Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Her

It seems like shopping for a woman would be much easier than it is for a man, but the reality is women can be hard to figure out.  Not only that, but there are so many choices out there it’s hard to know exactly what’s the ‘perfect gift’ for her.  When it comes to making the right choice it’s all about really thinking about her personality.  Even some of the little things she may have said or even hinted at can help you out.  Remember buying a gift isn’t a science.  It shouldn’t be so complicated.  At best it should come from the heart and that’s what’s most important.

Don’t worry that you’re still shopping at the last-minute.  It’s not so bad because plenty of retailers have started their after-Christmas markdowns early. Keep an eye out for these deals.

Here are seven suggestions for last-minute gift ideas for her. Happy shopping!

Drop earrings are always a classic that can be worn year after year.
Drop earrings are always a classic that can be worn year after year.

1. Jewelry

You can never go wrong with this. No matter who she is, mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, aunt or just a friend, almost every woman loves to get the gift of jewelry.  A beautiful pair of diamond or zirconia earrings are something she can wear for years to come.  The trick here is to keep it simple.  Getting something too trendy will likely mean she won’t get much wear out of it.  Picking timeless pieces are what will give her longevity and have her always remembering you whenever she wears it.  Necklaces, bracelets and charms for Pandora bracelets also make a lovely gift.  If you’re taking a leap of faith with that significant other, maybe now is the time to purchase that ring.  What a fantastic way to celebrate the holidays with your commitment.

Nars nail and lip combos.

2. Beauty Gift Set

If you know what brand of product she loves this can be a delight for her.  Especially when it comes to some of the more expensive cosmetic brands.  The holiday season offers so many sets that mix and match colours she can try.  Another great buy is a set of cosmetic brushes.  A woman who wears makeup quite often knows the importance of good brushes, but sometimes doesn’t invest in the good ones.  This will make a pleasant surprise when she sees you took the time to find the perfect brushes.  If you have no idea what to buy just step into a beauty retailer like Sephora and any of the Makeup Artists will be happy to get you in the right direction.

Dolce and Gabbana makeup brushes.
Dolce and Gabbana makeup brushes.
Kate Spade tangerine leather Melinda tote.
Kate Spade tangerine leather tote.

3. Designer Handbag

The average woman owns 21 handbags and according to research done by Indeed, she buys at least one new bag every three months.  Clearly choosing a designer handbag as a Christmas gift is a no-brainer.  Just decide on what style you’re getting for her.  Again think of her personality here.  If she’s more of a sporty type, don’t grab her a jewelled clutch purse. She’ll probably never use it.  Instead opt for a stylish bag like a cross-body with a long strap.  Stores like Roots have really nice casual options.

Roots Canada leather bag.

If she’s into trends you could easily find a bag at stores like H&M, Zara or in department stores like Macy’s.  You can always shop discounts for high-end designer brands that she would love too.  Don’t forget about outlet shopping.  Michael Kors, Coach, and Kate Spade are all designers with outlet shops carrying a variety of styles from previous seasons at discounted prices. Some of those stores offer savings up to 50% off the original retail prices.


4. Gift Cards

You can never go wrong with a gift card to her favourite store.  This works very well if you know where she shops on a regular basis.  If you want to do something even more special you could get a gift card to a store she’s always wanted to shop in but has never had the chance to.  Before you buy the gift card be sure to find out if there are any restrictions, fees or expiry dates on the cards.

Mophie power station.
Mophie power station.

5. Portable Battery Charger

Not only does this make a great gift idea for men, it’s also equally needed for the ladies.  She will love you for this.  Everyone relies so much on their mobile devices these days.  There just aren’t enough electrical outlets everywhere and with how much we use our cell phones and tablets, the ability to access power all the time is important.  This is one gift you can guarantee she will use. No refund with this baby.

food basket

6. Gourmet Food Basket

Now if she loves good food then this would make a great gift.  Being able to sample a little bit of everything is what makes this gift so special. It gives her the chance to sample dishes she may have never thought about trying.  Plenty of shopping malls have pop-up kiosks selling products like this for the holiday season.  You can also go online and find plenty of outlets that could deliver this to her front door.

Image Spa London.
Image Spa London.

7. Spa Package

A spa package may seem cliché, but it’s actually something most women really love.  There’s nothing like just relaxing and leaving your worries behind while taking in a massage, getting a manicure, pedicure or facial.  Showing her you care about her taking the time out to get pampered is very thoughtful.

Tip: Before you buy remember to ask the Spa if their packages have expiry dates and if they can be used at all their locations.


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