The perfect gift for a girlfriend, wife, sister, mother or best friend can be one of the most challenging to tick off your Christmas shopping list. To help, I’ve hand-picked a selection of the very best gifts for her that you can proudly present on the 25th December.
It may seem a little early to be thinking about present shopping, but Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye, and in the meantime that Xmas to-do list will just keep on growing. My guide should make shopping for the women in your life just that bit easier.
The White Company cashmere bed socks £36, The White Company
These sumptuously soft cashmere bed socks make the most luxurious of stocking fillers – the perfect partner for a cosy night in. I have at least three pairs and they are heavenly.
I bet that you’ve already seen this all over TikTok and Instagram? The Dyson Airwrap has gained a reputation as the hair gadget to end all hair gadgets. With six separate attachments, the Dyson Airwrap can dry, curl, wave and smooth a variety of hair textures without the extreme heat of other products and tools. This means your gift recipient will experience less damage to their hair and even, with its reduced heat levels, less anxiety about remembering to turn it off when leaving the house.
£449.99. At John Lewis. johnlewis.com
BLOOM & WILD SUBSCRIPTION
It’s no wonder that flowers remain one of the most exciting gifts to receive when they look as good as these bouquets from Bloom & Wild. And it’s thanks to Bloom & Wild that they’ve also never been easier to give. With a seamless flower-delivery service that goes straight through the letterbox, the flowers are not only expertly selected, but are also packed and picked to last longer than most. For a gift that keeps on giving, we’d recommend surprising your loved ones with a subscription for a new bouquet directly through their door each month.
£65 for three months. bloomandwild.com
SOHO HOME ROBE
One of the very first things you do when staying at any Soho House is to use every single Cowshed product in the shower (there are ten), before wrapping up in one of the brand’s gigantic hooded grey House robes. Stylish yet gorgeously snug, this is the perfect gift for winter. You can even get it monogrammed with her initials.
HOTEL CHOCOLAT VELVETISER
What if I told you there was a way to make the most delicious, velvety hot chocolate you had ever tasted from the comfort of your own home? It would make a pretty good gift, wouldn’t it? This magical machine is back in stock and does just that. Super simple to use, all you do is add a milk of your choice and grate chocolate into the pot, press the button and two minutes later your hot drink will be ready. Say goodbye for good to powdery hot chocolate that sinks to the bottom of the mug.
UGG FLUFF YEAH SLIPPERS
Ugg is officially back, and it’s had a cosy-chic update of the Fluff Yeah slide slipper. In a jet black hue and sheepskin construction, these slippers ensure comfort and style from the sofa to the shops. I have a pair!
£100. At selfridges.com
CLARINS DOUBLE SERUM
The effectiveness of Clarins products speak for themselves. Voted the UK’s number one anti-ageing serum, the Double serum stimulates five functions of the skin that results in a more youthful and radiant complexion.
£66 for 50ml. At johnlewis.com
It’s no secret that every wardrobe requires a simple white Tshirt. This option from Burberry gives a creative twist on the classic. Decorated with the iconic Vintage Check pattern to the T-shirt’s pocket, this tee brings chic to seasonal ensembles. A bit steep if you ask me…
£350. At net-a-porter.com
MULBERRY ALEXA BAG
Relaunched last year in celebration of the bag’s 10th anniversary, the Mulberry Alexa is a classic that remains just as iconic today as it did on its first release 11 years ago. The updated version has been redesigned to be worn crossbody, adapting to the pace of our modern lifestyles, but still featuring the classic braided handle, slouchy silhouette and all-important double-strap closure. It’s my favourite bag although mine is falling to bits now after using it to death.
£1,150. At mulberry.com
THE WHITE COMPANY BLURRED-CHECK BRUSHED COTTON PYJAMA SET
Pyjamas are one of those classic Christmas presents that might sound rather dull on paper, but no one can deny the pleasure of slipping into a new pair. That’s especially true when they look as good as this set from The White Company. In a simple blue and white check, the set is made from brushed woven cotton for a soft and cosy feel, with ivory piping along the top that gives them an added sense of luxury. The adjustable fit (thanks to an elasticated waistband and front tie) means you won’t have to stress about getting the sizing exactly right, either. My mum buys me a pair every Christmas.
