Christmas present ideas for the childless 30-something woman in your life

Christmas shopping can be difficult for a lot of people. If you’re like me, half the time you just end up buying things for yourself instead. They say it’s the thought that counts though, and Christmas isn’t just about spending obscene amounts of money showering your loved ones with gifts.

If you enjoy the gift-giving part but not so much the gift-finding part, a lot of websites offer helpful lists for various demographics. Amazon, for example, claims they have gifts for everyone and their gift guide is broken down into categories like “The Shoe Addict,” “New Girlfriend,” “The Homebody,” “The Choosy Mother-in-Law,” and “Your Fun Uncle.” They have lists for Dads, Babies, Boyfriends, Kids, Fitness Freaks and Star Wars Geeks.

While I was shopping for friends and family who fit into these various groupings I realized I wasn’t sure which one I belonged to. They didn’t have a gift list for “30-year-old, childless cat ladies with no discernible hobbies or interests.”

So if you know someone like that in your life and you’re having trouble figuring out what she might want for Christmas, I’ve put together this gift list to aid you in your search.  

2019 Planner

Even though a lot of people, myself included, use our devices to keep track of our schedules and to-do lists, I still like to write things down in a planner. It really makes me feel more organized. How else am I going to keep track of my dog’s busy social calendar? I like this one from Inkwell Press. 

HP Sprocket

Millennials are a vain bunch. Why not buy a pocket-size printer for all those photos we love so much? It prints on sticker paper so you can turn your house into a real-life instagram page. 

TRTL Travel Pillow

Apparently these are the best travel pillows ever invented. Like a shelf for your face.  Whether you travel for work or for pleasure, one thing remains the same: sleeping on a plane is seriously uncomfortable. And look how happy these people look!

Doggy DNA Test

Honestly who wouldn’t want one of these? If everyone in the family has done an AncestryDNA test, it’s only fair to include your furry friends. And honestly one of the genetic statistics is “Wolfiness,” which is downright adorable.

Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Can you ever go wrong with Bose? I don’t know. I love a good pair of compact earbuds, but sometimes I really want to zone out with some peace and quiet to focus and concentrate and pretend like I don’t have six animals constantly begging for my attention.  Noise cancelling headphones really get the job done.


Honestly nobody wants to have to deal with an annoying cord on their earbuds because it’s 2018 and we shouldn’t have to. And sometimes you don’t want to deal with a bulky pair of headphones because you’re having a good hair day. AirPods to the rescue! 

Subscription Box

BarkBox for dog toys and BirchBox for beauty products are two very popular subscription boxes. There are also subscription boxes for wine, beer, international foods, and pretty much everything you can think of. 

Professional Tote for Work & Travel

I see a lot of people at my office using backpacks to drag things back and forth between work and home.  I’m not quite at that point…yet.  I try to cram everything (including my lunch) into my purse like it’s Santa’s magic sack, but it’s never quite big enough. I personally like this tote for work.

Kindle or iPad

I love my Kindle. It’s one of the best gifts I ever received. I love it so much I’ve just about run it into the ground and it won’t hold a charge anymore. I also haven’t had an iPad since the first generation came out in 2010 and I know a lot of people use their iPads to read via the Kindle app.  Of course iPads are incredibly versatile and if you’re shopping for someone who is even remotely technologically adept, you’ll no doubt strike gold with the gift of Apple.


I may or may not have a minor problem with candles. They’re always burning at my house, especially during the holidays.  You can never go wrong with candles. Unless you buy a scent someone is allergic to, like I did in high school when I bought my mom a a beautiful Magnolia candle not realizing the smell of Magnolia makes her sick. 

What do you want for Christmas? Have you finished shopping yet?


Compulsive snacker. Bleeding heart. Unhealthy obsession with Tom Hanks and cats. Florida State and Syracuse University alum.

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