The best gifts for her 2018

Get serious pressie inspiration with our round-up of rad gifts for creative types, gamers, explorers and more

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Step away from the glitter-filled, unicorn-shaped bath gel – it may work for mermaid-loving tweens but the woman in your life deserves something a little more thoughtful. And no, by that we don’t mean a lifetime’s supply of toothpaste or membership to the Jelly of The Month Club – it didn’t fly with Clark Griswold and it sure won’t fly with her! Well, unless she’s really into jellies...

You have plenty of gift options, whether you're buying for a birthday, Easter, Mother's Day, or Valentines, but as always it depends on what she’s into; buy something she thinks is cool, not something you might like to ‘borrow’.

So read on for our pick of the best gifts for her, including pressies that will keep her warm on the open trail, gifts that will help her get creative or remove body fuzz (that’s if she wants to remove it), and one where she can lay waste to you in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Game on!

Apple iPhone 8

Elevate her mobile photography skills

Reasons to buy
+Ace 12MP camera with OIS+Gorgeous studio lighting FX+Vibrant Retina HD display+Powerful for mobile working

If that special lady in your life digs Apple’s style and is in need of a new smartphone, and if you have the cash to spare, you can’t go wrong with gifting her an iPhone 8. Available in Silver, Gold and Space Grey, the iPhone 8 is an attractive phone, sure, but it has much more going for it than just good looks.

Mobile gaming is fun on the iPhone 8 (powered by the A11 Bionic chip), and watching videos is enjoyable too thanks to that 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone (white balance adjusting) tech. 

The iPhone 8’s dual lens camera is the real draw, though, especially with its new Portrait Lighting feature for aping more professional lighting effects. The improved camera also has a larger, faster sensor, a new colour filter and Optical Image Stabilisation for capturing better images and video.

Bellabeat Leaf Urban

The smart jewellery that tracks her monthly cycle

Reasons to buy
+Tracks her monthly cycle+Monitors stress levels+Encourages daily meditation+Wear as a bracelet or brooch

There are lots of great fitness trackers for monitoring activity and sleep, but few are as thoughtful as the Bellabeat Leaf Urban when it comes to helping a woman track her complete monthly lifestyle. Yes, we’re talking periods and fertility.

The Leaf Urban is a piece of smart jewellery that can be worn as a bracelet, brooch or necklace. Its job is to monitor her sleep and general daily activity, but more so to monitor stress levels (via breathing patterns) and to encourage her, through meditation goals, to relax and reboot.

Many women use the Leaf Urban to better sync their exercise and social lives with where they are in their monthly cycle, making it a good choice for ladies who wish to track more than just their steps.

B&O Beoplay H4

Premium wireless audio for style and substance

Reasons to buy
+B&O Signature Sound+Up to 19 hours battery life+Neat earcup controls+Supple leather feel

Over the years we’ve praised Bang & Olufsen so much, you’re probably wondering if we’re attempting to brainwash you. We aren’t. They just make damn fine headphones. Case in point: Beoplay H4. And now these wireless beauties are available in a rather fetching, autumnal-channeling Violet. 

The Beoplay H4 offer up Bang & Olufsen’s renowned Signature Sound as standard, but sync them with the Beoplay app and further audio-tinkering features are unlocked. Longer listening sessions are nothing for the Bluetooth H4, either, thanks to a maximum battery life of 19 hours. 

They’re comfy and supple against the ears, and feature neat built-in controls on the right earcup for Bluetooth pairing, music playback and answering/ending phone calls. We guarantee the Beoplay H4’s are one gift she won’t be returning, unlike that fleece onesie you bought her...

Fujifilm Instax SQ10 Camera

An instant camera with editing smarts

Reasons to buy
+10 individual filters+Stores up to 50 images+microSD card slot+Three-inch LCD display

Of course instant cameras have their appeal, but wasting expensive film on dire photos quickly gets old. If the person you’re buying for loves the look and feel of instant photography but wants greater control over image quality, treat them to a Fujifilm Instax SQ10 Camera.

This hybrid instant camera adopts a trendy square-format film and stores around 50 images on its internal memory, which can be boosted with a microSD card. Images can be viewed on the three-inch LCD display and edited in-camera before printing. 

Lining up a shot is easy with the fixed aperture of f/2.4 and single auto-focus system, and the Instax SQ10’s 10-strong suite of filters are fun to play with. 

Gtech City Bike

An e-bike that slays the daily commute

Reasons to buy
+Lightweight aluminium frame+36V high-torque motor+Maximum 30-mile range+Easy-read LCD display

For the majority of us commuting sucks. Public transport can often be a crowded, expensive and pungent affair, but even walking loses its appeal if there are uphill climbs involved in reaching the office. Step forward the Gtech City Bike…

Made from a lightweight (16kg), rust-resistant aluminium alloy, the City Bike is a nifty e-number for making quick work of the daily commute. The removable lithium-ion battery has a maximum 30-mile range and recharges in three hours, with an LCD display showing how much power remains. 

