Top 14 Thoughtful Christmas Gift Ideas for Women
Not sure what to get for Christmas for a woman in your life? We understand. It can be difficult to buy for the lady who has everything – or just for someone who doesn’t share the same tastes and interests as you.
Whether you’re buying for your mother, sister, partner or daughter, you want to come across as though you’ve put a lot of thought into your gift, rather than rushed out and picked something off the shelf last-minute. We’ve got you covered with these 14 thoughtful Christmas gift ideas that show just how much you care. Starting with…
1) Gift Cards
We know you might be balking at the idea of giving someone a gift card for Christmas. But let us explain! A gift card doesn’t have to be the boring, low-effort present that it’s perceived to be.
Of course, gift cards aren’t appropriate for everyone – some women absolutely love being surprised and wouldn’t enjoy the idea of picking out their own present. But if you’re buying for someone extremely fussy and you’re worried she won’t like anything you pick, a gift card is a great solution.
For example, if the woman you’re buying for is into makeup, purchase a Boots or Superdrug gift card for a specific amount, then write a little note on the back saying that you’re buying her a lipstick, and she can choose which one. That’s thoughtful – it’s still a surprise, but you’re guaranteeing that she’ll love it, because she’s making the final decision.
2) Tickets to an Event
Presents don’t have to be physical. If the lady you’re buying for is the kind of person that already has everything – or has no space left in her home to put “stuff” – buying her an experience as a gift could be the perfect surprise.
Whether it’s a concert, a West End show or even just a day at an amusement park – a ticket to an event is a thoughtful Christmas gift for women that shows you take her happiness seriously. Bonus points if you buy two tickets so that she can bring a friend (or you)! Of course, you’ll want to make sure that whatever it is you’re getting her tickets to is something she’d like, so do some subtle digging first if you’re not sure.
3) Day at the Spa
Getting a gift certificate for a day at the spa is another great Christmas present idea for women who love nothing more than pampering themselves on their days off. This is a particularly thoughtful gift for a woman who has a very busy life (especially if she’s got kids, or a full-time job). She might not even realise how much stress she was under until she’s sitting in that relaxing sauna.
Don’t forget to include some treatments too, such as a facial, a mani-pedi or a hot stone massage. You’re basically gifting her an entire day to herself – and which woman wouldn’t want that?
An oldy but a goody! Perfume is an awesome Christmas gift for women – it smells great, and it’s something she can use every day to help her feel more made up and exude confidence.
Of course, don’t just waltz into Boots and buy the first perfume that you find. Make sure you have at least a vague idea of what kind of scents she might like before you blow your cash. Otherwise it might go unused… and that would be a waste of a good Christmas present.
For example, if she has a favourite singer, check to see if they’ve released a fragrance – that’s bound to be appreciated. Otherwise, take inspiration from the kinds of body wash and lotion that she uses – if she uses lots of sweet scents, a perfume with top notes of vanilla might be ideal. You get the idea.
5) Travel Mug
If the woman you’re buying for is always on-the-go and spending lots of money on takeaway coffees, a high-quality reusable travel mug is a great Christmas gift idea. Many coffee shops offer a discount if you bring in your own mug – so it’ll help her save money, too!
Don’t just buy a normal travel mug though—that’s hardly thoughtful now, is it? There are plenty of companies that will let you order a one-of-a-kind, personalised travel mug in her favourite colours, bearing her name or printed with a picture that you know she’ll love. To take things up a notch, fill the mug with a bag of expensive ground coffee or luxury hot chocolate powder before wrapping it, so she’ll have something special to enjoy.
6) Lotion and Body Butter
Another Christmas present idea for women that smells great and will be used every day is a nice, expensive body lotion or butter. Body lotion and butter are the kinds of gifts that will truly be appreciated every single day. Not every woman will think to buy them for themselves, but even if she does, nobody will mind having multiple different kinds to choose from after the bath or shower.
If you want to get even more creative, go ahead and add in some nice-smelling bath salts or bath bombs as well, and make her a cute and thoughtful “pamper hamper” so that she can truly spoil herself.
7) Personalised Photo Album or Scrapbook
If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for her that’s unique and thoughtful, then you’re going to love this idea: a photo book! With just one picture per page and plenty of room left over for writing down memories and special occasions, it’s the kind of personalized Christmas present she’ll cherish forever.
This is the kind of gift that she’ll really appreciate because she’ll know that it took you a lot of time and effort to put it all together. Get your photos printed out professionally on actual photo paper (don’t use your home inkjet – the quality just won’t be the same) and for an extra-special touch, and stickers and embellishments such as ribbon and borders around the pictures.
