It’s getting close to that time of year again when you have to find the perfect gift ideas for your girlfriend. The witches come out to frighten you and ghosts of ex-girlfriends’ past haunt your every waking moment.
I’m not referring to Halloween, when all you have to do is give her a little candy and you’ll get lucky in superhero costumes. I’m talking about the time when you have to go above and beyond. (Although, maybe not the worst idea if you’re on a budget).
Your girlfriend will go crazy if you take it a step further, like with this drunk corgi tee that says style, love and corgis all in one:
Getting incredible Christmas gifts for your girlfriend is easy!
When it comes to her 21st Birthday, Valentine’s Day, Christmas or Hanukkah the stakes are high. Sure these moments are meant to be a time of love and giving, but they could just as easily turn into scary moments if you decide to throw a pair of socks and a Family Guy-themed desk calendar her way.
Don’t worry, College Magazine is here to help with your gift-giving worries. This list is perfect for Christmas gifts for your girlfriend and good birthday gift ideas. Why? Because we went directly to the source. Your girlfriend
Top 10 best Christmas gifts and best birthday gifts for your girlfriend.
We asked girlfriends nationwide to come up with a list of the best gifts for your girlfriend for the holidays or any day really. Without further ado…
1. Thoughtful Photo Album or Frame
Need a stellar Christmas gift idea for your girlfriend? Find the latest photos of you and your girlfriend from Instagram and Facebook and *gasp* print them. Then go to a local crafts store and buy an album or create your own.
Our Adventure Book Photo Album: $10.99
The simple Our Adventure Book Photo Album will do. If you want to get sentimental but keep it simple, go with a Kate Spade picture frame for your favorite couple pose.
“I like sentimental things, so if he was able to put something together like a photo album or scrapbook that is meaningful to our relationship that would be so cute,” said Chelsea Tirrell, Senior, Hofstra University
“My favorite gift was a scrapbook of photos of us that he made for me. It meant a lot to me because took the time to pick the pictures and sat down to think about all our great memories. I love that I can look back on the book for years to come,” said Olivia Jenning, Junior, Florida State University
Sunlit Vintage Picture Frame: $21.99
Umbra Fotochain Picture Frames: $19.99
10 Best Gifts for Girlfriend 2019
Gift-giving szn has no start and no end. Birthdays, religious holidays, corporate holidays, anniversaries, half-year anniversaries keep you on the constant lookout for the next best gift for your girlfriend. Every girlfriend and every relationship is different, so you will find no one gift that suits every young woman out there.
Some girlfriends want quality time. “The most thoughtful gift he could give me would probably be a trip or experience together that he put a lot of thought into. Time together means a lot more to me than things,” said Florida State University junior Paige Stephenson.
Other girlfriends want the finer things in life. “[I want] a Tesla. Just kidding, their love. Nah, actually a Tesla,” said Duke University freshman Natalie Rincon. Some just want unlimited Netflix binges. University of Florida Tasnim Thakur wishes her partner would get her a 12-month Netflix subscription.
But all girlfriends, no matter their truest desire, want to know you put time into your gift. “Getting someone a good gift is about reading between the lines sometimes. Don’t look for something grand, look for something that matters,” said Columbus State Community College junior Zaham Nur. Make your next gift the best gift for your girlfriend. Ever.
Keep reading to nail down what we actually want with the 9 best gifts for girlfriend 2019.
1. Luxurious Pillow
Eden Shredded Memory Foam Pillow: $79.99
Does your girlfriend get at least seven hours of sleep a night? Probably not, considering the CDC reported that more than one third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. Maybe that’s because she’s used the same lumpy, drool-stained pillow for a decade. How can she be expected to feel refreshed and ready for a new day with matted, sweaty bedhead?
The best gifts for girlfriends are the ones they never think to get themselves. “I would love a nice, comfortable pillow. No one ever buys those for themselves but I think it would be very sweet and practical,” said University of Florida sophomore Sarah Ruple.
Your girlfriend deserves to rest her head on a luxurious pillow that her head sinks into at the end of a long day. That way she wakes up every morning energized and ready to seize the day.
And don’t just find any other pillow—the right gift takes time and effort. The Eden Shredded Memory Phone Pillow is filled with memory foam that draws out the heat to keep your head cool at night. Goodbye bedhead, hello luscious locks.
2. Something She Actually Says She Wants
Your closest friends and family yell “SURPRISE!” and your girlfriend immediately breaks down in tears—of sadness. You meant well, but you didn’t realize all along that your girlfriend absolutely hates surprises with every fiber of her being. If your girlfriend says no surprise parties, then seriously—no surprise parties.
If your girlfriend sends you a list of items or flat out says, “I want tickets to the Jonas Brothers Happiness Begins tour,” then take this clarity as a blessing. “I want something that I specifically ask for. I don’t like to be surprised by gifts,” said Florida State University sophomore Bethany Geltner.
Open up your ears, and whip out the Notes app on your phone. Your girlfriend loves when you listen—especially when she’s flat-out telling you she wants the new AirPods with the wireless charging case to take on her runs.
3. Hometown Date
Your girlfriend loves your quirky personality and your need to throw out a pun in any and all situations. She loves how you treat her with respect and as an equal. Show her where it all comes from by taking her to your hometown.
Plan your hometown date a la Bachelor style with a lighthearted activity just the two of you, and set aside time for her to sit down with your family and hometown friends so she can get to know them.
“My boyfriend taking me to his hometown and just showing me around, any and all money for the plane tickets aside,” said University of San Diego freshman Daniella Brunetto. “I just want to meet his family and dog, hangout with his old friends, and for him to take me to some of his favorite spots. Knowing that he let me in on those important parts of his life would mean a lot.”
You are the best gift your girlfriend could have ever asked for—open up your life to her. Take her on a tour of your high school and show her your old locker. Show her the hospital where you volunteered for a summer and discovered you wanted to become a doctor. Show her your true self so she feels like an important part of your life.