There’s no oily chain to ruin clothes - instead it features a clean, carbon-belt drive - and no gears to think about (pedal to go faster, brake to slow down). The e-bike’s built-in computer continuously measures pedalling, too, delivering the right amount of power to boost her on those uphill climbs.

Knomo Reykjavik Tote Backpack

Two-in-one laptop bag with room to spare

Reasons to buy
+Nifty two-in-one design+Fits a 15-inch laptop+Internal smartphone pocket+Ample storage inside

Packing for work or an overnight stay is easier with the Knomo Reykjavik, a roomy Laptop Tote Backpack with oodles of space. That head-turning graphic print is inspired by a 1920s design held in the archives of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and no Reykjavik will feature the exact same layout of print.

Knomo’s funky two-in-one can be worn as a backpack or carried as a tote, depending on how much tech and belongings your girl is packing. Inside the main compartment sits a padded laptop section, plus two mesh pockets for storing a smartphone, wireless charger or other small tech. 

There’s space for headphones, notepads, magazines and spare clothing, too, making it a stellar choice for taking on a work over-nighter or a last-minute getaway.

Nintendo Switch

For console gaming on the go

Reasons to buy
+Cool hybrid design+Solo or multiplayer use+Versatile play modes+Two controllers included

Give the gift of gaming with Nintendo’s mega-smash hybrid device for Mario Kart and Legend of Zelda binging at home and on the go.

When she’s gaming at home, the Nintendo Switch sits in its accompanying dock, connecting to the TV so that she - and you if you’re lucky - can enjoy the big screen gaming experience. Lift the Switch out of the dock and it automatically transitions to handheld mode. 

She’ll love its bright, high-definition display, not to mention the detachable Joy-Con controllers sat either side of the Switch console – if you’re gaming together, take a Joy-Con each and battle it out in multi-player mode. 

The North Face Ventrix Jacket

Explore the great outdoors this winter

Reasons to buy
+Lightweight, breathable fabric+Perforated underarms +Water-repellant finish+Handy chest pocket

Hiking and mountaineering are great ways to keep fit. They can also provide a much-needed escape route when the family’s annual Christmas Monopoly tournament gets out of hand again. If that happens, the rad Ventrix Jacket by The North Face will help her stay warm on the trail or mountain when she ventures out.

Overheating can be a sticky issue during climbing or trekking, but not with the Ventrix Jacket. You see, it features a series of laser-perforated micro vents in the mid-layer that open/close with motion, regulating her core body temperature as she moves.

For added support, the Ventrix Jacket is stuffed with 80g of synthetic insulation and sports a DWR shower-resistant woven outer, keeping her dry during light spells of rain.

reMarkable Paper Tablet

The tablet for paper lovers

Reasons to buy
+Canvas screen feels like paper+Digitises hand-drawn notes+Sketch, read and journal+No backlight or glare

Writing, sketching and reading on paper gives us a much-needed screen break, but printing out reams of paper isn’t so eco-friendly. So, what’s your paper-loving gal to do? If you’re feeling generous, you could buy her the reMarkable Paper Tablet. 

Here to persuade us all from using notebooks, sketchbooks and endless printouts, the reMarkable’s Canvas display has a genuine paper-like texture and friction, and it’s free from glare and backlight. 

Write on it, sketch on it, journal on it… The reMarkable stores thousands of pages, turning your hand-written and hand-drawn creations into digital files that you can email to yourself. Notes can be organised into digital collections, while a variety of brushes and drawing tools (via the reMarkable Marker stylus) help her sketch just like she does on paper.

Philips Lumea Prestige

Wave goodbye to unwanted body hair

Reasons to buy
+Pro IPL hair remover+For body and facial hair+Ideal for sensitive skin+Ditch the razors!

Not every woman wants to get rid of their body hair, but if the lady you’re buying for prefers a smooth underarm to one housing an armpit bun, the Philips Lumea Prestige is the cream of the IPL crop. 

This handheld hair remover uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to disrupt the cycle of hair regrowth on any part of the body and face. Gentle pulses of light hit the root of each hair and, after as little as three treatments, up to 92 per cent of hair is prevented from growing back for up to eight weeks.

The Philips Lumea Prestige comes with four curved attachments for specifically treating her body, face, bikini line and underarms. A nifty SmartSkin sensor advises which setting is best for her individual skin tone.

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR

For the true outdoors fitness fanatic

Reasons to buy
+80 sports supported+100m water resistance+GPS/GLONASS route navigation+Wrist-based heart rate tracking

If she laughs in the face of treadmills and would rather push herself on beastly trail runs, uphill cycle climbs and other workouts so intense they make the rest of us want to stay in bed, team her up with the Suunto Spartan Wrist HR, an advanced multi-sport GPS watch that’s as tough as she is. 

This robust outdoors smartwatch combines Suunto’s hallmark style with pro multi-sport features and wrist-based heart rate measurement powered by Valencell. There’s a colour touch screen, enabling her to view fitness data or smartphone notifications at a glance, with a range of faces to choose from.

Suunto’s app-connected, water-resistant (100m) watch comes with 80 pre-set sport modes, too, and dishes out a wealth of fitness metrics, enabling her to train smarter and harder.

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