The Gift That Tones Up Her Core – Stott Pilates for Athletic Conditioning Workout Kit

Reviewer: Ashley

Price: $39.99

Description: Working out and staying fit is really important to me; which is why I adore this Pilates kit. The kit is specifically designed for strengthening and conditioning through Pilates exercises; it has everything your woman will need to feel confident and prepared going into her workout routing. It contains two 2-lb toning balls, one extra-strength flex-band, and 3 workout DVDs (including one for men so you can join in!).

Is this relatively unique or does every woman have it? I’ve noticed many women are big fans of Pilates; it strengthens your core and gives you long and lean muscles. Every woman’s dream right? She may have tried Pilates at the gym or in a class, but now she can work out in the comfort of her own home without any of the added pressure that comes from the gym. Even though many women practice Pilates, I think it’s safe to say not many women have a mini Pilates studio in their own home. This is a somewhat personal gift, so I’d save it for a personal holiday…like a birthday or “just because you love her.”

What kind of woman would like this?  If your lady likes to stay active and fit, she will love this Pilates kit. Or maybe she’s been talking about wanting to get in better shape but doesn’t want to buy a gym membership or feels uncomfortable working out at Pilates studio or gym, this is a great gift to help her obtain her goals without any added pressure. Be careful though! Make sure this is something she wants to or intends to use; suggesting a woman needs to exercise without that being “her idea” might be a bad move!

What else would she need? If she’s already avidly into Pilates, you might want to pick up a few extra perks. Does she already have a Pilates or yoga mat? Maybe she’d love to have a variety of options with her resistance bands or weights. You can add more items to help customize her very own in-home Pilates studio.

Anything else you should know? Just to reiterate, because I think it’s important; women are sensitive but powerful creatures. Make sure you won’t be offending her by purchasing this as a gift; if you know this is something she’d like to/is already pursuing, then this is a really great gift idea.

Because She’s Just A Girl – “L” L.A.M.B. perfume Gift Set by Gwen Stefani

Reviewer: Ashley

Price: $40-$50

Description: Basically, this is the best smelling woman’s perfume ever created; at least I think so anyway. It’s a floral and slightly jasmine scent that is completely inoffensive and “classy” smelling…none of that cheap, over powering perfume smell. This particular gift set comes with a 1.7 ounce bottle of perfume and 2.5 ounces of body lotion and shower gel; so technically you’d be giving her three mini gifts! The set is made by L.A.M.B., Gwen Stefani’s line, so you know it’s awesome.

Is this relatively unique or does every woman have it? I haven’t seen, or smelled rather, too many women rocking this perfume, lotion, or body wash. Perfume tends to be a “special” purchase because it’s generally expensive or frivolous; so this is the perfect birthday or anniversary gift to give your special lady because chances are, she might not have bought it for herself even though it’s something she probably wanted.

What kind of woman would like this?  This is definitely a gift made for a girl who’s into pampering herself or likes feeling “girly.” Also, if your woman is a Gwen Stefani and/or No Doubt fan, then you really can’t go wrong. The scent isn’t ridiculously overpowering, obnoxious, or fruity so even if you’re deciding to buy perfume for a first time perfume wearer, it’s a really lovely, sophisticated scent to give her.

What else would she need? If it’s a big birthday or really special anniversary, consider pairing the perfume with another one of Gwen’s L.A.M.B. products like a scarf, purse, or if you really want to splurge…shoes. They are ridiculously fashionable and I don’t know many women who don’t want to own clothing from her line.

Any additional expenses? Additional expenses could be up to you; the sizes of the perfume, body wash, and lotion are all smaller sizes than the normal (sold-separate from each other) bottles. So if you think (or know) she’d love this perfume, you might want to pony up for the bigger (but more expensive) sizes.

She Can Carry Your Love In This Gift Idea – Dakine Girls Hana Pack

Reviewer: Ashley

Price: Around $20-$30.

Description: I just adore this bag. I love it for the reason that it is just the right size to fit everything I’d need for an outdoor day excursion. It’s smaller than most backpacks (it’s only 7.5 x 17.5 x 12 inches); perfect for going on a day hike, snowboarding, or to the beach for the day without lugging a huge heavy sack around. It comes in a ton of prints and patterns (I prefer my black and leopard print pack) and it has two separate compartments to keep things organized. This is a great gift idea for a birthday or maybe before an upcoming trip.

Is this relatively unique or does every woman have it? Although Dakine is a popular brand on the snowy mountain; I rarely see women toting this practical accessory anywhere else. I know the first time I saw a girl hiking with one, while I was constantly repositioning and messing with my heavy backpack, I knew I had to have one and take it with me constantly.

What kind of woman would like this?  If your girlfriend/wife/lady in your life normally carries around a purse with her essentials, but still likes to get outside and into nature, this is the perfect gift for her. It’s not manly in any way so she can still maintain that feminine side while she’s out getting sweaty on your hiking trips.

