Best Christmas gifts for women
Whether you're buying for your mum, your best friend, or your partner (or you've yet to start and need something for all of the above), Mumsnetters have you covered. From glamour to gadgets, read on for gift inspiration galore
Gifts under £50
The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, £8
With cold weather outside and fires on, Christmas is a particularly good time to give books as gifts. Of course, your choice of book will depend on your recipient, but a crowd-pleaser might be Margaret Atwood's The Testaments. Set in the dystopian world of Gilead, the book picks up where The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood's seminal 1985 novel left off. Everyone's talking about it, plus it was nominated for the Booker prize so they (and therefore you) will land literary kudos for reading it on their commute. Just be careful that they haven't already picked up for themselves.
“A thoughtfully-chosen book can make someone feel very special and they cost next to zip.”Buy now from Amazon
Sheepskin Insoles, £12
These cosy insoles are great for keeping toes toasty in winter. If you're not a fan of Uggs, the insoles can be placed into any shoes to give your soles that
snug feeling while still remaining stylish.
“Sheepskin insoles for my boots mean warm feet and no blisters. Fab if you're on your feet all day.”Buy now from Amazon
The Week Subscription, from £32.99
If you've got an avid reader to buy a gift for, another great option is a magazine subscription. With tonnes of choice, from general interest to science or fashion, there'll be plenty to keep them engaged throughout the year, not just for Christmas. This Week is a good all-rounder, giving you a look at the top news and opinion from the UK and abroad, as well as lighter topics – such as arts, people and food. Available in print, digital, and print + digital options.
“£30 also buys a good magazine subscription if you think she might have time to browse one rather than reading a full book. It makes you think of the giver when it arrives and it’s a very thoughtful gift.”Buy now from The Week
Chanel Dimensions De Chanel, £25
Simple luxuries like high end beauty or skincare make a wonderful Christmas gift – and often come in elegant packaging to save you a few minutes wrapping amongst all the Christmas stress. Chanel is a great place to start for gifts like this, as it's such a timeless brand popular with all ages. This volumising mascara
“You can order Chanel make up online and it comes in lovely gift packaging – you get a couple of free samples too. Can't go wrong with their mascara or a nice red lippy.”Buy now from John Lewis
Gifts under £150
Electric Blanket, £65
This king-size electric blanket has a fleecy finish with six heat settings and nine timer settings. It also allows two users to choose their own setting for each side, so hopefully keeps the peace. A great present for those incoming couple of months of cold that seem to arrive after Christmas (but we often
choose to forget about).
“Electric blanket. I kid you not. Life-changing if you live in a chilly old house. DH resisted for years but caved in when we had snow in March this year. Dual controls essential so you can control your own half!”
“I don't use my heating, just the fire in the living room, and my electric blanket is a godsend. l can't get to sleep when I'm cold, and there's nothing nicer than getting into a warm, snug bed.”Buy now from Amazon
All-new Kindle, with built-in front light, £70
Amazon's 2019 All New Kindle makes a great Christmas present for new parents. It saves them having to carry a heavy book around, can be used with one hand and has a backlight so can be read in the dark without disturbing any sleeping children.
“DH replaced my kindle with a brand new version with a light – expecting DC2 in May so it will be much used.”Buy now from Amazon
Fitbit Inspire HR
With new year's resolutions around the corner, Fitbits make an excellent Christmas present. The Inspire HR is a great fitness tracker for daily use, measuring steps, heart rate calorie burn and sleep plus more. The app stores all your data so you can see trends and improvements to motivate yourself.
“DH bought me a Fitbit for Xmas which has been surprisingly motivating so far!”
“I got mine last year for Christmas and have worn it every day since. It has absolutely increased my fitness. I walk a lot at work & try to get at least 6500 steps a day there, then an evening dog walk easily gets me up to 10000. DH bought it for me as a surprise, as he thought the stats would appeal to my geeky side and get me competing with myself, and he was right.”Buy now from Amazon
Croc Embossed Leather Bucket Bag, £120
If you're buying for someone fashion forward, a high quality leather bag hits the spot between fashionable and practical. This croc leather choice from Scandi fashion sensation And Other Stories is bang on trend whilst being the right size for daily use.
“I think a good quality bag is a good choice of gift. She will use it (so better than an ornamental gift in that sense) and it is something she really wants, and hopefully, she will take good care of it”.Buy now from And Other Stories
Gifts under £300
iRobot Roomba 671
Anything that makes household chores is usually an appreciated Christmas gift. The iRobot Roomba 671 robot vacuum cleaner is great for families with pets, as it sucks up dog and cat hair with ease, as well as dust and debris. You can use the app to guide the Roomba and it can be switched on remotely so the hoovering is done by the time you get home, taking at least a little bit of the load off.
“A Roomba. I have fibromyalgia and hoovering was agony (DH did hoover occasionally but badly) it has made life less painful and less stressful. However at 35 (last year) it was depressing to be excited about a hoover”Buy now from Amazon
KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer
If you're buying for a budding baker, this mini KitchenAid Stand Mixer may just be the icing on the cake this Christmas. This mini one has the same power as the standard version, so it's great for smaller kitchens, or just to save space in larger kitchens. Of course it can be used for cakes, but there are some more unconventional uses like making meatballs, mash or guacamole, so it's certainly not a one-trick pony.
“I burst into tears when the Kitchenaid appeared. I was heavily pregnant and had wanted one for years but couldn't justify the cost. DD demands to bake for Daddy on at least a weekly basis”Buy now from Amazon
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