£80. At thewhitecompany.com
APPLE WATCH SERIES 7
Stumped for gifts ideas for the fitness fanatic in your life? With the Apple Watch’s largest display yet (20 per cent more, that is), among a variety of advanced health features (think measuring blood oxygen level, taking ECGs, helping her set a bedtime routine), this smart watch truly lives up to the term. And with its new fast-charging capabilities and heightened durability, she’ll never have to be without it again.
£399. At apple.com, currys.co.uk and amazon.co.uk
MARC JACOBS THE TOTE BAG
Commuters, day trippers and office workers, rejoice! Marc Jacob’s aptly named “The Tote Bag” makes the perfect gift for those movers and shakers in your life. Whether she’s in need of laptop space, a travel companion or just a little added style, this tote can account for just about everything one might require when on the move. With a spacious square compartment and a secure zipped fastening, this canvas tote is multifunctional and effortlessly elegant with its monochromatic design.
£255. At Selfridges.selfridges.com
ACQUA DI PARMA LILY OF THE VALLEY PERFUME
A good perfume goes a long way. Enhancing one’s confidence and sense of self, finding your signature scent is not to be sniffed at. In a bold, angular bottle, this Lily Of The Valley eau de parfum from Acqua Di Parma is just as statement-making as its luxe black and gold-toned packaging. Full of light but impactful notes of bergamot, grapefruit, jasmine and musk, this perfume is sure to impress all ages.
£199. At Selfridges. selfridges.com
If you’re going to gift a candle, then legendary luxury French brand Diptyque is the way to go, with its signature oval labelling and a large selection of chic scents, from the fruity Figuier (fig tree) to the more masculine Feu De Bois (wood fire). They all smell heavenly, but you can’t go wrong with Baies, a lively, versatile berry fragrance that is, by far, its best-seller.
£49 for 190g. diptyqueparis.co.uk
VICTORIA BECKHAM SMOKY EYE BRICK
Who better to take gifting recommendations from than Posh Spice herself? Victoria Beckham has expanded her luxury beauty collection with the addition of this Smoky Eye brick palette. Inspired by Posh’s signature eye look, this Smoky Eye Brick is divided into asymmetric sections of panelled colour (including both matte shades and shimmers), so designed to ensure that all the eyeshadows are used at the same rate, emptying at the same time. Ultra wearable and highly pigmented, this will bring both efficiency andl uxury to her make-up routine.
£50. At cultbeauty.co.uk
FORTNUM’S CLASSIC CHRISTMAS HAMPER
Every Mum wants one and nothing says Christmas quite like a Fortnum’s hamper. This particular edition is packed with everything needed to truly celebrate the holiday season in style. Filled with some of the London institution’s finest products, it includes the famous Royal Blend tea, Blanc de Blancs Champagne, two further bottles of delicious wine, a St James Christmas Pudding and a selection of other condiments and sweet treats, all delivered in one of Fortnum’s immediately recognisable wicker hampers, which can then become a bed for the cat or dog.
£185. At fortnumandmason.com
Silk pillowcases are renowned for their benefits for hair and skin, helping to maintain moisture levels overnight, minimise wrinkles and reduce frizz. Made from mulberry silk, this pillowcase feels opulent and luxurious. And as it’s available in twelve colours, you’ll be able to find the perfect one to integrate into her existing bedding and upgrade her sleeping experience.
£120. At Selfridges. selfridges.com
FUJIFILM INSTAX SQUARE SQ1 INSTANT CAMERA
As life starts to return to some sense of normality, an instant camera is exactly what she needs to document anything and everything, especially a Christmas that will hopefully feel a lot more like the ones we’re used to this year. Instant cameras are a great way to make memories and to keep track of those special moments in life. This Square camera from Fujifilm, which takes beautiful 62mm x 62mm photos, develops the film in no less than 90 seconds.
£119.99. At Selfridges. selfridges.com