Six Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Woman—A List Compiled by Donna Hartney

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Finding the perfect holiday gift for special woman can be difficult, if not impossible. This article lists six must-have gifts that women are talking about this season.

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Finding the perfect holiday gift for a special woman can be difficult, if not impossible. What’s a person to do short of listening in on the conversations that women are having with their gal pals about their secret holiday wish list?

Here are six must-have gifts that women are talking about this season—perfect gifts for nearly any woman, whether she’s focused on her career, are busy raising a family, or an empty nester.

Touch-screen gloves: Touch screens don’t work with gloves and hands freeze without them. Touch-screen gloves are the solution; with the variety available today, there’s a pair for everyone—from sporty styles in bright colors ($24.99 at Best Buy) to classic leather with the warmth of a cashmere lining ($89.99 online from Sharper Image).

An inspirational book: Once the presents have been opened and guests have gone home, many will look forward to down time. What would be better than relaxing with a book chock full of inspiring, real-life stories and practical tips for getting the most out of life? The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will change your life and career could be just what she needs for the coming new year; order at ($14).

A personal chef: What woman doesn’t need more hours in the day? Adding hours to the day isn’t possible, but a personal chef is. In a few hours each week, a personal chef can prepare and store several healthy, tasty meals for a family. Visit the website of the American Personal & Private Chef Association to find one.

Festive serving platters: Cross a charm bracelet with kitchenware and what do you get? Serving platters by Nora Fleming that can be customized with add-on “minis” for any holiday or occasion—from New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day all the way through to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visit to find a retailer.

To-go wine glass: Wine-loving women everywhere have the Vino2Go wine glass on their wish lists this year. A cross between a wine glass and a travel mug, this unique gift is perfect for a walk into town or a stroll along the beach ($16 at

DIY gift coupons: What could be better than custom-crafted gift coupons? There are endless possibilities that women will love and appreciate—options ranging from a foot massage or a chick-flick movie night to a dream vacation or home makeover project. Download holiday coupon templates at

If all else fails, ask her for a list. The goal is to get something that’s perfect for her – and there’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help.

About Donna Hartney
Donna Hartney, Ph.D., is a performance consultant who works with global leaders and professionals at Fortune 500 companies helping them to develop and implement effective strategies to bring out the best in people. She is also a researcher, author, and speaker who teaches others how to prime themselves for life-changing insights.

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