Shopping expert reveals top tips to help you save money this Christmas

Shopping expert reveals top tips to help you save money this Christmas

Ready, set, SHOP! Spending expert shares top tips to help YOU save money this holiday season – including why you should start shopping NOW and not wait for Black Friday – as FEMAIL reveals the ultimate gift guide to ensure you wow everyone on your list

  • RetailMeNot’s shopping expert Kristin McGrath has shared a series of tips to help you avoid stress while shopping this holiday season 
  • She warned that the sooner you can start shopping, the better, particularly when it comes to in-demand items like toys – and suggested that you don’t wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday to do your shopping 
  • ‘With Black Friday sales starting earlier and lasting longer each year, we recommend shoppers start shopping early and treat Black Friday and Cyber Monday as their final round of holiday shopping,’ the expert says 
  • Along with McGrath’s tips, FEMAIL has put together the ultimate gift guide filled with ideas to suit every budget – and every person – from Secret Santa suggestions to presents for picky teenagers 

While we still have a few days before Thanksgiving, that hasn’t stopped festive fans from launching themselves into the holiday season with gusto. 

Halls are being decked, lights are being strung, trees are being decorated, and – in the spirit of giving – presents are being purchased. 

While the holiday season is certainly not all about the gifts, there is something special about tracking down the perfect present for your loved ones, wrapping it up, and then waiting in anticipation for the moment that they open it up. 

But, for all of the joy that those presents might bring your nearest and dearest, Christmas gift buying can also be something of a stressful experience, particularly amid the cost of living crisis and supply chain issues. 

Knowing when to start your shopping – and where to turn for the best deals – is not always easy. 

So to take away at least some of the strain and stress this holiday season, FEMAIL has curated a collection of brilliant gifts to help you track down the perfect item for every person on your list, no matter what your budget. 

And, to ease the stress on your budget this holiday season, a shopping expert from RetailMeNot has provided a host of top tips to help you save money on gifts – and ensure that you track down the best deals. 

All that is left for you to do is read, shop, drink, and be merry!  

Take it from the experts! Shopping pro reveals tips for how YOU can make the most of your holiday purchases – while saving money

Shopping for holiday gifts can be stressful at the best of times, but thanks to supply chain issues – coupled with the soaring cost of living – it’s become all the more difficult, with many people admitting they are already feeling the pinch of the festive season. 

Thankfully, RetailMeNot shopping expert Kristin McGrath is here to help with a host of tips and tricks to ensure you have the easiest and most enjoyable gift buying experience, from avoiding supply chain problems to scoring some superb deals.

From tracking down toys as soon as possible to securing credit card points to save you money throughout the coming year, these are McGrath’s top tips for Christmas shopping… 

  • The sooner you can start shopping, the better: ‘Shoppers should start shopping as early as possible when it comes to holiday shopping,’ McGrath says. ‘Every year, the holiday shopping season seems to start earlier and earlier – and this year is no exception. Right now, shoppers can take advantage of numerous early Black Friday sales. A few to note include – Best Buy, Home Depot, JCPenney, Lowe’s, Target and many more.’
  • Don’t hesitate to snap up popular toys: ‘For shoppers who are looking to purchase popular toys this holiday season, we suggest purchasing them as soon as possible – as we expect many of the most popular playthings to sell out as we get closer to the holidays,’ she warned. ‘A few examples include: Star Wars toys, Special LEGO sets, Jurassic World toys, Video game consoles and games, Toys adult collectors might want, and more.’
  • Jump on deals as soon as you see them – and start tracking your favorite stores NOW: ‘The best way to make sure shoppers don’t overspend this holiday season is jumping on the best deals as they arise,’ McGrath explains. ‘When you’re making a Black Friday online shopping plan, you’ll want to shop the retailers known for the best online Black Friday deals. A few to include on your list include Amazon, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Target, Walmart. These retailers are already starting to release their Black Friday ads this month and, when they do, it’s time to make your game plan.’
  • Keep track of free shipping deals and coupon codes: ‘Another way to ensure shoppers don’t overspend this holiday season, is to look for free shipping and promo codes during the holiday shopping season,’ the shopping pro notes. ‘RetailMeNot features hundreds of Cash Back deals that shoppers can stack on top of the sales to earn cash back in their wallet for future purchases.’
  • Make a list, check it thrice! ‘Go into the holiday shopping season with a list,’ McGrath advises. ‘For each person on your list, have a few options, in case the first sells out. If you’re doing a little shopping for yourself, the same rule applies. Have a list of things you need and some well-researched things you want – that will help you avoid impulse buys.
  • Don’t wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday to make all your purchases: ‘With Black Friday sales starting earlier and lasting longer each year, we recommend that shoppers start shopping early and treat Black Friday and Cyber Monday as their final round of holiday shopping,’ the expert says. ‘Check out RetailMeNot’s roundup of The Best Early Black Friday Sales You Can Shop Now to stay up-to-date on the top sales all season from clothing, tech, beauty and home and more for all your gift-giving needs. Plus, you can find hundreds of Cash Back deals on RetailMeNot to stack holiday savings on top of the sales and earn cash back in your wallet for future purchases.’
  • However, tech is best saved for the post-Thanksgiving weekend: ‘If you have tech purchases on your holiday wish list, wait on purchasing these items until Cyber Week if you can,’ McGrath suggested. ‘Items like laptops, computers and TVs will see the best discounts down the line starting Black Friday week into Cyber Monday. Make sure to earmark these items on your wish list to track pricing and be alerted when the deals hit.’

