32 Sweet and Sentimental Gifts for Your Girlfriend

She already knows you love her, but a little reminder won't hurt.
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  • Alison writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups of anniversary gifts.
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Updated Oct 31, 2023
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If you're looking for a thoughtful gift for your girlfriend, you've come to the right place. We've gathered some pretty great options (if we do say so ourselves) that you can buy for her right now. With so many occasions to shop for, finding sentimental gifts for your girlfriend can feel challenging after a while. Not sure how to trump that awesome present you got her last year? Well, we're here to help. Whether you're buying a gift for the holidays, your girlfriend's birthday, your anniversary or another important occasion, we've got plenty of ideas to inspire your search.

On the other hand, it can be equally tricky to find the perfect new relationship gift if you two haven't been dating that long. If this is your first time buying your partner a present, don't worry. There are a few different routes you can go down, like taking a cue from one of her favorite hobbies or picking out a small token that reflects your relationship thus far. Maybe you first got to know each other over a cup of coffee (or two), in which case a cute mug is a special gift. Likewise, if you bonded over your love of music, a nod to her favorite song or artist will do the trick.

Regardless of how long you've been in a relationship (and how many gifts you've exchanged in the past), we've got some advice that applies to everyone. When it comes to buying a gift for your girlfriend, think about what's most important to her. Is she constantly psyched about spending time with you? If so, a gift you can both use together will mean a lot. Does she love to try new things? Gift her a virtual art class or a subscription for candy from around the world to encourage her sense of adventure. You probably know her a lot better than you think—just trust your instincts and you'll be fine! In the meantime, we've put together this handy gift guide to get you started.

1. Birth Flower Necklace

Birth flower personalized necklace
Photo: Made by Mary

Picking out a stylish jewelry gift for your girlfriend that represents something unique about her is always a good idea. These dainty birth flower pendants from Made by Mary are available in 12 designs—one for every month of the year—in silver, gold or rose gold. They make for great birthday and holiday presents, or if you're feeling particularly creative, you can pick the month you first met for a thoughtful anniversary gift.

2. Mixtape Wall Art

Customized mix tape wall art
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Here's a sweet and sentimental gift for your girlfriend that'll show her just how in tune you two are. This cool piece of wall art looks just like a mixtape and can be customized with the names of up to three music tracks and artists, like a song you always sing together in the car or one that automatically puts you in the mood for romance. Choose from five funky colors for a unique gift that expresses your love and reflects your shared tastes in music.

3. Couple's Activity Book

Couple's fun activity date book
Photo: The Adventure Challenge

Sometimes, the best sentimental gifts for your girlfriend are the ones that show her just how much you enjoy spending time with her. The Adventure Challenge offers a cool activity book you can use together to switch up your date-night routine. It's filled with fun scratch-off challenges you can complete as a duo, like painting a picture or recreating your grandparents' first date. Once you've had your fun, there's space to add a photo and some notes you can look back on in the future. Upgrade to the couples camera bundle if you feel like splurging a little. (Psst, grab 20% off sitewide with our exclusive code: THEKNOT20).

4. Romantic Mapmaking Class

Couple's personalized mapmaking class
Photo: Uncommon Goods

One of our favorite girlfriend gift ideas is an experience you can enjoy together as a team. There are so many awesome Uncommon Experiences to choose from, including virtual classes that are perfect for two people. Our pick? This romantic mapmaking class that comes with a cartography kit for you and your boo. It's a fun and thoughtful gift that's guaranteed to get you chatting about all the key moments in your relationship so far.

5. Unique Birthday Candle

Personalized birthdate candle
Photo: Birthdate Candles

Celebrate something that makes your girlfriend unique, like the date of her birth or astrological star sign. Birthdate Candles boast a beautifully scented candle for every day of the year, and each one is labeled with a fun analysis of people born on that day. It's a combination of numerology, trivia and tarot that's sure to leave her feeling extra special on her birthday.

