“FROM MORE SPECIAL PURCHASES, TO INCREDIBLY AFFORDABLE LUXURY – IT’S ALL IN HERE, TRIED AND TESTED ”
Carrying on in the festive spirit, my last of the year (and probably my fave!) gift guide yet – the ultimate gift guide for her! We’ve chatted about my top perfume recommendations here, as well as killer gift sets for the beauty lovers amongst us here.
But now I’m sharing my top general picks – whether you’re stuck on what to get a loved one or colleague, or want some ideas for yourselves, here’s what’s been tried and tested by myself and the things I’d both love to give and receive this year! From the ridiculously affordable to slightly more special purchases, they’re all here!
LITTLE SLEEP LUXURIES
Two things I forever love to indulge in – soft, silky, luxurious PJ’s and cosy slippers. I asked for a pair of EMU slippers last year and they’ve solidly been worn on the daily, with no sign of giving up yet! I can’t recommend grabbing yourself a pair to help keep you snug whilst at home or on down days! I definitely suggest investing in a slightly more luxury pair for a loved one (or ya self 😉 ) as it’s meant instead of getting cheaper ones more often, I now have some that haven’t needed replacing! For luxury without the eye watering price tag when it comes to PJ’s, look no further than MATALAN! I spotted these Victoria’s Secret esque PJ’s in store the other day and it was love at first sight. The best part? They’re £16 but feel about £116! With the quality of these, there’s no need to splurge! Size up for extra cosiness and if you’re short like myself, you can even wear the top as a separate night gown too!
There’s no better way to wind down for the evening than lighting your favourite candle, immersing yourself in the scent and watching the fire fizzle. I’m obsessed with new candle brand Millie and Green, not least for their clean, elegant and minimal design, making them a gorgeous home addition, but also for the incredible scent! The fresh fig is chic, classic, fills your home with a beautiful scent, but is also slightly festive and warming too! My absolute, current favourite go-to to help relax the day away! I’m also never without my Slip, silk pillowcase (I even took it camping with me this year haha!) It not only looks beautiful, but it’s naturally less absorbent than others fabrics, so helps the skin hold onto moisture, helps your skincare products work better and also helps reduce friction (goodbye knotted hair!) and also means it doesn’t cause frizz, breakage or dry ends.
Whenever I’m asked what I want for Christmas, I always say you can never go wrong with the classics; perfume, lingerie, candles and jewellery. Cliché perhaps, but it’s always welcomed by me with open arms! For stunning (but comfortable, let’s be honest here!) lingerie, Wacoal always have the best pieces – in particular Freya and B.Tempted are my favourites! I can’t get enough of this beautiful, laced bra which has managed to get me back into ‘normal’ bras as opposed to my always favourite bralette! They always really accentuate your body whilst still feeling comfortable and practical, which is an essential for me! A beautiful scent I’m also favouring at the moment is my go-to Issey Miyake Pure, a gorgeous scent for the party season!
A perfect gift for secret santa or a stocking filler would be the addition of an Owen Drew candle – the first wood wick style I tried! Not only is the packaging STUNNING (and really festive when lit up!) but the scent, oh my gosh the scent! I have a few various ones, but I particularly like ‘Port of Liverpool’! It fills the whole house with a beautiful scent and I must say they’re probably the most luxe candles I’ve tried and would recommend for something really special! For jewellery, I’d either opt for something practical, like a Watch (you guys know how much I favour an ICE one!) especially the Cosmos range with Swarovski crystals – so festive! Or for something more dainty, this Trollbeads copper bangle is stunning, affordable and is going to subtly dress up any outfit, whilst also being a very thoughtful gift!
LIFE LONG GIFTS
For me, nothing is more beautiful to unwrap than something thoughtful, and that will evoke happy memories in years to come. I wouldn’t be without my Instax Mini, my birthday and Christmas list is basically just asking for more film, as I love snapping and pinning up my captures to remember fond evenings and events! A wonderful gift for a sentimental person or a photography lover (plus, they look pretty cool on a shelf!) I also find it super special to be able to gift someone something that will become an integral part of themselves; such as a defining scent or lipstick shade. If I personally had to recommend the best lipstick or perfume you could buy someone, it would be Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk on the lips (a serious your lips but better shade!) and for the neck and wrists, a spritz of Scent of A Dream. Never have I smelt anything like it before. I’d probably go as far as saying it’s my signature scent now, if there’s one you try or gift, make it this! I wrote a little more about the concept behind it in my fragrance feature!
KILLER GIFT SETS
If you’ve read my recent gift guide all about presents for the beauty and skincare lovers, you’ll know there’s some killer festive sets around from your fave brands! Firstly, Sanctuary Spa has always been a firm favourite of mine, introduced to me by my dad on my 16th, I fell in love with the classic scent of their bath goodies and scrubs! So naturally, their sumptuous selection caught my eye, including classics with their famous, long lasting fragrances and totally addictive textures – definitely one for those who love a pamper evening or perhaps need a little me time!
Secondly, I’m VERY excited about the SensatioNail Gel Polish Super deluxe Starter kit – I was a gel nail virgin until a month ago and this set has literally been a game changer! It comes with 10 colours, amongst a huge array of other things, from deep red, to sparkly rose gold, so I haven’t felt a need to grab any more as of yet! I couldn’t think of anything more exciting than to unwrap this, being a beauty lover myself! I always do my own nails, so this has made the process so much more enjoyable and long lasting (literally these polishes are bomb proof I swear haha!) Salon results at home? Yes please! Great for girly nights too! Grab it at Argos!
FOR A LITTLE PAMPER
The gift set perfect for the beauty lover, delivering silky soft legs for babes even with sensitive skin. As well as coming with 3 x razors, satin care shave gel, it also comes with a pair of super, fluffy socks (because it isn’t Christmas until you get socks, am I right?!) This makes for a pretty damn useful and practical stocking filler (because don’t we ALL put off buying new blades!) and it’s something my sisters and mum always buy each other for each year now! Slather on your fave moisturiser and pop the socks on overnight for a deep, nourishing foot treat, too! You can grab the Venus Embrace Sensitive Gift Set at Superdrug for £19.49!
SHOP GIFTS FOR HER
I hope you guys found this useful or discovered a little something to add to your list! I must say this is my favourite gift guide of them all! If you haven’t caught up, I also have one for beauty lovers and my top fragrances to indulge in!
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