46 best Christmas gifts for her in 2023, from The White Company, John Lewis and more

46 best Christmas gifts for her in 2023, from The White Company, John Lewis and more

From gift experiences to jewellery, perfume and personalised gifts, we’ve found the best Christmas gifts for every woman in your life

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What are the best Christmas gifts for women? That’s not an easy question to answer. While the best gifts for men tend to be practical (forget socks – Bluetooth earbuds are a better bet these days), the best gifting ideas for women can be more expressive. Clothes, accessories, jewellery, bath gifts or even a beauty advent calendar could all work – but how do you know which is the right gift for her?

Luckily, the Telegraph Recommended team has being doing its research. Below, you’ll find this year’s most sought-after Christmas presents, from Jo Malone perfume to The White Company diffusers, Cult Beauty gift sets and jewellery from Astrid & Miyu. You’re guaranteed to find something she’s already had her eye on.

If she’s into fashion, you may want to skip straight to the second half of our feature: a personal gift guide by Telegraph head of fashion Lisa Armstrong. With the inside track on this season’s trends and an eagle eye for the best of each collection, Lisa has found 11 stylish gifts that will make you extremely popular on Christmas day.

And so, ranging from well under £20 to a very generous £480, here are our top Christmas presents for your wife, girlfriend, mother, daughter, grandmother, mother-in-law or friend in 2023. In case you’ve left it until the last minute, for each of our top ideas we’ve indicated how long it will take to be delivered. The full list is below, but if you’re in a rush, here’s a quick look at our top five:

The best Christmas gifts for her in 2023, at a glance

  • Best overall Christmas gift for her – The White Company Electronic Diffuser
  • Best stocking filler – Jo Malone gift set
  • Best Christmas gift for your girlfriend – Virgin Experience Spa Day Out
  • Best Christmas gift for wives – The View from The Shard and Dinner
  • Best Christmas gift for mums – Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

1. The White Company Electronic Diffuser

£70, The White Company

Best overall Christmas gift for her

The White Company: a ceramic design with a range of time settings

  • Quickest delivery: next day from £7.95

Pair this stylish diffuser with any fragrance or essential oil for instant calm and relaxation. I’m particularly fond of the cinnamon-y Winter (£10) and the woody Highland Escape (£10) at this time of year. It has four time settings and fills a whole room with scent at the touch of a button. It helps that it doubles as an ornament.


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2. Jo Malone Christmas Ornament

£32, Jo Malone

Best stocking filler gift for her

Jo Malone: handbag minis at a reasonable price

  • Quickest delivery: next day from £8

This gift set is a perfect stocking filler, secret santa gift or table present for any woman in your life, featuring two of Jo Malone’s bestselling scents: a 9ml English Pear and Freesia Cologne and a 15ml Wood Sage and Sea Salt Hand Cream. The gingerbread house ornament will make a cosy addition to the Christmas tree.

3. Virgin Experience Spa Day Out

£147.50, Virgin Experience Days

Best Christmas gift for girlfriends

Virgin Experience: includes a bottle of bubbly

  • Quickest delivery: instant, via online voucher

The best thing to spend your money on is experiences, they always say. It’s definitely one of the best things to receive. Spend quality time with your girlfriend and find inner peace while you’re at it with a spa and massage experience for two at the Montcalm Royal London House, one of thousands of gift vouchers on offer at Virgin Experience Days. (Quick tip: spa days also make amazing gifts for men – even though they’ll never come out and ask for one.)


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4. The View from The Shard and Dinner with Fizz at Marco Pierre White for Two

£91, Buy A Gift

Best Christmas gift for wives

Buyagift: a two part experience that usually costs £121

  • Quickest delivery: instant, via online voucher

This three course meal voucher from a set menu at Marco’s New York Italian, along with entrance tickets for two people to The View from The Shard is something a bit special. The ticket includes a digital photo package so you’ll have something to remember it by.

5. Diptyque Sapin Candle

£67, Space NK

Best Christmas candle gift for her

Diptyque: perfect for those who don’t have space for a real Christmas tree

  • Quickest delivery: next day from £5

Diptyque is the name in high-end candles, founded in Paris and known for exceptional quality and beautiful design. This Sapin scented candle is a Christmas special, evoking the warm, delicate aromas of a Christmas tree. Think freshly cut pine, cedar and smoke.

