101 Amazing Birthday Gift Ideas and Surprises For Her
Guys – we know how it is. Girls are very hard to buy gifts for. Let’s look at some birthday gift ideas for her…
Whether it’s her 21st birthday, her 30th or 40th or any other birthday, it can be really hard to know what to get the love of your life.
See, women have this reputation for being like Rachel in Friends; if they don’t like a gift, they’ll pretend to like it, before taking it back to the store to swap it for something else!
Yes, that really does happen.
What can we say? Girls are notoriously picky. We know what we want and what we don’t want.
The problem is that we’re not going to tell you because:
a) We love surprises
b) We want you to know what we want (it makes us feel really special)
You probably want to really impress her your partner this time. You want to buy her a gift that she definitely won’t return, but instead will love forever. And Beauty and Tips is here to help you out with our bumper article. Let’s take a look at 101 birthday gift ideas and surprises for her.
Comfort and Relaxation
Your bae deserves a bit of comfort and relaxation after a long day at work. Here are some ideas:
Now, what woman alive would say No to bath bombs?
Bath bombs are a great gift. Picture it: Your partner has had the worst day ever at work.
She burnt her tongue on her morning coffee, missed her train to work, got shouted at by her boss and got soaked in the rain on the way home.
But it’s totally okay because she know she can relax when she gets home in a bath with a bath bomb that you lovingly bought for her birthday.
Take her cares away with some sensuous bath time smells this year.
A Fun Colouring Book
“A colouring book? She isn’t 5!”
Again, guys, you need to think outside the box when it comes to birthday gift ideas for your girlfriend.
Look at it like this: Does your girlfriend ever get stressed or anxious? Sadly, most girls do.
Some girls get stressed and anxious often, and when we get stressed and anxious, we need something that’s going to help calm us down.
Believe it or not, a colouring book can be the one thing that helps to calm us down and restore peace. Colouring books are a great way to pass the time, especially if we’re stuck on a long train or plane journey. If your partner is stressed of anxious, she will absolutlely LOVE this creative present.
Essential Oil Diffuser
We know what you’re asking: “Essential what diffuser?”
You’ve heard of essential oils, right? There’s peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil and so on.
Well, a diffuser diffuses the essential oil into the atmosphere so that it surrounds your partner.
Why would they do this? Essential oils, when diffused, can help your partner to de-stress and calm down.
All she needs to do is return home from another long day at work, drop a few hints of essential oil into her diffuser and let it fill up the room.
A Fleece Robe
A fleece robe is bae.
Heck, sometimes it’s even a bit sexy.
When she gets home from work, she can shower, eat and slip into her fleece robe before relaxing in front of the TV.
And the best thing is that a fleece lining means she won’t get too hot.
“Yeah, I bought you one with a fleece lining so that you wouldn’t get too hot, babe.”
“So thoughtful omg!”
Guys are pretty much the same, but girls LOVE to get comfy.
It doesn’t matter if it’s “only” 8PM. If we’re home for the night and all our chores are done for the day, we’re putting our pyjamas on, pouring ourselves some wine and putting our slippers on.
In fact, we’ll wear our slippers whenever, wherever. We’ll even take them to a hotel!
If your partner could really do with some new slippers, get her a cute pair for her birthday.
Light-up Unicorn Slippers
Think slippers are a bit of a boring gift?
Worried that your partner might open them and be all like ‘WHAT’?
Then we think you need to buy her some light up unicorn slippers!
Because she’s a unicorn of course.
Seriously, this gift is totally daft – but also totally cute and fun.
And we can guarantee that this is the first thing she’ll take a pic of and upload to Facebook on her birthday.
Kama Sutra Massage Oils
Yes, that karma sutra.
This is a really romantic birthday gift that’s super affordable. It won’t cost you much, but the value it offers is fantastic. Your girlfriend will get 5 bottles of massage oil, and each comes with its own scent that will make her skin soft and supple.
She’ll really appreciate it. Don’t forget, though – you’ll be playing the role of the masseuse.
Dual Foot Massager
All girls like to be pampered. And you know what girls really like? They like to be pampered in the comfort of their own home by a machine.
A dual foot massager means your partner can stay at home, relax and get herself a stimulating foot massage. It will stimulate the pressure points in her feet and make her feel amazing.
The best thing for you is that this gift doesn’t even cost much at all!
A BIG Box Of Chocolates
And when we say big, we mean Big with a capital B.
Go Big and go Chocolate or go home, dude. Your girl wants chocolate for her birthday, and if you don’t deliver, well, we don’t know what to say!
Vibrating Neck Massager
Forget about her feet; if your girl has been complaining about a sore neck recently, the best way to soothe those aching muscles is by giving her a neck massage.
If, however, you’re not exactly the best at massaging her neck, the neck best thing (next best thing, get it!?) to buy her is a vibrating neck massager that does your job for you.
It’s a great gift to get any woman who’s had neck trouble recently, and it will especially come in handy if she has to travel long distances often.
Maybe her whole body aches? If so, avoid the neck and foot massager and just go with the cushion massager. This will provide support for her back and will ensure that she gets a better nights sleep.
A Backpack Massager
What about the times your girl is out and about? Won’t she still want a massage, then?
She will if she’s got a very bad back.
Walking around with a rucksack on her shoulders can cause considerable pain if she’s already struggling with back ache. Buy her a backpack massager so that she can wear it as a backpack that massages her back as she walks around. It’s an awesome gift, huh?
What’s that we say? Microwavable boots?!
Microwavable boots are essentially slippers/boots that your partner can wear inside the house. When she wants to warm her feet up and get cosy, she can simply pop the boots in the microwave and warm them up!
