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Women can be hard to shop for sometimes, and that”s why we”ve curated a list of great gift items that won”t empty out your bank account. From DIYs to store-bought products, we have a gift suggestion for every kind of woman!
And when you”re done shopping for her, here”s a list of affordable presents for men.
Now she can infuse her water with the subtle taste of fresh fruit with this flavor-infusing water bottle ($15).
The wine aerator ($25, originally $50) is a good gift for the woman who indulges in a glass of red wine before dinner.
This book ($30, originally $40) is a compilation of the Gray Lady”s weekly travel column in The New York Times. It”s a perfect gift for fans of that column or just travel enthusiasts.
Freeze these stainless-steel pearls ($25) to cool your wine to just the right temperature.
This pendant ($13) is perfect for the hipster or bookworm who can”t go without her glasses.
This nifty teacup ($20) comes with its own sift on the side, so she”ll never need a bulky teapot to strain her tea.
This fun lip balm set ($11) is made from organic ingredients. Choose from flavors including chocolate-vanilla, blood orange, lavender, and fresh lemon.
This colorful sari bag ($35) is made from recycled saris in India. It”ll be like carrying a piece of India with her wherever she goes!
It gets cold on the plane, and although a good cardigan or jacket will warm you up, this two-way knit stole ($20) is even handier, because you can not only use it as a scarf but also drape it over yourself for more coverage.
Get a potted orchid from your local supermarket or farmers market; it should cost around $10 for a small pot or $20 for a regularly sized pot. It”s a great gift, because you don”t have to water it every day, which fits the needs of a girl on the go.
Every career woman will thank you if you gift her with a french press ($20, originally $25).
Accessories for any woman”s beloved smartphone will always be appreciated. After all, many of us are often glued to our phones. Check out this colorful iPhone cover ($20-$26) from Etsy.
Look forward to 2014 with a personalized calendar ($13, originally $18) from Shutterfly that you can customize with a different photo every month.
Get your friend who loves to host parties a set of four custom engraved mason jar drinking glasses ($29).
These pretty bracelets ($38 for the pair) will complement any outfit.
Buy some intricate lockets from Etsy and insert a picture in there. You can pick photos of your children or ones with you and your mom in them. She”ll be wearing a memory on her neck!
Every organized woman needs a chic planner for 2014, and this mint chocolate planner ($8) is a really elegant choice.
This green tea herbal set ($40) has an array of nine medicinal herbs and three different types of green tea from various countries.
This mushroom kit ($20) will put a smile on any mushroom-lover”s face.
Treat your coffee-junkie pal to a gift card from her favorite coffee shop.
If she is a cleaning fiend, she”ll love this homemade laundry detergent. There are plenty of recipes online, but I favor this simple recipe, which requires two cups of grated soap, a cup of borax, and a cup of washing soda. Here are a couple more detergent recipes from Tipnut, if you want to experiment. Put your finished product in a nice container or jar, and you”re set to go!
If that seems like too much work, you can get homemade laundry detergent from Etsy ($25) and splurge a little.
Stay warm and chic with a beautiful red scarf ($48).
These pretty wristlets ($38) have the different letters of the alphabet, a good personalized gift for someone special.
iPhone running out of battery? This pretty, portable charger ($30) will come in handy.
This state apron ($36) is perfect for the cook who is proud of her home. The intricate embroidery features famous sights and spots of each state.
Anyone would love to treat her feet to these aromatherapy slippers ($32), which are infused with lavender, rosemary, chamomile, peppermint, and lemongrass scents.
This might just become her favorite makeup tool. POPSUGAR Beauty has raved about the Beautyblender ($40) and says it gives you a “flawless makeup finish.”
This 2015 produce calendar ($25) will make a pretty and practical addition to any kitchen.
This set of four floral bowls ($45) will add feminine flair to any home. It”s great as a decorative piece or to serve with.
Every woman needs her own tool kit ($8) so she won”t have to call up the handyman for minor fixes.
If she loves photography, then she”ll get a kick out of this camera-lens mug ($24-$30).
This coconut foot cream ($8) from Burt”s Bees is great for moisturizing dry feet.
A smoky eye palette is a must in every woman”s cosmetic arsenal. The smoky eye palette ($24) from Topshop will add some glam to her look.
These upside-down planters ($18) aren”t just cute; they”re practical, too. Since the planters are hung from the ceiling, they save space in your home. Furthermore, you”re saving water, as the “unique reservoir feeds water gradually to the plant”s roots. Because there is no excess water to drain away, they can be used indoors, without losing water to evaporation.”
This set of six test tubes filled with salt ($40) is perfect for the adventurous foodie. The salt comes from all over the world, including a black, flaky salt from the islands of Cyprus and pink salts from Pakistan.
