As we approach the season of goodwill and generosity, there can be few two-word instructions quite so capable of sinking a gift-buying gentleman’s heart than “surprise me”. However, rather than panicking that this might be a thinly-veiled attempt at a personality test, take it as an opportunity to show how much you really have been picking up on all the hints she started dropping back in August.
Whether your loved one has her heart set on perfume, jewellery, or a well-chosen bottle of bubbly — read on for our round-up of the best Christmas gifts to buy for her this year.
For a jewellery lover...
It is a brave gentleman indeed who decides to buy a woman jewellery for Christmas. Pick the wrong accessory and be faced with the withering disappointment usually reserved for the relative who gets a little too tipsy at the annual family party. Choose wisely, however, and it might just score you enough brownie points to make you the envy of all your less successful, gift-buying contemporaries (not to mention their partners).
If you’re really struggling, we recommend you take this tried-and-tested advice that will serve you well forever: you can never go wrong with diamonds. Whether set in pavé earrings, threaded along a rose-gold chain, or (dare we say it) clustered and embedded around a molten gold ring — a diamond, quite simply, will always be a good idea.
Andrea Fohrman Rose Gold White Diamond Luna Necklace
Polly Wales Gold Frosty Diamond Lotus Ring
Maria Tash Diamond Five Row Pave Earring
For a beauty lover…
When it comes to giving and receiving beauty gifts at Christmas, there’s a fine line between lethargy and luxury. Choose poorly – for instance, from the dusty bottom shelf of your local supermarket in a Christmas Eve dash – and the recipient will almost certainly feel that they were the very bottom of your list. Choose wisely – with an opulent gift set from one of the finest perfumers in the world, say – and your thoughtful touch of luxury will bring them a warm glow, festive joy and perhaps even a splash of envy into 2020 and beyond.
For skincare, you can’t go far wrong with celebrity-favourite 111Skin and its extraordinary Celestial Black Diamond Multi-Acid Accelerated Peel. For a killer, Christmassy red lipstick, rely on Christian Louboutin — the brand whose red soles have become a silent signal for serious style. And, for something she didn’t know she needed— the lively and feminine notes of this Peonia Nobile hair mist from Acqua di Parma will leave her hair delicately fragranced and make sure she doesn’t go unnoticed.
Acqua di Parma Peonia Nobile
111SKINCelestial Black Diamond Multi-Acid Accelerated Peel, 100ml
Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour
For a fragrance lover...
Selecting the perfect fragrance for a woman is much like selecting the right piece of jewellery; a high-risk, high-reward business. If you’re brave enough to try and purchase online, you’ll be met with a blur of incongruous scent notes, product descriptions that read more like the ingredients of a patisserie menu — and a host of brands all claiming to have bottled the world’s most powerful aphrodisiacs.
Fortunately for you, we’re on hand to ensure that you can avoid any fragrance faux pas this season, with these three sure-fire successful scents. This gorgeous gift set from Acqua di Parma smells as beautiful as it looks, and will certainly win you some points for presentation, and also comes in the Peonia and Magnolia Nobile scents. For a more sensual rose-based fragrance, Czech & Speake’s Dark Rose celebrates the intriguing Arabic and Indian perfumery traditions, blending Rose of Taif and unique Cambodian Oud with a spicy middle note of saffron and delicate lily. And, from the heritage fragrance makers at Floris, this White Rose fragrance is an elegant, festive, combination of silk and spice.
Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile Gift Set
Floris White Rose Eau de Toilette
Czech & Speake Dark Rose EdP Spray 100ml
For a festive tipple...
If the way to your loved one’s heart is paved with bubbles rather than trinkets, then she’s most definitely a keeper. As such, she deserves the best — and this year Veuve Clicquot is ready to make a lot of champagne lovers’ Christmas with its personalisable Brut. Bearing the famous ‘Clicquot Yellow’ label, this bottle is housed in a signature arrow gift tin, complete with a glittering lid to mark the occasion. Pol Roger offers another beautifully balanced Brut with great depth of flavour — perfect for really special occasions and those who prefer a richer champagne style. And, if you’re really trying to impress her this year, then Louis Roederer’s Cristal rosé champagne is a seriously festive showstopper.
Louis Roederer Cristal rosé champagne
Veuve Clicquot brut champagne personalisation tin 750ml
Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV
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