Gift Ideas for Your Girlfriend – From Pretty to Practical


These 15 gift ideas for your girlfriend range from pretty to practical. Even if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for, you’ll find the perfect gift here.

gift ideas for girlfriendThe 10k Yellow Gold Diamond Sun Pendant is one of the most popular gift ideas for girlfriend because it’s so pretty and cheerful. It’s an elegant necklace featuring a sun pendant in lustrous 10k yellow gold, with round-cut diamonds bordering the center. It’s on a rope chain with spring-ring clasp, and the diamond suppliers confirmed that they complied with the Kimberley Process to ensure that their diamonds are conflict free.

The best gift ideas for your girlfriend symbolize the things you love about her. What’s her personality like, how does she make you feel, what do you like to do as a couple? If you can incorporate those thoughts when you’re looking for girlfriend gift ideas, you’ll have fun shopping. If your girlfriend happens to be turning forty, read Thoughtful 40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women.

15 Gift Ideas for Girlfriends

The gift ideas for girlfriends in this list will make shopping easier for you because they represent a wide range of personalities and lifestyles – from hobby chef to writer to adventure traveler. This will help you buy the perfect gift for your girlfriend.

Leather Journal for Writing

gift idea for girlfriendIt may not be the most glitzy or sparkly gift on this list of ideas for girlfriends, but the Pocket Journal Buffalo Leather Diary is perfect for women who want to write (and this is MOST women, by the way). This little leather diary is small enough to fit in a purse, and can be easily tucked away for privacy.

Does your girlfriend want to be a writer or an artist of some sort? Give her  The Artist’s Way Starter Kit, which features Julia Cameron’s books on creativity and inspiration. If your girlfriend is creative in any way, she’ll love this gift idea.

If you’re not sure about your girlfriend’s creativity – or if you know she’s lost her passion for art or writing – give her the journal and time to write in her journal. How do you give someone the gift of time? With a Starbucks Gift Card! It’s the icing on the cake for gift idea for girlfriend. Tell her you want to encourage her to write and create, and she’ll love you to the moon and back.

An Elegant Watch – A Gift for Girlfriends Who Love Jewelry

jewelry gift for girlfriendThe Citizen Women’s Regent Gold Tone Diamond-Accented Watch is accented with dazzling diamonds on the bezel and dial of this gold-tone Citizen watch. The watch is fueled with natural or indoor light, and has Japanese Quartz movement with an analog display. The dial window has a protective anti-reflective sapphire crystal covering, and the watch features second hand, luminosity, date window, eight diamonds on dial, and 20 diamonds on bezel. It’s water resistant to 330 feet – but your wife shouldn’t dive while wearing this gift.

A watch is a good gift idea for your girlfriend because watches are accessories. Many women like to wear one type of watch when they go out for dinner, another for work, another for working out or recreational sports, yet another for running errands or shopping, etc.

Lessons for Your Girlfriend’s Hobby or Passion

Me, I’d love a gift certificate for music lessons. I’ve been playing the flute for a couple of years, and could really use a professional’s help with my intonations, music reading, and overall musical ability. Does your girlfriend want to learn how to play an instrument, take voice lessons, improve an existing talent or hobby or sport? Give her lessons and time to purse her passion. This is a thoughtful gift idea for girlfriends who want to learn and grow, but aren’t sure where to start.

We’ll continue your online shopping expedition with a variation of the two most popular gifts on my 13 Romantic Gift Ideas for Couples in Love article: silk pajamas and pearl necklaces. The pajamas are a good birthday gift for a girlfriend if you’re also giving her something a bit more meaningful (sexy lingerie isn’t a good gift idea for girlfriend – it’s a gift for you. Now’s not the time to be thinking of you.).



