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Christmas gifts always come along with the age-old question – “what does she/ he want?” Things become more complicated whenever we are looking for the perfect Xmas present to give to the most important women in our lives, as we hope to celebrate them wholly without failing with useless (if not entirely ugly) Christmas gifts.
To help you find the best holiday gifts to make every woman in your life feel appreciated and lucky, we went on a journey made of classic gift ideas and more unconventional ones. Here you have this ultimate list of 23 best Christmas gifts for her to get in time for the holiday season (some of them are good as any late December birthday present, too!).
1. The Holiday Gift That’ll Keep Giving
As far as Christmas gifts go, the iPhone 11 Pro is undoubtedly on millions of wishlists. And why not? The latest Apple offering packs its best features with a seriously upgraded camera – a triple threat! With an all-around upgrade of its sensor and aperture, your holiday photos will be even sharper than before. Color options span between Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Midnight Green, with memory options being 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Get it from Apple!
2. A Handful of Christmas Stocking Stuffers
This set of 3 hand creams comes dressed for Christmas with its festive packaging. Cruelty-free as well as devoid of parabens, the main ingredients feature shea butter and almond oil – perfect for nurturing the skin. Scents include floral, honey, and L’Occitane’s original one with a shea base. Purchase this holiday treat from Sephora!
3. Three Fashionista Books for Christmas
Available at Shopbop, this 3-volume set written by ELLE contributor Francois Baudot is a prerogative for anyone who is fascinated by Coco Chanel and her eponymous fashion house. It illustrates the house’s history (including its jewelry and notorious perfume lines), and is definitely one of next year’s must-read items. Like nail polishes, fashion-related books are always a good Christmas gift idea for her, too!
4. One for the Tea Lovers
Le Labo’s (French for The Laboratory) The Noir 29 stays fresh up to a year after the first spritz. This lively perfume for women holds a mixture of subtle hints of black tea, fresh bergamot, fig and bay leaves, as well as cedar and musk notes. Available in 15ml, 50ml, and 100ml on Net-a-Porter, this perfume makes for a great Christmas gift for her.
5. A Touch of Christmas Sparkle
If you’re looking for a mix of pearls and crystals – other than a necklace or earrings – this Chanel brooch is the answer. Dots of crystal and glass pearl on strass gold cursively spell out “Chanel.” As Christmas gifts for her go, this one might just top the day. Buy it from Chanel!
6. A Lovely Bag to Leave Others Green with Envy
Cult Gaia lived up to its motto of designing pieces meant to “stand out and turn heads” with this gorgeous emerald shoulder bag, which will become a statement piece in all future outfits. The outside is made of a marbled green acrylic while the inside is faille-lined. The beaded strap is removable so the bag can be easily switched to a clutch if needed. You can find this Xmas gift for her on Net-a-Porter.
7. (Not) Another Christmas Classic
Along with scarves, beanies, and slippers, pyjamas are another (highly appreciated) Christmas gift classic. Like in the case of giant scarves, we all have a friend who is obsessed with them (if you are like, the scarf lover and the PJs-obsessed friend is the same person). If you are looking for a chic pyjama set to give for the holidays, head over to Revolve to find the chicest PJs around!
8. Not Your Average Christmas Trio
Rihanna’s beauty items are this (and next) year’s hottest products, and it is not that hard to understand why. Inclusive, perfect for any skin tone and well, designed by Rihanna, they are on almost everyone’s wish list. If you know one of your friends would love to get them for Christmas, jump to Sephora and get this perfect Christmas makeup gift just in time for the holidays!
9. A Pretty in Pink Christmas Gift for Her
Jacquemus’ leather bracelet is a functional, compact storage space with a fashionable twist; think fanny packs but with a cool twist. The bubblegum pink bracelet features a boxy silhouette with a flip cover to secure the items inside. It measures 8cm in height, 7.5cm in width, and 1.5cm in depth. Match it with some other golden accessories – like shoes – to play off the bracelet’s color scheme. One of the cutest Christmas gifts for women, get it from My Theresa!
10. Christmas with a Side of Cleansing
Foreo’s Luna 2 is a nifty, travel-friendly two-minute cleansing tool. It uses T-Sonic pulse technology to exfoliate the skin, minimize the appearance of wrinkles, and improve the overall look gently. It’s wireless and waterproof with a silicone surface. Available on Amazon or Net-a-Porter, this pink one is meant for normal skin types, making it a lovely Christmas gift for your best friend or yourself.