6. One Line a Day Five Year Memory Journal

£13.79, Amazon

Best thoughtful Christmas gift for her

One Line a Day: capacity for five years

  • Quickest delivery: next day for free with Amazon Prime

This canvas journal has started popping up on bedside tables around the UK as a quick and simple way to document a memory every day. Inside are fives lines each for every day with the idea being that you write one line a day, then return to January 1 at the end of the year and start again. This way you can see your memory for that date the previous year. It’s bound in an oatmeal canvas cloth case and will make an excellent gift for anyone looking to become more mindful.

7. Astrid & Miyu Zodiac Gift Set

£120, Astrid & Miyu

Best jewellery Christmas gift for her

Astrid & Miyu: available in every star sign

  • Quickest delivery: next day if you order by 3pm, £4.95

Perfect for the astrology lover in your life, Astrid & Miyu’s Zodiac Gift Set features a Zodiac Pendant Necklace as well as a pair of Cosmic Star Stud Earrings, available in silver or gold and presented in a gift box. The pendant shows the Zodiac constellation and is perfect for layering.

8. The Look Fantastic Christmas Present

£50, Look Fantastic

Best beauty set gift

Look Fantastic: with five full size products and two travel sizes

  • Quickest delivery: next day for £5.95

Online beauty retailer Look Fantastic has packaged up seven of its bestselling products of the year into a value gift set worth £150, priced at £50. Inside you’ll find Sol de Janeiro, Color WOW, Rituals, bareMinerals and more.

9. Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

£99.95, Hotel Chocolat

Best Christmas gift for your mum

Hotel Chocolat: whipped hot chocolate in minutes

  • Quickest delivery: next day from £4.95

Trust us, the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser will become as well used as her kettle (and she might even share). The hot chocolate machine designed by Dualit creates smooth, whipped hot chocolate in just two and a half minutes. You can choose from Hotel Chocolat’s own range of hot chocolate, which includes milk, vanilla, salted caramel and a few Christmas flavours like mince pie, apple pie and ginger.

10. Monica Vinader Leather Oval Jewellery Box

£65, Monica Vinader

Best useful Christmas gift for her

Monica Vinader: made from Italian leather

  • Quickest delivery: next working day, £7.95

Affordable fine jewellery brand Monica Vinader is selling this practical leather jewellery box in a variety of rich jewel tones. I’m particularly taken by this avocado green. It’s both opulent enough to be displayed on a dressing table and small enough for travel, plus you can add a complimentary gold monogram for a completely personalised gift.

11. Fortnum & Mason The Grosvenor Hamper

£140, Fortnum & Mason

Best Chritmas hamper gift for her

Fortnum & Mason: wine, biscuits and tea

  • Quickest delivery: next day if you order by 6pm, £9.95

There is something so special about receiving a hamper – it feels far more personal somehow, as if everything within that wicker basket has been handpicked with only her in mind (even if it’s actually ordered from a department store). This Fortnum & Mason Grosvenor hamper is filled with female-friendly wine, champagne truffles and biscuits.

12. Harrods Milk Chocolate Raspberries

£18, Harrods

Best Christmas chocolate gift for her

Harrods: completely indulgent but perfect for gifting

  • Quickest delivery: next day for £12

Crafted by German chocolatiers and presented in an elegant baby pink box, Harrods’ Milk Chocolate Raspberries are a true indulgence. They can be properly enjoyed at around 8pm on Christmas Day, when you’re full from your Christmas dinner but craving something a little sweet.

13. Eizabeth Scarlett Enchanted Alphabet Everyday Pouch

£35, Elizabeth Scarlett

Best personalised Christmas gift for her

Elizabeth Scarlett: available in every letter of the alphabet

  • Quickest delivery: 3-5 working days, £5

Aside from being a beautifully embroidered and versatile pouch – it works as a make-up bag, clutch bag or purse – each purchase from Elizabeth Scarlett also gives two per cent of profits towards the preservation of wild animals. There are nearly 50 designs including this Alphabet Everyday Pouch, which can be purchased with any letter of the alphabet and monogrammed with up to three initials for £14 extra.


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14. Swyft Chevron Throw in Flame

£85, Swyft

Best homeware Christmas gift for her

Swyft: made from 100 per cent wool

  • Quickest delivery: two weeks as each is made to order

Red is officially autumn’s biggest colour trend and it’s being incorporated by pops of colour in outfits and interiors. Gift this flame red lambswool throw from sofa company Swyft to anyone obsessed with having a stylish living room. It may be a trend, but the timeless style should survive for years.

