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/socks/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 short list. 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.
Treat the home cook in your life to this sculptural marble and beechwood mortar and pestle, which is almost too gorgeous to use.
Finally get to the bottom of your family lineage with this at-home DNA kit.
Everything your work wife needs to upgrade her desk.
You can't go wrong with this heavenly scented body duo, infused with peppermint, rosemary leaf, and ylang-ylang.
A sleek espresso machine is the gift that keeps on giving.
Made from 100% Turkish cotton, this hotel-quality robe will make your home feel like a retreat.
Get hands-free help around the house with this small but mighty smart device.
Cards Against Humanity fans will love this meme card game.
Stuck for a last-minute gift? The Daily Edited does three-hour express monogramming in New York City and speedy standard delivery, too.
Finally, a stocking stuffer she'll actually use.
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.
What's on your wish list this year? Shop more gift ideas for girlfriends here.