Christmas gift guide: Unisex & gender free gifts
There are so many ‘gifts for her’ and ‘gifts for him’ articles already out there it’s a refreshing change to look at something less stereotypical – so step forward my unisex gift guide, for your gender free / gender neutral / ungendered shopping pleasure.
Think about it. There are so many gifts that have nothing to do with gender. A bottle of wine is rarely seen as a gendered gift, neither is a good quality bottle of, say, rum or most other spirits and liqueurs, or a nice box of chocolates. Yet these are the things we’re most likely to turn up with when getting something special for our host / hostess / hostx* when we visit them.
And now, without further ado, it’s on to the gaww-juss gifts, henny!
*Yes, I did just make up a new word there, and I kind of like it.
Gucci Mémoire d’une Odeur EDP 60ml | RRP £66.00. Best value deal is the 60ml gift set at John Lewis where you effectively get the 5ml extra travel bottle EDP for free and 20% off for Cyber Monday. Alternatively the 7.4ml EDP rollerball is £20.75 at Debenhams (nice stocking filler) or the 40ml is £43.20 on offer at John Lewis. A herbal woody musk fragrance that ‘transcends gender’, with notes of chamomile tea, sandalwood, cedarwood, musk and a hint of jasmine.
Martin Margiela Replica Whispers in the Library EDT 100ml | RRP £96.00. Pre-order for £68.95 at ParfumDreams or buy now for £76.80 at John Lewis (20% off for Cyber Monday). An oriental woody fragrance, great for winter, with notes of mahogany, pepper, cedarwood and vanilla.
Silver ‘Rock On’ Hand Ornament | £13.00. Buy here. Because rockin’ around the Christmas tree is for everyone, right? A fun silver-tone ornament to stick on the mantelpiece, sideboard or drinks trolley. Let’s RAWWWWKKKK!
UNIQLO 100% Cashmere Scarf in Yellow | £39.90. Buy here. The cashmere scarves sold in the menswear section are identical to the cashmere scarves sold in the womenswear section, same goes for the matching beanie hats. This is the yellow colourway, but there are 6 other shades to choose from including a nice dark green.
Swan Retro Pump Espresso Coffee Machine | RRP £99.99. Looks gorgeous, makes excellent coffee and has been awarded a Which? Magazine ‘best buy’. Currently £79.99 in black from the official Swan shop on eBay. Other colours available including blue, almond green and cream.
Paperchase Agenzio Soft Aubergine Ruled Notebook | £9.00 + 25% off Cyber Monday discount = £6.75. Buy here. Most of the Agenzio designs and colours would make a great gender neutral gift. Who doesn’t like a notebook? Full Agenzio range here, plus designs that can be personalised here if you feel like giving them a cheeky message.
Thomas Sabo Adjustable Little Secret Classic Bracelet | £33.15. Buy here. Sterling silver on silver-grey cord. Adjust to fit most size wrists, available in large and small sizes, and can also be engraved for free if you wish. The whole Little Secrets range is worth a trawl for the more unisex designs, especially while the sales are on.
Patch ‘Penny’ Chinese Money Plant & Turquoise Pot | Buy here. £8.00 for small plant + matching mini pot, or £26.00 for larger plant + small pot. Apparently Penny ‘looks a million dollars but costs a lot less’, hmmm. Greater London delivery area only. [For UK-wide plants-in-pots gifts, see NotOnTheHighStreet for some top designs.]
Next Novelty Glasses Pot with Grey Moustache | £5.00. Buy here. Fantastic stocking filler gift to keep your specs safe, fill with pencils or a small plant for a fun hair effect.
And a couple more ideas…
If you know their taste in clothing, you might find also see something they’d like in the large COLLUSION Unisex collection at ASOS, much of which is now in the winter sale.
Alternatively, if your friend or loved one likes a drink, you can pick up some great offers on wines and spirits at The Whisky Exchange and 31 Dover right now. I’ve used both of those companies to track down interesting gift drinks and had good customer service, so I’d happily recommend either of them.
Do you like buying and receiving unisex gifts? I really love a lot of the unisex fragrances.