Are your looking for that special gift for the women over 40 in your life, here is an updated guide on the best gifts for women over 40.
Whether you’re searching for gifts for your mother, daughter, sister, friend or anyone else you hold dear, you’ll find plenty of inspiration below. Perhaps you’re a husband looking for gift ideas for your wife. Or maybe you want to show your loved ones this list as a gentle hint about what you would like yourself!
This list includes my own favorites as well as suggestions you’ve left for me in the comments from previous years. So, if you have a great gift idea, don’t forget to tell me about it in the comments, so we can make this an even better resource.
This gift guide is mostly about fashion and items of style. I believe that every woman loves to receive gifts that make her feel more beautiful and confident in many ways.
Gift ideas for women over 50, over 40 or any age: How to choose what to buy
You know your loved one better than anyone, but it can be tricky to keep coming up with new ideas from year to year.
Think about their interests, and about any hints they may have dropped. Is there anything they have admired in the past few weeks or months, or said they would like?
Having said that, gifting is a chance to buy something they wouldn’t necessarily have treated themselves to so a surprise will be just as welcome. I’m sure they will love whatever you choose. Whatever you opt for, it shows you are thinking about them.
Below are my suggestions for gifts for women over 40:
Gift ideas for women: Handbags
If you’re like me you like your bags big! A tote is both stylish and practical in every season to carry all the stuff that you need.
I often carry a tote when I want to take my big and heavy DSLR camera places! You can find a great selection of totes from Nordstrom here.
My recommended pick is this red Rebecca Mincoff tote (below). Even though the color is bold, it’s timeless, so easy to combine with many outfits.
The bronze color works as a neutral so will go with everything in her closet.
Or if your recipient prefers to keep their hands free, you could choose a crossbody instead. I like the semi-circular shape of the Coach crossbody (below).
A clutch bag is another stylish gift choice, particularly if the woman you are choosing for has evening events she will be attending soon.
Read our article on the 10 affordable designer handbags in stores now.
Great gift ideas for women: Contemporary jewelry
I strongly believe in the power of modern, contemporary jewelry to really lift up an outfit and make the wearer look modern, fresh and youthful.
And my love for bold, contemporary jewelry is on trend right now. Great jewelry is featured in all the latest runways.
Below is a piece that I love. It mixes beads and is a great contemporary necklace that will make every outfit special. If your loved one is working from home currently, a necklace will mean they will look great on those video conference calls without having to worry about the bottom of their outfit!
Or, you could opt for a bracelet. This one (below) from Karine Sultan at Nordstrom is an on-trend cuff style that would bring your evening dresses up-to-date.
Or how about a pair of statement earrings that you can wear during the day or for evenings out?
Etsy also has some great jewelry options. Here are some of my favorite Etsy stores.
Gift ideas for women who have everything: A good book
A good book is always a good idea. If your loved one is into fashion and style, you could choose a book to reflect their interests.
Nevertheless She Wore It is sure to provoke plenty of discussion. It features key fashion moments through the years. Reviewers say anyone who loves fashion, history or beautiful illustrations will love this book.
Another beautiful coffee table book is Fashion in Film which runs through some of the most eye-catching outfits to appear on the silver screen. One reviewer said she bought one for herself and ended up buying several more for Christmas presents.
Learning something new or improving a skill is one of the best gifts there is. The effect is longlasting and can be life changing.
In our signature course 21 Steps to a More Stylish you, will learn how to create your unique personal style. Learn how to dress for your specific body, personality and color type and become the most stylish person in the room.
YOGA or pilates wear
Leggings are a woman’s best friend year-round and if you follow our guidelines on how to wear leggings, you will look fabulous in them too.
These leggings are super soft, opaque and have a waist (which is great for flattening and hiding your belly!). Perfect for YouTube workouts, a daily walk, relaxing at home, or wearing under dresses and tunics to stay warm in cooler weather.
Check out our extensive guide on how to wear leggings.
Does your loved one do Yoga or Pilates, or go to the gym when she is able to? I’m sure she’d love to look more stylish while exercising. I find if I look good while heading to exercise class, I feel more motivated. I like the ruching on the sides of the yoga top (below) which comes in a good choice of colors.
Find out what are the best workout clothes from women over 40.
Scarves and wraps
Is the woman you want to surprise too fond of her boring black coat? Give her a great scarf to break up the all-black. The Cashmere Made in Scotland scarf (below) is cashmere so will be super soft against her neck.
A waterfall style wrap or cardigan is very versatile and flattering. Plus, if you aren’t sure about her size, you don’t have to worry as this style is one-size-fits-all. Wear while lounging at home, or as outerwear over a sweater and jeans on cool days.
Read more on our article on how to wear a scarf.
