This Christmas, avoid waiting until the last minute to buy her something special by taking a look at our choice of gifts that work well for those on a budget. From cashmere slipper socks to stylish trainers, we’ve taken the hard work out of gift buying by selecting a set of practical presents she’ll definitely use - all costing less than £50.
1. Cheap Monday Incognito Black Scarf: £29.59, Zalando
Scandi brand Cheap Monday has created this oversized, stylish wrap to go with any outfit or thrown over a winter coat. The diamond-print black scarf is big, so it’s a statement piece that’s finished off with fringe detailing - you can also chuck it in the washing machine to clean. It makes the ideal gift as it’s something that will keep her warm on the chilliest of evenings.
2. Converse Chuck Taylor Holiday Party Low Top Sneakers: £42.55, ShopBop
Most people have a pair of Converse in their shoe collection – they’re comfy, long-lasting and never go out of fashion. But this year, why not add a bit of sparkle to her wardrobe with this fun pair of sequined shoes? They’re sparkly enough to get noticed but can still be worn with jeans and not look too OTT. It’s another present she’ll enjoy wearing this Christmas.
3. Campbell Cole Simple Key Wrap Tan: £29, Campbell Cole
British brand Campbell Cole designs clean-cut, contemporary accessories that are also practical. We love this tan-coloured key ring for its simplistic design and high-quality finish. Snap open the stainless steel loop to thread up to five keys on and encase them in the luxurious Italian leather cover using the stud fastening. It will stop other bits and bobs from getting scratched in her handbag and is an understated and stylish present that is also useful. Available in tan, khaki, navy, black and white.
4. The White Company Cashmere Bed Socks: £35, The White Company
If, like us, she likes to come straight home from work in winter and get straight into her PJs, she’ll appreciate a pair of these 100 per cent cashmere bed socks. Coming in light blue, ivory, black, pink or grey they’re super soft, comfy and pull up over ankles to make sure feet are nice and toasty. It’s another practical but luxurious present we know she’ll love.
5. Hyper Pearl Compact Mirror and USB Battery Pack: £19.99, Carphone Warehouse
This clever little compact doubles up as a handheld mirror she can use for touch-ups and as a portable charger for smartphones and tablets when she’s out and about. There’s even a light so she can see herself clearly in darker settings. It comes in a pouch for storage and with the relevant cables to charge different devices. Handbag-sized, although it may not fit in small clutches, this is the ideal gift if she’s always complaining that her phone has no battery. Available in rose gold, red, gold and silver.
6. Sophie Allport Chicken Enamel Cake Tins, Set of Three: £35, John Lewis
For any keen bakers who are morning the end of The Great British Bake Off as we know it, these cake tins will be useful for storing their very own showstoppers. This chicken print by Sophie Allport is a fun, homely design that will look great in any kitchen. The tins come in small, medium and large, so can be stacked or can store a range of baked treats. If these cake tins aren’t quite right for her though, there are other kitchen products in the range including oven mitts, tea towels and aprons.
7. Pandora Birthstone Stud Earrings: £45, Pandora
These simple stud earrings are made from a sterling silver base with January’s birthstone at the centre. But you can select the relevant pair depending on the month she was born to create a more personal gift. They’re ideal everyday studs that sit comfortably on the ear, and at £45 they’re good value, too.
8. Diptyque Baies Scented Candle: £42, Selfridges
French brand Diptyque produces luxurious candles that also come beautifully packaged. Our top pick is the Baies scented candle, which is one of its signature scents - a predominately woody fragrance, blended with rose and blackcurrant. There are a range of other scents though – Ambre, Figuier and Tubereuse - if you think she’d prefer something more floral. For candle lovers, this would make a great gift for under the tree.
9. Kate Sheridan Lou Wallet: £22, Young British Designers
If she struggles to fit her wallet into her smaller handbags, get her one of these dinky coin purses. Designed by east London-based Kate Sheldon, it’s made from Italian leather with a stud fastening and will fit her cards and cash. The fact it’s unlined adds to the minimalist vibe. We like this luxe-looking rose gold version but it comes in eight other colours.
10. HB London Personalised Initial Phone Case: £34, HB London
Upgrade her phone case with one of HB London’s glossy personalised covers that are some of the nicest we’ve seen (we’re not surprised Victoria Beckham is a fan of the brand). There are sleek black, white and marble-effect options, but we like the tropical print range, particularly this fun design with flamingos, butterflies and pineapples amid the greenery. The cases snap on and you can add two initials and choose from a gloss or matt finish, as well as two thicknesses. Available for iPhone, Samsung and LG phones.
11. GHD Flight Copper Luxe Travel Hair Dryer: £49, Toni & Guy
For jet setters or those with minimal storage space, hair tools expert GHD has a new compact hair dryer with copper-coloured detailing. Coming in a smart dust bag, this travel-sized version will dry your hair quickly and has two different power settings – it’s great for those who are always running late. The body folds in half adding to ease of packing and it’s lightweight. It also comes with a plastic copper-coloured nozzle for styling.
The Verdict: Gifts for her under £50
Our first choice would be the Cheap Monday scarf, simply because we’d wear it all the time. For a clever gadget, the Hyper Pearl compact mirror will impress, or for pure comfort, get The White Company’s bed socks.
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