What else would she need? A cute idea would be to fill it with some things that might be useful on day trips! For example: Chapstick, hand lotion/sun block, a fun new water bottle, etc

How can I personalize this for her? As mentioned earlier, it comes in a TON of great patterns and colors so you can choose one that fits her personality. Throw a little note in one of the pockets letting her know you’re looking forward to many adventures together; she’ll be thrilled you made that extra effort just for her.

Help Her Out On A Stressful Day With This Green Tea Zen Calming Spa Bath and Body Set Gift Basket

Reviewer:  Ashley

Price: $49.99

Description: Let’s face it, I’m a sucker when it comes to anything bath related; I actually don’t know too many women who aren’t. This basket contains the ultimate full set of products for a night of “me time”: bath gel, body lotion, body scrub, body butter, bath salts, a body scrubber and a super soft spa towel. All of it is green tea scented so it’s perfect after a stressful day. Oh and did I mention it all comes in an adorable handcrafted bamboo bath caddy?

Is this relatively unique or does every woman have it? Chances are your lady has numerous pampering products; but what she might not have is an entire kit to truly spoil herself using products that all stick to the same “scent-theme”. Since it comes in the bamboo caddy, she can also bring all these yummy products to a weekend getaway or rendezvous. It’s also handcrafted which makes it extra special. You can even add a personalized note to include with the kit to add a nice out-of-the-ordinary touch.

What kind of woman would like this? Honestly, I’ve never met a woman who didn’t enjoy a long bubble bath; especially a bubble bath that was encouraged by her significant other. By this I mean allowing her to take time off of her busy day to do something solely for herself. Is she a mom? Tell her you’ll watch the kids for an hour while she lights some candles by the tub and relaxes. Career-driven type? As soon as she’s home from work grab her coat, hand her the spa basket and tell her she deserves to take some time to herself. Trust me, her day will be immediately changed for the better.

What else would she need? A great idea would be to pair this gift with a bottle of her favorite wine or champagne; she can sip on glass while sinking into green-tea relaxation heaven. If she doesn’t drink alcohol the kit comes with some jasmine green tea; offer to prepare it for her and she’ll melt like butter.

How can I personalize this for her? This gift comes with the option of adding a personalized note; definitely take advantage of this little extra. Showing your lady that YOU actually took some time to purchase this gift for her will make it all the more special. No woman likes to feel like you just bought her something on a whim without putting some thought into the process.

A Gift That Looks Good In The Kitchen (and the bedroom!) – Women’s Original Apron in Aqua Damask

Reviewer: Kalena

Price: $32.95

Description: Oh, the flirty apron! With its scooped sides and curved base, this is a flattering apron that is sure to make any lady feel like a femme fatale of the kitchen.

The apron features adjustable neck and waist ties for a comfortable fit and boasts a 2-ply fabric construction for durability. I have been collecting aprons for a few years now, and it’s a very rare thing to find an apron with lining! There’s also a large front pocket, handy for toting around measuring spoons, utensils…whatever!

However, the real star here is the actual appearance of the apron. I would feel absolutely comfortable going from my kitchen to serving my guests cocktails wearing this stylish piece. And I’m pretty sure I’d get some compliments as well.

So give her a treat; this apron would make a great birthday present, “just because” gift, or suggestive “wear this only” Valentine’s gift (it’s never too early to start planning, right?).

Is this relatively unique or does every woman have it? Pretty aprons are gaining popularity, but finding well-made and attractive aprons is still a bit of a challenge. I’d give this a 7 out of 10 for uniqueness.

What kind of woman would like this gift? If you’ve ever found yourself comparing her style at home to that of June Cleaver’s, you’ve got a good match! This apron would be perfect for a woman that appreciates a little retro and feminine charm in their kitchen or in their wardrobe.

How can I personalize this for her? Monogramming comes to mind! You could find a local embroidery shop and have her name or initials added.

Are there any additional expenses I should think of? You mean besides buying her a nice strand of pearls to go along with her new frilly apron? No, I suppose not.

What Do You Get An Independent Woman? The Apollo Precision Tools DT9408 53-Piece Household Tool Kit

Price: $37.95

Description: When I found myself living alone without access to any basic tools, one of the best gifts that I have ever received was this self-contained “53-Piece Household Tool Kit.” I love that it is entirely self-contained. When I need a tool for a project around the house I just have to look in one spot. Having the right tool for me to complete a project makes all the difference in the world. When guy friends have helped me out they always seemed impressed that I have my own tools and know how to use most of them! I used the tape measure, hammer and several screwdrivers this past weekend to put together a closet insert.

The tools are heat treated and chrome plated to resist corrosion and should last you a lifetime (purchase does include a limited lifetime warranty). The sturdy carrying case keeps everything in place.

