Holidays are coming…
Some of us (myself included) prefer to tackle all Christmas gift buying from the sofa with a glass of wine in hand, whilst others brave the crowds and make a day of it, bruised elbows and all. Whether you leave the Christmas shopping until the last minute, or are super organised and take the time to pick out thoughtful gifts months in advance, it’s gotta be done. As unavoidable as dodgy Christmas jumpers at the office, and the Coca Cola advert.
In recent years, I’ve learnt it pays to be more organised, noting ideas in my phone and taking advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. After-all, it is the thought that counts the most, and everyone knows the best part of Christmas day is the warm fuzzy feeling you get from spoiling the well-deserving people in your life.
Christmas Gifts for Her
This year I’ve decided to split my Christmas Gift Guide into two parts. This one should probably be titled ‘Things I want for Christmas’ as everything I’ve included here I would be very happy to wake up to on Christmas morning (Santa, if you’re reading this…). The best gifts to receive are always things you want, not need, and wouldn’t usually splash out on yourself. Like a particularly fancy bath oil/candle or a really good bottle of gin/wine. I find this to be a good starting point when shopping for mums, sisters, cousins and close girlfriends.
With two brothers, two brothers in-law and two father’s in-law (on my boyfriend’s side), I always struggle to think of genuinely good gifts for the men in my life. For part two of this Christmas Gift Guide, I’ve asked my boyfriend to pull together some items he’d love to receive, so keep an eye out for that this week (Gift Guide for Him here).
Nothing brightens up a cold, grey evening like Christmas gift shopping on the sofa, swaddled in a blanket with a Christmas film on in the background. So turn the heating up, pour yourself a glass of wine and shop my Christmas Gift Guide using the links below. And since Christmas is about receiving too, if you spot something you’d quite like to find under the tree this year, why not subtly send Santa/your boyfriend/husband this way for some inspiration?
Fancy Little Gifts | Under £40
I think I’ve chosen something for everyone here. The Caudelie Beauty Elixer is a Secret Santa winner at £12 for beauty junkies, while the posh hot chocolate or lavender honey from Fortnum’s are great stocking fillers for the sweet-toothed. World-wanderers will love the Lonely Planet book ‘Where to go When’ which breaks down the best places by climate, budget and interests.
Bronzer | Nars
Book | Where to go when by Lonely Planet
Lavender Honey | Fortnum & Mason
Scarf | Linea
Bath Salts | Bjork Berries
Beauty Elixer Face Mist | Caudelie
Knickers | Stella McCartney
Lip Balm | NUXE
Black Leather Belt | Topshop
Hot Chocolate | Fortnum & Mason
Another mixture of fancy little gifts under £40, here are some favourites of mine. Oliver Bonas delicate little bracelets are so well priced at £12, and that little beaded velvet bag from Other Stories is just £35. Butter soft leather gloves, a rather special makeup palette and the book of short stories are all on my list this year.
Book of short stories | Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
Black leather and suede gloves | Oliver Bonas
Gin | Sipsmith
Navy and gold thread bracelet | Oliver Bonas
Eye Shadow | Bitter Clove by Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder
Velvet bag | Other Stories
Marble tray | Oliver Bonas
Thin gold bangle | Oliver Bonas
Room Spray | Matter and Home
Treats | Under £100
Christmas is the time for spoiling. The sheepskin slippers, delicate gold bracelet and the ‘go-with-anything’ navy leather clutch are really great gifts. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive one of these.
Gold and green studs | Missoma
Sheepskin slippers | Mint Velvet
Perfume | Bella Freud
Earrings | Dinosaur Designs
Navy leather clutch | Comme des Garcons
Gold bracelet | Missoma
Green trainers | Adidas
Candle | Joya
Portable speaker | Bang & Olufsen
Blow the Budget | £100+
For when you really want to push the boat out (or when someone else wants to on your behalf…), look to silk pyjamas and butter soft leather handbags in neutral colours. A timeless watch like the one below is bound to put a big smile on someones face. Anything from Le Creuset will be an instant hit with foodies, and will last a lifetime. Beauty addicts will know, you can’t buy better than La Mer skincare, and the Aerin perfume I’ve chosen smells incredible and looks just as good.
Gold bracelet | Missoma
Patent leather heels | Other Stories
Watch | Larson and Jennings
Face cream | La Mer
Sunglasses | Ray Ban
Black leather handbag | Other Stories
Silk pyjamas | Stella McCartney
Cast iron shallow casserole | Le Creuset
Perfume | Waterlily Sun by Aerin
Photo from These Four Walls.
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