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, 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 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, pyjamas 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 is 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 Staud bag everyone would be pleased with. 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.
A pretty print that comes in a pretty gift box.
You’ll gain so many best friend points thanks to Charlotte Tilbury.
Of course, she would want this dreamy Ganni beaded bag.
Get her the shoes she’s been stalking online and you won’t go wrong.
Everyone needs a cosy Sunday sweater.
The gift of the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit.
It’s like a best-friend bracelet, but for adults.
Buy her the perfect party dress so she stops borrowing yours.
Because who doesn’t love a luxe candle?
You’ll secure your best-friend status for life.
The perfect pairing with a sleek winter coat.
Who doesn’t love a hint of luxury with a satin gown while you get ready to go out with the girls.
Everyone needs a special place to put their favourite flowers.
She can treat herself to a facial every week.
Positive thoughts only.
They’ll share, right?
The new River Island home section is a go-to for gifts.
It’s the skirt everyone has been waiting for, so of course, she’ll like it too.
Book in that cheese and wine night.
She'll want to wear this on repeat.
She's guaranteed to never lose this one.
She'll keep these forever.
There'll be no excuse not to be your New Year gym buddy now.
So, so comfortable.