11 Thoughtful Gifts for Her

We rounded up some of the most fun and useful items for every woman on your list, whether it's your bestie, sister-in-law, or Becky from accounting.

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1. Ginger Beer Making Kit

Few things are quite as refreshing as a Moscow Mule, and this kit allows you to make organic, gluten-free ginger beer to serve as a mixer (or enjoy all on its own). The kit includes everything you need to make the beer, including a 1-gallon fermentation mug and spices. The brewing process only takes a week—perfect for people just starting out with fermentation. You can order the kit with or without the handsome hammered copper mule mugs, but they make it just a little more special.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $69 and up.

2. Kodak Mini Shot

Smartphones have made taking and sharing pictures easy, but it's not quite the same as having a printed keepsake. The KODAK Mini Shot Instant-Print camera allows you to both take and print photos wherever you are—and you can even print photos already stored on your phone. A companion app allows for expert cropping and filtering, while Bluetooth connectivity lets you send photos from the camera to your phone for editing or sharing. The camera is available in fashion colors, and small enough to fit in a purse. This one's sure to impress.

Find It at Amazon for $120.

3. Sodastream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker Bundle

The crisp burst of bubbles in soda is addictive, but it's far healthier—and cheaper in the long run—to make sparkling water yourself. This Sodastream bundle has everything you need to get started on your quest for the perfect homemade bubbly water, including extra CO2, carbonating bottles, and citrus flavoring.

Find It at Amazon for $125.

4. Rifle Paper & Co Art Prints

Bare walls are a menace. Treat your favorite female to the whimsical, colorful flora and fauna of Anna Bond's illustrations, and they'll never have to stare at bare plaster or paint again. Choose from abstract designs, inspirational sayings, or homages to your favorite places and people, all available in 8-by-10- or 16-by-12-inch sizes. You can even add custom frames.

Find It at Rifle Paper Co. for $24.

5. Cat Tea Infuser

What could make a comforting cuppa even better? A tea infuser shaped like a kitty perched on the edge of your mug. Available in gray or pink, these infusers are made of BPA-free, food-grade silicon and won't break down in the dishwasher.

Find It at Amazon for $15 and also at these other retailers:

6. Homesick Candle

Sometimes you just want to smell a favorite place again, whether it's the spring flowers of Central Park or the coffee and pine needles of Seattle. Homesick's all-natural soy wax candles are available in 14 scents tied to major American cities—a perfect gift for recent (or not-so-recent) transplants. Each comes hand-poured in a stylish glass tumbler.

Find It at Amazon for $30 and also at these other retailers:

7. Cyberoptix Pashmina

These aren't your mother's pashminas! (Well, unless you give her one.) Printed with scientific, geeky, history-inspired and botanical patterns—from the Dewy Decimal System to drum machines—they're a delightfully cheeky take on keeping warm. Whether your recipient is into coffee, old maps, insects, neurons, or dinosaur bones, these are sure to delight. Available in two weights, light or cozy, and screen-printed by hand in Detroit.

Find It at Cyberoptix for $44.

8. Cactus Enamel Pin

Have someone on your list who's crazy about plants, and just a little bit trendy? Surprise them with this high-quality pin featured a prickly cactus in a geometric copper terrarium. They'll grow to love it! But if pins aren't your giftee's thing, you could choose a lucky black cat, a llama, a hot air balloon, or everyone's favorite pre-teen with telekinetic powers.

Find It at Amazon for $10.

9. Vintage-Style Bird Tree Jewelry Holder


Amazon

Tame your bestie's bureau-top chaos with this handsome holder suitable for earrings, rings, and necklaces. The recipient will thank you for making their mornings just a little easier—and more fashionable.

Find It at Amazon for $16 and also at these other retailers:

10. Kaos Golden Soccer Ball

gold kaos soccer ball
Neiman Marcus

The fun doesn't have to stop once the World Cup is over. Your favorite soccer fanatic can let the good times roll all year-round with this stylish metallic-toned ball.

Find It at these retailers:

11. Posie Turner Socks

Your loved one will feel warm—on both the inside and the outside—with the help of these motivational Peruvian Pima Cotton socks, each featuring feel-good phrases like "I Am Brave," "Good Vibes Only," and "Dance It Out." The daily positivity of the socks's mantras is matched only by their vibrant colors and playful patterns (and, of course, their luxury feel).

Find It at Posie Turner for $17.

Making Your Bed Is Easier Than Ever With These Amazing Sheets

The Button Sheet Collection, Kickstarter
The Button Sheet Collection, Kickstarter

Do you wake up every morning in a stifling cocoon of tangled bedclothes that 1) makes it hard to get out of bed in the first place, and 2) makes it impossible to fathom making your bed more often than whenever you wash your sheets?

The Button Sheet Collection is here to save you. The set contains a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and a blanket, which all fasten neatly together with four buttons that sit along the bottom edge of your bed.

The buttons ensure that your blanket will never slide off your flat sheet, your flat sheet will never slide off your fitted sheet, and you will never slide off the edge of sanity.

But that’s not the only way the Button Sheet Collection simplifies the sleeping process. Slits in the bottom two corners of the flat sheet and blanket guarantee that both items lie perfectly flat—there’s no need to fold and tuck them underneath the mattress. Also, there are extra inches added to the flat sheet and blanket, so you have an optimal amount of wiggle room no matter what your go-to sleeping position is.

In the morning, all you have to do is give the flat sheet and blanket a quick fluff and walk away from your now perfectly-made bed.

The long-staple cotton, 400 thread count, and sateen weave make the sheets just as comfortable as they are functional, and here’s yet another reason you can (literally) rest easy with the collection: it’s Oeko-Tex certified and free from any harmful chemicals.

Prices for the Button Sheet Collection—which includes one pillowcase, a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and a blanket—start at $239; you can check out more buying options on Kickstarter, and estimated delivery is in November.

Since you’re going to spend around one third of your day asleep, it’s worth maximizing your experience in whatever ways you can, from buying Button Sheets, to ending the covers tug-of-war, to finding the perfect mattress, and beyond.

This Adjustable Bag Mate Makes Traveling Anywhere Much More Convenient

NEX
NEX

Carrying a backpack for a long period of time can lead to aching in your neck, back, or shoulders. Plus, keeping essentials in your bag, like a passport or phone, can make them a hassle to retrieve when necessary. NEX, now raising money on Kickstarter, is a three-in-one bag mate that makes traveling with a backpack pain-free and convenient.

This new "bag mate" is designed with air cushions that evenly distribute the weight of your backpack across your shoulders. Since it makes your bag feel 30 percent lighter, it also helps improve your posture.

NEX features functional and hidden pockets to not only make it easier to grab your essentials when on the go, but also keep them secured—since they are much safer on your shoulders than in your bag where people can easily steal them. Each strap is designed with three inner pockets as well as a hidden pocket to store everyday valuables such as your keys or cash.

Cash and keys going in a pocket on a NEX bag mate
NEX

Sometimes a backpack isn't necessary for quick outings, so NEX can act as a cross-body bag as well. Easily clip it on and adjust the fit to your liking, and now NEX can be used when you're simply going out for a run or grabbing groceries. Plus, it's designed with recycled waterproof material, meaning you don't have to worry about your valuables getting damaged due to the weather.

guy walking with blue cross body bag
NEX

With over a week left in its campaign, NEX has already surpassed its goal of $1000, raising over $47,000 as of June 25. By pledging $19 or more, you can get your own bag mate on KickStarter. Shipping is scheduled for August.

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