Best gifts for midlife women

Best gifts for midlife women

I don’t know about you, but I never shop for the holidays very far in advance. Usually I get the kids taken care of a couple of weeks before Christmas, and then I’m scrambling the week of to shop for extended family and friends. It’s honestly so much harder to shop for other adults than it is to shop for children. And with so many options out there between online shops and bricks-and-mortar stores, it is totally overwhelming. But this year, I’ve done some of the work for you! Here are some fantastic gifts to consider for the midlife women in your circle:

My Life Story Journal ($30)
Steadfast journalers and novices alike will enjoy Uncommon Goods’ My Life Store…So Far journal. It has a chic vintage-inspired cloth-bound cover and features writing prompts for each of its nine sections. These include topics such as “earliest memories,” “extended family,” “political leanings,” “Fun Things We Loved Doing Together,” etc. as well as plenty of space for photos and freewriting.

Ugg Texting Gloves ($85)
In true Ugg style, these gloves are toasty warm and wonderfully functional. The feature touch-sensitive technology on all fingers as well as the palm, so that you can manage all of your touchscreens without removing them. They are made of real shearling sheepskin and have a chic faux fur wristband.

Stitch Fix Gift Card (price varies)
Stitch Fix has been around for a while now, and the service continues to improve on its concept. The company takes each customer’s personal fit and style profile and uses it to send a customized box of five fashion items which may include clothes, shoes and accessories depending on the customer’s preferences. It’s a fantastic concept that actually works. If you have a friend that’s been interested for some time, but has yet to bite the bullet, buy her a gift card to get her started.

Also read: Gift ideas for the older people in your life

Best gifts for midlife women

Class Pass Membership (price varies)
Class Pass allows members to attend fitness classes at thousands of gyms across the country, including everything from yoga to kickboxing and barre. The memberships are geographically driven, though you are not limited to attending classes near where you live. Prices vary across the country, but in the New York Metro Area monthly plans start at $75. Though gift cards aren’t currently available (they will be soon), you can sign up a friend, pay for the membership and provide them with the login details for the account. Class Pass requires no commitment and can be cancelled any time without fees, which gives it a bit of an edge over traditional gym memberships.

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine ($15)
I love wine, but I honestly don’t know much about it. The world of wine can be a bit intimidating, given how many varieties and regions we have such easy access to these days. Wine Folly will help you figure it all out in no time. It uses a fun, modern infographic style to break down everything you need to know to purchase and pair wine for home drinking, entertaining or a night out.

How to Bake Everything, by Mark Bittman ($21)
A companion to Bittman’s now iconic How to Cook Everything, the brand-new How to Bake Everything offers no-nonsense instructions on how to bake all of your favorite standbys, International treats, gourmet goods and more. The book features 2,000 recipes and variations as well as advice on supplies and equipment and ingredient substitutions, including many that are fully illustrated.

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson

Shayne is a freelance lifestyle writer with expertise in all things parenting, food and travel. She regularly contributes at,, and Her career has allowed her to live out her passions while she raises her young family.