The best Christmas gifts for this festive season—no matter who you're shopping for

Our ultimate round-up of the best Christmas gifts to please everyone, from your besties to your co-workers

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Buying the best Christmas gifts for everyone on your list can feel like a mammoth task—there's usually that person who seems to have everything, a relative who doesn't actually want anything, and a bestie that you're struggling to find exactly the perfect gift for.

No matter how well you know your friends and family, we all need a little help when it comes to gift inspiration, especially around the festive period. The options can feel endless—despite the fact that our budgets aren't. But before you panic, our shopping experts at MIL have rounded up some of the best Christmas gifts for any of your loves ones; whether you're after wellness gifts, Christmas gifts for your boyfriend, eco-friendly Christmas gifts, or even gifts for astrology lovers.

From home decor to tech, to hair essentials, these are the best presents to gift almost anyone and everyone in 2022—whether you've got $15/£15 to spend, or $100/£100...

Best Christmas gifts for everyone

All of the gifts below should work for pretty much anyone on your list, whether you're after a techy present for someone who loves staying up to date, a lovely piece of home decor for your interiors-obsessed BFF, or a budget buy for the office Secret Santa. We've included both pricier options for those with a bigger budget, and less expensive pieces, that should give you change from $20/£20. 

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Our pick of the best Christmas gifts for everyone

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1. Sunset lamps

RRP: from $13.99/£7.99 | Best for: interior decor lovers obsessed with TikTok

Sunset lamps (opens in new tab) have been on our wish lists for a while, ever since we saw them trending on TikTok. They make for a great Christmas gift, whether you simply want to help a loved one create a comforting ambiance at home, or they're looking for something to elevate their social media content. Plus, they are uber affordable!

Add them to your own stocking this year (go on, treat yourself), or buy one for the person in your life who won't stop scrolling TikTok...


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2. Olaplex Ultimate Essentials Kit

RRP: $38.64/£28 | Best for: beauty fans who need a bit of TLC

Who doesn't like shiny hair? Olaplex boasts fans like Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, and our beauty experts also vouch for the miracle-working products (check out our Olaplex No 3 review (opens in new tab) and Olaplex No 8 review (opens in new tab)). With this bundle (which includes travel sizes of the No 3 Hair Perfector™, No.0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment,  No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner and No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask), you can get the beauty lovers in your life all they need to make their hair the healthiest it's ever been. 

And if you're lucky, you might even be able to scoop this set up for a discounted price in the Olaplex Black Friday deals (opens in new tab).


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3. Apple HomePod mini

RRP: $99/£89 | Best for: tech fans looking to optimize their smart home

We've had Alexa and Google Home for a while—so it was about time Apple users got our pal Siri on a speaker that you can use as a home assistant. 

This intelligent smart speaker will help you to control a smart home or simply play your favorite tunes—whatever you prefer. This is a great option for the tech fan in your life, or just someone who loves to put Siri to good use. Plus, they look super cute! 


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4. Ninja Air Fryer

RRP: From $149.95/£99 | Best for: keen chefs looking to save time and effort

The New Year is usually a time for healthy eating resolutions, but healthy doesn't have to mean boring. Gift this air fryer to anyone in your life who wants to enjoy tasty food in a healthier, quicker, and easier way—they'll be forever thankful! 

Of course, there are plenty of air fryers to choose from, but if you want to snap up a great model from a trusted brand, you usually can't go wrong with a Ninja. 


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5. Yankee Candles

RRP: From $2.25/£1.25 | Best for: people who love creating a cozy home

Need we say more? Choosing one of the best scented candles (opens in new tab) would make for one of the best Christmas gifts for almost anyone in your life—be it a secret Santa or a beloved relative. Pick from the best Yankee Candle scents (opens in new tab) for some classics that'll last them throughout the year, or opt for some of their new festive products to help your loved one's home smell like a festive retreat.


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6. Our Place Always Pan

RRP: $145/£125 | Best for: cooks who have too much clutter in their kitchen

Ideal for the expert or budding! chefs in your life, this supremely popular Always Pan has become a cult favorite in recent years, and we can personally attest to its brilliance.

While it's definitely pricey (it's perhaps best reserved as a gift for a really special loved one), it can truly do it all, meaning you can get rid of all those extra pans cluttering up your kitchen. It comes with a lid, a metal steamer net, a wooden spatula (essential for not damaging the non-stick), and even a spoon rest to place it on to avoid dirtying your kitchen worktop. Frying on the Always Pan is as smooth as anything, and the pan is also super easy to wash up. An essential for anyone who loves to cook.


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7. instax FUJIFILM camera

RRP: From $76.95/£79.99 | Best for: keen photographers who love capturing memories

This gift is ideal for pretty much anyone—because who doesn't want to capture precious memories? The mini 11 version of the instax FUJIFILM camera is a great gift choice for your parents, friends, or a partner.

The instax FUJIFILM camera will immediately print off your photos so you'll have an actual, physical copy (remember those?!), and your memories won't just be stashed away in your loved ones phone. If you want to make the gift extra special, you could even get them a photo album to place all their new pics in!

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8. The White Company Cashmere Bed Socks

RRP: $49/£36 | Best for: people who prioritize comfort!

Man, woman or child—everyone wants to be comfortable come the winter months, and these cashmere bed socks are one of the best cozy gifts (opens in new tab) out there. They're the perfect remedy to chillier evenings no matter who you're buying for!

The White Company socks come in beige (to the left), light blue, black, gray and light pink, so you should be able to find the perfect match for whoever you're buying for. These offer a bit of luxury at an affordable price, ensuring your gift recipient will feel super pampered. We reckon this is also one of the best Christmas gift ideas for you girlfriend (opens in new tab).


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9. Papier notebook

RRP: From $24/£23 | Best for: busy people who have lots to remember

We all need a space to write down our to-do lists, capture our goals and ambitions for the week, and to journal out our stresses and worries, and a Papier notebook is just the thing to help you do so. 

The brand have tons of options to choose from—there are simpler, more plain notebooks if you're perhaps buying for a man in your life, or more decorative options for a loved one that likes patterns and lots of color. Papier also sell planners and journals for specific purposes too, so if you want a notebook that particularly appeals to a loved one's needs, you'll likely find what you're looking for.


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10. Book subscription

RRP: Varies | Best for: The book-worm in your life

A book subscription is one of the best Christmas gifts for almost anyone, whether you have an avid reader in your life, or you know someone who is looking to get back into it.

There are a huge array of book subscription options to choose from, but the general premise is the same amongst most of them—sign up, and you'll get a new book delivered every month. It's as easy as that! Often, you can specify which type of books your loved one may prefer, but a lot of the time, the service will send new release, hot new authors, or books with a huge buzz about them. And the best part is, you can nab the book from your loved one once they're done...


Sagal is a journalist, specialising in lifestyle, pop culture, fashion and beauty.  She has written for a number of publications including Vogue, Glamour, Stylist, Evening Standard, Bustle, You Magazine, Dazed and Wonderland to name a few. 

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