We all have those people in our lives — ones who say they don’t want anything for the holidays. But, come gift-giving season and they’re handing you a meticulously wrapped,
thoughtful present, and you can’t really be empty-handed. What then makes a good gift for the woman who wants nothing?
If they have their go-to essentials or favorites, look to luxe versions of those. Have they been rotating between the same two pairs of sweatpants while working from home? Go with a
loungewear gift, like some cozy cashmere joggers, or fluffy socks that don’t come in a pack of five. Are they still the best-dressed even during the pandemic? Buy them a stylish face mask or a mask chain, neither of which will go unused this season.
Ahead, 20 foolproof gifts to thrill the woman in your life who claims to want nothing this year.
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Brother Vellies Something Special
For anyone who loves all things small-batch, artisan, and sustainable,
Brother Vellies’ Something Special subscription guarantees, as the name suggests, something special every month. Past deliveries include Oaxaca clay mugs and wooden combs and charms from Kenya.
Alternatively, you can buy these cloud-like socks that were part of the Something Special drop early on. Proceeds from the Lavender pair fund Brother Vellies’ mask-making and food-distribution initiative in Kenya.
Brother Vellies Cloud Sock, $, available at Brother Vellies
Parade Birthday Cake Pack
If underwear is the only thing on your giftee’s wishlist, make it this pack from Parade, a brand whose inclusive approach to intimates has resulted in 500,000 pairs sold in its first year alone.
Parade Birthday Party Pack, $, available at Parade
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Eddie Bauer Oversized Down Throw
Give your friend a hug in the form of an ultra-warm, down-filled blanket from Eddie Bauer that features the softest fleece on one side and a comforting plaid print on the other.
Eddie Bauer Oversized Down Throw, $, available at Eddie Bauer
Touchland Citrus Hand Sanitizer
Add this moisturizing spray hand sanitizer to every stocking you’re stuffing this year.
Touchland Citrus Power Mist Hand Sanitizer, $, available at Revolve
Phlemuns Cloud Masks
face masks the most used accessory of 2020, you can’t have too many. This cloud-print one from gender-fluid brand Phelemuns tops our list. If you don’t want the duo, you can buy the style individually ($29) here. Phlemuns Two-Pack Blue Clouds Mask, $, available at SSENSE
Éliou Flower Leash
Never forget your face mask again with this floral beaded chain, handmade by artisans in India, from the
brand that’s also Harry Styles-approved. Emily Levine x éliou Sea Green Flower Leash, $, available at Éliou
ASOS Design Frill Collar
Not only are detachable collars currently trending, but they can also go over everything your fashion-obsessed giftee already has in their closet.
ASOS DESIGN Frill Collar In Gingham, $, available at ASOS
Savage x Fenty Onesie
A cozy pick for the BFF who watched the
Savage x Fenty Vol. 2 show with you. Savage x Fenty Forever Savage Hooded Onesie, $, available at Savage x Fenty
Clare V. x Anthropologie Plate
Created in collaboration with handbag designer Clare V., these cutesy dessert plates (sold individually) can also serve as jewelry dishes.
Clare V. x Anthropologie Maisonette Dessert Plate, $, available at Anthropologie
Susan Alexandra Micro Bag
Fans of Susan Alexandra’s whimsical beaded bags will
love this micro bag that can hold their AirPods. Susan Alexandra Micro Ma Cherie, $, available at Susan Alexandra
The Clear Cut Bandit
Your newly engaged friend (it’s the season!) doesn’t know yet that she needs this wrist band, with a zipper pocket, to keep her ring safe when on-the-go or working out. After she starts using it though, she will become obsessed.
The Clear Cut “Something Blue” Bandit, $, available at The Clear Cut
Everlane Cashmere Jogger
Upgrade the person who has been living in their sweatpants to a cashmere pair.
Summersalt The Coziest Cashmere Blend Jogger, $, available at Summersalt
Rellery Chain Necklace
, but Normal People‘s Connell Waldron chain necklaces are trending. We love this square-link style from Rellery, whose precious metals are all ethically sourced and produced in the U.S. Rellery Square Link Chain Necklace, $, available at Rellery
Chamberlain Coffee Blend
For the TikTok-loving, Emma Chamberlain-following, coffee-obsessed person in your group.
Chamberlain Coffee Careless Cat Blend – Coffee Bag, $, available at Chamberlain Coffee
Everlane Cashmere Scrunchie
Carrie Bradshaw would not have been able to resist this fancy scrunchie! Everlane The Cashmere Scrunchie In Heathered Currant, $, available at Everlane
Mehry Mu Mask & Glasses Holder
For the fashion-forward woman who can’t get enough of mask chains, this “holder” — that can also double as a bag and jewelry piece! — from Instagram-favorite, Istanbul-based brand Mehry Mu will delight her.
Mehry Mu Mask And Glasses Holder, $, available at Mehry Mu
Burlap & Barrel Spices
The cook in your life won’t be able to go back to any other spices after they try these from Burlap & Barrel, a company that partners with smallholder farmers around the world. I switched my entire spice rack after just smelling the pepper.
Burlap & Barrel Single Origin Rice & Grain Seasoning Spices (Set of 3), $, available at Food52
Birkenstock Arizona Slide Sandal
If your giftee begrudgingly put away their beloved Arizona slides until next summer, they will swoon over the fall version of the popular style that’s lined with shearling and comes in a winter-approved plaid.
Birkenstock Arizona Genuine Shearling Slide Sandal, $, available at Nordstrom
Machete Perfect Huggies
Perfect-sized hoops for the everyday jewelry wearer. The mixed metals add a touch of the unexpected to an otherwise-classic style.
Machete Perfect Huggies in 3/4 Gold, $, available at Machete
Only for your very favorite person, this Wi-Fi “smart garden” provides optimal light and food to the herbs, vegetables, flowers they choose to grow. Thanks to an app, the user can also get guidance on growth and reminders to water.
ēdn SmallGarden, $, available at West Elm
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