56 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 perfect 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 2022 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. 

So whilst Christmas might feel more and more consumerist every year, there are still clever and exciting ways to celebrate. Forget generic gift cards, cheesy gift boxes, or the bun fight that is getting your hands on one of the best advent calendars, 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 one of the very best Christmas hampers.

What's the best Christmas gift for her?

Heart shaped bath bombs, Yankee candles, novelty keyrings, generic vouchers, Christmas 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 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 Christmas 2022 extra memorable.

Our top picks

Ah, the versatile Always Pan. An ever present item on any foodie's wishlist. There's a reason it's a best seller (it does the job of eight pans in one), but if you don't believe us you can read our full Always Pan review here. For those looking for the gift of a good night's sleep, opt for this comforting, anxiety reducing weighted blanket. Stuck for ideas? This makeup gift box from Charlotte Tilbury is complete with eyeshadow, lipstick and mascara and comes in the brand’s universally flattering Pillow Talk shade. It is the perfect gift for her to elevate her holiday makeup looks this party season.

Always Pan, spice

Oh So Fine Necklace

3 Months of Seasonal Blooms

Mela Weighted Blanket

Pillow Talk Party Look Makeup Kit

Pottery Starter Kit

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 friends

Christmas presents needn’t be limited to romantic partners. The Ancient Greeks had it right when they came up with several categories of love, from your classic eros to philia (the love between friends) and storge (the affection between parents and children). Why not take the opportunity to recognise any and all of these types of love this Christmas. If you're looking for the perfect gifts for your friends, how about a scented candle or a set of silk pillowcases for the most luxurious sleep? We know that finding the perfect Christmas gift for your tastemaker friends can be extremely challenging, so we've curated an edit of gifts that include colourful jewellery, inspiring books, indulgent silk pillowcases and skincare favourites that will keep them relaxed and pampered during the holiday season.

Mini Shield Hoop Earrings

Slip Silk Pillowcase, queen, white

Sophie Billie Brahe Tasselled Small Velvet Jewellery Box

The More of You Kit

Cowshed Manicure Kit

Kiehl’s Iconic Skincare Set

The Paper Palace, Miranda Cowley Heller

Sorrow and Bliss, Meg Mason

Phaidon Great Women Artists Book

The Negroni Hamper

Best beauty gifts for her

If you’re buying for someone who is a big fan of long baths, scented candles and 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. 

Acqua di Parma Oh L' Amore Candle

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

Cane Oval Mirror Ruby

Smythson Cosmetic Case in Panama

Waffle Cotton Hand Towels

Charlotte's Magic Mini Brush Set

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge

Molton Brown Discovery Bathing Collection

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. You could even take the time to write a dedicated letter on the inner leaf or turn it into a personalised gift by putting their initials on it. If that doesn't get your creative juices flowing then why not keep her cosy with these mood-boosting socks (which funnily enough, also make great stocking fillers). On the more expensive side of things, a chunky sofa throw or pretty bedding always make lovely presents.

Great Loves Weekly Desk Planner

The Vampire's Wife Falconetti Floral-Print Silk-Satin Bedspread

The Tale of the Sea Dish

Mini Scallop Rug Ocean

Tekla Striped Fringed Mohair and Wool-Blend Blanket

Best Christmas gifts to go on the table

One way to make your Christmas meals even more special is to set the table in a whimsical way. Giving table decorations means the recipient can use their gift right there and then. 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. For those looking for sustainable Christmas gifts, Liga’s cork placemats are made with recycled plastics and make the perfect Secret Santa gifts for the eco-warriors in your life.

Oyster Ceramic Shell Pinch Pots

Large Pillar Candles, red, set of 3

The Lacquer Company X Suzanne Sharp Castello Medium Lacquer Tray

Serax X Ottolenghi Feast Coffee Cups

Six Scallop Trim Linen Napkins

Strøm Jug Small

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. For more Christmas hampers, head to our dedicated guide.

Set of 4 Polkra x Fee Greening Collective Noun Matchboxes

Charbonnel et Walker Pink Marc de Champagne Milk Chocolate Truffles

The Velvetiser Hot Chocolate Maker

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Rosé NV Champagne

Ladurée Pink Intemporel Assorted Macarons

The Send a Hug Gift Set

Best gifts to wear

A set of lovely pyjamas or dressing gown always makes a thoughtful gift. Day Dress's hand-block printed ones are particularly special and feature charming mother of pearl buttons. For a lower price point, The White Company's cashmere socks (£36) are a good option that would work for a romantic partner, family member or friend.

Contrast-Trim Double-Cotton Pyjama Set

Women’s Nightwear Gift Set

Pyjamas in Pink Floral Ogee

Slip Silk Eye Mask

Ugg Scuffette II Slippers

Best wellness gifts for her

Sage Green Essential Oil Electric Aroma Diffuser

House Robe, sage green

Loewe Ivy Small Scented Candle

The Ultimate Collection Silk Standard Pillowcase

Wellness Box, calm

Base Pace High-Rise Running Tight 25"