What do women really want? Most women want gifts that can't be wrapped up - a genuine compliment, lunch with a friend, time to exercise, or a family photo shoot.
Even so, it can still be fun to put something under the tree. Consider these lovely gift picks for her.
Every person ought to have a fine set of stationary for those occasions when a handwritten note is warranted - birthdays, thank yous, sympathy, or friendship. Meri Meri has modern options on high-quality paper. This Floral Stationary Set comes with 24 notecards in 4 designs and 24 envelopes in 2 designs.
Looking for a unique stocking stuffer that she'll actually use? MagnaPods are the answer! They're magnetic cosmetic organizers that will stick conveniently inside her medicine cabinet. We have several inside our master bathroom's cabinet - it's where I keep my lipstick, mascara, fingernail clippers, tweezers, etc. Brilliant.
Female athletes will appreciate the modern, feminine, and fun clothing options from SkirtSports (a Boulder, CO company). Choose her favorite activity (running, biking, triathlon, golf, or yoga/pilates) and you'll find a wonderful assortment of stretchy skirts, dresses, and tops. The material is moisture-wicking and ultra-comfortable. Clearly made with women in mind. The GymGirl Ultra is an especially versatile pick. Note that, in my experience, this brand's clothing tends to run big so I recommend sizing down if you're in between sizes.
Support innovative cancer research while giving a practical gift! Take a look at this slouchy pullover in a flattering charcoal grey. The material is super soft and comfortable. It's a great casual look for errands, park days, and classes on-campus. Note that Stand Up To Cancer's mission is "to fund collaborative, translational cancer research to bring treatments from the bench to the bedside faster, and save lives now."
Trying to rid your life of plastics? Camelbak now sells their popular water bottle in glass! The bottle is 100% BPA-Free and doesn't retain tastes or odors. The silicone sleeve (available in 4 different colors!) adds style and protection. Like all Camelbak products, it comes with the Got Your Bak lifetime guarantee.
Throw blankets are a gift that will warm anyone's heart. They're super useful for curling up under with a good book or for providing to guests as extra blankets when they come to visit. The Chic Blanket by Cozy Faux is luxuriously soft and comes in 4 neutral colors to complement any decor.
Consider a limited-edition paper bead necklace, created by Ugandan women who are working to start their own small businesses so that they can support their families. Without opportunities like bead necklaces, these women live and work in the slums, making an average of 1000 shillings (about 40 cents) per day. The piece above is handmade by Martha and available in either red or teal.
What women are you shopping for this year? What gift recommendations would you add?
Be sure to check out Metropolitan Mama's full 2012 Christmas Gift Guide.