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 upgraded versions of those. Have they been rotating between the same two pairs of sweatpants while working from home? Go with a loungewear gift that includes some fashion-forward joggers, or fluffy socks that don’t come in a pack of five. Did they turn into a homebody over the course of the pandemic? Gift them everything they need for a luxe night in.
Ahead, 24 foolproof gifts to thrill the woman in your life who claims to want nothing this year.
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Warby Parker Sunglasses
Created in collaboration with Studio 189’s Rosario Dawson, this oversized style (which also comes in a forest green) is made for your BFF who always loses their sunnies.
Warby Parker Mojave Mauve Sunglasses, $, available at Warby Parker
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 Underwear 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 Jewel Tones Pack, $, available at Parade
Longchamp Knit Shoulder Bag
Not only will this designer shopping bag replace your recipient’s errand-day tote for good, but it’s also incredibly versatile. Place a scarf or a piece of fabric on the inside, and the shopper will go from farmer’s market to Sunday brunch.
Longchamp Le Pliage Filet Knit Shoulder Bag, $, available at Nordstrom
Pleasing Nail Polish
Even if they are not a Harry Styles stan, they will appreciate the look of this nail polish, from “Watermelon Sugar” singer’s new beauty line. While the product is currently sold-out, you can sign up to receive early access to the restock on November 29.
Pleasing Perfect Pearl Polish, $, available at Pleasing
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
Ganni Coffee Table Book
For all the #GanniGirls.
Ganni ‘Ganni: Gimme More’ book, $, available at Ganni
Good American Sweatpants
After another year of working from home, the astrology enthusiast in your life will appreciate this sweatpant upgrade.
Good American Zodiac Boyfriend Sweatpant, $, available at Good American
Staud x New Balance Sneakers
For the New Balance fans whose sneakers are falling apart. This pair comes courtesy of another collaboration drop between the sportswear brand for its “dad sneakers” and the buzzy label Staud.
New Balance x Staud 574 sneaker in Raincloud, $, available at Staud
Yes Way Rosé Single-Serve Sparkling Wine
A single-serve bottle of bubbles fit for a lockdown queen who isn’t ready to give up her homebody ways. This one also makes for a great stocking stuffer.
Yes Way Rosé Mini Bubbles, $, available at Yes Way Rosé
Pangaia Cashmere Balaclava
Forget hats and gloves this season! Instead, opt for a balaclava, winter’s hottest accessory. Our pick is this recycled cashmere number.
Pangaia Recycled Cashmere Balaclava, $, available at Pangaia
This casual-chic après ski-inspired set is topping my holiday wishlist.
Tombolo “Après Ski” Cabana Jacket, $, available at Tombolo
Tombolo “Après Ski” Cabana Pants, $, available at Tombolo
Add this luxe “rinse-free hand wash” to every stocking you’re stuffing this year.
Byredo Rose Rinse-Free Hand Wash, $, available at Bloomingdale’s
East Olivia Dried Flower Bouquet
A dried bouquet that will delight the host long after all the dinner guests have left.
East Olivia The Olivia Holiday Medium Bouquet, $, available at East Olivia
Maison Kitsuné T-Shirt
A quality white tee for the person who has committed to a capsule wardrobe in 2022.
Maison Kitsune Fox motif T-shirt, $, available at Farfetch
Shhhowercap Shower Cap
One of my favorite gifts to give (and receive!), this high-end shower cap has been my beauty must-have for the past five years.
Shhhowercap The Melrose Shower Cap, $, available at Violet Gray
Astrid & Miyu Huggies
For the person who you always get piercings with.
Astrid & Miyu Mystic Simple Huggies in Rose Gold, $, available at Astrid & Miyu
Adidas x Wales Bonner Hat
Fans of Wales Bonner’s designs will love the British designer’s collaboration with sports giant Adidas featuring covetable apparel and accessories.
Adidas x Wales Bonner Reversible logo-embroidered cotton bucket hat, $, available at MatchesFashion
Abacaxi x SVNR Hand-Dyed Scarf
Created as a result of a collaboration between abacaxi, a brand that has risen in popularity for its tie-dye designs since the pandemic took hold, and SVNR, a label known for its silk dresses, these hand-dyed scarves are not only stunning but also one-of-a-kind.
Abacaxi x SVNR Hand-dyed scarf, $, available at SVNR
La DoubleJ Apron
A perfect gift for the fashion-loving cook from print-forward brand La DoubleJ.
LaDoubleJ Wildbird-print cotton-canvas apron, $, available at MatchesFashion
Gucci The Hacker Project Card Case
Earlier in the year, Gucci made headlines for “hacking” Balenciaga as part of its Aria runway show. Now the collection is available for all your luxury gifting needs. This one is for the nicest people on your list.
Gucci The Hacker Project Flora card case, $, available at Gucci
Sincerely Jules for Bandier Sweatshirt Dress
This one is made for the person who plans on going from the dinner table to the couch for the duration of the holidays.
Sincerely Jules for Bandier The Dahlia Sweatshirt Dress, $, available at Bandier
Roxanne Assouline Customizable Bracelet
Who can resist a customizable jewelry piece? Go for one from this Instagram-beloved brand known for its candy-colored bracelets.
Roxanne Assoulin Build-your-own bracelet, $, available at Roxanne Assoulin
Prada Water Bottle
The most opulent water bottle you can gift this season.
Prada Stainless steel water bottle, 500 ml, $, available at Prada
Pisani Et Al. Candle
Even the person who wants nothing will appreciate a good candle. With a hand-cut glass container, this one will double as decor, not to mention fill the room with aromas of sandalwood, amber, and incense.
Pisani Et Al. De Aetna Candela, $, available at Pisani Et Al.
Dollchunk Heart Ring
Child-like rings are trending on TikTok. Impress the hard-to-please Gen Zer on your list with this whimsical design from fashion writer and Refinery29 contributor Kristen Bateman who is also known for her can’t-miss personal style.
Dollchunk Bubble Gum Heart Puff Ring, $, available at Dollchunk— PAID —
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
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