When it comes to buying a gift for your other half, it’s easy to go overboard. Jewelry and other romantic gestures may seem obligatory, but, more often than not, it’s the practical items that are most appreciated and most often used. Whether it’s a high-tech hair dryer or a book of fresh, wholesome recipes, these are the gifts your girlfriend wants — but would never think to ask for.
‘Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking’
Best for the Aspiring Chef: With the release of Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking, award-winning chef Jessica Koslow stakes her claim as guardian of the laid-back Los Angeles restaurant scene. Koslow’s Sqirl, a paragon of 21st-century California cuisine and a veritable Instagram darling, specializes in simple, healthful, colorful dishes. Look to signature recipes like “Beet-Cured Salmon,” “Green Eggs and Onion Jam” and the obligatory “Famed Ricotta Toast” to reshape your Sunday brunch — minus the hours-long wait.
Best for the Homebody: With a detachable sneaker-like sole to allow for outdoor wear, the Mahabis Classic reinvents the house slipper. Made from lightweight, breathable wool, it’s minimal yet shockingly functional — akin to an unstructured shoe, with a collapsible neoprene heel.
Outdoor Voices Cool Down Kit
Best for the (Occasional) Athlete: The best kind of sweatsuit is one that doesn’t really look like a sweatsuit at all, and the Cool Down Kit from Outdoor Voices is just that. Made from a stretch fabric that feels soft as butter and light as air, it’s fair game for jogs and hikes, and makes lazy weekends a little more indulgent.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
Best for the Everyday Hair Stylist: Leave it to a world-renowned purveyor of vacuums to reinvent the hair dryer. With a high-velocity airflow and microprocessor that regulates temperature to prevent heat damage, the Dyson Supersonic allows for shinier, frizz-free hair. Weighing in at just under two pounds, Dyson placed the dryer’s motor in the handle to allow for greater control (and less arm ache).
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