Modern Woman gift recommendations

The thing about modern women is, they have great taste. That’s why the editors at USA TODAY Modern Woman curated this list of the chicest gifts sure to please the most discerning boys and girls on your nice list. What do you gift the fashionista who has everything? A gold pineapple cocktail shaker, that’s what!

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$20

Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi

The gorgeous, award-winning cookbook will inspire any baker. This collection of more than 110 recipes for baked goods and confections features the renowned chef’s signature flavor profiles and ingredients.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$50 for 4

eCreamery’s Holiday Premium Collection

The custom-churned flavors include Sea Salt Caramel Brownie, Vanilla with Toffee Crunch, White Chocolate Peppermint with Chocolate Flakes and Chocolate Cake with Fudge Swirls & Brownie Bites.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$175

Cambria Quartz Lazy Susan

This 18-inch round Cambria Quartz Lazy Susan is perfect for someone who loves to entertain. Whether it’s used to present appetizers or charcuterie or serve as a centerpiece, the piece is a perfect addition to any home.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$80

Gold pineapple cocktail shaker

This gold pineapple cocktail shaker is fun and functional. Made of gold-toned and plated stainless steel, the three-piece shaker has a built-in strainer in the lid and it quickly chills drinks without diluting flavors.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

Starts at $69

The Meater wireless thermometer

The Meater wireless smart thermometer works with a smartphone to control temperature. Its dual sensors monitor internal and ambient temperatures and can connect with Amazon Alexa.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$60 for 2

Soapstone and acacia wood bowls

These bowls keep fingers from freezing while enjoying chilly treats and keep foods piping hot longer. The set calls for the soapstone bowl to be kept in the freezer in advance to keep foods cold or baked in an oven to retain heat.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$550

All-Clad C4 copper stock pot

Cooks can take their skills to the next level with this pot. The cookware bonds alternating layers of pure copper with durable stainless steel for precise heating and consistently even results, and it is oven and broiler safe up to 600 degrees.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$130

SodaStream Fizzi Starter Pack

Tap water goes from flat to fizzed in seconds with the SodaStream Fizzi One Touch Starter Pack. The sparkling water maker comes with a carbonating cylinder and a 1-liter bottle so you can get started quickly.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$199

Cuisinart Precision Master 5.5-quart

The Cuisinart Precision Master 5.5-quart stand mixer features 12 speeds and comes in six colors. The mixer offers a tilt-back head, and the included splash guard prevents mess. Comes with a whisk, dough hook and flat mixing paddle.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$25 each

Blitzen and Friends Wine Stoppers

These wine stoppers make each bottle more festive. Give one stopper or gift all three, including Blitzen, who has had a bit too much to drink, Cupid, donning a bow and arrow and glittery wings, and Dancer, being the life of the party.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$130

Christmas Confetti Glass Basket bag

Display this basket as artwork or fill it with goodies. Each handmade basket, created by crisscrossing red, green and clear strips of glass into a plaid pattern and shaped using kiln-forming techniques, is unique and is signed and dated.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$110

Moscow Mule Gift Crate

Cocktail lovers will appreciate this fancy Moscow Mule Gift Crate. The beverage set includes Ginger Lime Moscow Mule Mix, two copper mugs, an OXO jigger and a Williams Sonoma logo towel.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$78

Network bag

The Network bag organizes all your accessories and is made with premium, full-grain leather. Comes in surrey tan and black. The 9.2-inch by 5-inch bag also comes with a water-resistant lining.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$149

uKeg 64 Growler

This keeps beer cold, fresh and carbonated for two weeks. Measuring the size of a half-gallon growler, the double-wall insulated, stainless steel vessel has a customizable tap handle, pressure gauge and sight glass to see how much brew is left.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$300

Macallan Rare Cask scotch

The rich, vibrant scotch has hints of vanilla, raisin and chocolate with apple, lemon, orange, root ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove for a full-bodied flavor.

 —Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$95

WD/18 by Cologne A.N. Other

WD/18 by Cologne A.N. Other offers the tranquil and nourishing qualities of sandalwood and the uplifting scent of pear.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$775

Mikol Marble Poker Cards

Made for the guy that has it all, these hand-sanded marble poker cards by Mikol are lightweight and durable. Each thin-as-a-credit-card piece is hand-sanded and laser-etched for a distinct look.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$94

Helm Sandalwood Watch

This watch features minimalist design and distinct style. With Japanese quartz movement, scratch-proof mineral glass and wood-grain dial, the watch comes with a choice of a genuine calfskin black leather or stainless-steel mesh strap.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$58 each

Taraval Sunglasses

Ideal for the adventurer, these Taraval blue aqua sunglasses by Sunski block rays and are comfortable to wear. Featuring polarized mirror lenses, the glasses come with a carrying case and a microfiber cleaning cloth.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$499

Brizard & Co Havana Traveler

Perfect for the cigar aficionado, made of a top-grain leather exterior and a suede-lined interior, the set comes with a five-cigar cedar-lined case with four solid Spanish cedar dividers, a 60-ounce flask and two leather pouches.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$55

Helmm Starter Kit

He can personalize his scent with this deodorant and anti-perspirant starter kit gift from Helmm. The kit comes with one container and one refill cartridge. The recipient receives additional refill cartridges on a subscription schedule.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$70-98

Ludlow dress shirt, Cashmere sweater

Pair the windowpane-patterned Ludlow dress shirt, crafted in easy-care cotton with a tailored fit, with this Everyday Cashmere V-neck sweater for a layered look. Monogramming available.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$25

Marley Smile Jamaica Earbuds

These sustainably sourced Marley Smile Jamaica earbuds have a clear sound. The wood and recyclable aluminum housings, vibrant color choices and noise-isolating design will keep you connected to your favorite tunes.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$30