Shoes as gifts
It’s true! Women love shoes. We want them in all kinds of colors, heights and styles. Sneaker style shoes especially are very popular this season, and are always a great option, as are silver or gold flats and brogues.
Would you like to see your woman in a particular kind of shoe? This is your chance to really surprise her. You know her size (or if you don’t, just take a peak inside a pair she wears often), so you can order some fabulous shoes online.
If you’re looking for some inspiration before making your gift choice, you might want to check out this piece on the top shoe trends for this season.
Take notice of the heel height she usually wears rather than buying her very high heels that she may not be comfortable in.
When buying clothes as a gift, it’s a lovely idea to look out for luxurious fabrics such as silk, satin or cashmere. A silk shirt is a timeless option which looks just as good worn for a night out, for work, or with jeans for everyday.
A cashmere sweater
Talking about luxurious fabrics, cashmere is soft against the skin and almost feels silky to the touch. If your recipient finds wool sweaters itchy, cashmere could definitely be the answer. A cashmere sweater will add a feeling of luxury to even the simplest outfit.
Gift ideas for women: A stylish coat
Has your loved one had the same coat for years and years? Perhaps they’d like to change their winter look this year. A wrap style is a good option as it’s flattering for the vast majority of women. A neutral shade will go with everything.
There’s more inspiration in this article on how to choose a winter coat.
A moto jacket is always a useful addition to any closet. You can add a little edginess to your outfits. It can be worn over summer dresses with tights and booties so you can wear your favorite dresses even when the weather cools down.
Another flattering style for all body shapes is a waterfall cardigan. A draped style is perfect to wear as a layer to create a long, lean effect – and to stay warm, of course. The drape cardigan (below) comes in a wide choice of colors so you can choose her favorite.
If you want to buy clothing but don’t know what, you really can’t go wrong with a classic wrap dress. It’s a universally flattering style that looks good on all body types.
Another option could be a belted shirt dress that can be worn for any season.
Take a look at the best wrap dress styles for women over 40.
Best gift ideas for women: Luxurious pajamas
Pajamas are one of those gifts which can either be boring or beautiful. It goes without saying that you should go for a beautiful option.
There’s no better feeling than slipping into a stylish pair of pajamas and relaxing with a glass of wine, or a herbal tea, and a book before bedtime.
A pretty silky robe can also add a feeling of luxury to any bedtime (or breakfast) routine. The Sioro robe (below) comes in 19 different color choices. Reviewers say it makes a great gift.
There’s also plenty of inspiration in this piece on the most stylish pajamas for women over 40.
Ok, this present is not super original but you can’t really go wrong by gifting a popular perfume.
If your loved one already has a favorite perfume and you want to play it safe, while still choosing something a little different, have a look to see if there is a new version of that scent available or a gift box.
You could buy a classic fragrance which she has loved for decades or opt for something new from her favorite brand.
A scented candle
If your loved one loves to relax at home, a scented candle is the perfect gift. The Chesapeake Bay candle (below) has 40,000+ largely positive reviews.
Have you got a silk pillowcase yet? Sleeping on silk helps to keep your hair looking good when you wake up as well as being kind to your skin. It has really helped me reduce the sleeping wrinkles on my face. The pure silk pillowcase from Bedsure (below) comes in a range of colors so you can choose her favorite shade, or match her bed linen.
Another luxurious option, either for bed or for curling up on the sofa with a good book is the silk throw (below). One reviewer said she bought several as gifts.
memory foam slippers
If you know someone who always has cold feet, or who just doesn’t like to walk bare foot, they would appreciate a pair of comfy, cozy, memory foam slippers.
What could be better after a long day, or a long walk, than slipping into a warm, scented bath. Choose a bath salts gift set to help her relax.
Also take a look at these 14 self-pampering ideas for when you can’t get to the spa.
Retinol is often recommended as an anti-aging treatment. And, the Tree of Life set (below) features not just retinol (for nighttime) but also Vitamin C (for day) and Hyaluronic Acid serum for moisturizing. There are 50,000+ positive reviews.
I don’t know of one woman who doesn’t use some sort of face cream. Either opt for her favorite brand if you know what she usually keeps on her bathroom shelf, or choose something more luxurious than she would normally buy herself.
Face mask set
Face masks can sometimes be tricky to give as gifts if you don’t know what skin type your loved one has. However, a sheet mask set like this one (below) features a huge choice of masks to suit everyone. My favorite is the green tea.
One item I use almost every day is this mirror. They are not cheap but will save you so much frustration each day as the light is a lot brighter than on most mirrors and you can actually SEE those nasty little hairs that you need to remove.
As my eyes have deteriorated quite badly over the last few years, I have found it increasingly difficult to apply eye makeup or maintain my eyebrows. This mirror makes that so much easier!
