The 50 Best Christmas gifts for her
Friday 23 November 2012
From that cashmere jumper to the perfect scent, Sophie Morris makes sure you don’t get it wrong this year
Proper copper pans usually cost an arm and a leg but Sainsbury’s collection starts at £35. This 24cm stockpot is the jewel in the crown.
Emily Bond’s pooch-inspired textiles include cushions and upholstery fabric. Snap up an oven glove printed with miniature dachshunds for the cook and dog lover in your life.
Finnish designer Klaus Haapaniemi’s psychedelic flower and dragonfly design. A knockout gift for design-conscious homegirls
Crafts minus the chintz with Mad in England’s fierce designs. This tapestry kit collection shows wild English beasts in contemporary designs and colours
Store your magazines in this clever chrome rack shaped like a house. Cute and clever, it's one of the many unusual gifts from online interiors treasure trove Pretty Dandy
plants4presents.co.uk, £45 + £6 delivery
A fruit-laden clementine tree, plus a jar of clementine and Cointreau marmalade. Order before December 20.
Three pots nestle in this compact enamel tray: great for mini kitchen herb gardens and plant lovers without outdoor space. In grey ‘clay’, white, dark grey, green and blue.
Once upon a time, kettles were beautifully-designed and built to last. The K3 is a 1938 British modernist design. Works on gas, electric, wood burner and Aga hobs.
For the woman who has everything... and nowhere to keep it. Spode’s classic Blue Italian collection has been in production since 1816.
Hannah Turner’s whimsical illustrations are inspired by birdlife and cartoons. In the tall “Owlie” jug, the spout is the owl’s beak.
Gold hoop earrings are an evergreen jewellery choice. This twist on the classic hoop is a chunky wishbone style in 14k gold plate, engraved with a delicate Aztec-inspired design.
Illann is a new cashmere label aiming to inject a little edge into the staid cashmere market. Lovely Fair Isle elbow patches grace this smart navy round neck sweater.
Cute, practical and handmade: these owl fingerless gloves are knitted from soft merino wool. Available from online craft retailer Etsy. Free shipping; order before December 12.
Not just for school. This satchel is a go-with-anything, wear-anywhere bag, and the cross-body strap makes them easy on the back. Made of 100 per cent leather.
Hi tops for cult trainer lovers. Veja makes its shoes from organic cotton, vegetable-tanned leather and wild Amazonian rubber. Also in light brown and fluoro yellow.
A show-stopping ring in gold and mahogany crystal, which is sure to please for months to come. Also available in brown and candy pink.
Stella McCartney’s lingerie line is worth grasping at – this pair of lace-trimmed midnight blue stretch silk briefs belie their modest name.
This scarf falls in a mix of red and white and blue and green tones – great with denim. Stretch it out and you’ll see the full image of a Punch and Judy show, by David Bebber.
A statement necklace by Argentinian designer Pebeta Teta. Made of reconstituted leather. There is a different design for each season.
A long, kimono-style dressing gown in a pretty pale purple hand-block poppy print and 100 per cent cotton, that will make any woman feel elegant.
Red wellies from the chic welly boot brand, Le Chameau. The knee-length boot will meet the requirements of even the muddiest Christmas Day walk.
Sweaty Betty’s super soft leggings look good and have been designed to fit snuggly, in a stretchy fabric with a ruched hem and a wide, elasticated waistband.
Adorable hat in a yellow graphic ‘dash’, in 100 per cent lambswool. Hilary Grant’s designs are all made and hand-finished in Scotland.
A wallet work of art: traditional 18th century Korean paintings are screen printed onto a leather wallet.
A classic biker-style leather jacket: warm, soft and easy enough on the ‘biker’ bit to suit most, but enough smart design detail to mark it out as something to lust after.
Good soap, more economical and pleasing than a pump of hand wash, is seeing a revival. This chunky block blends star jasmine, geranium, vetiver and rose essential oils.
These nail wraps mean nail art lovers who can’t get to the salon can still get their WAH fix. The 20 stickers are available in s ix designs. Show you mean business.
A lush gift box of replenishing hair care products: Damage Remedy restructuring shampoo, conditioner and daily hair repair, with quinoa protein and rich coconut – the scent of an exotic holiday.
Indulgent natural products. The body wash (490ml) and body cream (240ml) contain aloe vera, mango butter and argan and rose hip oil.
Nars celebrates Andy Warhol’s Self Portrait with three eye shadow palettes. Self Portrait 1 comes in stormy shades of charcoal, electric blue and green.
Organic vintage cheddar, Jersey milk brie and smoked cheddar, rosemary water biscuits and a bottle of Paul Jeune Côtes du Ventoux rouge.
The Chase distillery collection of spirits is world-renowned, and its flavoured liqueurs are great in champagne, cocktails, jellies and desserts.
Selection boxes from £25: ‘fishy’ has salmon, trout and mackerel, ‘meaty’ includes venison, duck and chicken, or go for the mixed box.
sainsburys.co.uk, £24.49 for 70cl
Gin is back in flavour. Of the many quality gins to choose from, Hendrick’s has a distinct aromatic taste and comes in an old apothecary-style bottle.
This delicate lemon and rose-flavoured Turkish delight is enrobed in single origin 70% cocoa from Grenada.
A gift that packs some punch. Choose any three jams, curds, marmalades, chutneys, pickles and mustards, and they’ll arrive in a neat gift box.
If your loved one is partial to a posh cuppa, buy Bettys’ Earl Grey. The sheer muslin bags bring the indulgence of leaf tea without the faff of brewing it.
thewasabicompany.co.uk, £15 for 50g
Dumbfound an in-the-know foodie with a gift of fresh, British-grown wasabi. Around 50g is recommended to satisfy six eating sushi.
Start making your own ice cream and there’s no going back. Cuisinart’s 1.5l churner has a slick retro look which will smarten any kitchen top.
paulayoung.co.uk, 9 pieces £15.50; 15 pieces £26
Paul Young’s Christmas 2012 collection includes a mulled wine truffle and a new version of his port and Stilton truffle.
Bestow free entry to more than 200 museums, galleries and historic properties across the country, as well as 50 per cent off major exhibitions. Can be bought for a solo art lover, a pair, or at £35 for under 26s.
If you’re going to say it with flowers, go for the real deal: beautiful, blowsy blooms like these delicate pink roses arranged with lavender and garden herbs.
A pretty pair of dainty scissors for craft and embroidery lovers, which can be rounded off at the tip and used as baby scissors. From family-owned Ernest Wright & Son.
For those days when your optimism-o-meter needs a kickstart, Crispin Finn’s screen print will get things moving in the right direction; collection includes prints of classic movie memorabilia.
The fame of Hollywood’s favourite feminist reaches new heights with this gem of an idea. Ideal stocking filler or secret Santa, or as a gift to yourself for the festive season.
Polaroid is embracing the 21st century with a digital camera with editing and sociability functions, 10mp and a 3-inch display, plus instant prints.
Those lucky enough to get an iPad for Christmas will need to keep it safe. 100 per cent waterproof and shockproof with an anti-glare screen.
The slick, compact tablet for Android fans, boasting 4.1 Jelly Bean and smart Google software, without taking up too much room in a handbag.
Enjoy tip top tootsies with minimal effort. The battery powered Micro-Pedi’s roller buffs away dead and coarse skin until your feet are smooth and ready to show off.
Three 60g candles to bring the scent of Christmas to wherever you are this year: English pear & freesia, roasted chestnut and pomegranate noir.
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