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.

All-Marshmallow Boxes of Lucky Charms Are Back, But Not Everyone Will Be Able to Get One

Lucky Charms
Lucky Charms

Hot on the heels of a Virginia brewery's cereal-inspired marshmallow beer, another way for grown adults to feel like kids again has emerged. Marshmallow-only Lucky Charms are back—this time with unicorn and rainbow shapes. Unfortunately, only 15,000 boxes of the sweet stuff are up for grabs.

If you were already planning on treating yourself by picking up some regular Lucky Charms from your local supermarket, be on the lookout for promotional boxes that say “You could win a box of only marshmallows” on the front. The inside panels of those boxes contain codes that can be entered at MarshmallowOnly.com for your chance to win one of the rare pure-marshmallow boxes. The promotion will run through the summer, so you’ll have plenty of time to enter up to 30 codes. Here's a list of participating retailers carrying the coded boxes [PDF].

This isn’t the first time that General Mills, the maker of Lucky Charms, has held this sweepstakes. In 2015, the company gave away 10 boxes of marshmallow-only cereal (or, as it calls the sugary shapes, “marbits”). Based on the popularity of that promotion, it handed out 10,000 boxes in 2017.

"It's no secret that Lucky Charms fans love the marshmallows," Scott Baldwin, director of marketing for cereal at General Mills, said in a statement. "Consumers have flooded our inboxes and swept our social feeds begging for Lucky Charms Marshmallow Only to return. You asked, and we listened!"

If you’re not feeling especially lucky, you can buy similar versions of the marshmallows on Amazon. Retailers like Medley Hills Farm and Hoosier Hill Farm (which are apparently unrelated companies) sell one-pound bags of cereal marshmallows for $11 and $10, respectively. You can also order an 8-pound bag, or, if you’re feeling especially peckish, a 40-pound case of dehydrated marshmallows for $228. As one Amazon reviewer wrote, it's “just the right amount."

Start Your Morning Right With the Alarm Clock That Makes You Coffee

For those who can't function in the morning, a cup of coffee is key. For those who can't even function enough to make that cup of coffee, there's the Barisieur. This innovative alarm clock (now available at Urban Outfitters) awakens the sleeper with the smell of coffee and the gentle rattle of stainless steel ball bearings as the water boils.

Take sugar or milk? There's a special compartment for milk so the liquid stays fresh and cool until you're ready to use it in the morning. On the front, there's a drawer for sugar. The whole tray can even be removed for easy cleaning.

Not a coffee fan? The Barisieur also brews loose-leaf tea.

The milk vessel of the coffee alarm clock
Barisieur, Urban Outfitters

The gadget also has an actual alarm that can be set to sound before or during the coffee making process. 

This invention was thought up by product designer Joshua Renouf as part of his studies at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Though the idea started as just a prototype for class back in 2015, Renouf managed to make it a reality, and you can now buy one of your very own.

At $445, the alarm clock is quite an investment, but for coffee lovers who have trouble forcing themselves out of bed, it might be more than worth it. Go ahead, picture waking up slowly to the smell of roasted coffee beans and only having to sit up in bed and enjoy.

Buy it at one of the retailers below:

[h/t: Design-Milk.com]

A version of this article first ran in 2015. It has been updated to reflect the product's current availability.

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