Practical Gift Guide: For the Lady

Continuing from my previous post, here is a list for the lady in your life. These items are practical but nice enough to call a gift, because no one needs a silk pillowcase, but they say it’s gentle on the face to prevent wrinkles and it’s an indulgence one wouldn’t own unless it was a gift.

  1. Longchamp Le Pliage tote. My mom recently shared that she prefers to carry and use lightweight objects because of her weakening wrists. Whether it’s plates or bags, she gravitates towards lightweight objects, and the same goes for me even though my wrists are fine. The Longchamp one is the ultimate lightweight carry-all bag and they come in various sizes and colors. It’s good quality, it matches most everyday outfits, and you won’t feel guilty if you spill coffee all over it as I have done too many times. [Longchamp Large Le Pliage tote]
  2. Name/signet rings. I’ve been following a blogger who now has 5 kids. She’s been ordering and wearing these gold rings with each of her children’s names, and I thought they looked chic stacked and worn together. A signet ring worn on the pinky is another good idea–you can use your children’s initials and combine them onto one ring. I made a ring of my daughter’s name and I love it. [Dainty Stacking Name Ring, Gorjana Bespoke Signet Ring]
  3. Diamond stud earrings. Diamond studs are surprisingly affordable. They don’t have to be large 1+ carat diamonds, because you know, we’re not rappers, and I think the smaller ones can be comfortably worn every day. If not for Christmas, diamonds studs would also be a nice gift for a birthday. [Mejuri diamond mini studs]
  4. Silk pillow case covers. I’ve read years ago on Cup of Jo and I’ve read it again today on Good Housekeeping, that silk pillow cases do make a difference. As I’ve mentioned in the intro, it’s something one wouldn’t purchase and own unless it was a gift. If you do decide on buying one, do consider whether the product is machine-washable and easy to care for, because there’s nothing worse than giving your lady something else to add onto laundry. [Fisher’s Finery 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase, Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase]
  5. Ember mug or Cold Cup . Only consider it if she appreciates drinking hot beverages throughout the day. It’s pretty expensive, so unless you think she’s going to enjoy using it regularly, it’s going to end up as one of those gifts that sits in the back of the cupboard or remain in its box to regift. As the weather gets colder, my mom has mentioned a couple of times she’d like a nice warm cup of coffee or milk. She’s the type to appreciate something like this as long as it’s easy to use, but there are some women who only drink iced beverages all year long, so if that’s the case, a reusable tumbler might be a better choice. [Ember Mug, Starbucks Cold Cup, Kate Spade Insulated Tumbler]
  6. (Machine-washable) Silk Pajamas. Similar reasons to purchasing silk pillow case covers. I think a lot of us still wear leggings and old t-shirts as pajamas, and I personally will not understand why cotton pajama sets are over $50. But If you’re going to buy a nice pajama set, go all the way and buy the silk ones. [Everlane Women’s Washable Silk Pajama Set, Mommesilk Piped Silk Pajama Set]
  7. Wireless earbuds. Same reason as I’ve provided in the Men’s Gift Guide below. It’s a must have. [Apple Airpods Pro, Sony – WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Noise Cancelling earbuds]
  8. Jo Malone body cream. When I was going through my dry skin trauma, I tried many types of body creams, butters, and oils. One product that felt and smelled especially nice was Jo Malone’s body cream. It didn’t cure me from my dry skin, because nothing could, but it felt nice to apply right before bed as the mild scent comforted me to sleep. The texture is silky smooth and I especially like the ‘myrrh and tonka’ scent. I always wanted to know what myrrh smelled like, and after I bought the cream during Nordstrom’s anniversary sale, I use it as I imagine it was one of the gifts the three wise men gave to baby Jesus. My husband said it smelled like an old white lady, ha, and maybe it does, but it’s comforting nonetheless like a grandmother’s hug. There are safer scent options, like ‘nectarine blossom and honey,’ ‘wood sage and sea salt,’ ‘peony and blush suede,’ to name a few. [Jo Malone Myrrh and Tonka body crème]
  9. Fur-lined boots. What do you call winter slippers you can wear outside? (No, not Crocs) UGGs! Yes, there are cheaper options, but if you’re going to indulge her, the soft shearling and quality of UGG brands are incomparable to others. Years ago, I once bought copycat shearling lined boots from Costco for my mom and grandma thinking they were practically the same thing. My mom later shared that though the boots warmed her feet, the bottom of the shoes lacked ridges and grip, so she slipped everywhere in the icy/snowy roads of Korea. I was so sorry! Since then, I have vowed to always buy the real deal. [UGG Classic Mini II, UGG Classic Femme Toggle]
  10. Heat pads. It’s for cold nights, that time of the month to relieve cramps, back pain, and stress relief. [Sharper Image Infrared Heating Pad, Pure Enrichment Heating Pad]
  11. Hair products for thinning hair. My mom once had thick hair like mine. I don’t think it was as thick, but she didn’t worry much about hair thinning during her younger days. That is, until she reached her 50s. If she doesn’t clip/tie her hair a certain way, you can see her thinning area. She’s never been a high-maintenance lady and never invested in quality skincare items, but I’ve been noticing its repercussions lately. Her once pretty eyes are now droopy and her once puffy thick hair is now flat and thinning. I know the stress I’ve caused her has also affected her, so it makes me all the more sad to see her so aged, especially these past few years. I don’t know if the hair products will help, but it’s worth a try and it’s something I know she wouldn’t purchase on her own. [Kératase Densifique Bodifying Shampoo, Kératase Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair serum, Ouai Fine Hair shampoo & conditioner]
  12. Skincare products. Same reason as above: for preventative, self-care efforts. Any quality skincare product is a good gift in my book. If purchasing a gift set, beware of sample sizes. I think many gift sets during the holidays tend to trick you into buying more sample sizes than the original sizes you think you’re purchasing, especially if you’re shopping online. You won’t be able to tell if you’re buying the real sizes or sample sizes unless you look at the ounces. Calculate well and don’t get tricked unless you’re not sure if the recipient will like the brand and therefore you intentionally want them to try sample sizes. Also, try not to buy gift sets with cleansers or toners (unless that was your intention). If you don’t know what you want to buy, buy the good stuff with creams and serums. [Sulwhasoo Cult Classics, Estée Lauder 3-piece Radiant Skin Repair, Clarins Double Serum Set, Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Skin Secrets, Sisley Paris Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream Set, La Mer The Hydration Comfort Mini Collection]

Next up: Gift Guide: for the Girl