Are you looking for that special gift for the women over 40 in your life. Then, you’ll find what you need in this updated guide on the best gifts for women over 40. Read on for plenty of gift ideas for women…
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:
1. Gift ideas for women: Handbags
If you’re like us, you like your bags big! A tote is both stylish and practical in every season to carry all the stuff that you need. You can find a great selection of totes from Nordstrom here.
The Rebecca Minkoff tote (below) is an absolute classic that will never not be in style.
Or, how about a bag in her favorite color. The Maison de Sabre small tote (below) is perfect for carrying a few everyday essentials and will add a pop of color to any outfit.
A clutch bag is another stylish gift choice, particularly if the woman you are choosing for has evening events she will be attending soon. If you want to buy a designer option, the Tory Burch clutch gives you that option without completely breaking the bank.
Or, rather than a bag, how about a wallet if she hasn’t treated herself to a new purse for some time.
Read our article on the 10 affordable designer handbags in stores now.
2. Great gift ideas for women: Contemporary jewelry
We 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 our love for bold, contemporary jewelry is on trend right now. Great jewelry is featured in all the latest runways.
Below is a piece that we love. It mixes beads and pearls 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!
We also love the long lines of the drop necklace (below), which would look great with a v-neck.
Read our list of our favorite Etsy stores and contemporary jewelries.
Or, you could opt for a bracelet. This one (below) from Majorica bracelet is an on-trend style that would bring evening dresses up-to-date.
Or how about a pair of statement earrings that you can wear during the day or for evenings out? The drop earrings (below) mix metals so should go with any other jewelry, whether you prefer silver or gold.
A statement ring is a great way to update any outfit. The cocktail ring (below) would be ideal with eveningwear.
3. 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. The Bill Cunningham book (below) is full of fascinating insights from the renowned Manhattan street photographer, from anecdotes that were found in a drawer after he died.
Another beautiful book is the Marilyn in Fashion book below. While so much of Marilyn’s life is discussed, have you ever thought about her influence on fashion? Reviewers say it is fun to see Marilyn’s personal fashions and how she obtained them.
Learning something new or improving a skill is one of the best gifts there is. The effect is long-lasting 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.
5. YOGA or pilates wear
The Lululemon jacket (below) is perfect for exercising in cooler weather, or for casual days.
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.
The leggings below 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 back details on the Mippo yoga top (below). It comes in a good choice of colors, and reviewers say it is comfortable and super soft.
Find out what are the best workout clothes from women over 40.
6. 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 Nordstrom scarf (below) is cashmere so will be super soft against her neck, and bright red is sure to get her noticed for all the right reasons.
A waterfall style wrap or poncho 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. Reviewers say the PULI poncho (below) is both warm and elegant.
Read more on our article on how to wear a scarf.
7. 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.
The Tory Burch flats are a great choice as it is always on trend. You’ll see this style is in stores year after year in different colors. The Georgia ballet flats (below) come in a good range of neutrals.
As the weather is cooler, for most of you, a pair of new boots is a great gift. Opt for a style with easy-to-walk-in block heels.
Or how about a new pair of sneakers to go with her exercise gear? The On Cloud sneakers (below) come in a great range of colors, and reviewers say they are comfortable right out of the box.
8. print t-shirt
Buy her a print T-shirt that she can wear with her favorite jeans. The swing T-shirt (below) is made from super soft modal and cotton.
9. Silk shirt
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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
A blazer is a fantastic way to elevate absolutely any outfit from a simple t-shirt and pair of jeans to evening dresses or workwear. The Anine Bing blazer (below) is made from fully lined 100% wool.
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. Choose a different shade from the usual black.
Another flattering style for all body shapes is a waterfall cardigan, long or draped cardigan. A draped style is perfect to wear as a layer to create a long, lean effect – and to stay warm, of course. The cardigan (below) comes in a wide choice of neutrals and is a great choice for lazy days.
15. Wrap dress
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.
Take a look at the best wrap dress styles for women over 40.
16. 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 herbal tea, and a book before bedtime.
Or, for a luxurious option, you could try real silk. The silk pajamas (below) come in a good choice of colors and are not only beautiful but the natural fabric means they are breathable and keep you at a comfortable temperature while sleeping.
A pretty silky robe can also add a feeling of luxury to any bedtime (or breakfast) routine. Choose a thin robe, and you can pack for travel. The Natori robe (below) is soft, fluid, and has a beautiful print.
Or choose a short robe that could be worn when traveling, or when relaxing at home.
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 that she has loved for decades or opt for something new from her favorite brand.
The Guerlain perfume (below) comes in a beautiful bottle, and smells citrusy and sophisticated.
We also love the Henry Rose fragrance brand created by Michelle Pfieffer.
For a modern, designer treat, you could try the Christian Louboutin set (below). Choosing miniatures means she can try three perfumes rather than just one, and choose a favorite.
19. A scented candle
If your loved one loves to relax at home, a scented candle is a perfect gift. The Maison Margiela candle below has been created to remind you of a lazy Sunday morning.
20. Silk pillowcase
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 slip (below) helps to decrease the signs of aging, wrinkles, and bedheads.
