Christmas is close again. You can almost smell the mulled wine. You can almost taste it. You can almost feel the annoyance of having just paid over a fiver for a small, lukewarm paper cup of it.
And you know what that means – it’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts for the women in your life.
Yes, you could leave it late, like you did last year and the year before that. But that’s exactly the sort of attitude that sees men stood in Argos on Christmas Eve in a frantic last-minute hurry, staring maniacally at a pink toaster thinking, “Surely I’m not actually about to do this, am I?”
It doesn’t have to be that way. Start early and check out our suggestions of the best stocking fillers for her to start your Christmas shopping the right way this year. Everything below costs less than £25 but will still earn your serious brownie points heading into the new year.
Ted Baker Notebook
Work notes? Check. Poetry? Check. Pros and cons about your relationship? Check, check. Whenever she needs a little clarity, she’ll turn to this small but meaningful gift (just make sure you never, ever, give her a reason to write out option no. 3). Seriously though, this is one of those stocking fillers that will actually get used and be appreciated.
Selfie Lens Kit
The 1700s brought us Romanticism. The 1800s had Impressionism. The 1900s saw Cubism and Surrealism. And today? Selfies, mate. Selfies. Help the woman in your life perfect this new and complex art form by supplying her with the tools necessary to take the ultimate Instagram snap.
Mug Cakes Recipe Book
Want to buy yourself an infinite supply of delicious cakes for Christmas and disguise it as a thoughtful gesture? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. The Mug Cakes recipe book has everything you need to bake a huge variety of cakes, without having to mess around with tins and trays. So if she asks you to try a recipe, simply make the mixture in a mug, bang it in the oven and you’re good to go. Brownie points all around.
Though we should all aim to avoid making sweeping generalisations based on gender, there are some about the fairer sex that hold water: A) they like chocolate, and B) they like avocados. If only there were some way of combining those two things, it would surely make the perfect Christmas gift…
Ted Baker Harly Heart Stud Earrings
Ears – not one of the most attractive body parts, are they? Perhaps that’s why most women opt to punch holes through theirs and adorn them with little bits of decorative jewellery. Show the woman in your life you love her lugs, regardless of their imperfections, by gifting her a heart-shaped pair of studs from Ted Baker. Aw, how cute.
Sadly, this isn’t quite as exciting as it sounds, unless perfectly formed sushi rolls are what really sets your female friend’s pulse racing. Oh, they are? In that case, she’s going to love this. Make restaurant-quality sushi in the comfort of your own kitchen with this nifty little tool.
J.Crew Gold Plated Bangle
J.Crew stuff is nice, gold stuff is nice – ergo, a gold-plated J.Crew bracelet is a very nice stocking stuffer. There’s no faulting that gift-buying logic. With a sleek, understated design, hinge fastening and J.Crew-engraved branding to the inside, this one is sure to earn pride of place on your significant other’s wrist and won’t just get tossed in the jewellery box to gather dust.
Concrete Planter Making Kit
Step aside, builders, because now you’re not the only ones who get to have all the concrete-y fun. This handy craft kit allows you to cast and decorate your own miniature planter. Perfect for potting a cactus for a desk, growing some cress (old school), or simply for her to hurl across the room during the inevitable argument that will ensue before the Christmas break is out.
Morris & Co Shea Butter Hand Cream Collection
It’s no secret that girls like toiletries, so why just get one when you could get three? This selection box from Morris & Co has everything the woman in your life needs to keep her hands soft, smooth and smelling great. Get it in a Liberty gift box for guaranteed Christmas kudos.
Topshop Push Lock Purse
If (heaven forbid) your significant other hasn’t spent all her money on
Birch Bark Candle
Encasing a candle in something highly flammable may not be in accordance with most sensible fire safety regulations, but for god’s sake it’s Christmas. This extremely good-looking candle from Cox & Cox probably won’t burn your house down, but even if it does, at least it will look cool in the process.
That icy winter weather can wreak havoc with a girl’s hair, but with one of these in her handbag, she’ll never have to worry about it again. Tangle Teezers have earned legions of loyal fans worldwide for their superior ability to tame the unruliest of manes.
Bershka Ribbed Jumper
There’s nothing like a bit of knitwear for seeing the cold months through in style – and where better to pick it up from than fast fashion juggernaut Bershka? It’s nice, it’s grey, it’s wintery and it’s ribbed for pleasure. What more could she possibly ask for?
Cosy Slipper Socks
Would anybody actually have any socks if it weren’t for Christmas? Probably not. And while as kids they may have been one of the dullest gifts we could receive, as adults it’s a different tale altogether. A pair of proper cosy socks is a sure-fire winner and these ones are as warm as they come.
Mini American Candy Hamper
Say what you want about the modern diet, but there’s no denying that humankind has mastered sugary sweets. For a little taste of classic American candy, this mini gift set is ideal. It includes favourites such as Nerds, Fun Dip and Everlasting Gobstoppers.
River Island Blanket Scarf
A scarf is possibly the most traditional (i.e. safest) Christmas gift, and this sweet colour-block number from high-street stalwart River Island is a great option for the lady in your life. It’s massive as well, which is good, because blanket scarves are in. Everyone knows that.
Little Moments Photo Book
Earn yourself lots and lots of “Awww, aren’t you the sweetest” points and treat your lady friend to a sentimental token of your love with a personalised photo album (you can put the work in, it’s only 24 pages at one photo per page). That’s assuming you fill it with photos of the pair of you. It probably won’t go down as well if you just put loads of pictures of WWE wrestlers and football stickers in. Having said that though, we don’t know your girlfriend – it might be right up her street.
SPIRAL Bisou Black Label Bum Bag
If you’ve not heard, the bum bag aka crossbody is alive and well – with the likes of Balenciaga, Gucci and Louis Vuitton offering updated versions. Of course, there’s no reason to splash out that kind of cash for an of-the-moment trend. SPIRAL’S Black Label bag looks the part and functions as both a crossbody and over-the-shoulder bag. Festival? Night Out? Travelling? It doesn’t matter, the Spiral BLACK LABEL range of bum bags has her covered.