4. Kylie Jenner Lip Kit
Kylie Jenner Apricot Lip Kit: $39.98
Regardless of whether or not you believe Kylie Jenner is a self-made billionaire, one thing is for sure: She sells a lot of lip kits. Anything related to the Kardashian-Jenner clan comes with controversy. Set aside your differences and give in to the craze of Kylie Jenner Cosmetics.
“I wish my boyfriend noticed I wanted Kylie Jenner lip kits but he can’t stand Kylie Jenner or the Kardashians so anytime I even say Kylie he doesn’t pay attention. I have to buy them myself,” said University of Iowa junior Emma Eschliman.
Kylie Jenner Lip Kits often sell out in seconds. Go into this with a game plan. Find out what kind of lipstick she likes. Is she into Matte or Velvet finishes? Or does she prefer Glosses? Nail down exactly what you plan to buy before Kylie announces the product drop on Twitter—otherwise you will miss out and need to wait until the next drop hits.
5. Forever Flowers
Premium Roses, Medium: $23.99
Whoever said diamonds last forever and flowers die did not live in 2019. If you pay any attention to influencer’s Instagram ads or posts around major holidays, you will likely see a box of perfectly-lined roses in their most gorgeous bloomed state. Spoiler alert: These flowers last for 365 days a year. Thank you, modern technology.
And guess what? This is truly one of the best gifts for girlfriend, because lots of women want them but don’t want to ask you for them. That defeats the purpose of getting flowers, after all.
“No one has ever gotten me flowers. Not that [my boyfriend] doesn’t buy me thoughtful gifts, but he will only buy me gifts when we are out shopping and I see something that I want. It’s a nice gesture to surprise me and show up to a date with flowers,” said Rowan University senior Sarah Fisher.
“I would never in my life ask someone to get me flowers, but I’ve always wanted them,” said UF student Elizabeth Heidrich.
“It’s nice getting flowers as like a random appreciation and not for something specific,” said FSU senior Reagan Kelly.
The proof is laid out for you, partners. Your girlfriend loves receiving flowers. Get them for her on special days or even as a surprise when you pick her up for date night. Pro tip: If you know what type of flowers she loves, you’ll get extra brownie points. “Instead of giving me chocolate and flowers if they give me my favorite flowers and my favorite kind of chocolate I know they are truly listening to me when I’m talking to them,” said UF junior Valentina Cruz.
6. Something That Represents Her
No one girlfriend is the same. And she will know if you give her similar gifts that you gave your ex because Instagram is really not that hard to navigate.
“I think the most thoughtful gift that [my boyfriend] could get me would be anything chemistry related. I’m a huge science nerd and if he got me something that had to do with chemistry I would know that he put time and effort into finding a gift, instead of just getting me something generic,” said University of Connecticut Chemical Engineering sophomore Catherine Odendahl.
If you know your girlfriend’s interests and deepest desires, then you can think of the best gift for her. Find your chemistry-obsessed girlfriend a colorful coffee table book that shows different chemical reactions. Search high and low for the perfect briefcase for the girlfriend who you know will land a corner office in no time.
Laptop Bag with Trolley Strap: $124.99
Find a unique gift that represents your girlfriend’s passions, interests, career goals or hobbies. She’ll know you listen, and she’ll know how much you really care.
7. Essential Oils Kit
Breathe in essential oils, breathe out the stressful day. Maybe she’s taking 18 credit hours this semester. Maybe she’s working full-time and going back to school. Or maybe she needs help winding down at the end of the week. Regardless, essential oils are slowly becoming the next best gift for girlfriends that keep giving.
“I got a diffuser a little while ago and I don’t think I’ll ever stop wanting more essential oils. I think that would be the best gift because I would use it all the time,” said University of South Florida junior Emily Whitaker.
Essential oils, a form of alternative medicine, are extracted from plants through distillation that are combined with a carrier oil. You can rub them on your skin (like your temples or wrists) or inhale them feel their effects (which are widely debated). Keep in mind essential oils are generally not safe for ingestion.
Give your girlfriend an essential oil that fits where she is in life. When finals rolls around, peppermint can give her a natural boost of energy and ease her uneasy stomach. Tea Tree might help your girlfriend from catching the flu going around her floor. Lavender helps with stress relief, and if that doesn’t scream best gift for girlfriend, who knows what does.
Starbucks Giftcard: Price Varies
“One thing in life I always love is my coffee. Taking the time out to get me something you know I love, and even my specific order, means a lot,” said Pace University freshman Debra Perlman.
Starbucks drinks can cost anywhere from $2 to $5. That means a cup of coffee Monday–Friday can set your girlfriend back anywhere from $10 to $25. Give your girlfriend a Starbucks gift card to make her feel like the concrete jungle queen she aspires to be. Or bring it to her as a surprise. Listen to Perlman and remember your girlfriend’s coffee order so you can start off your girlfriend’s birthday, your dating anniversary or even a regular day by showing your girlfriend you listen and you care.
9. A Well-Thought-Out Date
Your girlfriend loves watching romantic movies where couples dance in the rain or stroll through sunflower fields. But when it comes time to plan date night, you bicker over where to eat until you end up picking up Papa John’s to eat in front of the TV while watching romantic characters act out your girlfriend’s dreams. Don’t let that be you.
The right gift for your girlfriend may not be a physical object at all. “I’d prefer something we can do together opposed to a physical object,” said College of William & Mary junior Maddie Talangai. “I’d like them to surprise me with a well thought date or trip.”
Take charge of date night—or date DAY—and take your girlfriend on ultimate romantic day trip or candle-lit romantic evening. “Honestly, it doesn’t have to be anything expensive or elaborate. I like when he cooks dinners… so we can do stuff together,” said University of North Florida junior Corbin Keller.
Some girlfriends may have even dropped the hint as to exactly what kind of date night would make their dreams come true. “[I want] reservations at the chef’s table in the Hell’s Kitchen dining room during taping. I love Gordon Ramsey and couldn’t get the tickets on my own, so someone getting them for me would be the best thing ever,” said FSU junior Madison Stuart.
20 More Incredible Gift Ideas & Gifts for Your Girlfriend
Did you know that “receiving gifts” is in fact a love language? In his book The 5 Love Languages, Gary Chapman doesn’t refer to the materialistic aspect of giving gifts. Think past the item.
