… it’s back! The gift guide for clueless men who want to do better this year. Email this to your husband, your brother, your brother-in-law, your son, your dad – whoever needs gift inspo for the lady in his life!
Just remember two things (I’m talking to you now, Mr Man): if she hates it, blame it on me. And for the love of God keep the receipt.
(A note about the discount codes – I wrote this guide and then asked brands I featured that I had a contact for if they wanted to offer a discount. I wanted to say that because otherwise it looks a bit like I’ve only featured brands who offered me discounts which is not the case.)
THE MAIN EVENT
Roxanne Assouline bracelets I can’t really explain why these are cool, they just are.
Tilly Sveaas T Bar necklace. Jewellery has moved on slightly from dainty to chunky and Tilly is one of the best in the business. Get 10% off with code dearhusband10.
Theodora Warre pinky ring – pinky rings are having a massive moment and this is probably the coolest one I’ve ever seen. nb Giles I want this
Margot and Mila earrings. Margot as in “Robbie” and Mila as in “Kunis” – need I say more? 15% off with the code DEARHUSBAND15
Decree Protect Elixir this is expensive stuff but it works. I was sent a range of this and my skin has improved notably. Every major beauty journalist agrees with me (I have checked as I often do not have the courage of my convictions with stuff like this).
A Beauty Pie membership – this would be such fun to get. Basically a membership to this gives you access to massive discounts on top-class beauty stuff, I know the company very well and they are legit. Beauty Pie will give you £50 extra credit with the code ESTHERSENTME
Creme de La Mer – the original and the best, if you’re willing to really hurt yourself financially. People don’t talk about Creme de La Mer much any more because it’s so prohibitively expensive that it’s sort of rude to even mention it. But in this situation it’s perfect.
I am so over designer bags. They are all so incredibly vulgar and impractical. The only bags that I think are remotely acceptable at the moment are French.
I covet this Smythson wallet like mad as it has four sections in one – one for notes, one for coins, one for receipts and one for
drugs spare sanitary towels. My friend Lindsay has got one and my eyes go green and my tongue flicks out whenever I see it.
Anya Hindmarch make-up bag – this will require a bit of detective work from you … is her make-up bag a disgrace? If so, get her a new one. This has two sections – one for brushes and tubes and another section for other junk. Really nice.
A Flowerbx subscription Choose from weekly or monthly – very chic flowers. A bit like a cheese box subscription but better. I gift myself this every year from January to April to alleviate New Year blues.
Slip silk pillowcase I love my silk pillowcase the most. To be seriously classy, get two. Yes they are machine washable.
A BIT ON THE SIDE… think of these gifts as those Amazon “add-ons”. These are for stockings or to give alongside something else. They are not really stand-alone presents.
Cashmere bed socks – The White Company are the best. Get many pairs. Like 3 pairs. Giles did that once and I was just like COR HE IS SO AMAZING.
This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray because it really does work and pretty much all women care about is sleep.
Living Proof Dry Shampoo a really, really really good dry shampoo with a beautiful scent.
Sand & Sky Clay Mask pretty much all clay masks are the same but this one is famous (I know it’s ridiculous, I don’t make the rules) and your wife/girlfriend will be excited to get it.
nb. If you have very small children do not get your wife a smooth leather bag – go for a grainy or suede texture because little fingernails will inevitably scrabble at a very smooth surface and mark it and then it will be ruined.
Books (again, as an add-on please, gents.)
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottleib
Thank you very much.
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