The failsafe Christmas gifts to buy the stylish woman in your life

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With the countdown until Christmas well underway, present shopping will be creeping up your to do list. While you’ve probably spotted some potential gifts for family and friends, there’s always one person who is a struggle to buy for. 

Perhaps they have specific tastes, or already own everything you could possibly think of – but racking your brains for something that’ll impress them needn’t be a worry this year. 

I’ve rounded up the six stylish failsafe pieces that will guarantee a smile come Christmas morning… 

Best fashion gifts to buy her this Christmas

The ‘almost fine’ jewellery

I’ve dubbed this category ‘almost fine’ since while it certainly looks like expensive fine jewellery, it comes without the hefty price tag, which means it’s ideal for gifting to a special someone. 

Avoid going off piste (easily done if you have magpie tendencies) by focusing on the styles your recipient already wears and loves. 

If they’re keen on stacking rings, another is always a welcome addition. Similarly bangles or bracelets, both of which look nice in multiples. Do check she has her ears pierced, as classic tiny gold hoops are an ageless option. 

Dome hoops, £115, Mejuri;  Arcana necklace, £72, Wanderlust Life; Gold wave ring, £195, The Alkemistry; Name bracelet, £180, Otiumberg; Labradorite bracelet, £150, Emefa Cole

Chic cashmere

Come chilly weather, all any of us is thinking about is warmer clothes, so plumping for the cosiest knit on offer is a thoughtful and practical gift. 

Neutral fans will love an update on the classic crew neck: think a warming oat hue or chic khaki. Maximalists will be grateful for a colour block style (Chinti & Parker and Whistles do the best), or a fun print or timely festive slogan. 

Cardigan, £89, M&S; Olive crew neck, £199.95, Samsoe Samsoe; Colour block knit, £295, Chinti & Parker; Oatmeal knit, £195, Whistles 

Fancy boots

When it comes to winter boots, function will likely be the first box she’ll be looking to tick with a new pair. For a Christmas gift, you won’t need to stick to these same principles. Instead, go glam and fancy with a luxe style: mock-croc, coloured leather and a mid heel are all ideal. 

They’re the type of shoe she’ll be able to wear all season as they’re super wearable, but will be a welcome change from the practical winter footwear she buys for herself. 

Ana boots, £640, Dear Frances; Leather boots, £119, Zara; Razor boots, £325, Russell & Bromley

A new bag

Of course it’s a cliche to assume every woman will want a new handbag, but if you know your recipient’s personal style well, it’s an easy failsafe gift. 

Work out how much she likes to carry around, the colours she wears and styles she prefers, and it’ll help you narrow down your search. A coloured leather crossbody is a wise choice if you’re unsure: it works for trips, work and errands.  

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Ava tote, £590, Wandler; Shoulder bag, £150, LK Bennett;  Crossbody bag, £930, Fendi; Suede bag, £195, Uterque; Pillow Tabby bag, £495, Coach

Luxe skincare 

Skincare is likely the trickiest to get right on this list, but a fancy branded product that she already loves and uses will definitely be the most welcome. 

If you’re able to glance at her bathroom shelf before you head to Selfridges or Space NK then you’ll have excellent insight into the brands she prefers. 

Otherwise, head for award-winning products with glowing reviews. Augustinus Bader’s infamous range will warrant a gasp or two, while Kate Somerville’s Peptide Power cream has had rave reviews from skincare professionals so make for safe bets. 

Moisture mask, £65, Eve Lom; The Cream, from £65, Augustinus Bader; CEO Glow face oil, £34, Sunday Riley; Glow Recipe guava serum, £41, Cult Beauty; Peptide K8 Power Cream, £127, Kate Somerville

Fashion-forward pyjamas

Practical presents are always useful, but everyone loves a gift that feels extra special. A silk pyjama set with a trend-led twist is the perfect example of this. Luxe Leopard’s marble printed set is a classic option, while Olivia von Halle’s glamorous styles and Sleeper’s fluffy trims are far too good to only wear to bed. 

Feathered pyjama set, £320, Sleeper; Silk pyjama set, £365, Yolke; Olivia von Halle silk set, £460, Net-a-Porter

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