The effort and thoughtfulness behind a gift for your girlfriend means more than the gift itself. That means pouring time and love into gift ideas for your girlfriend, whether it be for a holiday, your girlfriend’s birthday, anniversary or just because.
Not sure where to start? Narrow down that gift for your girlfriend by investigating beyond the obvious:
- Ask your girlfriend’s best friends.
- Consider her hobbies. Find something that will make that hobby more fun, exciting or easy
- Search GroupOn for an experience she’ll love, like skydiving, a hot air balloon ride or a paint night.
- Buy her a luxurious experience—like a spa day or weekend away—to let her finally indulge.
- Find something uniquely her. For example, if she loves owls, buy her owl mugs or cute owl tee.
No matter what you come up with, make sure your gift idea for your girlfriend comes wrapped with a thoughtful hand-written card.
The card’s message will show her you really care. Gift giving is a language. Become fluent in it like Jack from This Is Us and your girlfriend will melt into your arms forever.
Top 20 Gifts Your Girlfriend Actually Wants 2018
1. Shadow Box
Shadow Box Display Case: $19.99
Some sentimental S.O.s have discovered a cheat code to buying gifts for your girlfriend. When you’ve bought almost everything else on the list for your girlfriend, buy her a gift to hold all of the other gifts. Wait—what?
“Being that we’ve been together so long, my boyfriend has gotten me a bunch of gifts for holidays, anniversaries, etc. But I’d say my all-time favorite would be tickets to a concert. He surprised me with tickets to my favorite band and we had AMAZING seats,” University of Central Florida junior Siera Siedl said.
Siera’s boyfriend can’t recreate that concert experience. But he can commemorate it with a shadow box filled with the tickets, movie stubs from their first date, bottle caps, you name it, as reminders of all their best dates.
Basketball players honor great seasons by retiring their jerseys and displaying them on the wall; great baes honor their girlfriends by retiring mementos and displaying them in a shadow box. Talk about a creative gift for your girlfriend.
2. Promise Ring with Birthstones
One up your childhood pinky promise with a ring finger promise. Some might shy away from PDA like kissing and holding hands to show off your commitment to one another. Bling your girl out with the message instead.
“My boyfriend gave me a promise ring for our one year anniversary and it was just the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. It had our birth stones connected. It was just so beautiful and meaningful,” University of Florida junior Hannah Wilson said.
Personalizing the ring will show your girlfriend how much thought you put into the promise ring. Plus the ring will represent you and your girlfriend equally minus any cringe-worthy matching outfits.
“My boyfriend gave me this beautiful pink floral ring from Pandora. He said it was our promise ring so it has a lot of sentimental value to it, which is what I love most about it,” said Stacey Rodriguez, sophomore at Palm Beach Community College.
3. Desk Decs
Make sure your girlfriend thinks of you during her 9 to 5 to match your 24/7. Buying her a beautiful small item to place where she’ll see it the most like her desk at home or at work. In the early stages of a relationship, the desk dec will quickly trigger thoughts of you without needing to bombard her Snapchat.
For maximum results, get a gift for your girlfriend that show her you care through trinkets that you know—cue Julie Andrews—a few of her favorite things.
“I really like trees even more then flowers and I used to always wear this tree necklace. One time my boyfriend surprised me by leaving a little metal tree in my room with a note,” Temple University junior Claudia Murtha said.
“To me, it doesn’t matter how much the gift is or what it is just the fact that he thought of me is what matters the most and that’s what makes the best gifts that I could ever receive.”
4. A Manicure
18 Piece Manicure Set: $15.99
Dive into your girlfriend’s mid-week sanctuary. No matter how hectic a woman’s life gets, someone massaging, lotioning, grooming and painting pretty colors on her hands will make her feel 10 times—or 20 times if she also gets a pedicure—better.
“I’m on a college student budget, so I tend to give myself my own manicures, but I’ve always wanted my S.O. to pay for one for me as a gift,” Florida State University sophomore Kate Reitz said. If you can afford it, pick up the tab on your girl’s trip.
If you have the time, hop in the chair next to her and treat her to a freshly manicured partner on the side. Or if these options don’t work, skip plan C and go right to plan D…IY gift for your girlfriend. Pick up all the pro tools for your girlfriend to use at home.
5. Monogrammed Necklace
“Girls want gifts that are specific to them and not something that a guy could’ve given an ex,” said University of Florida sophomore Allison Hollaway.
Don’t make the mistake of re-gifting the heart-shaped locket your ex returned after a tearful goodbye. Your new bae will look through your ex’s Instagram and she will not be happy to see that locket around your ex’s neck seven months ago.
“My favorite gift is probably my preppy monogram necklace because it’s unique specifically to me,” Hollaway said.
Your girlfriend can wear her initials around her neck every day and she’ll think of you. Find a monogrammed necklace that matches with most of what your girlfriend wears, whether that be black, brown, pearl, gold, silver or a funky color.
6. KitchenAid Stand Mixer
KitchenAid Stand Mixer: $299.00
The kitchen is not, I repeat, NOT a woman’s place.
When she returns home from the boardroom though, she might crave a batch of her grandmother’s homemade double chocolate chunk brownies. The gift of efficiency comes with rewards. Cut the baking time in half with a KitchenAid Stand Mixer that will do the mixing for her.
Plus, this gift for your girlfriend looks boss, shining bright in the kitchen.
“[I love] my KitchenAid Mixer because it makes cooking fun and it’s my favorite color, cobalt blue,” said FSU recent graduate Karen Popovich.
The KitchenAid Mixers come in almost every color in the rainbow so pick her favorite color and she’ll know you pay attention. And if your girl loves to cook, KitchenAid also sells attachments that’ll let her juice, stuff pasta and more with one appliance.
7. Pandora Bracelet and Charms Bracelet
Pandora Charm Bracelets are the gift that keep on giving. Save yourself the stress every time a holiday, birthday or anniversary comes around.
