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The 10 Best: Gifts for women


1. Instead of a Book by Diana Athill

£20, granta.com

Can anyone resist the 94-year-old grand dame of publishing? This volume of letters spans 30 years.


2. Vintage Alarm Dock

£24.47, firebox.com

Don't be deceived, this isn't one of those old-school number-flipping bedside clocks. The pinewood alarm is a dock for your iPhone.


3. Annick Goutal Matin D'Orage Eau De Toilette


Subtle and sophisticated, this has a delicate, summery flavour with lots of fresh citrus flavours.


4. Foodie Essentials

£33.50, qvcuk.com

Check out this Christmas cupboard filler, which has enough sauces, mustards, oils and chutneys to keep you going until New Year.


5. Ted Baker Lianna Quilted Laptop Sleeve

£39.20, johnlewis.com

We've all got our winter coats on, so why shouldn't your laptop get something shock-proof and quilted?


6. Purple Croc and Cream Suede Notebook

£32, aspinaloflondon.com

Jot ideas, scribble sweet nothings or your shopping list in this purple moc-croc, suede-lined notebook.


7. Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask

£29, spacenk.co.uk

A foaming gel mask which uses an oxygenating cleansing agent to lift make-up, dirt and excess oil.


8. Outline Editions Print

From £15, outline-editions.co.uk

Limited editions from Britain's biggest graphic artists, including Noma Bar, Patrick Thomas and Kristjana S Williams.


9. UrbanEars Tanto

£35, selfridges.com

Headphones have gone all trendy. Leading the attack is UrbanEars. Its fabric-corded phones are ice-cool and comfy with good sound.


10. Bodum Bistro Mixer

£45, bodum.com

On the small side but versatile. Can handle anything from cake batter to bread dough. Its mixers are detachable, so it's easy to clean.