It’s not exactly hard to come up with gift ideas for women. Dare we say, we could blindly ransack the nearest department store with less than 48-hours to go until the big day and get it all done with enough time left for a festive pint. But finding presents they’ll actually like and not just stuffed at the back of the cupboard? Well, that’s a different beast entirely.
Fortunately, we’ve done the legwork this holiday season and rounded up the best gifts for you to give to the ladies in your life, whatever their taste, and however deep your pockets. You’re welcome, and happy shopping.
Ark Abstract Popper Purse
We’re pretty sure Liberty London is older than Santa himself, giving the iconic department store a leg-up when it comes to Christmas gifts. This season, the retailer’s buyers have sourced plenty of fail-safe options, like this colourful real leather purse.
Ted Baker Liila Rose Quartz Notebook And Pen
Don’t let the digital era sully her stationery game. With Ted Baker’s Liila notebook, you can go old-school with the life planning and correspondence but remain firmly in this century with the 2017’s colour du jour: millennial pink. Plus, it’s a lot fancier than another iPhone notification.
Benefit Hello San Francisco Glow
Unless you live in some tropical clime, there’s a fair chance the ladies in your life will have lost their summer glow by the time the big day rolls around. Happily, makeup brand Benefit has put together all the essentials to make her feel she’s been wintering in the Costa Del Sol, not Coventry.
American Chocolate Hamper
A chocolate selection box is never a bad gift (providing the recipient is under the age of eight). For something a little more grown-up, consider this assortment of sugary goods from the good ol’ US of A. For your sake, we hope she’s a sharer.
Zara Printed Crossbody Bag
If there’s one thing Zara does well, it’s whipping up brilliant bags with a luxe look that belie their price tag. Take this one, which will go with pretty much everything already in her wardrobe, making it look like you’ve been paying attention all along.
River Island Yellow Blanket Scarf
Millennial pink? Pah! It’s all about Generation Z yellow, now. And in this giant, cosy scarf from one of our favourite high-street stores, River Island, she can literally wrap herself in the colour and bask in just how on-trend she is. Props to you, naturally.
H&M Fine Knit Cream Turtleneck
Sure, every girl likes to get glammed up on Christmas Day, but the day after is all about being comfy AF. This ultra-cosy fine-knit jumper from Sweden’s H&M is the ultimate option, and there are bonus points for it making the wearer resemble a snowman, kind of.
Mango Beaded Hoop Earrings
Here’s some inside knowledge: big earrings that resemble something your nan might wear have been having a bit of a moment in womenswear. No, seriously. This colour-clashing pair from Mango will make her the fashion alpha in the room over the festive season. You’re welcome.
Vanity Fair Illustrated By Donald Urquhart
Before you run to the shop to pick up a copy of the magazine, that’s not what this is. William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair is a novel first published in 1847 that has now been updated with illustrations by the darkly-humorous Donald Urquhart. However, hardbacked and a bit of a tome, this is not a present for the postman to deliver.
Stradivarius Camisole With Pearl Embellishment
Forget diamonds; this season, pearls are a girl’s best friend. Turning up in all manner of unexpected places, we think this pearl-embellished camisole (translation: loose, strappy top) would look great worn solo to dinner in autumn or layered over a white tee in the months after. Because, you know, winter.
Ted Baker Harlaa Square-Cut Linen T-Shirt
Buying clothing for the opposite sex can be nothing short of a minefield. What’s a playsuit? What’s a jegging? Why are the buttons for this shirt on the back rather than the front? What business do these trouser pockets have being purely decorative? It’s a pretty steep learning curve for the average guy. However, with this simple, stylish pocket T-shirt from Ted Baker, it’s impossible to go far wrong.
Charlotte Tilbury The Gift Of Goddess Skin
Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of Charlotte Tilbury, the important thing is that every female within a 50-mile radius certainly will have. Queen of the face, she has pulled together the ultimate skin-saving trio to combat the dreaded winter pallor. And quite frankly, we can’t think of a more generous gift than goddess skin.
Lonely Planet: The Cities Book
From Ushuaia to Ulaanbaatar (don’t worry, us neither), this brilliant new book from the travel chiefs at Lonely Planet charts some of the world’s most incredible cities to visit. Use it as an excellent way to hint at heading on a city break. But be warned, it will induce an incurable case of wanderlust.
There’s nothing fashionable about frostbite, making gloves an easy Christmas gift idea year after year. Slightly more stylish than frozen digits are these perfectly pink hand warmers from Swedish brand Weekday, which are cut from buttery-soft leather and lined with insulating fleece.
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio
Multi-talented Barbadian beauty Rihanna recently added makeup entrepreneur to her ever-expanding resume, sending women everywhere into meltdown. Focusing on hard-to-match skin tones, Fenty Beauty has been praised for its inclusivity, praise that will surely be coming your way if you snap up this set of make-up sticks.