After you buy her the actual charm bracelet, keep adding to it with charms that represent your time together.
“The best gift I’ve ever received was a Pandora charm bracelet… Each charm had a meaning special to me and to him,” said Northern Virginia Community College sophomore Lexi Viernes.
Did you take her to Disney World? Buy her a heart-shaped charm with Mickey and Minnie kissing on it. If you took her skiing for the first time, find a snowflake charm.
8. Makeup & Vanity Mirror
Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror: $48.99
You know she looks gorgeous without makeup. But if she spends hours before going out perfecting her winged eyeliner, show her you appreciate her efforts.
“Makeup is usually my favorite gift. Not so much because it is a girly thing or whatever, but because it shows that my boyfriend recognizes my interest and is willing to learn more about something that he may not necessarily care about in order to make me happy,” said FSU recent graduate Katie Flanigan.
Feeling lost in a sea of Sephora products? Take a peek in her makeup bag to see what brands she uses.
Or count on trusted makeup brands like Tarte, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Stila and whatever her roomie/BFF said she will love to guide you.
BONUS: Complete her makeup setup with a vanity mirror that will give her the perfect lighting to add a pop of color to her eyeshadow. “I do my makeup almost every day so a vanity mirror would be a great gift, ” said Palm Beach Community College sophomore Nicolle Cutolo.
9. Disney World
A trip to Disney World: Priceless (also, very expensive)
Make unforgettable memories with bae at the Happiest Place on Earth. You get to relive your favorite Disney childhood movies live an in color on rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight in Magic Kingdom. Or eat and drink around the world on a budget at Epcot.
“My boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Florida. I just turned 21 and he bought us tickets to Disney for my birthday,” said Pace University senior Chelsea Chuck.
Sneak in a stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to check out the brand-new lands like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land.
Or discover a new world at Pandora: The World of Avatar in Animal Kingdom. Make the experience even more ‘Gram-able and surprise her with matching t-shirts for cheesy pictures together in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
10. An Actual Engagement Ring
She’s the one. After years with your college or even high school sweetheart, you feel confident and ready to start a new life together.
“I never let myself splurge. If my boyfriend gave me jewelry it would make me feel special that he got me something I never get to have,” said Florida State University recent graduate Jazmine Goodman. “He could also give me an engagement ring.”
Talk to her best friends, maybe even consult her parents to find out what ring she’ll feel proud to wear forever. Before you drop all that cash, learn about the four C’s (Carat, Color, Clarity and Cut).
Your girlfriend is your biggest investment—but her engagement ring comes in at a close second. Do your research on quality and certification to make sure you get this right. And once you hit that fiancé status, finding gifts for your future wife will prove even more of a challenge.
Good luck, champ!
11. World’s Best Girlfriend Award
World’s Best Girlfriend Mug: $17.99
Get your girlfriend something that hits her in the feels and the funny bone. James Madison University sophomore Carli Woodyear said, “[I want] something funny, like a medal with ‘World’s Best GF’ on it.”
Year-round she puts up with you. She puts up with your snail-speed text responses. She deals with your roommates who stack dishes two-feet high before picking up a sponge.
Give her an award that shows her who is number one in your heart.
12. Polaroid Camera
Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 VF: $84.98
Aesthetic is everything in 2018. Your girlfriend constantly asks for photos then spends the rest of the car ride home editing them to fit the color tone of her Insta feed.
“I love the vintage aesthetic of the Polaroid and that it’s an instant printing of memories instead of having to wait to print them out later,” said University of Florida freshman Veronica Sandoval.
That way you can look back on your photos together snuggled up by the crackling fire.
13. Personalized Blanket
Personalized Throw Blanket: $36.99
Together or apart, make sure your girlfriend wakes up to her favorite person every day: you.
“Last Christmas I gave my girlfriend a personalized blanket covered in pictures of her dog, cat and us. I’m pretty sure she still sleeps with it every night,” said UF recent grad William Taylor.
If she’s the sentimental type, pick a photo that marked an important step in your relationship, or even hunt for the first photo of you two ever. If she’s more silly, take a funny selfie of yourself or find an embarrassing pre-puberty photo of yourself to use for the blanket.
14. Engraved Necklace
“My favorite gift from my boyfriend is a gold nameplate necklace with his name on it. Both of our names begin with the letter A, so he gifted me something unique that distinguishes between the two of us. Thoughtful gifts like that are so sweet to me. He wanted the world to know that I’m his, so I rarely take it off to show that he’s also mine,” said Florida State University sophomore Alisson Sealy.
15. A cashmere scarf
Dalle Piane Cashmere Scarf: $99.99
“I got [my girlfriend] a scarf because she lives in New York, and it gets super cold in the wintertime,” said University of North Carolina Greensboro recent grad Harrison Atkinson.
The PNAS found that the Rhinovirus (aka the common cold) thrives in cooler temperatures. And your ambitious, on-the-go girlfriend has no time to worry about fighting off a cold when she’s busy climbing the corporate ladder to a corner office.
Keep her healthy—and trendy—with an ultra-soft cashmere scarf.
Some Friday nights, you and your girlfriend stay in and fall asleep from boredom at 10 p.m. Spice up your night with games that’ll bring out your competitive side.
“Even though it was a really goofy gift, my boyfriend bought me a deck of cards that we could use together because he knew about my love of card games,” said UF sophomore Abby Morris.
17. Matching Onesies
As soon as your girlfriend asks to go somewhere in matching outfits or costumes, you grunt and refuse. She gave up on the matching dream long before Halloween.
Washington University freshman Mackenzie Llewellyn said, “Matching onesies would be my ideal [gift] because [it is an experience] that we can share together.” Surprise her this holiday season with matching onesies that’ll get the whole family saying “aww!”
A concert lasts one night. A speaker lets you relive every beat of your favorite tune over and over again. Give your girlfriend a speaker that’ll blast so loud, she’ll jam out like no one’s watching (think Taylor Swift “You Belong With Me” music video vibes).
