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Women’s Christmas gift buying guide for Black Friday

What do you put in her Christmas stocking after the year that was 2020?

It’s been a tough 12 months. Many of the things we love most have been
cancelled. We’ve seen less of our friends and family. Finances have been tight and life hasn’t felt normal.

Fortunately, the joy of Christmas is on its way – and everyone could do with a little extra love this festive season. That doesn’t have to mean bigger and grander gifts. In 2020, thoughtfulness will go a long way.

As the shops fill up with decorations, we wanted to help spark some gift ideas for you. We’ve compiled a Christmas gift guide for all the special women in your life, whether you’re shopping for your mum, nan, sister, aunt, girlfriend or friend. Christmas might still seem far off, but planning early helps you take advantage of pre-Christmas sales like Black Friday, and stay safe by avoiding the Christmas eve crowds.

Gifts to help her make memories

Hansom luxury afternoon tea

Give her some good memories this year and end 2020 on a high note by spoiling her with an experience day, where the two of you can spend some time together. Explore our range of luxury afternoon teas available in coastal, city or countryside settings. You can enjoy finger treats at Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian, munch on macarons as you cruise the Thames, or enjoy bottomless bubbles at the five-star London Marriott Hotel Park Lane.

If she’s a fan of the UK’s favourite tipple, let her unwind with a gin experience. Keep it simple with a gin tasting and tour, or give her the chance to learn a new skill during a masterclass, where she’ll be able to whip up her own cocktails. Wine more her style? Give her a wine tasting and vineyard tour experience. She can even learn to make her own cheese the traditional way.

Christmas gifts to pamper her

Bannatyne spa day

If 2020 was particularly hard on her, treat the lady in your life to one of our blissful spa days this Christmas. Treatments vary from 25 to 75 minutes, and from manicures to massages – and you can add on a bite to eat afterwards too. Let her hop into an aroma steam room at Cotswold Water Park Hotel’s spa, enjoy a revitalising facial and delicious lunch at the Village Hotel, or slip into an indoor hydrotherapy pool at the Malvern Hotel and Spa in rural Worcestershire.

Experience days like these make for a great Christmas gift, and most of our vouchers are now valid for 20 months, so she can use them whenever she pleases.

Getaway gifts for her

If she wasn’t able to take her usual holiday this year, surprise her with a mini getaway right here in the UK. Choose a deluxe one or two night break from over 50 premium locations across the country, including modern hotels, grand country houses and luxury cottages.

There are also slightly more unusual stays on offer, where she can sleep in a pod in Devon, a dome in Dorset or even a hobbit hole in the Lake District (don’t worry, everything’s heated so she’ll be toasty). If she’s not as adventurous, try a glamping experience, where she can enjoy the thrill of nature, campfires and a hot tub under the stars, all without having to pitch a tent.

Hampers for her to enjoy at home

Perhaps, after all the 2020 craziness, all she wants is a special Christmas at home filled with holiday films and snacks. Save her a trip to the shops and fill her cupboards with festive season treats.

Try our Christmas Cracker Basket , which is filled with traditional favourites like roasted nuts, mince pies, shortbread, Christmas pudding and a bottle of Merlot. There are lots of other seasonal hampers on offer too, where she can try turkey and stuffing crisps, spice berry white chocolate or honeycomb bites.

Personalised Christmas gifts

Do the women in your life already have everything? Lots of people turned to comfort shopping during the Covid-19 lockdown, so perhaps she’s already treated herself to a few goodies to make the year more bearable. According to tech firm Emarsys, global spending on luxury items increased by 57% in April.

If so, consider getting her something she definitely doesn’t have: a personalised present. We have lots of personalised Christmas gifts on offer, suitable for any age. Name a rose or star after her, or print her name on a range of goodies from wooden tea chests to notebooks , adult colouring books and sweet treat hampers. It’s a meaningful way to show her you’ve been thinking about her this year.

Christmas deals and specials

If you’re ready to start filling your Santa sack, have a look at some of our women’s Christmas experiences, gifts and hampers currently on special offer. You can also sign up to our Black Friday mailing list, and be the first to receive discounted deals at the end of November.

If your budget is very stretched this year, you can also shop our under £50 gifts, filled with lots of experiences and gift boxes.

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