If you want, you can buy her scented ones for extra comfort and relaxation.
We think this is an amazing gift for any princess who has been stood on her feet way too long.
Guys, we get it: Pyjama bottoms for her birthday? Kind of a boring gift.
But this is where many guys go wrong.
See, girls don’t always need big, extravagant gestures on their birthday. Honestly, there are times (such as when she has no wearable pyjama bottoms left) that pyjama bottoms make for an awesome birthday gift.
If your partner has been complaining lately that she has no pyjama bottoms left, buy her some cute new ones for her birthday.
Mermaid Comfort Blanket
Most girls either want to be a unicorn or a mermaid.
Some of us want to be a unicorn one day and a mermaid the next. It depends on our mood.
It’s rare that we want to be an actual adult.
If your bae wants to be a mermaid (or if she legit thinks that she actually is one), a knitted effect mermaid comfort blanket is a great gift to get her. It even comes with tapered fins!
Let her be the mermaid she’s always wanted to be.
Don’t forget – you have to step up and be a merman. It’s your time to shine, dude!
Cocktail Bath Melts
Your partner deserves to be treated like a princess – she deserves her very own cocktail bath melts.
If you shop around, you can find cocktail fragranced bath melts that come in all kinds of flavours, from gin and lime to the classic Pina Colada.
Of course, you’d buy her some actual alcohol, too.
Otherwise, you’re just an animal.
Gin and Tonic Bathing Gel
Yes, you read that right – gin and tonic bathing gel.
In other words – every girls dream!
Who needs lavender bath bombs when we’ve got G and T bathing gel?!
Now all we need is a cheeky glass of actual gin and tonic and we’re not leaving the bath until midnight!
A gin and tonic bathing gel is great for a bit of soapy relaxation, but it’s absolutely perfect for when your partner is getting ready for a night out!
Prosecco Bathing Gel
If your partner is more of a prosecco girl than a gin and tonic girl, go for the prosecco bathing gel instead. It’s just the same but with prosecco.
Sadly, it contains zero alcohol.
A Stress Relieving Relaxation Light
You should be able to find one of these in any home store near you. If not, just shop around for one online.
What is it? A stress relieving relaxation light is a super tranquil light that changes through a number of gentle colours. It also comes with 5 various sounds, and your partner can set it so that the light switches off once she’s drifted off to sleep.
Buy her a gift like this and she’ll know that you really care about her wellbeing.
Gin and Tonic Soap Bar
Yes, it seems like there is a gin and tonic for everything, from bathing gels to soap bars.
This gift contains no alcohol either (which is probably a good thing). Instead, it’s just a gin and tonic scented soap bar that comes with a vintage design.
If your girl is mad about gin and loves her vintage stuff, this is an affordable gift all guys should be buying this year.
A Sleep Mask
Hear us out on this one, because we know what you’re thinking:
“Isn’t a sleep mask kinda … boring?”
Look, we all appreciate sleep.
But girls probably appreciate it more than guys (probably because we sleep less. We literally can’t switch off).
Sleep is important. When we don’t get enough sleep, our body doesn’t get a proper chance to heal. Health problems can worsen, and we wake up exhausted and in a bad mood. We’re SO not looking forward to the day ahead.
If your partner has been complaining lately that she can’t sleep, this is an excellent gift idea. It’s a small but very thoughtful gift that shows her you really do care about her.
You care about her getting a good night’s sleep and you care about her health.
Honestly, any guy who gets his woman this gift is ace and your partner totally won’t be expecting it.
Looking for something to do with your girlfriend this year? Here are some ideas:
Wanna be the best boyfriend ever? Then buy her tickets to see one of her favourite artists.
Don’t just buy her a ticket – buy yourself one, too.
It will help if the artist in question is someone you both want to see, but even if it isn’t you’ll just have to suck it up and go along anyway.
Hey, it is her birthday after all.
And, yes, this means you might have to go and watch Ed Sheeran.
And, yes, this might mean you have to learn his lyrics.
Suck it up, guys.
A Weekend Away
Ever wondered how you could seal the deal as “Best Boyfriend Ever”?
(admit it, you’ve always wondered how you could claim this crown)
It’s not rocket science – but it might cost you a bit of cash.
See, all you’ve gotta do is surprise her on her birthday with a weekend away.
It’s going to be just the two of you, some chilling, some sunsets, some wine … it’s going to be amazing and she’ll remember this birthday forever.
A Surprise Trip To That Place She’s Always Wanted To Go To
Remember that time she told you she’s always wanted to go to New York (or maybe it was Miami, or Cape Town or Australia or Japan)?
You always said, “I know, it’d be amazing,” but you both knew that – at the time – you definitely couldn’t afford it.
If things have since changed and you now can afford it, what are you waiting for? This would make the best gift ever.
If you’ve got room in your budget for this one, do it. Book the travel and the hotel.
Then, drop subtle hints about where you’re taking her.
You don’t have to go away on her birthday, but a future vacation at that place she’s always wanted to go to could be her biggest surprise ever.
Afternoon Tea for Two
Come on guys – even you love afternoon tea for two, admit it!
Is there a better way for her to spend her birthday than in the company of her bae, eating cake and drinking tea in a posh location?
Clotted cream, jam, speciality teas … she’ll be in heaven!
Gift Cards and Subscriptions
There’s a git card for every occasion:
A Spa Gift Card
OMG CAN WE HAVE THIS ONE?!
Sorry, it’s for your girlfriend.
We know that.
But if – for whatever reason – she can’t go to the spa, you know where to find us.
See, a spa card is literally one of the best gifts you can give to a woman.
It’s so unexpected. She’ll probably expect you to get her The Terminator on DVD like you did last year, and then you go and surprise her with a spa gift card.
