We just got back from 2 weeks of ASA101-114 classes
and I think the number 1 thing my wife liked that I got her was a good insulated water
bottle (I got her the S'Well style, however, I would get one with a large opening next to allow ice to go into easier).
I got her good gloves (we never wore them and we were in 20-30 knot
winds), the kindle (never really read - too busy sailing, practicing, and learning), the UV shirts (worn every day) and didn't talk much about any of those items, however, the water
bottle was something she has told all of her friends about.
Have fun learning!!! We have already booked are first solo charter
taking our family
out in March.