Not every girlfriend needs something sparkly for you to see that sparkle in her eye when she opens your gift. “I’ve never been the girl who wears jewelry, I would prefer for him to get me a book because it shows that he pays attention to how I spend my free time,” said Lander University junior Brookelyn Garner.
20. Your attention… and maybe a puppy
Your girlfriend should not need to repeat herself. Communicate effectively and be attentive to her wants and needs.
“I think little things count, like listening to me and remembering what I said weeks later or even just offering to do something for me means a lot to me,” said Tallahassee Community College sophomore Kyrsten Rice.
You already know the best gift for your girlfriend—you just need to remember it. Write down notes of what she says she wants. Use a voice recorder if all else fails. That way you’ll know exactly what to get your girlfriend.
Rice said, “I guess I’ve had a lot of my thoughts about getting a puppy lately.” And of course, if you’re ready for the commitment of taking care of a furry friend, you can adopt a pet from your local shelter. Because puppies = happiness.
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It’s much easier to get a gift your girlfriend will love if you simply put a little thought into it. That’s why we made your life easier with our list of gifts that girls have actually said they wanted. If you read the list, and think about the best fit for your girlfriend, you can’t go wrong. These are tried and true.
Even more gift ideas perfect for your girlfriend.
1. Love Bracelet
She wears her heart on her sleeve, so she might as well wear yours too, right? Or, at least a representation of it. This bracelet will remind her daily of how much she means to you while also making her the envy of all her friends.
2. Coffee Obsessed Love
Coffee Obsessed Racerback Tank: $24.99
Your girl loves nothing more than hearing those three special words: “Stressed, blessed, coffee-obsessed.” After all, they show that you know her better than anyone. Pair the tank with a mug and stress ball for the cutest gift-package that says the other three words she loves to hear…
3. Hot Tech Love
All-New Echo Dot: $34.99
Bae gets lonely but you can’t always be there. Cue Alexa. With the Echo Dot, your girl can have Alexa with her in every room of the house. On top of keeping her company, Alexa can play music, read the news, check the weather and do so much more. It might just be the best relationship she’s ever had (besides you, of course).
4. Rayban Love
Ray-Ban Erika Sunglasses: $143.00
Your love shines so bright, bae needs some shades just to keep from going blind. Surprise her with sunnies that do the job and look stylish all at the same time.
5. Whimsical Love
Jelly Clouds Shower Curtain: $29.99
Practicality meets whimsy for the best of both worlds with this jellyfish cloud shower curtain. Not everyone may see the world through your bae’s eyes, but you do and the uniqueness of this gift proves it.
6. Smoky Love
Tarte Eyeshadow Palette: $43.99
“Makeup’s crazy expensive and I’ve got student loans, so a makeup palette would be the perfect gift,” said University of Michigan senior Amanda Blum. “That said if my boyfriend ever bought me concealer, I would read way too much into it and not talk to him for a few days, so stick to fun makeup only.”
7. An Adorable Book
Me without You: $9.95
Girls love a literate S.O. Just ask anyone. With a simple rhyme scheme that will work its way right into her heart, Me Without You makes the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend or the ultimate way to toast your anniversary. Even better? Surprise her with it on a random day of the week to show you’re always thinking about her.
8. A Thoughtful Throw Pillow
Forget diamonds; pillows truly are a girl’s best friend. Seriously, no girl can fall asleep without a mountain of pillows, and your bae’s no exception. Available in a variety of sizes and book options, this thoughtful pillow will help her get all the beauty rest she needs to wake up and take the day by storm.
9. Cat Love
Cuddly Cat Tapestry: $45.00
The only thing better than puppy love? A cuddly kitten. But since dorms are strict and your girl’s got allergies, stick to a tapestry to keep the RA’s and sniffles away.
Kindle Oasis E-reader: $169.99
“A Kindle lets me be more eco-friendly without sacrificing my love of reading. The best of both worlds,” said University of Michigan senior Zoë Brown.
11. Wanderlust Love
“My girlfriend and I talk all the time about all the trips we want to take, so I’d die for a gift that represented that,” said University of Michigan junior Maya Tafferty.
12. A Love Mug
Friends and Grey’s Anatomy really nailed it, huh? When it comes to telling her how you really feel, you can’t go wrong with one of the iconic lines from two of the world’s most bingeable shows. Plus, now she’ll have something to drink hot cocoa out of (or use as a cereal bowl) when she falls down here Hulu spiral.
Punch Trunk Love Tapestry: $29.99-$62.99
Like an elephant, your girlfriend never forgets. Even so, it couldn’t hurt to have a reminder of you hanging around, could it? Light enough to be hung with double-sided tape, these punch-drunk elephants are almost as in love as the two of you.
14. Literary Love
We Lose Ourselves Blanket: $49.99
The only thing better than curling up with a good book? Having a blanket to snuggle up with as you do so. Whether she ventures through Narnia or navigates the Stampede Trail, this blanket will always bring her back home to you after getting lost in her imagination.
15. Trendy Backpack
Herschel Little America Backpack: $39.99-$144.91
A trendsetter on and off-campus, our bae needs a backpack that will match her style. Available in a variety of sizes and color combos, this “little” backpack packs a big statement with a timeless design. Homework never felt so fashion forward.
16. Cuddle Love
Kitty Cone Duvet Cover: $89.99
Ignite some ultimate cuddle action or kickstart a Netflix and chill date with a duvet cover to keep you warm and your love even hotter. This cute gift for your girlfriend will leave her purring with delight.
17. Gorgeous Earrings
“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend for a reason, and lucky for my future boyfriend, I can’t tell whether or not diamonds are real,” said University of Michigan sophomore Emma Larnick.
18. Treat Yo Self Love
Remind your girl to treat herself by treating her with a tank that reminds her to do just that every day. Every time she looks in the mirror, she’ll hear Retta and Aziz giving her the pep talk she needs to take the world by storm.
19. Quirky Gift for Long Nights Studying
Ramen Bowl with Chopsticks: $13.99
“Dude, all I eat is microwaveable ramen,” said Michigan State University junior Mia Chan. “Any way to dress it up and make it feel fancy is a win in my book.”