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Gifts to impress ‘impossible to buy for’ people

The shoe that broke TikTok is actually one of the most comfortable pieces of footwear you’ll ever find – and no doubt your recipient will be thrilled to find a pair of these under their tree.  

Although this bag is having something of a ‘moment’ in the fashion world, with style stars taking full advantage of the monogramming feature to add all manner of ‘ironic’ phrases, the fact remains that it is a tried and trusted staple that will likely never go out of style. 

Not the most original gift, but find us a person who doesn’t want the latest, greatest Apple release?  

Cozy and cute, these socks are sure to put a smile on the face of anyone lucky enough to receive them.  

Finding a candle that suits every taste is a near impossible task – but this holiday fragrance from Nest comes about as close as can be. 

Smoky, rich, but not overpowering, it’s sure to delight even the most discerning of fragrance fans.  

With the festive season comes plenty of festive gatherings – and the requisite ‘bottle of bubbly’ gift for your host. Well, this Santa Margherita Prosecco is just as enjoyable as a glass of the finest Dom, and it retails at a fraction of the price. 

Champagne tastes on a Prosecco budget, if you will!  

No matter their age, gender, or profession, there are few people out there who wouldn’t benefit from being a bit kinder to their skin this holiday season. 

So, if you’re looking for a skincare gift to stock up on – which will please everyone on your list this year – look no further than this mask set from Renee Rouleau, which boasts a product aimed at every skin type.  

The sweater that suits everyone. Literally. 

Another closet staple that will never go out of style.  

Although this market tote is intended to be the perfect accessory for food, wine, and flower shopping, it can be converted into all manner of other options. The flower strap can be used as a yoga mat holder, the bottle compartments for sneakers, and right away, you’ve got yourself a very chic gym bag.  

Hailed by multiple book stores and clubs as one of the best books of 2022, this tome will have your favorite people hooked from Christmas until New Year’s.  

Delicious, nutritious, and above all… relaxing. 

Help your favorite people find a moment of calm this festive season with the help of these Chill Chews, which combine ‘magnesium citrate with an apoptogenic mushroom blend and ashwagandha… to ease easing stress, anxiety, and inflammation’.

Body lotion is something that we all need – particularly during the cold winter months and these offerings from Bliss are particularly nourishing. 

Plus, with three fragrances and one unscented option to choose from, you’re safe in the knowledge that your recipient will find at least one that they love.  

Even a martini hater couldn’t help but love these chic glasses – which can also be used to sip fizz, cocktails, wine, water, whatever your heart desires!  

Figuring out someone’s personal style can be tricky, particularly if you don’t know them all that well. 

But these chic and simple sneakers will have no problems fitting into any wardrobe – and the all black colorway means they can be matched to any and all outfits.  

FOR THE TIKTOK FANATIC: The perfect present for a future social media star 

If you’re lucky enough to track down a pair of these oft-sold out slippers, trust us when we say your favorite TikTok lover will be obsessed.  

Serena Kerrigan is a social media superstar – and that standing has only been further cemented by her impressive presence on TikTok. 

So it only makes sense that when she put her name on a jewelry collaboration, it was going to get the TikTok stamp of approval.  

Glittery bags are all the rage on TikTok – but this one has a little something special that we can’t help but love. 

Tiny enough to be considered ‘micro’, yet big enough to fit all the essentials, it will add the perfect pop of bling to any holiday outfit.  

#BookTok cannot get enough of Colleen Hoover – particularly her bestselling book It Ends With Us. 

Her super fandom on TikTok helped to rocket several of her books onto the New York Times bestseller list over the summer – and now she has a new release to take us into the colder months.  

Hoka sneakers may be having their moment in the social media sun, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that they don’t have the comfort and quality to back up their viral standing. 

These sneakers have the benefit of cushioning, support – and, of course, a stunning color palette.  

It is almost impossible to track how many times this insulated tumbler has sold out thanks to its devoted following on TikTok. If you’re lucky enough to snag one for the social media lover in your life, they will no doubt be forever grateful.  

If you’re a TikTok-using beauty fan, chances are the Refy Brow Sculpt will have popped up on your FYP on several occasions. 

But if you’re not familiar, allow us to break it down for you: a sculpting brow gel that will add volume and definition to any brows. Plus, this set comes complete with a lip gloss and a highlighter so it’s basically taking care of your entire face! 

Crease clips are not a new invention, but they’re certainly having a moment on social media thanks to the plethora of ‘get ready with me’ videos that are popping up on almost every platform. 

There are plenty of options out there, but we think these wavy colorful versions add an extra bit of fun.  

Another makeup must-have for the TikTok community, this primer and setting spray set will ensure your foundation etc goes on like a dream – and stays there all day long.  

These shades have been seen on celebrities, influencers, models… and a host of TikTok accounts. 

The retro design adds the perfect touch of ‘cool girl glam’ to any ensemble – whether you’re going all out with a fashion-focused ‘look’, or just heading to the grocery store in your sweats. 

