Gifts for the Girlfriend Who's Hard to Shop For

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Finding the right gift for that special someone can be a project in and of itself. Whether you're shopping for a specific occasion, or purchasing a present on a whim (30% of people claim to give their significant other gifts several times a year), take a breather, because we've rounded up a list of the best girlfriend gift ideas she won't forget.

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Amazon Echo Spot
Amazon
Amazon Echo Spot

$129.99

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If your girlfriend hasn't begun outfitting her home with smart controls, now's the time to start! Alexa will be her new best friend by helping her with everything from turning on the lights to telling her the best route to work. The new Echo Spot also has video capability, so she can stay connected with friends and family everywhere.

More: The Best Last-Minute Gifts When You're Short on Time

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Tchan
Tchan Geometric Glass Terrarium Succulent Planter
$31.97

Diamonds are a great gift in any form! The cool shape of this glass terrarium is perfect for housing succulents, and it can even double as a jewelry holder that'll fit right in on a vanity.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
Fujifilm
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

$56.53

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If she's known to snap a selfie ... or two ... or 500, this instant snap camera is ideal for the self-portrait fanatic. This modernized version is perfectly portable, with high-quality prints that develop instantaneously.

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Kate Spade New York
Kate Spade New York Leather Strap Smart Watch
$295.00

Style meets function on this smart watch from Kate Spade. It'll keep your girlfriend connected at all times with text notifications, calendar alerts, a built-in Google assistant, and more. The digital face is even interchangeable, so she can switch up the look every day!

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Scratch the World
Scratch the World Scratch-Off World Map
$28.99

We found a thoughtful and inexpensive way to commemorate your world travels together! This scratch-off map is a fun way to keep track of all the countries you've visited, and it also might inspire you both to start planning the next trip.

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women's health the woman's guide to strength training
Women's Health
Women's Health: The Woman's Guide to Strength Training

$19.99

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Every woman wants a digital workout guide, but not everyone wants to spend the money on it. Get your girlfriend the gift of health with Women's Health Magazine's very own Betina Gozo on her phone! It's a 12-week workout plan complete with instructions and photo illustrations to ensure your form is perfect.

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Diptyque Baies Scented Candle
Diptyque
Diptyque Baies Scented Candle

$60.00

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Candle obsessions are real, and we know this as a fact because we have a serious addiction to them — many of our editors (🙋) refuse to ever light our fancy candles because they're just too beautiful. Diptyque's Baies candle is one of the most beloved/coveted candles, not just for its luscious scent, but also for its decidedly minimalist aesthetic. If she's as obsessed as we are, you'll get some serious cred for this one!

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Peter Thomas Roth
Peter Thomas Roth Mask-a-Holic 6-Piece Kit
$81.68

Chances are your girlfriend loves a little pampering. I mean, who doesn't? Instead of a day at the spa, treat her to this set of luxe face masks by Peter Thomas Roth, each of which serves a different purpose for her skin.

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Vitruvi
Vitruvi Black Porcelain Diffuser
$119.00

If she's in serious need of some zen and relaxation, a diffuser is an all-natural way to give her some peace of mind. Each of Vitruvi's porcelain diffusers are handmade, with a run time of up to seven and a half hours on a single fill-up. Pair your gift with some of their beautifully blended essential oils to take it over the top.

Note: If your girlfriend has pets, this is NOT the gift for her! Essential oils can be toxic to animals.

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Lululala
Lululala Engraved Bar Necklace
$18.99

A custom piece of jewelry doesn't have to cost a fortune. This bar necklace can be engraved with a special date or message, and it's also available in silver or rose gold. 

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23andMe
23andMe DNA Test Ancestry Personal Genetic Service
$99.00

Looking for a truly unique gift idea? A DNA ancestry kit is something they'll remember forever, and you'll also have fun comparing the results! This one from 23andMe is a #1 best-seller on Amazon, and you can upgrade it to include health information, too. 

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Tile
Tile Style Key Finder
$24.22

Is your girlfriend always losing her keys? This gold Tile tracker is attractive enough to clip on a keyring so she'll know where they are at all times. It's also easy to slip into a handbag or suitcase, and you can even press a button on the Tile that'll ring a misplaced phone. 

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Tumi
Tumi Journey Jewelry Travel Roll
$75.00

She'll be traveling in style with this Tumi jewelry case, which unfolds into a hanging bag with specially designed pockets for all things jewelry (and even cosmetics), so she won't have to go searching through multiple pouches and baggies to find what she needs.

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Penguin Classics
Jane Austen: The Complete Works Hardcover Boxed Set
$87.99

Any literature fan would fall for a set of hardcover books from Penguin Classics. This Jane Austen-themed box set includes seven of the author's beloved works, each bound in a beautiful pattern. It'll be a beautiful addition to any bookcase or shelf.

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fitbit charge 2 activity tracker
Fitbit
Fitbit Charge 2 Activity Tracker + Heart Rate

$148.95

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If fitness and health are her main priority, encourage her to stay on track with a Fitbit. The built-in heart-rate monitor is ideal for cardio workouts, and it helps to better track calories burned throughout the day. Plus, an OLED display shows notifications for text messages and calls, so she'll never miss a beat — even when she's busy killing it at the gym.

