What a girl wants, what a girl needs, Whatever makes me happy and...well you get the idea.
Summer is coming to a close (mostly) and as the air starts to crisp and the polka dot dresses are slowly swapped for lightweight layers, we’re adding a few new items to our forever rolling and scrolling Wish Lists. If only the escalator at Victoria could be fixed before summer 2020, oh how we dream.
So you need a gift, eh? Between big velvet-box gestures, trips abroad, last minute panic buys and a good old fashioned bottle of booze – where in Great Britain do you find a gift for the women in your life?
If you can’t think what to get your mother, sister, girlfriend, wife, worry not, we’ve found it.
Whatever sort of present you had in mind – from beauty and fashion to interiors or tech – our edit of the best gifts for women will sort out any gifting concerns.If you’re shopping for the younger lot, be sure to check out our gift guide on the Best presents for babies and our round-up on the Best toys for Kids.
And of course we haven’t forgotten the fellas either, take a look at our Best Gifts for Men if you’re in the dark about what to get Mr. I have everything I need already (dads of the world we’re looking at you).
From fun novelty presents to some serious, serious luxury, we’ve got ultra girly-girly picks as well as some off the beaten path finds.
Rare Birds Book Club
The gift of a good book can not be understated, so why not gift them an endless supply of them? If your best friend /sister /mother /girlfriend /wife have absolutely no time to read, not one word of a book, ever, BUT they really, really, really want to be a person who reads books, get them a Rare Bird’s Book Club subscription.
Likewise, if your lovely lady is book obsessed and rarely goes to bed without turning a page – she will absolutely love this. Each month, a brand new book will arrive through their letterbox for them to read at their leisure; when they’re done, they can visit the Rare Birds’s Book Club members area to chat all about that month’s book with other members.
Subscriptions available in one month, three month, six month and 12 month packages. A wonderful gift they will never expect but really come to adore.
From £30 for three months | Rare Bird’s Book Club | Buy it now
Croissant Light by Pampshade
Be still my buttery heart. Practical gifts are appreciated but it’s hard to beat a glowing croissant light made from actual bread. No need to worry about it going off either—each hand made light has been mildew-proofed and encased using a specialist process that I am half convinced is real life magic.
Handmade in Japan, you can’t buy them in the UK (soz) but international shipping is offered from both Japan and the US.
La Perla Maison Collection
If the woman in question loves her lingerie there is only one name that will top her wish list: La Perla. Adored by the beau monde, this elite lingerie has been sumptuously crafted in silk and detailed with antique Florentine embroidery.
Think Bordeaux reds, pale pinks, champagne golds and deep cobalts. If you’re going to spoil her with decadence this is how you do it.
National Art Pass
If she loves a lazy Saturday stroll through a gallery or museum she will be spoilt for choice using the National Art pass.
With over 240 museums and historic sites to select from she can save 50 per cent on major exhibitions and still have money left over to buy you lunch. Or perhaps a fancy art book and you can just enjoy your granola bar.
From £70 | Atfund.org | Buy it now
Black+Blum Stainless Steel Lunch Box
If you have ever been witness to last nights leftovers being stuffed into a carrier bag and secured with a hair tie — do her a favour and get one of these. 100 per cent leakproof and noticeably attractive in stainless steal, this is the lunchbox to beat and so far no one has.
The fork fits securely within the silicone band and the pressure valve ensures airtight travel. The container (not lid) is also oven proof.
£29.39 | Amazon | Buy it now
Bistro Tiled Margot Monogram Mug
There’s something satisfyingly sophisticated about these monogram mugs from Anthropologie. If she can’t go without her morning cuppa consider pairing this gift with the equally affordable tea bag selection from Fortnum & Mason.
£8 | Anthropologie | Buy it now
Katie Mullally Yes/No Gold Platted Charm
Pay tribute to her ever changing mind with this contrary creation from Katie Mullally. Hallmarked in London, the spinnable Yes/No charm is set on an 18 inch gold plated curb chain—perfect for long layering.
WARNING: this necklace is obsessively fun to play with.