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 gift idea for girlfriend pearl necklaceOne of my favorite gift ideas for a girlfriend is the Handpicked Ultra-Luster White Cultured Freshwater Pearl Rope Necklace. Why? Because it can be worn in several different ways – not just the way it’s shown in the picture. This pearl necklace is unique because it’s a versatile infinity rope design, which will allow your wife to be as creative as she wants. The necklace looks amazing alone, or combined with other necklaces. It’s approximately 82 inches long, and can be draped around her neck up to four times. The necklace comes with an assortment of draping ideas, to help your wife glamor up her outfit – whether she’s going to work or out for a lovely birthday dinner with you.

Office Treadmill Desk – A Unique Gift Idea for Your Girlfriend

The LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk is what I want for my birthday!

gift for girlfriend office treadmillThis is probably the least romantic, most practical gift idea for a girlfriend – but if you know your woman, then you’ll know whether or not she’ll love this gift.

Caution: your girlfriend may not appreciate the suggestion that she isn’t getting enough exercise. As a writer, I sit all day – and my rear end isn’t getting any smaller because of it. If your girlfriend has an office job – or she works somewhere that forces her to sit all day – find out if she would like an office treadmill. It’s definitely not a gift all women would appreciate, but some women would love it.

Housecleaning Services – One of the Best Gifts

Does your girlfriend hate cleaning house? I do. I think a fantastic gift idea for your girlfriend is six months of housecleaning services. I know not all women would appreciate this gift – some women are more enchanted by jewelry such as tennis bracelets, diamond earrings, or pearl necklaces. Not me. I’d much rather have a practical gift – but not stuff like vacuum cleaners, food processors, or candle gift sets. Or books, even though I love to read. Would your girlfriend enjoy a gift of six months of housecleaning services from a paid cleaner?

Kindle Fire

kindle gift ideas for girlfriendThe Kindle Fire HDX 7″ With Wi-Fi, 16 GB that includes Special Offers is a fantastic idea for a gift for your girlfriend, especially if she doesn’t already have a digital or electronic reader. Kindles are fun to play with, and you can load your girlfriend’s Kindle with a variety of books, magazines, online newspapers, etc.

If your girlfriend already has a Kindle, consider a tablet made by Apple, Samsung, etc. Gifts that involve technology can be good gifts for wives, especially if the idea includes your help installing the best and most appropriate apps and widgets. Digital tablets can be good ideas for birthday gifts because they’re both practical and meaningful.

Kitchen Tools – Gift Ideas for Girlfriends Who Love to Cook

girlfriend gift ideasSome women think a gift such as the KitchenAid Artisan Series Mixer With Pouring Shield is a perfect gift, while others think it’s a horrible idea.

Is kitchen equipment a good girlfriend gift idea? It depends on your her personality, lifestyle and hobbies. If she loves to cook but can’t afford a good mixer, then a KitchenAid product is a good gift idea for your girlfriend. But if she’s like me and can’t stand clutter and only cooks to put food in the belly, then don’t buy her this gift.

Think back to the birthday gifts you’ve given her in the past. Which gifts is she still using, wearing, or raving about? Which birthday gift have you lost track off because they’re gathering dust in the closet or attic?

Women’s Silk Pajamas – A Luxurious Gift Idea for a Girlfriend

good gift ideas for girlfriendThe Women’s Silk Pajamas Luxury PJs Gift Set is one of the most popular gifts on my article about women’s birthday gift ideas. Silk pajamas are a good gift for birthdays that aren’t extra special milestones, such as a 30th, 40th, 50th, and so on. This is a good gift idea for girlfriends who have trouble sleeping or who love to pamper themselves, especially if you include a bubble bath, soap, and spa gift basket.

The reason silk pajamas are one of the most popular birthday gift ideas is because they feel luxurious on a woman’s skin. They are comfortable and beautiful, and allow guys to pamper girlfriends wives even when they aren’t around. It’s one of the gifts that keep on giving.

