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tep away from the gift cards. When it comes to buying the perfect Christmas present for her, a little thought can go a long way. Chances are, if you pay enough attention, you’ll find she’s already dropped some ‘subtle’ hints about what she’d like to find under the tree this year.
And, if not? Then Luxury London is happy to provide some assistance. From gorgeous handbags and accessories to money-no-object buys, here’s our guide to the best Christmas gifts for wives, girlfriends, mums, sisters and every other woman on your Christmas list.
The best fashion gifts for her
Have you always considered choosing clothing for women to be a tad treacherous? The key is to find a crowd-pleasing piece with something for everyone. Take, for example, this brilliant cardigan by London-based designer Eudon Choi. Its balloon sleeves will satisfy fashion-forward sisters and girlfriends; its pretty pastel hue will fit in seamlessly with your mum’s wardrobe; and its quality wool-construction will even give nan plenty to love. You’re welcome.
The Vampire’s Wife
No Christmas is complete without a little glitter and sparkle. If you happen to know a woman likely to spend the festive season so preoccupied with hosting arrangements and party planning that she forgets to buy herself something fabulous for the big day, she’ll be overjoyed to find this incredible Vampire’s Wife dress under the tree.
'Tis the season for wrapping up, and few are the women who haven’t coveted one of Max Mara’s signature belted coats. This winter, the Italian brand is offering the coats in an array of neutral hues. We're fans of this universally-flattering tobacco shade, which is sophisticated but won’t become instantly grubby after one trip on the tube.
The best accessories for women
Everyone needs a great pair of boots in their winter wardrobe and, should you choose a pair to gift wisely, she’ll return to them year after year. For this, there is perhaps no finer brand than Church’s. A British shoemaking institution since 1873, the brand continues to produce all its shoes and leather goods from its factory in Northampton – and, happily, this includes a rather covetable line of women’s boots.
If she prefers the leg lengthening effect of a knee-high boot may we point you in the direction of the Elizabeth. Featuring a classic riding silhouette and stylish-yet-comfortable one-inch heel, its natural calf leather upper and diamond rubber sole make for a sleek, practical shoe perfect for dressing up or down. Alternatively, if her diary is one that often sees her running from work meetings to informal events, the Monmouth 40 boot is a brilliant multi-tasker. The timeless Chelsea boost design is given a fashion-forward edge courtesy of a burgundy calf leather with a polished fumè finish ideal for pairing with everything from tailoring to denim.
Finally, if her tastes tend to run to the more casual, Church’s hiking-inspired Eastrock boots combine luxury with a sporty outdoor sensibility. Constructed from hard-wearing Monteria calf leather and built on Church’s chunky St Moritz sole, they’re finished with a contrasting inner and bright laces for serious activewear style. Whether she’s always in leggings and a sweatshirt or pairs them with her favourite dress, they have ultimate cool girl appeal.
What is Christmas for if not for putting on your highest heels and dancing the night away? Should what promises to be a bumper season of festive parties, drinks, dinners and gatherings leave her favourite heels looking a little worse for wear, gifting these Aquazzura sandals will put you straight to the top of next year’s good list. (She need never know you bought them with 45 per cent off).
Everyone looks good in sunglasses – which makes them the ideal gift for particularly fussy fashion fans. The choice, however, can be a little overwhelming, so there are a few things to keep in mind. Firstly, always opt for a big-name brand you know she loves. Secondly, remember that rounded frames in a versatile shade will suit almost all face shapes. Thirdly, never be so bold as to choose coloured lenses. These tortoiseshell designs by Tom Ford tick all the boxes.
The best handbags for women
As long as your steer clear of anything garishly coloured, vastly oversized or miniscule (Jacquemus, we’re looking at you), gifting a designer handbag is hard to get wrong. If you’re buying for someone who already has quite the collection, opt for a classic shape that has been given a new-season twist. Burberry’s timeless Lola bag finished with an autumnal cashmere check is a case in point.
Alternatively, if you’re buying for a younger friend or family member who has yet to amass their own collection, get them started with a piece they’ll treasure forever. Finished with the iconic YSL Art Deco logo, chain strap and quilted leather outer, Saint Laurent’s mid-size College bag promises never to go out of style.
