Top 10 Gifts for Her

By Elizabeth Carver
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Top 10 Gifts for HerIt always seems like there is an occasion for a gift, whether it's a holiday, a graduation, a birthday or an anniversary. Before you know it, she'll be looking at you expectantly and you will be empty-handed. Don't let another occasion sneak up on you. Get the jump on that present for her – your mom, sister, wife, daughter, girlfriend, best friend or any woman in your life. Here you will find the list of the top ten best gifts she's hoping to see tied up neatly with a pretty bow.

While you generally can't go wrong with the typical flowers, jewelry or chocolate, surprise her this year with what she really wants.

#10 iPod Touch 32GB or 64GB

 The iPod Touch has reinvented itself with the addition of a dual-core A5 microprocessor and a full 4-inch Retina display. This iPod is both powerful and beautiful, much like the women in your life.

This iPod is light, weighing in at 3.10 ounces, however it is packed full of features. The battery life lasts for an impressive 40 hours of music or eight hours of straight videos. With 32GB, she'll have more than enough room to store all her favorite music and pictures. The 5MP camera is capable of taking videos in 1080p HD, allowing her to take beautiful pictures and videos of your memories together. Also, the iPod Touch comes with the FaceTime, which is capable of HD video at 720p, good for face to face conversations. 

If you choose the 32GB over the 16GB model, you not only get more internal memory but you get an additional five colors to choose from and a loop strap that hooks to the iPod so it stays around her wrist. If you purchase the Product RED style, a portion of the proceeds go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. Buy an iPod Touch and help a great cause.

The iPod Touch comes with the popular Siri feature, which allows you to ask about movie times, nearby restaurants and whether or not robots dream of counting electric sheep. She'll have access to Facebook and Twitter, Apple Maps, and the Safari web browser – all while listening to her favorite tunes with the revolutionary Apple Ear Pods. These headphones fit comfortably, have good bass response, and offer overall better sound quality than most headphones on the market.

Any woman in your life would be delighted to find a 32GB or 64GB iPod Touch counted among her gifts.

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#9 Apollo Precision Tools 135-Piece Household Tool Kit – Pink

Yes, these tools are pink. They're also perfect for the do-it-yourselfer who wants to have all her tools in one place. Plus, if the tools are pink, they're less likely to find themselves in someone else's collection. The pink kind of stands out, if you hadn't noticed.

In this little tool kit, you will find all the necessary tools for small household repairs. This kit includes a box cutter and a pair of scissors, a measuring tape and a level, a putty knife and a pair of pliers. The kit even comes with a 4.8-volt cordless screwdriver and 20 interchangeable bits to fit all kinds of different screws. The kit even includes a small box of hanging and mounting hardware.

This household tool kit was designed for portability and durability. The entire kit weighs 7.7 pounds and the blow-molded case houses all the tools in predefined spots, so she'll always know where each tool goes. The tools themselves are chrome-plated for corrosion resistance. The kit is thin and small and can easily fit under the sink in the kitchen or be tucked away in the pantry for easy access.

This tool kit is a great choice, and she'll love having her own set of tools for everyday household needs. And, if she has a green thumb, Apollo makes a pink 18-piece gardening tool kit. You also support breast cancer research when you purchase one of these pink kits, because a portion of the purchase is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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 #8 Netflix Account

For the movie and TV aficionado, a Netflix account is a brilliant idea. It may seem like a simple thing, for a small monthly fee, she gets unlimited access to the movies and TV episodes available on Netflix. She can instantly stream her choice of movies and TV shows, and even better, so can you.

Imagine, if you will, walking into your living room, turning on the TV, snuggling up on the couch, and instantly watching a new release without having to run to the store. And you're not limited to the TV – you can stream videos to your computer, tablet and smartphone.

Netflix streams content through the PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, internet-enabled televisions and even some Blu-ray players. All you need is a minimum broadband internet speed of 0.5Mbps, and you are good to go. A nice feature with a Netflix account is that you won't have any commercials and you can rewind, fast forward and pause like normal. Additionally, you are not locked in to a contract and can cancel at any time. However, you won't get a refund for partial months.

In addition to offering streaming content, Netflix also offers DVD rentals for a monthly flat rate. These come in the mail one at a time, and you will receive the next DVD on your list when you return the previous one. The DVD option is good because it provides access to an even bigger selection of movies and TV shows.

The true gift here is the freedom to instantly stream her favorite movies or TV shows. Grab some popcorn and enjoy some quality time with the women in your life.

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#7 Lumix TS5: Wi-Fi Enabled Lifestyle Tough Camera

How about that girl in your life who craves adventure? Or the girl who just likes to travel? The rugged Lumix TS5 is the perfect camera for all her adventures and wanderings, whether it is a simple hike or a trip to the Azores. Delight her with a camera that will survive the journey.

