Best Christmas gifts for her 2021—Genuinely good gift ideas for women that they'll love

From luxe bags to nifty appliances, these are the best Christmas gifts for her that she'll love and actually use

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We’ve compiled the best Christmas gifts for her this holiday season, featuring a host of unique, practical, and luxury finds that she'll cherish for years to come.

There’s something for every budget too—from lingerie staples under $20/£20 to designer makeup buys with a luxury price tag. 

Whether you're shopping for Christmas gifts for mom or Christmas gifts for friends, it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping, especially with the current supply chain issues and shipping delays. We advise purchasing your presents as far in advance as possible this year to avoid disappointment. 

Our pick of the best Christmas gifts for her in 2021

Discover the best Christmas gifts for her across categories, below. Don't forget to check our woman&home vouchers site before you shop for the latest offers and discounts from your favorite brands—think, John Lewis, Hobbs, Matalan, Marks & Spencer, and more. 

Where to buy Christmas gifts for her in the US

Our pick of the best Christmas gifts for her in the US

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1. Béis The Cosmetic Case: $68 | View at Béis

Delivery: 5-7 day shipping | Refundable: 90-day return policy

Arm her with this chic multipurpose vegan travel beauty case, decorated with gold accents and a durable exterior. Lightweight and water-resistant, this case features ample space for storing, separating, and organizing products, like the best lip liners and best foundation sticks.



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2. The Gravity Blanket: From $195

Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refundable: Dependant on retailer

Snuggle up this winter in front of the best Christmas movies on Netflix and the Gravity Weighted Blanket, known to help the body produce serotonin and melatonin, and decrease cortisol. The blanket integrates precise gridded stitching that helps secure the inner glass beads, which evenly distributes weight. In addition, you'll find a plush duvet cover with buttons and ties that keep the blanket snug inside.


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3. Good Hair: The Essential Guide to Afro, Textured, and Curly Hair by Charlotte Mensah: From $21

Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refundable: Dependant on retailer

The ultimate manual on how to care for textured hair from afro hair guru and celeb stylist, Charlotte Mensah. This book brims with knowledge from identifying curl textures and creating tailored hair-care routines to styling cornrows and Bantu knots.


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4. Dyson Airwrap Styler: $549.99

Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refundable: Dependant on retailer

As one of the best hair dryers for fine hair, the Airwrap tames, smooths, volumizers, and curls hair, depending on the attachments you use. It's suitable for all hair types but works best on fine hair, features a powerful 1300W motor, and comes with a 2-year warranty. Simply put, it's a hair tool that does it all and then some.


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5. Badly Behaved Women By Anna Marie Crowhurst: From $23.41

Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refundable: Dependant on retailer

Empower the woman in your life with this inspirational story of modern feminism. Taking you through the decades, Crowhurst chronicles the movement's history with incredibly powerful images, essays from the likes of Helen Pankhurst, and short, snappy chapters such as "Smashing The Ceiling and Massive Shoulderpads." It’s a joy to read and, as Lucy Worsley advises on the cover, "you’ll be needing an extra copy for your daughter, too."


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6. Rituals Precious Amber Scented Candle: $39.50 | View at Rituals

Delivery: 2-14 day shipping  | Refundable: 14-day return policy

Transform her home into a lush garden with the Precious Amber candle from Rituals. Among the best scented candles, this one imbues a delectable floral fragrance for hours, infused with notes of powdery vanilla and Oriental accents. Made of natural sunflower wax and rapeseed wax.


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7. Gisou Mini Series Gift Set: $51 | View at Selfridges

Delivery: Dependant on region | Refundable: 28-day return policy

The Gisou Mini-Series Gift Set wraps better hair days in minimalist white packaging. The bundle highlights the brand's bestsellers, like the Honey Infused Hair Mask and Propolis Infused Heat Protecting Spray (aka our hair heat protection of choice).


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8. Shiatsu Shoulder Massager: From $35.99 | View at Amazon

Delivery: 2-5 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

Ease her muscle tension with the Shiatsu Shoulder Massager, designed to target the back and neck areas. Its deep-kneading nodes rotate to improve blood circulation and loosen pressure. Plus, there are three intensity levels, so you can choose just the strength and feel of your massage.


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9. Beyond Yoga Spacedye Caught In The Midi High Waisted Legging: $97| View at Beyond Yoga

Delivery: 2-8 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

Beyond Yoga is size-inclusive, sustainably-made athleisure, ideal for fitness gurus and loungers alike. For a non-restrictive feel, these top-rated leggings sit at the natural waist and hit just above the ankle. They come in various colorways and are available in sizes ranging from XXS-XXL, making them some of the best plus-size leggings for yoga.


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10. MAC Cosmetics Hint of Hollywood View From The Top Eye Kit: $59 | View at Selfridges

Delivery: 5-7 day shipping | Refundable: 28-day return policy

With soft and dramatic hues, this kit is designed to accentuate the eyes—with a touch of Hollywood glamour. You can craft Christmas makeup looks aplenty with this set that features a festive palette accompanied by one of the best mascaras and best eyeliners from the brand.


