Affordable Gift Ideas for Girlfriend Guide – All Under $40!

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Shop our Top Gifts for Girlfriend Gift Guide to really impress your lady this year. 

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She won’t be hard to impress with these ideas. ❤️

Our Top Gifts for Girlfriend Gift Guide has unique ideas for every woman and budget! Whether you just started dating or are a seasoned couple.

Be sure to check out our Christmas Shopping Challenge – it has a gift guide for everyone on your list this year! 🎁🤩

Here are some of the best-trending gifts for girlfriend – all under $40!

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1. Get a personalized necklace with your handwriting made by our team favorite Etsy shop. 

silver i love you handwriting necklace on white piled sweatshirt

Mackenzie Treasury Handwriting Necklace – $36.80+ (regularly $46) 
Choose the length, metal color, and write your message for your necklace
Shipping is free
Final cost $36.80 shipped!

Gift her this necklace with your handwriting so she can always hold it close to her heart. Choose from three different colors, Sterling Silver, Yellow Gold Plated, and Rose Gold Plated with chain sizes ranging from 14-26″ long. Many of our Hip sidekicks love and wear the personalized name necklaces from this same company so we know the quality is the best. This gift for your girlfriend is one she’ll really cherish.

Check out our full review on their name necklace to read more raving Hip team reviews!

2. Get her some incredibly cute custom stickers for just $1.

Vinyl Stickers at Sticker Mule

3″x 3″ Custom Die Cut Vinyl Sticker Mule Stickers 10-Pack $20
Discount automatically applies during checkout
Shipping is free
Final cost $1 shipped!

Your girlfriend will absolutely love this thoughtful gift! Head over to Sticker Mule where you can order 10 Custom Die-Cut Vinyl Sticker Mule Stickers for ONLY $1 shipped (regularly $20) – no promo code needed! You can literally get anything printed – including her cute pup! 🤩 She’ll have so much fun embellishing her water bottle, laptop, and more with these. Even better, they’re made of thick durable vinyl that protects them from scratching, rain & sunlight – they are even dishwasher safe!

Did ya sleep on this deal? Don’t worry, these deals come around a few times a year, so if you missed it, bookmark our Sticker Mule deals page to know when the next one pops up!

3. Her love cup will be overflowing reading this book you can make.

red i wrote a book about us book on silk sheet

I Wrote a Book About Us – $14.36 (regularly $15.95) 

We don’t know a girlfriend who wouldn’t appreciate receiving this book if words of affirmation are her love language! It’s a romantic, fill-in-the-blank gift book where you’ll create the magic on every page. This is the gift you should consider gifting to your girlfriend if you’re looking for something extra meaningful and something she’ll cherish forever.

4. Get her a rechargeable hand warmer so she stays comfy all winter long.

hand laying on gray blanket holding small colorful rechargeable hand warmer

Rechargeable Hand Warmer – $18.99 (regularly $29.99) – lowest price! 

The reality is, you can’t always be there to help keep your girlfriend’s hands nice and toasty so this handy rechargeable hand warmer will be the next best thing! Perfect for cold days tailgating, walking to class/work, and more!

It has double sided heating, takes 2 minutes to heat up, and is super cute so we know she’ll never want to leave home without it. As a bonus, it doubles as a flashlight!

5. Give peace of mind to her and you with this genius personal alarm. 

hand holding red personal birdie alarm on keychain

She’s Birdie–The Original Personal Safety Alarm
As low as $28.45 (regularly $29.95)!

This is such a thoughtful gift if you have a girlfriend who spends a lot of time outside alone and you both could use the peace of mind. From walking her dog to walking to work, when she’s traveling, riding public transportation, and everything in between. This innovative personal alarm is easily activated with an extremely loud siren and strobe lights and will last for 40 continual minutes.

6. Get her one of these trendy cozy outfits she’ll love lounging in. 

woman taking selfie in mirror wearing blue waffle knit pajama set

Waffle Knit Long Sleeve Top and Shorts $39.99 (regularly $48.99)
Clip the 5% off digital coupon
Final cost $37.99 shipped!

Even the pickiest women will appreciate this cozy waffle knit outfit. We read that many reviewers recommended sizing up for this set if you think she’ll want a more oversized look. Regardless, it’s an on trend outfit that she’ll love relaxing in. In fact, many women even say it’s great for running errands too.

7. You AND your girlfriend will enjoy this gift that creates authentic memories and experiences you’ll never forget.

scratch off date night from adventure challenge couples edition

Adventure Challenge Couples Edition $39.99 (regularly $49.99) – all-time bestseller! 🤩
Use promo code THANKYOU35 (35% off)
Final cost $26!

*Shipping starts at $4.96

These Adventure Challenge books includes 50 scratch-off adventures that will add spontaneity and zest to any relationship! You’ll be looking for every excuse to get this book out and scratch off a new adventure. Having personally gifted this to my fiance last Christmas, I can attest to the fact this is The. Best. Gift. EVER. 🙌🏼

Read more about The Adventure Challenge books and why our team loves ALL of their products!

8. Belt Bags are becoming every woman’s must have essential so grab one in her favorite color.

holding different colored belt bags

The original Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bags are a great price for a high-end name brand. Women everywhere are obsessing over these because they’re the perfect, minimalist bag. They can easily fit all of their essentials like their license, lip gloss, and phone. Plus, they’re perfect for traveling hands free too. We still recommend grabbing one of these in another color even if she already has one…because she needs one to go with every outfit anyways. 💁🏼‍♀️

For just $10 more, they offer this convenient wristlet!