£259 | Jewel Street | Buy it now
SMEG Citrus Juicer
Freshly squeezed OJ—or any type of J—will go down a treat with this ridiculously good looking citrus juicer from SMEG. Make a show of it by gifting alongside a hefty bag of oranges dressed up in a bright bow.
Also available at Nordstrom *International shipping and tariffs apply
DOIY Design White Terrazzo Yoga Mat
Already sold out from Oliver Bonas and Urban Outfitters, this sought after contemporary yoga mat with a terrazzo pattern by DOIY Design is the perfect gift for any yoga enthusiast design fans.
It also makes us think about fancy Italian interiors too and we like very much.
£33.49 | Trouva | Buy it now
Also available on Amazon
Little Bao Dumpling Light
This smiley little bao dumpling light makes me very happy—the supple texture is addictively squishy and it’s small enough to add an adorable detail to any room (or bath time) without looking like you live in a kids toy aisle.
£14.99 | Firebox | Buy it now
Levi’s Made and Crafted Love Letter Trucker
Everyone should own a go-to denim jacket and right now the Love Letter Trucker from Levi’s is the reigning queen of jean. The oversized silhouette has been artfully designed with dropped pockets on the chest, and pleated details based off Levi’s original Type II jacket.
Destined for wardrobe infamy—this is the jacket to add to her cool-girl collection.
£150 | Levi’s | Buy it now
Like tucking your feet in for a good nights sleep every time you slip them on. Constructed with memory foam in the sole, this slipper truly feels like a miniature luxury mattress made for your feet. The textured bottom is sturdy enough to pop outside if need be and the sheepskin lining is sublimely cosy. Just don’t blame us if she never wants to leave the house.
£75 | Just Sheepskin | Buy it now
FYB Smart Tech Travel Handbag – White
Here’s one for aspiring Jane Bonds; a tech-packed handbag perfect for the international woman of mystery – or you know, someone who travels a lot. This chic state-of-the-art tote is designed to keep your stuff safe in a number of ingenious ways.
You can get proximity alerts via Bluetooth in the event of loss or theft, there are RFID-protective card holders, a wireless phone charger and enough compartments, sections and divides to make it feel like you’re carrying a home office on your arm, albeit one that weighs just 1.3kg.
But hands down the coolest thing? The biometric fingerprint lock by the zip for added security and peace of mind that only you can access your bag’s contents. Is this the coolest bag around? We certainly think so.
£345 | Fifth & Blue | Buy it now
Marianne Sky Silk Day Set
It doesn’t get much more luxurious than a pair of silk pyjamas that doubles as outerwear. Going straight to the top of every woman’s wish list, this spring-themed short collared shirt and slip-on trousers feature a white piping motif throughout, and, can be monogrammed for a truly a bespoke touch. It’s the first thing she’ll want to slip into and the last thing she’ll want to take off.
Giving off serious Queen for the day vibes, the gorgeous top can also be worn as outerwear, in line with the current pyjamas as daywear trend, if you’re looking for a luxury gift you can’t go wrong with this absolutely stunning set.
£365 | YOLKE | Buy it now
Starward Malt Whisky
Got a whisky loving woman in your life? Here’s one she will never expect: 100 per cent Australian barley whisky, matured in apera barrels – apera being the Aussie play on aperitif and a popular fortified wine in OZ.
Just like the woman you love after a long night out — a bit smokey, a bit sweet, and entirely worth it.
£45.95 | Master of Malt | Buy it now
Isle of Harris Gin
If gin is her go-to drink this is a praiseworthy bottle to invest in. Distilled in Tarbert, the unique flavour comes from the use of Sugar kelp hand-harvested from the underwater forests of the Outer Hebrides. Notes of pine on the palate with a citrus sidekick make this an impressively delicious gin that should be celebrated with good conversation and a healthy chunk of ice.
The gorgeous rippled bottle needs no additional adornments but a loosely tied bow would compliment its gentle curves.