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11. Alice Bow Insoles for High Heels & Flats: $22.95 | View at Alice Bow

Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable: 90-day return policy

Whether you’re donning high heels or flats, these insoles offer premium arch support and comfort. Crafted from padded Italian leather, they resemble the outline of feet, meaning you can wear them in open or closed-toe shoes. Plus, they include double-sided sticky spots to hold your insoles in place.


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12. Skims Teddy Half-Zip Fleece Sweatshirt: $107 | View at Selfridges

Delivery: Dependant on region| Refundable: 30-day return policy

Skims is known for making some of the best shapewear, but who knew they made cosy winter wardrobe essentials too? This plush sweater will see you through cold spells or lounging around days. It's available in three neutral shades, has a relaxed fit and boasts ample pockets.


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13. The Body Shop Love & Plums Essentials Gift Set: $29 | View at Ulta

Delivery: 4-10 day shipping | Refundable: 60-day return policy

Meet luxury self-care housed in an adorable tote bag. Included, you’ll find a selection of lovely fruity products, including a Shower Gel, Body Yogurt, Body Butter and Hand Cream


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14. Tiffany & Co Diamonds by the Yard Diamond and Sterling-Silver Pendant Necklace: $590 | View at Selfridges

Delivery: Dependant on region | Refundable: 28-day return policy

When in doubt, gift her with a timeless, sophisticated piece of jewelry—like this gem from Tiffany & Co. This jewel is crafted with sterling silver and finished with a circular, brilliant-cut diamond pendant. A piece that would make a beautiful Christmas gift for your wife, it’ll become her go-to accessory to pair with casual ensembles and elevated frocks.


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15. Ghd Ultimate Holiday Gift Set In Warm Pewter: $448 | View at ghd

Delivery: 5-7 day shipping | Refundable: 21-day return policy

Revamp her hair routine with Ghd’s limited-edition gift set, bundling one of the best ghd straighteners, the Platinum+ Smart Styler, with the Helios Professional Blow Dryer. Suitable for all hair types, this duo offers thoughtful perks for personalized styling, including (but not limited to) variable temperature and speed controls.


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16. SbriStudio Personalized Leather Coin Purse: $42.52 | View at Etsy

Delivery: 8-14 day shipping | Refundable: Non-refundable

Not only is it in this gorgeous leopard print, but you can also add initials on the front and a personalized message engraved on the inside. A thoughtful and practical present that makes for a good Christmas gift for your mother-in-law. Add to basket, pronto.


Where to buy Christmas gifts for her in the UK

Our pick of the best Christmas gifts for her in the UK

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1. Ugg Scuffette II Slipper: £80 | View at Ugg

Delivery: 2-3 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

One of the best slippers for comfort thanks to their plush wool lining, these hug feet with their cocooning shape to prevent them from slipping off, making for a secure and cosy feel. Pair them with some festive women's Christmas pyjamas for a lovely winter gift.


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2. Nespresso Vertuo Plus: £179

Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refundable: Dependant on retailer

If you want to treat her to one of the best coffee machines on the market, this is a standout machine from Nespresso that boasts high-tech features and crafts lots of different types of coffee. And if you're on the hunt for the best Nespresso deals or just generally the best coffee machine deals, this is one that often sees discounts.


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3. Byredo Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum: From £122

Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refundable: Dependant on retailer

One of the best perfumes for women who want something soft and gender-neutral but subtly addictive, this blends herbal and citrusy but somehow very soft top notes of juniper, lemon, bergamot and pepper with a pine and incense heart and has a creamy sandalwood, vanilla and amber base that continues to project a soft warmth throughout wear.


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4. Dyson Airwrap Complete: £449.99

Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refundable: Dependant on retailer

The multi-functional features of this tool mean that this is not only one of the best hair dryers we've used, but also one of the best hair straighteners brushes. The Airwrap uses Dyson's patented technology to dry hair with low heat as you style it so your look depends on the attachment you use. It's not quite strong enough to control naturally frizzy hair, but the brush attachment does dry it smoothly making for a nice base for heat styling.


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5. Oliver Bonas Bright Super Soft Gingham Check Multicoloured Scarf: £35 | View at Oliver Bonas

Delivery: 3-5 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

This bright fringed scarf will add a pop of color to any of your best winter coats and its super soft material makes for a comfortable wear. Go festive and pair it with your best Christmas jumper or a monochrome look for the ultimate chic winter outfit.


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6. Missoma Celestial Pave Huggies: £120 | View at Missoma

Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable: 60-day return policy

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If you want one of the best jewelry gifts this Christmas, this gorgeous gold pave Huggies will satisfy any jewelry lover on your list. With two plain mini hoops and one pave hoop in the middle, they can be worn on their own or paired with other hoops or studs for a pretty ear stack. They're also available in silver for anyone who prefers cooler hues.