15. Lumie Bodyclock Spark 100

£87.99, Amazon

Best practical Christmas gift for her

Lumie: with sunrise and sunset functions

  • Quickest delivery: next day for £4.95

I bought one of these when I started waking up at 6am to commute for work and I’ve never looked back. You set an alarm for the morning and the light will start coming on from half an hour before, mimicking a sunrise for a light and gentle wake-up. It’s much nicer than waking up to a harsh mobile phone alarm.

16. Aromatherapy Associates Rose Bath and Shower Oil

£55, Boots

Best Christmas bath gift for her

Aromatherapy Associates: suits sensitive skin

  • Quickest delivery: next day if you order by 10pm, £4.95

Women don’t have it easy, and it’s only fair they enjoy an indulgent bath every now and again. This rejuvenating blend of rose, geranium and palmarosa from Aromatherapy Associates is designed to be smothered all over your body before stepping into a bath or shower.

17. The White Company Women’s Nightwear Set

£105, The White Company

Best cosy Christmas gift for her

The White Company: a cotton robe and cashmere socks

  • Quickest delivery: next day from £7.95

Cosy presents are a running theme throughout this gift guide – it’s what Christmas is really all about, without wanting to sound cliché. Lazy mornings with a cup of tea around the breakfast table and chilly nights in front of the fire, wrapped up in a cotton robe and cashmere socks. 


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18. Desmond & Dempsey gift card

From £50, Desmond & Dempsey

Best Christmas pyjamas gift for her

Desmond & Dempsey: taking jim-jams to the next level

  • Quickest delivery: next day in some London postcodes, otherwise 3-5 days (free for orders over £50)

Talking of nightwear, the most desirable pyjamas are from Desmond & Dempsey – although their new Art Of The Night collection is designed to be worn as loungewear around the home as well. (Think cosy linen instead of sheer silk.) There are dozens of styles, so you might be better off getting her a gift card and letting her choose her own.


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19. Dior J’adore Eau de Parfum Spray

£82.45, Boots

Best perfume Christmas gift for her

Dior: a scent first created 20 years ago

  • Quickest delivery: next day if you order by 10pm, £4.95

A classic for a reason, the Dior J’adore eau de parfum comes in a thin, hourglass shaped bottle. The scent combines ylang ylang, Damascus rose, jasmine and tuberose. Dior Perfumer-Creator François Demachy once said, “J’adore invents a flower that does not exist.”

20. Fresh Kombucha Antioxidant Facial Treatment Essence

£54, Look Fantastic

Best skincare gift for her

Fresh: smooths and illuminates skin

  • Quickest delivery: next day for £5.95

This is the one skincare product I use everyday without fail, often morning and evening. The combination of kombucha, hyaluronic acid and artemisia flower extract protects, plumps and evens skin. It will suit even the most sensitive of skin.

21. Bloom & Wild Flower Subscription

£70 for three months, Bloom & Wild

Best Christmas flowers for her

Bloom & Wild: once a month for three months

  • Delivery once a month for three months

Give the gift of fresh flowers once a month, for three months with this well priced Bloom & Wild gift subscription. It works out at £23.33 per bunch. That’s a pretty good deal considering the average bunch at Bloom & Wild costs nearer £30.

22. Our Place Perfect Pot

Currently £105, Our Place

Best Christmas cooking gift for her

Our Place: stovetop to oven pot

  • Quickest delivery: 1-7 days for free

This beautiful piece from Our Place’s collection will become the most versatile piece of equipment in the kitchen, perfect for stews, roasts, soups, casseroles, and even baking cakes. It comes in a number of shades, but we love this azul which will add a pop of colour to a worktop.

23. UGG Scufette Sheepskin and Suede Slippers

£90, UGG

Best Christmas gift for a new mum

UGG: backless for ultimate comfort

  • Quickest delivery: next day from £7.50

To any newborn babies reading this – or, at a pinch, their fathers – the best gift for a new mum is something soft and snuggly to help her through the sleepless nights walking to the crib and back. How about these sheepskin and suede slippers, available in six colours? (That’s right, UGG is back in fashion; their classic mini boot is selling fast.)

24. Blissy Silk Pillowcase

£55, Blissy

Best sleep Christmas gift for her

Blissy: reduces the chance of waking up with frizzy hair

  • Quickest delivery: next day from £7.95

If she spends her mornings complaining about bedhead or flyaways, a silk pillowcase might just be the answer. Silk pillowcases reduce friction and static as you sleep and also help skin and hair retain moisture better than cotton. This one from Blissy is made from 100 per cent pure Mulberry silk.