£37 | Harris Distillery | Buy it now
Lets be honest, the gift of a nice smelling home benefits everyone and you don’t need to be a pet owner or smoker to appreciate the effect of walking through the door and into the clean, crisp scent of whatever it is you fancy. The sleek and smooth design is easily adaptable to many interiors and the 7 LED light colour options can be switched off if you prefer a wholly natural look.
Make it an all-in-one gift and pick up the 6 piece essential oil gift set so she can use it right away day, or pick up any variety of essential oils from your local health food store. If you need more convincing check out our full round-up on the best essential oil diffusers for large rooms.
£26.99 | Amazon | Buy it now
Luxury candle from Maison Ves
One of the most delicious smelling candles you could hope to curl up next to — this is for the woman who loves long baths and cosy corners.
There are notes of delicate tuberose, English rose, and a slight woody scent that complements a room rather than overwhelm it. The weighty metal lid and gorgeous onyx jar are thoroughly luxe and can be repurposed after the candle is long gone. This one will definitely earn you a big ohhhhhhIloveit.
£65 | Harvey Nichols | Buy it now
See all Maison Ves candles from Harvey Nichols here
Edie Shoulder Bag 31 by Coach
Every woman wants a big, luxurious bag they can throw their whole life into while still looking entirely well presented, and the Edie bag is exactly that.
Hefty enough to get through the longest of days, but designed in such soft, minimal details as to always appear readily refined.
Available in oxblood, navy, heather grey and black.
£175 (on sale was £350) | Coach | Buy it now
Puma x Sankuanz RS- X Sneakers
Fresh off a new release and already selling out — if she’s not a sneakerhead she will be soon. The little whip of neon and mixed material construction are on point for SS19 and the chunky sole has got some serious heft. They are also incredibly comfortable — we’re in love.
£129 | END. | Buy it now
Eberjey Gisele Pyjama Set
Known as the world’s most comfortable pyjamas by everyone who already owns them — but truly they are, in a word, magnifique. This short set is perfect for spring/summer but if she prefers more snuggle there’s a dreamy long set, too.
£105 | Selfridges | But it now
Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug
A high tech travel mug with ridiculously good looks? Naturally, it’s an Ember Mug. Just turn the dial to control the temperature and never be caught with a tepid tea again. Use the app with your iphone or Apple Watch to track you caffeine consumption, save presets for your favourite drinks and even give your mug a name. While this model is designed to be portable there is also a desk-ready version at half the cost that would make the ultimate office accessory.
£149.95 | Apple | Buy it now
Love Stories Darling stretch-lace soft-cup triangle bra
Celebrated for their beautiful fabric choices and delicate intimates, Love Stories offers the perfect festive lingerie for filling your hanging hosiery. This triangle style bra features removable padding, adjustable shoulder straps and a double-hook fastening. Although this style won’t offer much support for fuller busts, it’s an indulgent piece guaranteed to make you feel like a queen.
£35 | Net-a-Porter | Buy it now
Beats Solo 3 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
Girl on the go? The latest and greatest from the Beats lineup featuring super squishy ear cups and a 40 hour battery life. Connect to an iPhone, tablet or any other device and enjoy the sweet noise cancelling bliss of a morning commute. Available in multiple colours.
£199.99 | John Lewis | Buy it now
Sass & Belle hanging sloth planter
Use it as an adorable planter (Brownie points if you buy the foliage to fill it) or as a trinket dish for keys, rings and whatever else she periodically (always and forever) misplaces.
£15 | ASOS | Buy it now
See all Gifts for Her from ASOS here.
One Hundred Stars Meadow Gown
This drop dead lovely gown in a meadowland motif can be worn around the house in casual comfort, or thrown over jeans, and a t-shirt as an ultra light coat or layer. The screen printed design is feminine without being overly adorned and considering it comes from an independent brand, she won’t have already seen it parading the high street windows. A beautiful piece for women of all shapes, sizes and opinions.
£69.95 | One Hundred Stars | Buy it now
Klean Kanteen x Pendleton Spider Rock Water Bottle
Spotted at London Fashion Week, this reusable water bottle is so good looking we gave it our phone number. Bang on trend in a striking Southwestern design this is one gift she will use every single day and have you to thank. Also available in turquoise.