6. Spinning Heart Messenger

Spinning Heart Messenger for your girlfriend
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If you're searching for a cute gift to get your girlfriend for her birthday or the holidays, we've just found it. This adorable spinning heart messenger hooks up to an app where you can send her a short note—the box's heart will spin once she receives the message, at which point she can open the lid to reveal what's on the screen. It's a really sweet gift that'll make an ordinary text feel way more special, particularly if you're in a long-distance relationship and don't see each other every day.

7. Sentimental Star Map

Personalized couples star map
Photo: Twinkle In Time

How's this for a super thoughtful girlfriend gift? Twinkle In Time lets you create a custom snapshot of the night's sky from when you first met your sweetheart. The star map reflects the time and location of your choosing and comes personalized with the date and coordinates. You can also add your own personal message underneath—if you're not sure what to write, let our favorite love quotes for her inspire you.

8. Personalized Snow Globe

Customized couples snow globe
Photo: UsaCustomGif

Looking for a stocking stuffer or a sentimental Christmas gift for your girlfriend? This whimsical snow globe is sure to give her all the feels during the festive season. It features a photo of your choice and can be customized with your names or a short message for a romantic touch. It's a thoughtful present that'll remind her of all the happy times you've spent together, even when you're apart.

9. Love Letter in a Bottle

Love letter message in a bottle for your girlfriend
Photo: Personalization Mall

Meaningful gifts for your girlfriend don't always warrant a major splurge. Keep things simple and speak from the heart with this gorgeous love letter in a bottle. It comes printed on parchment paper and rolled up in a glass bottle with rose petals for a romantic touch. If you don't want to compose your own poem, you can choose from several sweet verses to tell her how you feel. Trust us, she'll be so moved when you present her with this on your anniversary, her birthday or any other special occasion.

10. Symbolic Elephant Bracelet

Elephant beaded bracelet meaningful jewelry gift for girlfriend
Photo: Fahlo

There's nothing better than a gift that gives back, and this beaded elephant-themed bracelet is a small gift for your girlfriend that's big on meaning. The jewelry comes with the details of a wild elephant she can keep track of, like the animal's name, age, picture and the details of their story. Even better, a percentage of the bracelet's proceeds is donated to Save the Elephants, a conservation charity based in Kenya.

11. Thoughtful Care Package

Care package gift for your girlfriend
Photo: kismetbyme

If she's constantly on the go, this girlfriend care package will encourage her to take some time out to recharge. It's packed with goodies that'll help her unwind, including herbal tea, a mini jar of honey, a lavender-scented candle, cozy lounge socks and a mug. Whether you gift it to her for the holidays, her birthday or just because, she'll be thrilled with this thoughtful (and practical) present.

12. Photo Reel Viewer

Vintage-style photo reel viewer
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Here's a sentimental gift for your girlfriend that'll bring on plenty of nostalgia. It's a retro photo reel viewer filled with sweet snapshots from different stages of your relationship. All you have to do is choose your favorite memories to create a reel to put in the viewer, before gifting it to your other half. Perfect for new and long-term relationships alike, this super-thoughtful gift is sure to give her the warm fuzzies.

13. First Date Map Art

Personalized first date map art for your girlfriend
Photo: Timetobelove

Throw it back to where it all started with this cute map art commemorating your first date. This acrylic plaque features the location and date of when you met, alongside a close-up map in the shape of a heart or a circle. You can also add your names to this thoughtful keepsake for an extra personal finish. Just note: You'll have to provide the address of your chosen location for the map to be created.

14. Date Night Passport

Date night passport gift for your girlfriend
Photo: Letterfolk

Whether you've been dating for a few months or several years, this date night passport is a lovely gift to give your girlfriend. Each entry page offers space for documenting the date and time of your hang, along with a summary of the activities you get up to. There are also plenty of blank pages throughout for recording memories, drawing sketches or adding ephemera like ticket stubs or fliers, while at the back you'll find bucket lists and checklists for inspiration. Bonus points for the super affordable price tag.

15. Fun Wooden Block Game

Wooden block game for your girlfriend
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Still scratching your head over what to get your GF for the holidays or her birthday? This wooden block game is a surprisingly fun and sweet choice. Each block is laser engraved with a conversation prompt, a lighthearted challenge or a fill-in-the-blank activity to keep you engaged as you build the tower. From sharing a smooch with your S.O. to answering questions about your relationship, this thoughtful gift is sure to bring you closer than ever.

