What she really desires: 8 unforgettable gifts for her 

Show her you care.

Finding the perfect gift for a remarkable woman in your life can be challenging, particularly when they deserve the world. Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for your partner, mother, sister or friend, we recommend honing in on what she really wants. The perfect present could be something that sparks joy, caters to her hobbies, or is something she wouldn’t typically treat herself to. 

If the lady in your life is sentimental, gifting her personalised jewellery or a custom-made photo book will speak volumes. If she values home comforts, an affordable luxury like a scented candle will bring her joy. Or perhaps she loves adventure, in which case planning a weekend getaway or booking a thrill-seeking experience like hot air ballooning will capture her heart.

So, whether you need a present for a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, consult our guide to the best gifts for her.    

2024’s best gifts for her


A bespoke photo book

Photo Book, from $130 at MILK Books

Best for: Those celebrating a significant milestone

A custom-made photo book is a reminder of precious memories and doubles as a stylish coffee table accent.  

If the photo book is a gift for your girlfriend or partner, it’s a wonderful way to immortalise your love story through pictures from date nights and relationship milestones.

A bespoke photo book is also the perfect keepsake for marking significant events in her life, such as the birth of a child, an engagement, or graduation.

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A romantic getaway or thrill-seeking adventure

Hot Air Ballooning, from $395 at Red Balloon

Best for: People who prefer experiences over material possessions     

Does she have an inclination for adventure or value quality time with loved ones? If so, she’ll appreciate a spontaneous weekend getaway or an experience like wine tasting or hot air ballooning. After all, there’s nothing better than the excitement of being whisked away to an unknown destination — although if she loves planning, you may want to let her in on the surprise.   

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Beauty & fragrance gift sets

The Evening Ritual Trio, $65 at Emma Lewisham

Best for: Self-care enthusiasts who love to be pampered

If she loves a pampering skincare routine or she’s always experimenting with makeup, a beauty gift set will allow her to try new products and indulge in some well-deserved ‘me-time’.     

If she rarely treats herself to perfume, gifting her fragrance is another way to make her feel special.

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  • The Evening Ritual Trio, $65 at Emma Lewisham
  • The Essentials, $150 at Emma Lewisham
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette Vault Mini Set, $120 at Sephora
  • Jasmine & Magnolia Fragrance Gift Bag Set, $39.95 at Circa
  • Pleasures In The Moment Fragrance Set, $230 at Estée Lauder


Wall art

November Warmth, $185 at Shop Your Home and Garden

Best for: People who take pride in decorating their living spaces

Give her the gift of wall art — whether a photograph of her favourite New Zealand destination or a print reflecting her interior style. You’ll show her you understand her deeply; and each time she admires her art, she’ll think of you.   

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Personalised jewellery

Letter necklace, $248 at Mejuri

Best for: Those who cherish sentimental keepsakes

Jewellery is a timeless gift, and when personalised, it’s even more special.

Whether you purchase a necklace adorned with her birthstone or initial charms, or a bracelet engraved with a significant date or meaningful words, you’re gifting her an everlasting symbol of your bond. 

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  • Letter charms and chains, from $98 at Mejuri
  • Birthstone charms, from $128 at Mejuri
  • Zodiac and initial jewellery, from $26 at Lovisa


Food hampers & chocolate gift boxes

Golden Gourmet Foodie Gift Basket, $124.95 at Paddock to Pantry

Best for: Gourmet foodies and dessert enthusiasts

If she’s a foodie, partial to sweet treats, or appreciates the finer things in life, a gift box filled with premium chocolates or gourmet delicacies is the way to her heart.

You could even gift her a case of her favourite wine varietal, particularly if she’s hard to please or you’re looking to impress.

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Scented candles and room fragrances

Vanilla Sky Soy Candle, $65.90 at Shop Your Home and Garden

Best for: Homebodies who value quiet time

Does she love spending a night at home curled up on the couch, getting lost in a book, or relaxing in the bath? For those who value solitude, an affordable luxury like a scented candle or room fragrance is an excellent gift idea. To enrich her relaxation, we recommend selecting a soothing lavender, warming vanilla or invigorating citrus scent.    

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Flower bouquet delivery

Blush Hat Box, from $125 at The Wild Rose

Best for: The woman who has everything 

If she appreciates romantic gestures or public displays of affection, she’ll adore a surprise flower bouquet delivery. Send her a bunch of her favourite blooms or an arrangement featuring her favourite colours to brighten her day.   

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What are some popular gift ideas for women?

Typically, women value gifts that resonate with their personal tastes and interests. Popular ideas for gifts for her include jewellery, affordable luxuries like candles, fragrances and beauty products, and gourmet treats. The secret to a memorable gift lies in its ability to demonstrate your deep understanding and appreciation of who she is.    

What should I buy my girlfriend or wife to make her feel special?

To make your girlfriend or wife feel truly special, give her something that reflects her preferred love language, whether that’s an act of service, a gift, or quality time. Depending on what makes her feel valued, you could consider surprising her with a weekend staycation, gifting her jewellery or sending her a beautiful flower bouquet. 

What can I give as a gift for a woman who has it all or is hard to buy for?

If she’s hard to buy for, consider a truly unique gift like personalised jewellery or a custom-made photo book. Alternatively, planning a surprise adventure or holiday getaway is a way to create unforgettable memories while showing how much you care. 

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