Is this relatively unique or does every woman have it? All of the resourceful women that I work with or know personally either have this tool kit or something similar (one friend has a similar set with pink accents). Even if you don’t want to fix your own leaky faucet, hang picture frames or assemble furniture, having this tool kit will ensure that when you ask or hire someone to do it for you that the basic tools will be available should you need them.

What kind of gal would like this? Any woman who is living solo or just wants to be prepared for basic home improvement projects needs to have this tool kit. I love not having to rely on someone else to complete simple home improvement projects. Being able to fix or build something on my own always makes me feel more self-sufficient and confident.

When is it ok to buy tools for the woman in your life? Any time you want to show her that you know that she can do just about anything if she puts her mind to it!

What else would she need? The Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement. Also, adding a cordless drill like this Black & Decker 9099KC 7.2-Volt Cordless Drill and a drill bit set like this Black & Decker 15557 10-Piece Drill Bit Set would ensure that she would be prepared for most household improvement or repair projects.

The Kind Of Leather Cuffs She’ll Actually Wear (In Public) – Linea Pelle Double Wrapped Sliced and Studded Bracelets

Reviewer: Erin

Price: $49.99

Description: Unraveled, the length is 16.25 inches and the width is 2 inches. It wraps around the wrist twice into a cool leather cuff bracelet with gold studs and a snap closure. How convenient.

Is this relatively unique or does every woman have it? I’ve seen leather cuff bracelets before. In fact, I even have a few. But none of mine have that jazzy strappy, delicately studded look and none are long enough to wrap around my wrist twice.

What kind of woman would like this? One who is less Wonder Woman and more Gladiator. So a gal with a bit of a tough side and maybe a dollop of rock n’ roll thrown in. What’s cool with this cuff is that it’s appropriate attire for either a dive bar or fine dining establishment. It all depends on what she pairs it with. For the first, the cuff would be perfect with a white t-shirt, tight jeans, and tall boots. And if you want to wine and dine her at a fancier joint, the bracelet would look great with a simple short-sleeved black dress and the same tall boots.

What else would she need? Would feathered earrings be going over the top? No, really. I’d say start with the cuff and if she likes it, you may want to move on to some of Linea’s belts or handbags. She has a whole line of each and they are fabulous. A ton of choice in color, sizes, styles. You may want to have a look.

Coach Wristlet

Reviewer: Ada

Price: $44.99

Description: This is a Coach wristlet that is cute, fun, and super convenient. When I received mine as a gift, I never thought I’d carry it every day, but I do. In fact, I see that all my female workers carry similar wristlets when we go to lunch. This holds my Coach mini wallet and phone perfectly. I can carry the wristlet by itself to a bar, or I can put the whole wristlet into another purse and not worry about forgetting a credit card or an ID.

Is this relatively unique or does every woman have it? Every woman should have one. If your woman does not own one of these already, she will thank you for this gift. This is a practical gift that even divas will like.

What kind of gal would like this? Any woman with a phone, credit card(s), and drivers license. She can be a minimalist who only wants to carry the bare essentials, or she can be the type who carries a different purse every day of the year.

What else would she need?  The matching mini wallet that fits inside – Coach Julia Legacy Stripe Mini Skinny ID Card Case

Are there any additional expenses I should think of?  To make it even more fun, you can buy a gift card to her favorite store and put it inside.

How can I personalize this for her? With a variety of colors and patterns to choose from, you can find one that fits her style.

Any other information I should know about: There’s one additional benefit. With this wristlet, you won’t have to wait for her to find her phone, wallet, and ID every time you take her out.

Swarovski Crystal Cocktail Ring

Reviewer: Erin

Price: There’s a range, but you should be able to find one that’s interesting for between $25 and $75.

Description: Here’s a big and chunky fun Swarovski crystal cocktail ring that not only makes a fashion statement, but could be used as a weapon if push came to shove. Though it sparkles and has some girth, its champagne color makes it oddly subtle.

Is this relatively unique or does every woman have it? Lots of women like jewelry, but far too few think they can pull off big bling. The beauty of costume jewelry is that it makes a statement without creating worry about when and where they can sport it.

What kind of woman would like this? A woman who likes to dress up from time to time, but doesn’t want to think too hard about how to jazz up an outfit. This ring makes it simple. One piece, and she’s done. It might not hurt if she’s a fan of her hands, too.

Additional Info: Present this ring along with reservations to her favorite restaurant, and then order up her favorite drink when you arrive. The additional night-out expense will solidify for her that you truly do like sparkly things—including her big smile. I know. That was cheesy, but somehow jewelry—and bubbly, for me anway—works a charm.

Note: The link below goes to one version of this ring.  If you want to see more, just search for “Swarovski Crystal Cocktail Ring” on Amazon.