As we approach the season of goodwill and generosity, there can be few two-word instructions quite so capable of sinking a Christmas 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 the women in your life this year.
Soft touch: Aspinal of London Quilted Velvet Lottie Bag
You might have noticed something a little peculiar happens to your partner’s wardrobe during the festive season. As party season draws closer away go the jeans and jumpers and out comes something altogether more tactile – because nothing says Christmas like a bit of velvet. Sadly it seems there won’t be much call for your wife or girlfriend to take her favourite party dresses out of storage this season but that doesn’t mean velvet has to be off the menu altogether.
The Lottie bag by Aspinal of London – a crowd-pleasing design with its quilted outer, chain strap and alligator detailing – has been reworked in three shades of velvet for Christmas 2020. This dark green version is sure to be at the top of her wish list.
Aspinal of London Quilted Velvet Lottie Bag
Winter warmer: Floris Spiced Bergamot Eau De Parfum
Now we wouldn’t normally recommend you challenge any woman with a new scent (if you’ve known her long enough you’ve probably realised she has a signature she sticks to time and again) but we’re willing to make an exception for Floris’ Spiced Bergamot. This limited edition fragrance has been created by the perfumer’s team at 89 Jermyn Street as a take on the brand’s original 19th century Malmaison scent – and is, quite frankly, Christmas is a bottle. Vibrant citrus notes mingle with a spicy floral heart and a base of wood and resin to create a spirited fragrance that can be worn day or night.
Floris Spiced Bergamot Eau De Parfum
A girl’s best friend: Blackacre Marquise Diamond and Pearl Studs
Looking for something truly show stopping? You can never go wrong with great jewellery. Unless she’s been dropping some (unsubtle) hints about what she wants, take a peek inside her jewellery box for inspiration from pieces she already owns, noting the type of metals, stone cuts and colours she favours. And, if all else fails, turn to Blackacre and its timeless pearl and diamond range. These elegant earrings feature a clever design which allows the pearl to be removed transforming them into smaller studs ideal for daytime wear. Just be quick – each piece is made to order and takes around four weeks.
Blackacre Marquise Diamond and Pearl Studs
Smelling sweet: Creed Atomiser
If you’re sure she can’t be tempted by a new scent then how about something exquisite to keep her favourite fragrance in? Famed British perfume house Creed offers a range of beautiful atomisers in gold or silver, and finished in an array of vibrant embossed leathers. Perfect for handbags, or simply for upgrading your bathroom shelf, all you need do is pick her favourite colour and buy a splash bottle of her signature Creed scent to go with it.
Check out: Tommy Hilfiger Leather Gloves
Gloves. Probably not something she’s ever given much thought to. In fact, the likelihood is she digs out the same old woollen numbers she’s been wearing for years around Guy Fawkes night and they stay in her coat pockets until spring arrives again. Which is why a good pair of gloves makes such a great gift. Elevated essentials – beautiful, practical but something she’d likely never buy for herself – are always a winner and, with their soft leather and check wool finish, so are these Tommy Hilfiger designs.
Tommy Hilfiger Leather Gloves
A real corker: Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2015
We know champagne may the obvious go-to for Christmas celebrations – and we’ll never turn down a glass if offered – but if you haven’t yet tried a bottle from England’s cohort of high-end sparkling wine makers then you’re missing out. Hailing from the idyllic sounding Appledore in Kent, Gusbourne has been diligently raising the reputation of English sparkling wine since 2004, receiving critical acclaim from the likes of the great Robert Parker. Its 2015 Blanc de Blancs is a case in point, with bright citrus notes, an elegant minerality and plenty of complex layers. Trust us, she’ll appreciate the introduction.
Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2015
Sipping pretty: Ettinger Hunter’s Flask
If your family Christmas always includes a long countryside ramble or a bit of clay pigeon shooting then any woman in attendance is going to appreciate finding Ettinger’s Hunter’s Flask beneath the tree. Created in hard-wearing stainless steel wrapped in bright red calf leather, the set includes four cups and is perfectly sized to slip into a Barbour pocket for a mid-walk warmer.
Ettinger Hunter’s Flask
Fresh faced: Harrod’s Skinfluencer Hamper
Allow us to let you in on a little secret. All those little bottles and jars you see in your bathroom cabinet bearing words such as ‘retinol’ and ‘peptides’? They’re your partner’s pride and joy. Her equivalent of the ‘bottle caps of the world’ collection you’ve been steadfastly adding to since you were a teenager – and the best Christmas gift you can get her are some new products to add to the line up.
But if you’re feeling a little intimidated by the scientific language and foreign ingredient lists, don’t worry. The experts at Harrod’s have done the hard work, curating a selection of the best products on the market and packaging them in this chic Skinfluencer hamper. Featuring the latest high-tech skincare from the likes of La Mer, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Chantecaille, Sensai and Kiehl’s, this is guaranteed to earn you big brownie points.
Harrod’s Skinfluencer Hamper