An herb garden kit ($35) is perfect for the apartment dweller you know who”s without a yard. It”s also great for the budding chef who wants to save money on herbs.
This sampler of bath salts, scrubs, and body butter ($36) are all natural and organic ingredients.
Your trendy pal will love this understated geometric necklace ($22).
This reclaimed apothecary bottle ($23) is filled with cute matchsticks and even has a scoured bottom, which you can strike your matches against.
Going to a spa to get manicures can get pretty pricey, so gift her with this manicure kit ($12). It will help keep her nails polished and her wallet full.
This pillow cover ($23) is so simple and sweet and will go perfectly in her kitchen nook.
Having a scent diffuser ($26) in your home adds a touch of elegance and freshens up the air at the same time. The Ala Moana scent of this diffuser will remind her of tropical islands and sunshine.
These brick bookends ($24) are perfect for the bookworm who is into modern decor.
Looking for a lunch bag that will keep your food cool without the bulky ice packs? Check out PackIt ($20), a bag that is touted for keeping food and drinks cool for over 10 hours.
Organize your jewelry and add zen to your home with this unique hand-of-Buddha jewelry stand ($35).
Every woman needs a good pair of faux-pearl earrings ($26).
This set of four wine soaps ($28-$40) is a great gift for wine-lovers. “Notes from popular red and white wine varieties are blended with complementary scents and oils.”
This flowering teapot ($32) has multiple benefits. Not only will it brew tea that will calm you, but just watching the flower bloom before your eyes is also relaxing.
I don”t know anyone who doesn”t love macarons. Learn to make these miniature bites of goodness with a macaron cookbook ($9, originally $15). Better yet, learn how to make your own to give to the woman with a sweet tooth.
Now she can take her camera anywhere in style with this colorful camera strap ($29).
The hostess with the mostest will appreciate this cocktail recipe book ($22, originally $27) that was first written by a London barman called Robert Vermeire in 1922.
These cute whale measuring cups ($32) will put a smile on her face while she”s cooking up a storm.
The heart adds a touch of sweetness to the ring ($30), while the initial personalizes it.
When traveling, or simply at the end of a crazy workday, a soothing eye mask is just the thing to relax her worries away. And making one for her is also a great way to repurpose an old shirt.
A journal ($20) will come in handy for sorting out her thoughts.
This cheese kit ($25) has the tools and ingredients for the avid cheese-lover to create 10 Italian cheeses.
This butter dish ($16) will artfully disguise her kitchen”s butter, a generally mundane-looking ingredient.
These stainless-steel cheese knives ($32) will be a great gift for anyone with a penchant for cheese.
Perfect for any special holiday, a set of these tile photo coasters will cost less than $5 to make. Here are the instructions.
Photo: Sarah Lipoff
Truffle oils ($26-$80) are definitely a foodie essential, and this particular brand ($29) has consistently been chosen by Oprah as one of her favorite things.
Some women are more particular in the kitchen. This sleek pepper grinder ($40) will suit her needs perfectly.
This pretty planner ($36) will keep her organized in the New Year.
Bring a part of the beach home with you with these starfish plates ($8, originally $15) made from recycled glass.
Give her a year”s worth of entertainment by gifting her with a magazine subscription. Perhaps O magazine ($15), Vogue ($20), or Wired ($20)?
This colorful passport holder ($27) from Etsy lists popular cities that are must visits on any traveler”s list.
This elegant paperweight ($32) will show your friend how much you care.
She”ll never have to buy eye shadow again with this 120-Shade Eye Shadow Palette ($17, originally $30).
Take a picture and put it in a simple frame ($2) for a frugal but meaningful present.
She”ll be ecstatic about waking up every day next to this Grumpy Cat plush toy ($24).
Going on a trip soon? Get her a phrase book ($10) with adorable illustrations.
This travel stubs diary ($12) will make her trips more memorable and help to organize travel keepsakes.
Create a natural air freshener by making a bowl of potpourri with a carefully picked blend that caters to her preferences. Here”s a tutorial on how to make potpourri.
Photo: Sarah Lipoff
She”ll love being able to serve wine to her guests with this simple yet elegant oak wine carafe ($36).
These gloves ($48) aren”t just pretty faces — they serve a practical purpose, too. There is a special textured cloth on the index finger and thumb so the wearer can affectively swipe touchscreen gadgets with ease.
This crossword mug ($20) is perfect for the woman who loves to tackle crossword puzzles on Sunday.
It”s always good to keep yourself moisturized, and this sweet-smelling shea honey hand cream ($12) is compact enough to slip into a purse.
If she loves taking photos with her smartphone, then consider one of these cool phone camera lenses ($20-$30). My favorite is the Wide/Macro lens, which lets you take really detailed photos up close.