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Are you going Christmas shopping soon?
Looking for the help of a gift guide? Socks. A half-dead bunch of garage flowers. Things I don’t need and will not use. Looking for present ideas? It’s not just husbands that buy gifts that we just don’t want or need, its mums, dads and brothers. We have all been guilty of scrambling around the store with empty lists or making a panic buy.
So how do you pick the perfect Christmas present?
I always say that I would prefer one ‘good’ gift to lots of gimmicky presents that will be put in the back of the cupboard. As a child, I hated it when I was given a bubble bath and things to eat. These are now the best gifts I can be given as I rarely treat myself. A body scrub from Rabot 1745, heaven. For the festive season, we favour buys under £100 that are a range of shapes and sizes, perfect for stocking fillers.
So, here are our top 10 gift choices!
#Christmas wouldn’t be the same without some of our favourite haircare gifts.
Why not indulge in best loved brand Philip Kingsley’s haircare products to put a smile on someone’s face this Christmas. Add a decoratively boxed premium Rose and Lychee Elasticizer to her stocking! At £21.50 it is perfect for all hair types to create bounce and shine. A super conditioning pre-shampoo treatment with a limited-edition fragrance your hair will feel like silk. Or, why not create your own gift set – for products to create your perfect festive look. Does your hair tend to get dry or tired looking at the lengths and ends? Add classic miracle workers like Moisture Balancing Combination Shampoo and Conditioner. For me, the Blonde Booster Shampoo is the ultimate buy as it fends of brassy locks without drying out my hair. Working to fight frizz, the shampoo will leave you with less static and smoother cuticles for a completely conditioned feel. At £24.50 trade a bottle of Prosecco for a bottle of Philip Kingsley magic!
#Focus on her face this festive season with pampering products.
Now you could buy one big present or you could create a stocking full of her favourite beauty items that she never treats herself with. A gorgeously scented bubble bath, some fluffy socks. We all want to rejuvenate and feel refreshes at the end of another busy year. There are thousands of products to choose from, my advice, pick luxury. Enriched with egg extracts the firming ‘Too Cool For School Egg Mellow Cream’ smells good enough to eat. Not oily it is perfect for all types of skin and works as a serum, eye cream, primer, moisturizer and sleeping mask. Perfect for nourishing and brightening dull winter faces. Why buy 5 products when you can buy one skin saviour for £29.50. Pop in the new miracle product – the Morning Glamour satin pillowcase (Rrp £24.99). She will sleep better on the silky smooth, gentle surface to rest her head against. Popular for skin and haircare I woke up rested and frizz free using this pillowcase. The fabric meant no sleep wrinkles and I noticed my skin was clearer since the satin does not absorb as many oils from your skin.
#Her stocking should have a personalised present in it to show that you care.
Struggling for a gift idea? For every occasion there is a perfect bottle of gin. It wouldn’t be Christmas if you didn’t receive a bottle of this favourite tipple. Personalisation makes a present that extra bit special and individual. The Personalised Gift Shop offers a full-size bottle of special London dry gin with the added extra of a label with the recipient’s name and a personal message included. At £29.99 the classic presentation in a silk lined box makes it a better value bottle than something more expensive and less unique that you would pick up from your local supermarket. I was so impressed as the label is manufactured using special inks and paper which means it is highly resistant to water so even after the gin is gone the bottle can be kept as a candle holder!
#Every woman hopes to find a perfect pair of leggings.
From your wife, to your daughter and your next-door neighbour, they will all likely have at least one pair of leggings in their wardrobe. As a mum they are a staple item in my wardrobe. You would think leggings are easy to buy but no, they can be see-through, made of cheap fabric, or gather on the tummy from loose elastic! Dedicate a space on her wish list for the perfect pair she can relax on the sofa in or to wear while working out. The home of these essential hosiery Love Leggings offer quality products for all your leggings wants -from maternity, to everyday and children’s wear. There are over 20 shades of colours, so you are spoilt for choice. With plus size, cropped and high waist all styles are catered for. We love how the soft yet thick material, stretchy without being baggy and my high waisters are perfect for chasing round after the children but still look smart because of the weight of the material. Grab a red pair for the festive season for the perfect wardrobe update for as little as £12 per item.
#For the lover of a hot cup of tea on a snow filled afternoon.