Daniel Lee’s revitalisation of Bottega Veneta has seen the brand's bags become some of the most covetable (and valuable) on the market. A surefire way to impress a woman who knows a thing or two about fashion, then. Featuring an oversized version of the brand’s signature Intrecciato weave, the Casette bag comes in both black and rust, but it's this forest green version that gets our vote.
If, like us, you are of the opinion that the days between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve are best spent wearing loungewear and working your way through your most decadent festive hamper, you’ll also agree that sophisticated pyjamas make excellent presents. For this, turn to Sleeper, whose ostrich feather-trimmed set is as suitable for a cocktail party as it is for curling up on the sofa.
Jo Malone London
Beauty gift sets tend to get a bad rap as Christmas presents. We've all, at one time or another, received the dregs of the Boots gifting aisle from a relative who left their shopping to the last minute. Select said gift set from a brand as chic as Jo Malone, however, and you needn’t worry. This greatest hits selection features best sellers from scent collections including Pomegranate Noir, English Pear & Freesia, Lime Basil & Mandarin, Peony & Blush Suede, and Blackberry & Bay.
Thames & Hudson and Assouline
The greatest presents are those that recipients love but wouldn't necessarily think to buy themselves – and coffee table books tend to fall squarely within this category. A trio of luxurious tomes delving deep into the history of sapphires, the fantastical haute couture collections of Yves Saint Laurent and the inspirational life of beauty entrepreneur Estée Lauder make for fascinating reading – and they look great to boot.
Sapphire: A Celebration of Colour by Joanna Hardy and Robert Violette, £85, thamesandhudson.com; Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk: The Complete Haute Couture Collections 1962-2992, £55, thamesandhudson.com; Estée Lauder: A Beautiful Life by Aerin Lauder, £165, assouline.com
Showstopping Christmas gifts for her
Some brands just exude the kind of quiet luxury that lets you know they’re expensive without the need for a flashy logo or monogram print. The Row is one of them. There’s an art to creating this kind of subtle appeal and it tends to lie in meticulous design, fine materials and quality craftsmanship – none of which come cheap. If money is no object, The Row’s Margaux bag is a sublime gift that may well prove to be a savvy investment if current auction trends are anything to go by. Think of it as a modern-day Hermès Birkin.
Watches and jewellery make perennially excellent Christmas gifts and if you can combine the two, then so much the better. Crafted in 18 karat rose gold and set with round-cut diamonds on the case and bracelet, this elegant watch from Bulgari’s signature Serpenti line is a family heirloom in the making.
Looking for something as unique as she is? Allow us to point you in the direction of Kiki McDonough’s one-off jewels. Tapping into current trends for coloured jewellery, the London-based designer has created a range of unique pieces spanning a rainbow of shades, with this pastel-hued morganit, aquamarine and diamond necklace being a particular showstopper. Just don’t forget the matching earrings to complete the set.
Still in need of help?
Perhaps you’re short on time. Or maybe you’re buying for someone who knows what they want – but it isn’t easy to find. When it comes to buying the perfect present, it always pays to have an expert on hand – and that’s where Aripi London comes in. Founded in 2020, this bespoke personal shopping agency specialises in sourcing luxury goods from Europe’s fashion capitals for a global clientele of discerning customers who will settle for nothing but the best.
Thanks to its network of contacts spanning the world’s most coveted brands, Aripi London can help you get your hands on that hard-to-find handbag, those limited edition sneakers or those dazzling diamonds you know she’s been eyeing for months. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a gift guaranteed to surprise and delight, Aripi’s team of personal shopping experts are on hand to offer tailored advice based on her lifestyle and fashion preferences (plus, they’ll let you take all the credit).
Even better, Aripi has made sure accessing its services is easy and convenient. There are a whole range of contact methods available and you can even place orders and send enquiries via Instagram direct messaging – ideal if you want to keep your gift buying discreet. So banish boring gift cards. With the help of Aripi London memorable luxury gifts are just a few clicks away.