13 Gift Ideas for Women That You'll Secretly Want to Keep for Yourself


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Few things are more stressful than searching for a last-minute gift for someone you care about. There's just something about the stress of the holiday season that blurs our ability to recall any hints dropped, which usually leads to a predictable purchase (read: candles/gift cards/coffee table books).

If you're determined not to make this year's gift-giving a last-minute rush, now's the time to pen a shortlist. To get started, we went in search of the best gift ideas for the most important women in your life, whether it be your work wife, your S.O., your mom, or your sister. From a top-of-the-line espresso maker for your foodie friend to an ancestry kit for your relative who keeps bringing up family history, there's nothing generic about these picks. Consider your holiday gifts sorted.

23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA Test Kit $199 $99

Finally get to the bottom of your family lineage with this at-home DNA kit. It also tells you if you're predisposed to certain health issues.

Marble + Copper Mortar + Pestle
West Elm Marble and Copper Mortar and Pestle $45 $31

Treat the home cook in your life to this sculptural marble and copper mortar and pestle, which is almost too gorgeous to use. It definitely doubles as a decor element.

Alo Pivot Barre Sock $24

Signing up for barre class only to realize all of your barre socks are dirty—not great for your New Year's resolution. Give mom a leg up this year by gifting her these cute yet practical barre socks.

Box Fox Hustle Box $98

Everything your work wife needs to upgrade her desk. This box includes a tumbler, wipes to clean your tech, a notepad, and more.

Purifying Body Exfoliant: Pear, Peppermint & Ylang Ylang
Grown Alchemist Purifying Body Exfoliant: Pearl, Peppermint and Ylang Ylang $34

The best way to wind down from work? Some pampering. This divinely scented body exfoliant removes all that dead winter skin.

Chloe Short Lariat Long Necklace
Gorjana Chloe Short Lariat Long Necklace $60

You can't go wrong with this delicate lariat necklace. It has hammered disks throughout that catch the light.

Smeg Espresso Machine $615 $490

A sleek espresso machine is the gift that keeps on giving. We love the 1950s retro style of this Smeg one.

Parachute Classic Bathrobe $99

Made from 100% Turkish cotton, this hotel-quality robe will make your home feel like a retreat. You can even get it monogrammed for an extra $25.

Google Home Mini 1st Generation $40

Get hands-free help around the house with this small but mighty smart device. Plus, it just looks cute on a shelf.

What Do You Meme? Adult Core Party Game $30

Cards Against Humanity fans will love this card game in which you compete against each other to see who can create the funniest meme.

The Daily Edited Burgundy Travel Case $130

Stuck for a last-minute gift? The Daily Edited does three-hour express monogramming in New York City and speedy standard delivery, too. 

Balm Dot Com Trio
Glossier Balm Dotcom Trio $36 $30

Finally, a stocking stuffer she'll actually use. You get to pick the three flavors you think your sister will love the most, from rose to coconut.

Sarah Tuck Coming Un Stuck $60

More than just a really good cook's companion, this book by foodie Sarah Tuck spotlights the recipes that helped her push past a difficult time in her life, making it a thoughtful post-breakup gift.

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