Hailey Bieber’s glazed donut nails took the internet – the world, in fact – by storm, and she has now offered up a skincare range that allows you to bring that same glistening effect to your skin. 

Hailed on TiKTok as the ‘dress that looks good on everyone’, this SKIMS number has sold out multiple times thanks to its online popularity – but it’s back in stock just in time for the holiday season. 

The online hype over this fragrance was quite extraordinary – particularly after it was claimed by some fans that the scent helped them to conjure up memories of a loved one. 

Unsurprisingly given how many videos it featured in, the perfume flew off the shelves, selling out on multiple occasions – but it’s back just in time for the holiday season.  

Corsets are a must-have closet staple this season and this offering from Princess Polly is a fun, chic take on the popular trend.  

Sun-kissed, easy-going beauty has taken over TikTok – and this kit will help you to achieve that oh-so natural glow in just a few quick swipes. 

Another day, another viral fashion product that sold out in minutes thanks to TikTok. However, these pants will not only help your favorite social media lover tick off another trend, they’ll also make for a long-lasting closet staple. 

Because a morning routine just isn’t a morning routine without your greens.  

According to TikTok, you can pretty much cook anything in an air fryer – and this one is far prettier than most!  

BEAUTY OBSESSIVES: Options for all the makeup mavens and skincare sirens 

Any beauty lovers out there know how much havoc heat styling can wreak on your hair. So these heatless curlers are the perfect present to give that person in your life who loves a beachy wave – but hates split ends. 

Skincare? Check. 

Cute tote bag and baseball hat? Check. 

What more could you want?  

Makeup artist Pat McGrath is a legend in the industry, so when she compiles the ultimate eyeshadow palette, you know it’s going to be a good ‘un. 

Plus these stunning shades come complete with an eyeliner for added drama and intrigue. 

Drunk Elephant’s holiday Trunks have become a time-honored tradition in the beauty industry – and this year sees the brand shaking things up slightly. 

In place of a suitcase, Drunk Elephant is offering up a custom-made cooler. But fret not, the skincare offerings inside are the same high standard as always.  

Oiliness is something that plagues plenty of people – but this genius face roller will help to zap any unwanted shine without ruining your makeup.  

A haircare hero for every occasion.  

Skincare tool trends come and go fairly regularly, but we think this one is going to stick. 

While there are several toning tools on the market that promise to tighten and lift the face, this device goes one step further by offering a facial massage setting that helps to ‘reduce tension’ – something we all need during the frantic festive season!  

Red lipsticks are a dime a dozen, but this one is just so beautiful. Look at those stars! 

While your favorite makeup lover may well have every possible product in their supplies, the festive season brings with it a host of limited edition designs that will serve as a fun and unique addition. 

Case in point, this Hourglass palette that has a stunning animal design on the outside. 

Another delightful limited edition offering comes in the form of this makeup brush set, which is so darn cute we can’t stand it. But don’t worry, the quality of these tools is just as top notch as the delightful design. 

The ultimate gift for any beauty fan this holiday season? Helping them to discover their new favorite fragrance, which they are sure to do with the help of this handy set. 

We know, a shower head might not seem like the ‘sexiest’ gift this Christmas, but here us out. 

A) As far as shower heads go, this one is pretty sleek. 

B) It will actually offer the user a ton of beauty benefits by filtering out chlorine, heavy metals and plenty of other contaminants from their water, helping them to achieve healthier skin and hair. 

We were already big fans of these Lancome products, but the limited edition packaging had us sold from the moment we laid eyes on it. 

Facial steaming is a beloved beauty tradition that goes back decades – but it has been given a modern edge thanks to this steamer. 

The perfect addition for any makeup fan’s handbag. 

The perfect handbag companion – everything they need to go from bare-faced to glamorous in one handy gift!  

Slugging has become a massive trend in recent months, but the arrival of the bitter winter weather means it will likely be all the more popular. 

This newly-launched kit has a host of products to help everyone tackle the trend, from skincare-savvy experts to eager-to-try amateurs.  

If you know a nail art lover who can’t get enough of at-home manicures, this is the perfect gift to help them up their game.  

DAPPER DADS AND GROOVY GUYS: Treat the man in your life to a great gift

The ideal gift for the practical man in your life who hates faffing around with suitcases and wants a quick, easy solution for speedy travel. 

Who doesn’t want to channel their inner James Bond in Casino Royale? 

Pickleball is arguably the sport of the year – and this family-friendly set will offer up fun for everyone this Christmas. 

Call us crazy, but we feel like you could even get away with an indoor game… 

These sneakers not only have the benefit of being slip-on, lightweight, and comfortable, they’re also made from recycled plastic bottles.

This game will wow even the most competitive of recipients – particularly because it doesn’t award points for correct answers, but rather removes points every time you get something wrong.  

Super skincare is a stocking staple for any great guy, and this Kiehl’s set will make a wonderful addition to any bathroom line-up.

Know a guy who feels the need for speed? Well now they can envelop themselves in a fragrance that brings to life the feeling of whizzing around a race track!  

This ingenious iPad case will no doubt delight any nostalgic gentlemen out there. 

Its creator takes the old clamshells from Apple’s beloved iBooks and turns them into functioning iPad cases, compete with keyboards, to help you live out your 2000s dreams in style.  