With this, she can spend a day at a spa being pampered and properly looked after.
It’s all about that wellbeing.
Trust us guys, for a woman a spa is heaven.
If your partner loves movies, you could buy her some DVDs.
You could even take her out to the cinema for her birthday or buy her a Netflix subscription.
OR – you could be the best boyfriend ever and buy her a cinema pass.
A cinema pass – you’d get one for yourself too, of course – means that the two of you get to go to the cinema more often without having to worry too much about the costs.
And when you can’t go, she can go with her best friend instead. Awesome.
It seems crazy to think that your house/apartment still doesn’t have a Netflix subscription, but if this is the case, now’s the time to sort this out.
Treat your partner so that she can lounge around on Sundays with her favourite TV shows. Give her something to help ease her hangovers. Get her a Netflix subscription.
Dude, why do you even think she still hangs out with you if you STILL haven’t hooked her up with Netflix or Spotify?
Come on, bro!
If your girl loves her music and would love a better way of streaming it, then be the perfect gentleman this year and buy her a Spotify subscription.
Prepare her a playlist of the songs you both love, too.
Speaking of playlists!
If she already has a Spotify subscription, you should totally surprise her with a playlist of all the songs that mean something to the two of you.
Think back to the songs you’ve listened to together and the memories attached to various pieces of music.
For example, maybe a certain song was playing in the background on your first date?
Or perhaps the two of you once broke down together in your car and one of the things that stands out if you both cuddling while listening to a song on the radio as you waited to be rescued?
Make a playlist and trigger her with lots of cute memories.
Amazon Prime Subscription
If your lady loves shopping and she loves Amazon, it’s probably a good idea that you get her an Amazon Prime subscription – for both your sakes.
Why? Because Amazon Prime will safe you cash.
It’s full of perks that your partner will love, such as free-two day shipping and instant access to millions of books, songs and videos.
Plus, she gets unlimited photo storage in her Amazon Drive – which, trust us, all girls want.
Choose to have this gift emailed to her on her birthday and tell her that, “babe, I know it’s your birthday and you didn’t wanna check your emails today, but you gotta. There might be something important in there.”
Wine of the Month Club Subscription
Let’s face it – all girls could do with a bit more wine in their life. If your partner happens to like wine more than the average person – does she see herself as a bit of a connoisseur? – subscribing to Wine of the Month club on her behalf could be a grand birthday idea.
She’ll receive a curated selection each month, which means that she’ll no longer have to make a last minute dash in the pouring rain to the local convenience store because she forgot to buy a bottle. Plus, she’ll no longer have to keep buying the same wine all the time, but will instead be sent the wine club’s best choices.
She can choose from wines and reds, or a mix of both.
A Gift Card
It’s every girls dream to receive a … trip of a lifetime to New York for their birthday.
But you know what? Many of us would settle for a good old gift card.
Gift cards just work for girls because we love to shop.
Order a gift card to be delivered on her birthday. Make darn sure it isn’t delivered late because she’s going to want to start shopping immediately.
Girls love magazines.
Honestly, we do.
We could shamelessly flick through the pages of Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly and Vogue all day long if we could. We love the stories, the gossip, the fashion tips and the perfume samples.
And if you could buy your partner a magazine subscription, that would make you perfect.
What does she like to read about most? Music, movies, pop culture, fashion, beauty, politics? Whatever she likes, there’s a magazine for it.
Is useful stuff boring? Not really – girls love useful stuff!
A New Scarf
When we say that you should buy your partner a new scarf, we don’t mean that you should get her one in the colours of your favourite sports team (unless she loves sports, of course).
Instead, buy her a chic summer scarf that’s on-trend.
Not sure what kind of scarves to look for? Do some research and ask around.
If if’s winter time where you are right now, accessorise her scarf with a pair of gloves.
Guys, girls like candles.
They love lighting them in their house (usually in their bedrooms or bathrooms).
Girls love the way candles smell, the way they look, and they add a really nice rustic, even romantic touch to their homes.
For you, candles are cheap to buy and make for a really cool birthday gift.
If your partner has said that this is the year she’s going to reach her fitness goals, why not get her a gift of encouragement in the form of a pair of running shoes?
Running shoes are an especially ace gift if you’re also a runner; from now on, you and your partner can go running together.
And you know what they say: Couples who run together stay together.
And guys – don’t be cheap with these. Good running shoes last a long time, and they’ll also help your partner avoid an injury.
A Leather Case For Her Phone
Your partner has a phone.
Your partner has dropped phones in the past.
Your partner has probably dropped and smashed phones in the past.
Her current phone might even have a smashed screen. It doesn’t make her clumsy (we all drop our phones, right?) but dropping our phone is super annoying.
So why not save the day and buy your partner a brand new swanky leather case for her phone?
This case must protect her phone and it must also look good.
Come on, she’s your partner. Gotta get her something that looks good.
A Glass Decanter
Yes, it’s her birthday. We gonna party like it’s her birthday.
Well, not us – unless you invite us (please invite us).
But look. It’s your girls birthday party and there’s going to be alcohol. Why not jazz things up with a glass decanter for her favourite tipple?
A beautiful glass decanter will last forever once the party is over. She can keep it topped up with her favourite drink, and it can make its appearance at all kinds of dinner parties and soirees from now on.
The best thing? Glass decanter’s aren’t as expensive as you might think.
A Day Planner
If your partner has been a bit disorganised recently but has openly said that she wishes she was more organised or that she had a planner, now’s the time to show her that you actually do listen to what she says!
Buy her a day planner so that she can make notes, plan her day and weeks and months, and make to-do lists.
