Finding the perfect gift for a special lady is truly a challenge. Right color? Right size? Right fit? Trying to hit that holy trifecta can be a holiday headache--good thing you have our Triple Guarantee to fall back on if she doesn't love it straight out of the box. And luckily, we've got a few ideas that should get a camera-ready reaction when the wrapping paper's ripped. No excuses, no pressure. Happy hunting for her!
If you're feeling overwhelmed by our entire women's apparel and footwear sections, start with our suggestions below and go from there:
Women #gearcooper's Gift Guide
Ridiculous? A little. But ask anyone who owns one of Patagonia's bestselling Retro-X pieces, and all you'll hear is love. Recycled polyester fleece in a variety of colors is fuzzy and fun, while a brushed-soft lining and elastic edging keep out wind and cold. Strategically placed quilted nylon patches protect vulnerable areas like the shoulders and neck from wear. And it's all tailored in a feminine fit that's more "arctic fox" than "abominable snowman."
Mountain Hardwear's patented Butter jersey fabric takes performance to a whole new level: extreme softness. Stretchy and light, this flattering active shirt is ready for anything, from a climbing trip to an errand run. She'll love the fashionable yet functional features like thumb holes, a hidden security pocket, and ultra-smooth seaming.
A soft, stretchy flannel shirt in always-classic plaid is a necessity for anyone's wardrobe. This versatile piece from The North Face can be worn on its own with long or three-quarter sleeves, or open over a camisole or t-shirt. It's truly a can't-miss option.
prAna knows pants, plain and simple. While their climbing and yoga pants are always in our packs, they're not the most stylish picks for everyday wear. These straight-leg cords bring prAna's custom-feel fit to pants that are suitable for life as you know it. An array of colors, velvety corduroy, and pockets galore (a rarity in women's pants) means you're sure to find the perfect pair for her to wear.
'Sport skirts' tend to bring country clubs, polo shirts, and tennis rackets to mind. For all of us who enjoy our activity a bit, well, rougher, Stonewear is on a mission to reinvent the skirt's identity into viable activewear. This skort fits body-hugging shorts under a feminine knee-length style in versatile heather grey fabric, so there's no chafing, rubbing, or--most importantly--unwanted exposure.
Not all base layers are created equal. Keep her toasty on cool morning runs, high elevation hikes, and ski trips with Arc'teryx's essential second-skin tights, which can be worn under pants for chilly climates or alone in pleasantly brisk temps. Technical composite textiles wick away sweat and warm up without overheating, especially important for her favorite outdoor activities.
It started as a casual hobby. Now she's training for triathlons, cycling half-centuries, and "warming up" with 10-mile runs on a regular basis. All that working out means she needs lots of support. From you, obviously, but also from compression socks. Feetures! socks are engineered with anatomically-placed graduated compression to deliver circulation support exactly where it's needed, so she recovers faster and improves that finish time.
From roads to trails, she loves to run. Give her shoes she can wear on any terrain with Salomon's signature CityTrail design, with grippy mixed-rubber soles and strategically-placed treads for traction on both pavement and dirt. Speed laces mean she can quickly pull them on and off, even one handed--ideal for the girl on the run.
A shoe that lives up to its name. Adidas' cute, ultra-lightweight sneakers are at home on a slippery boat deck or splashing in tide pools, but also work as a low-profile accompaniment to skinny jeans, shorts, sundresses, swimsuits--you name it.
It's the fashionable boot with a heart (and sole) of aloha. OluKai's anatomically-contoured footbeds conjure up the comfy sensation of walking in soft sand. So no matter the weather, when she slips these on, they'll evoke the dreamy comfort of moonlit stroll along a Hawaiian beach.