8) Monthly Snack or Meal Box Subscription
A monthly snack subscription is another great Christmas present for women who crave crunching on something sweet or savoury in between meals. Sign her up to six months’ or even a year’s worth of snack boxes, delivered straight to her door, and this really will be the gift that keeps on giving.
Meal boxes are also a great option for the busy woman who never seems to have time to cook dinner from scratch, and ends up spending too much on takeaways and ready meals. Whether it’s a subscription of healthy, high-quality freezer or fridge meals, or even a meal prep box (which provides all the ingredients and you cook it yourself), any busy woman is bound to love this gift. Just make sure you’re aware of any allergies or dietary requirements that she may have first.
9) Surprise Weekend Getaway
Still not sure what to get her? Well, there’s one gift idea that is sure to be appreciated and works no matter the occasion or time of year: a weekend getaway!
You can book a stay at a cabin in the woods, a quirky AirBNB, plan a trip to her favourite city or go for broke and buy plane tickets for a foreign holiday in a tropical country. Any woman is bound to be blown away by this thoughtful gesture (just so long as she likes travelling in general). Be sure to book a trip with flexible dates, or make sure it’s scheduled for a time that she’s not busy.
10) Scented Candles or Essential Oil Diffuser
Scented candles, wax melts and essential oil diffusers are great for adding atmosphere and a touch of luxury to any home. They also make great gifts, because they’re inexpensive but can be completely personalised to your gift recipient’s tastes. It’s the kind of thoughtful gift she’ll love all year round.
As we mentioned with perfume, make sure you have an idea of the kinds of scent she might appreciate first. Or you might consider buying her a variety of different scented melts or oils, so that she can experiment to her liking. You could even take things one step further and create a customised candle with her favourite scent and an inscription or photo on the jar!
11) Designer Purse or Handbag
Handbags are something that every woman needs – have you seen how small (or completely non-existent) pockets are in women’s clothing? If you want to get her something she’ll appreciate and really use every day, then a brand new handbag is the way to go.
But don’t be tempted by those cheap ones that you can find in any high street store. Throw down some cash and invest in a designer brand – that way, she can wear it with pride and it’s something that will last for years to come.
12) A New Watch
Another great Christmas present for her is a watch. You can choose from various styles depending on her tastes, but if you want to get even more creative then why not have it engraved with a special message? It’s just one of those thoughtful Christmas gifts that will be cherished throughout the years.
If she’s expressed a wish to get fit in the new year (as so many of us do, with good intentions!) you could even opt for a smart watch that will track her steps and activity, such as a Fitbit or an Apple watch.
13) A Really Nice Bottle of Wine
If you want to get her something that’s really hard to go wrong with, then a nice bottle of wine – and we mean really nice – is always a good call. Who doesn’t appreciate a tipple? (Well, plenty of people, actually – if that’s the case, then just disregard this idea.)
A good wine is something that’s sure to go down a treat, especially if she’s used to buying the cheap £10 bottles from Sainsburys or the local off license. Just make sure you know whether she prefers white, red or rosé, or else you’ll end up wasting your cash on something that will be left untouched!
14) Expensive Chocolates
Fancy chocolates are something that every woman (and man, for that matter) loves, but we so rarely feel comfortable buying them for ourselves. Normally, we shove a bar of Dairy Milk or Galaxy into our shopping trolley and call it a day.
So, go all-out and buy her a huge box of some expensive truffles or designer-brand chocolates and she’ll feel absolutely pampered on Christmas day. Brands such as Hotel Chocolat offer hundreds of flavour combinations and different-sized gift boxes so you can really tailor the chocolates to her tastes (and your budget).
Don’t Forget Her Christmas Card!
Whatever you do, don’t forget the Christmas card to go with your thoughtfully-picked-out gift! Everyone appreciates a Christmas card. And if you pick one out just for her with a design you know she’ll love – or customise the message inside to contain an inside joke, or a personalised greeting – she’ll be even more appreciative. She’ll know that you put a lot of effort in to make her Christmas bright.
At Charity Christmas Cards, we offer a huge range of Christmas cards, from traditional illustrations to contemporary digital art. You’re bound to find a design that you love. What’s more, every design is fully customisable with your own personal greeting, in a range of fonts and colours.
And of course, every Charity Christmas Card sold will include a donation to a good cause, so that you can help others in need this year. The more you order, the more we’ll donate. What are you waiting for?