A day planner is a really cool gift for anyone who wants to organise their life. Make sure that you buy a really cute one, and don’t forget to include a handwritten note on the first page! Wish her a happy birthday, tell her what she means to you and that you hope she has a great day.
Be a bit cheeky too, and plan a date night in there!
A Yoga Mat
Does your partner practice yoga? Has she said that she wants to start practising yoga?
If she already practices it, take a look at her yoga mat. What kind of condition is it in?
This is an important question because a good yoga mat makes all the difference. If your lady practises yoga often but has a really poor mat, she won’t be enjoying it as much.
Treat her to a brand new yoga mat that’s designed for any type of practice. If possible, find one that comes with a padded rubber so that the mat won’t slip around. It’s also a good idea to find one that comes with a micro-fibre layer because this will help with her grip.
A Carry On Luggage Case
Here’s the thing – carry on cases are kinda expensive!
If your girl travels fairly often and hates her carry on case (or doesn’t even have on at all anymore for some inexplicable reason) treat her this year to a brand new case.
We like Away’s Coordinate Carry-On, as it comes with an unbreakable plastic shell and a built-in, TSA compliant battery charger. This is super handy because it means she can charge her phone or laptop when she’s on the move.
“Have you seen my phone?”
“Have you seen my keys?”
“Have you seen my watch?”
Does any of this sound too familiar?
If your partner is the disorganised type who’s always losing her stuff, a catchall is the perfect gift.
It’s basically a stand that she can keep in her bedroom that “catches” all her things. She can stick her phone, her watch, her rings, her keys and any other personal items she’s always losing on it.
In this way, she’ll never need to lose them again and you won’t need to spend any more time on your hands and knees looking for her phone.
Is your girlfriend constantly taking selfies? Does she have a Facebook and Instagram account that she really wants to take to the next level? T
Then help her up her game with a brand new selfie stick.
You’ve been warned, though – you might be in her first pic!
Bluetooth Portable Speakers
Does your partner love music?
Of course she does. Whether she’s an RnB girl, a pop girl, a hip hop girl or a rock ’n’ roll star, she loves her tunes.
But does she have portable speakers?
If the answer is a big fat “No” it’s all on you to solve this particular lifestyle situation she’s got going on at the moment.
Portable speakers are fantastic if she loves to listen to music on the go. Bluetooth wireless ones are quite expensive, but if you can afford it and think this would make a great gift, there’s no reason not to go for it.
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organising and Tidying up
Is your partner a bit of a – to put it as politely as possible – slob?
(it’s okay, you can tell us)
If she is and you’d LOVE it if she was less messy, this book was literally written for her. Literally.
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organising and Tidying up is exactly what you probably think it is: A book aimed at disorganised women that intends to make them more organised.
Or, even if your lady is already organised but is one of those Type A personalities, this is still a great gift to get her as it teaches her absolutlely everything there is to know about tidying up.
Honestly, if she thought she knew everything there is to know about folding socks, this book will show her next level stuff!
Don’t think a book like this could actually work? Think it sounds way too silly? It’s one of the biggest sellers in Japan at the moment!
Macbook Pro Protective Case
Is your partner a little bit clumsy? (seriously, which girl isn’t?)
If she’s clumsy and has a Macbook Pro, that’s a recipe for disaster right there.
It’s totally solvable, though. For better peace of mind for her and for you, treat her to a protective Macbook Pro case that will giver her machine a basic level of protection.
Because hey, accidents happen and you really don’t want your partner to break her Macbook Pro.
We know, we know.
“Moisturising cream? What kind of lame gift is that?!”
It’s not so lame if you go for the bliss High Intensity 24-Heaven Healing Body Balm, however.
This cream will literally save your woman if she has dry skin that’s always itching her. If she’s sore, itchy and red, buy her this cream so that her skin stays moist for as much as 24 hours.
You will literally be her super hero.
Brand New Earphones
If your partner loves to listen to music but has some really rubbish headphones, it’s time that you got her to up her game.
Treat her this year to some brand new earphones so that she can hear her tunes on the move with better sound quality.
Because, hey, the bare minimum that your girl deserves is to be able to hear her tunes with perfect clarity. It’s all she asks for!
Look, when the winter weather bites, it bites hard.
This means that your partner’s hands get cold.
She might not complain about it, and she might just soldier on. But trust us, her hands will be freezing.
Ordinary gloves are okay, but they don’t say “I’m the most thoughtful boyfriend ever” quite like a pair of HEATED gloves!
These are a tad expensive, but you should be able to pick up a pair for less than $100. And if you care about your partners hands, you totally will do.
Infusion Water Bottle
We hear you: Your partner already has a water bottle.
And why in the heck would she want a water bottle for her birthday?!
But this isn’t just any old water bottle – this is an infusion water bottle. And there’s a difference.
With an infusion water bottle, your girlfriend can make her own flavours for her water, juice, teas … and even for her lemonade!
All she has to do is put a combination of fruits, herbs and vegetables into the bottle’s inner compartment, load the bottle itself up with water, before waiting until the water becomes infused with the flavour.
It’s a refreshing, kinda awesome gift.
A Brand New Mug
There comes a time when coffee no longer tastes as good because we’ve been drinking out of the same cup for way too long.
Freshen things up for your girlfriend and buy her a brand new mug!
What kind of mug? There are loads! Just visit your local home store and see what you can find.
Personally, we think you should try and find a cup that says something like “Is 12 o’clock an Acceptable Time To Drink?”
Unicorn Shower Cap
Your partner needs her showers to be a bit more exciting.
In other words, she needs to feel like a unicorn in the shower!
How to make her feel like a unicorn? Buy her a unicorn shower cap, of course!
