Women’s Gift Guide 2020

Eating Bird Food’s holiday gift guide for women with everything from kitchen gadgets and home goods to beauty finds and apparel. Lots of ideas for the ladies on your list!

It’s holiday gift time! I love this time of year and have a ton of fun choosing gifts for family and friends, but sometimes it’s so dang hard to figure out what to get people. I feel like most of us buy whatever we need/want throughout the year so when the holidays come around we don’t really need anything. Maybe you feel the same way and if so, hopefully this post gives you a little inspiration.

I’m sharing three gift guides this year — one for women, one for men and one for children. When thinking of gift ideas, I like to go one of two routes: something the person needs or something they would never treat themselves too. For the women’s gift guide I’m sharing ideas from the following categories – kitchen, home goods, beauty, apparel and fitness.  There’s seriously something for everyone!

Collage gift guide of kitchen gift ideas.

Kitchen Gifts for the Home Chef

  1. Cocktail mixer – A fancy cocktail with little to no effort? Yes please! WithCo Cocktails makes delicious sounding cocktail mixers (with minimal ingredients). The Bouquet Gimlet, Agave Margarita and Hey Girl Mojito all sound good.
  2. Small kitchen gadgets – All of these items would make great stocking stuffers: Microplane, All Clad measuring cups, stasher bags, meat masher, lemon/lime juicer, can colander.
  3. Cookbooks – Local Dirt – for the locavore, Oh She Glows for Dinner – for plant-based dinner recipes, Well Plated – classics with a lighter spin, The Full Plate – for the busy mom, Sweet Potato Soulvegan soul food, Skinnytaste Meal Prep – for the master meal prepper or meal prep newbie.
  4. Kitchen equipmentInstant Pot, air fryer, slow Cooker, vitamix, food processor, stand mixer, hand blender, dutch oven, sauté pans, knife set, loaf pan, Inspiralizer, sheet pans, gold flatware.
  5. Apron – A nice apron is such a good gift for someone who spends a ton of time in the kitchen. No more splattered and stained shirts. Love this minimal one from Crate and Barrel but there are a lot of unique options on Etsy too! An apron + your favorite cookbook? The perfect match! See some cookbook ideas above.
  6. Wooden cutting board – Another great gift for anyone who spends a ton of time in the kitchen is a nice wooden cutting board like this John Boos cutting board from Crate & Barrel. We love our John Boos cutting board, but if you want to support a small woodworking shop, this shop on Etsy has some beautiful handmade pieces.
  7. Espresso machine – This is such a good gift for the coffee lover who has been missing their fancy drinks from the coffee shop lately. We have the Jura E8. It’s pricey but it’s been such a good investment for us. Having coffee shop quality espresso drinks at home made our life as sleep-deprived parents so much easier.
  8. Wine box – For all the wine lovers out there I can’t think of a better gift than a variety box of wine! I recently stumbled upon The Wonderful Wine Co., which sells clean, organic, low-sugar, low-sulfate, vegan wine. The offer a starter pack, which features 3 of their wines or you can go with an all-red or all-white pack.
  9. Wine glasses – You can never go wrong with wine glasses! Crate & Barrel always has awesome deals and options on wine glasses like this 12-pack of white wine glasses or this 8-pack of red wine glasses.
  10. Water tumbler – I love my water tumbler and use it every day. I have the Simple Modern 20 oz in rose gold, but they also have a 28 oz option and cute wine tumblers similar to the ones Isaac and I use for our daily walks.
  11. Wine opener – Another “I would never buy myself this but…” it would be super nice to have… a really nice wine opener! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this wine opener.
  12. Pottery – You can’t go wrong with gifting a handmade mug! Need a bigger gift idea? Give a serving bowl or platter. Some of my favorite ceramic artists include Bear Ceramics  (local to Richmond, VA), Ogusky Ceramics, A Question of Eagles and Hanselmann Pottery.

Collage gift guide with items for the home.