£40 | Urban Outfitters | Buy it now
T25 Global Nomad Tea Collection
If she likes her cuppa strong she will love this one. We’re a bit obsessed with T2, the flavours are out of this world delicious and the fun tea related gadgets make an excellent companion gift when paired with your favourite brew. Our favourite? You can never beat English Breakfast but the New York Breakfast is something special.
There’s even a dedicated section for gifting all things tea. Someone put the kettle on.
£22 | T2 | Buy it now
Milk Tooth LDN
For the woman who likes to embrace creativity at every turn, Milk Tooth LDN is the independent jewellery brand to keep your eye on. With some of the most characterful, interesting and entirely unique jewellery out there, anything from the brand will impress her.
From £40 | Milk Tooth LDN | Buy it now
Hendrick’s Garden Of Unusual Wonders Gin & Tea Cup
You can never go wrong with a bottle of Hendrick’s, as a gift, for yourself or to just keep on reserve for spontaneous entertaining.
Handcrafted in the batches of just 500 in Girvan Scotland, eleven different botanicals and two stills are used to create each bottle of Hendrick’s. From one of Britain’s best loved bottles this teacup gin set is just about the loveliest way to say, Oh go on have one.
£43 | Harvey Nichols | Buy it now
Swivlit Cooking and Eating Pod
Hold the phones everyone: A lunch box that also cooks food and looks good? Bravo to Swivilt for improving sad office lunches everywhere with this truly unique device. Keep your food steaming hot for 4-6 hours or perfectly chilled for up to twelve in Swivlt’s insulated borosilicate glass chamber.
When you’re ready to eat simply release the pressure by pushing the centre button, stir and eat. You can also cook meals in the Swivlit using raw vegetables, rice, lentils and a whole host of other ingredients. If you, or the lucky recipient, travels for work or laments on the lack of healthy and convenient office lunches, this is the ideal gift that will have them smiling meal after meal.
Cheers to a year of good food anytime, anywhere.
£28 | Swivlit | Buy it now
Instax Square SQ6
Instant photography just got a lot more creative with the latest Instax camera. Including a number of different features, such as a selfie mirror and automatic exposure, the camera also boasts different colour flash functions, a self-timer and macro and landscape modes.
£111 | John Lewis | Buy it now
Google Home Mini Hands-Free Smart Speaker
Google Home Mini: what busy women want. Just ask it, and it delivers breaking news, weather reports, cooking tips or even your favourite music. It also lets you control smart home devices – such as lights, thermostats and switches, from brands like Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings. Helpful, sleek and just under £30, who doesn’t need this?
£49 | John Lewis | Buy it now
Richmond & Finch Lipstick Powerbank
What do women on the go need? Their smartphones. And how do they need their smartphones to be? Charged. Sadly there aren’t always sockets on the go – which is where portable chargers come in handy. And let’s face it, have you ever seen a charger as stylish as this one by Stockholm-based brand Richmond & Finch? We haven’t. Also available in pink marble.
€39 | Richmond & Finch | Buy it now
Canon Zoemini Mobile Photo Printer
This pocket-sized photo printer will transform your photos into hard copies, both easily and on-the-go. Just connect your phone or device via Bluetooth to the printer, add filters and fun effects and enjoy. The prints are smudge-proof, tear-proof, water-resistant and you can peel off the back to turn the pictures into stickers.
£119 | John Lewis | Buy it now
Nike Recovery 13″ Foam Roller
This 13-inch foam roller will unknit the tightest of wound-up muscles. Designed to target multiple muscle groups at once and feel absolutely incredible after a long day stuck at a desk.
£27.99 | John Lewis | Buy it now
Sweaty Betty voucher
Give the gift of whatever they want with a Sweaty Betty voucher. Load it up with any value from £10 to £100. You can add a special message in the card.