I bought the mini Simplehuman mirror which magnifies 10 times! It is great for applying makeup but does not magnify as much as the smaller one.
make up brushes
When was the last time your loved one changed their make-up brushes? Great brushes will make her existing make-up easier to apply.
Pretty and practical. This jewelry case is ideal for keeping rings, earrings and necklaces together after you take them off at night. It’s also perfect to take jewelry essentials away on vacation if you are planning a trip this holiday season.
For a gift that keeps on giving, you could think about a subscription box like the Allure beauty box (below). That way, she will get a gift every month and will know you are thinking about her.
A gratitude journal
Most experts agree that one of the best ways to start your day to feel happy and content is to start with gratitude. She could write her thoughts down each morning or evening.
If you know someone who still loves writing notes down, even though she has a laptop or computer, she might like a reusable notebook. There’s a free app which goes with the Rocketbook (below) so she can still save her notes before wiping the pages clean.
I use this roller every single day. It greatly helps with keeping your muscles supple and massages my legs, back and shoulders. I also use it to open up my shoulders. If you’re interested, I can do a demonstration at a future date on how I use it.
This roller also helps with cellulite as it evens out the fascia which will help smooth your legs and upper thighs.
It’s my perfect tool to keep injuries at bay, my back and shoulders in check and my legs smooth. Highly recommended!
Trigger point massage ball
If you have one particular spot or a trigger point that is painful, it’s very effective to massage yourself with a ball. Just lean against a wall with the ball on the painful spot and make slight movements to massage it. You’ll soon find lots of relief.
Deep tissue muscle treatment
Although the roller and massage ball above are very effective is getting your deep muscle tissue in good shape, the TheraGun is even quicker in doing that. Just put it on the painful spots and the machine will do its magic. I spoiled myself with this gift this year.
For more fitness gifts check out our workout gifts for women.
As the cooler weather sets it, it’s important to keep your hands warm. So, you may as well do that in the most stylish way possible. The leather gloves (below) can be used with touchphone so you don’t have to get cold hands to send your messages.
Sunglasses are a great choice anytime of year, whether your loved one is planning a sunny vacation or would like to protect their eyes from the glare of winter sun.
Most of us wear glasses of some sort and we need to take them anywhere and everywhere. This is one accessory that will get a lot of use. And if you want to keep your glasses in one piece this case below will come in very handy.
If you love your iPad as much as I do, you need a good case. And why settle for boring when you can have fun with a print instead. I love the art inspired pattern on the Fintie iPad case (below).
Does your recipient use a tablet? A holder can come in handy if they are watching a movie on it, using a keypad or looking at a recipe while cooking.
If you’re looking to treat your loved one, an iPad or tablet can make a much-appreciated gift so your recipient can do everything on the move from surfing the internet to checking messages, watching movies to reading books.
If she doesn’t already have a Kindle, I’m sure she’d appreciate one rather than carrying lots of heavy reading material with her. If she does, you could always treat her to an upgrade. The Kindle Oasis (below) is waterproof so you can read by the pool.
A pair of earpods can make a great gift if you choose a pair that are compatible with their smartphone. The Apple AirPods (below) have spatial sound which is good for watching a movie or listening to music.
Do you have a gadget lover in your life. How about a new gadget or gizmo? The Samsung foldable flip phone (below) is sure to impress.
Do you know someone who is always running out of battery? A charging tray could help them keep their phone charged and keep their essentials organized. The wireless charger (below) is compatible with many iPhones.
a smart watch
Have you tried tracking your activity with a fitbit yet? The Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch (below) allows you to track activity, heart rate and sleep patterns. Ideal if you want to make sure you’re getting in your daily number of steps or you’re looking for gift ideas for women who love gadgets and fitness.
Selfie stick with tripod
It’s the one I use for many of my videos and photos. Just pop it on a table and use the remote or the self timer on your phone for the perfect full outfit photograph!
Video conferencing lighting
Many of us are holding work meetings or family gatherings via conference call these days. If you want to look great while taking and making video calls, special lighting for your desk can help her to look great, making this one of the best gift ideas for women.
Revlon one step dryer brush
If you have someone who likes their hair to look perfect everyday, the Revlon dryer brush (below) has been the must-have hair purchase of the year. Reviewers say it makes drying hair simple so your arms don’t get tired as they do with a regular hairdryer.
Donate for her favorite cause
If you’re buying for the woman who truly has everything, why not donate your gift for a good cause? Buy an animal for World Vision, sponsor a child, donate to the Red Cross or provide some microloans through Kiva. It would greatly help others.
I hope I have given you some good ideas.
How about you? What will you be buying the loved ones in your life this year? What is the best gift you’ve ever received? Are there any great gift ideas for women that you think I’ve missed?
Like always, I would be happy to hear your feedback and get your gift ideas for women over 40 as well! What would you like to receive as a gift?
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