The 24 Best Gifts for the Ambitious, Successful Women in Your Life
Whether she's that coworker who goes home after everyone else, that old classmate with an impressive new job, or your best friend, we all know a career-driven woman who could be showered with a little extra love and appreciation these days. Someone who fiercely strives for excellence and relentlessly pursues their goals, while inspiring us to do the same. If you can think of a professional woman in your life — or, hey, maybe you are that person — the upcoming holiday season is as good a time as any to splurge on some gifts for the professional woman that will help to express your admiration — and make her life a little easier in the process.
If you're looking for something that measures up to her brilliance, take a card out of her book: don't settle for anything less than the best. Her excellent taste (and upwardly mobile career) proves why she's a total boss, and you can nail the perfect present with the help of these quirky ideas. We've rounded up a few of the best gifts for working women that are as thoughtful as they are practical (and even cool!). Whether you're looking for gifts for business women who have it all, are shopping out a celebratory gift for her new job, or just need gifts for a young professional woman who is still acclimating to her industry, she'll adore these ideas. Get on her level, and shop the best gifts for your ambitious friends, ahead!
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Read on to shop our picks for the best gifts for working women — whether she's celebrating a new job, work anniversary, or is just a professional hustler worthy of some extra love this season.
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano, Brinton Parker, and Shelcy Joseph
A Gift For Introspection
The Five-Minute Journal ($29)
For a fun and effective way to get their mind working in the morning, they can try writing in "The Five-Minute Journal." If they set the day's intentions, it'll make them that much more excited to tackle them. Plus, it's a great way to practice gratitude — something all of us could use a little more of! And the wellness journal is even a favorite of POPSUGAR editors. Read our 5-Minute Wellness Journal product review for more inspiration on how to become a morning person with this cool tool.
A Gift For the Reader
"You Are a Badass" by Jen Sincero ($9, originally $17)
Any working person can benefit from reading "You Are a Badass." The empowering book trended online a few years ago, and ever since, has managed to become a reading staple for working professionals, teachers, and growing students alike. Gift this to the working women you know and give them a little extra motivation and a confidence boost.
A Gift For the One Who Works From Home
Coiwai Laptop Desk ($45, originally $50)
Know a woman who is still adjusting to the remote-work lifestyle? This Coiwai Laptop Desk is especially great for home use, as it can be used either in bed or on the floor — or really anywhere you want to work for that matter. This might just be the productivity boost they need.
A Gift For the Busy Mornings
If you know someone who's always drinking tea, this is the perfect gift. Not only is it POPSUGAR editor-approved — just read our Fellow Stagg Electric Kettle product review for further proof — but this stylish kettle also boasts a minimal (and surprisingly chic!) design that will fit perfectly on any countertop or kitchen space.
A Gift For Setting the Vibe
It's always an appropriate time for the Diptyque Baies Candle, but the black candle feels especially timely now. Users can immediately light it up and feel at peace instantly — helping to promote a more soothing working environment at home. Plus, can you ever go wrong with a Diptyque product?
A Gift For the Coffee Lovers
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2 ($110, originally $150)
This Ember Smart Mug will keep their drink at their desired temperature for however long they decide to nurse it. It's perfect for those who need a warm cup of coffee to get through the work day. Plus, they can customize the settings all in the accompanying app.
A Gift For Her At-Home Office
Upper Square Babin Height Adjustable Standing Desk ($380, originally $490)
If you know a professional woman who is spending most of her days at home and embracing more of a remote lifestyle, then she'll surely need the right desk to help life her spirits and create a more cohesive home work environment. We recommend this height adjustable standing desk, which quite literally elevated one of our editor's home office setups — get all of the deets in this Upper Square Babin Height Adjustable Desk product review.
A Gift For the Planners
Happy Planner 2024 Star Lover Planner ($21, originally $30)
We may be entering the later part of 2023, but hey — it's never too late to get organized and put your thoughts, plans, and dreams on paper. This Star Lover Planner from Happy Planner will help to keep anyone organized with an easy-to-use layout that will help even the most unorganized person manage key dates and times. One POPSUGAR editor said she "felt more on top of things" in this Happy Planner 18-Month Planner product review.
A Gift For Aromatherapy
Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser ($98-$123)
If you don't want to worry about the flame of a candle, but still want some aromatherapy, this is for you. This Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser will help create a relaxing environment, even if you're in the thick of work stress. One POPSUGAR editor gave her honest review of the product in this Vitruvi Stone Diffuser product review, and admitted that it did help to make her feel less stressed.
A Gift For Relaxation
Even if they're in a job that they love, work can still bring plenty of stressors with it. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to detox and maintain a more composed, peaceful state. The benefits of a weighted blanket are endless for calming the body down — and this weighted blanket is a particular favorite, as detailed in this Baloo Weighted Blanket product review.
A Gift For the One Who's In Front of a Screen
Go easy on the eyes! If they (or really anyone working in front of a computer screen all day) need one thing this year, we'd argue that it's these blue light glasses. We like the look of The Book Club Blue Light Grime in Banishment Glasses, in particular.
A Gift For the Luxury Handbag Lover
Get her something sleek and stylish like this Penn Shoulder Bag for her nights out on the town. It's the perfect size to carry all her essentials without being too heavy and hindering her dancing adventures. It can be worn over the shoulder or as a clutch. The trendy metallic bag will surely match her vibe, and make her feel that main character energy. One of our editors says, "I feel as if I'm carrying around a one-of-a-kind fashion gem that's yet to be discovered, plus I'm constantly receiving compliments whenever I wear it out to dinner or events." Read her review of the Coach Penn Shoulder Bag for more information.
