Women’s Gift Guide 2021

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 of kitchen holiday gift ideas for women.

Kitchen Gifts for the Home Chef

  1. Small kitchen gadgets – small kitchen gadgets are so handy and make great stocking stuffers! Here are some ideas: gold measuring spoons (I get asked about mine all the time), Microplane, All Clad measuring cups, stasher bags, meat masher, lemon/lime juicer, can colander.
  2. Cookbooks – There are so many great cookbooks to gift this year. Some highlights – Once Upon a Chef: Weeknight/Weekend, Everyday Dinners, Ottolenghi Test Kitchen and Cook Once Dinner Fix
  3. Kitchen appliances – I recently got an air fryer and feel like it would make a great gift this year, but you can’t go wrong with other kitchen large kitchen items like a slow Cooker, Vitamix blender, food processor, stand mixer or hand blender.
  4. Dutch Oven – This is a bit of splurge, but a dutch oven is such a lovely gift idea for someone who loves to cook! I have this Le Creuset dutch oven and use it all the time.
  5. Caraway Cookware Set – In need of a new cookware set? I am obsessed with my Caraway cookware set.
  6. Our Place Always Pan – I recently got the Always Pan and I can see what all the hype is about. It’s the perfect size for most meals and it’s also pretty enough to leave out on the stove as decor! Grab the Always Pan set (comes with a steamer basket) or get the Our Place Home Duo, which comes with the Always Pan and the Perfect Pot.
  7. Knife Set – A high quality knife set is essential for any home chef! We love our Shun knives so much. This is the exact set we have, but there are smaller sets (like this one) if that are less expensive and probably more ideal for gift giving!
  8. 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.
  9. Espresso machine – This is such a good gift for the coffee lover. 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.
  10. Wine glasses – You can never go wrong with wine glasses! Crate & Barrel always has awesome deals and options on wine glasses like this 8-pack of red wine glasses.
  11. 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.
  12. Juicer – There’s nothing like fresh juice and this Smeg citrus juicer is cute enough to keep out on your counter. If you’re looking for a juicer that juices more than citrus, I have this amazing Hurom slow juicer and highly recommend.
  13. 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 of home goods holiday gift ideas for women.

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 also love the idea of gifting a pet parent one of these custom pet portraits.
  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! 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. You can also find plants on Amazon. This set of air plants is super cute!
  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 and 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. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 skincare and haircare holiday gift ideas for women.

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. Tula gift set – Skincare brands do value sets around the holidays that make the perfect gift. The 7-piece time to indulge kit includes 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.
  3. Clean skin and body care products – Here are some recommendations for clean beauty finds that I love!
  4. Hair accessories – hair clips and hair ties are perfect as a stocking stuffer. My current faves: these large claw clips (a dupe for the Free People clips everyone loves!), 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!
  5. Hair tools – Dyson Air Wrap or Dyson Blow Dryer or Dyson Straightener. I have all of these and love them, but if I had to pick just one to purchase I would get the blow dryer! It’s amazing and has less of learning curve.
  6. Massage or spa day – I love gifting experiences and I feel like most women don’t treat themselves to spa days much! Gift a massage, facial or just spa day gift card.
Collage of apparel holiday gift ideas for women.

Apparel + Accessories

  1. Winter Jacket – This is definitely a more expensive gift option, but it’s such a staple and will last for years! I have an older style of this Abercrombie & Fitch fur-lined military parka and absolutely love it. If you’re on a budget, Target has this fur-lined parka that is a great option.
  2. Shoes – You can never go wrong with a nice pair of shoes for a gift. Here are some ideas:
    • Booties – I’m all about ankle boots and these Universal Thread ankle boots from Target are a great option. Also, I love these Vince Camuto booties.
    • Sneakers – I’m a big fan of these Adidas Ultraboost running shoes. They’re super comfortable and great for walking or running. And I have the V-10 Vejas on my wishlist this year as well.
    • 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: Aerie ribbed sweater, Madewell cardigan, Free people sweater and Old Navy cardigan.
  4. Jeans – I will never say no to new jeans! My favorite jeans right now are these Madewell Perfect Vintage Straight Jeans, they’re so comfy. I’ve also heard great things about AGOLDE jeans.
  5. Purse/Bags – I’m a big fan of Madewell’s bags. I’m loving this 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.
  6. Jewelry – I love minimalist jewelry! Some of my faves at the moment, this disc necklace from Made By Mary and this heart knot ring from Everly Made. 10% of each purchase is donated to save the heartbeat foundation.
  7. 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. 
  8. Shacket – I’ve been loving this Free People Ruby jacket this year! It’s so cozy, I wear it every chance I get. Another one I’ve gotten so many compliments on is this Free People One Scout jacket. Both run large so I have the XS in both!
  9. Lounge set – Matching lounge sets were all the rage last year and I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon! I just got a matching sweatshirt and sweatpants from Aerie that are so cozy and affordable!
Collage of fitness gear holiday gift ideas for women.

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. Weights – Doing more workouts at home I’ve realized I really need a new set of weights, not just the 3 lb set that I have. I love this set because it goes from 5 lbs -25 lbs. Seems like a great addition to a home gym setup!
  5. Ankle weights – ankle weights are the perfect way to make any workout a bit more challenging. And these Bala ankles weights are so pretty!
  6. Apple watch I’m obsessed with my Apple Watch and highly recommend it!
  7. 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. 
  8. 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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    3 comments
    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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