20. Succulent Love
“I know succulents are supposed to be the easiest plants to keep, but I always kill them. I’d love anything succulent-related so I can keep the aesthetic without feeling like I’m Mother Nature’s mortal enemy,” said Michigan State University sophomore Emily Wilshire.
21. A Journal
Leather Journal Set: $14.99
If your gf has a penchant for writing and a heart full of soul, you can’t go wrong with an exquisite journal. Especially when said journal comes with a gold pen and a classy box for presentation sake.
22. Fitness Love
Fitbit Versa: $137.00
Cardiovascular health is sooooo sexy. Show her you care for her heart both literally and figuratively with a Fitbit. It’ll get her heart racing in more ways than one.
23. Clever Tee that Says “I Get You”
“Buying clothes can be tricky, but if my boyfriend got me a shirt with some kind of graphic that says something about my personality or shows that he pays attention to my interests, that would mean a lot,” said San Francisco State Unviersity junior Karen Liu.
24. Bike Love
Critical Cycles Urban City Commuter Bike: $219.99-$249,99
We stan an eco-conscious queen. Who needs a horse-pulled chariot when you’ve got a bike to ride in style? Your gf can rule the campus while making it from the quad to the bio building in three minutes flat. What more could she want?
25. Photography Love
Whether your girl’s a pro behind the camera or just looking to upgrade past Snapchat filters, get her a kit to that has everything she needs. This camera, case and EF 75-300mm telephoto zoom lens bundle will turn her into the next Annie Leibovitz.
26. Indulgent Love
Treat Yo Self Blanket: $49.99
What better way to remind her to treat herself than with an indulgent blanket? All snuggled up in her poly fleece, she won’t need to leave her bed to feel like a pampered queen.
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler: $54.99
Nothing says love like a panini. From steaks to pancakes, this Cuisinart Griddler can handle every culinary request. The only thing cheesier than the artisan grilled cheeses she’ll create is your love for her.
28. Personalized Love
“I think getting a necklace out of the blue would be a great gift. It would definitely make my day,” said Gabrielle Loureiro, University of Florida sophomore.
29. Adventurer Cozy Blanket
Everyone breathes easier in the great outdoors. But for the days when your bae would rather sleep the day away, bring the great outdoors to her in the form of a cozy blanket.
30. A Sexy Boot
Vince Camuto Boot: $99.99
These boots are made for walking… to meet you in the quad for the ultimate date night. Whether your girl’s a shoe-a-holic or just loves practicality, a sexy pair of boots will keep her heart (and feet) happy.
31. Gorgeous Watch
Kate Spade Women’s Smart Watch: $227.29
Or if you’re ready to spend it all on her….Salvatore Ferragamo Two-Tone Quartz Watch.
A practical timepiece and a fashion statement rolled all into one. With voice activation and other smartwatch capabilities, your boo will shine in the 21st century while rocking a look that is utterly timeless.
32. High-Quality Sound Love
If you want to sing your love from the rooftops but don’t have the vocal chops to match, stick to a speaker to do the job for you. Whether your bae’s a fan of Sinatra or Bieber, you’ll croon your way to #togetherforever. After all, it worked for John Cusack.
33. Hipster Music Love
For a gf who prioritizes her aesthetic just as much as her tunes, a hipster turntable may be just what she needs. This turquoise beauty can even be packed up and taken on the road. Your date nights will take home the Oscar for “Best Soundtrack.”
Let’s face it, Phil of the Future heightened our expectations of what to expect of today’s technology. But with Sphero, you can give your bae a taste of what Ricky Ullman promised her. This magic little robot ball will transform the way your girl games, plays and even programs. The only thing better would be an actual date with Ricky, but we’re guessing he’s unavailable.
35. Classic Photo Love
Like Ariana Grande said, “I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.” With this instant camera, your girl can do just that, snapping pics on a whim and getting a hardcopy instantaneously. We could all use some time off the ‘gram anyway, right?
36. Motivation Love
Everyone needs a reminder to hang in there every once in a while, your gf included. When those existential shower thoughts kick in, this motivational sloth will help her kick ‘em to the curb in no time.
37. Creative Love
“I’d like something artsy, like a 3D Pen. They’re a little pricey so it’s something I wouldn’t buy for myself but would really want to have because it lets me be creative in my dorm whereas other crafts can get too messy,” said Chico State sophomore Kelly Downey.
38. Handmade Love
Oversized Knit Scarf: $75.95
Help your girl channel her inner Lenny Kravitz with a scarf almost iconic as his. With a cashmere feel for a cotton price, both you and your bae will be over the moon.
39. Celestial Love
Celestial Fireworks Duvet Cover: $84.99
Star-gazing? Cute. Getting eaten alive by bugs while laying outside? Not so much. Keep the awe-factor while ditching the bites with a duvet to light up her room.
40. Instant Photo Love
Polaroid Mint Pocket Printer: $49.99
The only thing more instant than your love for her? The pics this printer cranks out. She can now easily print any pic from her smartphone or tablet that she already spent hours editing to perfection. Tip: Try it out beforehand by printing out your favorite pics together and making a collage. Can you say #goals?
41. Prickly Love
Prickly Pattern Shower Curtain: $49.99
Your girl spends hours in the bathroom perfecting her skincare routine, so why not make sure she has something pretty to look at? With this gift for your girlfriend, she’ll feel like she’s surrounded in nature while she tones and moisturizes.
42. Cuddly Love
Vermont Teddy Bear: $29.99
“I have memories that I can forget, so teddy bears are a good reminder. Plus, I can sleep with it,” said Penn State senior Audrey Nerette.
43. Organized Love
Erin Condren LifePlanner: $24.99
A little organization never hurt nobody. Help your girl keep her life (and sanity) in order with a planner. Tip: pencil in future date nights for an extra cute surprise.
44. Smart Love
Apple Smart Watch: Price varies
Your girl can do it all, so get her a watch that does the same. With Apple’s customizability, you can pick and choose a series and band to make her personality shine.
Two Dozen Red Roses: $49.64
“I’d want my boyfriend to get me calla lilies just because it’s Tuesday,” said University of Florida sophomore Nadira Guerrero.
