From the foodie to the fitness fanatic, the fashionista to the techie (and more), we've got gifts she's sure to love.
Brittany Smith and MEN'S FITNESS Editors 1 / 15
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Flash 11
For a kick-ass performance sneaker, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Flash can’t be beat. The running shoe offers just enough lightweight cushioning and support to keep her fast in agility work and comfortable through endurance runs. Bonus points: Inspired by the Northern Lights, its outer shell is multi-color, reflective, and water-repellent so she’ll stay dry and visible running at night.
Give her the gift of wireless freedom. These headphones from Beats pair and play with any Bluetooth device and boast a 30-foot range, in addition to holding a 12-hour charge. Padded, pivoting earcups and head-gripping qualities offer supreme comfort and won't budge. Plus, the Solo2 Wireless comes in 10 colors, so one of them is bound to be her favorite. But we won’t judge you for choosing a color you love, too—you know, in case you want to steal ‘em from time to time. The gifter has some rights to borrow, right? Right.
We get it, you’re never going to walk into a department store and browse through the samples to find a lipstick that suits your sister’s skin tone and preferences. Cut out the middleman and purchase this Deluxe Amazonian Butter Lipstick set. It features Tarte’s best selling lipsticks; they’re incredibly hydrating—and a serious upgrade from chapstick—for those harsh winter months. Plus, they come in four universally flattering holiday shades (Sangria, Punch, Mimosa, Bellini).
The holidays are a time to splurge. Go all-out and buy her this professional-grade hair dryer from Harry Josh Pro Tools. The three-piece set is among the most powerful in its class, featuring a long-life 2,000-hour AC motor that will blow-dry her hair at 80mph. That’s right. Because of you, she’ll cut her drying time in half. It’s also equipped with various heat and speed settings and a dual filtration system that reduces energy consumption by up to 70 percent. As if it couldn’t get any better, it’s designed with a curved, easy-to-grip handle and comes in mint green.
You may not be able to fly her to Paris but you can gift her the next best thing: A recipe book from the French luxury bakery and tea salon Laduree. If she’s into Parisian culture and/or has some serious baking finesse, she will adore this. Laduree pastry chef Philippe Andrieu reveals 100 of his most famous recipes—including their world-famous macarons—in the book. Plus, the gilded pages and tissue-cradled cover make it seem like one giant box of confections, so it’ll be gorgeous on a bookshelf or on her coffee table.
Trade in her ratty fingerless gloves for a decidedly more grownup pair. These refined leather gloves from Ted Baker are lined with a soft cashmere-and-wool blend and trimmed at the wrist with faux fur. She’ll stay warm and incredibly fashionable all winter long.
Every girl needs a weekender bag that’s roomy, sturdy, and classically designed. Inspire your sister to jet-set and make her travels easier and more fashionable with this overnight canvas bag from Mark & Graham. With saddle leather detailing, a striped cotton lining, and free (yes, free) laser engraved monogramming, this is the bag that’ll never leave her side. You can even have it rush delivered in two to three days.
When you ask a girl what she looks for in cold-weather wear, cashmere, wool, and faux fur are sure to rank high on the list. With Restoration Hardware's Cashmere Wool Knitwear With Ultra Faux Fur Trim Collection, you don’t have to choose—well, except what pieces you want to gift her. Their beanie is a can-do-no-wrong choice. It’s crafted from a ribbed cashmere-wool blend that provides softness, warmth, and a bit of luxury, features a fold-over cuff for an adjustable fit, and is toped off with a plush, faux-fur pompom. You can also shop their wool scarf, gloves and ushanka hat. They come in four colors: Fog, Graphite, Ivory, and Oatmeal. And we take back what we said, you don't have to choose what piece to gift her; you can just buy her the whole set…
If you’re shopping for a younger sister, this Gingerbread House set from Philosophy is just the thing. It’s filled to the brim with goodies including shampoo, shower gel, bubble bath, and lip shine in decadent scents like spiced gingerbread, sugar sprinkles, peppermint stick, and fresh cream.
These training tights from Lululemon are a standout for more reasons than one. For starters—the color—she’ll shine bright among a sea of black workout gear in crimson. But these leggings are also designed with performance in mind. Engineered with moderate compression to stabilize her muscles, and sweat-wicking, four-way stretch fabric to keep her cool and comfortable even through the most grueling workouts, these are all the motivation she needs to pound the pavement, hit the gym, or demolish a group class.
Searching for a personalized gift she can really (and we mean really) enjoy? Look no further than eCreamery. It’s simple and so, so sweet. First, pick your collection of four or eight pints of ice cream, sorbet, or gelato. Then, choose from their 30+ best-selling flavors—Peppermint Mocha, Chipotle Maple Bacon, Gingerbread Cookie Swirl—or create your own by selecting a flavor and up to three of their mix-ins (from caramel swirls to coconut flakes). All that’s left is the name; personalize the pints with one-of-a-kind descriptions or one-liners, the choice is yours. Before you know it, you’ll have personal pints of ice cream on your doorstep for your enjoyment—er, hers. We mean hers.
It's not the flashiest item on the list, but dammit if it's not practical and efficient. It's also a great gift if she's recently moved in to her first apartment or home, or has horrific allergies. Studies have shown formaldehyde particles can cause respiratory infection and can also seriously irritate the eyes, ears, and throat. Oh, and formaldehyde may also be linked to cancer. The Rowenta Intense Pure Air machine kills formaldehyde, filters out dust, hair (you know how much girls shed...dogs, too), dust mites, and a multitude of viruses. Go ahead, you both can breathe a sigh of relief.
Whether your sister is an aspiring runner or has 15 half-marathons under her belt, this training log and workbook will meet all her needs. The year-long, undated journal by professional runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas will help her dig deep, push herself harder, and meet any goals with their how-to manual, practical advice, hard-earned secrets, and motivation. She’ll even be able to log her goals, plan and record her daily workouts, and more.
These Timeless Elegance cubic zirconia earrings are a show-stopping gift. Timeless and elegant, they’ll instantly dress up any outfit, and she’ll have you to thank when all the compliments come pouring in.
For the girl who's always on the run, the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music watch is an absolute must. With 24/7 activity tracking (up to 3 weeks), GPS tracking (up to 11 hours), a built-in heart rate monitor, and storage for up to 500 songs (up to 5 hours), she can run to the end of the Earth. The watch is compatible with any bluetooth headphones, and can even be outfitted with a small or large strap.