Cozy Home Goods for the Homebody (aka everyone these days)

  1. Art – Etsy has some amazing artisans selling beautiful artwork. Some shops to check out: Art By Dina D, Studio NomEmma Make Studio and Katie Rendon Studio (I mean, how cute are these berry watercolor prints?!).
  2. Houseplants – You can never go wrong with a houseplant for a gift! Studies have shown that indoor plants can help improve your mood and lower stress and anxiety, which we could all use a little bit of right now! The Sill is a great place to find the perfect gift for any plant lover. They have a wide variety of plants/pots to choose from and they ship within the continental US.
  3. A personalized photo gift – I feel like all moms and grandmas love photos of their family, but may not take the time to order prints for themselves. A nice frame filled with a family photo is such a nice gift. I really like ordering photo prints from mpix. The quality is great and they’re reasonably priced too! Some other options: Both Artifact Uprising and Snapfish have a ton of awesome custom photo ideas with everything from a framed photo to photo books.
  4. Diffuser + Essential Oils – With so many of us spending most of our downtime at home or working remotely, I can’t think of a better gift right now than an essential oil diffuser. Aromatherapy can be extremely soothing and the great thing is you can swap out different therapeutic oils based on your needs. Edens Garden has this great 6-piece set which is an awesome place to start.
  5. Journal – I love the idea of a gratitude journal, especially with the year we’ve all had! I love my Daily Deposit journal, but this journal from Anthropologie has prompts, inspirational quotes and worksheets to help you reflect on the gratitude in your life. Also, I love this wellness journal from Papier. There are 12-weeks of pages for reflecting on your mindful goals, habits, meals, water intake, sleep and the things you’re grateful for.
  6. Artisan-Made Home Goods – Two online shops that sell beautiful handmade goods where you’re bound to find something for anyone on your list are: Magic Hour Shop and The Little Market. Magic Hour sells and sources handmade goods (ceramics, jewelry, home decor, etc.) from small businesses all over the world. The Little Market is a mission-driven nonprofit featuring ethically sourced, artisan-made products with everything from dinnerware and utensils to candles and pillows.
  7. A comfy cozy throw – I recently got this one from the Studio McGee line at Target that is super cozy. I also have my eye on this one from Barefoot Dreams which comes in three different animal prints. It looks incredibly soft.
  8. Custom Star Map – I love the idea of getting a custom star map for the day Olivia was born or the day Isaac and I got married. It’s such a unique gift idea!
  9. Vacuum – ”You know you’re an adult when…” Okay I know this sounds like a very basic gift but I have been going back and forth between investing in a robot vacuum, but we currently have a Dyson Ball and a Dyson stick vacuum. I think any of these would be a perfect gift! A good vacuum is definitely an investment, but it should last for years! Anything that can make cleaning a little more fun, I’m here for it.
  10. Rugs – For anyone who just moved or wants some new home decor, a rug is always a nice gift. Rugs.com and Overstock are both great places to find reasonably priced rugs. We got this Morooccan Shag Rug for Olivia’s nursery and I’m obsessed – it’s so soft and comfy!
  11. Norwex Cleaning Cloths – I know, I know… another basic adult gift idea, but seriously these cleaning cloths are a game-changer! I swear by them. They’re super environmentally-friendly because you only need to use water, no harsh chemicals and you can wash and reuse them versus using and throwing away a bunch of paper towels every time you clean.

Collage of skin, hair and body care items for a women's holiday gift guide.

Skincare/Haircare/Body Care

  1. Le Labo discovery set – Perfume is one of those things that I struggle to justify spending money on and I’m not sure why! I love Le Labo fragrances and think the discovery set is perfect for someone trying to find their signature scent. Santal 33 and Rose 31 are my favorite scents.
  2. Skincare gadgets – I love my Foreo mini. It’s like a Clarisonic (which I also have), but I like the bristles on this better and it’s much easier to clean and take care of. Plus, no need to buy replacement brushes. Some other skincare ideas are a Dry Brush, Jade Roller and Gua Sha Stone.
  3. Tula gift set – Skincare brands do value sets around the holidays that make the perfect gift. I’m eyeing Tula’s shortcut to glow 8-piece kit which has a ton of my favorite Tula products including The Cult Classic Face Cleanser, Face Filter primer and the Rose Glow + Get It eye balm. Use code EBF for 15% off your order.
  4. Clean skin and body care products – Here are some recommendations for clean beauty finds that I love!
  5. Hair accessories – hair clips and hair ties are perfect as a stocking stuffer. My current faves: slip scrunchies (I use these at night to prevent creases and breakage), coiled hair ties (I’ve gotten these for gifts before and everyone loves them). I personally want to try this tonal hair tie set too!
  6. Primally Pure – One of my favorite brands for natural skincare products. Here are some of my faves: Almond + Vanilla Body Butter, Mask Trio and the Serum Trio. Use code EBF10 for 10% off your order.
  7. Hair tools – Dyson Hair Wrap or Dyson Blow Dryer. I have and love both of these! I’ve also heard great things about the ghd single pass styling wand.