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Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish

$44.00

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An exfoliating blend of salt, coconut oil, and Moroccan rose essence will transport her straight to the spa when she uses this delicious body polish by Herbivore Botanicals in the shower. It'll keep her skin hydrated and soft, and give her a chance to indulge in the mornings.

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UGG Blanche Fleece Robe

from $69.96

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You won't find anything cozier than an UGG robe, so if you want to spoil her with comfort, this is the way to go. The Blanche style is a crowd favorite for its soft fleece lining that doesn't get too hot. It's just right for slipping on after a bubble bath or for lounging around the house.

More: How to Wrap Your Gift for Your Girlfriend

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Amazon
Kindle Paperwhite E-reader
$119.99

Whether she doesn't yet have an e-reader or is due for an upgrade, this Paperwhite edition of the Kindle is a gift that'll give back over and over again. The compact size is ideal for stashing into a tote bag, so she'll have access to literally millions of books on the go. It also has an adjustable back light, and there's no glare when reading outside. 

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Nike Juvenate Sneaker 
Nike
Nike Juvenate Sneaker

from $54.71

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What's black and white and runs all over? Nike's Juvenate sneaker is streamlined with a mesh construction and a textured sole, so she can run for miles without feeling a hint of discomfort. If she's a fitness fanatic, she'll love these signature kicks for treadmill, track, or concrete sprints.

More: The All-Time Best Gifts for Her

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Paddywax Library Collection Candles

$15.00

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If the Diptyque option is a little too pricey, consider giving her a candle that speaks to her love of books. This collection includes scents designed to evoke the sensations of being inside of her favorite authors' books. Choose from Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy, Louisa Mae Alcott, John Steinbeck, and more — each with their own unique and custom-designed fragrance.

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S'well Stainless Steel Travel Mug

$35.00

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If "But first, coffee" is her motto, quench her never-ending thirst for caffeine with this refillable travel cup that stays warm for 12 hours and cold for 24. You can also choose from tons of color variations, including red, blue, gold, or even a marble pattern.

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amazon prime subscription
Amazon
Amazon Prime Subscription

$33 for three months or $99 for a year

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There's literally no better gift than a subscription to Amazon Prime, which includes free two-day shipping, instant access to millions of videos, songs, and books, and free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Drive. You choose what day to have the gift emailed to the recipient, and if she's already a member of Amazon Prime, the gift will convert into a $99 gift card for her to use on anything she'd like to buy herself.

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Glossier Phase 1 Set

$40.00

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If the no-makeup-makeup look is her go-to, she probably already loves Glossier's no-fuss products. This four-piece wardrobe of skincare essentials features the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturizer, Balm Dotcom, and Perfecting Skin Tint. Together, the products result in a perfectly dewy finish for an expertly minimalist look.

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AdoreMe Matilda Pajamas

$60.00

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Instead of going for lingerie as a gift (because isn't that more of a gift for yourself?!), opt for a pair of cozy pajamas. If you're looking for comfort on a budget, this pajama set is one of the best values out there. It's comparable to high-end pairs in terms of softness and quality, and it comes in plus sizes, too.

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Wine of the Month Club Subscription
Wine of the Month Club
Wine of the Month Club Subscription

from $24.98 per shipment

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Got a wino on your hands? This wine-subscription club sends a curated selection every month, so you can skip out on the last-minute wine store runs. The base package comes with two bottles, and you can choose from all reds, all whites, or one of each, depending on her taste. Note that it has a four-month minimum for gift orders.

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Everlane
Everlane Day Market Tote Bag
$165.00

For the woman who carries her life in her handbag, this spacious tote from Everlane will be her new BFF. It's made from Italian leather, and it's sleek enough to carry from work to the weekend. Plus, you know it's a good one when both Angelina Jolie and Meghan Markle are fans!

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Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription
Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription

from $24.00

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Every coffee lover deserves a pick-me-up! Give the gift of caffeine with Blue Bottle's subscription program, which starts at a reasonable $24. Choose from a variety of sizes and types of coffee depending on what she drinks, including single-origin, espresso beans, blend assortments, and even decaf.

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warby parker tortoiseshell sunglasses
Warby Parker
Warby Parker Nancy Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

from $95.00

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We love a chic pair of tortoiseshell sunnies, and so will she. The Nancy frames are perfectly oversized, yet completely classic. Plus, Warby Parker offers free shipping (both ways) in case she wants to exchange.

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Pinrose Style Kit
Pinrose
Pinrose Style Kit

$47.00

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If you're not sure what her favorite perfume is, go for a set like this one from Pinrose that has a huge selection for her to play around with. Their scents tend to be cheery, floral, airy, and bright — but never overpowering.

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Hello Fresh Meal Kits

from $9.99 per meal

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Does she love to cook, but can't find the time to try new recipes? Are you the chef at home and want to surprise her with your culinary skills? Hello Fresh is the perfect gift (that you can both benefit from!).