When we heard about this tennis-themed candle we were… perplexed. But on closer inspection, we’ve changed our minds. This fragrance truly brings to life the feeling of a fun-filled game in the summer sunshine – so if you know any sports fans out there, this one might be perfect for them.  

Fun meets function (ish). What’s not to love? 

Food fans will no doubt already be aware that viral brand Truff has added a truffle salt to its lineup of products. 

But even if they already have a stash of truffly fun on their shelves, trust us when we say they won’t hesitate to add this set to their supplies.  

Know a nomad who can’t settle on their next travel destination? Solve all their vacation-planning issues with this handy scratch-off map.  

For the person with plenty of stories to tell.  

This gift feels like a win-win, particularly if you snag it for someone you live with… they get to experiment with homemade limoncello making – and you get to test their product! 

Cologne is always a classic – and it doesn’t get more classic than this truly dapper fragrance from C.O. Bigelow.  

BUSY MOTHERS: Treat them to something extra special this holiday season 

UGG boots have long been a must-have Christmas wishlist item, but these ultra mini versions have skyrocketed in popularity of late. 

The shorter design makes them so easy to slip on, making them the perfect shoe for a mom who is always on the go – but loves to stay comfortable.  

Any busy mother will know that it’s not always easy to prioritize a lengthy skincare routine – but hopefully this Charlotte Tilbury set will give them the perfect excuse to take a few minutes of peace and quiet. 

Sparkly, stylish, perfect.  

This might not seem like the most obvious gift for a busy mother, but hear us out. This tool helps to remove peach fuzz from the face and any dead skin cells, giving the user a perfect natural complexion. 

In other words, even if your favorite mom has no time to think about makeup, this bad boy will help them to achieve their best natural complexion. 

Because sometimes they still need to hear how great they are.  

We’re all about chic yet easy fashion gifts for the moms in our life, and this stylish sweater ticks all of those boxes. 

Something incredibly special and sparkly to put a smile on their face. 

These bras might be the most comfortable things we have ever worn – but they don’t sacrifice style. 

The brand offers a range of styles, and fun colors, so there’s sure to be something to suit every lady in your life. 

There’s something special about putting a personal touch on a traditional gift, and this Ouai bundle allows you to do just that by tailoring the set to the recipient’s needs. 

Plus it all comes packaged in the most adorable fuzzy tote that we are desperate to lay our hands on. 

Enough said. 

Even if your most stressed-out mama can’t find five minutes to rest and relax, this essential oil diffuser will make them feel like they’re in a spa. 

Stomping boots for the on-the-go mom who likes to be practical and fashion-forward all at once. 

And even though they are incredibly chic – these boots won’t break your feet like many other upscale brands tend to do.  

Hailed in reviews as ‘the perfect T-shirt’, we can’t get enough of this flattering design. Dress up with smart pants and jewelry, dress down with sweatpants, they will seamlessly blend into every aspect of your life. 

If only your screen offered a scratch and sniff function. If. Only.

It’s not easy to feel put together when your life is always moving, but these pajamas will help to end the day on a truly stylish note.  

The ultimate carryall that can also double up as a cozy pillow for those days when you just need to shut your eyes. 

Puffer jackets are a must if you live in a cold climate, and this one offers all the warmth you might want – but without the oversized aspect that makes it impossible to carry around.  

Another missed ‘scratch and sniff’ opportunity. We love the scent of this hand care bundle, plus it comes packaged in the chicest box – meaning you get to skip the wrapping!  

STYLE STARS: Elegant gifts to wow your most fashion-forward pals 

The perfect cowboy boots do not exi–

There’s just something so darn stylish about an elegant signet ring. Classic and tasteful, while adding the perfect pop of sparkle to your everyday look. 

Anine Bing knows what she’s doing when it comes to knitwear. This sweater offers all of the comfort of a baggy, oversized design, while also looking chic as heck. 

The fragrance that took the fashion world by storm is now a shimmering body oil. Needless to say, it’s a must-have. 

They’re called stars for a reason – they truly shine as far as eye products go. And what’s a truly fashion-forward look without an edgy eye? 

Chunky earrings are a must for any simple, toned-down outfit and we love the vintage feel of this design. 

A staple jean that will look good on anybody.

Because handbags are for flowers, not just for Christmas. 

A true style star will likely have as elegant a coffee table as they do a closet, and this will make the perfect addition. 

Plus, who doesn’t need fashion inspiration for their next cold weather trip?  

A haute couture haircare range that comes complete with a handbag? Yes please. 

This coat blends the blazer trend with the trench trend (blench?) and we think it’s the perfect meet-in-the-middle design. 

When a perfume gets its own limited edition jacket to wear for winter, you know it’s pretty special. 

Wintour is coming… to a table near you. 

That’s right, they’re back! Finally the fashion world has embraced comfortable footwear and these are at the forefront of that revolution. 

Style doesn’t stop at the bedroom, just saying.

STOCKING STUFFERS: Small but mighty presents to put a smile on their face 

A beloved lip product that will leave you with a perfectly-soft pout – and you get a host of scents to choose from. 

Turn everyday admin into something a little bit more special. 

If you haven’t tried this yet, you need to. Buy it for yourself, buy it for your loved ones, buy it for your neighbor. It’s just that good. 