Collage of accessories and apparel for a women's holiday gift guide.

Apparel + Accessories

  1. Winter Jacket – This is definitely a more expensive gift option, but it’s such a staple and will last for years! A couple options: North Face parka and the ultra tech parka from Abercrombie. I love the cream color.
  2. Shoes – You can never go wrong with a nice pair of shoes for a gift. Here are some ideas:
    • Booties – I love Madewell boots. I have a suede pair, which is a few years old, but these leather ankle boots look really nice. I also love these Vince Camuto booties from Nordstrom.
    • Sneakers – I’m a big fan of these Adidas Ultraboost running shoes. They’re super comfortable and great for walking or running.
    • L.L. Bean Classic Boots – How cute are these plaid-lined Bean Boots? Perfect for adventures outside this winter.
    • Slippers – Everyone needs a good pair of house shoes. These L.L. Bean cozy slippers look perfect.
    • Birkenstocks – You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Birkenstocks. If you’re on a budget, Target has knock-off Birkenstock sandals too.
    • Birdies – I haven’t tried these, but this new company has the cutest flats and loafers. I’m adding these cognac leather starlings to my wishlist.
    • Rothy’s – I adore the Rothy’s sneakers that Isaac got me last year. They’re so comfortable and I love that you can throw them in the wash! I have the solid black sneakers, but this camo cat pattern is so cute.
    • Free People flats – I’ve had these unique leather royal flats for a couple years and they still look fab. I always get so many compliments when I wear them.
  3. Sweaters – Sweaters are such a nice gift because they’re usually pricer than the average shirt you’d buy for yourself. My go-to places for nice sweaters are Madewell, Nordstrom and Aerie. They all have cute and comfy options at affordable prices. Some ideas: Madewell cardigan sweater, Aerie waffle crew sweater and Nordstrom cowl neck sweater
  4. Purse/Bags – I’m a big fan of Madewell’s bags. I’m loving this crossbody bag and this larger foldover tote. I also like this Lululemon duffle (I got Isaac the men’s version last year). And how cute is this camera bag? If you’re looking for something local, Northend Bag Co. out of Virginia Beach makes beautiful bags like this Leona tote (I have this one and love it) and this leather clutch.
  5. Made by Mary Jewelry – I’m convinced that Made by Mary has the best jewelry! Isaac gave me a necklace when Liv was born and I’ve since added to my collection. They have timeless pieces that are so meaningful! Some of my faves: the necklace and the knot ring.
  6. Pajamas – A nice matching pajama set is always a welcome gift. Target and Nordstrom both have cute and comfy options. Nordstrom’s Moonlight Pajamas look so cozy and have over 1K positive reviews. This pajama set from Target looks super similar and is half the cost. 
  7. Sherpa Pullover – Sherpa sweaters are on trend and so cozy for hanging around the house. Some faves: this oversized sherpa from Aerie and this sherpa half-zip sweater from Abercrombie.
  8. Earrings – Unique and playful earrings are always a fun gift idea! I’ve been eyeing tassel earrings from Empressed Threads or clay earrings from Etsy!

Collage gift guide of women's fitness gear items.

Fitness Gear

  1. Water bottle – a nice water bottle for working out is key. I love Swell water bottles because they’re durable and come in such fun colors/patterns.
  2. Treadmill We have this ProForm Treadmill in our basement and absolutely love it. It’s pricey, but it’s been such a good investment for us, especially as new parents where we don’t have the time to go to the gym or a workout class.
  3. Yoga mat – A new yoga mat is the perfect gift. I’m a big fan of the Lululemon yoga mats. They are stylish and super grippy (aka no slipping).
  4. Apple watch I’m obsessed with my Apple Watch and highly recommend it!
  5. Yoga pants/leggings – You can’t go wrong with a nice pair of leggings. I love the Lululemon Align pants, but the Aerie Offline pants are super similar and more affordable. 
  6. Headphones – With all the virtual calls happening these days, a new pair of headphones is a useful gift.  I have the Bose wireless soundsport headphones, but AirPods are always great too!
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    1. Kristen DePalma
      December 30, 2020 AT 8:01 am

      I received the pajamas from Target for a Xmas present. They are the most comfortable pajamas I’ve ever owned.
      Thanks for the recommendation!

    2. Ally
      November 24, 2020 AT 1:16 pm

      Super cute ideas! I especially love the Abercrombie Sherpa Pullover in the brown animal print…definitely have to pick that one up!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 24, 2020 AT 7:01 pm

        It’s SO cozy!! Definitely recommend!

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