Jewellery, is always a winner, but also consider good quality leather goods, some pampering or cashmere
Jewllery is one of the best things to buy girls, and women. Nothing brings more joy to a woman’s face on Christmas day than something sparkly. However it’s worth giving it some thought: don’t buy your girlfriend a ring unless you’re serious, because it might cause an awkward moment otherwise.
Earrings are always a good gift for most women, as long as you know their ears are pierced – ear cuffs are also a lovely present and you don’t need pierced ears to be able to wear them. Necklaces will go down well too; but again do some checking. If she already has a favourite everyday necklace you could get her something a little more jazzy for evening dos, for instance.
Annoushka do the best selection of pretty pendants, with anything from Zodiac signs to little starfish and horseshoes. They also do very pretty ear cuffs.
Take a look at their dimond encrusted options, if you can stretch to it. They stock the same in pendants and bracelets if that’s what she would prefer.
For earrings, Kiki Mcdonough have the classic coloured stone collections, perfect for your mother, favourite aunt or sister, while Annoushka makes some beautiful pearl earrrings £14,500 (pictured above at the top).
For some more affordable pieces perhaps for a sister, cousin or niece then i and i jewellery will keep you in the good books. These quirky Pineapple hoops, £50 or their tougher, Tusk hoops, £40 are some good examples.
Always beautifully wrapped, a leather piece is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Wallets, bags, diaries etc are classic present choices. Make sure you stick to the best brands: the leather quality will show and last her forever, whereas cheap imitations will be quite obvious.
A Smythson panama diary will be gratefully received as long as they aren’t a tech-obsessed-phone-diary type. Nothing quite beats a paper version in my eyes. A pretty Aspinal jewellery roll £95 is a useful present which you can personalise with initials, if she is a regular traveller this will become a favourite for years to come.
For the shoe mad, head to Rupert Sanderson at 19 Bruton Place, Bionda Castana at 73 Elizabeth Street, or Azzaura (below) at 38 Albermarle Street. Going in store to choose is key. The recipient can always exchange them if the size isn’t quite right, but the store attendants can help you if you describe the lady’s style.
For girls who could do with a little rest and relaxation, book them a treatment. Often not something they would do for themselves, this is usually gratefully received, and an ideal present for mothers, grandmothers or the in laws.
Coworth Park has new treatments on the cards but classic massages start at £60. Make a day of it by booking lunch afterwards in the Spa restaurant or the more luxurious main dining room of the hotel. Bamford treatments are bliss, if they can’t make it out to Daylesford in the Cotswolds, book them into to Bamford Haybarn Spa at The Berkeley Hotel, which brings the Cotswolds treatments to London. A signature facial, for 55 minutes is £105
Scented candles are lovely for Christmas, but make sure you steer clear of anything sickly sweet, or overly festive – good quality candles will burn long after Christmas. The classic Jo Malone has this instantly recognisable packaging, and lots of nice christmassy themed treats such as The Ultimate Christmas cracker, £205, or tree ornaments with goodies inside.
Parisian brand, Diptyque is another favourite, with stores around the country – my favourite is on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill. The candle jars are so pretty they can be used again as storage pots.
The Odalisque scented candle from Cure Trudon is truly luxurious; this would suit the lady who loves an extravagant gesture. £180 at Selfridges
Personalised note cards are often very well received. Smythson are the obvious luxury choice, but for a more affordable (and still very special) option, Honeytree Publishing are brilliant. A set of notecards with the person’s name and address are a real treat and the gift wrapping is lovely too. From £20 for 8 cards.
I would always be wary of men buying underwear solo: we all know that it is tricky to get the right size and most flattering fit unless we buy for ourselves. Men’s trips on their own to the underwear shop will most likely end in disappointment so the trick is to stick to pretty pyjamas and dressing gowns.
If she is more of a simple cotton girl, then Poplin, £270 have the best quality, with fun neon ties and details.
For Christmas, cashmere is classic. These pieces will most likely be worn every hour, of every day until spring. For mothers and the older generations, opt for socks, jumpers, scarves and gloves. Head to William & Son: they have some fun wool/cashmere/fur wrist warmers, £165, or a selection of cashmere mittens for £45
Pure Collection have sensibly priced sustainable cashmere products, including a rainbow of jumpers and The White Company have got a gorgeous new collection of neutrals such as this roll neck, £139 – trust me though, you could pick anything from this range and she will love it.
For the younger lot, who still want the lux feel of cashmere, you can go a bit trendier like one of these Bobbl hats from £68, with interchangeable bobbles, which are great fun.
As you well know, there are endless present possibilities for women if all else fails and you cant get inspired just head to Hatton Garden and buy some diamonds. You just can’t go wrong there.