Perhaps not the most practical, but gosh are they fun. 

Enable them to quite literally hold the universe in their hands.  

For the avid accessories fan who always likes to shake up their jewelry game, this subscription service is perfect. 

Put a smile on their face every time they go to do their makeup with this disco-centric sponge. 

Who doesn’t love a card game at Christmas?

Festive fun from toe to tips! 

Another handy gift that may well give you the opportunity to sample some of the delicious results! 

We tell no lie when we say everyone could use some more hair oil in their lives… Say goodbye to split ends with this fun-filled option. 

Procrastinators beware, this mug will be the ultimate distraction from the working day.

Christmas is a time for treating others to things that they wouldn’t likely buy themselves, and this pricey – but oh-so wonderful – lip balm is the perfect example.

Yes, we know, socks are the ultimate Christmas cliche, but we feel like you can make an exception for these adorable designs. 

Who doesn’t want to be transported to a beach during the cold winter months? While this beauty set won’t provide you with the power to fly to the nearest tropical location, it will conjure up images of sun-soaked sands and turquoise waters. 

Freshly-popped popcorn is the gift that keeps on giving! 

For the person in your life who loves a farmer’s market run, this tote is about as handy as it gets. Durable, collapsible, and able to fit every fruit, vegetable, or flower bouquet your nearest and dearest could ever want. 

Delicious and oh-so pretty.

WHITE ELEPHANT AND SECRET SANTA: Whimsical and wacky gift options 

The perfect gift for that person who loves everything to be oh-so neat and tidy.  

Necessary? No. But fun? Absolutely.

Anyone who dreams of cuddling up in front of a fire while surrounded by blankets and pillows will love this aesthetically-pleasing book. 

What can we say? It’s just fun. 

We weren’t entirely convinced that this gadget was going to work… boy were we wrong. Once you nail down the technique, this kitchen accessory will have you wowing all your friends with your dumpling-making skills. 

Who doesn’t want to be a winner? 

Another kitchen gadget that might not be an essential, but for the person who has everything, this may be the one thing missing from their life. 

Reduce their stress, while upping their creativity – what more could you want? 

Something special for the person who loves to put their jewelry on display.

A nostalgic spin on the classic tote. 

Desktop fun for the whole office. 

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to this candle, we give you full permission to take all the information you need from the label! 


A festive spin on a superb face mask.  

Know a food fanatic who needs a little spice in their life? 

HOST WITH THE MOST: Show your gratitude with the perfect gift 

These hand-painted pasta plates are about as aesthetically pleasing as tableware could ever hope to be. 

While we understand that not everyone will be able to splash this much cash on their favorite host – if you’re able to do so, we promise this sweater will guarantee you an open invitation to their home anytime. 

A unique piece that is sure to put a smile on their face – and a bit of fun on their walls. 

Colored stemware has become a huge trend in recent weeks – and this set helps you to get the look without overspending. 

An incredibly stylish take on an old classic. 

Vases are a great gift, no matter the occasion – but this one offers up something a little more special and unique than the average. 

Handcare products are always a great gift to have on hand (excuse the pun) and we love the way this bundle is wrapped up so perfectly.

Martini anyone? 

Something fun for your most stylish host. 

If you don’t want to opt for the classic candle option, this stunning match cloche is a great alternative for the person who loves having stunning scents running through their home.

For the host who loves whipping things up in their kitchen. Bonus? It also doubles up as a great arm workout. 

A candle AND a plant all in one! 

We like to think we are pretty ahead of the game when it comes to our condiment expertise, but this one left our mouths open in surprise. 

We can all but guarantee your favorite host won’t have anything like this in their kitchen cupboards. 

A sweet treat for the host who loves throwing cocktail parties. 

COLLEGE KIDS: Something fun for your favorite study buddy 

A very special gift for the college kid in your life who loves to get glam. 

Trust us when we say, this tech-savvy toaster will wow not only your recipient, but all of their friends, too. 

Cruising around campus in the cold weather can be rough, but this jacket will help to ensure the wearer stays toasty warm, while also maintaining a slick sense of style. 

Because Tvs just aren’t enough when you have an amazing movie to watch. 

If you want to upgrade them from a budget-friendly bedding set, you can’t get much better than these colorful designs. 

All the comfort of a bean bag – without the slobby design. 

If your favorite college kid finds themselves frantically running around campus like a headless chicken, take the stress out of their life with this electric back. They’ll be cruising in style in no time. 

That’s right, anklets are back! And this take on the trend is just so darn delicate and chic.

Haircare heroes to stock their shower – but also come complete with a very snazzy crossbody bag. 

Admin is unavoidable in everyday life, particularly when you’re in college, but this funky planner will help to make things a little less boring. 


Socks really are having a moment. No longer are they something to hide in shoes or under pants – and these bad boys are so fun, you have no choice but to parade them proudly.

Big enough to fit books, compact enough to look stylish. 

Sparkly fun to make their messy study hair a bit more special.

Slippers that you can wear outside of the house. Ideal.

TRICKY TEENS: Put a smile on the face of even the toughest teenager 

The perfect ‘throw-on’ for after school or on the weekends. 

If you have a teen in your life who loves a low-key makeup look, this set is ideal. 

A stunning surprise that will last well beyond Christmas Day.

