Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Girlfriend, Based On How Long You’ve Been Dating

Practical (yet thoughtful) presents she'll actually use.
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Sure, Missoma jewelery and Marni slingbacks are nice, but unless you know exactly which pair she wants, you could risk your thoughtful (read: expensive) Christmas gift quickly gathering dust.

This year, instead of attempting to keep up with her ever-changing tastes, take inspiration from this practical yet thoughtful gift list and make your hard-earned cash go further.

If you’ve been dating for 3 months

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Sanctuary Spa Tri-Wick Candle; YSL Touche Eclat Gift Set; Chilly's Bottle

It's a truth universally acknowledged that making her flat smell like a five-star hotel is top of most women's list of life goals. Help her on her way with this bougie candle from Sanctuary, because three wicks are always better than one, which will remind her of your favourite cologne.

Want to prove you know your concealer from your contour palette? Try this hangover-hiding YSL gift set. Or if you get really stuck, how about a sensible water bottle? Plastic-free and perfect if she's a gym-goer. Gift all three as a bundle and you're winning.


If you’ve been dating for 6 months

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This Works Pillow Talk; Clinique Skincare Set; Spectrum Brushes Gift Set

You’re celebrating six months of romance, which means you may or may not be living together. If you are, save her from your snoring by helping her to snooze soundly with this sleep-enhancing duo from This Works.

If you’re not, buy her this Clinique skincare kit (a cult favorite) or this epic Spectrum makeup brush set and make the most of her still having her own place before the shared bathroom bickering begins and you want to throw her entire beauty bag out the window.

If you’ve been dating for 1 year

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Fitbit Versa; Fujifilm Instant Camera; SodaStream Genesis

One year in, and you’re a little more committedto her, and to spending more than 50 quid on a present. Up your gifting game with a slightly more premium pick, like this Fitbit Versa (which can now track her monthly cycle), this retro instant camera (perfect for all of those weddings you’ll be invited to), or a SodaStream for those sparkling elderflower tipples she loves. We’re not even joking. They’re definitely cool again.

If you’ve been dating for 2+ years

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  Dyson Hairdryer; Chanel No5 Limited Edition Eau De Parfum; Whistles Oversized Sunglasses

She's stuck with you for this longit's time to get serious. Surprise her with the Dyson hairdryer (worth every pennytrust) or treat her to the most-Instagrammed perfume of the year, courtesy of Chanel.

By this point, you should know her well enough to know whether or not she thinks round John Lennon frames make her nose look big, or that reflective lenses make her want to gag. Get it right with these universaly flattering Whistles shades before presenting her with two plane tickets to Verbier for some much-needed winter sun. 


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