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 just like you and I, 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 £20 but will still earn your serious brownie points heading into the new year.
Ted Baker Treim Gem Print Stationery Set
You: “What would you like for Christmas, darling?”
Her: “Well… *looks deep into your eyes with a hopeful glint* I do like precious stones…”
You: “Loud and clear.”
Seriously though, this is one of those stocking fillers that will actually get used and 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. Simply make the mixture in a mug, bang it in the oven and you’re good to go.
There are two key things you need to know about the fairer sex: 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 for years to come.
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 Zip-Top Leather Purse
If (heaven forbid) your significant other hasn’t spent all her money on your Christmas gift, she’ll be needing something stylish to keep it safe in. Well, here’s the perfect solution.
Topshop is renowned for providing great quality at wallet-friendly prices and this cute (yeah, we used that word) purse exemplifies that perfectly.
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.
Flamingo Print Tangle Teezer
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. Plus, this one’s got flamingos on it, so you know it’s good.
Asos 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 online juggernaut ASOS?
It’s nice, it’s grey, it’s wintery and it’s ribbed for pleasure. What more could you possibly ask for?
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.
Rose Quartz Phone Case
In a world where a phone can set you back in excess of a grand, it makes sense to ensure that yours is protected in style.
This rose quartz-effect iPhone case from Urban Outfitters is pretty authentic looking. Just make sure she doesn’t leave it out next time you’re lying on the beach, in case a child mistakes it for a real stone and skims it out into the ocean. Good luck explaining that to the insurance provider.
Miniature 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, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Everlasting Gobstoppers.
Lunchbox Salads Recipe Book
Is there anything worse than bringing a salad into work for your lunch and sitting at your desk all morning knowing that you’ve brought a salad into work for your lunch? Perhaps not.
But it doesn’t have to be a drab and dreary affair. Spice up your wife/girlfriend’s lunchtime with this lunchbox salad recipe book.
River Island Colour-Block 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 oversized stuff is in. Everyone knows that.
Liberty Scarf Styling Cards
You can’t just buy a scarf and expect the recipient to know how to wear it. That’s preposterous! Instead, pick up these handy little scarf styling cards from Liberty (if anyone’s going to know how to wear a scarf, it’s those guys) and educate your loved one on the intricacies of proper scarf wearing.
Knowledge is power.
Personalised Photo Album
Earn yourself lots and lots of “Awwww, aren’t you the sweetest” points and treat your lady friend to a sentimental token of your love with a personalised photo album.
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.