Next Sock Boots
If you didn’t already know (and we wouldn’t blame you), sock boots are a big thing this season in lady land. Impress with your newly acquired knowledge by sliding these metallic silver examples under the tree. Just make sure that you don’t let Father Christmas take all the credit.
London City Distillery Gin Gift Set
Launched in 2012, The City of London Distillery was the first distillery to open in the capital in nearly 200 years. Despite being in the heart of the financial district, products like this batch of five artisanal gins don’t cost the earth, making it the ideal stocking stuffer for any would-be connoisseur.
Love Stories Rizzo Eye Mask
Lingerie brand Love Stories is best known for creating delicate underwear and swimwear that girls actually want – not just the stuff you want to see her in. Adding to its awesome line-up of cool-girl pants, the Dutch firm has also started turning out bedroom accessories, like this silky sleeping mask.
Marks & Spencer Pure Cashmere Scarf
Safer than clothing, but more exciting than a gift card, it’s hard to go wrong with a scarf. At Marks & Spencer there are plenty to choose from in a range of colours and patterns, so you should be able to find one that’s suitable for your loved one. We recommend playing it safe with luxurious grey cashmere.
Biba Modern Fan Cushion
If you haven’t learnt by now, it’s paying attention to the little details which earns you big brownie points. Add that to the fact that there are few women who don’t appreciate decent homeware and there’s a strong case for this ace 1920s fan print cushion.
Ted Baker Cat Motif Leather Purse
If you were in a meeting, brainstorming a list of things that women like, cats and purses are probably both going to crop up pretty early on. With that in mind, it makes sense that by combining the two in a thoughtful gift, you’re securing yourself a one-way ticket to gratitude city. Plus, awww, isn’t it cuuute?
Kylie And Kendall Jersey Body
The Jenner sisters are back at Topshop with another clothing collection, but this time the pair has just focussed on bras and pants and ditched the terrible T-shirts (thanks be to fashion Jesus). We’re particularly fond of this form-fitting bodysuit, though we wouldn’t suggest buying it for your mum.
Chanel Gabrielle Eau De Parfum
Chanel No. 5 has been a men’s gifting go-to for decades, but now there’s a new bottle in town. The French label’s first new fragrance in 15 years, the equally floral and angelic Gabrielle is being tipped to take the crown, so get it while you can.
Ted Baker Swarovski Daisy Lace Bracelet
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, consider the SEAH bracelet a lifelong companion. Ted Baker’s premium wrist candy comes with a string of Swarovski-set daisy crystals and white bronze plating throughout. Thankfully, you won’t need an oligarch’s pay packet to slip some bling into her stocking.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Bestsellers Set
Packed with mini versions of acclaimed designer Marc Jacobs’ bestselling beauty products, this kit has got her covered. Featuring a primer, eye liner, mascara, lip gloss and lipstick, her face will be on fleek well into the new year.
Fleur Of England Huntress Floral-Lace Bra
Bristol-based, Italian-made bras don’t come much prettier than this flirty, feminine, forest green number from luxury lingerie firm Fleur of England. Just don’t ask her to open it in front of her parents.
Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush
With its supersonic powers, this cleaning brush from the beauty bods at Clinique will help to dislodge all the festive glitter, Christmas cake and robin red lipstick that’s on her face. It’s pretty good at tackling dirt, pollution and impurities the rest of the year, too.
Ganni Tilden Leopard-Print Mesh Turtleneck Top
Need to top that stellar shirt she got you last Christmas? You’ll be hard-pressed to find something that beats this leopard print number from J.Crew. Yes, it’s a statement, but it’s also surprisingly versatile. Your move, Mrs.
Zara Velvet Quilted Jacket
Knowing which coat to wear for Boxing Day drinks is tricky. On the one hand, she might only see those people from school once a year so will want to look nice. On the other, it’s going to be bloody freezing so she’ll want to wrap up warm. Help a sister out by getting her this velvet jacket; it’s the sartorial equivalent of killing two birds.
Selfridges Champagne Afternoon Tea Gift Box
Afternoon tea is great and all, but there’s nothing that can’t be made better by a bit of booze. Selfridges’ dedicated gift box comes packing biscuits, a hyper-luxe fruitcake, tea and (most importantly) champagne. Best of all, she won’t even have to leave the comfort of the house to enjoy it.
Carrie Elizabeth 14k Gold Ring In Rutilated Quartz
London-based jewellery designer Carrie Elizabeth ethically sources her semi-precious stones in Jaipur, India and then crafts them into the lust-worthy pieces of jewellery like this ring. For the love of god, don’t accidentally give it to her on bended knee.
Love Stories Jude And Edie Floral Pajama Set
Socks, pants and PJs may be the mainstays of Christmas, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Just take these perfect pyjamas from intimates brand Love Stories as an example. Sleepwear done right.