Blackberry Lip Gift Basket

The Blackberry Lip Gift Basket from Farmhouse Fresh includes a lip polish made with U.S.-grown cane sugar, Oregon blackberries and a splash of rich Texas wine and a creamy, hydrating lip balm.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$20-$26

Match bottle, essential oil and soy candle

Give a bathroom a spa feel with this Large Poetry match bottle, $26; Palo Santo essential oil with an all-natural formula and a long-lasting scent of citrus, mint and pine, $20; and Talisman soy candle clove, $24.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$16 each

Shea Nilotik body cream and body scrub

Moisturize with the Shea Nilotik Shea Whipped Body Cream and Coconut Sugar Whipped Body Scrub. Both are made from natural, sustainable ingredients that leave skin smooth and glowing.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$49

SpaRoom Mysto Diffuser

Use your favorite essential oils in this diffuser. Featuring mesh detailing and three illumination options to offer up to 10 hours of intermittent humidification, the device has an automatic safety shutoff and covers up to 200 square feet.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$18

Blush Assorted Teas Gift Box

This beautiful Blush assorted teas gift box features flavors that will entice the senses. Included are Sweet Himalayan Detox Green Tea, Saffron Premium Masala Chai Tea and Earl Grey Masala Chai Tea, packed in tin caddies.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$99

Marleigh Lightweight Cozy Robe

Wrap yourself in the comfort of this eco-friendly Marleigh lightweight cozy robe in ivory. The machine-washable robe is made of polyester, rayon and spandex.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$68

Lavender Spa Blankie

Pop this in the microwave or freezer for relief from aches and pains. The 44 x 18-inch blanket has an insert with lavender and flax seeds and a removable, machine-washable cover.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$139

Foreo Iris Illuminating Eye Massager

Rejuvenate the skin around your eyes with the Foreo Iris illuminating eye massager. Designed to reduce the visible signs of crow’s feet and dark circles, the Iris comes in magenta, petal pink, black and mint.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$20 each

Wassail & Spice Cranberry Rosé candles 

Wassail & Spice and Cranberry Rosé candles are inspired by the wintry spirit that comes with the holidays. The 8-ounce frosted-glass candles come in a decorative box.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$70

Copper + Crane’s Spa Bath Gift Set

Copper + Crane’s spa bath gift set includes everything to make self-care a ritual. A shimmering bath oil soak, exfoliating body gelée, satin body nectar and spa bar come in an attractive luxe pouch.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$88

Art of Masking Gift Set

Smooth, soft skin is just a treatment or two away with Erno Laszlo’s limited-edition Art of Masking gift set. Included are Hydra-Therapy Skin Vitality Treatment, White Marble Bright Face Powder and Firmarine Lift Face Powder masks.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$59.50

J. Crew ivory scarf

Made of acrylic, nylon, wool and elastane, this oversized pick comes in nine colors. Great for pairing with leggings or skinny jeans, it works best as a stylish statement piece whilst providing warmth and comfort to the wearer.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$58

Vosges’ Enchanted chocolates

Vosges’ Enchanted chocolate collection features 17 fine chocolates made with fresh cream and exotic ingredients such as Fijian ginger, Appleton Estate® Jamaican rum, Koval bourbon and Cadiz sea salt.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$125-$175

Urban Southern handbags

Urban Southern offers handcrafted bags such as The Britt Circle Crossbody, $175, and the 5-Pocket Crossbody, $125. Each full-grain leather bag features a simple closure and an adjustable strap and comes in chocolate brown or matte black.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$40

Etched Christmas Tree tumblers

Sure to warm the hearts of wine lovers, these festive tumblers make an ideal hostess gift. The 20-ounce glasses add nostalgic charm to any night of entertainment and are perfect for red wine or can also be used for holiday punch.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$18

Nevertheless She Persisted puzzle

History’s most empowering women come together in this puzzle. The 1,000-piece design features quotations from 24 game changers, including Malala Yousafzai, Amelia Earhart, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Gloria Steinem.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$129

Beachwaver 1.25 curling iron

The easy-to-use spinning Beachwaver S1.25 curling iron tames your tresses and keeps hair looking fresh from day to night. The curling iron comes with a 5.5-inch ceramic barrel and an 8-foot swivel cord and heats up to 410 degrees.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$400

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer

The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer in iron/fuchsia protects hair from heat damage. The powerful digital motor is designed for fast drying. Comes with five accessories.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$50

Wine Accents premium accessories

With a solid zinc construction and titanium finish, the Wine Accents premium wine accessories gift set complements any home bar and makes uncorking quick and easy.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$42 each

Out of Print water bottles

These Oh Joy! for Calpak power luggage tags are the perfect gift for the traveler on your list. Measuring 5 X 3 inches, the stylish tags can be attached to your carry-on to charge your phone.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$32 each

Oh Joy! power luggage tags

These Oh Joy! for Calpak power luggage tags are the perfect gift for the traveler on your list. Measuring 5 X 3 inches, the stylish tags can be attached to your carry-on to charge your phone.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$79

Gold zodiac necklace

This gold Zodiac necklace with white sapphires from Mejuri Jewelry is available for each sign. The chain, with an adjustable length from 20 to 22 inches, is made with 18k gold atop sterling silver and is simple yet elegant enough to wear every day.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine

$45

Stila’s Aura Alight Glitter & Glow eyeshadow

Help her light up the room with Stila’s Aura Alight Glitter & Glow six-piece set. The two highlighters and four liquid eyeshadows are formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

 — Amy Sinatra Ayres, editor

Modern Woman Magazine