46. Overnight Love
Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffle Bag: price varies
“How is my boyfriend supposed to whisk me away for cute weekend getaways if I don’t have a duffel to bring all my stuff?” said Michigan State University junior Kelly Beal.
47. Movie Love
Netflix Subscription: Priceless
“A movie night would be a lot of fun, especially if it was a really long movie. If we watched a movie together and I got to eat all the popcorn all wanted, then I’d be a happy camper,” said University of Maryland sophomore Yasmeen Brooks.
48. Serious Camera Love
How’s she supposed to keep a scrapbook of your love without a camera to shoot on? Sure, she could use her phone, but where’s the pageantry? The pizzazz? Help her go old school with a lens powerful enough to capture all the memories you’ve yet to make.
49. Running Love
Nike Women’s Running Shoe: $108.66-$179.93
Love (much like life) is a marathon, not a sprint. Give your girl the sneakers she needs to go the distance both on and off the track.
50. Laptop Love
Apple MacBook Air: Price Varies
Go big or go home. If you’ve got cash to spare and a boo with a decent wifi connection, hook her up with the tech she needs to succeed to school (or at least keep up her blog). Warning: this gift is reserved for long-term couples only. Giving this gift too early in a relationship may result in her thinking you’re way too intense.
51. Coordinates of Your Love
Talk about a romantic gesture. A necklace with the coordinates of where you met or fell in love will be a keepsake she’ll treasure for years to come (and maybe pass on to your future kids).
52. A Personalized Vinyl: $30 – $200
If your girlfriend loves music, especially when she plays it on her record player, then she will swoon over a custom vinyl. Both Vinylifyand American Vinyl Co. offer tools to help you make one-of-a-kind custom records. With their services, you can personalize the cover art and labels on a vinyl in which you can choose the shape, size and color. You can also choose which songs go on the vinyl, putting up to 10 minutes of music on each side of the LP.
“I loved working with American Vinyl Co., they were so nice and worked with me to add another song to the LP that I bought,” said Florida State University senior Edda Barrios. “I put a lot of thought into it, and it’s a way to give a sweet gift without being corny.”
53. Warmies Heatable & Lavender Scented Stuffed Animal
Sure, you could get your girlfriend a teddy bear. But, if you want to step it up a notch – get her a Warmies. This brand of lavender-scented plush animals use aromatherapy to promote calmness and wellness while reducing stress and anxiety. You can also place them in the microwave to heat them up to help relieve everyday aches and pains. Not only will your girlfriend love her new bear, but she’ll be relaxed and comforted, too.
“I absolutely adore my elephant stuffed animal from Warmies,” said Florida State University senior Riel Felice. “It stays warm for such a long time and the lavender smell is lovely—I snuggle it every night when I go to sleep and every time I feel stressed or anxious. It’s the perfect pal for anyone who experiences anxiety, has trouble falling asleep, or simply loves self-care.”
54. A Weighted Blanket
ZZZhen Weighted Blanket – 15lbs: $37.90
As an alternative to a Warmies, get your girlfriend a faux fur weighted blanket. These blankets create the same comforting pressure of a hug to promote calmness and relaxation. The pressure feels evenly distributed throughout the blanket to give your girlfriend the fullest form of comfort while also acting as a super cute addition to her room. If you can’t give your girlfriend a good cuddle every night, this blanket will do the trick.
55. A Customized Map: $16 -$50
If your girlfriend wants another cute addition to her room in the form of a poster, consider ordering her a customized map from Grafomap. Their service allows you to design custom maps of any place you choose. Opt for a sentimental location like her hometown, the place you first met or even the location of a trip you took together. You could also snag a customized map from Etsy that features the stars in the night sky on a special date of your choice, such as the night you met or your anniversary.
“My boyfriend got me a map of the stars from our anniversary date; it was so thoughtful and sweet,” said University of Florida graduate student Kyleigh Eaton. “It’s still hanging in my room at home.”
56. A Three-Month Subscription to a Subscription Box: $50
With so many subscription boxes available on the internet nowadays, one must fit your girlfriend’s interests. Need some help? Check out these two companies to get you started. If your girlfriend doubles as a bookworm, then she’ll love a subscription from Book of the Month. If you gift her a subscription for three months, she’ll receive a beloved hardcover book selected by a team of experts and celebrity guests at her doorstep once a month.
If your girlfriend loves beauty, makeup and skincare, she’ll love a subscription to Birchbox. Birchbox will send your girlfriend a ton of samples of new and popular products, such as Benefit Cosmetics mascara and Kiehl’s skincare. This way, she can find her new favorite products without having to pay the big bucks to commit to a product that she could end up hating.
“Birchbox is good for people who don’t know exactly what they want or like in beauty but want to get into it,” said Florida Atlantic University senior Rebecca Coddington. “I found good products that I still use to this day.”
57. Essential Oils Bath Bomb Set
Bath Bomb Gift Set: $16.95
What two things do girls love to rave about? Essential oils and bath bombs. With this gift set, you’ll give your girlfriend the best of both worlds. The set includes six vegan bath bombs that were made with natural essential oils for aromatherapy, making it the perfect Christmas gift for your girlfriend when all that holiday stress sets in. They each coincide with a specific use: two lavender scents for relaxation, grapefruit for energy, vanilla for detoxing, peppermint for sinus congestion relief and lemon for de-stressing. To sum it up, this gift set is the bomb. Pun intended.
58. A Personalized Music Box
Personalized Music Notes Music Box: $30 – $160
Every couple has a song – so make it tangible. If a certain song jumps out to you that means a lot to you, your girlfriend or your relationship, get her a personalized music box that plays it. This gift will score you brownie points with your girlfriend for its uniqueness and thoughtfulness.
“My boyfriend and I saw A Star is Born for our first date, and La Vie En Rose is one of the songs he always played on the piano,” said Florida State University junior Willmary Anderson. “Ever since, we play the song every now and then, so he bought me a music box that plays the song after he went to Paris. It’s so sweet.”