Tut – did you even need to ask? Do you even do life, bro?
Does your girl travel around a lot? Is she constantly on the move?
And is she always forgetting stuff?
That’s the problem with being a girl on the go – we have SO much to remember!
Guys, “essentials” probably means sports tickets to you. To us, it’s pretty much our entire life!
A handbag kit like this one brings together all her essentials into one neat place. It includes her comb, lip balm, hair band and a lot more.
Trust us, she needs this.
It’s her birthday, which means she just wants to have some fun!
Prosecco Door Mat
If the front of her house is a bit boring right now and consists a shrub, a letterbox and not much else, we think it’s time that you jazzed things up a bit.
Show her neighbours, visitors, callers, friends and the mail man who cool the two of you are with a “Come In If You Have Prosecco.”
If she loves prosecco, she’ll love this birthday gift idea.
Personalised Pug Doorstop
Okay, can we all just take a minute to agree that pugs are bae?
That pugs are literally the cutest thing ever?
Whether your partner is a dog lover or a cat lover, she will LOVE pugs.
All girls do.
If you don’t fancy buying her an actual pug this year (we can’t blame you for that, dogs are expensive and a lot of responsibility), the next best thing to get her is a personalised pug doorstop.
It’s absolutely adorable and will really inject a sense of fun into her home.
Plus, no stranger is ever getting past this dog!
LED Colour Changing Wine Glass
Is your partner the hostess with the mostess? Is she a great entertainer? If so, she NEEDS an LED wine glass for her next party.
An LED Wine glass will make her the envy of party animals everywhere. From now on, no one will be turning her parties down!
It’s a cool gift that lights up when she’s drinking her wine.
The only slight problem we can foresee is that it might get addictive – and might want to just keep on drinking and partying!
Is that really a problem, though?!
An upside Down Wine Glass
An LED colour changing wine glass is certainly a cool novelty at parties … but an upside down wine glass? This is on a different level!
An upside down is a fun novelty glass that looks like it’s, well, upside down!
It is – and when your partner goes to drink from it in front of her guests, everyone will shriek at the fact that she’s just about to spill wine all over her carpet!
If your partner is a bit of a prankster, this is a great gift to get her.
Pregnancy Belly Painting Kit
This gift is all about the LOL’s.
If your partner is pregnant, buy her this fun and funny gift so that she can forget all about stretch marks.
How’s your belly painting skills? Are you going to make your baby look as handsome as you? Or does she have a baby lion wiggling about in there?
This gift allows you both the chance to get creative and it’s a fab way to bond before the baby pops out for real.
A Prosecco Bottle Stopper
Maybe – just maybe – your girl wants to open a bottle of prosecco but doesn’t want to finish it that night.
Maybe she wants to save some for another night.
The problem is that, once the top is off, the bubbles kinda stop popping!
To prevent this absolute disaster from happening, get her a prosecco bottle opener for her birthday.
What is it with girls and ukelele’s at the moment? We don’t know – all we know is that the cool people wanna learn how to play one.
If your partner is musically inclined, has a thing for accoustic music and has always wanted to learn an instrument, wrap a ukelele up for her birthday this year. It’s a hip, quirky gift that is a heck of a lot cheaper than a grand piano.
She likes to read. But what should she be reading this year? Here are some ideas:
A New Book
Does your woman love to read? She surely does (all women do).
Find out what she likes to read and buy her a book you’re pretty sure that she’ll like.
Now, buying a book for someone else isn’t easy, not unless they’ve told you that they want a specific book. It’s important that you know what types of books she reads before you buy her a new one.
As her partner, this is something you should already know. But since we know what guys are like in general, this is probably something you don’t actually know, right?
If so, just take a look at her book collection, or just ask her what was the last good book she read.
Then, type that book into Amazon and see what comes up under “similar items.”
Of course, if you love to read yourself, then you probably know your partners reading habits well.
Either way, buying your partner a book she can get lost in is a great birthday idea. `
Here are some more great book ideas:
Yoga Dogs (Book)
This is a really cute and funny book for all the dog (and yoga) lovers out there.
It’s nothing more than a collection of photographs of dogs in various yoga positions.
That’s literally it!
But you know what? It’s a fab concept and we think many dog loving gals will love it!
Plus, it’s cheap.
David Bowie: In His Own Words
If your partner is a big fan of David Bowie, this would make for an excellent birthday treat.
It’s a DVD that’s stuffed with conversations and interviews with the great man himself that took place throughout various parts of his career. It unravels the man behind the music, giving incredible insights into his genius.
Double the present up with a copy of one of his best albums. We recommend Space Odyssey, Low or Station to Station, but his last album, Blackstar, would work just as well.
Jane Austen Novels
We know what you’re thinking: “Boring!”
Okay, for guys, a Jane Austen novel is about as interesting as a Jane Austen movie.
But you know what? Girls love them.
Whether it’s that time period we’re fascinated by, the fashion, the romances or the strong female characters, girls enjoy a good Jane Austen novel.
As long as your partner likes to read, buy her the Jane Austen collection. You can’t really go wrong with this gift.
Book Of Poetry
Is your partner into her poetry? If she is and you know exactly what poets she’s into, buy a collection of poems by her favourite poet. She’ll love it.
If she likes poems but you have no idea which poets she likes, you could play it safe and buy her a collection of romantic poems.
Otherwise, ask her friends or simply do a search for poets that you think she might appreciate.
And if you’re a pretty decent wordsmith yourself, you absolutely must write a romantic poem inside the cover for her.
Otherwise, you suck.
How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You?
Is your partner more of a cat lover than a dog lover?
If she is (and really, why wouldn’t she be?) then this is THE perfect affordable birthday gift for her this year.