25. Cutter & Squidge Mixed Mini Brownie Box

£15.99, Cutter & Squidge

Best baked Christmas gift for her

Cutter & Squidge: independent and family-run

  • Quickest delivery: next day if you order before 4pm, from £6.90

A friend of mine’s mother tells her every year: “Don’t waste money on buying me flowers. Buy me food and alcohol instead.” Here’s the food part. Inside this brownie box by family-run, all natural bakery Cutter & Squidge you’ll find flavours including chocolate nutella, slated caramel and millionaire shortbread. They also sell a No Nuts Mixed Mini Brownie Box (£15.99).

26. The Chocolate Shop Jigsaw Puzzle

£22, Fortnum & Mason

Best Christmas jigsaw gift

Fortnum & Mason: a 1,000 piece puzzle

  • Quickest delivery: next day if you order by 6pm, £9.95

A good jigsaw is one of the great delights of Christmas. This one, sold at Fortnums, features a nostalgic festive scene by German artist Barbara Behr. Set it out on the coffee table and complete it over several days with help from your family and any holiday visitors

27. amie Organic Rosé

£18, amie

Best wine Christmas gift for her

amie: it has to be rosé for her

And here come the alcohol gifts. Amie is French for a female friend and this rosé has been specifically designed to be shared. The wine is a pale, crisp wine produced in the south of France with hints of citrus and peach. The bottle has been designed by artist Jessica Yolanda Kaye and £1 from each sale goes to providing safe drinking water around the world. Plus, they do say that organic wine gives you less of a hangover…

28. Salcombe Gin

£56.99, Selfridges

Best gin Christmas gift for her

Salcombe Gin: distilled to the London dry method

  • Quickest delivery: next day for £8.95

An excellent bottle of gin satisfies most gift-giving situations, not least Christmas. This Salcombe Gin is a favourite of mine – an award winning premium gin with fresh citrusy undertones. Serve with a slab of grapefruit or a wedge of lemon for a perfect Christmas afternoon tipple. 

29. Partner in Wine Merlot Insulated Wine Bottle

£35, Partner in Wine

Best Christmas present for a wine lover

Partner in Wine: fits a whole bottle of wine

  • Quickest delivery: next day if you order by 12pm, £8

Nobody likes a warm bottle of wine. Treat a wine-loving lady to this insulated bottle, which can fit an entire bottle of wine. The deep merlot colourway is perfect for Christmas, though it comes in an array of other colours including a rather tempting limited edition sage green.

30. Fitbit Charge 6

£139.99, Fitbit

Best Christmas tech gift for her

Fitbit: with maps, wallet and music controls

  • Quickest delivery: next day from £7.50

Fitbit is still the biggest name in fitness trackers and the Charge 6 is their newest model, now fully integrated with Google. This means you can get maps directly on your Fitbit, especially useful if you’re gifting a runner. It also measures cardio fitness level, sleep score, blood oxygen levels and skin temperature and has an impressive seven day battery life.

31. Apple AirPods Pro

£219, John Lewis

Best Christmas headphones gift for her

Apple: seamless connection with your iPhone

  • Quickest delivery: next day for £5.70

If she’s still debating whether she needs a pair of wireless earbuds, this is your chance to buy her a pair. If she’s got an iPhone, these Apple AirPod Pros offer the most seamless Bluetooth connection – but aren’t compatible with non-Apple devices. If that’s the case, I’d recommend the Beats Fit Pro (£149) which now come in a lovely Stone Purple.

32. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

£17.85, Amazon

Best budget Christmas gift for her

This Works: calming scents to help her sleep

  • Quickest delivery: next day free with Amazon Prime membership

This calming sleep spray is a perennial favourite with our readers. It’s scented with relaxing lavender, vetiver and camomile and, in an independent study, 89 per cent of users fell asleep faster after using it. 

33. Lululemon Align High Rise Leggings

From £59, Lululemon

Best Christmas leggings to gift her

Lululemon: the most comfortable leggings ever

  • Quickest delivery: 3-5 days, free

Iconic for a reason, Lululemon Aligns are widely hailed as the comfiest leggings in existence thanks to Lululemon’s trademarked Nulu fabric. It’s a blend of 81 per cent Nylon and 19 per cent Lycra elastane which gives the leggings a four-way stretch and a weightless feel.