This is one of those gifts they will be ripping into before Christmas Day is done. So just keep in mind you may well be roped into a game…

iPhone cameras are *so* 2021.

Yes, this encourages them to spend even more time on their phone – but at least it will divert them away from social media for a minute or two! 

Not sure you can get more festive than cocoa-scented lip balm. 

While you may not want to encourage a fondness for body art, for the teen who is already considering a tattoo, this may help to delay a permanent inking – for a little while at least. 

If you know any Harry fans, this could well be the winning gift of the year. 

For the teen who is inseparable from their BFF. 

This newly-released fragrance will actually suit someone of any age, but we love the fact that it allows a teen to indulge in a special perfume – without breaking the bank.

Make pimples fun again! 

Homework is hard work, but this keyboard will make all that computer time a bit more fun. 

This cozy sweater is just so darn cute, we can’t stand it. 

A far cheaper alternative to the pre-made neon signs. Plus it will give them something to occupy their time. 

CUTE KIDS: Forget traditional toys in favor of these fun alternatives 

This adorable coat has all the warmth you could want from a winter jacket but with a springtime pattern that we can’t get enough of. 

Come on now, who wouldn’t want one of these? 

Turn dinner time into an art session! 

An opportunity to draw all over their clothes? We feel like every kid would love that. 

Twinkle, twinkle starry nails. 

For the kid who can’t get enough of tractors, trucks, and diggers. 

We love the idea of giving this cookie pack as a Christmas Eve treat that they can share with Santa. 

It’s a lot cheaper than a full-blown arcade game but with (almost) all of the fun. 

While the world is slowly moving on from the COVID pandemic, hygiene is still a big issue that kids need to learn about. This fun holder will help them to get a bit more excited about sanitizing their hands. 

Play the game, watch the movie – that’s a fun-filled afternoon. 

Classic children’s books that will also make for a stunning addition to any shelf. 

Got a budding astrologer on your gift list? 

BEAUTIFUL BABIES: Adorable offerings for the littlest loved ones 

Humidifiers are known to help babies get better sleep and fight colds – and this one won’t be an eyesore in a nursery.

These are just too darn cute. 

A dropped pacifier is a nightmare – particularly if you’re out on a crowded street. This will ensure pacifiers remain above the dirty ground – and it’s adorable for good measure. 

A helping hand for when a baby needs soothing. 

Help them to start saving for their first big purchase, college education, or a vacation. You can even add an extra gift in the form of their first dollar bill. 

This will keep your favorite tot occupied for hours (OK, minutes) and it looks pretty darn cool to boot. 

If you know a foodie parent, trust us when we say they won’t be able to get enough of this baby bundle. 

Turn bathtime into a fun-filled disco for the whole family! 

We’re not broody, YOU are. 

This may well be the chicest mobile we’ve ever seen. 

While this is ‘technically’ a baby blanket, we’re pretty sure it can double up as a chic throw, too. 

For an added touch of fun, this rocker can be personalized with your recipient’s name. 

FOOD AND DRINK DEVOTEES: Fun presents to tickle their taste buds

We admit, there aren’t many occasions when we fail to finish an entire pie, but for those who show a little more restraint, this pizza packer is a great gift. 

Never dilute your wine with ice again. 

This gift is ideal for any food fanatics who live in a small space. 

Buying food-based gifts is fun, but if you want something a little bit more creative for your favorite foodie, these candles should do the trick. 

Honestly we never thought we’d see the day when olive oil would go viral, but here we are. And for good reason. Not only is this oil incredible, it also comes in very handy squeezy bottles that make for the perfect drizzle. 

The food-meets-fashion collaboration that nobody saw coming. But we admit, we’re here for it. 

Chili crisp has become a pantry essential for any spice lovers – but we’re pretty sure the food fan on your gift list won’t have this on-hand. 

A pricey yet incredibly picture-perfect gift for the foodie who loves an aesthetically-pleasing kitchen gadget. 

Just make sure they know this is SPF and not whipped cream! 

Not only is this calendar seriously stylish, it may also help to inspire their next foodie adventure. 

Tea that tastes like delicious pastries and cakes. You really do have to try it to believe it. 

Never mess up their coffee again. 

Who knew sardines could be festive?!

A fun addition to any cocktail night. 

Flavor with flair.  

FESTIVE FANATICS: Sweet offerings to bring the holiday spirit to life 

Just imagine putting these cozy critters on before opening your stocking. 

Spruce up their kitchen with some festive fun – and make dishwashing just a little bit more fun. 

Granted, this candle holder won’t be for everybody, but for the person who loves decking the halls during the holidays, it’s perfect. 

Advent calendars have really upped their game in recent years, and we are obsessed with this stitch-a-day take on the tradition – which can then serve as a decoration for years to come. 

Turn their shower into a festive-scented dream. 

Whether or not you are planning to buy a real Christmas tree this year – this candle will ensure that your home smells like a pine-scented forest for hours on end. 

Because Christmas is not complete without a festive couch cushion. 

As an added treat, you could fill this plate with holiday cookies before handing it over to your favorite Christmas fan. 

Whether they love a morning coffee, peppermint mocha, or a cozy cup of tea, this mug will add a special something to their drink of choice. 

Who wants an ‘ugly’ holiday sweater when you can have a chic version instead? 