A Makeover for Your Girlfriend

This isn’t my first choice or even my most creative gift ideas for a girlfriend , but it may be just what she needs! A hair, clothes, and cosmetic makeover is something many women dream of. Sometimes women don’t have the knowledge or energy to figure out what hairstyle or fashion looks best on them, and would really appreciate guidance from a makeover stylist.

Be careful with this idea for your girlfriend’s gift, though. She may be offended, and think you’re criticizing the way she looks. Only give your girlfriend a makeover as a gift if you are 100% certain she wants one!

A Leather Travel Bag for Women Who Need a Getaway

weekend gift for girlfriendHere’s one of my favorite ideas for a girlfriend’s gift: Komal’s Passion Leather 24 Inch Duffel Travel Overnight Weekend Leather Bag, It’s a perfect gift for a girlfriend who is planning a vacation or weekend getaway in the near future.

If you buy her an overnight bag, I suggest you include the silk pajamas or a gift card to a restaurant at her intended destination. Don’t give her an empty travel bag – even if it’s the most gorgeous leather travel bag in the world!

A Weekend Getaway – A Romantic Gift Idea for a Girlfriend

If the idea of a weekend getaway appeals to you, plan a surprise trip for your girlfriend’s birthday. This idea is great for women who love adventure, who don’t mind not being in control of the plans, and who are free to leave home and work for a weekend.

If you want to expand on the idea of a weekend getaway, read “Happy 40th Birthday!” Ideas for Your Boyfriend.

Diamond Tennis Bracelet – a Classy Birthday Gift for Women

gift idea for my girlfriendThe 1.00 Carat Sterling Silver Round White Diamond Ladies Tennis Bracelet is a beautiful variation of the diamond sun pendant – and the jewelry theme for women’s birthday gift ideas.

One of the reviews of this tennis bracelet on Amazon says that the diamonds sparkle beautifully, the silver shines nicely, and the clasp has held thus far. A boyfriend bought this piece of jewelry as a gift for his girlfriend’s birthday, and is very pleased with this gift idea. His problem now is what to buy her for Christmas, because her expectations might be too high 🙂

The “secret” to coming up with the best gift ideas for girlfriend is to think about her personality and lifestyle. Listen to the hints she’s dropping about her birthday. I have a feeling she is dropping hints, and she wants you to succeed in finding the best idea for her gift!

Bamboo Throw for the Sofa or Bed

 girlfriend gift ideaThe final gift idea for girlfriend is a Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Throw Blanket for around the house. It reminds me of the beautiful sheet set we got from my husband’s parents – a fleecy, soft, warm comfortable fleece sheet set that I use every year from November to March. Most women love blankets or throws to cuddle in and most homes never have enough of them.

The best way to come up with ideas for girlfriend gifts is to ask her friends and family. They probably have a good idea about what to buy your wife for her birthday, and they may even help you find the right gift.

If you already have a gift idea for your girlfriend but aren’t sure how to give it to her, read How to Wrap Awkward Gifts.

I welcome your comments and ideas for girlfriends gifts below…


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2 thoughts on “Gift Ideas for Your Girlfriend – From Pretty to Practical

  • IOlie

    The practical gift ideas for your girlfriend still remain my favorite – Designer accessories, leather journals, kitchen tools and perfumes.

    But I must confess, I was more pleased with the love quest that my boyfriend made this year; he had every puzzle followed by a more interesting one and ended it with our favorite love song and a video message. All was only viewable when I followed the instruction and scanned the codes that he placed at different locations of the apartment with my mobile phone, it was just out of this world. It was like a scavenger hunt, which is a good girlfriend gift idea!

  • Xombie Rainbow

    Let’s be clear. You must have unicorns and rainbows in this list of gift ideas for your girlfriend. Rainbows are easy and pretty, and unicorns are magical. If your girlfriend likes gifts that are pretty and creative, get her something with rainbows and unicorns. Or both.

    Good list of gift ideas for girlfriends though!!!!