Gift Guide #2: For Your Tech-Savvy Girlfriend

The One Helping You Plan via Skype


Vintage Email Stamp from Wit & Whistle ($18.75)

Are you friends with someone who likes taking a lot of pictures, blogging and tweeting, grammar, pinning pretty things, and getting shit done? (i.e. Are you friends with me?) I love giving gifts, and picking out gifts for people who have been especially good to me (by, for example, taking lots of bridesmaid dress selfies and otherwise helping me plan my wedding remotely) is even more fun. Yeah, you could just give her booze (if she’s anything like me, she won’t turn that down), but I’m a big fan of giving (and receiving!) smart, clever, pretty, and actually useful gifts that you never knew you always wanted. This gift guide is for your girlfriend who’s reading APW this year, out of solidarity. The one who built you a Pinterest board, just for your wedding. These gifts will do her up right: I either already own them, or have them on my wish list for this year.

ONE If your friend puts a lot of things in “air quotes,” she’ll appreciate these earrings. Quotation Mark Earrings ($22)

TWO For anyone who likes a good cup of coffee, I cannot recommend this coffee maker enough! I’ve had mine for a few years and I’ve given it as a hostess gift as well. It makes a coffee concentrate (which you mix with hot or cold water when you ‘re ready for your caffeine fix) that lasts for two weeks and makes the most delicious coffee I’ve ever had. Toddy Cold Brew System ($34.95)

THREE You can take pretty legit pictures with an iPhone, and a tripod and additional lenses will make pictures even better. She can use this kit for her blog photo studio… or just to take better selfies. iPhone 5/5S Camera Lens Kit and Tripod ($49.99)

FOUR She’s going to need a snazzy vessel for drinking the aforementioned delicious coffee… I love clever mugs, and this is one of my favorites. Add a bag of your favorite coffee (Texas friends, the HEB Texas Pecan blend is gifting gold!) for a personal touch. “Get Shit Done” Mug ($16) (And yes, this mug also doubles as an APW joke, for your BFF who’s reading APW in solidarity.)

FIVE Sequins + an ampersand? Trust me, your best lady who lives on Pinterest already loves it. Ampersand Sweater ($98)

SIX I am the kind of person who has a ton of electronics… but not nearly enough cases for everything. (I just spent hundreds on a new piece of equipment and now you want me to spend $30 on a case? Criminal!) It’s something I’m working on. “Just Browsing” Laptop Sleeve ($60)

SEVEN Tech-savvy people are always taking great pictures but rarely remember to print them;, is a web app that automatically pulls in your Instagram and Facebook photos and then mails you the prints each month. 3-month subscription ($36) (Editors note: Also great for the new parents in your life.)

EIGHT  Pencils for when you want to write notes. Or for when you like, totally want to stab Caesar. And none for Gretchen Wieners. Obvi… Mean Girls Pencils ($8)

NINE I have never been able to successfully grow herbs even though everyone says it’s so easy… but I think an AeroGarden would help. This is a good gift for someone who wants to add a little bit of life to a small apartment, or um, is trying to improve on her black thumb. AeroGarden 3 with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit ($64.95)

TEN This is a handset. For your iPhone. And it’s rose gold. Now you’re far more likely to get a wedding planning phone call, instead of those endless texts. Retro Pop rose gold handset ($19.99)

ELEVEN Constellation iPhone 5 Case ($35) to remind her to put down the phone and go out and look at the night sky. (And then use an app to identify the different constellations.)

TWELVE Seriously, sometimes flats just don’t cut it and a girl needs a pair of sneakers that will work with skinny jeans. Saucony Originals Jazz Low Pro Sneakers ($39.99)

THIRTEEN Perfect for hanging in her home office and referencing when the Internet is getting her down. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Handpainted Sign ($45)

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  • Meg

    I love . . . well, everything on this list. The “Vintage Email” stamp has my real nerdy, letter-loving heart, though.

  • Samantha

    Rachel, do you follow the “recipe” that came with the Toddy for determining ratio of ground coffee to water? I got a Toddy because I love cold brew iced coffee but I haven’t been able to get the proportions right using the instructions so I don’t use it very much.

    • So, I got mine a few years ago, when I *think* the instructions told you how to do it for 16 oz of coffee…but most bags of ground coffee are sold in 12 oz servings. So I had to rewrite them, and I’d use a food scale to measure out the first 6 oz and the second 6 oz. Now I think they’ve just updated the instructions ( for 12 oz of coffee. Not sure which set of instructions you have but maybe that has something to do with why it’s not turning out?

  • Samantha

    And also, now I need those Sauconys.

  • Laura C

    Hmm. My fiance keeps raving about how amazing fresh herbs are, and while I’m not as enthusiastic as him, maybe we oughta register for one of those planter things. Because the row of dead herb plants on the kitchen windowsill is not working for me.

    • Ella

      If you cut up scallions, just put the bulbs in water. They’ll sprout up again! Insta-herbs.

  • Michelle

    I have those Sauconys and they are SO comfortable, and cute enough to wear with jeans without looking like your mom on vacation. (Or is that just my family?)

  • snowmentality

    Hahahaha. I 100% played this role in my best friend’s wedding this year and loved it. I will totally brag and say that my internet research skillz were responsible for (a) them finding a great venue with actually affordable catering (something they were struggling with and despondent about) and (b) them getting to have the first dance song they really wanted. (It was an old, obscure track and it was not easy to find, and they totally called while we were in the car halfway up the East Coast 48 hours before the wedding, and I still managed to find it for them. Boom.)

    Perhaps oddly, the thing I like best on this gift list is the sneakers. And the mug. The mug rules.

    • Meg Keene

      I hope she gets you the sneakers. Which I’m now kinda pondering. I don’t have sneakers, clearly these are approved by awesome people.

  • lady brett

    oh, dear. those quotation earrings are really pushing me to get my ears pierced (admittedly, the thought started when i saw phillips-head screw earrings, but i would rock these too).

  • As someone who was, until about fifteen minutes ago, frantically packing for a trip to visit my folks (which has been delayed – so sad – due to sleet), I’m lusting after the laptop sleeve. I don’t currently have one, and while my laptop has been totally OK in my Shins canvas tote, I feel like it needs more protection!

  • kristinyc

    And suddenly I just spent $30 on pencils.

  • I have and love those sauconys. Totally want that ampersand sweater!!!!
    I love this list Rachel!

    • Erin

      I think I see an outfit brewing… :D Maybe with the quotation mark earrings?

  • mimi

    Any tips on rocking Sauconys with skinny jeans? I have both, but haven’t thought to wear them together.

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