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Gift Ideas for Your Girlfriend She Won't Hate

Promise.

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It doesn't matter how long you've been in the relationship—the pressure to give your girlfriend a unique gift she'll actually use is very real. Not to mention, dating in the middle of a pandemic could be complicating things quite a bit, to say the least. Wait, does she have this already? What's that brand she loves again? Is it too soon for this? Save yourself the awkward "Oh...it's nice" (we've all been there) and buy your girlfriend one of these chic gifts for her birthday, your anniversary, or "just because," ahead.

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Outdoor Speaker
House of Marley
$119.99

There will come a day where we can safely travel again. When that day comes, make sure she has this waterproof outdoor speaker that she can take with her to the local beach or on vacation. It has a 12-hour battery life. 

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2020-2021 Planner
Morgan Harper Nichols
$32.99

Morgan Harper Nichols, poet, author, and artist who has become well-known for her work on Instagram, created a gorgeous 2020-2021 planner filled with her inspirational quotes. Though we aren't going too many places at the moment, that doesn't mean your Type-A girlfriend couldn't use another space to jot down work deadlines and Zoom happy hours. 

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Face Bookend Vase By Justina Blakeney
Jungalow
$98.00

If she loves books and flowers, consider these face bookend vases a two-for-one that she'll be obsessed with. 

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'The Vanishing Half' By Brit Bennett
Bookshop
$24.84

If she needs some books to add to her TBR list, gift her Brit Bennett's The Vanishing HalfMarie Claire's July book club pick. Read an excerpt from The New York Times-bestelling novel here.

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Mothership: IV Decadence Eyeshadow Palette
Pat McGrath
$125.00

Yes, navigating unchartered makeup territory is scary, but this bold Pat McGrath eyeshadow set will become her favorite palette in her collection. Trust us on this one.

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Women's Fleece Sweats Pack
Richer Poorer
$144.00

Since we're spending most of our time indoors for the foreseeable future, you might as well buy her this cozy fleece sweatpants pack that she'll live in during the fall while you Netflix and chill. 

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Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna
$19.00

Show her you know your sh*t when you give her Rihanna's Fenty lip gloss that comes in six different colors. Whatever color you choose, you can't go wrong.

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Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle
Brooklinen
$99.00

PSA: Only gift her this chic Brooklinen classic bundle set if the two of you are living or planning on moving in with each other. Otherwise, you might not be her partner much longer!

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All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask
KNC Beauty
$5.00

Consider this lip mask that will hydrate and smoothen her lips a gift for the both of you. 

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Kacey Musgraves x Boy Smells Candle
Boy Smells
$39.00

Kacey Musgraves teamed up with candle brand Boy Smells to create a scent called "Slow Burn," based off of the singer's hit song of the same title. The candle sold out on the first day of its launch, and I can confirm it smells incredible. Here's exactly how Musgraves describes it: 

"Glowing and dark—incense, black pepper, and guaiac wood take center stage with whiffs of embers in the distance. A little dank, a little crisp: accords of smoked papyrus and amber add an earthy expensiveness. Commanding, but not in a hurry, like the last sips of a Negroni at the bar down the street, expressed through hints of elemi and tonka bean. The 'scentiment' of SLOW BURN is about pausing along the way to relax and enjoy exactly where you are right now." 

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Gold Small Cord Hoops
Missoma
$115.00

Does the name Meghan Markle ring a bell? (Don't answer that.) The Duchess wears this brand of jewelry frequently, so you're pretty much bestowing a royal title on your girlfriend by getting her a pair of these earrings. 

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iPhone 11 Pro Smart Battery Case
Apple
$129.00

If her phone is always dying, she'll very much appreciate a smart battery case that she would otherwise hesitate to buy with her own money. 

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Darker Skin Tones Face Cream
Dr. Barbara Sturm
$215.00

In collaboration with actress Angela Bassett, Dr. Barbara Sturm developed a quick-absorbing face cream that helps hydrate skin and target hyperpigmentation—specifically for people with darker skin tones. Marie Claire's beauty editor, Maya Allen, is obsessed. 

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Google Nest Mini (2nd Generation)
Google
$49.00

"Hey Google, play romantic love songs." The Google Nest Mini is a useful and affordable gift for your music-loving partner who doesn't want to keep a clunky speaker in her apartment. Bonus points for those of us who are trying to keep our products environmentally-friendly: The top is made out of  100 percent recycled plastic bottles. 

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Brass Wine Rack
Anthropologie
$68.00

If she hasn't invested in a bar cart yet, this gorgeous brass wine rack will do the trick until she's ready to make the splurge. Cheers to that. 

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Cat-Eye Sunglasses
Gucci
$360.00

It's rare to find a pair of cat-eye sunglasses that cross into square sunglasses territory, but this Gucci pair does the trick—making them an A-plus choice for most face shapes. 

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Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
Le Labo
$80.00

One spritz of Le Labo's Santal 33 perfume, and she'll captivate the entire room. (Seriously, this is not an exaggeration.) The bottles are on the pricier side, so she'll appreciate you contributing to an extra few months of her signature scent.  

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The Bigger Carry-On
Away Travel
$245.00

Take the next step in the relationship and buy each other matching Away carry-on suitcases. (Okay, they don't have to match exactly...please get different colors.) Add her initials for a personalized touch. 

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Gold Crackle Mercury Candle Holders
West Elm

If you're dating a candle hoarder, gift her one of these beautiful candle holders instead of contributing to her...problem. This way, you're still supporting her while giving her an excuse to actually use them.

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Stan Smith Shoes
Adidas
$75.00

Adidas' Stan Smith sneakers look good with any outfit, athleisure or non. They're totally worth the investment even if everyone and their mother has a pair. (Also, you can never have too many pairs of Stan Smiths.)

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Backslash Fit Smart Yoga Mat
Hearst Products
$24.95

It's not a regular yoga mat, it's a smart yoga mat. Yes, this self-rolling, cushiony mat pairs with an Amazon Alexa app that will guide her through her flow. (Technology!) Plus, every time she takes a class, she'll think of you.

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Femininities Necklace
Chloé
$360.00

If you've been dating for more than a couple months, a piece of jewelry like this gorgeous female silhouette necklace says, "I'm committed, but I know my limits."

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The Oversized Alpaca Crew
Everlane
$95.00

Attention: New knitwear has dropped on Everlane, and she will neverI repeat, neversay no to a cozy oversized crewneck sweater. Consider it one less item she needs to add to her cart during her winter wardrobe refresh.

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'Delish: Eat Like Every Day’s the Weekend'
Delish
$30.00
$16.90 (44% off)

Delish's cookbook features over 275 easy-to-learn recipes and ideas so really, it's a gift for the both of you. Cookie dough cheesecake? Yes, please.

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iHome Portable Mirror Bluetooth Speaker
iHome
$50.00

Three words: mirror bluetooth speaker. This genius invention from iHome allows her to do her makeup while listening to her favorite music, and even has the ability to take phone calls. Her morning routine will never be the same (in the best way).

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A Customized Journal
Papier
£16.99

Inspire her to write down all of her thoughts and ideas in this gorgeous lined notebook. Create a customizable cover to add a special touch.

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Pansy Face Ribbed Wool Beanie
Acne Studios
$150.00

Fact: Get her a wool beanie that speaks to her soul, and you'll win S.O. of the year. 

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