It’s a short book that comes with a massive pull-out poster, as all as a selection of very humorous guides, facts and comics.
We read it and couldn’t stop laughing, and we reckon any cat loving gal would be giggling as soon as she sees the cover.
A birthday isn’t a birthday without gin, wine or prosecco – or all three!
A Bottle of Gin
People keep asking us why all girls seem to be loving gin at the moment. There’s one very simple answer we can give to this: Because gin tastes amazing, duh!
Gin is life.
And birthdays? They were made for alcohol.
Seriously, if you don’t buy her alcohol for her birthday, who even are you?!
If she isn’t teetotal, get her party started with a bottle of her favourite alcohol (it will be gin – if not, then prosecco. Or both).
Portable Wine Glass
A portable wine glass is a wine glass that – you guessed it – your partner can take anywhere she wants.
She can even take it with her into the car (as long as she isn’t driving, of course!).
It’s made from plastic and keeps her wine safe when she’s on the move.
It’s made for those nights when we have to move around the house a lot and don’t want to spill wine everywhere!
If your partner regularly entertains dinner guests but doesn’t actually have any shot glasses, we think it’s about time you fixed this, don’t you?
They might even come in handy on her birthday night!
Cut Crystal Wine Glasses
Not keen on the novelty wine glass ideas? Don’t think your girl is the type to be impressed by an LED wine glass? No problem.
Why not buy her a pair of elegant cut crystal wine glasses instead?
These are perfect if she’s celebrating a special occasion at home soon, but even if she isn’t they’re still a great gift to get her.
Why not make them extra special by personalising them with her name or a message from you?
Yes, yes, yes – we’re back with the gin.
But hey, we’re just giving the people what they want.
And as we all know, girls love gin.
If your girl loves gin, why not treat her to a bottle of personalised gin – in other words, a bottle that has her name on it, as well as a cute “I love you” message from you.
Help your girl step out in style.
Summer is on its way for many of us, so why not have a double celebration in your house this year: Your partner’s birthday and the fact that summer is coming, yay!
The best way to get your woman in the mood for summer is by treating her to a sweet new pair of sunglasses that she’ll look great in.
Be prepared to splash the cash on this one. Get her a chic new pair of shades that she can strut her stuff in. Go for a pair that have the “wow” factor.
And if you’re going on a summer holiday together this year? Sunglasses are a great way to get her all excited.
Suede Clutch Bag
We can imagine most guys who are reading this are now Googling “clutch bags.”
Okay, we’ll give you some credit. After being around girls for so long, you might know by now that girls like to carry handbags around with them, and that the correct term for a certain type is the clutch bag.
A suede clutch bag with an extendable strap is a great gift for the chic girl who wants to step out and look fabulous in the city. They don’t even cost much to buy.
Guys shopping for clothes for their partners is very dangerous territory, which is why we
a) Suggest that you take a PROPER look at your partners wardrobe to see what she likes
b) Ask her friends for advice on what she would love
c) Ask for advice at the store
Denim jackets are always in season, but there are many different types. Find one that really suits her style and go for it.
(make sure she likes denim first, otherwise she won’t wear it)
A Set of Rings
Because what girl doesn’t want to walk around with lots of rings on her fingers?
If you can’t afford an expensive rock this year, buy her a set so that she can wear different rings on different days.
Don’t ask why girls are obsessed with slipping rings on our fingers – we just are, okay?
Michael Kors SmartWatch
The great thing about this watch is that, yes, it’s a smartwatch, which means that it’s a contemporary watch for a contemporary woman.
But it also has a classical look to it, which makes it perfect for any woman who wants a bit of sheer elegance on her wrist.
It offers notifications for emails, calls and texts – and even keeps your girl up to date with her fitness goals. It’s compatible with Android and iOS smartphones, but it isn’t compatible with a Windows phone.
Sumptuously designed, it’s a great gift for the classy woman in your life.
A Classic Watch
Want you woman to feel high class?
Want her to feel good when she steps out?
Then buy her a classic watch.
Not an Apple Watch. A classic watch.
You know – the chic watches you used to see in old Hollywood movies.
Watches don’t have to be mega expensive, but for all girls they’re a great accessory to have.
If you can afford it, pair it up with a brand new handbag.
Earrings are a tough one because all ladies want their men to surprise them by finally buying them earrings (as opposed to tickets to watch his favourite sports team with him), but the problem is that guys can so easily get this one wrong and by buying us earrings that are SO not us.
How do you solve this particular dilemma without spoiling the surprise?
Ask her friends. They’ll know even better than you do what your girlfriend likes to wear in her ears. So, to avoid a disappointed look on her face (and to avoid to the risk of a return!), ask ‘em!
Come on, guys. We know you’ve thought about buying her this before.
If you haven’t, why haven’t you?!
A bikini is a perfectly acceptable birthday gift – and it’s an especially fantastic gift if she’s going away this summer and needs a brand new, trendy bikini for the beach.
And, okay, yes it’s a gift for you too. But while she’ll know this, she’ll still love it anyway.
Not sure what her style is? Ask her friends. They’ll know.
Is she a bit behind the times where technology is concerned? It’s time for you to sort this out.
What’s that? Your partner doesn’t have an Amazon Echo yet?
Okay. Because we like you, we’re going to let that one slide. But if you really care about your partner, you’ll bring her right up to date with technology by getting her a gift that will change her life (and maybe even yours, too.)
Yes, the Amazon Echo is that good.
It’ll basically be her very own digital assistant who will play tunes for her, keep her up to date with celebrity gossip and tell her jokes whenever she needs perking up.
