There’s nothing more satisfying than giving someone a birthday gift that they truly love. But if your special someone hasn’t told you what they want, it can be hard to know what will make them smile. That’s where we come in — the shopping experts at CBS Essentials have rounded up the best birthday gift ideas for her. We’ve found birthday gift ideas great for your mom, aunt, grandma, sister, wife or best friend.
No matter if she’s turning 20 or 70, we’ve found birthday gift options that she’s sure to love. These birthday-worthy finds come at a variety of prices, so you’ll be able to give her the perfect gift even if you’re sticking to a budget. We’ve included reviewer-loved items from top-rated brands including Apple, Stanley, Cuts and so much more. Even if you think she already has it all, you’ll certainly find an idea here. But if you truly just can’t figure it out, there’s always an Amazon gift card.
Best birthday gifts for her
Everybody loves getting a thoughtful gift. Whether she’s interested in beauty, fitness or making the perfect charcuterie board, there’s a gift idea for her ahead.
You can’t go wrong with gifting a cult-favorite Stanley cup. Pictured is one of the newest colors, iris, but you can check this link to see all the Quencher H2.0 FlowState tumbler colors that are in stock on the Stanley site.
People swear by 40-ounce Stanley Quencher cups ($45) because they keep water ice cold for 11 hours, have a convenient handle, fit in car cup holders despite their large size and have a straw that makes staying hydrated just a little more fun. They come in a rainbow of appealing pastel hues and have garnered quite a buzz among influencers — so much so that the Stanley site has a 20-item limit on how many cups you’re allowed to order in response to Stanley hoarders and resellers. The viral version of the Stanley cup is the 40-ounce model, likely because drinking two of them almost equals the suggested daily water intake for women, taking the guesswork out of drinking enough water each day. Stanley also makes a smaller 30-ounce version of its Quencher H2.0 FlowState tumbler ($35) and a massive new 64-ounce version ($60).
Why we like Stanley cups:
They’re huge, so they require fewer refills, which may encourage you to drink more water.
They come in eye-catching colors.
They sell out often, so it’s fun to collect rare colors.
The latest Apple AirPods Pro 2 earbuds might be at the top of her wishlist. They offer 30 hours of listening time with the included charging case. They have an upgraded wireless chip for improved audio functionality, a new low distortion driver for clearer audio and improved active noise cancellation. The Apple AirPods Pro 2 provide truly custom sound: You can use your iPhone’s camera to analyze your unique ear anatomy and find the perfect audio settings for you.
Why we like the Apple AirPods Pro 2:
Wireless earbuds let you listen to your favorite music, podcasts and more without having to physically connect to your device.
They pair perfectly with your other Apple products.
They provide custom sound and they offer multiple soft ear tips for the perfect fit.
She’ll get so much use out of this super-soft Pima cotton pajama set. It’s available in coral and navy stripes. This cute PJ set comes with a long sleeve top, plus shorts with an elastic waistband and three-inch inseam. Find it in sizes XXS to XXL. Want to make her birthday extra special? You can pay $10 more and have this PJ set delivered in a gift box.
“They’re so soft, cute and comfy,” a reviewer on the Lake site says. “They are not a cheap, thin material like many lounge outfits — you can tell it is high quality.”
Impress the beauty lover in your life with this ultimate vanity case. She can take it to travel or leave it at home. This box has its own mirror with adjustable lights that simulate the time of day you want to create your look for. Simply charge the box when its battery runs out. Also find compartments for makeup, plus brush-holding flaps.
Why we like this vanity case:
It offers lighting so you can get your makeup blended and color-matched just right.
Allow FabFitFun to create a gift assortment for you with their seasonal boxes. A box comes with six full-size premium products from brands such as Our Place, Summer Fridays, Glow Recipe, Free People and more. The easiest way to gift a box is by giving a FabFitFun gift card. Put $60 on the gift card to gift the fall box, out now, or more to cover a continued subscription.
Why we like FabFitFun:
It allows you to try different brands.
A subscription offers a fun gift seasonally.
It takes the work out of creating a gift basket for you.
There’s a birthday cake, and then there’s a birthday charcuterie. Indulge her savory tooth with this gift from Boarderie. You can customize a cheese and charcuterie board to her age. Find this board that’s made fresh daily in three sizes. It comes with an Acacia wood serving board and even birthday candles. Cake, who?
Why we like Boarderie:
It takes the work out of creating a charcuterie board.
The boards are made fresh daily.
The charcuterie boards look and taste great.
This gift is a great option for people who don’t really have a sweet tooth.
Upgrade her basics with this Cuts tops sampler. Cuts is a basics brand that makes athleisure that’s nice enough to wear to the office. This sampler comes with a high-quality tank (in black), a T-shirt (in ballet, a pink) and cropped T-shirt (in dune, an off-white), all of which are Cuts bestsellers. Find these tops in sizes S to XXL. Save money by buying this set rather than each item individually.
Don’t forget a birthday dress. She can wear this stunner from Cleobella day-of or for years to come. It’s made of cotton poplin and has cool cut-out details.
This dress is handmade in India. Find it in sizes XS to XL.
Why we like this dress:
It’s made of a breezy cotton.
It makes for an ideal birthday dress.
It has cool cutouts.
If you just can’t figure it out, go for a gift card. Amazon has it all. Put the denomination of your choice on this egift card that comes in birthday-themed designs (both standard and animated) or with your photo or video attached. You can then schedule its email or text message delivery date, plus add a special note.
Carolin Lehmann is an expert in health, fitness, furniture, apparel, gift guides and books for CBS Essentials. She’s always testing new products to recommend. Some of her current favorites include Stanley cups, Alo Yoga workout sets and the Cuzen matcha maker.