Slather this on before you find your date under the mistletoe. 

A tree… hung on a tree. There’s something fun about that idea that we just love. 

While you may not be able to whisk your closest festive fan to the North Pole, this bedding set will make them feel like they’re there. Without the freezing cold weather. 

Anyone else feel like festive pajamas are a must during the holidays? 

A Santa-esque hat without the cliche. 

TRAVEL LOVERS: Something special (and useful!) for the nomad in your life

Traveling is filled with fun – but it can also take a serious toll on your skin. Ensure the nomad in your life avoids plane-induced dryness with this incredibly set of travel-friendly products. 

Falling phones are a hazard of the job when you’re balancing bags and trying to find a passport. But this ultra-safe case will ensure that cracked screens are a thing of the past. 

It’s impossible to keep track of the number of times we’ve misplaced jewelry on vacation, so this chic case is a must as far as we’re concerned. 

Traveling with liquids has become a nightmare thanks to stricter TSA rules – so if you know someone who hates to check a bag but loves to keep their skin in check, these are a great gift. 

However, if your favorite nomad never travels without a full set of skincare and makeup, this case is the perfect gift. 

If you know someone who struggles to sleep on planes, this incredible eye mask will be the gift that keeps on giving. 

Upgrade their suitcase game with this lightweight roller that comes in a host of fun colors. 

We all know that traveling tends to expose you to a slew of germs, so having a sweet-smelling hand sanitizer on hand is a must. 

If you know someone who can’t resist a vacation shopping splurge, this bag is a great buy. It folds down into the tiniest square – but is big enough to hold all of the purchases that won’t fit in their suitcase. 

Taking a pricey watch on vacation can be a risky game. This time piece has all of the elegance and quality of a luxury design without the enormous price tag. 

The ideal accessory for anyone who likes to keep their passport, wallet, phone etc handy.

Everything they need for an easy breezy beauty look in one handy set. Plus these lightweight formulas won’t cause issues if they’re heading to a hot location.  

FOR THE FITNESS AND WELLNESS FANS: Gifts to boost the body and the mind 

According to the experts, dry brushing has a world of benefits – including firmer skin, less cellulite, and increased circulation. Plus, this dry brush comes with ‘ion-charged copper bristles’, which promise to ‘restore electromagnetic balance’. 

Chinese medicines are gaining in popularity – and understanding – and these tea oranges have become quite the wellness essential of late. According to the experts, this tea is ‘high in antioxidants’ and can also help to ‘promote weight loss and regulate blood sugar’. 

If you know a beauty-loving fitness fanatic, this targeted post-workout skincare kit is a great gift that will revolutionize their gym routine. 

The ultimate post-workout outfit – and it even has Katie Holmes’ seal of approval! 

Lymphatic drainage is a wellness technique that has been used for years – and this tool makes it easy to manage at home, without having to fork out for professional massages.

For the yogi in your life who also loves interior decor. 

Wellness trends and Gwyneth Paltrow go hand-in-hand these days so it only seems right to offer up a Goop gift to that special someone in your life who can’t get enough of the latest health trends. 

Heal those aching muscles after a rough old workout. 

Not only is this book packed with health-focused recipes, it also offers up styling tips for the perfect balanced table. 

Chances are, if you have a runner on your list, they need new sneakers. And these are about as snazzy as they come. 

For anyone who takes a 360-degree approach to health and wellness, this Dyson purifier is a must-have. The gadget (which also doubles as a fan and humidifier) promises to ‘trap pollutants for cleaner air’ while also ‘detecting and destroying formaldehyde’.

Under eye masks are one of our favorite beauty products – and we love these copper-infused options that not only look adorable, but work a treat on puffy eyes.

FOR A BILLIONAIRE BUDGET: Extravagant gifts that may well break the bank 

Because when you’re able to break the bank at Christmas, why not? 

Prada’s latest ‘It’ bag is a closet essential for anyone who wasn’t lucky enough to land a spot on their influencer gifting list. 

Diamonds are everyone’s best friend when they look like this. 

If luxury is your focus, you can’t get much more lavish than couture PJs. 

We love our Nespresso machine, but this bad boy blows it out of the water, we won’t lie. 

Family game night just got a whole lot fancier.

Ridiculously expensive. But goodness it’s chic. 

Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to snag an invite to their next Champagne night? 

Truly the gift to buy someone who has everything. 

FESTIVE FASHION: Designs to help you dazzle at your next holiday gathering

Razzle dazzle. 

Because at Christmas time, you really should sparkle from head to toe. 

While you’re decking the halls, you may as well deck your ears, too! 

Chrome nails are truly having their moment in the sun (thank you Hailey Bieber) and this stunning silver polish is a great take on the trend. 

If you are someone who prefers tailored suits over dresses, this bedazzled blazer is a great option for your next festive party. 

This product will transform your hair in no time – making it the perfect product to have handy if you’re going straight from the office to an evening soiree.  

Something fun and sparkly to get you in the dancing mood. 

Holidays = glitter. Enough said. 

If any outfit is going to transform you into a human disco ball, it’s this skirt. 

Glitz and glam doesn’t have to stop at the outfit, it can absolutely filter into your accessories, too. 

Pair this with a pair of sleek black pants for the ultimate holiday party look. 