Don’t worry guys, the Amazon Echo won’t make you completely redundant. After all, she’s still going to need someone to kill spiders …
Okay, let’s imagine that your partner actually is walking around with a phone that has a cracked screen. She dropped it, it smashed and she had no leather case to save the day.
A brand new leather case isn’t going to be of much use to her now – the screen is already cracked.
A leather case is only going to be of any use if you pair it up with a brand new Galaxy S8.
These bad boys are expensive, but if your partner is in dire need of a phone upgrade, it could be the best gift you buy her.
And yes, she will probably love you forever.
Let’s imagine that your partner likes to read.
She likes to read so much that buying her some books for her birthday is a good idea.
But let’s say that
a) She’s always complaining about having no room to store her books anymore
b) She travels a lot but can never fit more than one or two books into her cases
c) She doesn’t have a Kindle
There’s literally only one gift you can get her at this point.
(in case you still haven’t sussed out what it is, it’s an Amazon Kindle)
Techo HD Camera Lens Kit For iPhone
Is your girl one of them who is literally always taking pics on her phone?
If so, this might be a really cool gift idea.
It’s essentially a camera lens kit for the iPhone that comes with a macro and a wide-angle lens that she can clip over her phone’s in-built camera.
What do these lenses do? They make her pics look a lot better.
It’s an especially fab and useful gift if your girl sells items online that she regularly takes photo’s of.
Cooking and Food
If she loves to cook, here are fab ideas:
My Family Cookbook
A My Family Cookbook is a bit different to ordinary cookbooks. Instead of copying other peoples recipes, you record your family’s recipes!
It’s a really ace idea.
Your can include all those hearty broths your grandma used to make, those salads her mom started to make when she got addicted to losing weight …
… And she should definitely include all those rubbish meals you’ve subjected everyone to!
When your partner is older, she can pass the cookbook down to her children and grandchildren. She’ll LOVE it!
Is your partner addicted Nutella?
We know many girls who are (looks around the Beauty and Tips office).
Nutella is life (yes, it’s the person who’s writing this that’s addicted), and if bae loves Nutella, bae deserves a Nutella cookbook. Okay?
From now on, she no longer has to stick to spreading Nutella on toast but can instead spread her wings and use it in cakes, cheesecakes and so much more other scrumptious treats.
Hey, you’ll get to enjoy all this stuff too!
A Coffee Machine
Guys, we know you’ll be using this one just as much as your partner, but we’re going to suggest it anyway.
If she’s crazy for coffee and still doesn’t have a coffee machine, now is the time to sort that out.
A coffee machine is literally THE best gift you can buy for a coffee lover.
Just picture it: It’s a saturday morning. Your partner feels like taking it easy and wants to chill with a latte. She could make the trip to Starbucks and pay for one … or she could make one herself right there in the comfort of her own kitchen.
Or imagine it’s a sunday and your partner is hungover from the night before. She desperately wants a pick me up to cure the nausea and the headaches.
All she needs to do is make herself a black coffee right there and then.
Or how about if she’s got a TONNE of studying to get through but she literally can’t think straight? She has brain fog and studying isn’t going well at all.
All she’s gotta do is make her one or two espressos with the coffee machine you bought her, and she’s all sorted!
A Waffle Maker
Are we trying to make your partner fat?
It’s just that … WAFFLES!!
What do we want in the morning? We want waffles.
Only, we don’t have the stamina – or the cash – to go out each morning and buy them at some expensive diner.
Picture it: It’s saturday morning and you and your partner are planning a lazy day.
Your stomachs start to grumble and you REALLY want waffles.
This is where a waffle maker saves the day and makes relationships better than ever. You make the waffles, pour some juice and climb back into bed.
Don’t forget to buy some syrup, too.
A Cheese Board
1) Does your girlfriend love cheese?
2) Does she love to entertain?
There’s only one affordable gift you can now buy her: A funky new cheeseboard.
And don’t forget to buy some cheeses, too!
Loads of Peanut Butter
If your girl doesn’t like peanut butter …. we just can’t even comprehend that.
We reckon your girls tastes are impeccable and that she LOVES peanut butter. If that’s the case, a really fun and affordable gift to get her is, well, loads of peanut butter.
Yup, take her peanut butter addiction to the next level.
12-Piece Cookware Set
No, you wouldn’t be running the risk of making her angry if you bought her a cookware set.
Well, unless you’re constantly making sexist jokes about how a woman’s place is in the kitchen, in which case a cookware set could be a step too far.
Other than that, this is a great gift to buy any woman who loves to cook. If her current pots and pans are old and rusty, a brand new cookware set will make her life so much easier (especially if you go for a nonstick set).
Make sure to buy one in a colour that goes well with her kitchen decor, of course.
A Bread Making Machine
Does your partner love bread?
Does she also love to bake?
If she does, a bread making machine could make for a great gift.
It’s also a cool gift for you because you’ll get to taste all her creations!
It will take her some time to get good at making bread, so if her first attempts are a bit lousy just suck it up and eat it anyway!
(and don’t pull a face)
If she’s gluten-free, that’s okay because many of the best modern bread making machines come with settings for ace gluten-free recipes.
Best Girlfriend Coffee Mug
Wanna let your girlfriend know that she’s literally the best girlfriend ever?
You could just tell her.
Or you could buy her a best girlfriend coffee mug!
Why not go even further and get yourself a matching best boyfriend coffee mug, too?!
If possible, find one for her that says something like “Forever in my heart.”
If that’s too cheesy and instead your partner has a wicked sense of humour, find something funny.
A Box Set
All. Girls. Need. More. Box. Sets.
If you didn’t already know this, we question whether you’re even in a relationship. Seriously.
And what’s that? You don’t even know what shows she’s into?