59. Fabletics Leggings
Fabletics Bottoms: 2 for $24
For those active couples out there, snagging your girlfriend a pair or two of Fabletics leggings would make her day. Fabletics activewear differs from other brands in the sense that you can choose outfits based on your favorite type of exercise, where you like to work out, the colors that best match your style and your body type. If you pick out some leggings for your girlfriend, she’ll definitely know that you’ve been paying attention to her.
“My boyfriend got me two pairs of leggings that he picked out from Fabletics himself just based on what he thought I would like,” said Florida State University sophomore Carolina Barber. “It just showed how thoughtful he was and that he took time to pick out the ones he thought were best from their entire website.”
60. A Personalized Notebook/Scrapbook
Scrapbook Accessories Kit: $34.99
Not wanting to break the bank on a gift but still want to give your girlfriend something thoughtful? Choose a gift that you can DIY. Adding a personal touch to any gift seems special, especially when your girlfriend can add to it too.
“The best gift I got from my boyfriend was a journal that he titled, ‘It’s Only 2 Weeks’,” said Florida State University sophomore Natalie Genton. “We’re long distance, so he gave me a journal that he wrote in every day leading up to his visit describing how excited he was about visiting me. The best part is, he left the journal with me so the next time I see him, I will put in entries leading up to his visit for him to read. As someone who loves journaling and letters, I was so shocked by how thoughtful and meaningful the gift was.”
If you don’t struggle with long-distance, try putting together a notebook or scrapbook of your favorite memories together.
“My boyfriend put together a notebook of all of our favorite dates,” said University of North Florida sophomore Emily Barrett. “On one side, he wrote what we did on the date and what it meant to him, and on the other side, it would either have a picture of me doing something on the date or a drawing. It was the sweetest gift anyone has ever given me. It was the little things that mattered, like him remembering small details, that made it so special to me.”
61. A Locket
Sterling Silver Engraved Locket: $49.00
Giving your significant other a locket has been a thing since, like, ever. So why not bring back the nostalgia and snag your girlfriend one? Since you can personalize them, lockets act as a great sentimental gift. You can get it engraved with your name, the date of your anniversary or a phrase that’s special to the both of you. Add your photo for extra flair. Include a photo of you and her on both sides of the locket to really make her swoon.
62. The Mixology of Astrology
In search of the perfect mixed drink for your girlfriend? The Mixology of Astrology defines the exact beverage recipe to fit in with her personality. Next time she hosts a brunch for the gals at her apartment, they all get to take turns trying the cosmic cocktail that supplements their sign, making this the ultimate birthday gift for your girlfriend.
63. Cheesecake Factory Gift Card
The Cheesecake Factory Gift Card: $50.00
Lovers of desserts and massive-sized dinner plates, unite! For a chain restaurant, the Cheesecake Factory ranges a tad on the pricier side, so a gift card gives your girlfriend the opportunity to treat herself.
64. Steve Madden Espadrilles
“Every girl has to experience their [Steve Madden] shoes!” said Kailee Walters, a 19-year-old public relations major at Texas Tech. “They have so many styles to pick from that best fit you. Fashionable shoes keep girls the happiest. Steve Madden forever!”
CHULUX Coffee Maker Single-Serve: $39.99
“I love it because it is super convenient when I’m in a rush and need to make coffee quick,” said Alyssa Maher, 27, graduate from Missouri State University. “It’d make a great gift because of the convenience factor and they are cute so they can fit into any color scheme you have going on.”
“It has saved me a ton of money because I used to go out for coffee nearly every day and now, I just have it at home,” said Melissa Schiffbauer, 25, graduate from Southern Adventist University. “This is the perfect gift because it is so practical and useful. Any coffee lover will quickly become addicted to their Keurig!”
66. Margarita Mixer
“Homemade margaritas are the backbone of any relationship,” said San Francisco State University senior Kristen Wesley. “I need to know my partner can make a good frozen marg. If he can’t, I’ll have to teach him, otherwise, I don’t see us working out.”
67. Memory Box
Black Memory Box Kit: $16.98
“I would die if my boyfriend got me something thoughtful and sentimental, like a memory box. It would mean way more to me than any diamond necklace,” said Diablo Valley College junior Courtney Barrow.
68. Six Flags Membership
Six Flags Membership: Varies
“Depending on your membership level, you get a free photo every visit, a skip the line pass every visit, free souvenir cup with free refills for the duration of the membership, priority entry, etc. There are other great perks like coupons for friends, additional upgrades and discounts. So much comes out of one little monthly fee,” said Nora Hartigan, a healthcare information technology student at Devry University.
“I myself have created so many amazing memories with my significant other just in the last few months of the 2019 season we had together. Memories that we will never forget,” said Jack Ochoa, a graduate from Kean University.
69. Hydro Flask
Hydro Flask Water Bottle: $28.90 – $105.90
“I truly think giving a Hydro Flask would be the perfect gift for one’s significant other because it’s something small but yet you know they will use it all the time,” said Tina Nguyen, a business student at Orange Coast College. “On top of that, getting the Hydro Flask customized is more meaningful. For example, their favorite flowers are sunflowers, have an artist or be creative and paint on some cute sunflower. A perfect gift isn’t about how much you spent on them, it’s the thought that counts!”
70. Bachelor Wine Glass
“Nothing better than a wine and Bachelor Monday’s right ladies?” said Natalie Teague, a 19-year-old at Platt College.
“It’s a cute gift because obviously a lot of wine is consumed during the show including with myself,” said Matt Campbell, a graduate from Brock University.
71. Disney+ Subscription
Disney+ Monthly Subscription: $6.99/month
Level up your date nights with a Disney+ subscription. You and your girlfriend can get cozy watching Tangled amidst the other Disney classics for just $6.99/month. After you finish the entire movie collection, take a day to stream the original yet nostalgic High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
Two-pack of stickers: $5.00
Every girl loves stickers. That’s a fact. Get your gal a pack of stickers that reflect her personality. Whether she’s a lover of all things wine and corgi or she’s the baddest bitch around, these stickers will deck out her water bottle, laptop and notebook for all to see.