Well we’ve found our New Year’s Eve shoes. 

Shine bright like a diamond! 

If you want to go for a simple, chic black dress, these tights will add the perfect pop of sparkle. 

The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without a festive red lip and this formula is exceptional. 

FEMAIL LOVES: Take inspiration from our team’s own wishlists

I love anything that allows me to put a personal spin on it – my L.L. Bean Boat and Tote is one of my prized possessions. 

So when I saw this colorful Edie Parker bag, that not only brings some childlike fun to an outfit, but also features a personalized logo… I knew I had to have it. 

Charlie Lankston, US Femail Editor 

Birkenstocks have become a wardrobe staple since I moved to Los Angeles five years ago, and now that the weather is dipping down to the 50s at night, I want a pair of Arizona Shearling sandals to keep my feet warm for the rest of the winter season.

Erica Tempesta, Senior US Femail Reporter 

Stars, diamonds, and gold – what more could a girl want? 

This dazzling piece of bling is far too pricey for my own budget, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Santa Claus will see fit to slip it into my stocking this year! 

Charlie Lankston, US Femail Editor 

My wedding was just last week, but I am already thinking about my honeymoon in Europe. I am ready to update my carry-on game and am hoping to find Calpak’s Luka Duffel under the tree this year. 

The lightweight bag has nine pockets, including one for shoes, and it can easily be stuffed under the seat in front of me when I am flying. 

Erica Tempesta, Senior US Femail Reporter 

As a lifestyle editor, I have been fortunate to test out some of the very best beauty products that the world has to offer. But no matter how many lotions and potions I try, Augustinus Bader remains one of the best brands I’ve ever had on my shelf. 

Plus there are a few goodies in this kit that I’ve yet to try, so it seems like the perfect opportunity to do so! 

Charlie Lankston, US Femail Editor 

I have been on an endless mission to find a red lipstick that I like so this Dior kit might finally provide the winner. I love the texture of their lipsticks and the range of shades means I’ll also get some nice lighter shades that can be used for more casual outings. 

Plus, the fact there are travel-sized minis means that if I don’t love them then I don’t have to use it for too long. 

Nola Ojomu, US Senior Entertainment Reporter  


As someone with afro hair, this has been up on my wish list since it first came out! I absolutely hate wash day and mainly avoid doing it myself at home – and a big reason for that is the hair drying process.

The fact this takes less than half of the time than a traditional blow dryer and will do less damage to my brittle 4C hair type, is a huge selling point for me.

Nola Ojomu, US Senior Entertainment Reporter 

I have been dying to try their famous C E Ferulic acid serum but just haven’t been able to bring myself to drop that much on skincare. 

But the positive reviews keep flooding in, and I’ve heard great things about their other products as well, so the best sellers set would be the perfect way to finally give it the brand a try.

Nola Ojomu, US Senior Entertainment Reporter  

I love nothing better than curling up with a good book, and when I am not binging thrillers, I like to read biographies about inspiring women. 

Nora Ephron is a legend, and her salad dressing recipe is seeing a renaissance thanks to Olivia Wilde.

Erica Tempesta, Senior US Femail Reporter 

I love to support small brands with a big heart. Plus this sweet top from sustainable fashion brand Sensei The Label is perfect for a winter sun vacation. 

Lisa Potter, US Commerce Editor 

Eyeing this towel warmer because it’s super convenient in the winter. Wouldn’t it be great to step out of the shower to a heated towel?

Lillian Gissen, US Femail Reporter 

These friendship bracelets from Loeffler Randall are a lovely little token of appreciation to give a dear friend this Holiday season.

Lisa Potter, US Commerce Editor 

I’d love these adorable hexagonal shelves for my apartment because I feel like they’re a great way to show off some of the decorations I’ve collected over the years in a cute and artsy way. 

Lillian Gissen, US Femail Reporter 

Take the edge off holiday party hangovers with these magic little pills.

Packed with vitamins to revive you after a night of cocktails, they’re the perfect stocking stuffer for the social butterfly among your friends!

Jen Smith, US Chief Reporter

There’s nothing cozier than a fluffy pair of slippers to sink into on cold days and nights. These are at the top of my list this year. 

Jen Smith, US Chief Reporter 

Perfume is always a fantastic gift. If you’re not sure which scent to go for, this discovery set by Hermes is a great way to cover all bases.

Jen Smith, US Chief Reporter 

I can’t take my eyes off these clogs because of how great they’d be to slip on in the colder months and still look cute.

Kelsi Karruli, US Junior Femail Reporter

Been dreaming about this ring for years! It’s the perfect combination of cute and classy and could definitely be a staple piece with any outfit! 

Kelsi Karruli, US Junior Femail Reporter 

I have something of an obsession with disco balls – and there’s something about this globe version that really makes me smile. 

Granted, it won’t help to pinpoint geographical locations – but boy does it catch the light in the most delightful of ways.

Charlie Lankston, US Femail Editor 

For a something special to wear over the festive period I always like to invest in a luxurious sweater and Nili Lotan is always worth the splurge. 

Lisa Potter, US Commerce Editor

Ensure you’re a good guest and treat your Holiday host with one of these Piecework Puzzle cedarwood, amber and bergamot candles from Shen Beauty. 

Lisa Potter, US Commerce Editor 

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