Saturday, 21 December 2013

Christmas Gift Guide | Beauty and Fashion Edition


As Christmas is nearly upon us, I thought it was time for me to share with you my festive gift guide! Don't worry if you are still panicking what to buy, as my top picks will help you out in no time! I haven't included links in this post, as its too late to receive guaranteed delivery from most places, so I have just listed them instead. I hope you find this post helpful! :-)

1. Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Travel Candle and Red Roses Soap - £34
Whenever I think of luxury, Jo Malone always springs to mind. This set features a beautiful travel candle - which is still a pretty decent size and a super creamy soap. Whats great about Jo Malone is that everything comes gift-wrapped in beautiful boxes, tied with grosgrain ribbons and are immediately ready to be given (this service is complimentary too). So there's no need to worry about how good your wrapping skills are ;-)

2. Weleda Christmas Crackers - From £3.50
I think these Weleda crackers make the perfect gift, whether you give them to friends/family members, or if you place them around the table during Christmas dinner. Each cracker contains a different item from hand cream to body lotion and for the price you really cant go wrong. I think I can safely say we all love giving the gift of beauty and these little gems do not disappoint. Affordable, luxury skincare - what more is there to want?!

3. Givenchy Antigona Medium Smooth Leather Tote - £1170
If money is no object, then I highly recommend the Givenchy Antigona tote, mainly because a classic black bag is a staple in every woman's wardrobe. Not only can it be paired with anything, but it is also a timeless piece that will still be in style in years to come. If you want to go the extra mile gifting wise, then this beauty is one hell of a luxurious gift that everyone would love.

4. Ciaté Tree Trinkets - Currently £20
I chose these cute tree decorations as they are great for splitting up, whether you use them as part of a secret santa or if you split them up individually to make six small gifts. They also make nice stocking filler presents, as they work out at just over £3 per one - which is great value for money. Ciaté is a fantastic nail brand and I think every teenager and woman would love to receive one of these (or all six if you are feeling generous this Christmas).

5. Benefit Love At First Shine - £19.50
I personally think you can never go wrong in gifting a Benefit Christmas set, as each year the brand brings out carefully selected gifts, featuring stunning make-up, housed in beautiful packaging. I picked this six piece lip gloss kit, as there is a shade to suit everyone. Again, Love At First Shine is perfect for splitting up and making a few individual gifts, or giving as one large present. 

6. This Works Sleeping Partners - £29
If you know someone that is always sleep deprived (and frankly we all do), then why not treat them to this. I personally think that this makes the perfect fool-proof gift, as it doesn't depend on their age/taste or likes etc, as we all need help relaxing, especially during this time of year. The set contains the beautiful Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and also the Deep Sleep Night Oil. Whats even better is that this kit has a combined value of £41, so that's an £11 saving. If you are feeling tired after all of this shopping, why not keep one of them for you and give the other item away ;-) 

7. Topshop Reindeer Onesie - Usually £34, now reduced to £20
Now this gift might be controversial to some, but seriously who doesn't love curling up in a big baby grow. Also, let me add that this isn't just any old onesie, this is a Topshop novelty onesie that comes with a cute reindeer face and antlers, which most certainly adds a festive touch. If PJ's are on your list of things to buy then I would definitely check out Topshop and also why not head down to Primark, as they do a range of fab sets for pretty cheap (starting at around £7).

8. Urban Decay Naked 3 - £37
This palette has only just recently launched, but it has been hot property ever since. If you are lucky enough to still get your hands on it, then it would definitely make an excellent Christmas present. As not only are Urban Decay renowned for their eyeshadows, but this little baby is brand new and on everyone's wishlist.

9. Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette - £38
I have chosen The Golden Goddess eyeshadow palette, as its a neutral quad and will work on a variety of skin-tones and eye colours. Not only are the shades buttery soft, but the formulas are highly pigmented and last all-day. I personally think you cant go wrong in gifting any of the Charlotte Tilbury range, as its not only prestigious and high end, but it is also fairly new - so not a lot of people have had the chance to try it yet. 

10. Promise/Love Note - Priceless
Lastly if pennies are a little tight this year, why not promise a loved one to a weekly massage or tell them you will do a certain house chore etc. A present doesn't have to always involve money, sometimes the best gifts are free. Take the time out of your schedule to care or look after another person, as it really can be one of the best joys in life.
 
So ladies, Christmas might be fast approaching, but with some careful planning you still have plenty of time to purchase any last minute gifts.

Let me know what you are hoping to find under your tree this year?

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