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The 31 Best Gifts (That You Can Buy on Amazon) for Every Type of Girlfriend

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift for your beloved. 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. We’ve got suggestions for stylish girlfriends, sporty girlfriends, minimalist girlfriends, long-term girlfriends, and “is it official yet” girlfriends.

For the girlfriend who works from bed

Give her some sheets she wouldn’t mind being glimpsed on Zoom. [Editor’s note: this colour is low in stock, but the product is available in several other colours].

For the girlfriend who bought a lap desk in 2020

A classic Parker pen for a heavy dose of corner-office energy.

For the girlfriend who misses date night

£13 for 20

These crispy roasted broad beans are the kind of thing you usually get with your sherry at Sager and Wilde – but would be just as nice with a glass of wine in front of Drag Race.

For the girlfriend who misses spa days

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Pretend you’re at a high-end spa with this (vegan) cooling cucumber mud mask.

For the girlfriend who is (already) Zoomed out

Hive Pocket (with Expansion)
£17
£17
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Hive, a chess-like game we have written about before, is a far more analog way to relax after work.

For the girlfriend who can do a cut crease

£17
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Fetto’s favourite products, like lipstick or foundation, are shot on strikingly coloured backgrounds, and the jewel-green cover with foil lettering would look particularly nice arranged on a coffee table with a vase of fresh flowers.

For the girlfriend who thinks “cut crease” means something to do with sewing

Contributor Sirin Kale credits this easy-peasy stamp set for her two perfectly-aligned eyeliner flicks.

For the girlfriend who’s a little bit luxury

These Himalayan bath salts feature lavender, rose, and chamomile.

For the girlfriend who’s more than a little bit luxury

For the girlfriend who has strong feelings on pyramid-shaped versus square-shaped teabags

Give her a striking-looking teapot for her (highly specific) selection.

For the girlfriend who has strong feelings on burr versus blade grinders

For a classic stovetop coffee, Dave Loughton — a member of the sales team at Algerian Coffee Stores — recommends this coffee maker from the well-known Italian brand Ilsa.

For the girlfriend who has an active Depop account

From £25

A wearable puffer from Amazon’s weirdly good fashion line (available in sizes 8-20).

For the girlfriend who doesn’t know what Depop is

Half the price of a Uniqlo puffer, courtesy of the Puma x Amazon collab.

For the girlfriend who pivoted your Hvar sailing trip to narrowboating on the Norfolk broads, without breaking a sweat

For the girlfriend who’s a doodler

Not too thin and not too thick, these pens (which came in at number 24 in our exhaustive pen testing project) come recommended by Diptique creative director Myriam Badault, British GQ art director Kevin Fay, and designer Chloe Ainsley.

For the girlfriend who’s a painter

Professional artist Natalya Lobanova is staunchly loyal to these quite-affordable watercolours.

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 wishes she lived by the sea

This scrub is made with sea kelp and French green clay (and smells like the seaside).

For the girlfriend who stays up late reading

Moleskine Book Light
£13
£13

This cheerful light clips onto the pages of a book.

For the girlfriend who stays up late seething

If you’re a snorer, author Sophia Money-Coutts says these earplugs “remain lodged all night, comfortably muffling the world outside.”

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

This design-y paper stool is handy for extra seating (for when people are allowed to come over again), as well as being a nifty talking point.

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

If she’s still on the fence about owning a weighted blanket, this one by YnM is highly reviewed on Amazon. It was included in our list of the best weighted blankets in the U.S. as well as in the Strategist 100, our collection of the best, most-stood-behind products ever to appear on the website.

For the girlfriend who overexerted on Yoga With Adriene

This back and neck massager was the top-rated when we scoured Amazon for the best massagers.

For the girlfriend who overexerted on banana bread

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Try a new fruit-based bake.

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

Interior designer Rita Konig told us that she likes the leather detailing on this radio (and Russell Tovey has it in burgundy).

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.

For the girlfriend who doesn’t want much

This illustrated card would make a no-fuss gift (that could be put in a nice frame afterwards).

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The 31 Best Gifts for Every Type of Girlfriend