A Gift For Those Who Love Loungewear
Amazon Essentials Sleeveless Wide-Leg Jumpsuit ($18, originally $30)
Okay this casual jumpsuit is truly the perfect work-from-home uniform that will make anyone feel supported, comfy, and stylish! The minimalistic piece carries such a timeless elegance to it — making it perfect for dressing up or down, depending on the dress code and occasion. One of our editor's has been wearing the style nonstop this year — as detailed in this Amazon Essentials Jumpsuit product review.
A Gift For Those Prioritizing Fitness
Bala Bangles ($41-$49, originally $63-$65)
Know a working woman who is always on the go and struggles with setting time aside to work out? These Bala Bangles are super sleek, good looking, and perfect for squeezing some extra fitness sets into any jam-packed day. They'll help them get in a quick workout on a 20 minute break between calls, and they're a favorite of POPSUGAR editors. Get some fitness inspiration from our own editor in this Bala Bangles product review!
A Gift For an At Home Mani
We can't quite pinpoint why, but something about having your nails done really does make you feel like you can take on the world. And for the professional woman who loves a good mani but doesn't always have the time to stop by the local salon, this Olive & June The Studio Box has everything you need for an at-home mani. It comes with a nail clipper, buffer, file, clean up brush, nail polish remover, one polish, one top coat, and a poppy. Don't just take our word for how great it is. Read through this Olive & June Poppy Polish Kit product review for further proof.
A Gift For Easy Blowouts
A useful hair tool like the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Plus is the gift she'll thank you endlessly for. It will cut their getting ready time in half, and make it incredibly easy to get a salon quality blowout in the comfort of their home. We even put it to the test to see if it's worth the hype. One of our editors says, "the biggest difference I noticed between this brush and others I've used in the past is how well my hairstyle stayed put...My flipped-in ends lasted even after a night of sleeping on them." Read her review of the Revlon One Step Volumizer Plus Hair Dryer for more.
A Gift For Facial Massage
Whether they are prone to facial tension or love a good pamper session, The Skinny Confidential Hot Mess Ice Roller will feel like a lifesaver. They can keep it in their freezer for a moment of cooling, soothing relief. Plus, it really does depuff the face — as detailed by our editor in this Skinny Confidential Hot Mess Ice Roller product review.
A Gift For Multitaskers
Goplus HP 2-in-1 Folding Treadmill ($240, originally $659)
There are only so many hours in the day. And if you know a woman struggling to fit everything into her schedule (especially a strict fitness regimen), then this Goplus HP 2-in-1 Folding Treadmill will make the perfect gift. Whether she just needs to enjoy a quick run or works from home and is looking to walk while she works, this compact and foldable treadmill should do the trick. One POPSUGAR editor called it the "perfect home-gym solution" in this Goplus Folding Treadmill product review.
A Gift For Self-Care
The Headache Hat ($32, originally $34)
Days spent working desk-side and staring at a computer screen can be a serious stressor — and headache perpetrator. If the long work days are taking a toll on your mind, The Headache Hat will provide instant cooling relief and work to banish headaches away in an instant. Sure it looks quirky, but reviewers claim its life-changing. Don't take our word for it — read this Headache Hat product review to learn about the benefits for yourself.
A Gift For Staying Calm
Some days you just need a little extra boost — which is precisely what this set of patches aims to offer. Each of the patches work to provide a different sense of calming relief. And they're so effective, one editor even said could replace her CBD — as detailed in this The Good Patch Set product review.
A Gift For Skin-Care Enthusiasts
NuFACE Mini+ Starter Kit ($222, originally $250)
This NuFACE Petite Facial Toning Device will help lift and contour the face and neck, giving them a youthful glow. They'll love including it in their skin-care routine. And if you've been wondering whether or not the tool is actually worth the hype, we can confirm that it is — especially as a gift! Read our NuFace Trinity Toning Device product review to learn more!
A Gift For Those Who Take Notes
Rocketbook Everlast Smart Reusable Notebook ($20, originally $30)
This Rocketbook Everlast Smart Reusable Notebook will be their new favorite gadget. With the simple click (or rather, clicks) of a button, users can export the pages of the notebook to their email or Google Docs, and then just wipe them clean and start all over. Talk about practical!
A Gift For the Gadget Lover
PhoneSoap Pro UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Universal Charger ($55, originally $120)
When it comes to products that could change your life or be the gift to end all gifts, you might not imagine this PhoneSoap Pro UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Universal Charger being at the top of that list — but it totally is! Given that your phone is said to carry 18 times more bacteria than a public toilet, it's worth it to clean it often — especially if you're a working professional who is always on the phone. This editor-approved tool helps to rid the phone of toxins and so much more — as laid out in this UV Light Phone Cleaner product review.
A Gift For Those Who Need Noise Cancellation
Any working woman will love having these Apple AirPods Max Headphones on hand in her daily work bag. The noise-cancelling tech work to tune out everything — making them great for Zoom meetings, focused writing, or even to wear while commuting to work. Our editor claimed that (despite the hefty price tag), these headphones were very much worth the hype in this Apple AirPods Max product review.