The 13 best gift ideas for your girlfriend for under $100
You might be prone to overthinking it, but it's really not that hard to shop for your girlfriend. Gift her something that she'll be sure to appreciate, something that shows you pay attention and (most importantly) something that makes her feel like the queen she is. (Pro-tip: These also make awesome everyday, just-because gifts too.)
Editor's note: Prices and product availability are subject to change throughout the holidays.
Customizable kimono of dreams
The coolest thing about (short for Print All Over Me's customizable section is that you can print virtually anything your heart desires. Their products, which include backpacks, clutches, duffle bags, neckties and more, can all be printed with say, the drunken photo booth pics you took with your girlfriend the night you met.
Of all the customizable options, we think the kimono ($72) is the most romantic choice because she can wrap herself up in it when she goes to bed and dream all about how she has the best boyfriend or girlfriend in the whole wide world.
The you-can't-go-wrong gift
It's a Fuji Instax Mini 8 (around $60) in whatever is her favorite color (because chances are they make it). You know the deal — instant photography is always fun and it makes for even better Instagram photos. Pair it with Google's new photo scanning app (free) and she'll be in film business at the click of a shutter.
Very important emergency kits
While we're talking about selfies, the Screen Queen Tech Kit ($26) from Pinch Provisions has everything your girlfriend needs for selfie success (minus a camera): a cord organizer, charging cable and wall charger, camera lens, screen cloth, phone stand and more. Its Airplane Mode Travel Kit ($26), with 18 travel essentials will keep her fresh and rejuvenated during any jet-setting excursion.
A daylong photoshoot — just for her
Buy yourself the above shirt ($25.73), whip out your camera and take a picture of yourself wearing it. Print it onto a handsome gift certificate good for a five-hour photo shoot session (with no limit to the number of outfits she can bring along to change into, that you will carry for her because of love) redeemable whenever and wherever she wants, so that she can have a massive collection of IG selfies to choose from whenever she wants to post a pic of herself living the good life.
If you're a little intimidated at the prospect of getting jewelry — maybe it's too expensive, maybe you don't know her exact ring size (not judgment) — we suggest a classic pair of stud earrings, like the little gold nuggets above from Curator ($31). They're a good idea because she can wear them with anything, a little black dress or a T-shirt and yoga pants, and you can feel proud because you got her jewelry she'll actually wear.
Another good jewelry idea
You know what's also a good idea? Jewelry that a famous supermodel wears. Bonus points if the jewelry is super on-trend, such as any choker from designer Danielle Guizio (Bella Hadid and various IG it-girls wear them. The choker pictured here is the Ella Adjustable Choker ($70), and she'll love it.
A book club/food club/subscription box trifecta
The Literary Box from Quarterly ($50) features a box curated by a novelist who includes their recent book (obvs) with handwritten memos tucked inside, two novels by other writers and snacks and cute stuff. For example, July's box was built by Lauren Weisberger, the author of The Devil Wears Prada, who included an annotated version of her recent work, The Singles Game, along with Still Alice, by Lisa Genova, Eight Hundred Grapes, by Laura Dave and an assortment of drink recipes, a pair of sunglasses and wild straws.
A beauty subscription box
You know she likes the beauty products, but you don't know which kinds, exactly? Let the curators behind Glossybox ($21/month) do all the selecting for you. Every month, they ship out five samples from over 1,100 brands covering a range of niche to high-end, curated to her specific needs, along with instruction cards for how to best use the products and with what techniques. Fellas, this is important because it could help her discover her new favorite product, upon which she will place the sweet memory your face and think of you every time she puts it on.
That Kim Kardashian West-approved selfie case
If you haven't heard of the LuMee, it's the Kim Kardashian West-endorsed iPhone case with LED lights around the edge that supposedly provide the selfie-taker with warm holy light from the heavens that will make her glow like an angel. The reviews have so far been pretty positive, and LuMee has recently released the LuMee Duo ($69.95), a case with lighting on both sides of the phone, so that your friends get just as much heavenly lighting on their side of the lens as you do on yours.
Because you know she's always cold in the office
Most of the time, offices are freezing (even in the winter with the heater blasting), thanks to the gosh dang patriarchy. Show your girlfriend you understand that A) she wants to be warmer and B) possibly the envy of the office, by gifting her a very cozy faux mink fur throw blanket, such as this one sold by Restoration Hardware ($59).
Furry pillows are good too.
Your girlfriend will be so happy to keep the fur blanket at the office if she has these oversize faux fur pillows at home, from Dormify ($49), waiting for her.
Make adorable air plant terrariums with her.
Like little love ferns you build together, this box from Makers Kit ($28) comes with everything you need to make cute little hanging Tillandsia, aka air plants. The kit includes two Tillandsia, two hanging bubbles, some moss, lichen, perlite and vermiculite. You know, to symbolize your love. You could print out little meaningful pictures to put inside the bulbs to make this gift a little more personal. Or just make her a lavish AF dinner afterward.
Homemade beer (of love)
Make a holiday beer together — call it something cute, like the combination of your two names, for example (Note: Brangelina has been taken and destroyed). No matter which is her favorite type of brew, the Brooklyn Brew Shop has a kit to fit her tastes. The Hard Cider, Galaxy Single IPA or Afternoon Wheat kits cost $40 each.
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