£10-£100 | Sweaty Betty | Buy it now
Nike Essential Yoga Kit
Gym equipment is the perfect prezzie for fitness fans, and this Nike yoga kit is sure to impress the yoga enthusiasts. The lightweight, fast-drying yoga mat is portable for travelling; the strap helps to improve stretching; and the block helps with poses. What’s more, it comes in a vibrant pink box that can be easily wrapped (which is something to consider round Christmas time).
£25.55 | Allens Swimwear | Buy it now
KitchenAid 175 Artisan 4.8L Stand Mixer
As kitchen appliances go, this is high end – but it’s an investment. Enables homecooks to whip that cream, knead that dough, beat that potato, in style. Comes with a 5-year warranty as well.
£449 | John Lewis | Buy it now
Sunnylife Luxury cocktail set
This cocktail set has been given a luxe gold makeover – after all, it’s five o’clock somewhere. The party-ready set contains all the essentials to make that delicious beverage, including a strainer, jigger, stirrer and a cocktail shaker.
£45 | Selfridges | Buy it now
De’Longhi Dedica EC685M Coffee Machine
We all know a woman who can’t live without her caffeine and if you’ve got a coffee-lover to buy for, this is an excellent option. The Dedica EC685M measures a dainty 15cm wide, so it’s ideal for smaller kitchens. But don’t let its size fool you – this coffee machine sports all the features you could ever need to whip up that rejuvenating espresso or cappuccino. There’s an adjustable milk frothing steam device, three filters and a handy cup warming tray. It’s currently reduced on Amazon too.
£149 | Amazon | Buy it now *On sale now, was £219
Lemon Drizzle Gin by Sipsmith
With a sweet hit of lemon, perfect for an after-dinner treat, if you have a gin loving woman in your life this one will go down a treat. Pair it a bottle of cucumber fizz and watch the blissful smile spread across her face.
£25 | Sipsmith | Buy it now
Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
Booker prize-winning author Margaret Atwood’s tale of Grace Marks, convicted for the disturbing murders of her employer, housekeeper and mistress. Is Grace innocent? Or just insanely evil? She claims to have no memory of the murders… This twisted tale, based on factual events, has fictional doctor Simon Jordan on the case.
£9.99 | Waterstones | Buy it now
Lime Crime Venus Palette
If the woman you are shopping for loves her makeup and you know absolutely nothing about it, trust us when we say she will won’t be able to get the wrapping paper off fast enough with this one.
£56 | Cult Beauty | Buy it now
Coco Cabana Cream by Sol De Janeiro
Okay — stop what you’re doing and listen up: this is the best skin drenching lotion that also smells like you’re on a permanent tropical holiday— when applied at the office curious noses popped up out of nowhere, what is that smell?!
And if you think gifting lotion isn’t “enough” just tell her it comes with a foot rub.
£44 | Cult Beauty | Buy it now
Byredo Bal D’Afrique
Having recently opened a flagship London store in Soho, Byredo is the word on every perfume-lovers’ lips right now. Bal d’Afrique – one of their best-selling fragrances – was imagined from Paris in the Twenties and the African culture, art, music and dance which influenced it.
Including top notes of African marigold and bergamot, heart notes of cyclamen, jasmine petals and violet, and bottom notes such as black amber and Moroccan cedarwood, this eau de parfum is ‘essence of romance’ in a bottle.
£160 | Byredo | Buy it now
StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer
This clever gadget cleans even the grimiest of makeup brushes in less than 30 seconds. Just attach your brush to the spinning device and dip in the bowl of soap and water for power-based products and the brush cleaner provided for thicker options like foundation.
£29.99 | Boots | Buy it now
No doubt the most fascinating gift on this list — after providing a saliva sample 23andMe will give you a breakdown of all the regions your ancestors came from based on how your DNA compares to millions of samples worldwide. You can opt in and share your data and connect with other people who also share your DNA — one of the more interesting and exciting features.
There is also the option of a health and wellness test combined with the ancestry results — an undeniably useful bit of knowledge for oneself.
Whether you come from a mixed cultural background or have lived in the same place your entire life, our personal histories are far more complex and intertwined than we could have ever imagined. A truly unique gift you can’t replicate elsewhere.
From £79 | 23andMe | Buy it now
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