10 Elegant Gifts For Any Woman In Your Life

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10 Elegant Gifts For Any Woman In Your Life

Words by Ms Lili Göksenin | Photography by Mr Jack Wilson | Styling by Ms Sophie Hardcastle

9 December 2020

Doing some Christmas shopping for a woman in your life? Allow us to recommend a few bits and pieces from our sister brand, NET‑A‑PORTER. They’ve got something for everyone on your list: mothers, sisters, girlfriends, wives, friends. But, more importantly, they’ve got something for every kind of woman on your list: shoe lovers, the home-design obsessed, the travel crazy, beauty queens and more. We’ve chosen some of our favourite pieces from every category – gifts that the ladies on the MR PORTER Team would be very happy to find under the tree (hint, hint) – pieces you cannot go wrong with. See our selection below, or pop over to NET‑A‑PORTER to check out the thousands of items any woman would be happy to get.

01. For the shoe lover

These are the shoes for women who love shoes. Made famous by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex And The City, Manolo Blahnik’s Hangisi Pumps have become something of a symbol in the world of footwear. Though they are very distinctive thanks to that glistening buckle, they’re also, believe it or not, extremely versatile. Which makes them a perfect gift for any woman who likes to add a bit of height and a dash of sparkle to her outfits. 

02. For the bag lady

LOEWE knows a little something about making it-bags, and the Flamenco is no exception. The simple, natural-toned calf leather gets a bit of a cinch at the top and comes with a shoulder strap, though it’s billed as a clutch (ie, a bag meant to be carried by hand, not slung over a shoulder). The Flamenco is slouchy and casual – it’s not a bag for a woman who has specifically requested an evening bag, FYI – and is ideal for the woman in your life who takes a more laid-back, androdynous approach to dressing.

03. For the chic lounger

We’ve all been living in variations on pyjamas for the past year, but wouldn’t it be nice if our pyjamas could double as clothing we could wear out of the house? Perhaps that was what Ms Olivia von Halle was thinking when she designed this silk set printed with jaunty zebras. Buy these for the woman who never goes to bed in an old T-shirt and boxers, but approaches bedtime like she’s getting dressed for an event. Or, conversely, offer these to a lady who is in need of a PJ upgrade. Really, any woman would feel lucky to lie down in this luxurious bedtime ensemble.

04. For the romantic

New York-based jeweller Spinelli Kilcollin is known for these stacked, interconnected ring sets that look beautiful on almost any hand. This one, wrought in sterling silver, 18-karat gold and diamonds is particularly striking. The beauty of this ring is it can be worn several ways: stacked or spread between the fingers. It’s trendy and timeless at the same time and would make a splendid gift for a woman with whom you are romantically entangled.

05. For someone special

This is a blowout gift for someone extraordinarily special in your life, or someone who could really use a pick-me-up after a challenging year. Cartier’s timepieces are iconic for its use of classic finishes such as guilloched dials, Roman numerals, blued hands and the sapphire crown (that “floats” like a balloon at the side, hence the name of the collection). This is the kind of watch that will last forever and eventually turn into an incredibly special heirloom piece, so really it’s two gifts in one, if you like.

06. For the homebody

We love a statement piece for the home, and what could make more of a statement than a vase in the shape of a lovely lady. The designer behind this ceramic item, Ms Annisa Kermiche, got her start in anatomically-inspired jewelry, and her homeware is just as cheeky. This is the ideal gift for a woman who enjoys having conversation pieces in her home when she hosts dinner parties for fascinating artists and intellectuals. Maybe she’s an artist herself who appreciates the beauty of the female form. Either way, this is a gift for the bold type, not the shrinking violet in your life.

07. For the globetrotter

We’ve all been feeling the vacation pull lately, given the edict that we are, under no circumstances, to travel this year. But next year is looking up. So get the traveller in your life something to inspire her next trip. Assouline is known for making heavy, sumptuous coffee-table books full of delightful, dreamy imagery. This one is no different and will help her imagine a future spent on the luxurious slopes of a snowy mountain or sipping cocoa by a fire. It’s winter-wonderland inspiration to the absolute extreme.

08. For the big spender

Known for its woven leather goods, Bottega Veneta excels at crafting classic pieces and the Intrecciato wallet is one if the Italian brand’s hallmarks. Utilitarian yet glamourous, this is the kind of item you can purchase for a woman who favours craft and detail over hype or trend – perhaps a mother or a grandmother. Trust us, it’s worth every penny.

09. For the beauty queen

Peek into any ageless woman’s medicine cabinet and you will likely find a bottle of this stuff, Augustinus Bader’s The Face Oil. According to the brand – and thousands of loyal customers – the lightweight formula erases lines and wrinkles, fades hyperpigmentation and promotes elasticity. Because it’s so fantastic, the price tag is a bit high, so this is a special treat for a woman who might not otherwise treat herself to such an indulgent beauty product.

10. For the magpie

If the woman you are shopping for is the kind of person who delights in a beautifully curated dressing table filled with shiny trinkets, then this is the gift for her. On the flip side, if you are buying for a woman who tends to toss her jewels into a heap at the end of the day, then this is also the gift for her. This velvet jewellery box from Sophie Bille Brahe will dress up any dresser and help the unorganised keep special pieces in a safe place. The fact that it’s an incredibly special piece on its own is part of its appeal.