I cannot lie, I have a thing for teapots. Nowadays, on the market, you have access to a wide range of teapots, and it can be difficult to figure out which one best suits you. While tea bags are convenient, for an extra special Wintertime treat buy a box of loose-leaf tea packed full of flavour. The ProCook clear heat resistant glass teapot is selling for only £14.99 and the extra fine stainless strainer prevents the smallest of leaves floating into your tea resulting in the perfect cup. The pot is the perfect size for two people, and I love the fact you can see the strength of the brew. The design is simple, chic and will match any kitchen décor. With a 1 year guarantee it’s the perfect all-rounder present. To complete the gift why not wrap up a pair of large capacity, bone china grey striped mugs to warm your hands! They come in a range of colours, to suit any kitchen, have a large D shaped handle for comfortable holding. As an added bonus, the mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe.
#Get organised for the New Year with the most gorgeous diary on the market.
Each year I make a list of gift ideas, and every year this includes a yearly planner. A perfect gift for stationery lovers and those that love to be organised make sure you put The Cooks Diary in your shopping basket! The A5, week-to-view 2020 designs are unique and just gorgeous at £9.99. With beautiful photography and packed with essential cook’s information, this diary will inspire you throughout the year. Featuring a delicious new recipe every week they bring something extra to the thousands of diaries on sale and I fell in love with the marble effect. Which design I your favourite, I can’t choose! Make it even more personal by writing a quote or thoughtful message in the front sleeve.
#Treat your loved one to a quintessentially English luxurious gift set!
Each year without fail, household favourite Baylis & Harding indulge us with beautifully presented and scented beauty and home products. With the festive season approaching, there is something for all the family from one of their many ranges. Cotswold boutique Fuzzy Duck offers countryside floral products like their luxury wrapped soap set (£6.00) in stunning stylish packaging. Or how about the more festive artisan Winter Wonderland collection? I love the bubble bath bauble for filling the tub with seasonal scents. Rudolph’s Alpine Adventure collection brings a sense of fun with the favourite Christmas character, the fluffy socks in the festive treats for feet set a firm favourite. You will be spoilt for choice! For the younger family members, they will love the fantastical, glittery unicorn creations like the notebook or rainbow bath fizzers for £15.00. There are gifts of all shapes all sizes and all budgets!
#Wake up on Christmas morning to the delectable, delicious smells of luxury coffee.
Does she spend all her spare change buying sweet flavoured beverages from coffee shops? Instead enjoy a barista quality coffee in the comfort of your home! Why not buy her a taste of Christmas with the ingeniously invented Beanies Coffee – like the brand-new Mince Pie flavour, priced at a very reasonable £2.50 for a 50g jar! Gorgeously boxed she can sample 3 Jar Stash box as per attached image priced at £10, or a 9 jar stash box priced at £22.50. Beanies is a completely sugar/sweetener free instant coffee, bursting with over 20 flavours including Cookie Dough, Caramel Popcorn, Irish Cream, Amaretto Almond, Chocolate Orange and Coconut. For someone with a sweet tooth I fell in love with the simple yet stylish designs and gorgeous scented jars. With just 2 calories a cup you can indulge guilt free! Try them black with a couple of spoonful’s and add milk if you need it, I was impressed how flavourful they were without the addition of my favourite dairy product! They also are selling an amazing advent calendar. On the first day you get a travel cup, then from 2nd-23rd 2 sachets of different flavour coffee and on the final day a 50g jar of Christmas flavoured coffee!
#Countdown to Christmas with an advent calendar to light up her December.
Why not get a gift that she can open for 24 days instead of just one? Introducing the best-selling Yankee Candle wreath advent calendar. Retailing at £24.99 each door reveals a new or favourite festive fragrance (number one even providing a clear glass tea light holder!) the Pomegranate Gin Fizz scent beats having a little chocolate Christmas tree any day. Buy early to avoid missing out and fill your home with beautiful fragrances. I was really impressed that the tea lights lasted for hours and that you can sample the different candles rather than getting bored with one big one! Make it a new family tradition lighting a candle each dark December evening. The kids love it as much as I do!
#For the coconut lovers, indulge in the perfect sizes for stocking fillers.
We all know that hydrating coconut oil is one of the best things for your hair. Introducing the Phil Smith Cocolicious range. The exotic fragrance and rich, moisturising properties nourish and cleanse for super-soft, super-shiny hair. Give it a good sniff – it smells amazing. The packaging is simple, contemporary and eye-catching. The Phil Smith Cocolicious Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner are both super reasonably priced at £3.50 each and each product contains 350ml so good sizes too. The star product in this range for me is the heat defence spray.
Have you got your eye on that perfect Christmas present? Do you like useful presents or luxury presents? Or how many pairs of socks do you reckon you will be given this year?