Ted Baker Leather Tassel Detail Camera Bag
Men don’t understand the difference between a bag, a handbag and a going out bag (and we’re not 100 per cent convinced there is one). So, let Ted Baker provide the all-in-one answer. The Camisa leather tassel bag is sizeable enough for daytime, stylish enough for an evening and yet simple enough to pair with most things in her wardrobe. Lesson learnt.
Pat McGrath Labs Lip Kit
Pat McGrath is the beauty editor-at-large of British Vogue, so it’s fair to say she knows a thing or two about slap. Rather than balls it up yourself, trust in her lip kit to tick all the right boxes, then simply sit back and take all the credit.
Axel Arigato Nude Tennis Sneaker
Seeing as it’s the season of goodwill and all, why not introduce the ladies in your life to the coolest sneaker brand in your wardrobe? Axel Arigato makes excellent kicks for women, too, like these nude leather tennis shoes, which sit on top of a textured rubber cupsole.
Aurélie Bidermann Takayama Bakelite & Gold-Plated Earrings
Most women have a preference when it comes to the colour of metal they wear. If your particular recipient’s is gold, there’s not a snowman’s chance in hell she won’t like these 18kt examples by French jewellery designer Aurélie Bidermann.
Grace: American Vogue Years
An essential read for any fashion-obsessed member of your female flock, Grace: American Vogue Years charts the last 15 years of creative director Grace Coddington’s 28-year tenure at the magazine. The glossy book celebrates some of her best work with legendary photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Craig McDean and Mario Testino.
Nuface Mini Facial Toning Device
Sending a loved one to the spa is nice and all, but it’ll set you back a fair whack. For the same price, you could buy this dinky device, which uses microcurrent technology to provide a five-minute facial at home, making it the gift that keeps on giving.
Whistles Shearling Cylindrical Ring Bag
You only need to look inside your own wardrobe to see that ’tis the season to be textured. Show off your sartorial smarts by gifting her this cylindrical shearling bag from Whistles.
HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer
This pocket-sized printer from HP connects to a smartphone, allowing the user to turn Insta-approved pics into photos IRL. It’s like having a Polaroid camera, but with the ability to filter and edit (and most importantly, not print) anything beforehand. Isn’t technology great?
Ted Baker Lace And Mesh Detail Skater Dress
Heading into a woman’s clothes shop and picking out a nice dress for the lady in your life can be a daunting prospect. We get that. And that’s why we did the legwork and found the best one (a safe and stylish little black number) so that you don’t have to. Your secret is safe here.
Mansur Gavriel Mini Bucket Bag
Founded in 2012, New York accessories brand Mansur Gavriel fast became a favourite of fashion insiders. Of course, you knew that, that’s why you picked out this vegetable-tanned light brown leather bucket bag. Right? Right.
Olivia Burton 3D Bee Rose Gold Mesh Watch
There are few ways to get your bae buzzing than with a stunning timepiece. Olivia Burton’s 3D Rose Gold Bee watch guarantees to do just that with its unique design and timeless mesh strap.
Olympus PEN E-PL8 Compact System Camera
Got a snap-happy sister or a camera-obsessed cousin? The Olympus PEN E-PL8 Compact System Camera has become an Instagram sensation in its own right – thanks to its tiltable LCD touch screen, built-in Wi-Fi and automatic focusing – and is sure to get their followers double-tapping everything they post in 2018.
Topshop Boutique Ultimate Trench Coat
They’ve done it; everyone else can go home now, Topshop has officially nailed the perfect affordable trench. Manufactured in Britain as part of the retailer’s boutique range, we can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want to find this cotton coat in Santa’s sleigh.
The Fortnums Christmas Hamper
Luxury London department store Fortnum and Mason is famed for its handsome food hall and mouth-wateringly good hampers. With everything someone could possibly want to eat on Christmas Day, this one would keep even the grumpiest of family members happy if the electricity goes out.
Bella Freud Psycho Analysis Eau de Parfum
Keeping the family trade alive, London designer Bella Freud (and great-granddaughter of Sigmund) has bottled the scent of a psychoanalyst’s office under her own hugely successful brand. Weird? Yes. Cool? Definitely. Plus, it’s cheaper than therapy.
Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer
Unless your other half is Amber Rose, there’s a fair chance she obsesses over her hair. Pick up Dyson’s ground-breaking hair dryer, which uses air multiplier technology to speed up the process, and there’s a (slight) chance she’ll be ready faster. A gift for you, too.
Elemis Pro Collagen Gift Set
Days (if not weeks) of over-indulgence can take their toll on the face. Give the gift of recovery with smart skincare brand Elemis and its batch of pro-collagen goodies to reverse the damage. Bought alone, the contents would cost £350, making it a smart investment all round.
Simplehuman Wide View Sensor Mirror
It takes a man with the patience of Saint Nick to share a bathroom mirror. So do what a Wise Man would and reclaim your space by buying any would-be hogger this. Described as “the ultimate smart makeup mirror”, it can sense a user’s face as they approach and uses an advanced lighting system to simulate natural sunlight.