Ahh, it’s that age-old question - what do women want?? Well, I’ve got the inside scoop, and I’m afraid the answer is not another toiletries gift set. If you’re buying for my fellow practical-minded ladies out there, who want long-lasting gifts we can love for life, then this is the list for you. Everything in this edit of BuyMeOnce gifts is not just hard-wearing, but also a little unusual - because no one wants to give or receive something boring!
These unisex striped denim dungarees
These timeless dungarees embody laid-back, practical style, made by London craft jeans makers Blackhorse Lane Ateliers. Not only are they constructed with reinforced stress points to maximise durability, Blackhorse guarantee free repairs for life! The roomy design means these fabulous dungarees make a great gift - find an approximate waist size and they’ll fit her body with ease.
This beautiful copper coffee dripper
If the lady in your life is an eco-conscious caffeine addict, or simply wants to create the best-tasting brew, look no further than this beautiful copper dripper by Japanese coffee connoisseurs Hario. Requiring only a filter paper, you can banish disposable plastic coffee pods forever. Not only is the pour over method easy, green and accessible, it's also the favoured method of coffee experts worldwide!
This recycled firehose wash bag
Made using upcycled British firehose and lined with reclaimed military parachute silk, this wash bag by Elvis & Kresse is a very special accessory. Roomy, beautiful and durable, this bag will protect all her toiletries during travel (and protect her suitcase from any spillages inside). Elvis & Kresse products are covered by a lifetime guarantee, and 50% of profits from the fire hose range is donated to the Fire Fighter’s Charity!
These navy linen napkins
If she’s a sucker for a beautifully-laid table, then these effortlessly sophisticated linen napkins by Piglet are the ultimate gift. Made with Piglet’s stonewashed flax, sustainably sourced in France, these napkins are full of personality whether ironed or left crinkly. The navy colour is both modern and practical for mopping up mouths - but they’re also available in white and oatmeal.
These nifty secure earring backs
Every woman has a painful memory of The One That Got Away (we’re talking about earrings of course). With these ingenious secure earring backs by Chrysmela, she’ll never lose an earring again! Made in Japan using precision technology, these clever patented beauties mean she can wear her precious jewellery pieces every day, without any fear of losing them. Also available in gold and rose gold.
This super soft organic bamboo bra
If she’s not so keen on being given tacky, garish underwear, then this organic bamboo soft bra by Rozenbroek is something she’ll love wearing every day! Ethically made in Yorkshire, these soft, breathable bras will be the comfiest she’s ever owned. Available in black, white or grey.
This recycled cashmere reversible cardi
Made of 100% high-quality recycled cashmere, this gorgeous ‘jumpigan’ by London boutique Lowie is a versatile, dual-function number than can be worn back to front. She’ll absolutely love cosying up in this gorgeous piece, and with free repairs for life from Lowie, she’ll have it for years to come! Available in black and forest.
This slick sandwich box
This tough stainless steel and bamboo sandwich box by Black + Blum is an elegant and practical lunchtime solution. The bamboo lid is not only stylish and antibacterial, it even doubles as a small chopping board for food prep on the move! A super-handy gift for the gal on the go.
This amazing ultra-durable umbrella
There’s nothing worse than being caught short in a sudden downpour - except maybe the terrible, flimsy umbrellas we keep buying to protect us. The Metro Light umbrella by Blunt is compact, light and ridiculously strong, having been engineered to a T and tested in tropical rain storms around the world. These amazing brollies make perfect practical gifts for anyone!
This swimsuit made from marine waste
The Little Black Swimsuit by Davy J is made in the UK using 100% regenerated nylon from ghost fishing nets and marine waste - a truly wonderful closed-loop design story. These are hard-wearing cossies, double lined and built from a high elastane composition, providing extra strength, durability and shape. Flattering, practical and sustainable, she’ll feel great wearing this fabulous swimsuit!