The best gifts for women: a topic we have to revisit more often than we'd comfortably like. Every other month it feels as though we're faced with the near-impossible task of selecting something that isn't only conceivably attainable, but that she'll really, genuinely love. Our commiserations go out especially to those with wives or girlfriends whose birthday is perilously close to your anniversary, Valentine's Day or Christmas: truly, the tyranny of time does not rest for special occasions.
And since we've riled you up, it's time to calm you down with an affirmation you can repeat if it feels like it might help: I will find the perfect gift today. In your present-related stress, it might sound like an impossibility, but our guide is absolutely packed full of luxurious choices both affordable and outrageous. Sure, there's a lot of choice out there, but our edit distils the very best on offer and argues for the virtues of each. By the end of this article we're sure you'll have sorted out the gifts you need for their next birthday, your next anniversary, Easter…even if they all fall in the same week.
If we have one more piece of advice, it's not to leave things to the last minute: next-day delivery isn't always going to be there to save you.
What are the best gift ideas for women?
Flowers, chocolates and perfume may seem like the reserve of the Milk Tray man, but that guy was onto something: plenty of women will appreciate all three. There will be some suggestions in all of these categories below, though we’re guessing you may have come here seeking some alternative suggestions. Happily, there are limitless options for gifting available to you on your gifting quest.
To give a brief rundown of some of our current favourites, silk pillowcases, sheepskin slippers, cutesy blown glass tumblers, soft pyjamas and a romance-focused breakfast hamper are all proving popular with GQ editors right now.
If you’re looking for something absolutely show-stopping, now might be the perfect time to deploy a 200 rose bouquet, a pair of Christian Louboutin high heels or the Prada bag she’s been rinsing on her Pinterest for the past 18 months.
- Best overall gift for her: Bloom & Wild flower subscription, £70 for three months at bloomandwild.com
- Best gift for fashion girlies: Tala bandeau dress, £52 at wearetala.com
- Best for foodies: Tina cheese and wine hamper, £50 at thecheesegeek.com
- Best for home bakers: Panasonic bread maker, £199.99 at johnlewis.com
- Best for the woman who prefers a night in: Soho Home robe, £85 at sohohome.com
- Best for caffeine addicts: Whittard coffee subscription, £18 at whittard.co.uk
- Best for gym bunnies: LuluLemon leggings, from £88, at lululemon.co.uk
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