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.
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.