21. cashmere throw
Another luxurious option, either for bed or for curling up on the sofa with a good book is a throw blanket. The cashmere throw (below) comes in a choice of seven colors.
22. lounge sets
A great lounge set is one you can wear as pajamas, for lazy days at home, or for running errands. The sweater lounge set (below) comes in a great choice of colors, and reviewers say it is super soft.
23. lounge slippers
If you know someone who always has cold feet, or who just doesn’t like to walk barefoot, they would appreciate a pair of comfy, cozy slippers. The UGG slippers below have a luxurious feel as they are made with suede and sheepskin. Reviewers say they are like walking on a cloud.
24. Face serum set
The Mid/night 00.00 hydrating drops (below) is a super hydrating facial oil made in Spain that you can rub in as it is or add to your favorite moisturizer.
25. Face cream
The Chantecaille face tint (below) is fantastic to add a healthy, natural glow.
Also take a look at these 14 self-pampering ideas for when you can’t get to the spa.
26. face roller
A face roller can be used alone to reduce puffiness or with face oil or serum. Reviewers say the roller (below) has a nice weight, feels durable, and is good for puffiness or for toning your face.
27. A mirror
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!
Choosing make-up can be tricky as you won’t necessarily know what shade to opt for. However, the Charlotte Tilbury palette (below) features neutral shades that will suit any skintone.
Or, how about a beautiful lipstick set? The Valentino lipsticks (below) feature the beautiful Valentino branding.
29. makeup 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.
30. makeup towels
Make-up towels can be a great addition to your bathroom so you can easily remove your make-up without getting mascara on your white towels. The Arkwright towels (below) have good reviews, with users saying they are luxurious and double-embroidered.
31. Jewelry case
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.
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.
33. 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. Reviewers say the gratitude journal (below) is a great journal to start a habit.
34. travel journal
Or, do you have someone who loves to travel in your life? Then buy them a travel journey so they can chart all of their adventures.
35. reusable notebook
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 that goes with the Rocketbook (below) so she can still save her notes before wiping the pages clean.
36. For exercise
I use this roller every single day. It greatly helps with keeping your muscles supple and massages your 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!
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.
Although the roller and massage ball above are very effective in 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) are warm and cashmere lined. Reviewers say they warm up fast and are incredibly soft.
Or choose a pair of cashmere gloves that will feel beautiful on her hands. The Uniqlo gloves (below) come in lots of different colors.
A designer belt can upgrade any outfit and is ideal if you have someone who loves to wear jeans and pants. The Tory Burch belt (below) features the recognisable designer logo, and is made from lovely calfskin leather.
Given that watches aren’t as widely worn as they once were, a watch can feel like a more luxurious piece of jewelry than something completely practical.
Sunglasses are a great choice anytime of the year, whether your loved one is planning a sunny vacation or would like to protect their eyes from the glare of the 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 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 (below) is waterproof so you can read by the pool.
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.
43. iPad cases
If you love your iPad as much as I do, you need a good case. Choose her favorite color iPad case. Just make sure you pay attention to the iPad model she has so you can make sure you choose the right fit.
44. tablet holder
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.
A pair of earbuds can make a great gift if you choose a pair that are compatible with their smartphone. The earbuds (below) are ideal for exercise or work calls.
AirTags are perfect for travel lovers. I know lots of women who have started to put an AirTag in luggage to make sure they don’t lose suitcases, given all the travel disruption that has happened this year.
Do you have a gadget lover in your life? How about a new gadget or gizmo? One of the latest iPhone models will always be appreciated.
48. a smart watch
Have you tried tracking your activity with a fitbit yet? The Fitbit Sense 2 smartwatch is more aesthetically pleasing than most fitness tracking watches. You can connect to your favorite apps and monitor your workouts.
Do you know someone who is always running out of battery? A charging pad could help them keep their phone charged and keep their essentials organized.
50. 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!
51. 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.
52. travel mug
If you have a recipients who love the environment, and coffee, then how about a travel mug? The Fellow Carter mug (below) keeps your drink warm for hours.
53. Temperature control mug
For working from home, keep her tea or coffee warm with the mug warmer (below)
54. carry-on case
For the adventurer in your life, a new suitcase that is just the right size for carry-on is perfect. The spinner carry-on (below) comes in an attractive rose gold color, and features internal compartments to organize your outfits.
55. Cozy winter hat
Keep her head cozy and stylish with the North Face beanie (below) which comes in a beautiful burgundy shade.
56. Back and shoulder massager
Give the gift of a relaxing back and shoulder massage! The shiatsu back massager (below) has great reviews from users who say it is fantastic for relieving tension.
57. Bath tub organizer
Does your loved one love a bath. The bathtub tray (below) is fantastic for holding your favorite book, drink and body wash.
58. Shower steamers
While you may have tried bath bombs, how about shower steamers? The shower steamers (below) come in a back of lots of different fragrances and are great for waking up in the morning or relaxing at night.
59. Adult paint by numbers
Even if your recipient isn’t naturally artistic, adult paint by numbers is very on trend right now. A great, relaxing alternative to doing a jigsaw.
60. gift ideas for women: Donate to 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 gift ideas for women.
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? What is your favorite gift idea for women from our list?
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