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Birthday Gift Ideas For Women: The Intellectual

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Know a woman who’s intellect is beyond that you thought was physically comprehensible?

Okay, maybe not necessarily that dramatic; but still a pretty clever lady. Someone whose hobbies tend to revolve around keeping the brain fresh, playing games like Chess, Go or Sudoku, puzzles, reading the news or whatever else it is smart people are up to these days.

Getting a gift that truly compliments her intellect is not only one that they will actually enjoy and appreciate, but it’s a true direct compliment to them because it shows that you recognize just how smart they are.

Let’s get into it!

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Bless her ears by gifting her a vinyl player and some old timey' records

Get them a vinyl record player with a few albums of some of her favorite classical or jazzy musicians.

Amazon has some fantastic options of cheap vinyl players like this one, and then its just a matter of finding music you know they'll enjoy from either you local record store or online!

If they already have a vinyl player, consider just getting them a few of their or your favorite records that they don't already own.

Vinyl record player with a plate

Gift her a MasterClass subscription so she can always learn new or perfect old skills

Allow her to expand on their knowledge, or learn something completely new by getting her a MasterClass subscription!

This way she can pick exactly what they're interested in, and go through a series of classes with some of the absolute best in the world.


Middle aged blonde woman with short hair studying

Gift her a piece of history by... well, gifting her a piece of history

Connect her with history by getting her a beautiful historical artifact like a piece of the Berlin wall, or a replica artifact from an era or location you know they're interested in.

Owning a piece of history is a cool concept that a lot of collectors and intellectuals really enjoy.

Hole in Broken Berlin wall and walking person against

Yet another functional and decorative piece: an architectural puzzle

If you really want to challenge her brain, get them an advanced 3RD architectural puzzle like this one.

I love gifts like these because not only are they fantastic, difficult and fun puzzles - but they are also gorgeous decorative pieces.



Keep her library updated by gifting her a subscription to the Book of the Month Club

If you know she enjoys to read, which most of my more intellectual friends do, consider gifting her a subscription to the Book of the Month Club!

This service sends them highly rated books every month, and is a wonderful way to naturally increase their library.

Old and used hardback books

Gift her tickets to a local lecture series or a TED-talk memebership

Get her tickets to lecture series, lecture & wine events or TED talks!

Simply google "Lecture Series Tickets Near Me and you'll be able to find something close to you.

Alternatively, if you live in a city that hosts TED-Talks, consider getting them a TED-membership so that they can attend any lecture or talk that seem interesting to them.

Speaker and interviewer in front of audience at a seminar

Keep her up to date on current world events with a New York Times subscription

Get her a digital or physical subscription to the New York Times!

You can of course go for anything else you prefer, but I've found the NYT to have the most widespread national and international cover with as little bias as possible.

It's a must-have for any person who likes to keep up with current events.

Concentrated woman reading newspaper while drinking juice

Get her a rare or first edition book from an author she loves

If you know that she has a favorite book or author, get your hands on a rare or first edition version of that book!

Over at Abe Books, you can simply put in the author, book or keyword and you'll be able to find it right away!

Best of all, it is super cheap, so you might even be able to get your hands on a couple...

Close-up image of An old book with music notes. Sheet music with notes and lyrics

Gift her both a functional and decorate piece with an antique chess set

If she has any interest in chess or antique decorations, get her an antique handcrafted chess set like this one.

There are a variety of options in all sorts of price ranges, so find one you think it beautiful and that he will enjoy!


Keep her brain fresh with a brain jogging software subscription like Cognifit

Get her a subscription to Cognifit, a high-quality brain-training software that is specifically designed to challenge and enhance cognitive function.

Not only is it fun, but it's a great way to jog memory and keep the mind fresh and healthy as she slowly but surely starts adding on years!

Papercut head with jigsaw puzzle pieces inside. Mental health problems, psychology, memory, logic

Bless her book collection with a beautiful piece of collector edition classic literature sets

Add a beautiful and sophisticated piece of literature and art to his bookshelf with a classic collectors edition literature collection, like the ones you can find here.

This is a wonderful way to add real class and beauty, as well as gifting some of the true classics of our time.

For the true intellectual woman, I recommend the Jane Austin Collection.

Reading, various literature - books, concept of acquisition of knowledge

And There You Have It! 11 Smart Birthday Gift Ideas For Women Who Are Real Smart

Picking out the perfect present is always difficult, but I guarantee you that by simply adding some love and thoughtfulness combined with a little effort, she’ll appreciate it more than she could ever let on.

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