11. A High-Fashion Industrial Black Belt
When it comes to Christmas gifts for her, especially when fashion-related, options abound. And then it’s a matter of finding the right size and color and print while thinking about durability and functionality too. This Off-White industrial belt stands as a solid contender in this line of thinking! It’s black (which works with everything) and features a matte buckle and an edgy belt design centered around an industrial theme. Get this Italian belt from Forward!
12. Holiday-Approved PJs
For another great Christmas gift idea for women, we recommend checking out Three J NYC’s chicest pyjama set available at Net-a-Porter, as it combines practicality with a hint of Nineties-inspired coolness all at once.
13. Sleeping Christmas Beauty
As a more unconventional kind of Christmas gift for her, here you have Slip’s eye mask that will grant your jet setter friend a peaceful night whether she is traveling or sleeping in her hotel room! It is available in a plethora of colors, but the millennial pink one is just (and unapologetically) the cutest. You can find it at Net-a-Porter.
14. A Holiday Gift to Let the Hair down
How good this hairdryer looks pales in comparison to how great hair will be looking after using it. The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer uses low heat and low airflow to carefully dry hair and lock in the look with cold shots. It’s great for all hair types and textures and even helps decrease frizz and flyaways. Maybe this one can be a nice Xmas gift for yourself? It’s available at Sephora or Amazon in three color options.
15. Sequined Christmas Gifts
Knowing what to wear on New Year’s Eve before the 31st of December is basically a New Year resolution, as we are always too busy eating and enjoying our holidays to look for the perfect party outfit. To prevent your best friend or girlfriend from panicking for a decent New Year’s Eve outfit, get her this sequined top available at Forward!
16. The Christmas Gift of Self-Love
What list of Christmas gifts for women is complete without a body self-care package thrown in? Herbivore’s vegan Body Ritual kit includes an aromatic mix of body oil and two body polishes – exfoliating and oil-based. The gift-getter will definitely appreciate the notes of jasmine, coconut, rose, and amethyst, as well as the kit’s luscious effects. You can buy this holiday gift set from Nordstrom.
17. Christmas with a Side of Gucci
Considering how Gucci is now used in slang to describe things that are awesome, cool, or fresh, there’s little chance this crystal logo, strawberry-colored pink hair clip will disappoint. This eye-catching Italian accessory is all resin and rhinestone, and comes in two more colors on Farfetch!
18. The Sleekest Wireless Earphones
Christmas gifts for women aren’t limited to just creams, bags, and accessories. These Apple AirPods Pro are compact and unobtrusive, plus super sleek. And while they offer active noise cancellation, they also feature a transparency mode, meaning outside sound can be layered in without impacting the crisp, sound clarity everyone looks for. Buy them from Apple and get them engraved for free as well so you can add an extra, thoughtful touch to this holiday gift.
19. Metallic Christmas
If you have a skater friend who also happens to be a fashion addict, this pair of metallic Vans sneakers is an unavoidable must-have item! Get it in time for Christmas (or New Year’s Eve, since they are perfect for any glittery festive outfit) at Nordstrom!
20. Game, Set, Christmas Match!
This popping backgammon set is a fun Xmas gift for her, in the color ‘Super Fly’ because that’s just how cool this product is. It’s travel size, includes 32 playing pieces and five dice. We’re talking top quality acrylic that works as a gorgeous decorative piece as well as a cool plaything. If they weren’t into backgammon before, they will be now! You can purchase this set from Shopbop.
21. Heat Me, Treat Me
The holiday season usually comes with a good dose of fancy hairstyles, the majority of which require heat styling that harms your hair. Help your friend protect her mane with Gisou By Negin Mirsalehi’s Propolis infused heat protecting spray, available online at Revolve.
22. Turn It up for Christmas
If AirPods Pro aren’t the right fit, why not gift a gorgeous pair of Bang & Olufsen wireless leather headphones instead? They’re lightweight, noise-cancelling, and equipped with padding for comfort over long uses. The latter is especially vital, as its playback capacity is up to 30 hours, making it functional for all-day use from home to the gym to the office. An excellent holiday gift for tech lovers, grab a pair from Net-a-Porter!
23. The Gift of Time
Accessories make some of the best Christmas gifts for women with their style and functionality. Gucci’s G-Timeless watch comes in a fun strawberry-print canvas strap with gold plating, which also sports a strawberry engraving. Its best design element, though, is the watch-face, which sports a bitten strawberry with the bite pattern reading Gucci. The watch features a Ronda quartz movement (Swiss manufacturing) and is water-resistant at up to 160 feet. Buy it from Gucci!
Photos via Net-a-Porter, Nordstrom