Why is it, that the people you know the best can be the hardest to buy for? You can spot a new purchase on them from a mile away and instinctively recognise something they would never wear, and yet when it comes to narrowing down a thoughtful surprise, you have a higher success rate with “secret Santa” and a bunch of randoms at work. Funny that.
We’ve all got the following friends: Miss Buys Everything She Wants Anyway, Miss Only Likes Eye-Waveringly Expensive Investment Pieces and Miss Takes Everything Back to the Shop, and as much as we love them, they’re the hardest bunch to wow with a great Christmas present.
Which is why we’re here to help. Our edit pulls in the gifting classics that aren’t to be sniffed at, including candles, lingerie and makeup, which all make wonderful presents, especially at Christmas when retailers go the extra mile with fancy packaging and presentation boxes. No one will want to take these back.
Then there are the niche, independent brands that Miss Buys Everything She Wants Anyway probably won’t have seen anywhere else, so she’ll (hopefully) be pleasantly surprised. And for the luxury style mavens, a box of Bella Freud Ginsberg Is God matches is almost as good as the cult jumper, right?
As they say, giving is better than receiving, and that’s never truer than when you’ve got a corker of a present up your sleeve. So scroll through the gallery below to see the standout Christmas presents your best friends are guaranteed to love.
This fresh take on initial jewellery is super sleek.
Everyone loves a bit of festive makeup on their dressing table. And even better if it’s Burberry.
This is just waiting to be Instagrammed.
Artfully packaged, this packs a real present punch.
Friends who train together, stay together. Even if you can’t physically be there, she’ll think of you when she’s running around in these.
This high-street bracelet looks more expensive than £39.
We love the little shelf on this mirror too.
A pretty print that comes in a pretty gift box.
A fun update on an It bag without the usual £1000 price tag. Hopefully, she’ll let you borrow it too…
Go the extra mile, and pair this with a bunch of flowers too.
Because who doesn’t love a luxe candle? Or five.
And you’ll need the chic matches to light the aforementioned candle, of course.
The gift of the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit.
Without a doubt, she’ll love you forever.
This scarf is a case of “one for you, and one for me.”
Cheese addict? Nothing will please her more than new crystal knives for the New Year. Fancy.
Keep her warm with these super-soft gloves. We love the pom-pom detailing.
Ganni T-shirts are great gifts that won’t leave you living on baked beans.
Everyone will love the gift of the glow.
Help her plan the most fantastic year yet.
These are everything.
Help balance her chakras while making her bathroom look stylish, of course.
The knit dreams are made of, and it’s cashmere.
Guaranteed to go down well, trust us.
Fancy doing a little shopping for yourself too? Why not read our edit of best ankle boots that’s up next?
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
Opening Image: Belle and Bunty