My partner, L., said that she liked neutrals, linens, and tone-on-tone fabrics, and that she definitely did not like flowery prints. She also indicated that she could use a cosmetics pouch, and that a passport cover would be handy.
Here's what I came up with for her:
L. went all out for me, and I received a beautiful tote bag with all sorts of goodies inside. I'll save the details for another day.