13 Birthday Gifts Women Actually Want

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Another year, another birthday gift? Not so fast. We know you want to find a special present for the ladies in your life, whether that’s a sister, mother, aunt, girlfriend, wife, fianceé… you get the point. And the last thing you want is for that gift to be too basic. The best gifts for her never end up in the trash or junk drawer.

So forget the gift cards and check out one of the best birthday gifts for her. Whether she’s into candles, tea time or getting creative, we have gift ideas for every gal on your list. We did the shopping for you to make getting a year older something for her to get excited about.


1. FOREO LUNA Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush

This facial brush is magic. If the lovely lady in your life doesn’t already have this super popular facial cleansing brush from Foreo, then this is the ultimate birthday gift idea. Countless women swear by this device, which gently massages the face to clean away grime and unclog pores. While there are larger and more expensive Foreo brushes, the Luna Mini 2 makes for the perfect birthday present.

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2. Piece of Cake Candle

If birthdays had stocking stuffers, this would be the perfect one. When you want to surprise her with a little something, this delicious candle will do the trick. To make it even more delectable, it’s actually made in Italy by sixth-generation candle makers. She can make a wish every time she blows it out!

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3. Drybar The Double Shot Blow-Dryer Brush

A good hair day is truly the perfect present, so this is a gift that keeps on giving. Essentially a hairbrush and blow-dryer in one, it makes blowouts easier and faster. The result is smooth, bouncy hair.

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4. Tune Out Musical Sleep Mask

Any frequent flier will be addicted to this next-level sleep mask. Not only is it extra soft and cuddly to make it super comfy, but all that padding has a double purpose: it won’t let in any light. And it gets better. It also has built-in headphones (but it’s cordless!) so she can listen to her favorite tunes to help her drift off to sleep.

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5. Jomass Owl Pots

Give her succulents a home that’s a real hoot with these mini ceramic owl plants that stand at just 2.5 inches tall. Each planter in the six-pack is unique, and they’re designed to be breathable to encourage her plants to grow.

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6. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Instant Eye Palette

She can never have enough eye shadow palettes, especially if it’s one from makeup artist to the stars, Charlotte Tilbury. It contains 12 shades in tones of champagnes, nudes and pinks to help her create countless looks.

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7. Bob Ross by the Numbers

Everyone deserves to paint happy little trees on their birthday, and this set has everything she needs to do just that. The creative kit includes three pre-printed canvases with numbers, with two landscapes and one of Bob’s face, as well as seven paint pots and a mini paintbrush.

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8. Rebecca Minkoff Emma Swing Crossbody Bag

A timeless bag is a gift she’ll get tons of mileage out of. This crossbody from Rebecca Minkoff has just enough details to make it now — like the cool chain — while remaining a true classic. Lots of pockets mean she can stash her stuff in this slim, curved silhouette sans bulk.

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9. Betty Crocker Pizza Maker

No matter how old you are, a birthday pizza party is always a blast. With this chic red pizza maker, she can have one every day if she wants to! It makes it a cinch to bake 12” pizzas with a crispy crust every time. It’s also great for making flatbreads, quesadillas, nachos, frittatas, quiche and oversized cookies, to name a few.

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10. BYREDO Woods Candle

You simply can’t go wrong with a candle, especially when that candle is from BYREDO. When she can’t go for a walk in the woods, this candle is as close as it gets to the forest. Featuring a top note of raspberry, middle notes of jasmine petals and Tuscan leather, and a base of ambroxan and white cedarwood, it’s practically forest bathing in wax form.

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11. Maybe Swearing Will Help: Adult Coloring Book

The potty mouth in your life will get a kick out of this coloring book. In between coloring in animals, floral patterns, word art and abstract designs, she’ll be entertained by the puns, quirky quotes and, obviously, curse words.

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12. Sleeping Beauty Necklace, Opal Solitaire

Brooklyn jewelry maker Catbird has created a cult following for itself — and for good reason. Celebs and the rest of us mere mortals can’t get enough of their delicate designs, like this classic solitaire necklace with a glimmering opal at its center. Like the birthday cake candle, Catbird has tons of great gift ideas for her, and this necklace is no exception. The unique setting, with hand-tapered claws holding the opal, gives it an unexpected twist.

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13. Teabloom Complete Tea Set

For tea drinkers, an elegant tea set is always one of the best birthday gifts for her. It’s hard to say which is better — the tea itself or the Instagram bait it inspires. The flowering tea set has all she needs for the prettiest tea party, including a lidded glass teapot, glass infuser, warmer, four 3.4 oz. double-wall glasses and 12 unique blooming tea flowers in gift packaging. Of course, the infuser also brews loose leaf teas and tea bags. Bonus: It’s stovetop, dishwasher and microwave safe.

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