Great for snapping everyday photos, the Lumix TS5 really performs when under pressure, literally. It's able to withstand 220 pounds of force, as well as take pictures underwater at depths of 43 feet. It is both dustproof and shockproof, withstanding falls from over six feet. If she drops it – or maybe your little one does – you can pick it up, rinse it off and keep going.

The Lumix TS5 has built-in GPS, and when she takes a picture it will record and show the country or region she is in or the city or landmark she is nearby. Her pictures will be GPS stamped as well as time and date stamped, helping to keep them organized. The photos and videos are then sorted automatically in alphabetical order based on where they were taken.

This 16.1-megapixel camera also has built-in NFC (Near Field Communication), meaning that you can control the camera from a smartphone or tablet after having touched the two together. This will allow her to take pictures and videos remotely, as well as review them on her phone to make sure she got that shot.

This camera is the perfect gift for the adventurer and the soccer mom alike. She can get that hard to obtain shot without having to worry about getting wet or dirty, knowing that this camera will live up to the test.

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#6 Kindle Paperwhite

Chances are she has probably mentioned an eReader. eReaders are very good at what they do – namely storing eBooks books and letting you read them – and the Kindle Paperwhite is the best around. The Kindle Fire is very good too, but we're strictly talking straight eReaders here, which are better for reading anyway.

The 6-inch backlit screen makes it easy to read the text in any environment – in fact, the screen the screen is easier to read than an actual paper book. With 212 PPI (pixels per inch), the resolution on her books will be very clear, and with the built-in light display, she'll be able to read anywhere. The Kindle Paperwhite even comes with a touchscreen that supports multitouch.

The Kindle Paperwhite comes with several options that are useful while reading, such as annotations, a built-in dictionary, real page numbers and the ability to bookmark the page. Unique to Kindle is X-Ray, a feature that will pull up the relevant information about the characters and plots using actual passages from the book. Should she choose to share with the kids, the Kindle Paperwhite does support children's books and comics.

With an Amazon Prime account, she can browse over 270,000 books to borrow and find 180,000 Kindle exclusives. She will also have access to her public library and can even lend books to friends. A Kindle Paperwhite is a wonderful gift for the woman who finds solace in the written word.

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#5 16GB iPad with Retina Display

Tablets are very useful tools – helping to educate the young and old alike. It also doesn't hurt that they're wicked fun. When you're buying a gift for that special woman in your life, consider a new iPad and watch with fascination as the possibility of over 300,000 apps dawns on her. There's a truth behind the joke "there's an app for that."

The new iPad comes with Apple's revolutionary Retina display. There are over three million pixels on the screen with an average of 264 pixels per inch. The image comes through crystal clear, whether it is a webpage or a design of your own. With the 5MP camera, you can take and then view stunning images. The iSight camera can also take HD videos in 1080p, which will let your loved one record her precious moments in full HD quality. This iPad also comes with an HD FaceTime camera that will let her communicate with you or others in 720p HD.

The A6X chip is ultra-powerful and is twice as powerful and fast as the previous A5X chip. It is this powerful chip that is responsible for the ultra-smooth gaming experience, whether they are graphic-intensive games or not. Plus you'll notice smooth image signal processing for stellar image and video resolution. Despite the extra power behind this little chip, the A6X can still give her up to 120 hours of browsing, reading, watching and listening time.

When purchasing the new iPad, consider buying a smart cover or smart case in her favorite color as well. What's so smart about these protective covers? They have magnets on them that align to the iPad, and they automatically put your iPad to sleep or wake it up. Plus, they can be used as either a keyboard or movie-watching stand.

With so many uses, a bright screen and a portable design, the new iPad will be a much-treasured gift for any woman in your life.

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#4 16GB iPhone 5

Apple's iPhone 5 is the fastest iPhone yet. The A6 chip which runs the phone is twice as fast as its predecessor, and the phone itself is 20 percent lighter and 18 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S. Apple essentially invented new ways of building smartphones – creating a thing of beauty, a smartphone that any woman in your life would not only appreciate, but crave.

The innovative screen is a 4-inch Retina display with 326 pixels per inch. The screen is thin, vibrant and responsive. The body of the iPhone 5 is made of aluminum and ceramic glass inlays. Even the camera lens is composed of a unique material, sapphire crystal, so it is thinner and more durable than other camera lenses. The 8MP iSight camera is capable of shooting 1080p HD videos. The FaceTime camera on the front of the phone is a 1.2MP camera capable of 720p HD video.

The new A6 chip currently powers iOS6, but will be compatible with iOS7 when it is released. This dual-core chip smoothly operates iOS6 while using less battery power. Be assured that the woman in your life will gladly use the eight hours of talk time or browsing time available on one charge. It is capable of 225 hours of battery life on standby.

Also, Siri is the personal assistant the woman in your life always wished she had. This Siri is more responsive than the previous incarnations. Ask her to save the date or to remind you of something. Ask about movie times or good restaurants nearby. The iPhone 5 can give your girl simplicity at her fingertips and help make sense of her chaotic life.

Plus, Siri can give you tips for a good date night.