Looking for a more affordable belt bag? We also love the No Boundaries Belt Bags at Walmart, which start at just $9.98 and you may even be able to score free store pickup.

9. These slippers are the perfect gift to go with her cozy outfit.

close up of pink fuzzy slippers on feet with pink toe nail polish

Fuzzy Slippers – $12.99+ (regularly $26.99) 

Even if you’re not committed to getting the waffle knit outfit, these slippers should be a must-buy if you’re girlfriend is always walking around the house with slippers. These are affordable, come in many colors, and are so cute, she’ll never want to take the off!

10. The Five Minute Journal will help her grow beyond your relationship. 

a white and dark green the five minute journal on rug

This Five Minute Journal book is the perfect gift idea if your girlfriend is in a place where she’s looking for some personal growth and also wants to develop healthier daily habits. According to, journaling is proven to improve mental health, encourage self-confidence, boost emotional intelligence, help achieve goals, inspire creativity, boost memory, enhance critical thinking skills, heighten academic performance, improve physical health, and strengthen communication skills. What partner wouldn’t want that for his girlfriend?!

11. Get her some trendy matte hair clips she’ll use every day. 

woman holding white claw clip from hair

Large Hair Claw Clips 8-Pack – $7.99 (regularly $11.99) – just $1 each!

One thing’s for sure, women love throwing their hair up for an effortless style pretty much every day and she can never have too many! We love the matte finish of these clips and if your girl is anything like our Hip sidekick, Emily, she’ll throw out all her old clips once she has a pack of these stylish ones!

Our Hip sidekicks also love these fun flower clips!

woman with three flower hair clips in hair

Large Flower Clips 6-Pack – $6.99 – just $1.17 each!

Our Hip sidekick, Chelsey, can’t get enough of these flower clips. In fact, she now owns two packs! She says they hold a good amount of hair without hurting your scalp. And, they look SO cute stacked or wearing 2+ at a time.

12. Add some spice to your relationship with this couples adventure and date night decision dice.

close up of silver decision dice on flower background

Date Night Ideas Dice – $8.99+ (regularly $9.99) 

There’s something so exciting about adding some spontaneity to your relationship and this affordable gift for girlfriends is just what you need! Each side has a date night adventure waiting for you! Plus, if you’re looking for even more ideas, there’s plenty of other varieties like food decision die, nighttime decision die, X rated dice, and much more!

13. Grab some of her favorite beauty products 75% off during the Sephora beauty sale at Kohl’s.

sephora store inside of kohl's

75% off Sephora Beauty Items – starting at $6

Don’t worry guys. You don’t need to head into Kohls to grab these deals because they’re online at making this genius gift for girlfriends an even easier score for you! Best of all, any makeup you buy now will still be perfectly good come Christmas.

For a limited time, is offering 75% OFF tons of top brands at Sephora so if she’s a huge beauty fan she’ll love how thoughtful this gift will seem! While I don’t recommend getting her just anything, I do recommend sneaking into her beauty drawer to see what deals would be best suited for her. You can score so many beauty brands she’s likely already using every day and even trendy hair tools too!

Shop all our favorite deals from the Sephora sale right now!

14. Grab her a makeup/jewelry organizer if she already has enough to stuff at home. 

hand opening a drawer on a makeup organizer

Sorbus Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case $48 – 9 color options!
Use promo code NEWQVC20 ($20 off $40 for new customers)
Or use promo code HELLO10 ($10 off your second $25+ purchase)
Shipping adds $3.50
Final cost $31.50 shipped!

Women love to be organized and having a special organizer for her getting ready essentials can make her life so much easier! In fact, we even heard it could potentially speed up the time it takes her to get ready for a date night. 😉 We love this sleek organizer and it’s sure to fit all her essentials!

15. An experience is a great gift for girlfriend if quality time together is her love language. 

couple sitting on rock at yosemite with bird flying in sky

An experience gift – Potentially FREE!

Some of the very best gifts are experiences money can’t buy so consider planning an adventurous or relaxing day you can enjoy together. We’re huge fans of experiences over gifts so if you’re still searching for the perfect gift for your girlfriend this is it and it doesn’t have to cost money either! There are many things you could do such as one of her favorite hikes, a free local concert, and so much more.

You could also buy your experience and consider fun ideas like a mini getaway in a cozy tiny home, a couples massage, and more! Search your local area on Groupon for fun things to save on!

What are your suggestions for the best gifts for a girlfriend? Please share your favorite gift ideas for girlfriends in the comments below!

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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 4

  1. TS

    Just get the deal on the stickers, you have to create an account and verify it with a mobile phone number.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for mentioning those additional details for snagging the stickers, TS! 💞

  2. Happy

    I’ve had these stickers made in the past of my son on his kayak. Very neat. Cool to see a real persons face on a sticker, esp of my son, lol. Easy to edit. Prompt. Loved the stickers. Professional communication and easy! I wouldn’t hesitate to order from them again. They also have other items like T-shirts, etc. I’d like to have one custom made from them but I can’t decide on what I want it to say right now:)

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks so much for the recommendation! ❤️🙌Good to know you loved the stickers!

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