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The 39 Best Gifts (That You Can Buy on Amazon) for Every Type of Girlfriend

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Whether you’ve just started dating or you’ve been together for 15 years, buying a present for the person you love can be fraught. How do you express universal sentiments such as ‘I love and respect you’ while also avoiding the generic? How do you give a gift that is useful without being boring? We’re here to help. Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or a birthday, we’ve got suggestions for all kinds of girlfriends. Read on to find recommendations for stylish girlfriends, sporty girlfriends, minimalist girlfriends, long-term girlfriends, and ‘is it official yet’ girlfriends.

For the girlfriend who’s a minimalist

Skagen Women Stainless Steel Cuff Bracelet

A Cos-y bracelet with a lapis accent.

For the girlfriend who’s a maximalist

Design Toscano Cupid and Psyche Bonded Marble Bust

What is a home without a bust?

For the girlfriend who has an active Depop account

find. Women's Denim Jacket

A pared-back denim smock from Amazon’s weirdly good fashion line.

For the girlfriend who could 100 percent survive in the wild

Kupilka 37 Large Mug (Brown)

Every wilderness professional in Finland has one of these mugs, according to qualified wilderness guide Anna-Elina Lahti. It’s large enough to use as a bowl, and it’s also dishwasherproof.

For the girlfriend who 100 percent could not survive in the wild

Charbonnel et Walker Milk Sea-Salt Hazelnut Praline Hearts

A box of perfectly Instagrammable chocolates.

For the girlfriend who’s a doodler

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, 12 Count

Not too thin and not too thick, these pens come recommended by Diptique Creative Director Myriam Badault.

For the girlfriend who’s a little bit luxury

Mason Pearson Pocket Bristle Hair Brush

The best overall hairbrush, according to the expert stylists we spoke to.

For the girlfriend who is more than a little bit luxury

Urbanara Salantai Woollen Blanket – 100% Pure New Wool, Herringbone Design Blanket With Fringes

This would look delightfully inviting when paired with crumpled white bedsheets.

For the girlfriend who loses her phone, but also keeps it on silent, so you can’t just ring it to find it

Tile Mate

A gift that will pay for itself.

For the girlfriend who stays up late reading

Moleskine Booklight Hay Yellow

This cheerful light clips onto the pages of a book.

For the girlfriend who stays up late scrolling

Bed Of Nails Acupressure Mat

Help that phone-neck with an acupressure mat.

For the girlfriend who gets an oat-milk flat white every morning

S'well Unisex's Stainless Steel Travel Mug, Night Sky, 470mL

Available in a range of shades, but we like the mottled blue here.

For the girlfriend who’s just downloaded PlantSnap

Pothos Plant (Epipremnum aureum)

A great houseplant for beginners.

Elho B.for Rock 16 - Flowerpot

Add in a plant pot too.

For the girlfriend who takes a packed lunch to work every morning

PuTwo Lunch Box 2 Tiers Bento Box

Two layers, so you can keep wet and dry elements separate.

Bamboo Cutlery Set

Throw in a cutlery set, and save your sweetheart from having to use the communal stuff.

For the girlfriend who’s just moved into a new flat

Navaris Folding Kraft Paper Stool

This designy paper stool is handy for extra seating, as well as being a nifty talking point.

Vogue: The Covers (updated edition), by Dodie Kazanjian

A very giftable coffee table book for that new flat.

David Bowie Is

And another one.

For the girlfriend who sets the table, even when you’re having beans on toast

House Doctor Candle Stand Circle, Brass Finish

We like this streamlined candlestick holder.

UnBeelievable 100% Pure Beeswax Handmade Taper Candles Pair

Add in these pure beeswax candles (with a slight honey scent).

For the girlfriend who makes that toast from scratch

The Noma Guide to Fermentation, by Rene Redzepi

Give the gift of pickling.

For the girlfriend who carries her laptop in a tote bag

Knomo Beauchamp Rucksack 14

‘The Knomo Beauchamp has multiple compartment areas — zips at the front, a laptop area, zips inside for more valuable items, side holders, everything. It’s light, durable, and has never let me down’, writes international reporter Roz.

For the girlfriend who hasn’t got a weighted blanket yet

Jaymag Weighted Blanket

If she’s still on the fence about owning a weighted blanket, this one by jaymag is the best reviewed on Amazon. One comment that comes up again and again in the reviews: “Why did I wait so long to buy this?”

For the girlfriend who’s a Rio reader

Benton Aloe Soothing Mask Pack 10 pack

Our beauty columnist Rio Viera-Newton buys these sheet masks on repeat.

For the girlfriend who’s into CrossFit

Etekcity Back Neck Massager With Heat Function

This back and neck massager is something of a cult in L.A.

For the girlfriend who’s just signed up for a charity half-marathon

TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller

Reviewers rate this foot roller for easing plantar fasciitis.

For the girlfriend whose idea of a marathon is a flight from LHR-LAX

Trtl Pillow

The best neck pillow is essentially a padded scarf.

For the girlfriend who’s the admin for at least three hen-weekend group chats

Lakeland Leather Keswick Real Leather Weekend and Overnight Holdall Duffle Bag

An understated leather weekender.

For the girlfriend who’s got those groups muted already

Master & Dynamic MH40 Over-Ear Headphones

Some designy noise-cancelling headphones.

For the girlfriend who’s a little bit of a grandma

Roberts Revival Uno Compact DAB/DAB+/FM Digital Radio With Alarm

Interior designer Rita Konig told us that she likes the leather detailing on this radio.

For the girlfriend who is a lot of a grandma

Scentered Sleep Well Therapy Balm

A soothing little sleep balm.

For the girlfriend who’s a Winter Girl

100 Percent Cashmere Unisex Beanie Hat by Lona Scott

Super-soft and slate grey.

For the girlfriend who’s a Summer Girl

Greenfield Collection Blenheim Willow Picnic Hamper for Four People With Midnight Blue Picnic Blanket

This will make eating Tesco hummus in the park so much more elegant.

Taittinger Brut Reserve Non-Vintage Champagne With Gift Box, 75cl

A bottle of Champagne would fit quite nicely into that picnic basket.

For the girlfriend whom you’re just getting serious with

Acca Kappa Medium Pure Bristle Black Toothbrush

There’s no need for her to bring a toothbrush when she sleeps over anymore.

Marvis Jasmine-Mint Toothpaste

You could bundle the toothbrush with this stylish jasmine toothpaste.

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The 37 Best Gifts for Every Type of Girlfriend