Choosing presents for friends and family should be fun but there’s always that one person who makes shopping a struggle.
The difficulty here is that the Christmas rush waits for no man, or woman, so the pressure to find that all-important gift for your mum, sister, partner or friend is mounting.
Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you. Not sure what she wants, or what she might already own?
Then take a look at our guide of goodies guaranteed to put a smile on the face of any lady this Christmas.
Whether she’s a beauty buff, homebody or fashionable femme, we’ve found something for everyone.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, £46.80, John Lewis
From the eye-catching faceted glass bottle to the intoxicating notes of bergamot, rose and patchouli, there’s a reason Flowerbomb is one of Viktor & Rolf’s best-selling scents.
There’s a lot riding on a gift when you decide to give a fragrance, so a scent like this one that perfectly straddles the boundary between sweet and musky is guaranteed to be a hit.
You’ll be hard pushed to find a woman who won’t have a smile on her face after unboxing this on Christmas morning.
Gold & Glass Green Velvet Jewellery Box, £29.50, Oliver Bonas
Jewellery is a wonderful idea for a Christmas gift but it can be difficult to get right, especially for under £50.
Instead, we suggest buying the woman in your life somewhere to keep her most treasured pieces like this stunning jewellery box from Oliver Bonas.
Made from glass and lined with plush velvet in pale green, it features one main compartment and one cushioned ring compartment, meaning there’s plenty of space for all her favourite items.
Face Favourites Skincare Gift Set, £32, Ren Clean Skincare
The gift of skincare might seem like a bit of a cop out but there are some brands that almost any women would be happy to find under her tree, and Ren Clean Skincare is one of them.
A brand that offers high-performance skincare and bodycare made from 100 per cent plant and mineral-derived ingredients, Ren’s gift boxes are a festive season staple and our favourite is the Face Favourites Skincare set.
Inside you’ll find a full-sized Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream, a travel size Glycol Lactic Mask and the Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot – everything she needs to smooth, brighten and protect her complexion from damaging daily pollution.
She: A Celebration of Renegade Women, £12.99, Waterstones
Written by The Independent’s lifestyle editor, Harriet Hall, this book is a must-have for women everywhere.
Whether you’re looking to enlighten the younger generation or inspire your friend with stories of modern-day feminist heroes, She: A Celebration of Renegade Women will make a welcome addition to any book collection.
Summarising the life and work of 100 brave and brilliant women, from fashion icon Coco Chanel to literary legend Jane Austen, the book is filled with inspiring information and littered with stunning black and white drawings by London-based illustrator Alice Skinner.
Mock Croc Messenger Bag, £29.99, Zara
A handbag is a real fashion staple, so if she’s into her style pick up a super-chic item like this one from Zara.
An affordable way to update any look, the sleek brown mock croc design makes it look far more expensive than it really is and promises to instantly glam-up any outfit.
This option is also super practical too with a fully lined interior big enough to fit her daily essentials, an adjustable shoulder strap and a handy magnetic clasp closure.
Cashmere-Blend Scarf, £34.99, H&M
A piece of cashmere is one of those luxuries that can often feel a little too extravagant to buy yourself but, come Christmas, it makes the perfect gift.
Of course, cashmere tends to come at a cost so your best bet here is to opt for a premium blend and size down to an everyday accessory like a cosy scarf.
Ideal for any woman with a timeless sense of style, this one from high-street store H&M is made from a soft cashmere blend containing some wool and, while it might look super-expensive, promises not to break the bank.
10 Piece Malachite Brush Set, £49.99, Spectrum Collections
Makeup lovers can be tricky to buy for if you don’t know much about the world of beauty so gifting some handy tools for them to use is a great alternative.
We know it’s not all about the packaging, but when she opens this jewel green set on Christmas day, she’s bound to be thrilled.
Made by cult beauty brand Spectrum Collections, there’s more to this set than just looks, though. Consisting of 10 staple brushes, the collection includes everything they’ll need from complexion and eyeshadow brushes to an eyebrow styler.
Rifle Paper Co, 2019 Navy Agenda, £28, Paper Mash
A diary is the perfect gift for any busy woman and just because it’s an everyday essential doesn’t mean it shouldn’t look great.
That’s why we suggest picking up this sleek option from Rifle Paper Co which is both practical and sophisticated.
A book cloth agenda, it’s designed with a navy cover and gold foil accents while the pages inside offer monthly and weekly views for the year ahead.
Soft Bow Mule Slippers, £17.50, Marks & Spencer
If the woman you’re shopping for is the kind of person that changes into her PJs as soon as she gets home then a pair of slippers will be a Christmas hit.
But these aren’t any slippers. These are M&S slippers.
Proving that loungewear can still be stylish, this pair of pink velvet slippers feature a sleek bow design and are super-easy to slip on and off. Also available in black.
Louis Cookie-Scented Candle, £26, Anthropologie
A beautifully fragranced candle always feels like a luxury gift, so if you’re unsure what to get her this is a good option.
We particularly like this Sugar Cookie one from Anthropologie which delivers a scrumptious aroma of freshly baked cookies frosted with sweet vanilla buttercream.
The packaging is also well designed with a chic gold metal and glass vessel, making it ideal for a Christmas present.
Malfy Gin Rosa, £28, Sainsbury’s
If the duchess you’re buying for enjoys a tipple every now and then, give the gift of booze this Christmas.
In recent years, Britain has seen a ginaissance with more and more bottles of the juniper-based drink being sold than ever before, but this is by far the best-looking, and tasting, one we’ve come across.
Made using juniper, grapefruit skins and rhubarb infused in Italian grain spirit for 36 hours for its subtle coral pink colour, the Malfy Gin Rosa delivers a crisp drinking experience any gin lover will enjoy.
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