16. Romantic Flower Gift

Romantic flowers for your girlfriend
Photo: 1-800 Flowers

It's hard to beat good old-fashioned romance when it comes to choosing a sentimental gift for your girlfriend. This beautiful bouquet of red roses absolutely screams romance and is the perfect way to woo her all over again. It even comes with a heart-shaped balloon that reads "I Love You," but you can also add a red vase and a cute teddy bear to make this meaningful gift even sweeter.

17. Engraved Beaded Bracelet

Engraved personalized beaded bracelet
Photo: MYKA

If your girlfriend likes her accessories with an edge, she'll love one of MYKA's braided leather bracelets. It can be customized with up to three beads and engraved with both your names, plus a short romantic message for a one-of-a-kind piece she'll be excited to show off. Choose from two colors (black or brown) and three metallic finishes (sterling silver, gold vermeil and 18K gold plating) to suit her unique style.

18. Partner Appreciation Notebooks

Appreciation notebooks for your girlfriend
Photo: Mombox

What's the best way to tell your sweetheart just how much you love her? A thoughtful girlfriend appreciation gift is a great way to express your gratitude for having her by your side. This pair of pocket-sized notebooks is designed especially for couples and is filled with prompts to help you focus on the positive aspects of your personalities. The outside of each one is embossed with a simple message that reads: "What I Like About You." Expect your relationship to reach new heights with this simple yet meaningful gift.

19. Delightful Heated Slippers

Fluffy slippers thoughtful holiday gift idea for girlfriend
Photo: Warmies

You don't have to break the bank to show your girl a little extra love. These slippers are a small but thoughtful gift for your girlfriend that she'll probably never want to take off—except for when she's heating them in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer. Yep: These magic slippers can be heated up for warm comfort or chilled for cooling relief whenever she needs it. Oh, and did we mention they're lavender-scented? We don't blame you for wanting to snag a pair for yourself, too!

20. Keepsake Photo Book

Keepsake photo album for your girlfriend
Photo: PikPerfect

A custom photo book is one of the most thoughtful gift ideas for your girlfriend and is an excellent opportunity to put your favorite memories together in one place to showcase your love. If you enjoy traveling as a pair, PikPerfect offers a variety of travel photo books (from large flatlay albums to smaller books), all digitally printed and professionally bound for a sleek finish. You'll have tons of fun picking out your best snapshots and she'll have tons of fun reminiscing about each and every one of them.

21. Sweet Treats Subscription

Sweet treats and tasty snacks subscription box
Photo: Universal Yums

Appeal to your girlfriend's sweet tooth with this cool candy subscription from Universal Yums. Every month, she'll be introduced to new sweet treats from various countries worldwide—including Germany, the Czech Republic and Indonesia—for a tasty gift that may also inspire her wanderlust. All you have to do is choose the size of the box along with the subscription duration (one, three, six or 12 months), before picking the first location for her to taste. Be warned: These sweets are so good, you'll probably have to beg her to share them with you.

22. Movie-Inspired Advent Calendar

Film-inspired advent calendar for the movie buff
Photo: TwistStationery

One of the best things about the holiday season is getting to curl up and watch movies with your significant other. Show your girlfriend you can't wait to get snuggly with her by gifting her this movie-inspired calendar. Each day lists a classic Christmas movie (like The Polar Express and Love Actually), along with fun facts from behind the scenes. It's a gift you can both enjoy together or if you're waiting until Christmas to see each other, it'll make the countdown all the more enjoyable.

23. Plush Throw Blanket

Soft and cozy throw blanket
Photo: Nordstrom

Choosing a great gift to give your girlfriend doesn't need to be that complicated. This super soft throw blanket is an excellent option, especially if she loves sleeping in on the weekends or relaxing on the sofa. It comes in a range of muted colors but that's not all we love about it—it's also pretty affordable too, which is probably why it's garnered over 2,000 top reviews from happy customers.