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 #3 Samsung Galaxy S4

If the woman in your life is an Android lover, then she will fall head over heels in love with the Samsung Galaxy S4 – and you. Samsung's Galaxy S4 is loaded with innovative new ways to control the smartphone's features and apps. The phone is offered by most of the major cell phone carriers, and she’s sure to appreciate this upgrade.

To start off, this smartphone has a quad-core processor, a 5-inch display and a 13MP camera. Right off the bat, this smartphone blows the competition out of the water. The quad-core processor gives ultra-fast performance, keeping apps and games running smoothly. However, the processing power won’t suck the battery dry. She will still have 17 hours of talk-time, up to 11 hours of video playback and up to eight hours of browsing time. If needed, then the Galaxy S4 can be in standby for up to a whopping 300 hours. The HD Super AMOLED 5-inch display has 441 pixels per inch and a 1920 x 1080 resolution. This means that images are bright, crisp and crystal clear. The 13MP camera can rival point-and-shoot cameras, but the front facing 2MP camera is a game changer because it allows you to take dual pictures simultaneously.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 offers the market something that hasn’t really been seen before – the ability to use your phone virtually touch free. The Galaxy S4 has a series of motion cues that, when done in front of the sensor, allows you to control a certain function without having to touch any buttons or the screen. These movements are called Air Gestures, and you have to enable the setting to use them. One gesture allows you to hover your hand over the sensor and your phone will display the time and day and any other information you predetermine. Another gesture is an up and down motion that will let you scroll through a webpage or document.

This gift is especially good for the woman on the go. The new Samsung Galaxy S4 has so much to offer, including a professional camera, unique features and a beautifully bright display. She is sure to love it the moment you present it to her.

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#2 KitchenAid Artisan Series Mixer

Not everyone is comfortable in the kitchen, but almost every woman knows what a KitchenAid mixer is. They've all see it and they've all secretly (or not so secretly) wanted one. Chances are that the woman in your life would love to get her hands on one of the most sought-after kitchen appliances. Get her one of these and watch as she quickly masters mixing and baking and pasta-making.

The KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is quite the mouthful, but accurately describes a few of the features. First of all, the 5-quart capacity bowl is capable of mixing nine dozen batched of cookie dough, four loaves of bread dough or seven pounds of mashed potatoes at any given time. When you look at it that way, this KitchenAid will help you make enough food for a horde of hungry people or at least your extended family – which may be one and the same. The tilt-head feature is nice because you can easily access the bowl to add or remove ingredients or add and remove the bowl itself. Add to all this 10 different mixing speeds, and you already have a winning combination.

This mixer comes in 20 different colors, including cobalt blue, empire red, metallic chrome and majestic yellow to name a few, so you can pick her favorite color or a color that matches the other kitchen appliances. This KitchenAid mixer is further customizable with attachments that extend its abilities beyond mixing. You can slice cheeses and vegetables, make salsas and purees, create and cut your own pasta, as well as make ice cream. She could collect all 12 attachments for the Power Hub to create just about anything she could imagine. While most of the accessories are sold separately, the mixer comes with the iconic flat beater, a wire whisk and a bread dough hook.

Customizable and useful – the KitchenAid Artisan mixer is truly destined to make her smile. She'll use this gift for years to come and she will always be grateful.

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#1 MacBook Air – 13-inch

From the sleek aluminum unibody and the bright and crisp display, to the ultra-fast processing and that plethora of apps (built-in or downloaded), the MacBook Air is sure to thrill even the most discerning of women in your life. The MacBook Air packs a punch, despite its relatively thin and portable size. She can edit her photos, chat with friends, explore the internet, watch a movie – and do all of this simultaneously while sitting at the park – and the MacBook Air wouldn’t bat an eye.

The physical specifications on this notebook are impressive. When building a MacBook, you can choose an Intel Core i7, which is a 1.7 GHz dual-care processor that will run the Mountain Lion operating system flawlessly. Add to this 8GB of RAM and the Intel HD Graphics 5000, and this machine can handle most graphics-intensive programs you throw at it. The MacBook Air also has a solid-state 512GB flash hard drive. This means that the system can access information stored on your notebook much faster, shortening things like start up time.

The fun stuff you'll find on the MacBook Air are things like the backlit keyboard that makes it easy to see what you are typing in all sorts of lighting, as well as the 13.3-inch LED backlit display, the multitouch track pad and the two USB 3.0 ports. All these features lead to a better computing experience. The LED backlit screen, combined with a 1440 x 900 pixel resolution gives you a bright and crisp display with vibrant colors and clean lines. The USB 3.0 ports will give you fast connection speeds to all your USB devices. Everything about this notebook is fast.

The MacBook Air is perfect for all sorts of different women, from the stay-at-home mom to the professional to the college student just starting out. By purchasing the MacBook Air, you'll know you are picking a present that she will love. Macs are known for their longevity, so she will enjoy this gift for many years to come.

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