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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

A Cos-y bracelet with a lapis accent.

For the girlfriend who’s a maximalist

For the girlfriend who has an active Depop account

For the girlfriend who could 100 percent survive in the wild

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

For the girlfriend who’s a doodler

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

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

For the girlfriend who is more than a little bit luxury

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

A gift that will pay for itself.

For the girlfriend who stays up late reading

This cheerful light clips onto the pages of a book.

For the girlfriend who stays up late scrolling

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

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

For the girlfriend who’s just downloaded PlantSnap

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

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

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

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

A very giftable coffee table book for that new flat.

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And another one.

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

We like this streamlined candlestick holder.

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

For the girlfriend who makes that toast from scratch

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

For the girlfriend who’s into CrossFit

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

Reviewers rate this foot roller for easing plantar fasciitis.

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


The best neck pillow is essentially a padded scarf.

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

For the girlfriend who’s got those groups muted already

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

For the girlfriend who is a lot of a grandma

For the girlfriend who’s a Winter Girl

For the girlfriend who’s a Summer Girl

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

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

For the girlfriend whom you’re just getting serious with

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


You could bundle the toothbrush with this stylish jasmine toothpaste.

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The 37 Best Gifts for Every Type of Girlfriend