77 best Christmas gift ideas for every woman in your life

We've rounded up the prettiest presents to give her this Christmas

The thought of finding the best Christmas gifts for the women in your life can often be accompanied by panic rising in your chest, sweaty palms and an inclination to procrastinate, no matter whether it's for a mum, grandmother, sister or friend. Thanks to an oversaturated market and an enormous variety of tastes to navigate, it can feel nigh on impossible to find a unique, original, great gift. But fret no more, as Christmas 2023 can be different! It will be different! As House & Garden’s editors are on hand to provide a roadmap to discovering new and exciting gift ideas.

Sure, Christmas might feel more and more consumerist with every passing year, but there are still original and meaningful ways to celebrate. Forget generic gift cards, bland gifts sets and pointless presents, because House & Garden’s editors have searched far and wide for the most unique gift ideas across a vast range of styles, categories and budgets that they will surely fall in love with.

Don’t forgo celebrating on account of not finding the best gift possible. If you surrender to the concept, there’s much to be enjoyed, from beautiful letterbox flower deliveries to delicious chocolates, scented candles, colourful home accessories, soul-enriching wellness gifts and luxurious gadgets like Apple Airpods, Dyson hair dryers and apple watches. Remember if all else fails, you cannot go wrong with a flower delivery.

What's the best Christmas gift for her at a glance:

Always Pan 2.0
Cashmere Bed Socks
Ruffle Pillow Slip
Late Afternoon Tumblers, set of two

Our Christmas gift guide for her is full of luxury gift ideas (at all price points) that your loved ones will actually want. Read on to see them all.

Best Christmas gifts for sleep fanatics

You can't go wrong with a present designed to encourage a better night's sleep. Whilst a full blown mattress might be a little unusual to give, a set of pillows and pretty pillowcases is firmly in the ‘good gift’ category. Bonus points if the latter are silk. You can also take things one step further, or in fact, one step back, and give something designed to ease the process of getting ready for bed. Think scented candles, snuggly dressing gowns and cosy slippers.

Ruffle Pillow Slip
Cashmere Bed Socks
UGG Scuffette II Slippers
Stoff Studios Pilgrim Cushion
Slip Silk Pillowcase
Hybrid Firm Pillow
Sheepskin Hot Water Bottle Pearl
Soleia Leopard Print Cream Robe
Asteria's Folly Cushion, day

Best Christmas gifts for foodies

If you're buying for someone who appreciates good food, loves to cook and hosts the very best dinner parties, then look no further than this section. Consider whether to go down the cookware route - beautiful chef knives, cookbooks and pans will all be eminently useful and much used - or whether they'd appreciate something for the table more.

If your foodie recipient might prefer something for the table then we suggest purchasing something they can use straight away. A stylish set of plates will go a long way towards a more merry meal, where a new teapot will provide the perfect tool for winding down after a long day of festivities.

Sicily Rosso Oil Dispenser
Borosilicate Glass Mug, set of two
Sobremesa Painted Design Stoneware Bean Pot
Soho House Cocktail Hamper
Scallop Linen Napkins, set of six
Preserving Conserving, Salting, Smoking, Pickling Cookbook
Always Pan 2.0
Late Afternoon Tumblers, set of two
Pair of Oyster Salt & Pepper Cellars
Red Onyx Large Rectangle Scalloped Tray, branik
Plop Pottery Pink Striped Butter Dish
Casa de Folklore Horezu Bowl
Pair of Pears Platter
The Woven History Napkin Ring Set
Jermyn Chopping Board Small with Knife
Tulip Tumbler Millefiori, blue
Handblown Murano Moka Twist Italian Glass
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Best beauty gifts for her

If you’re buying for someone who is a big fan of long baths, scented candles in charming keepsake pots and pampering skincare, splurge on one of these thoughtful beauty gifts. These self-care gifts range from £40, for Matilda Goad's charming hand towels, to £580 for Salvesen Graham's faux cane mirror. For the perfect bath, we think this Discovery Bathing Collection from Molton Brown is a great gift.

Tooka Tissue Box Cover
Sacred Ash Incense Cones
Japanese Coloured Candle & Stand Set
Porte Savon, wall-mounted soap holder
Women’s Nightwear Gift Set
Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
Waffle Cotton Hand Towels, set of two
The Lacquer Company X Rita Konig Belle Rives Small Tray
3 Drawer Jewellery Box in Panama
Vibi Venezia Blanket Stitched Velvet Mary Jane Flats
Cane Oval Mirror, ruby
Savon de Marseille, 200g
Sage Green Essential Oil Electric Aroma Diffuser
Acqua di Parma Oh L' Amore Candle
Baina Green & White Essential Bathroom Set
Classic Bathing Set 08, sage & chalk

Best gifts for the homebody

Even the most extroverted people need time to recharge in the comfort of their home, which is exactly why we've put together several excellent Christmas gift ideas for the homebody in your life. After all, you can't go wrong with a chunky sofa throw or pretty bedding.

Sister by Studio Ashby Patch Jacquard Cushion
Serpent Matchbox Sleeve
Pols Potten Zig Zag Lacquered Stool
Welsh Floor Rug, red
Hattie Eavis Hand-painted Marigold Red Pleated Lampshade
Gloag And Daughters Hanging Rail
Loewe Ivy Small Scented Candle
Leopard Oblong Cushion
Florentine Flowers Bolster Cushion
Shibori Silk Lampshade
Polkra x Fee Greening Collective Noun Matchboxes
Maison Games Backgammon Gstaad
Scallop Mat, denim
Handblown Murano Gio Ponti 'A Canne' Style Italian Glass
Rectangular Lacquered Frame, green and blue
East London Cloth, Key Tassel by Jessica Light
Nesting Brass Tray Set
Tekla X Le Corbusier Logo-Patch Mohair Blanket

Flowers, chocolates and other classic gifts

For those giving a Christmas present to a loved one for the first time, figuring out what to buy can be an intense and nerve wracking thing. Scrambling around for something really personal can often result in missing the last delivery window. So, if you’re struggling in your search, remember that a beautifully wrapped box of chocolates or champagne in a luxury gift box will be a sweet gesture without the panic (and can be bought right up to the last minute). If you fancy going all out, Cartwright & Butler's hamper, delivered to their doorstep would be a great way to go.

Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé Champagne
Soho House Cocktail Hamper
Laduree Pink Intemporel Assorted Macarons Box

Best Christmas gifts for arts and crafts lovers

For those who love to create pieces of art, have a great passion for photography, or have a burgeoning print collection, we've compiled a list of lovely gifts and stocking fillers.

Kodak Analogue 35mm Reusable Film Camera
Ginori 1735 Anfora Rajathra Palace Scented Candle
Soul Stars Weekly Desk Planner
'Perfect Ten' Print, by Lucy Laucht
'Three White Horses' Print by David Horgan Art
'Oysters and Wine' Print, by Carla Llanos
Pottery Starter Kit
Hardback Composition Ledger Notebook

What's the best Christmas gift?

Heart shaped bath bombs, Yankee candles, novelty keyrings, generic vouchers, hoodies (there's no room for Oodies here) and oversized teddy bears begone! This year we suggest that instead of buying your wife, girlfriend, friend or partner tat, you aim for a thoughtful and unique gift that says ‘I love you’ and will be cherished for years to come. While elevated takes on classic gifts, like chocolate, a bottle of fizz or flower deliveries of their favourite blooms show you care in a traditionally endearing way, we think there are so many thoughtful ways to make your Christmas 2023 extra memorable.