34. Dyson Airwrap

£479.99, John Lewis, also available at Dyson in other colourways

Best haircare Christmas gift for her

Dyson: a hair styler that doesn’t damage her hair

  • Quickest delivery: five days, free

If you’re up for spending over £400 on a gift (lucky her), this is the one to go for. As we know from testing the best hair curlers, Dyson’s high-tech Airwrap is by far the most sought-after. It’s almost permanently sold out, so you’ll have to move fast to get your hands on this blue blush model. Go on, splash out. It’ll be worth it. 

35. Philips Lumea IPL Hair Removal 9000

£379.99, Amazon

Best hair removal gift for her

Philips: with AI technology

  • Quickest delivery: next day for free with Amazon Prime

This Philips IPL made our guide to the best epilators, where our tester put bluntly, “If you are hairy and pale, this will change your life.” Essentially, it brings laser hair removal into the home, but beware, the laser technology needs a contrast of colour to work – so it will be the most effective on pale legs and dark hair.

Arket: leather with a cotton lining

  • Quickest delivery: 1-2 days, £10

Lisa says: “Small cross body pouch in chromium free leather – this is the perfect dress up accessory for evenings and can also be worn as a clutch.”

2. Early Bird Scented Candle

£65, Paul Smith

Best candle gift for her

Paul Smith: fragrance notes of rain, iris, suede and patchouli

  • Quickest delivery: next day for free

Lisa says: “This candle will bring out the David Beckham wick-trimming tendencies in all of us. An object of lasting beauty – once empty, use it for pen storage or as a mini vase.”

3. Code8 Rosso Vivo Limited Edition Lipstick

£40, Code8

Best lipstick gift for her

Code8: a shade based on mulled wine and holly berries

  • Quickest delivery: next day for £6.95

Lisa says: “Small but perfectly formed London beauty brand with great colours and textures. If you’re unsure of the shade – gift a voucher for a custom made blend.”

4. Crewneck Cashmere Jumper

£190, Rise And Fall

Best cashmere gift for her

Rise and Fall: comes with a complimentary anti-moth zip bag

  • Quickest delivery: next day for £5.99

Lisa says: “Mid-weight cashmere crewneck in a relaxed cut, this is made from high grade Mongolian yarn with, claim Raise and Fall, high animal welfare standards. A tiny direct to consumer company, R&F offers value for money.”

5. Pearl And Zirconia Gold Earrings

£185, Completed Works

Best earrings gift for her

Completed Works: freshwater pearls with a pear-shaped zirconia

  • Earrings are made to order, delivery can take a couple of months

Lisa says: “One of the most original costume jewellery brands around, Completed Works continue to reinvent pearls. Coco Chanel would approve, as would any fashionista.”

6. Jewellery case

Currently £116, Aspinal Of London

Best stylish travel gift for her

Aspinal of London: handcrafted from full-grain leather

  • Quickest delivery: 1-2 days, £9.95

Lisa says: “Handy size jewellery travel case, these can be personalised with initials, and added to each year to build the ultimate organised collection.”


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7. Aspiga Touchscreen Wool and Cashmere Blend Gloves

£35, Aspiga

Best gloves for her

Aspiga: with a leather trim

  • Quickest delivery: next day for £9.99

Lisa says: “What began as a tiny business importing beaded Kenyan sandals has flourished into a year round, BCorp business. Case in point, these knitted touch screen wool gloves.”

8. Smythson Wafer Notebook

£40, Smythson

Best stationery gift for her

Smythson: can be bent to fit a pocket without losing shape

  • Quickest delivery: 1-2 days for £8

Lisa says: “The featherweight pages turn list making into a pleasure. Functional and beautiful.”

9. Lake Check Shirt

£125, WNU

Best clothing gift for her

WNU: 100 per cent linen

  • Quickest delivery: 1-3 days for £7

Lisa says: “A cosy brushed linen classic that’s also fashionable, from WNU, makers of the fashion set’s favourite masculine shirts. A versatile layering piece that can be worn year round.”

10. Sézane Luca Bracelet Set

£50, Sézane

Best bracelet gift for her

Sézane: bangles made from resin

  • Quickest delivery: usually 7-10 days for free

Lisa says: “Wrist action is where it’s at accessories-wise this season. This pair of burgundy bangles from beloved Parisian brand Sézane are classics.”

11. Go Move Printed High Waisted Gym Leggings

£27.50, Marks & Spencer

Best fitness gift for her

Marks & Spencer: in a bold animal print

  • Quickest delivery: next day, £5.99

Lisa says: “Go Move has been one of M&S’s most successful launches of the past few years. High performing excellent value for money gym wear.”

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