Look, find out what shows she loves and buy her a box set.
If it’s a show you both love, you’re onto a winner. We sense a date night coming up.
A TV Show T Shirt
Yes, there will be TV shows that your partner loves, and there will be TV show t shirts that she’ll love.
What TV shows does she like? Was she a fan of Breaking Bad?
Or is she a bit more retro? Maybe she’s a huge fan of Star Trek?
Oh, or Twin Peaks?
Whatever she’s into, a TV show t shirt is a great gift idea.
Especially if you combine it with the box set.
Alternatively, how about a movie t shirt?
Oh, or a t shirt with her favourite actor’s face on it?
Oh, or a band t shirt?!
A Bouquet of Flowers
Are you the kind of man who buys his partner flowers all the time?
Or do you never buy her flowers?
If you’re the latter, it’s time that you started to treat your partner to more flowers.
Look, you might not get it as a guy but girls LOVE flowers.
We’d especially love it if our partner’s bought us flowers more often.
Honestly, flowers make our day so much better. When we come home to find a fresh bunch of flowers in the kitchen, it’s legit one of the best feelings ever.
Surprise your woman this year with a special bouquet of flowers. Don’t forget to include a note in there, too. Wish her a happy birthday and tell her you love her.
(and, no, the flowers don’t have to be pink)
If your partner is into photography, why not treat her this year to a vintage camera?
She’s probably already got a digital camera, but you can bet that she doesn’t have a vintage one that’s a tad more arty.
This is a really thoughtful, super cool gift for any woman who loves to take pictures.
Be warned though – she might want a vintage snap of you.
A Fancy Fragrance
Women love to smell good.
Guys want their women to smell good.
Therefore, a perfect birthday gift idea for your woman is fragrance.
Not just any old fragrance, of course. Instead, you’re going to buy her some fancy, expensive fragrance.
Look, women want to feel good. They want to feel, look and smell desirable.
And one of the things we all want is a fancy fragrance.
The problem is that – most of the time – we can’t afford to buy ourselves fancy fragrance.
Show her that you care, that you love and desire her, and that you want her to feel desirable and gorgeous.
Don’t stop there. Take her somewhere she can actually wear the fancy fragrance – to the theatre, perhaps, or a swanky restaurant.
A Collection of Teas
To a lot of people, a collection of herbal teas will seem like a really low key gift.
To the tea lover? It’s a truly wonderful, thoughtful gift, and one which they’ll treasure.
If your partner is really into her teas, buy her a collection of different ones from around the world.
This is especially a great gift if she often invites people over for a cup of tea. Now she’ll have more than just the usual black tea to share with them!
And, yes, this might mean that you need to take a sip of something called jasmine tea. Just for her.
J’adore by Christian Dior
You tell your partner that you love her – you probably tell her often – but have you ever told her that you love her with Christian Dior’s J’adore?
You are your partners dream guy. She loves you!
But in second place is Christian Dior.
Honestly, this is a gorgeous scent – it’s a classic. It doesn’t matter how young or old your woman is, J’adore is meant for all women. Delicate, sensuous and 100% woman, it’s a memorable gift for all females who want to feel desirable.
Whether you girl is into her Monet or her Picasso, or whether she just appreciates a good quote, getting her some wall art for her birthday is a great idea.
Personally, we’d go for an inspiring quote that she can pin to her wall. It could be a motivational quote, a quote about love – anything that will inspire her each time she sees it on her wall.
It could even be a personal love note that you wrote just for her.
On the other hand, if your partner loves art, treat to a print or two for her birthday this year.
Whatever wall art you buy her, make sure it fits in with the overall aesthetic of her home.
Why I Love You: A Journal of us
Looking for a heartfelt gift that’s not too expensive?
The Why I Love You: A Journal of us is a low-cost, super duper romantic gift that she’ll absolutely love.
You might not dig it – but all girls will.
It’s basically a journal filled with prompts that give your relationship a boost. It will help to make your bond even more special.
If you want a gift that will melt her heart, this is it.
A New Vinyl Record
Of course, this gift is only possible if your partner already has a record player (if she hasn’t, you could buy her one).
Top up her record collection with a brand new vinyl.
Stuck for idea? Just take a look at what she’s into. Maybe she’d like the new Adele album? Or how about a classic record?
Sundance Film Festival Collection: Celebrating 25 Years
If you’re girlfriend is a major movie buff (she knows Samuel L. Jackson was in Goodfellas and that the third Alien film was the worst one) one of the best birthday gifts you could buy her EVER is this, the Sundance Film Festival Collection: Celebrating 25 Years.
It’s not expensive at all, and in fact costs less than $50. It contains the likes of American Splendour, Smoke Signals, Clerks and Sex, Lies and Videotape.
Not heard of them? Your partner might not have heard of all of them, but that’s the great thing about this gift – there’ll be lots of amazing movies for her to discover.
If you’re with a gamer girl but she doesn’t have an Xbox One, it’s all on you to sort this out as soon as possible.
In other words, right now.
Get her a bundle so that she’s got a game to play straight away, too.
If your partner has been saying for a long time that she’d love to be an artist or an illustrator or anything of that kind, this is gift that will encourage her to nail down and give it a shot.
Girls like to be pushed by their partners like this. They want to know that you support them.
Show her that you’re behind her and that you want her to chase her dreams. Don’t forget to buy her other artist supplies too, such as pencils.
A Scratch Map
A scratch map is a map that your partner can pin to the wall to remind herself – and anyone who visits – where she’s been in the world.
It’s a really cool gift that will inspire fond memories in her mind, give her ideas of where to go next, and it will also look great on her wall.
Plus, if you guys go travelling together, it will be an extra cute and romantic gift.