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7. Longchamp Le Pliage Original XL Travel Bag: £105 | View at John Lewis

Delivery: 7 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

By far one of the best weekend bags for women we've ever used, this lightweight bag can fit everything you might need for a few days away without feeling too cumbersome to carry around. It also has the sophisticated Longchamp look despite its simple canvas design.


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8. Huda Beauty Brown Obsessions Liquid Matte Mini Lipstick Set: £35 | View at Net-A-Porter

Delivery: 3-6 day shipping | Refundable: 28-day return policy

Featuring four of the brand's most popular brown shades, this set offers mini versions of the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick—one of the very best long lasting lipsticks we have ever tried. This one will stay put from morning 'til night, won't smudge after eating or drinking and won't even transfer onto that all essential face mask.


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9. Sweaty Betty Run Gloves: £35 | View at Sweaty Betty

Delivery: 5 day shipping | Refundable: 45-day return policy

Treat her to warm hands with these lightweight (but cozy) gloves, one of the best gifts for runners out there. This pair leverages sweat-wicking fabric with grippy palms, along with reflective detailing. What's more, the gloves have tech-friendly fingers, so you can still use your phone to switch songs mid-run.


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10. Girlfriend Collective Compressive High Rise Full Length Leggings: £65 | View at John Lewis

Delivery: 7 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

One of the best leggings we've tried for both working out and lounging around, these feature a super high waist and a wide waistband that helps to feel secure and confident thanks to the flattering silhouette it creates. They're also made from luxuriously soft fabric that is surprisingly warm in the winter coats.


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11. Marks & Spencer Anything But Ordinary Heart Embroidery Bralette: £18 | View at Marks & Spencer

Delivery: 5-7 day shipping | Refundable: 35-day return policy

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Available in two styles, this whimsical style hails from the retailer's all-new Anything But Ordinary collection, which highlights bespoke and unique pieces. A comfortable bra that features sheer embroidered cups and a non-wired, unpadded fit, it's one of the best bralettes if you're looking for something pretty.


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12. Glow Recipe Fruit Babies Bestsellers Kit: £29 | View at Cult Beauty

Delivery: 4-6 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

Glow Recipe has become one of the most successful Korean skincare brands in beauty, so this kit of bestsellers is the perfect gift for anyone wanting to develop a healthy skincare routine. Featuring one of the best Korean eye creams on the market as well as the brand's famous Watermelon products (which are some of our favorites for lightweight hydration) and their brightening niacinamide drops, this will help anyone add some glow and hydration to their routine.


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13. Lauren Ralph Lauren Merrimack Carter 26 Cross Body Bag: £99 | View at John Lewis

Delivery: 7 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

The best designer bags tend to come with a heavy price-tag attached so this stylish Ralph Lauren crossbody is worth snapping up at less than £100. It boasts an elegantly simple design and two compartment to keep essentials organized.


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14. Ghd Platinum+ Hair Straightener In Warm Pewter: £199 | View at ghd

Delivery: 3-7 day shipping | Refundable: Christmas returns until 15th Jan 2022

Ghd is known for offering the best hair straighteners on the market, so this gift set would make a thoughtful and useful present if she's always fighting to tame her locks. Featuring our personal favorite, the ghd Platinum+ hair straightener, in a chic emerald, lizard-effect, velvet-touch vanity case, this would make one impressive gift.


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15. Marks & Spencer Rosie Satin Floral Print Long Wrap: £35 | View at Marks & Spencer

Delivery: 5-7 day shipping | Refundable: 35-day return policy

Pair her matching Christmas pajamas with this satiny robe that comes in two different designs. Available from sizes XS-XL, this is one of the best robes for women who want a bit of luxury without the extortionate prices that usually come with this type of fabric.


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16. Johnstons of Elgin Ribbed-cuff Cashmere Gloves: £50 | View at Selfridges

Delivery: 3-5 day shipping | Refundable: 28-day return policy

Keep hands toasty with these knitted cashmere gloves, the antidote against frigid temperatures. These gloves are woven from plush Scottish fibers and finished with ribbed cuffs that sit slightly past the wrist. Not to mention, they feature an easy pull-on design.


How do you choose good Christmas gifts for women?

The key to picking the perfect present for the woman in your life is to figure out what she wants and needs. 

If you’re in a rut, take a look at popular items by product category—as defined by viral moments, news coverage, and research. Chances are, she's been eyeing one of these hot products for a while. For example, latte art experienced a surge in light of government-mandated lockdowns. Therefore, you may want to buy her a coffee maker of her own.

Alternatively, you may want to adopt a problem-solution approach. In other words, find solutions to her common, everyday inconveniences. If her bra is uncomfortable, snag a new one for her boudoir. Maybe she's a runner whose hands grow cold during long-distance runs. Or, score her a skincare regimen if she's a beginner eager to start anew.

Aleesha is a digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows what the best buys are at any moment. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 and has since worked with a number of brands including Women's Health, Stylist and Goodto. A year on the w&h news team gained her invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first—as well as an AOP awards nomination.