24. Love Letter Necklace

Love letter necklace for your girlfriend
Photo: Capsul Jewelry

If you want to splurge on something sweet and meaningful for your GF, make it this pretty love letter necklace. This gorgeous gold locket comes with a tiny pull-out letter inside a gold envelope, but that's not even the best bit. You can customize the letter with a sweet message and your actual handwriting (yes, really!) for that extra bespoke touch. It's easily one of the most thoughtful holiday or birthday gifts for your girlfriend that may provoke a few happy tears.

25. Sound Wave Art

Personalized sound wave art
Photo: Emeraldliving

The key to finding a meaningful gift for your girlfriend is showing her you've been paying attention. Surprise her with this cool piece of wall art modeled off a soundwave from her favorite song. She'll be touched by your thoughtfulness (not to mention impressed by your creativity) when you give her this really unique gift. Want to make it extra festive for the holiday season? Pick her favorite Christmas song, instead.

26. Favorite Hobby Mug

Favorite hobby mug gift for your girlfriend
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Celebrate your girlfriend's favorite hobby with this playful personalized mug. Whether she's an artist, yogi, hiker or reader, she'll get a great kick out of seeing her likeness represented as a fun illustration. Choose from an array of design and customization options (including hairstyles, clothing options and even eyeglasses) to create the perfect finish. It's a cute and meaningful gift that's great for new and long-term partners alike and one that she can use every day.

27. Vanity Storage Unit

Vanity storage unit gift for your partner
Photo: Pottery Barn

Thinking of offering your GF a drawer at your place? Why not go one step further and give her a whole vanity to store her stuff? This one has three roomy drawers and a sleek contemporary design that'll fit in anywhere. Fill it with her favorite treats and essentials (like candies, makeup wipes, scrunchies and pajamas) to really wow her with this thoughtful gesture.

28. Romantic Love Coupons

Romantic couples coupons
Photo: Personalization Mall

It's easy to settle into the same old routine, especially if you've been dating for a while. Shake things up by gifting your girlfriend this set of personalized love coupons. It includes 12 "vouchers" customized with a short message she can use to get a reward, like breakfast in bed, exclusive control of the TV remote or a night off from doing the dishes. Feel free to throw in some fun ones too, like taking her shopping or dining in her favorite restaurant—your imagination is the limit! It'll make a fun stocking stuffer or a sweet addition to a larger gift for her birthday, your dating anniversary or the holidays.

29. Relaxing Reading Subscription

Cozy reading subscription box
Photo: Cratejoy

Are you dating an avid reader? Show your bibliophile girlfriend some love by encouraging her to spend more time on her favorite hobby with this Bubbles & Bath reading subscription. Every month she'll receive a new book from her favorite genre (like romance novels or mystery thrillers), along with a set of goodies geared at relaxation, like bath bombs, tea, candles, face masks and more. All you have to do is select her preferred genre and the length of the subscription (three, six or 12 months) for a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving.

30. Box of Chocolates

Box of chocolate for your girlfriend
Photo: Harry & David

While a box of chocolates might not sound that original, we don't think your girlfriend will mind too much when she gets her hands on these decadent delights. The box itself reads "You're the Sweetest," adding a thoughtful and heartwarming touch to this simple gift. Inside, she'll find 15 indulgent sweets in four different flavors, including dark chocolate raspberry, dulce de leche, double chocolate and dark chocolate truffles. Yum!

31. Surprise Weekend Break

Surprise weekend trip away for your girlfriend
Photo: Getaway

Does your GF plan pretty much everything when it comes to date nights, travel and beyond? Now's the time to take the weight off her shoulders and show her you can be equally as thoughtful when it comes to organizing fun stuff to do. Treat her to a spontaneous weekend break for just the two of you (pets optional) at one of Getaway's cozy cabins. They have locations throughout the US just two hours away from major cities, so chances are there's one nearby where you live. They're ideal for switching off from city life and enjoying nature.

32. Watercolor Pet Portrait

Personalized watercolor pet portrait
Photo: DrawYourPortrait

Consider this cute personalized gift for your girlfriend if she's the type who puts her pet above all else. Your S.O. might just tear up when she sees the one-of-a-kind portrait of her pup. Choose from a print, framed print or wrapped canvas in a range of sizes to suit your budget and your girlfriend's living space.

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