. The Ray-Bans have a retro yet modern feel, are super comfortable, and the make for the perfect everyday sunglasses.
Price at time of publish: $55+
For something unique and romantic, look no further than a personalized star map. You can create a custom map of the sky from your anniversary, her birthdate, or another important moment in her life. The customization feature also allows you to add a message on the map with the option to print as is or as a canvas or framed print.
Price at time of publish: $55
If you’re looking for a pair of slippers for your girlfriend, these celebrity-approved Tazz Slippers from UGG are a great choice. The comfortable slippers are perfect for at-home lounging but can also pass as shoes when paired with casual outfits, such as slouchy jeans and a cardigan sweater.
Price at time of publish: $49+
For the couple that travels together, a map of where you two met is a lovely gift. This sweet and thoughtful map allows you to customize a map print with the location of where you two met and is available in a print, stretch canvas, framed artwork, or digital file.
Price at time of publish: $150
The Monica Vinader Deia Locket is a sentimental gift that combines the luxury of jewelry with the thoughtfulness of a memory. Made from recycled silver and gold and available in silver, yellow gold, and rose gold finishes, the locket necklace has a vintage feel. It’s also customizable with the option to add an engraving and choose a chain style.
Price at time of publish: $30
If you love solving puzzles together, a custom photo puzzle is a great gift idea. This one is a 25 x 19 inch 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle designed to preserve your memories in a fun and unique way. Make a date night in out of this unique gift by solving it together after enjoying a homecooked dinner.
Price at time of publish: $18+
Matching bracelets are another fun way to share your love for each other. This bracelet from Etsy creator Jewelry by Mine is available on its own or as a set and is made from quality stainless steel. Add your names, anniversary date, or a fun phrase to personalize it and make it extra unique.
Price at time of publish: $260
For the girlfriend who loves an activity date, a pair of roller skates is a fun and unique gift. For this gift idea, we love this cute and colorful pair from Impala, especially when paired with the matching heart-shaped Skate Bag. The pink rollerskates are timelessly retro and designed with maximum comfort in mind. They’re also made mindfully with vegan-friendly materials and 60 percent recycled nylon.
Price at time of publish: $58
If your girlfriend loves an adventure, the Calpak Terra Sling Bag is the perfect gift. The oversized fanny pack is designed to be worn crossbody and made from durable recycled ripstop polyester with a protective coating, so it can withstand all types of weather conditions. It’s a great bag for hiking, camping, or traveling the world, and has all the necessary compartments to keep essentials within reach.
What to Look for When Shopping for Gifts for Your Girlfriend
When shopping for a gift for your girlfriend, something that feels thoughtful and special will go a long way (even if the gift itself isn’t that expensive!). Whether it’s a piece of gorgeous engraved jewelry or something more personal like a photo album of your adventures together, she’ll love the thought that went into it, as much as the gift itself.
The materials, construction, and design of your gift is important to consider—especially when it comes to investment items like a pair of timeless diamond earrings or a nameplate necklace. When shopping for your girlfriend, choose items that are made to last.
If you’re looking for a gift that’s more outside of the box, consider gifting her an experience that reflects her interests—think a cooking class or art lessons. Or, think about something you can do together, whether it’s a special dinner at her favorite restaurant or a camping weekend.
When it comes to jewelry gifts, it’s good to go with classic pieces stand the test of time. i“The simplest gift that will last forever is a pair of round brilliant diamond studs in white gold,” says Marshall. If your girlfriend isn’t into earrings, a simple diamond pendant necklace has the same effect.
If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift that will make an impact, Marshall recommends “a beautiful photo album to store your memories.” Get your photos off your phone and into the book, using an easy online service like Snapfish.
Why Trust Brides
Contributing writer Jessie Quinn is a bridal-obsessed lifestyle journalist with a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism. At Brides, she covers everything from what jewelry to wear on your wedding day to the best invitation options. Jessie considers gift-giving her love language and finds great joy in finding the perfect gift for her loved ones. When researching the best gifts for your girlfriend, Jessie looked at everything from fine jewelry to clothing and accessories to quirky custom gifts, keeping quality and thoughtfulness at the top of her requirements.