Shopping for Women: Show Her You Know Her

Gift-giving season is upon us, and it’s time to shop for the women in your life. But your mom's medicine cabinet is filled with perfumes she never uses, and your sister's closets are crowded with sweaters she doesn't touch.

If you know your women, you know that what they really wants this holiday season is for you to know them... which is why we've compiled this handy gift guide that shows you recognize and admire their interests.

The Entertainer

Whenever she has company, her table looks just so. And she never serves the same thing twice. Our choices for the woman with gourmet tastes:

Le Creuset Stoneware Heart Ramekins ($40) — Don’t wait until Valentine’s Day to express your love. These elegant baking dishes are great for mini-soufflés or crème brulee. And if she doesn’t feel like baking, she can use them for assorted candies, such as jelly beans and nonpareils.

Silver Spoon Cookbook ($40) — Italy's best-selling cookbook is available in English for the first time. Compiled by experts, the book includes 2,000 recipes from all Italian regions. Hard-bound, it will look just as beautiful on her countertop as it will in her cabinet.

Old Dutch International Cast-Iron Nobility Teapot ($40) — Inspired by ancient Chinese and Japanese teapots that symbolize strength and unity, the pot is crafted of Tetsubin cast iron. Added bonus: The black-enamel interior coating helps prevent rust.

A Candy Store's Chocolate Mousse Candies ($49) — This five-pound package of gourmet, mousse-filled treats will last for a year’s worth of dinner parties. The milk, dark and white chocolate candies are even pretty enough for parting gifts at a family celebration.

The Earth Goddess

She’s seen “An Inconvenient Truth” three times. And she’s been on a waiting list for the new hybrid for months. Our choices for the gal who may not be able to save the world but who'd sure like to help the cause:

Green House Framing's Personalized Frame ($37) — Create your own frame from reclaimed wood that’s been gathered through the “most environmentally conscious methods possible.” The 5x7 frames are available in 10 colors, including indigo, crimson and lime.

Organic Cotton Bath Sheets ($40) — She’ll always feel great when she steps out of the shower with these towels made of organic cotton. Spun from high-end Peruvian yarn, they’re soft and good for the planet.

Pretty in Pink Pad Set ($14) — Printed on recycled paper, this affordable note card and envelope set is beautifully wrapped in grosgrain ribbon. More importantly, a portion of the proceeds are donated to breast cancer research and education. Go ahead — use it as a stocking stuffer!

The Traveler

She’s a lady who can’t sit still ... and she always has a story to tell. Our choices for the woman with wanderlust:

GoPro Digital Hero Wrist Camera ($79) — Extra-small, this matchbook-size camera
easily wraps around a wrist, bicycle handlebar or kayak paddle. After her excursion, she can slide the camera off the strap and place it in her pocket.

AquaPod MP3 Speaker Case ($20) — This splash-proof, high-impact case is ideal for the beach or pool. Equipped with a woven lanyard, headphone jack and exterior volume control, the case is super-functional. It even has extra room for keys or coins.

Nine & Co. Jacquard Luggage Separates ($64) — The violet jacquard pattern will ensure she’ll never lose her bags again. Multiple pockets, easy-to-grip zippers and corner guards make this wheeled set perfect for a stylish woman on the go.

In the end, most women just want to be understood ... and while a long heart-to-heart may be tough, a tailor-made gift is only a mouse click away.